Stillwater News Press


June 28, 2014

Quintus H. Herron

Quintus H. Herron, 91, passed away quietly on June 24, 2014.

Quintus was born in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, on May 24, 1923, to Leonard G. and May Herndon Herron. He spent his later childhood and teen years in Stillwater, Okla., and later attended Oklahoma A&M (OSU).

It was in Stillwater that Quintus first met his beloved wife Mary Hinkel, and where he returned after serving in the Army Air Corp. They were married in 1946 and enjoyed 61 years together in Idabel, Okla.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Mary Etta Herron of Idabel, daughter and son-in-law, Jan Herron and Gama Leyva of Patagonia, Ariz. His loving grandchildren include Pete Herron and wife Katie, Suzannah Herron, Julia Herron, Catherine Herron Clowers and husband Wesley, Cole and Logan Chapman, and Alyssa Leyva. He was the proud great-grandfather of Kassidy, Kaylee and Kaidon Clowers, and most recently Asher James Herron.

Quintus, throughout his 70-year career, has contributed a great deal to forest agriculture and to the heritage of Oklahoma, and his legacy continues. In 1944, he, his father Leonard G. and his brother Joseph, started Herron Industries. Prior to its inception, no one had planted and grown trees for crops in this region, but over decades of dedication, Quintus and his family grew the venture to be one of the most productive in the South and a long term economic contributor for McCurtain County. Herron Industries showed small landowners that old farm land could produce a valuable crop for this area. Additionally, he and his brother Joseph built several sawmills and a retail lumber yard to meet the growing demand for lumber. In recognition of his lifelong work in Oklahoma forestry, Quintus received many awards, including 1999 Co-Citizen of the Year (with Mary Herron) from the Idabel Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, 2001 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture, 2002 Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus from Oklahoma State University and 2013 Lifetime Service Award from the Forest Heritage Center.

Quintus’ work in agriculture and forestry did not end with his own businesses. He co-founded the Forest Heritage Center Museum and chaired its advisory board for 25 years. His leadership spurred the growth of this popular museum, located in Beaver’s Bend State Park, and inspired the creation of an exciting new mascot named Tree Bear. Tree Bear’s mission was to spread the word that “Good Things Come From Trees!” and to inform consumers of the 10,000-plus uses for trees in our everyday lives.

Quintus’ personal philanthropy is well-known throughout the area. After extensive traveling and collecting, Quintus and Mary felt that people in McCurtain County would benefit from a place to explore other cultures and to learn about their own history in Oklahoma. In 1974, they founded The Museum of the Red River, now well-known cultural attraction in southeast Oklahoma. It is nationally recognized as having one of the finest collections of pre-Columbian Indian art and artifacts, and continues to be a place of learning. In addition to the private Herron Foundation, he and his son Donald have developed The McCurtain Community Fund to support charitable and educational projects in McCurtain County. In honor of Quintus and Mary’s works in the arts, they received many awards, including 1990 Distinguished Historians Award from McCurtain County Historical Society, 2003 Governor’s Arts Award from the Oklahoma Arts Council, 2006 “100 Top Art Collectors who can make a difference” from Arts and Antiques Magazine, 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and 2009 Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame from the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Quintus will be greatly missed by his family, friends and many associates. In his spare time, he enjoyed a lifelong love of fishing, watching professional and Oklahoma State sports, and most recently, an adopted cat, “Kayut.” He was cared for in his last years by his loving daughter-in-law Mary, and was visited regularly by his children, grandchildren and his many great friends. A celebration of life will be held on July 26 at the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center and donations in his memory may be made to the Museum of the Red River, 812 SE Lincoln Road, Idabel, OK, 74745 or call (580) 286-3616.

Arrangements are with White Family Funeral Home, in Idabel, Oklahoma.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Patricia (White) Noland

    Patricia (White) Noland, 79, of Stillwater, Okla., passed from this life on July 18, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • James Jim Mullins

    James Jim Mullins, 78, of Cushing, passed from this life Monday July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • Sheperd-JW-obit.jpg John Watkins Sheperd Jr.

    John Watkins Sheperd Jr., 86, passed away Friday, July 18, at his home in Stillwater, Okla. His memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fox-Ralph-obit.jpg Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox

    Ralph Arnold “Bunny” Fox, 99, of Stillwater, Okla., passed away peacefully on June 28, 2014.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • William-Savory-obit.jpg William Dean Savory

    William Dean Savory, Wellston resident, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Stillwater at the age of 60 years.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 21, 2014

  • Hesser-Gloria-obit.jpg Gloria Ann Hesser

    Gloria Ann Hesser, 74, passed away in Stillwater, Okla., on July 18, 2014.
    A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Sunnybrook Christian Church,

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lillie Maxine Dunford

    Lillie Maxine Dunford, a longtime Perry resident, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Perry Green Valley Nursing Home, Perry at the age of 96.

    July 21, 2014

  • Glen-Dale-Nixon-obit.jpg Glen Dale Nixon

    Glen Dale Nixon, age 58, of Oklahoma, passed away July 5, 2014, in Oklahoma City after a long illness.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • HUMPHREY-MAXINE-obit.jpg Maxine Humphrey

    Maxine Humphrey, 89, passed away on Thursday, July 17, at her home in Owasso, Okla. Her graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Okla.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Must Read