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George A. Mhoon

Memorial service for retired Sgt. 1st Class George A. Mhoon, 78, Marlow, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Fort Sill National Cemetery.

Burial with full military honors will be under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Sergeant Mhoon passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, at his home.

George was born May 30, 1936, in Beverly, Mass., to Cecil and Lucy Mhoon. He spent his early years in Wenham, Mass., and then the family moved to follow the career of his father who was an Army officer. In 1950 the family moved to the ancestral home in Moss Point, Miss. He attended Moss Point Jr. High for a year and then transferred to Saint Andrews School in Sewanee, Tenn. He graduated in 1956. He joined the Navy and attended numerous schools at U.S. Naval Air Station, North Island, Calif. On January 18, 1957, he married Jackie D. Higginbotham in Anniston, Ala. The couple returned to California until he was assigned sea duty on the U.S.S. Hornet as Ships Company. He was assigned to the metal smith's shop and worked on airframes. On his return to San Diego he was assigned to Miramar Naval Air Station. He was assigned to the special maintenance unit now known as Top Gun.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1959 and was assigned to the Nike missile system. He was trained in assembly, radar and launch of the Ajax and Hercules missiles. He was also selected and trained as part of the nuclear warhead team. On his return from assignment from Germany he attended and graduated third in his class at the Army Recruiter and Career counselor school. He was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division Artillery Headquarters in Mainz and Wiesbaden. He excelled in his field as supervisor of four battalion reenlistment offices. He received numerous letters and the Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award) for his work. On his return to the United States he was assigned recruiting duty Los Angeles and station commander in Abilene, Texas, and then 9th Group headquarters as the NCOIC of S-1. He was medically discharged in 1976 with more than 20 years service.

Military awards he received include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, with two oak leaf clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), Navy Good Conduct Award and the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award). After his retirement, he graduated from Cameron University. He was a substitute teacher for junior and senior high schools in Lawton. He was a lifetime member of the Lawton DAV, Chapter 56, Mount Scott Masonic Lodge No. 540 and a Shrine Klown. He was an avid fisherman, gardener and traveler.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie, of the home; a daughter and her husband, Kathy and Robert Berndsen, of Marlow; a son and his wife, Michael and Teresa Mhoon, of Lawton; a grandson, Leo Berndsen, of Fort Cobb; two great-granddaughters, Ryleigh and Kaelyn Berndsen; a great-grandson, Blacyn Berndsen; two sisters, Linda Tenneyson, of Tennessee, and Brenda Mace, of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Mhoon, and a sister, Debbie Mhoon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chisholm Trail Hospice, 2000 West Elk, Duncan 73533.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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