Harold Carson (HC) Hohn, age 88, passed away March 11, 2022. He was born to V. B. and Alta Lee (Payne) Hohn in Dawson County, TX, on June 10, 1933. He was raised on the family farm south of O'Donnell and never left, except for 2 years serving in Korea.
Harold began school at Dawson County OK School, moved to O'Donnell schools, and graduated in 1951. In school he was active in FFA and received the Lone Star Farmer Degree. He also showed the Grand Champion Steer at the Fort Worth Livestock Show in 1951. He attended Texas Tech for 2 years.
Harold and Gayla Fisher were married July 31, 1953. He was then drafted into the US Army, stationed in Korea, and served in the Army Signal Corps for 2 years. Upon his return, Harold farmed for himself and helped his dad.
Their daughter, Deborah Ann (Debbie), was born while Harold was on the ship to Korea. Daughter, Linda Gay, was born 2 ½ years later.
First Baptist O'Donnell was their church home, where Harold served as Sunday School Director, and on the Property and Grounds Committee.
Harold was active in Young Farmers and held various positions of leadership. He received the Outstanding Young Farmer award locally, and for Area II. He was also active in the Rotary Club where he held many offices and received the Paul Harris Fellow.
Harold was awarded the Region I Wildlife Conservation Award. He was the recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation, from the American Police Hall of Fame, for his service in creating a safe route from O'Donnell to the cemetery, and was named O'Donnell Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Harold worked tirelessly to preserve local heritage in the O'Donnell Heritage Museum. He also served many years as Treasurer, President, and Maintenance Supervisor of the O'Donnell Cemetery Association. He also received the Community Builder Award by the O'Donnell Masonic Lodge.
Harold and Gayla traveled after (semi) retirement visiting grandchildren, and welcoming great-grandchildren. Genealogy was a passion, traveling across the country, and to Scotland and Germany, discovering members of their family trees and connecting with new found relatives.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gayla; daughters Debbie Reed of Lubbock and Linda (Tommy) Rodgers of O'Donnell; sister, Elaine Pearson of O'Donnell, grandchildren, Aimee (Kevin) Richardson of Double Oak, Hans (Erin) Mensch of San Angelo, Natasha (David) Goggin of Orange Grove, Tae (Becca) Reed of Memphis, TN, and Kailee (Patrick) Spear of Lubbock; and much loved great-grandchildren, Carson Richardson, Drew Goggin, Oliver Mensch, Kate Mensch, Adam Goggin, Paxton Spear, Allison Goggin and Peyton Spear.
Visitation will be at Combest Family Funeral Home in O'Donnell, TX, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Services will be Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 2 PM, at First Baptist Church in O'Donnell, TX, with burial to follow in the O'Donnell Cemetery under the personal care and direction of Combest Family Funeral Homes.
Pallbearers will be Hans Mensch, Tae Reed, Kevin Richardson, David Goggin, Patrick Spear and Carson Richardson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Drew Goggin, Oliver Mensch, Adam Goggin, Paxton Spear and Peyton Spear.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to O'Donnell Cemetery Association (PO Box 605, O'Donnell, TX 79351), or Mission Fund FBC O'Donnell (701 Standefer, O'Donnell, TX 79351).