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Our father, Jack Austin Slatten, joined the Lord and his loving wife, Jackie Bob, on August 10, 2019. Jack was born in Olton, Texas on February 11, 1930 to Raymond and Margie (Austin) Slatten.
Jack attended school in Olton. While still a youth, Jack first gained experience and love for the cowboy life when he and a buddy began working for the local sale barn. Jack loved working with cattle and working in the sale ring. Jack even proclaimed himself the "World Champion Horse Trader."
When he was old enough, Jack was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a Physical Training Instructor, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge. This training stayed with him well into his marriage, and Jack continued to work out and retain a high level of fitness for many years.
Following a short courtship, Jack proposed to Jackie Bob. After he had popped the question, Jackie Bob asked what Jack expected from her. Jack replied that she should stay home with their children and have dinner on the table at 6:00 p.m. sharp each night. Jack and Jackie Bob were surely a match made in heaven, and they were married for nearly 62 years. They shared many of the same hopes, dreams, and determination to see these dreams come true through hard work. Jack was somewhat of the "idea" man; then, he and Jackie Bob would plan the best course of action and together they would see their plans become reality. Jack was a loving and caring husband and took very good care of Jackie Bob. Their greatest success was the raising of their five children and seeing their grandchildren have children of their own.
Following their marriage, the couple briefly lived in Amarillo, Texas, followed by a short time in Baker, Oklahoma before settling in their home near Turpin, Oklahoma, where they became a well-known fixture in the community. Jack worked for the nearby Shamrock plant for 20 years and began farming and ranching full-time following his retirement. Jack and Jackie Bob were very active in the American Ag Movement, attending rallies at the State Capitol of Oklahoma as well as the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Jack love to collect various items and had accumulated a wide variety of "treasures" for his children, and believed that everyone should be able to read, think for themselves, and grow rich.
Jack was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Jackie Bob; his parents, Raymond and Margie and one sister, Pat Spain and one grandson, Tyson Slatten. He is survived by his children: Jake and Lesa Slatten, rural Forgan, Oklahoma; Jill and husband John Maschmeier, rural Forgan, Oklahoma; JD and wife Shawna of Fort Worth, Texas; Jami and husband Kim Snell of Frisco, Texas; and Jeff and wife Jeri of rural Forgan, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Jack Dean Cornell was born to Eugene Cornell and Stella Yeakel Cornell on February 22, 1938 at Waka, Texas. He departed this life on July 31, 2019 at the age of 81 in the Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If you would have asked him-he was only 39. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Trinity Faith Fellowship in Laverne, Oklahoma. Burial will follow in the Laverne Memorial Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home, Woodward in charge of arrangements.
Jack, Bill and Yvonna grew up in a ministry home, thus his formal education was in several different locations in the states of Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. Following high school Jack attended the Apostolic Faith Bible College in Baxter Springs, Kansas for three years. He felt the call of God upon his life to preach in the year 1957. During the next two years he helped conduct revival services, worked in VBS, youth camps, camp meetings and did fill in for pastors. Some of those he traveled with were: Bill Allen, Elbert Pool, JD and Eula Ray. Upon leaving his last year of Bible College he joined Ted Barker, Edwin Modrick and Truman Summerford to form a male quartet. He said, "The most important member was the piano player" Kathryn Booth who became his wife on June 6, 1959.
Jack and Kathryn left the group to take up their first pastorate in Balko, Oklahoma in 1960. While pastoring in Balko their two children, Tonya and Kevin were born. Later they pastored churches in Follett, Texas, Laverne, Oklahoma, Canyon, Texas, Baxter Springs, Kansas, Hardesty, Oklahoma, Alvin, Texas, Guymon, Oklahoma, Woodward, Oklahoma, Logan, Oklahoma, and Spearman, Texas. He was a compassionate, caring, faithful and loving man of God. He loved serving people, fellowshipping, joking and loved life! Jack was a very generous man-he would have given everything he had to anyone in need.
