Ronald L. Horton, 70-year-old Woodward businessman, died Saturday, June 10, 2006 in the Integris Bass Baptist Hospital in Enid. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Brett Allen officiating. Interment will be in the High Point Cemetery in Buffalo. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Ronald Lee Horton was born Aug. 7, 1935 in Buffalo, Okla. to Wilbur Lee and Thelma Kathryn (Gaddis) Horton. Ron was reared in Buffalo and graduated from Buffalo High School. He attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee to become a mortician. He worked in Oklahoma City for a short time before moving back to Buffalo to join his father in the Abstracting business. Ron was united in marriage to Sybil Rita Freeman on Nov. 11, 1958 at their home in Buffalo. They made their home in Buffalo where they reared their four children, Mike, Sandy, Debbie, and Robin. They continued living in Buffalo until the mid 1990's when they moved to Woodward where Ron owned and operated Woodward County Abstract.

Ron was a member of the First Baptist Church. He loved to travel to Taos, N. M. where he and Sybil owned an art gallery and several other shops. He and Sybil were involved with the Republican party and worked together on many different campaigns, including Dewey Bartlett and Henry Bellmon.

He is survived by three daughters, Sandy Freeman-Eason and husband David of Purcell; Debbie Eddy of Dodge City, Kan.; Robin Tate of Woodward; his grandchildren, Zach Eason of Purcell; Derek Freeman and wife Stephanie of California; Dustin Freeman of Norman; Lindsay Freeman of Edmond; Denise Fox of Santa Fe, N. M.; Jami Fox of Woodward; Jennifer McCabe and husband Jason of Dodge City, Kan.; Zac Eddy of Newton, Kan.; Tanner Tate of Oklahoma City; Trevor Tate of Edmond; his great-grandchildren, Michael Bentley Freeman and Palmer Lee Freeman; and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sybil on Nov. 12, 2004, one brother, Dick on Dec. 9, 2004 and son, Mike in January of 2001.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Heart and Lung research, with the funeral home as custodian of the fund.

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