Sgt. Maj. Harold Gene Exum
Funeral for retired Sgt. Maj. Harold Gene Exum, 75, Lawton, will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel with Kari Kennedy, of Cache, officiating.
Sgt. Maj. Exum passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Lawton with his daughter by his side.
Burial with full military honors will be in Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin.
Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in the funeral home chapel.
He was born on June 19, 1942, to Harold E. and Mary Lou (Stobaugh) Exum in Ralls, Texas. Harold was raised on his Uncle Buck's farm in Lorenzo, Texas. After graduating high school as a proud Lorenzo Hornet in 1961, Harold attended Texas Tech University. Harold owned and operated Carpet World. Harold married Shirley Brown, and became the proud father of Harold Gene Exum, Jr. in 1964. Harold was drafted into the Army in 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam, for which he received the following medals and accommodations; Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 bronze oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, 6th award, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 silver service star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 1, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon w/device, Expert Badge w/auto rifle bar, and the Drill Sergeant Badge.
On Sept. 14, 1968, he eagerly married Polly Mosley and became the father to Pam, Billy, Kim, and Meladee. Over the next few years, their family grew with Gena and John. Sgt Maj. Exum proudly served over 20 years in the 101st Airborne, Screaming Eagles. The Exum family was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany: Baumholder, Germany; Colorado Springs, Colo.; El Paso, Texas; Moorehead, Ky.; and Lawton. After retirement in 1988, Harold and his wife enjoyed operating booths at several antique markets. For the past eight years, Harold was a resident at the Lawton-Fort Sill Veterans Center. Harold enjoyed the friendships made with many residents and staff at the center, and spending time with his family, all of which will miss him immensely.
He is survived by his wife,of the home; his children: Pamela Whipp, Lawton; William Smith and wife Buffy, Marlow; Kim and husband, Harald Achen, Allen, Texas; Harold Gene Exum Jr. and wife, Diane, Dodge City, Kan.; Gena Exum Werner, Lawton; two brothers, David Exum , and wife Susan, Redding, Calif.; Jimmy Exum, of California; sister, Leslie Kyle, 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lisa Exum; his daughter, Meladee Helton; and son, John Exum.
Charitable contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by phone at (877)-832-6997, by mail to PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517, or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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