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Bruce Lee Hough, 85, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
He leaves his wife of 65 years, Beverly (Eigle) Hough; his son, Bruce Donald, his daughters, Debbie Calcote, Denise McClure, Darlene Anderson; his brother and wife, James Thomas Hough and Lois; eleven grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Born in White Oak, and raised in Claremore, the son of Bruce James Hough and Virginia Fyrn (Brown) Hough, he was a lifelong resident of Claremore.
In his early years, he would stay with Jack and Lois Collins, and help on the dairy farm. After graduating from Catoosa High School in 1949, he attended Bacone College on a football scholarship. He met his wife, Beverly, and they were married in 1953. He attended NWSU graduating with a bachelor's degree then joined the U.S. Marine Corp. where he was a 1st Lieutenant.
After serving with the Marines, he had the opportunity to teach and coach football in several schools in Oklahoma. He served as Comptroller of the Oklahoma State Senate, District Liaison for Clem McSpadden, Principal and Superintendent of Catoosa and Verdigris Schools, History and Political Science Professor/Rodeo Coach at Rogers State University for 18 years.
Bruce had a passion for the sport of rodeo. He was a Gold Card holder in the PRCA in steer wrestling and bull riding. During college, he was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, stepfather Barney Kenreck, sisters Billie Towne and Sue Prather.
A "Celebration of Life: service will be held September 23, at 2 pm at Cowboy Gatherin Church in Inola.
Published on September 20, 2017
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