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Harold Dwane Gouker

The Shawnee News-Star
Harold Dwane Gouker, 86, a longtime resident of Meeker, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

Harold Dwane Gouker, 86, a longtime resident of Meeker, passed away peacefully on Oct. 2, 2020, in Oklahoma City.

Harold was born on Aug. 11, 1934, in Meeker to Earnest and Cora (Roller) Gouker.

Harold graduated from Meeker High School. After high school, he served our country in the United States Army for two years.

On June 25, 1954, Harold married Kathryn Welborn in Meeker and they were married for 66 years.

Harold owned and operated Gouker Dozer Service in Meeker for 50 years and he also owned and operated Central Drilling Company. Harold was a successful racehorse owner and a member of the Quarter Horse Association. In 1995, his quarter horse “Turbine Jet” won the Heritage Place Futurity race at Remington Park.

Harold was a family man and was nicknamed “Pickle” by the youngest members of his family, his great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Cora Gouker; and six brothers and sisters: Leland “Shorty” Gouker, Milburn “Mib” Gouker, Elvin “Brandy” Gouker, Alene (Gouker) Youngblood, Cletis “Clete” Gouker, and Corine Gouker.

Those left to cherish Harold’s memory are his wife, Kathryn Gouker; a daughter, Brenda Gunderson and her husband, Jeff; granddaughters, Courtney Smithson and her husband, Cody and Chelsey Jones, and her husband Tyler; a great-granddaughter, Kate Smithson; and two great-grandsons, Killian Smithson and Barrett Jones.

Harold was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church of Meeker.

Funeral services for Harold will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at the First Baptist Church of Meeker, Meeker. Burial will be at New Hope Cemetery in Meeker.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Parks Brothers Funeral Service of Prague.

Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service, Meeker.