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Clifford Leroy Hanan, the son of Clarence Theodore and Faye Lela Bolar Hanan, was born on June 5th, 1922, at their home near Hillsdale in Garfield County, Oklahoma. When Clifford was small, the family moved by covered wagon to their home near Arnett. Clifford grew up there attending the Arnett Public Schools, graduating from Arnett High School in 1939. On June 14, 1941, he married Maebelle Rider in Woodward, Oklahoma. They lived together 73 years. To their union, two daughters were born: Beverly Kae and Judy Lyn. One of Clifford’s first jobs after marriage was working in the Arnett Post Office. His work there was interrupted by a time in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed at Camp Barkley, Texas, where he was appointed Sergeant in Charge of Mail Distribution at the Camp Barkley Hospital. He returned home after the War was over, Clifford and Louis Bennett went to Oklahoma City and secured a charter to establish the Oca J. Collar American Legion Post in Arnett. He was the first adjutant of the post and served in other leadership roles during the many years he was a member. He went on to be Postmaster in Arnett, before he became a full time farmer/stockman/rancher. Clifford and Maebelle made their home in Ellis County with the exception of a few years in Borger, Texas, where Clifford also worked in the Post Office. They moved to Woodward upon full retirement. Clifford died on August 27, 2014 in Providence Place in Woodward, at the age of 92 years, 2 months, and 22 days. Clifford was also active in area organizations. In 1961, he was appointed to the local Rural Electric Association and served that organization for 31 years in several leadership capacities including chairman of the Northwestern Electric Cooperative board for 25 of those years. He was appointed to the Oklahoma Rural Electric Executive Board and later was appointed to the National Rural Electric Board for 8 years. In honor of his many contributions to rural electrification, he was awarded membership in the Hall of Fame of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. Clifford was also an active member of St. Albans Masonic Lodge No. 192 in Arnett for over 70 years, serving the Lodge in many areas. He was honored with a “special pinning” in recognition by the Grand Master of the Oklahoma Masonic Lodge for his over 70 years of continuous and dedicated membership. He also was a member of the India Phyrtrol Grove Shriners Club of Woodward and of the Woodward Elk’s Lodge. He was also a faithful and active member of the Church of Christ most of his life being baptized as a youth. Clifford was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Maebelle, his parents, and his three brothers, Claude, Roy and Verl. He is survived by his daughters, Beverly Kae Littau of Woodward, and Judy Lyn Hickman, and her husband, David Hickman of Tulsa. By Clifford’s grandchildren: Tim Littau, and his wife, Terri Jo of Woodward; Tyson Littau, and Kate, his wife, of Woodward; Trey Littau and Amy, his wife, of Enid, Oklahoma; Andrea Hickman of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Dr. Allison Hickman of Midlothian, Virginia.
Published on  August 31, 2014
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