|Birth: ||Jul. 6, 1934|
|Death: ||Jan. 6, 2010|
Harry Adolph Koenig, Jr., 75, born to Harry Adolph & Alice Dean Koenig on July 6, 1934 in OKC, joined his Heavenly Father on January 6, 2010 after a life well lived. Preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Norma Lee Donnell, Harry is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pamela Ann Koenig; his daughters, Karla Ann Randall and husband Bill of OKC, Karen Alice Stuart and husband Michael of OKC, Kristen Andrea Geiger and husband Ken of Lakewood, CO, and (Angela) Heather Stuart and husband Christopher of Edmond, OK; 10 grandchildren (Chelsie, Amber, Christina, Brady, Ruby, Cory, Madelaine, Emily, Ashley, and Aaron); and 2 great-grandchildren (Zoe and Bayleigh). To his family, he was Poppy, a generous, fun-loving, and proud patriarch who loved and adored his family and they him. Harry was baptized in June of 1947 by J. Clyde Wheeler at Crown Heights Christian Church. He was a Mason of the 32nd Degree of Scottish Rite and a Past Master of the Edmond Lodge No. 37 AF&AM. He was also a Perpetual Member of the Military Order of World Wars. Harry grew up in OKC, attending Cleveland Elementary, Taft Junior High, and graduating from Classen High School in 1952. Harry then attended Oklahoma A&M, graduating in 1957 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate with a BArch Degree. Upon graduation, Harry worked for one year as a draftsman before being called to active duty in May of 1958. After completing the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Harry was transferred to Battery "C", 1st Field Artillery Battalion, Rocket/Howitzer, 12th Artillery, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, GA. He served there until May 1960 when was relieved from active duty as a Nuclear Weapons Specialist on the Honest John Missile, and he and his young family moved back to OKC. Harry was then assigned as a Reserve officer to XIX Corps Artillery Reserve Unit where he felt it an honor and a privilege to have served as Adjutant to the always stalwart Brigadier General Denver W. Meacham, a man of loyalty, integrity, and sacrifice. Harry served in this post until 1968, when the Department of Defense disbanded the XIX Corps Artillery, and he consequently resigned his commission as a Major in the United States Army Artillery. He remained a resolute patriot throughout his life.A third-generation architect, Harry carried on that family tradition and began working for Benham-Blair &Affiliates, Inc., now The Benham Companies, in 1961. Harry was named Executive Vice President and Principal-in-Charge of Production, company wide in 1968. In 1980, Harry was made President of the Oklahoma City Division of The Benham Group. While at Benham, Harry was Project Manager over numerous projects worldwide including work on Health and Dental Clinics in Germany and Italy; and Barracks and Support Facilities for the Saudi Arabian National Guard, and Military Secondary Schools in Saudi Arabia.In the United States, Harry's Project Management expertise brought successful completion to numerous military facilities including those for the 10th Special Forces Group in Fort Carson, CO; the 1st Special Forces Group, Fort Lewis, WA; Reynolds Army Hospital in Fort Sill, OK; Tinker AFB, OKC; numerous projects at Altus AFB and Vance AFB, OK, Bolling AFB and Fairchild AFB, Washington, DC, Malmstrong AFB, MN, and the Award-Winning Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas.In addition, he oversaw the construction of local Benham projects, such as Mercy Medical Center, Gen. Thomas P. Stafford Building, and his first job as Project Manager, the Kerr-McGee Research Laboratory. He enjoyed a lengthy employment history of over 35 years at The Benham Group before he retired in 1996. Testimony from his colleagues reflect that to them, Harry was larger than life, a valued mentor, an exceptional individual, respectful of others, kind, one-of-a-kind, a competitive Bridge player, a man of loyalty and leadership, one who suffered fools lightly, but was himself a man of wit and "a silver-tongued devil." Generations to come will be "practicing the 7 P's."During his architectural career, Harry earned many professional achievements including Oklahoma Council of Architects, Treasurer, 1974, 1976, 1978 and President, 1980. Harry also was active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), serving as Secretary/Treasurer for 1974-1978, President-Elect 1979, and President in 1980. He also served in the Oklahoma City Section of the Oklahoma Chapter of AIA as Secretary/Treasurer in 1970, Vice President in 1971, and President in 1972. The Construction Specifications Institute OKC Chapter enjoyed ten years of Harry's service as Awards Chairman, where he initiated the infamous and coveted "Purple Hockey Puck Award." Harry was appointed to the Oklahoma Board of Governors of Licensed Architects of Oklahoma in May 21, 1976 by Governor David Boren, upon which he served as Member from 1976-1980, and Chairman from 1978-1980. In June 1980, Harry was elected to the Board of Directors representing Region 5 of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Harry served NCARB in this capacity until June of 1983 when he was elected 2nd Vice President. He served in that capacity until career conflicts resulted in his resignation from the organization in 1984.Harry also gave back to his alma mater, providing scholarships for student book awards and serving as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee to the OSU School of Architecture for many years, for which he was recognized as a "Friend of the School."Since retirement, Harry kept in close touch with his friends at Benham; became a charter member of "Liar's Row" at Jimmy's Egg; enjoyed travel, friends, and family; and served as an active Deacon at Crown Heights Christian Church.Our dear Harry leaves a remarkable legacy to his family, friends, and generations to come. His family will always feel his love for us, his loyalty to us, and his pride in his heritage. He enjoyed his membership among the offspring of Adolph Schupbach and Eliza Fankhauser of Bern, Switzerland, who were his great-grandparents, and once he began attending, never missed the biannual Schupbach Family Reunion in Kiowa, KS - serving as President of the event several times. His friends will remember his winning smile, his love and loyalty, his keen wit, his lessons in leadership, and his endless vocabulary. The country and even the world reap the benefits of his existence, in the very buildings and medical facilities they make use of. Harry, Poppy, we honor and love you and we will miss you, but hold our love for you and yours for us in our hearts every day. We are so grateful you are now at rest, and we celebrate your life.The family wishes to express gratitude to Hospice of Oklahoma County, particularly Vanessa and Virginia, and to the many friends whose attention the last few months Harry welcomed and cherished so much.Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 9, 2010, at Crown Heights Christian Church, 4020 N. Western, OKC, with Reverend Parker Cross officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper. There will be a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday evening at Hahn-Cook at 6600 Broadway Extension, OKC. For those who wish, the family suggests memorials be made in Harry's honor to: Hospice of Oklahoma County, 4334 NW Expressway, Suite 106, OKC 73116, www.hospiceokcounty.com, or to Crown Heights Christian Church.
Published in The Oklahoman from January 7 to January 8, 2010
Harry Adolph Koenig (1906 - 1972)
Alice Dean Bower Koenig (1910 - 1982)
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Record added: Jan 10, 2010
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