International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame member Lee Liles has passed away, the Liles family has announced.

“It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of Lee Liles,” according to a statement from the family that was posted to the Facebook page of the National Museum of Horseshoeing Tools. “He had friends far and wide, and as many stories in between. It brings us comfort to hear these memories and tales, so please share any you may have.”

A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the museum, at 7781 U.S. Highway 177 North, Sulphur, OK 73086.

“We will celebrate him in front of one of his proudest accomplishments, the Faithful Anvil,” according to a separate post by the family. The museum will be open for viewing to remember his legacy, and his favorite barbecue lunch will be served. All are welcome, whether you knew Lee as part of the farrier community or as a friend. Please help spread the word to any who may want to attend.”

A second service will take place next weekend in Tennessee. A time and date is pending.

Liles, who began his farrier career in 1965, was the owner and curator of the National Museum of Horseshoeing Tools in Sulphur, Okla. The museum contains a massive collection of horseshoeing tools and memorabilia, and was a demonstration of the passion for preserving the industry’s history.

Liles was the official farrier for four world championship horses in three different breeds — the American Quarter Horse Association, the Tennessee Walking Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association, according to the museum’s website.

Liles was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame in 2004.