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Gaylord Hargadine Jr.


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Gaylord Hargadine Jr. Obituary
Gaylord "Gayle" W. Hargadine Jr., 91, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at his home in Southlake. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at White's Chapel United Methodist Church Founder's Chapel in Southlake. Interment: Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Home in Grapevine. Gayle was born Sept. 14, 1922, in Edwards County, Kan., the oldest of six children of G.W. and Adeline Hargadine. Upon graduation from high school in Kinsley, Kan., he worked for Braniff Airways as a radio operator before joining the Army Air Corps. After graduating from the cadet training program as a second lieutenant, he served as a flight instructor and then volunteered for C-46 flight school. Upon graduation he was deployed to the China-Burma-India theater during World War II where he flew 93 critical supply missions across the Himalayas, known as "flying the Hump." He remained an active member of the Hump Pilots Association throughout his life. Following the war he flew for several companies as a crop sprayer throughout Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. It was during this time that he met his wife, Eloise, and married in May 1950. At that time he moved to El Paso and began his career as a commercial airline pilot for Trans Texas Airways, which became Texas International Airlines, moving to Houston and Irving before settling in Southlake in 1963. During his career he logged in excess of 33,000 hours. After retirement from the airline at age 60, he spent several seasons flying tours into the Grand Canyon in Arizona. As a longtime resident of Southlake, he actively supported White's Chapel UMC and served the community in many various capacities. He was also actively involved in the retired pilots association, The Proud Birdmen. He loved his family, enjoying their many activities, never missed a Texas Rangers opening game until two years ago and loved to travel. He will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents; Eloise, his wife of 55 years; and siblings, Gordon, Stanley, Alice and John. Survivors: His children, Bill Hargadine and wife, Holly, Kathy Srokosz and husband, Tommy, Judy Lehew and husband, Jerry, and Paul Hargadine and wife, Karen; grandchildren, Cara, Jeremy, Taylor, Jamie, Anson, Justin and Grace; great-granddaughter, Riley; sister, Mary Gomez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in Star-Telegram on Jan. 29, 2014
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