Hershel Ray Kilgore went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at the age of 71. He and his wife Bev live in Oologah and are members of the First Baptist Church of Oologah.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, and 1:30 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the First Baptist Church of Oologah with Rev. Larry Downum officiating with interment following at theOakhillCemeteryin Oologah. Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. www.collinsvillefh.com
He was born Sept. 19, 1942 to Lathan and Ada Kilgore in Antlers.
Hershel and Beverly celebrated 52 wonderful and loving years of marriage on Sept. 24 2013. Together they raised their three sons, Kyle, Kevin, and Kurt, each graduating from Oologah Talala public school.
Kevin proceeded Hershel in death at age 41.
The years of raising his sons are the most memorable to Hershel while he enjoyed coaching them in the Little League program, watching their sports events in school and attending proudly each graduation.
More memorable years included being present at the birth of each grandchild, Kara, Jane, Jordan, Kody and Kaitlin and the many years of travels made by our families to enjoy special family time.
Hershel served four years in the US Air Force.
He worked for Horn Brothers Furniture Co. before moving to Oologah in 1972 as owner operator of Kilgore Service and Grocery. He later purchased Conley Trucking Co. Inc. and moved toTulsawhere he was U.S. Postal Contractor until he sold the business in 2011 and returned to Oologah to retire.
He enjoyed sports, gardening, helping his wife in her craft business, traveling, his friends and the family gatherings. These family gatherings will be remembered by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews as a time Hershel always brought out the board games such as Monopoly or Sequence and everyone joined the laughter and challenge.
Hershel is survived by his wife Beverly of the home, his sons, Kyle of Colorado, Kurt and wife Rhonda of Commerce, Georgia, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
He was the youngest of seven children, Don, Sylvia, Ralph, Lavon, Wilma and Auzela. He was preceded in death by both parents, one brother and two sisters.
Hershel will be missed by many loving family members and the multitude of friends he met throughout his life.