NORMAN — Allen Hugh Hames was born Aug. 7, 1937, in Norman to Jay Melvin Hames and Gladys Lucille Ketner. Allen was an exceptionally wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. Allen was raised in Norman, where he attended high school. In 1959, he married Suzie West; the love of his life. They were married for more than 50 years.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Allen and his brother, Mel, started Triple A Mechanical in 1961. After five years, Allen and Pat Hatley opened Quality Plumbing and Heating. Allen was dedicated and passionate to his industry, serving on multiple committees and being a past president of PHCC and a 25-year board member of the Joint Apprentice Training Committee for the Union. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 344 for 58 years.
Not only was the industry his passion, it also kindled some of his greatest friendships. One of the greatest blessings was that Allen shared his work with his two sons. Not only did they have the pleasure of working together, they especially enjoyed spending quality time together as “best friends.”
His passion was spending time with his family including his three granddaughters, auto racing, fishing, playing golf and cheering on his Oklahoma Sooners. Sunday dinners were never missed; it was a special family time and everyone looked forward to gathering around the table, laughing and enjoying Sue’s home-cooked meals.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzie Hames of the home; son, Randy Hames of Norman; granddaughter, Alexis Hames; son, David Hames and wife Kelly of Norman; granddaughters Sydney Allyn and Samantha Rose; his stepmother, Billie Hames of Norman; five brothers, Melvin Hames and wife Tonda, Rondell Hames and wife Donna, Larry Hames and wife Judith, Jimmy Hames and wife Deanna and Lee Sawyer, all of Norman; five sisters, Ann Hames Lindsey of Santa Rose, Calif., Marilyn Hames, Virginia Wendorff and husband Keith, Kathy Cox and husband Raymond and Leesa Hames, all of Norman; and many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at IOOF Cemetery in Norman, with Reverend Bruce Christian officiating.
Arrangements for Allen and his family were placed in the care of the Vice family at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman.
Online condolences may be shared at HavenbrookFuneralHome.com.
Norman Transcript, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013