The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 14, 2013

Joining the Enid Walk of Fame

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Three pillars of the community have joined the Enid Walk of Fame.

In a presentation Saturday at Convention Hall, Ward 2 Commissioner Mike Stuber presented the three latest inductees into the honored group.

The 2013 additions to the Walk of Fame are Lew Meibergen, Lew Ward and Larry McClure.

McClure, who died in 2010, was owner of McClure Construction Co., a firm that Stuber said “planned and developed many of Enid’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods.

Along with his business ventures, McClure was a charter member of the Sons and Daughters of the Cherokee Strip Pioneers, active in developing Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, and was instrumental in establishing the Enid Habitat for Humanity, a mayoral proclamation stated.

“In everything he did, in both his building business and his civic activities, Larry strove to make Enid a more attractive city,” Stuber said.

McClure’s wife, Dolores, was present to accept the award on his behalf. Accompanying her were 12 members of the family.

“Personally, it means so much to me, because it’s such a wonderful accomplishment for him and for his children and grandchildren,” she said. “He’s done a lot for the city of Enid.”

Lew Meibergen is chairman of Johnson Enterprises in Enid, the oldest and largest independent grain company in the state. Johnson Seed Co. works with Oklahoma State University to develop turf grasses.

Meibergen was appointed Oklahoma secretary of agriculture in 1963, served as president of Enid Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Enid Phillips Campaign and the United Way.

He was presented with the governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture, and was selected as the 13th member of the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Lew Ward is an oil producer and chairman of Ward Petroleum Corp., which was among the fastest-growing companies in the early 1990s. Ward is a member of Energy Advocates and was director and past president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association in 1979, Mayor Bill Shewey’s proclamation reads.

He was a founder of the OU Energy Center and was honored as one of the university’s distinguished College of Engineering graduates.

He also has received the Governor’s Award for his commitment to create awareness and appreciation for the arts in Oklahoma.

Ward has served as director of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and president of the Enid Chamber of Commerce. He led Enid Rotary and the American Business Club. The Enid Chamber has named him businessman of the year and citizen of the year.

“I have known all of these gentlemen in the past in one capacity or another, and they’re all very, very great men and great citizens of Enid,” Stuber said.

Each inductee into the Walk of Fame receives a concrete paver placed near the Enid Event Center and Convention Hall. Construction in the area will delay setting of this year’s winners, and the current pavers will be replaced to a new location.