Loren Harvin Stiles

August 3, 1923November 23, 2012

Loren Harvin Stiles, beloved father and grandfather passed away Friday, November 23, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Loren was born in Celina, Texas to David Loving Stiles and Lottie Helms Stiles on August 3, 1923. He attended Texas A&M University, Class of ’46, graduating in 1948 after serving in the army during World War II. Loren served with Company B of the 103rd Infantry Division during WWII earning the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he was employed by Humble Oil & Refining Company where he would serve in many positions for the next 44 years before retiring in 1992. Loren married Shirley Iris Fletcher on September 1, 1951 and moved to Midland, Texas shortly after their wedding. Active in the First Christian Church, Loren served as an elder and taught Sunday school for over 40 years. He cherished time spent with family and friends, loved photography, and was an avid reader. He had a passion for travel that led him and Shirley to travel extensively throughout the world. All who were blessed to know him will miss his smile, optimism, and quick wit, as well as his love of learning and deep dedication to the care and well being of all people whom he met.

Loren was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley, and one brother, Edwin Stiles of Celina.

He is survived by his daughter, Ginger Westbrook and grandchildren, Christopher and Katherine; son, Robert Stiles and wife, Michele and granddaughters, Sarah and Caroline; son, David Stiles and wife, Laurie and grandchildren, Kailee and Brandon; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at First Christian Church in Midland, Texas, 1301 W. Louisiana Avenue. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Children’s Building Fund, First Christian Church, 1301 W. Louisiana Avenue, Midland, Texas 79701.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 1, 2012

Loren Harvin Stiles

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September 21, 2013

I look back on my time working with Loren in Midland and have so many great memories of the knowledge he imparted upon me; both life and work. I think of him often to this day. I also never knew he served in the 103 ID in WWII and was awarded an Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He never spoke of that. God Speed Loren. You are special. Fred

Anse & Linda Barber

December 1, 2012

Our sincere condolences to Loren's family! Loren was a great engineer with an outstanding work ethic and a great upbeat attitude! Many engineers (including me) and geologists gained a wealth of knowledge from Loren! My years working with Loren were truly a pleasure!

Linda Sauer

November 30, 2012

Treasured childhood memories are of family vacations with Loren, Shirley and their kids--he and Shirley will be deeply missed.

Wayne Thaxton

November 30, 2012

Dear Robert, Ginger and David

You are in our thoughts and prayers. Loren's memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. May God bless you and your families.

Wayne and Elna

Valerie Kite

November 30, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Ginger, Robert, and David and all the grandkids. Loren was such a fine man. His obituary summarizes an exemplary life filled with family, service to country and others, world travel with Shirley. He was an excellent photographer; in fact, he was kind enough to take our wedding pictures. We will miss his Christmas letter with photos as will so many I'm sure...Loren told me last season that he'd been writing them for 50 years. Matt and I will think of him often. God bless.

Jeff George

November 30, 2012

Loren was a longtime colleague of mine at Exxon and one of my best friends. He was always good to talk to, and he was so knowledgeable about so many things. I have fond memories of the many times we climbed Guadalupe Peak and of other hiking trips over the years. Lou Nelle and I always enjoyed being around Shirley and Loren. He was so attentive and good to Shirley in her last years of failing health. Our condolences to Loren's loving family who were so important to him. Jeff and Lou Nelle George - Midland

Larry Long

November 27, 2012

Loren will truly be missed. Condolences to his three caring children and to his grandchildren in this time of sorrow for all of us. Larry and Pat Long