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Clyde Eugene Pigg, 91, of McAlester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at his home in McAlester.
Clyde was born to Alvin and Ethel (Keith) Pigg in Dow on Sept. 13, 1926. He attended Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University) and Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
He was inducted into the United States Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific Theater of the war.
At the conclusion of the war, Clyde began his career as an engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers and worked for 30 years before his retirement.
He was very active for many years with the McAlester Running Club, competing in two marathons at White Rock.
He was a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 79, a member of the Optimist Club, a member of the American Legion and a member of the Pittsburg County Republican Party.
Clyde loved his OSU Cowboys and was always present when the Cowboy Caravan would come to McAlester.
After his retirement in 1985, Clyde became an avid golfer and had many golfing buddies. He also liked to bird hunt with his bird dogs. Clyde liked to travel to all parts of the United States with his wife and family members.
He was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in McAlester and was an avid member of the Pigg Bible Study affiliated with the church.
Clyde is survived by his wife and best friend, Jo Ann; his daughter, Debbie Tidholm and husband Don; his son, David Pigg; his only grandson, Zac Tidholm and wife, Caitlin; two granddaughters, Stacey Reinholz and husband, Steve, and Christie Tidholm; one great-grandson, Ethan; a step-daughter, Susan Vaughan and husband, Nance, and their children, Aubrey and Clint; a sister, Mary Lee Wilkerson; a brother, Bob Pigg and wife Mona, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Thelma Powell, Lorene Gunter, Betty McCloud and Wanda Reed, and a brother, James Paul Pigg. Clyde was also preceded in death by his beloved first wife of 56 years, Ila Pigg.
Clyde's family will receive friends at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with pastor Glenn Meyers officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Paul Volturo, John Hutton, Mike Collins, Don Gleichman, Harold Dunlap, Primus Moore, Donny Mitchell, John Hamilton, Don LaGasse, James Hamilton, Bennie Durant and Bob Basolo.
Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy Honors Guard.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of McAlester or the Trinity Lutheran Church.
Clyde led a full and complete life which was filled with athletic pursuits, a loving devotion to all of his family and friends, and a dedication to hard work and enjoying a good laugh with his golfing buddies. Clyde will be missed, but he will continue to be an example of a life well lived to all those who knew him and loved him.
Published on November 5, 2017
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