Cleo Clicy Greenhaw passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. He was 85 years old. Cleo was born on April 1, 1933 in Arkansas City, Kan., to Cleo Clicy Greenhaw, Sr. and Dorothy Wilcox Greenhaw. He was raised in Ark City and received his high school diploma from Bisbee High School in Bisbee, Ariz. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950, serving in the Korean War. Cleo was later stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California and then the Smokey Hill Air Base in Salina, Kan.
Cleo married Betty Lou Hardiman on Aug. 2,1953 at the Central Christian Church in Ark City. He completed his tour of duty in Salina and received an honorable discharge from the Air Force in Sept. of 1954. After his discharge, he joined the U.S. Air Force National Guard. He graduated from Arkansas City Jr. College (Cowley County) and then graduated from United Electronics Laboratories in Louisville, Ky. He was employed with I.B.M. Corporation in Wichita, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Ponca City. After 25 years with I.B.M., Cleo opened his own business, Professional Computer Systems, in Ponca City.
He loved all animals and rescued many dogs and cats over the years. He was a faithful member of the Eastern Heights Christian Church.
He taught sailing at Northern Oklahoma College and was commodore of the Indian Nations Sailing Club during the years of 1986, 1990 and 1997. Cleo was a pilot and built along with his brother-in-law, Max Hardiman, a P-51 Mustang. He was an Exalted Ruler of the Elk’s Lodge during the years of 1989-1990 and 1999-2000.
Cleo was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Greenhaw and Cleo Greenhaw Sr. as well as his dog, Chester and his cat, Levi. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Baker; son-in-law, Curtis Baker; two grandchildren, Matt Overman and Nicole Wedman and husband, Richard; great-grandson, Brooks Wedman; sister, Judy Allen; two nephews, Ted and Andy Allen; brother-in-law, Max Hardiman; two step-grandchildren, Brandon and Brittany; and three step-great-grandchildren, Ava, Byrnn and Caxton.
He is also survived by his beloved pets, Johnny the cat and his dog, Peggy Sue that rode with him each day in his pickup.
A funeral ceremony for Cleo will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Berry officiating. Following the funeral, he will be laid to rest at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Ark City at 2 p.m. A family visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, Jan. 9th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ponca City Humane Society, 900 W. Prospect, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Eastern Heights Christian Church, 5100 Lake Road, Ponca City, OK 74604.
Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.