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La Rue Medders of Edmond, Okla., was born September 22, 1931 in Gotebo, to Mabel and Neal Medders. When he was six months old, his family moved to Clinton, where he lived until he graduated from High School in 1951. During his years at Clinton High, he was active in all sports, especially football. He also served as president of his class all four years and was president of the Student Council. He graduated from Oklahoma State University School of Fire Protection in 1954, and in June of that year he married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Smith. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he went to work for the Oklahoma Inspection Bureau in Oklahoma City. After that he was employed by Lloyds, New York as their Director of Fire Protection Services. His employment afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States, with occasional trips to England and Australia. He was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He and Evelyn are the parents of two children, David Ellis and Diane Elizabeth. While his children were young, they were able to take many trips as a family across the United States and into Canada, and had many good times together. He and Evelyn were also able to travel to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and for their 50th Anniversary they enjoyed a trip to Alaska. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; son, David and his wife, Paula, of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Diane and her husband, Brion, of Norman; two sisters, Nelda Goodwin of Oklahoma City, Peggy Kay of Buffalo Mo., a brother, Galen and his wife, Cheryl of Wichita, Kan., and three double cousins, Gene and Truman Medders, and Oda Lee Weatherred. Following La Rue’s wishes, there will be no formal services. The family will be receiving friends and family for an informal loving memory memorial at Crawford Funeral Home, 610 NW 178th St, Edmond, Oklahoma, on Saturday, December 19th, at 2 pm. If you have any pictures or stories you would like to share about this good man, please bring them. The internment will be private.
Published on  December 15, 2015
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