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Edmon Earl Thetford

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Edmon Earl Thetford

Long time Hughes County resident, Edmon Earl Thetford, passed from this life on May 9, 2022. He was a resident of the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Norman where he had resided since December of 2016.

Edmon Earl Thetford was born July 7, 1920 to Eva Lillian (Carmichael) and Robert Earl Thetford in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother and two sisters, and his loving wife of 71 years, Wilma.

Edmon was father to three sons, Phillip DeWayne of Ardmore, Kenny Michael of Bethany Beach, Delaware, and Jeffrey Kevin of Holdenville. He was grandfather to one grandson and four granddaughters, and several great grandchildren. Edmon is also survived by two brothers, George Roberts of Norman, Kenneth Roberts of Holdenville and a sister, Odie Burch of Duncan as well as many close friends and neighbors. Edmon spent his early years on the farm, having dropped out of school in the 8 th grade to help support his mother and family.

Edmon proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II rising to the rank of SSgt. He saw combat with the 32 nd (Red Arrow) Division on the island of Luzon, Philippines. He also served with the Army of Occupation in Japan before being honorably discharged in San Antonio, Texas in November 1946. During his service, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Army of Occupation Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

After his Army service, Edmon lived in Hughes County for most of his life where he was a respected farmer and rancher. He also worked for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, retiring in August 1985. After retirement he enjoyed raising cattle and tending to his garden where he loved to raise tomatoes and other vegetables which he proudly gave to many of his friends and neighbors. He was a member of the American Legion and the First Church of God in Holdenville.

Viewing will be 1:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, May 12 th , and 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Friday, May 13 th , at Hudson Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville.

Funeral services to be held at First Church of God in Holdenville on Saturday, May 14 th , at 2:00 pm followed by interment in Glory Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jim Thetford, Scott Olivo, Mark Brown, Randy Brown, Billy Brown and Dane Ford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Church of God, 624 E Main Street, Holdenville, OK 74848.

Services under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home, Holdenville, Oklahoma.