Jim & Paula at Thanksgiving, 2004
01/08/05 - My Dad – Jim Head was a family man. He came from the "old school" where he believed the man of the house was the breadwinner and protector. That was his job; however, in addition to serving both of those duties, he was also a loving father and a devoted husband. While there may be some things I will forget about my father, you can be assured his love will not be one of them. During all our time together, there was never a moment that passed in which he did not express his love for me... many hugs, occasional kisses, but most often with words. I love you Dad, and I'll miss you.
From the Stillwater Newspress - Jan 10th, 2005:
Jim C. Head, 58, Stillwater, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Strode Chapel under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. The Rev. Stan Warfield will officiate.
Head was born Jan. 8, 1947, to James W. and Mary Ellen Head in Shawnee. He attended high school at St. Gregory’s and served in the military from 1967 to 1969. He spent 1968 in Vietnam as an infantryman and received numerous distinguished service awards, including a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and a National Defense Service Medal.
He married Paula J. Grove after returning from the service. They had grown up together and dated in high school. They had three sons.
Head worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. He served as president of the Stillwater branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers for seven years and as shop steward for many years. At the time of his death, he was serving as the Northwest District board member for the State of Oklahoma.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was named Eagle of the Year in 2002. He also served as Conductor and Chaplain for the lodge.
He loved his country and his friends, but most of all, he loved his family.
He was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, of the home; three sons, William Lance Head and wife Kristin of Claremore, Kent Wayne Head and wife Kelley of Owasso and Nathan Wade Head and wife Susan of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Jared Head and Chalyn Head, both of Owasso, and Taylor Head and Gracy Head, both of Claremore; one brother, David Chostner of Aiken, S.C.; and two sisters, Sandra Watson of Shawnee and Carole Head of High Point, N.C.
Pallbearers will be Frank Jones, Monty Leigh, Johnny Lyons, Cliff Blackstock, Bob Henderson and Dan Swart.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Karen Ward, 106 E. Marie, Stillwater, Okla., 74075.
01/08/05 - Year-End Roundup – The holidays are finally over and it is time to get back to work. For me, this means I adopt the "year-end" schedule of working until 6:30PM on weekdays and Saturdays (otherwise known as Susan's standard schedule). I'm already looking forward to the end of this month ;). Fortunately, I have some free time this afternoon for a "year-end roundup" diary entry.
For Thanksgiving, Susan and I spent the afternoon in McCloud, OK for our family reunion. The remainder of the long weekend was spent in both Stillwater and Lawton.
Susan and I spent the weekend before Christmas in Lawton. In addition to relaxing with family (which we really needed some relaxation), we also spent some time out at the wildlife refuge.
Susan and I spent the actual weekend of Christmas in Stillwater. Most of our time there was spent hanging around the house with family.
For New Years, Susan's parents journeyed to Fort Worth for a weekend of poker, a movie, dining, and plenty of geocaching. We also introduced the folks to Hooters. Good burgers and wings... I promise that is the reason we go there ;).
The past couple of months were busy, but as usual, we had a lot of fun along the way.