Scott Tuxhorn, 87, died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at his home in Highland Village, Texas.
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He was born March 4, 1928, to Marvin "Butch" Tuxhorn and Enda Tuxhorn in Enid, Oklahoma, and raised on the family farm near Helena, Oklahoma.
He was graduated from Helena High School in 1946, and served in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1946 and 1947. He earned Bachelor's (1951) and Masterís (1957) degrees in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He continued his education earning a Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University in 1967.
After a career in local public education and serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Scott was appointed by Governor Dewey Bartlett as Chairman of the State Board of Public Affairs and State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1971, Scott began his career of federal service as Deputy Regional Director of U.S. Health, Education and Welfare, which included the states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, followed by other leadership positions retiring in 1995.
He proudly supported the Republican Party and the Oklahoma State Cowboys. His community activities included the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, the Shriners, the Lions Club, the Gideons, and volunteer work in Denton County Texas on the MHMR Board of Trustees from 1999 Ė 2012.
The family will be present for a viewing from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. 309 E. 4th St, Helena Oklahoma. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015 at the First Christian Church, 201 E. Third St., also in Helena. A graveside service will follow at Good Hope Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in Scottís name to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N Beauregard, Alexandria, VA 22311 or Schrinerís Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave, Shreveport, LA 71103 or Gideonís International, Lanman Funeral Home, Inc., PO Box 126, Helena, OK 73741.
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It is evident that Scott lead a life of service to others. My prayers are with Scott and his family.
I was saddened to learn of Scott's passing.
I was privileged to know him as a teacher, school superintendent, and friend.
He had been a student, administrator, and loyal friend of my father, Glenn Ewing.
Words cannot express our sorrow. My husband and I were friends of Scott from Trietsch. We really missed him when he was no longer able to attend, but we made a point of visiting him at Rambling Oaks. We loved sharing stories with him and he loved our visits. It will not be the same without him. He will be missed!
Bruce & Sherry Trojanowski
Scott was a wonderful person who I always enjoyed visiting with when he was in Helena. He would ask about my family and I asked about his. Everyone stopped to say, "Hello" to him when they say him outside of his home there in town.
For all of his family, please know that you shared an interesting, caring person with many people. I will miss our visits and his delightful laughter. May God bless all of you and hold you close during these sorrowful times
Anita Smith Davis
I remember Mr. Tuxhorn from when he resided at Renaissance Village. I was a caregiver for several residents. He always greeted me with a smile and "hey kid". I last visited with him at Rambling Oaks. Saddened to hear of his passing, Prayers to his family. He was a kind and gentle man and will be missed dearly.
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