He was a family man-simply put! He loved his family beyond measure and nothing thrilled him more than spending time with them-family gatherings, ballgames, vacations and any celebration.
Besides pastoring, Jack served as the Superintendent of the Apostolic Faith Bible College in Baxter Springs, Kansas, Board Member of the Midwest Camp Ground in Laverne and Board Member for the Kingman, Kansas and Woodward, Oklahoma churches. He has served on the committee for camp meetings and Committee for youth camps where he is remembered for his wake up calls and whistle. He was currently serving on the Minister Retirement Fund Board and serving others was his life and heart.
Jack was preceded in death by both parents, mother-in-law, Faye Booth, son-in-law, Tony Weston, his brother Bill, two brothers-in-law, Howard Whiteley and Bob Barnes. He is survived by his wife Kathryn Cornell of the home; one daughter, Tonya Roby and husband, Dr. John Roby of Oklahoma City; one son, Kevin Cornell and wife Tena of Tulsa, Oklahoma; six grandchildren: Chris and Jackie Weston, Shelby and Kristi Weston and Ty Weston all of Oklahoma City; Joshua and Jessica Cornell of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Jonathan and Megan Cornell and Rebekah Cornell of Berryville, Arkansas; nine great-grandchildren: Claire, Kennedy, Cale, Cash and Crue Weston, Michaela, Mariah, Josué and Judah Cornell; one sister, Yvonna Whiteley of Nokesville, Virginia; one brother-in-law, Bill Booth and wife Peggy of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and one sister-in-law, Marlene Barnes of Tulsa; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Faith Bible College, Baxter Springs, Kansas with the funeral home accepting the contributions.
Remembrances may be shared online atwww.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Zaydek Kreede James
Zaydek Kreede James was born on January 17, 2013 in Perryton, Texas. He grew up on the family farm learning to enjoy the country life. He really liked to help feed cows for his family, learning to drive ATV’s, going to the lake, playing with his brother and sister and most of all, chasing and tormenting frogs. He finished kindergarten this year at Balko. This summer he was a member of the Balko T-Ball team and really loved his team and the sport. Anyone that knows him knows his smile could light up any room he walked into and was willing to help anyone and everyone in need. He was so proud of his family and loved spending time with all of them telling stories, cuddling and giving hugs to them out of the blue. Recently his Dad taught him to ride his bike without his training wheels with the help of his brother. He was a determined boy and was riding his bike by himself after just a couple of hours of never giving up. His precious life was cut short on June 26, 2019 due to a freak accident on the farm doing what he loved, HELPING!
He was preceded in death by his great grandmas, Bonita James and RaeDena Watson; his Grandpa Bill O’Dell; his other great grandparents Alvin and Elsie Cowan; his great great Granny, Opal James.
Zaydek is survived by his mom and dad, Kara and Carl Roberts; his brother, Braylan James and his sister, KaeDena Roberts; his grandparents, Greg James, Krista and Jerald Bennett and Linda O’Dell; his great grandparents, M.C. and Becky James and Willard and Patty McDaniel, Aunt TT and Uncle Kenny and cousin Kaden and many numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many beloved friends.
Donald Ray (Bud) McAlister was born March 19, 1934 just a few minutes after his twin sister, Donna Mae, to Arthur and Marie (Reckard) McAlister in the Beaver County hospital, Beaver, Oklahoma. The twins had an older sister, Myrle and brother, Dean. He died Monday, June 3, 2019 in the Beaver County Nursing Home.
Being born during the dust bowl, Bud developed dust pneumonia so the entire family, including the Reckard grandparents, picked up stakes and moved to Ringwood, Oklahoma where the two older siblings graduated high school.
