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Harold Gene DeShazo, 82, passed from this life into God’s loving care Thursday, Aug.14, 2014, following a brief illness. Harold was a devoted, loving husband and father. He was born June 15, 1932, in Oklahoma City, to Tom W. and Lydia M. (Bunch) DeShazo. He is survived by two sisters, Pat Douglas and Nancy Follis; one brother, Frank DeShazo; five sons, Ronald (wife Phyllis) of Tuttle, Darrel (wife Ginger) of Holly Lake, Texas, Mark (wife Theresa) of Oklahoma City, and Timothy (wife Benna) of Waco, Texas, and son Andy of Phoenix. He has eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was married to Margaret A. Stermer from 1951 to 1964. Harold and his wife, Terrie, have been married since April 12, 1969. They liked to tell each other that they “married up.” Growing up on his father’s farm operation in Tuttle, Harold was an outstanding athlete in high school, graduating from Tuttle High School in 1950. He farmed in Grady County for more than 10 years. Moving to Oklahoma City, he worked as a draftsman for steel structure companies while pursuing a degree in steel design and engineering, which he obtained in 1973. He worked for Star Building Company for more than 25 years, retiring in 1995. Harold personally designed and sealed more than 700 steel structures in his career. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. He and his wife liked to travel. Their favorite destination the past several years has been a month each fall on the Texas Gulf Coast at Port Aransas. The family would like to acknowledge the entire heart team at Medical Plaza Associates, Integris Baptist Cardiac ICU, as well as Dr. C. Craig Elkins and his team at Oklahoma Cardiovascular Surgeons. The family suggests donations may be made in Harold’s name to the American Heart Association at americanheartassociation@donate.heart.org. Funeral services were Monday at Antioch Christian Church in Oklahoma City. Interment followed at Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle. Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home in Moore.
Published on  August 20, 2014
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