Dateline: April 26, 2007

Lynn De Juan Abel, born December 9, 1936, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2007, while traveling to France.

Visitation was held on Saturday, April 21 and funeral services were held Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Greer Funeral Home Chapel in Mangum, OK, with interment at the Ladessa Cemetery, Greer County, Oklahoma, under the direction of Greer Funeral Home of Mangum.

As an accomplished life-long musician, playing the accordion and many other instruments, De Juan attended Denver University’s Lamont School of Music, and sang barbershop as a long time member of SPEBSQA (Society of the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America).

After service in the US Marine Corps 1957-1960 he earned his college degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  As the founder of Hexagon Honeycomb Corporation he became a modern day industrialist, epitomizing entrepreneurial ambition and independence by developing that company into the world wide leader in the production and distribution of structural paper honeycomb.  He was presented the St. Louis Small Business Association Businessman of the Year Award in 1991.

He passionately loved travel, conversation with anyone, and his family, which for him extended to second and third degree relatives, with all of whom he managed to maintain active contact.

De Juan married Carol Ann Coniff in 1960, and they had two sons, Corew Steven Abel and Andrew Craig Abel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver J. and Willie Abel of Clarendon, his older brother, Billy Dan Abel, and his sister, Donna.

He is survived by his former wife Carol Abel of Scottsdale, Arizona; his son Corey Abel and wife Jenni Jordan Abel, and their children, Audrey Lynn and Oliver Emmett of Denver, Colorado; his son Andrew “Andy” Abel of Hollywood, Florida; his brother, Philip C. Abel of Ft. Worth, Texas; and his long time companion Krisztina Toth and her son Daniel Antmann; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

To all who knew him he was a devoted father, uncle, and friend.

 

Copyright © 2006, The Clarendon Enterprise. All Rights Reserved.