LeRoy “Ozzie” Hildreth, age 88, of El Dorado.
LeRoy “Ozzie” Hildreth was born in Leon, KS on October 23, 1931; the son of Bert and Edna (Allen) Hildreth. He was one of 8 children. Ozzie attended grade school and high school in Leon, KS. He moved to El Dorado to attend Junior College and play football for Butler Community College. He worked at Skelly Refinery—retiring in 1988 at the age of 56 after having back surgery. He started in the labor gang and retired as a valve mechanic. Ozzie was united in marriage to Jane Funk in 1953. He was drafted into the Army and served at Ft. Riley, KS. Ozzie served in the Korean War from 1952-1954. Ozzie built the family home in 1957. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church of El Dorado since 1949; where he learned that the first 10% of your income belongs to the Lord. He taught 7th grade boys and girls for 50 years and was a Camp Galilee counselor for several years. Ozzie also served as a church deacon and served for over 20 years in the El Dorado Prison Ministry. Ozzie worked for many years doing woodwork on his lathe. He was known for making candlesticks, which he gave as wedding gifts to his Sunday School children. He stamped “O.H.O.” on his pieces which stood for Ozzie Hildreth Original. He collected many things and enjoyed garage sales and never met a bargain or a stranger he didn’t like. Ozzie’s hobby was collecting hatchets and axes—he especially enjoyed looking for ones that had logos on them. Ozzie’s greatest joy was his family which includes his two daughters Lesa Porter and Cynthia Poe; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. Ozzie passed away on October 12, 2020 in Wichita. He is preceded in death by his wife, Lois; his parents, sisters Hope and Mary, brothers Jack, Charles, Bert Jr., Dee and Lewis. Friends gathered with the family at 11 am on Friday, October 16 at Walnut Valley Memorial Park for a graveside service. Memorial contributions in Ozzie’s name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Susan B. Allen Cancer Center. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Ozzie at www.carlsoncolonial.com
Published on October 17, 2020