NORMAN — Harold Clyde “PaPa” Liddell, a loving father of five children, a grandfather to 11 and a great-grandfather to 35, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. He was 89 years old.
Harold was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Marlow. He and his three brothers and two sisters grew up in Shawnee during the Depression years. After graduating from Shawnee High School in 1943, he joined the Marine Corp 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. 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, Texas, 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.
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 would 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 and 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; numerous nieces and nephews; and his children, who will miss him greatly, Nancy and Dan Noles of Norman, Judi and Bob Hartsock of Norman, Mike and Diane Liddell of Edmond and Mickey Liddell of Los Angeles.
Other survivors are his 11 grandchildren and their families who adored their PaPa, Jeannie and Todd Vinson of Chandler, Jade and Angie Noles of Norman, Jamie and Nate Bobbett of Waco, Texas, Jake and Kourtney Hartsock of Norman, Blake and Marci Hartsock of Waco, Brian and Sarah Hartsock of Norman, Laynie and Reese Travis of Oklahoma City, Callie Liddell and fiance Hunter Moore of Denver, Bailey and Kevin Lamb of Oklahoma City, Luci and Jeremy Smith of Dallas and Jesse Liddell and Erin Laverty of Los Angeles.
Also surviving him, last but not least, are his beloved 35 great-grandchildren, 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; and Finley, Carter and Riley Smith.
Honorary pallbearers are Dick Liddell, Don Adkins, Bob Barnard and Bobby Jack Stuart.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at CrossPointe Church, 2601 24th Ave. SE in Norman, with interment at 10 a.m. Thursday at Resthaven Memorial Park in Shawnee.
Visitation was from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St. in Norman.
Memorials can be made to Willow Springs Boys Ranch, 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. 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 Havenbrook Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014
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