A “Celebration of Life” Service will be held at Northside Christian Church, 1221 North Elm Place in Broken Arrow on Friday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Rob Brust and Rev. Ron Hesser officiating. Visitation will be held at Evans & Miller Funeral Home in Poteau on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment Service at 1 p.m. at the Oakland Cemetery in Poteau with Rev. Ron Hesser officiating under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Marjorie Brehm, and his daughter, Beverly Ann Hesser, of Poteau.
He graduated from Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore in 1937, attended Oklahoma A&M and the University of Oklahoma before serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WW II, where he was stationed in India for four years. Following his discharge in 1945, he and his wife lived in Oklahoma City until moving to Poteau in 1953. He was the owner of Poteau Steam Laundry and Cleaners. The last 10 years before retiring, he headed Poteau’s Oklahoma Employment Agency. He was very active in Poteau’s community affairs and organizations, was awarded Poteau Citizen of the Year, Poteau Junior Businessman of the Year, and served as President of the Poteau School Board, AARP, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club (received Rotary’s highest award, the Paul Harris Fellow Award), Poteau Chamber of Commerce, and Eastern Oklahoma Historical Society.
Survivors are his wife Oma Wright Brehm; two daughters, Susan Cowden and husband, Jarrett, of Santa Fe andMary KayHigginbotham and husband, Keith, of Madison, Ms., and son-in-law, Dr. Ron Hesser and wife, Janice, of Poteau; seven grandchildren and their spouses:Jilland Matt Epperson of Katy, Texas, Hillary and Steven Grantham of Oklahoma City, Curtis and Katie Hesser of Bixby, Robyn and Adam Beauchamp of Enid, Dru and Daryn Bridwell of Tulsa, Cody and Piper Bridwell of Oklahoma City, and Bekky and Juan Salazar of Jenks; 14 great grandchildren Erin Kate Epperson, Jarrett Luke Epperson, Macy Joe Beauchamp, Jackie Blaine Beauchamp, Caden Jon Bridwell, Camryn Lloyd Bridwell, Legend Carter Bridwell, Temple Price Bridwell, Elizabeth Ann Grantham, Allison Ray Grantham, Bailey Nelson Grantham, Kyle Brehm Hesser, Carlie Jean Hesser, and Kristen Ann Hesser; nephews, Greg and Donna Price of JonesK and Kevin and Shawna Price of Oklahoma City; and his wife’s children Richard Wright and wife Sonnie of McKinney, Texas and Donna Doell and husband Brant of Tulsa.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 160, Poteau, OK 74953.
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