Loren Newell © Enid News and eagle 03-14-2007 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Loren Newell, 81, of Enid, OK, passed away Monday, March 12, 2007 at his home after a long illness.
Loren was born Aug. 11, 1925 to O.L. and Maude Ragains-Newell. He was born and raised in Nash and was the eighth and youngest child born to the Newell family. Most of his young life he helped on the farm and learned the value of hard work at a young age. While attending school in Nash, he was a member of the Boy Scouts and was active in sports in high school where he played on the football team. He also took up the traditional family paper route. In the fall of 1943, during his senior year, he was called to the service of his country during World War II. Loren entered the United States Air Force and began pilot training in Valejo, CA.
While in pilot training, Loren proposed marriage to Leora Strait, a high school friend and friend of the family. She traveled by train to California where they were married on Dec. 21, 1944, in the presence of his sister, Velma and her husband Vane Spillman. Loren and Leora had a long and loving relationship for over 62 years. Loren earned his high school diploma while in the service and went on to attend Montana State University. The war ended in May 1945 and Loren was honorably discharged from the service in April 1946.
Loren and Leora moved back to Oklahoma to join the rest of their large families. Being raised in agriculture, Loren had an interest in the grain business. He took a job as an elevator manager in Booker, Texas, and began a 20-year career in the grain elevator management business. He went on to manage elevators in Kremlin, OK, Conway Springs, KS, Douglas, OK, and Kingfisher, OK.
Loren never lost his thirst for knowledge and furthered his education by taking electronics and management courses in the evenings. In 1981, he started his own business “Newell Electro Sales and Service,” in Enid. He continued his quest for knowledge and was one of the first in Oklahoma to install computer operated card gas pumps. Loren continued to operate his business until his retirement.
Loren and Leora started their family in 1949, with the birth of a daughter, Micha Leah. Five years later in 1954, Deborah Gae was born. Loren and Leora were wonderful parents to their children. They always encouraged their daughters to develop their talents, to be good citizens and to do their very best at an endeavor.
During his life, Loren was a member of the Baptist Church where at times he served as a Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Lions Club and American Legion. He was a 50-year member of the Pond Creek Masonic Lodge and Order of Eastern Star. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Loren was preceded in death by his parents, O.L. and Maude Newell; brothers, Virgil, Don and Glenn; sisters, Lola and Vera; and one great-grandchild, Evan Haxton.
He is survived by his wife, Leora of the home; two daughters, Mickie Post and husband Garold of Kingfisher, OK, and Debbie Scott and her husband Randy of Colorado Springs, CO; six grandchildren, Leah Haxton and husband Greg of Blanchard, OK, Lanie Lovelace and husband Steve of Edmond, OK, Laun Post of Oklahoma City, OK, Jenny Adams and husband Matt, Holly Harpster and husband Jonny and Randy Scott and wife Lacy, all of Colorado Springs, CO; and eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Velma Lawver of Lawrence, KS; and a brother, Forest Newell of Parsons, KS; several nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2007 at Calvary Baptist Church under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Interment will be in New Home Ceme-tery, Nash.
Memorials can be made to Calvary Baptist Church and Hospice Circle of Love in lieu of flowers.
Condolences may be made online at ladusauevans@sud denlinkmail.com
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