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The Passing of Dr. Edward McCune

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Joe took the picture of his dad in the cockpit of his Stearman biplane.
Also, at the funeral service, Joe read the included poem written by his father's father many years ago.


Edward Allison McCune M.D. was born on November 3, 1930, in Tahlequah, to Edward Henry and Vera Allison McCune and died on Sunday, May 15, 2005, at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid. He graduated from Central High School in Muskogee in 1948 and attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah before graduating from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1955. His internship and surgical residency were at the University of Oklahoma Hospital from 1955 to 1960.

On January 29, 1960, he married Margaret Douglas Rucks in Oklahoma City. The couple moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where, as a captain in the Air Force, he served as chief of surgery at Walker Air Force Base. In 1962, McCune moved to Enid, where he opened his private practice in general surgery. After two years at the Oklahoma City Clinic, from 1965-67, McCune again returned to Enid, continuing his practice. McCune retired from general surgery in 2003, after nearly 42 years on the medical staff of St. Mary's.

McCune was a chief of staff and chief of surgery for St. Mary's Hospital and Integris Bass Hospital. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was a past state councilor and member of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and past president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, the Oklahoma Surgical Association, the Garfield County Medical Society, and the St. Mary's Board of Trustees. A founding member of the University of Oklahoma Surgical Society, he was also a member of the American Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and was a guest examiner for the American Board of Surgery. McCune was a member of the American Medical Association and Oklahoma State Medical Association. He chaired the St. Mary's Oncology Committee from 1997 until his retirement.

McCune served on the Enid City Council from 1983-87 and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and Enid Rotary Club. Since 1987, he served as a medical consultant for the PEGASYS program "Medicine on Call," and was on the board of the National Four String Banjo Hall of Fame and Museum Board of Directors at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Stearman Restorers Association and the National Biplane Association.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, of the home; daughter Allison McCune Davis and her husband, Matthew, of Enid, and their children, Margaret Emma, Mary Evelyn, and Edward Henry McCune; son Joseph Rucks McCune, of Chicago; daughter Evelyn McCune Hughes, and her husband, Scott, of Enid, and their children, Gibson Scott, Amelia Evelyn, Lucas McCune, and Jackson Starr; and daughter Louisa Douglas McCune, and her husband, Chad Elmore, of Oklahoma City, and their child, McCune Everett. Funeral services for McCune will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Enid, Oklahoma. The Reverend Matthew Henderson will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Allen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the church.

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