Benjamin G. Harned, Jr.
Benjamin Gardner Harned, Jr., lifelong
Okmulgee resident and businessman, died Saturday evening, November 15, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was born April 20, 1925 in Okmulgee to
Benjamin G. Harned, Sr. and Clara R. (Eide) Harned. He graduated from Okmulgee
High School in 1943 and in October of the same year joined the United States
Army Air Corps. Ben was discharged from the service in 1946 and graduated from
the University of Oklahoma in 1949 with degrees in Business Law and Finance. He
then became a partner in the Ben G. Harned & Co. Real Estate and Insurance with
his father. Ben married Marianne Smith on August 23, 1953 in Bozeman, Montana.
They made their home in Okmulgee where Ben was active in the First Christian
Church, serving as a Deacon, Elder and in 2008 becoming Elder Emeritus. He and
Marianne were active members of he Cornerstone Sunday School Class. In 1966 Ben
purchased his fatherís interest in the business. He had been a Mason for over 50
years and was a member of the Okmulgee Lodge No. 199 AF&AM. He was a member of
the York Rite Gethsemane Commandery No.25, Knights Templar and a member of the
Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Bedouin Shrine and Okmulgee County
Shrine Club. Ben became an Eagle Scout in 1942 and continued his involvement
with scouting throughout his life, having served as Scoutmaster of Troop 6,
sponsored by the First Christian Church. He later served in many capacities in
the Indian Nations Council of the Boy Scouts. Ben became a member of the Academy
of Model Aeronautics in 1936. He was a member of the National Association of
Realtors for over 50 years and was involved in many reality-affiliated
His parents and a son, Thomas Grant Harned in
1984, preceded Ben in death.
He is survived by his wife, Marianne, of the
home, a son, Calvin Lee Harned and wife Gwen of Okmulgee, and a daughter,
Elizabeth Anne Harned of Shawnee.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the First Christian Church with Minister Charlie
Green officiating. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Casketbearers
will be Tony Volturo, Terry Hurd, C. Fred Burks, Tim Turley, Bill Milroy, Bob
Hess and Benny Thomas. Friends may visit the funeral home on Tuesday from 12-8.
Memorial contributions may be made in Benís memory to the First Christian Church
of Okmulgee. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters
Funeral Home of Okmulgee.