Tulsa — Charles “Chuck” Harmon, of Tulsa, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 at the age of 83.
A funeral service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at South Tulsa Baptist Church with burial following at Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit Chuck at the funeral home today from 1 p.m. till 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m.
Chuck was born Tuesday, July 2, 1935, in Dustin, Okla., to Eddie Dee and Mary Anne (Wilson) Harmon.
Chuck met the love of his life, Evelyn Taylor, at the popcorn machine in the movie theatre in Dustin, and on June 7, 1958, in Dustin, they were married. Their union was blessed with three children, sons Bob, Steve and Brian.
Chuck attended the University of Oklahoma and earned B. S. degrees in geological engineering as well as petroleum engineering. He and wife Evelyn founded C.E. Harmon Oil Inc. in 1980, and he remained President of the company until his death. He was known by his employees for the many cookouts he hosted for them and the compassionate, caring way he ran his business.
Ever since that first lease acquisition in Stephens County, Charles decided that he, like many oilmen before him, would build his company primarily in the Sho-Vel-Tum field of Oklahoma. Consisting of parts of Stephens, Carter and Garvin Counties, the Sho-Vel-Tum field was where many major oil companies had their beginnings, made money and left. C. E. Harmon Oil, Inc. would make money from acquiring existing oil and gas properties there, most being properties started by majors, but then stay and buy more. Charles was once told by an old geologist that the only way to get properties in Stephens or Carter Counties, was to “marry it or inherit it.” Charles told the old gentleman that, “I didn’t know about any of that, as I just went out and bought my properties.”
In 1990, the company began operations in the old Amerada Company’s West Velma field area. In 1996, the company began operating Conoco’s Southern Oklahoma package of properties in Carter County. From the early days of the company, the strategy of C. E. Harmon Oil, Inc. has been to primarily enhance old existing properties and drill sparingly. This strategy has been successful. Through operating for others and buying interests and properties, C. E. Harmon Oil, Inc. was written up in the March 18-24, 2005, issue of the Tulsa Business Journal as being the 9th largest oil producer in Oklahoma.
Survivors include: wife Evelyn Harmon, of the home; sons, Bob Harmon and wife Angie, of Owasso, Brian Harmon and wife Christina, of Verdigris; daughter-in-law, Nickie Harmon of Broken Arrow; grandchildren, Katie Harmon and Anna Harmon, of Owasso.
Chuck is predeceased by parents, Eddie Dee and Mary Anne Harmon; and son, Steven Harmon
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Gideons International at www.gideons.org or by picking up a donation card at Hayhurst Funeral Home in Broken Arrow.