Randall (“Hoppy”) H. Latimer
Randall (“Hoppy”) H. Latimer 88 died peacefully Tuesday February 18, 2014 in his own bed after a long struggle with cancer. The funeral services will be held at the Gateway Baptist Church in Borger at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 22, 2104. Burial will follow in Westlawn Memorial Park where military service will be conducted. Randall H. Latimer was born October 10, 1925 to John and Nora Latimer in St. Louis, Oklahoma. After returning from the war, Randall married Bobbie Sue Pitts, his high school sweetheart. They have been married for 67 years. Randall is survived by his loving wife Bobbie Sue, and two children, Jerry Latimer and Judy Fankhauser, four grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many caring and loving relatives. Randall served in the U. S. Army as a Technician Fifth Grade from February 24, 1944 to April 30, 1946. He received the Good Conduct Medal Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and the APT Ribbon. He was assigned to keep order during the Philadelphia Street Car Strike of 1944, which kept him from going to Europe with his regular outfit. Randall served with the occupation forces in Japan as a member of the First Calvary. Randall and Bobbie moved to Borger in 1949, along with many returning war veterans. Randall started a career with Phillips Petroleum in 1949 that spanned 35 years. During that time he held several jobs, member of the maintenance gang, security office, and finally retiring from Phillips Petroleum as a certified code welder. During a 1949 fire at the Copolymer plant, Randall had to jump from the top of a burning storage tank. When he landed he broke his ankle and had to walk on crutches with a cast on his ankle. This incident earned his nickname of “Hoppy”. He spent many enjoyable years doing what he loved best, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed his many hours of fishing for walleye on Lake Meredith. Hoppy will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Services under the direction of Brown Funeral Directors of Borger. Send personal condolences to www.brownfuneraldirectors.net.