The Edmond Sun

Obituaries

April 18, 2014

Harold N. Wolaver

EDMOND —     Harold N. Wolaver died peacefully while in hospice care at Autumn Leaves of Edmond, Okla. on April 15, 2014, following recovery from a stroke and heart disease.

    Born July 8, 1933, in Oklahoma City, Okla. to Emma Leigh Wolaver (née Dunavan) and Charles N. Wolaver, the youngest of six children, Harold grew up at 1111 West Park Street and graduated in 1951 from Central High School, where he was selected as an All American baseball team member (catcher).

    Wolaver earned a degree in Geology from Oklahoma Christian University in 1955 and was selected for life membership in the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. He later worked with Kerr-McGee’s uranium mining operation in New Mexico before returning to Oklahoma to attend O.U. law school. He later pursued a 40+ year career in public service including two years in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corp. stationed in Munich, assignments for the U.S. Dept. of Interior/Forest Service in Denver and San Diego, and as an Internal Revenue Service collections officer in Texas, Alabama, California and Oklahoma.

    The same year he earned a private pilot’s license, Wolaver met Betty Loraine McClellan and in 1970 the couple eloped to San Francisco before returning to Oklahoma City to start a family including son Nicholas (b. 1973) and daughter Lorrie (b. 1974). In 1975, the Wolavers established their home in Edmond, where the family resided until early 2014 (39 years).

    After retiring from IRS in 1998, Wolaver enjoyed restoring furniture and woodworking, wheeling and dealing at estate sales, some (but not enough) fishing and regular trips to Remington Park to perfect his version of horse handicapping. During 43.5 years of marriage Harold remained near Betty and was her primary caregiver following her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 2008 until her death February 19, 2014.

    Wolaver is survived by his children, Nicholas Wolaver of Atlanta and Lorrie Wolaver of Oklahoma City, as well as one of five siblings, Frances Robertson of Fort Worth, brother-in-law Yale Scurlock and cousin Charles Turpin of Oklahoma City, sister-in-law Dorothy Wolaver of Nashville, brother-in-law Scott McClellan of Dallas, and other cousins, nieces and nephews.

    The family will announce services for Harold and Betty to take place later this spring.

    Visit his online memorial at www.MemorialParkOKC.com.

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