During World War II, the family had moved to some land situated east and north of Forgan where he, his sister, mother and grandparents lived while his father worked in California. He attended school for the first five years in Forgan, and then the family moved to Beaver where his dad had a feed store, bought and sold chickens, eggs and cream. His memories of those days were when his dad would send him in the pickup to deliver a live chicken to a home where the lady of the house would ask him to kill it. He was around 12 years old at that time, driving a vehicle.
In June of 1949, while helping his brother during wheat harvest, he was badly injured. He was subsequently taken to Oklahoma City where his leg was removed. He had many horror stories of the many different prosthetic legs he had during those 70 years.
After losing a whole semester of his sophomore year of high school, he was with the Class of 1953 when he graduated Beaver High School. Many fond memories were made of their senior trip to Missouri.
He attended business school in Oklahoma City where he met his first wife, Lillora Jane Winslow. From this marriage, they had two sons, James Calvin and Charles Kevin. They made their home in Denver, Colorado area where Bud was office manager for a large dairy corporation. After their divorce, Bud returned to Oklahoma where he started working for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
He later went to work as an accountant for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation where he worked his way up the ladder to Deputy Comptroller at the main office on state capitol grounds. During his time there, the DOT became computerized. He spent many long hours working to get the program going and training those in the outlet offices throughout the state. He retired in March of 1991 and went to California to help his older sister, Myrle, with some renovating of a rent house. Each morning, he would go pick up workers standing on the corner hoping to get some job or another.
He returned to Oklahoma where he decided to come back home to Beaver. That’s where he and his second wife, Cheley Lansden Cates Rodgers, became re-acquainted and later married July 9, 1993.
They spent many years travelling especially to Idaho where her youngest son lived.
During his adult lifetime, he would prepare income tax returns for other people, beginning in the 1950s. He continued that practice until around 2015 when he decided his "thinker" wasn’t working like it should.
Bud was known for his cheerful attitude, always had a smile and never met a stranger. He was baptized at an early age at the Forgan Baptist Church. After his marriage to Cheley, he joined the First Presbyterian Church where he served as treasurer. During that time, the church erected their fellowship hall. Bud spent many hours supervising the Work Center inmates as they were very involved in the interior construction.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents, older siblings, Myrle Richardson and Dean McAlister, twin sister, Donna Mae Baker, and a niece, Rita Gayle McAlister Norris. He is survived by his wife, Cheley of the home; two sons, Jim (Coleen) McAlister of Broken Arrow and Charley (Mandy) of Oklahoma City; four step-sons, Dennis (Dolores) Cates of Tyrone; Ronnie Cates of Liberal KS; Michael (Taryn) Cates of Idaho Falls ID; and Michael Dean (Jessica) Rodgers of Turpin; 15 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; nephews, nieces, cousins and a host of friends.
Memorial services are going to be held Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 2 p.m.. in the Beaver First Christian Church with Herb Bridgewater officiating. Inurnment will be in the Forgan Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the professional guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.
Clay Hodges age 37 of Tuttle, OK passed way Tuesday, May 28, 2019 after an extended illness. Clay was born on August 7, 1981 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He was the younger of two sons born to Mark E. Hodges and Sharon M. (Thomas) Hodges.
Clay grew up living in various towns including, Stillwater, Guymon, OKC and Cashion where he attended high school. He later attended City College in Moore and received his associate’s degree in Computer Technology. On August 28, 1999, in Vici, Oklahoma, Clay married the love of his life, Robin Lynn Morris. For this union, together they raised two children, Ethan and Alli.
For several years, Clay worked as an ATM Service Rep, working in Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. He then worked several years for Chaparral Energy as a Technical Field Support Specialist. For the past 10 years he has been a private consultant for Quality Based Marketing out of Tuttle and a co-owner of Hodges Homes LLC.
Clay was a faithful Christian and lifelong member of the Church of the First Born and on March of 1999, he was baptized. For the past six years Clay and Robin have lived in the Tuttle area and have been active members of the Newcastle Church of the First Born.
