Well known Ardmoreite, Jon S. Hargrave, 88, died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. He was born September 6, 1923 at Oak Park, Illinois.
A Captain in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, he was stationed in the Pacific Theater and flew B-17’s from the Aleutian Islands. He had trained at the Ardmore Air Base, and returned here following the war.
He and the former Lowetta Mae Bice were married June 1, 1945. They were avid golfers and enjoyed their games together. She preceded him in death January 25, 2004.
For 42 years he was the owner of Hargrave Tree and Landscape Service, from 1946 until 1988. A member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, he had been very active in the community having served as President of the Ardmore Jaycees, was a founding member of the Ardmore Reserve Police Force, the Ardmore Ambulance Service and was a Red Cross First Aid instructor and Disaster Training instructor; taught swimming in Boy Scouts and was a volunteer at the Military Memorial Museum.
Jon was a great neighbor, always lending a helping hand; but his greatest pleasure came from watching his granddaughters play softball and helping with the Durant softball team.
Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Janie and Jay Cook, Cabot, Arkansas; Rorrie and Richard Dixon, Tonkawa, Oklahoma; Leah and Jimmy Phillips, Durant, Oklahoma; a brother, Glenn Hargrave, Forest Lake Illinois; sisters, Janice Thompson, Rockton Illinois and Katherine Schnell, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; grandchildren, Cathy Hunt, Carolee Cook, Jeff Cook; Toby Dixon, Lynsey Ebert, Zach Dixon; Aaron Phillips, Ali Rowland, Kati Phillips and Kasi Phillips; great grandchildren, Jackson and Asher Cook; Mattison and Alex Ebert; Mallory Dixon, Cade, Cooper Dixon and Cam Rowland.
Memorial Services were at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2012 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home & Crematory conducted by Reverend Rick Baggett, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the Military Memorial Museum, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, where condolences may be sent online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.