Dateline: April 26, 2007
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
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,
To all who knew him he was a
devoted father, uncle, and friend.
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