Lone Grove resident, Donald Norman Herklotz, 85, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at the Ardmore Veterans Center. Don was born Oct. 12, 1932, at Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Theodore and Louise (Schneider) Herklotz.  
Don and Patricia Pruitt were married Aug. 10, 1954, at Eupora, Miss. In 2017, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
During the Korean War, Don proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy for four years. As a jet engine mechanic he was stationed in Morocco, and during the last six months of active duty he was in Cuba aboard the Ticonderoga Aircraft Carrier as the plane captain. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
Following his naval service, Don was employed at General Dynamics and moved to Palmdale, Calif. There he worked on jet engines and attended night school working to achieve a Bachelor of Science Degree in electronic engineering. From there he was transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Maria where he worked on the Atlas Missile Defense Systems. He came to Ardmore as a design engineer with General Dynamics and then at Camden, Ark., where he retired from General Dynamics in 1989. The family returned to Ardmore where Don designed and helped build his retirement home.
A member of the First United Methodist Church of Ardmore, Don enjoyed big game hunting, he was a life member of the NRA, also the Single Action Shooters Society (SASS) and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Herklotz of Lone Grove; a brother, Theodore Herklotz and wife, June; and nephew, Patrick Herklotz.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in his name be made to the First United Methodist Church of Ardmore.
Cremation-With-Care was provided by Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.