Woodward, Okla. —
Harold Hedges, 86 year old former Woodward and Laverne resident, died Friday, October 19, 2012 in Edmond. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in the First United Methodist Church of Laverne with Reverend Roger Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the Laverne Memorial Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Laverne American Legion. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home, Woodward.
Robert Harold Hedges was born on October 17, 1926 in Gate, Oklahoma to Robert Roy and Ada Mae (Clough) Hedges. He was reared on the family farm northeast of Gate and graduated from Rosston High School in 1944. Harold enlisted in the United States Navy in 1944 at the age of 17 and served his country during World War II in the Phillipines. He was honorably discharged on July 4, 1946. Harold was united in marriage to Gloria Gale Dungan on November 10, 1946 at the United Methodist Church in Rosston, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Woodward and lived there from 1946 until 1955. After his discharge from the Navy, Harold worked for Bosch Electric in Woodward. He began his career with Phillips 66 with the purchase of his first service station in Woodward. In 1955, he sold the station to his brother, Carmen, and built a new station in Laverne in 1959. Eventually he expanded the business to include stations in Buffalo and Rosston. Harold also had a bulk delivery service delivering fuel to rural areas in Harper County. Harold was the recipient of several Phillips 66 awards. In 1972, he began his new career by joining Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent, and was promoted to become the Northwest Oklahoma District Sales Manager. Harold retired in 1992.
Harold was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Churches in Laverne and Woodward. He was active in the Lions Club, Laverne Chamber of Commerce, and was very devoted to his Masonic work and Shriner activities. He was Worshipful Master of the Laverne Lodge #453 in 1967. Harold was devoted to serving the town of Laverne, becoming the youngest mayor of the town at the age of 30. During his term as mayor, he lead the effort to pave and gutter all city streets. He was involved in the building of the hospital and was an early supporter of the Laverne Golf Course and Country Club. He had also served on the Laverne Town Board.
Harold and Gloria traveled extensively on Oklahoma Farm Bureau “All Star” trips. They enjoyed their vacation home in Red River, New Mexico, where they entertained family and friends throughout thee years. Harold’s family gave him the most enjoyment in life, especially his grandchildren, who called him “Pops”. He enjoyed playing golf and quail hunting with his family and he always enjoyed attending activities of his grandchildren.
He is survived by one daughter, Diana Lee and husband Marshall of Edmond; two sons, Steve Hedges and wife Jan of Tyler, Texas, and Bob Hedges and wife Marian of Burden, Kansas; seven grandchildren; Lezley Lynch and husband Steve, Steven Scoufos, Tyson Hedges and wife Kymie, Bryan Hedges and wife Maggie, Macey Panach and husband Matt, Drew Hedges and Katie Hedges; one brother, Carmen Hedges; several great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 64 years, Gloria on March 9, 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners India Transportation Fund, 3601 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. 73112, the Harold Hedges Memorial Fund.
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