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February 15, 1925 - April 1, 2014 WEWOKA Rudolph Hargrave was born on February 15, 1925 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to John Hubert Hargrave and Daisy (Holmes) Hargrave. Rudolph passed away on April 1, 2014 in Ada, Oklahoma. After his retirement in 2010, Rudolph began his life of relaxation by travelling with Madeline, visiting the children and grandchildren, and continued his love of singing in the church choir. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Rudolph will always be remembered for his sweet smile, wonderful sense of humor and his devotion to his family and community. Rudolph attended schools in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He continued to make his home in Wewoka with the love of his life for over 60 years, Madeline (Shipley) Hargrave, where they also chose to raise their three children, Cindy, John, and Jana. Rudolph attended the University of Oklahoma where he received his law degree in 1949. He began his private practice of law in Wewoka, Oklahoma until 1964. Afterwards he became the County Judge for Seminole County, Oklahoma from 1964 to 1967. From 1967-1969, Rudolph was Seminole County Superior Court Judge and was Seminole County District Judge from 1969-1978. He was named Distinguished Alumnus from East Central University in 1989. In 1978, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Governor David L. Boren. Justice Hargrave was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma on January 1, 1989. While serving as Chief Justice he was elected by the National Conference of Chief Justices as Vice-President of the conference, the only Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice to ever serve in that position. He is also a member of the Seminole County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, American Bar Association and the Oklahoma Judicial Conference. He continued his service to Oklahoma on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 2010. Justice Hargrave was honored by the namesake "Hargrave Prize" award, first given in 2013 as an annual recognition of the best three faculty papers of the Sovereignty Symposium. Ruldolph was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the United Methodist Men's Group. Rudolph is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mickey Herron. Survivors include his wife, Madeline of the home, children, Cindy Keefer and husband Paul of Ada, John Hargrave and wife Kay of Ada, and Jana Howard and husband Mike of Ardmore, grandchildren, Jeff Hargrave, Robert Hargrave, Lora Alexander, Melissa Raymond, Kirby Bolitho, Evan Keefer, Kaycee Rider, Robin Freer, and Clayton Howard, ten great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside service is scheduled for 2:00PM on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Rev. Susan Rice will officiate. Honorary casket bearers will be Michael Howard, Paul Keefer, Jeff Hargrave, Robert Hargrave, Evan Keefer, and Clayton Howard. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Seminole Nation Museum, First United Methodist Church of Wewoka, or the East Central University Foundation. Services are under the direction of Stout-Phillips Funeral Home in Wewoka, Oklahoma. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.phillipsfuneralservice.com An Online Guestbook is available at: PhillipsFuneralService.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 3, 2014
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