Harold Gene Baldwin, 84, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, June 1, 2014. He was born April 22, 1930 in Wainwright, Oklahoma to Floyd Raymond Baldwin and Grace Acord Baldwin. He attended Muskogee Public Schools and graduated from Central High School with the class of 1949. Harold married Patricia “Pat” Eller in 1950. They celebrated 25 years of marriage before she passed away in 1975. Harold and Pat had three children together, Sharon, Gene, and Gayle. Harold met and later married Jo Ann, who had two sons, Mark and Steve Caywood. They celebrated five children, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and 38 years of marriage together.
Harold began his career at the age of 18 at Container Corporation and worked his way up to General Foreman from which he retired after 36 years of service where he made lifelong friends.
Harold loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Nothing meant more to him than spending time with his family. He was a true handyman and could fix anything in “20 minutes.” He was known by his neighbors as “Harold the Mole Killer” because he would track down the moles in his yard to kill them with poison, shovels, screwdrivers, or even a gun!
Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church in Muskogee. He loved his church family and especially enjoyed visiting with Randy Holt, Tom Shelton, Rex Wilkinson, and Lance Sawyer.
Harold was loved by many and will be truly missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 111 S 7th St, Muskogee, OK, 74401.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Grace Baldwin; wife, Patricia “Pat” Baldwin; and stepson, Steve Caywood.
Harold is survived by his wife, Jo Ann, of the home; children, Gayle Baldwin of Muskogee, Sharon Hutching and husband, Howard of Rocklin, CA, Gene Baldwin and wife, Susan of Mannford, OK, Mark Caywood and wife, Suellen of Edmond, OK; daughter-in-law, Donnette Caywood of Muskogee; grandchildren, Jacob Baldwin and wife, Kasey of Chicago, IL, Corey Baldwin of Tulsa, Allee Pearson and husband, Scott of Muskogee, Ashley Caywood of Kansas City, MO, Carter Caywood and wife, Stephanie of Eagle River, AK, Ethan Caywood and wife, Jessica, Hailey Caywood, and Tanar Caywood, all of Muskogee; great grandchildren, Gabriel Caywood and Wesley Caywood, both of Eagle River, AK; sisters, Charlotte Bentley and husband, Bill of Bixby, OK, Nadine Frazier and husband, T. G. of Tulsa; several nieces, nephews, other family members, and many friends.
A memorial service celebrating Harold's life will be at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Muskogee with Dr. Lance Sawyer officiating.
A private family interment will be Thursday, June 5, 2014. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jacob Baldwin, Corey Baldwin, Carter Caywood, Ethan Caywood, Scott Pearson, and nephews, Bryan Frazier, Gary Bentley, and Billy Bentley. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Briley, Duane Mason, Jim Hammons, Connie Harris, Roy Carter, and Paul Porter.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online @www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.