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Elmer Roy Hector, 92, also known by his nickname Spot, died in Garvin County, Oklahoma on April 11, 2016. He was born March 22, 1924 in a log cabin located in a cottonwood grove five miles north of Sulphur, Oklahoma. His parents, Charley Creigh and Lottie Ann Hawthorne Hector, and all his siblings preceded him in death - sisters Edna Ethel and Inez May and brothers Hassell Troy, Edgar Neal, Ivy Claude, Floyd Clyde, Roscoe Earl and Verlarce Gordon. His parents with their infant son, Hassell, and two of his father’s brothers, Ezra and Harvey, and their families came to Oklahoma from San Saba, Texas in the fall of 1910 by mule drawn wagons. The brothers and their growing families worked as sharecroppers while trying to establish an economical foothold in the sparsely settled state of Oklahoma. He attended public schools in Murray County and was mostly self-educated. As a young man he worked on the family farm, and later for R.D. Ross’ Southern Rock and Asphalt Company. He left Sulphur on a freight train in late 1941 to work in the shipyards in California, and then joined the Army in January, 1943. Soon after the invasion of France, he was promoted to First Sergeant at age 20, and experienced warfare up close and personal in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He was awarded five battle stars and three more when he served in the Korean War. He retired in 1964, and then was an executive for The Army and Air Force Exchange Service for 20 years. In his retirement years he was instrumental in restoring the Astyanax Troy Hector Family Cemetery in San Marcos, Texas and wrote seven western novels and one autobiography. His first wife, Christa Ursula Dost, preceded him in death, as did his second wife, Margaret Kathleen Hector. He is survived by two sons: Ronald Hector and his wife Nancy, and Douglas Hector and his wife Guille; and many grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and cousins. In departing this world, he said there is not sufficient space or time to describe his love and deep and abiding thanks and appreciation to all his living kin and friends whom he had the privilege and honor to know. Graveside services with military honors for Elmer Roy Hector will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Oaklawn Cemetery in Sulphur with Pastor Helen Jones officiating. This obituary was written by his son, Ronald Hector. Services are entrusted to Hale’s Funeral Home of Sulphur, Okla. Online condolences may be offered at halesfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  April 14, 2016
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