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November 12, 1924 - January 4, 2014 NORMAN Harold Clyde Liddell "PaPa," a loving father of five children, a grandfather to 11, and a great-grandfather to 35, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 4, 2014. He was 89 years old. Harold was born November 12, 1924, in Marlow, OK. He and his three brothers and two sisters grew up in Shawnee, OK during the depression years. After graduating from Shawnee High School in 1943, he joined the Marine Corps and fought bravely in World War II in the Pacific on Guadalcanal. After the war, he returned to play football at Tulsa University and marry the love of his life, Jean Marie Boyd, from Shawnee, OK. After becoming the director of the YMCA, they both worked with youth, forming "Teen Town," a place for kids in the community. He was also the assistant football coach at Shawnee High School. After their first child, Nancy, was born, they moved to Edinburg, TX to manage a farm orchard in the Rio Grande Valley; it was there they had three more children, Judi, Mike, and Mark. The family moved to Illinois, where they briefly lived and worked until the birth of their fifth child, Mickey; at that time they moved their family of seven back to Norman, OK. Harold entered the construction business and became one of the largest home builders in the state. He impacted the growth of Norman by building single-family homes, apartments, office buildings, the Trails Golf Course, United Bank, Rivermont Retirement Village and many commercial projects. Although he was a successful businessman, his greatest priority was his family. He desired to attend all his children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting events and activities. They could always count on his feedback on how well they had done and to challenge them to move to the next level. Many lives were changed by his ability to encourage and empower people to believe they could achieve their goals and do anything they put their mind to. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Liddell; parents, Norma and Clyde Liddell; sister, Helen Jean Sage; brothers, Bill Floyd and Charles Liddell; sister-in-law, Irma Liddell; brother-in-law, Ken Dahl; and nephews, Kenny Dahl, Ricky Sage, and Robby Liddell. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean Marie Liddell; sister, Doris Dahl, of Norman; brother, Dick and his wife Betty Liddell, of Norman; and numerous nieces and nephews. His children, who will miss him greatly, are: Nancy and Dan Noles, of Norman; Judi and Bob Hartsock, of Norman; Mike and Diane Liddell, of Edmond; and Mickey Liddell, of Los Angeles, CA. His 11 grandchildren and their families, who adored their PaPa, are: Jeannie and Todd Vinson, of Chandler; Jade and Angie Noles, of Norman; Jamie and Nate Bobbett, of Waco, TX; Jake and Kourtney Hartsock, of Norman; Blake and Marci Hartsock, of Waco, TX; Brian and Sarah Hartsock, of Norman; Laynie and Reese Travis, of OKC; Callie Liddell and fiance Hunter Moore, of Denver, CO; Bailey and Kevin Lamb, of OKC; Luci and Jeremy Smith, of Dallas, TX; and Jesse Liddell and Erin Laverty, of Los Angeles. Last, but not least, his beloved 35 great-grandchildren are: Mattie, Ellie, Avery, and Murphy Vinson; Dax, Crew, and Luke Noles; Kate, Tess, Brooklyn, and Brinley Bobbett; Kooper, Braxton, Sutton, Preslee, and Harper Hartsock; Anna, Jade, Elizabeth, and Emma Hartsock; Port, Haynes, Ella, and Halle Hartsock; Barrett, Sloane, Sylvie, and Boone Travis; Blakely, Ridley, Conley Cline and Cutter Lamb; Finley, Carter and Riley Smith. Honorary Pallbearers are: Dick Liddell, Don Adkins, Bob Barnard, and Bobby Jack Stuart. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at CrossPointe Church, 2601 24th Ave. SE in Norman, with interment at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 9 at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 7, 12-8 p.m. at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman, OK. Memorials can be made to Willow Springs Boys Ranch at P.O. Box 308, Chandler, OK 74834. The family would like to thank the many wonderful caregivers from Visiting Angels for their loving care of our father. A special thank-you to Rhonda, Nancy, and Heather, and also hospice for all of their help to make this a peaceful transition. Arrangements for Harold and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at the Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Online condolences may be shared at www.HavenbrookFuneralHome.com www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com
Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014
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