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Obituaries

July 10, 2008

Clem Rogers McSpadden

Funeral services for Clem Rogers McSpadden are Saturday, July 11,

10 a.m., at Clem McSpadden Bushyhead Ranch with the Rev. Ann Wassom officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Chelsea Cemetery under the direction of Chelsea Funeral Home

& Crematory. Visitation is at the Chelsea Funeral Home Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. and in the Oklahoma State Capitol Rotunda Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service, Claremore from 4 to

7 p.m.

McSpadden died Monday, July 7, at M.D. Anderson, Houston, Texas, at the age of 82.

The son of Herbert T. and Madalyn (Pope) McSpadden, he was born Nov. 9, 1925, at the family ranch in the Bushyhead community, south of Chelsea. He was the oldest of the three sons born to the Herb McSpaddens. He was named for his

great-grandfather, Clement Vann Rogers for whom Rogers County is named. He attended 12 years of school at Oologah and following graduation enrolled at Oklahoma A & M College, Stillwater. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1944 to 1946 where he attained the rank of Lieutenant.  He attended  the University of Texas and and Redlands University in California while in military service. He returned to Oklahoma A & M earning a degree in Animal Science in 1948. While at Oklahoma A&M;, he became a founding member of the A&M; Aggie Rodeo Club. In 1947, he began a successful rodeo career as both a contestant in roping and bulldogging, and that same year started his career as one of the nation's premiere professional rodeo announcers. In 1965, he was named General Manager of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) for 18 years. He served as general manger of the Old Timers Rodeo and Indian National Finals Rodeo. He served as announcer for the the NFR and worked as announcer for ABC television's “Wild World of Sports” as well as announcing rodeo events on The Nashville Network (TNN.) He appeared in movies including, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” and “J.W.Coop.” McSpadden was a well known speaker, and author of ”The Cowboy’s Prayer” and “If Our Flag Could Talk.” His career as professional rodeo announcer has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Hawaii rodeos. He was selected to announce the 1988 Calgary Olympics ‘challenge cup’ rodeo, and in 1983 was selected to do the opening of Presidential Performance rodeo in Washington, D.C. for President Ronald Reagan.

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