Clay loved working with computers, and buying and selling anything that had wheels. He especially enjoyed fixing up older used vehicles, motorcycles and RV’s. He was a wonderful husband and father. He was a special son, grandson and brother. He will be greatly missed by all of his loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death by: Grandfather, Sonny Hodges; Grandparents, Willard and Marjorie Thomas, Mother-in-law, Rhonda Morris.
He is survived by: Wife, Robin Hodges of the home in Tuttle; Two children, Ethan and Alli Hodges of the home.
Parents, Mark and Sharon Hodges of Tuttle; Grandmother, Pauline Hodges of Mustang; Step-grandmother, Emma Lou Hodges of Liberal, KS; Brother, Brandon Hodges and wife Steffany of Purcell; Father and mother-in-law, John and Tracy Morris of Seiling; Brother-n-law, Riley Morris and wife Sheilene of Blanchard; Nieces and nephew, Kelby, Kallon, Cali and Bella.
Also many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel, 127 S. Canadian in Purcell. A Graveside Committal service was Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Vici.
Kerry Lyle Wheeler, aged 77 years, 2 months, and 25 days, went to be with the Lord on the evening of May 22, 2019. Kerry was a life-long resident of Turpin, Oklahoma, where he was self-employed as a farmer and rancher.
He was born in the family home in Turpin on February 27, 1942. Raised by his father, Lynne Wheeler, and his mother, Thelma McNew, at a young age, he started farming with his Uncle and Aunt, Lyle and Gertrude Wheeler. Kerry Lyle graduated from Turpin High School in 1960 and from Okmulgee State Technical School in 1963. He married Arlene Watkins on December 27th, 1964.
He was a lifelong member of the Turpin United Methodist Church, where he served as a Sunday School superintendent and volunteer groundskeeper of Independence Cemetery. He served fifteen years on the Turpin School Board, and he was a former member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. He also enjoyed singing, and in his younger days, he loved snow and waterskiing. He took many friends and family to Fort Supply Lake each summer, where he taught them how to waterski.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his three eldest sisters, Kathlyn Rowley, Delores Woody, and Shirlene Williams. He is survived by his wife, Arlene; his children Kirk Wheeler (Steffanie) of Flower Mound, Texas; Prof. Kip Wheeler (Cat Faber) of Jefferson City, Tennessee; and Dr. Keely Wheeler (Randy Totora) of Tulsa Oklahoma, and his three grandchildren, Kerighan, Kenedy, and Kylan Wheeler, one sister Karen Lehnert.
Memorial services were held at the Turpin United Methodist Church on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations suggested to the Turpin United Methodist Church c/o Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West 2nd Street, Liberal, Kansas 67901
Carol "Chick" Cates
Carol Joy “Chick” (Haskell) Cates was born on July 14, 1928 to Claud and Minnie Haskell at home in Beaver County. She departed this life on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Beaver, OK. She was the youngest of 6 children: Edna Young, Opal Drum, Virgil, Veck, and Clinton Haskell. Carol obtained her unique nickname at birth. Clinton had just turned a year old when Carol was born. In order for him to understand he now had a baby sister, the family made the comparison of the new baby chickens that were on the farm to his new baby sister, therefore giving her the name of Baby Chickie! Before starting school, it was thankfully shortened to Chick. For most of her life this was the only name people knew her by.
Chick attended school at Home Creek and then in Beaver. During high school she served as drum majorette of the band because a baton was the only thing the family could afford. High school also served as the meeting ground for her future husband. Chick and high school sweetheart, Dale, graduated from Beaver in 1946.
After graduating, she worked at the County Clerk’s office until marrying Dale Cates on August 26, 1948 in the Methodist Church in Beaver. You knew this lady was going to be tough because she survived an August wedding wearing a wool skirt and jacket at her ceremony. The young married couple soon made their forever home on Clear Creek. They purchased an already established Sears and Roebuck kit home. Dale lived out his life in this home, as did Chick until 2014.
This marriage was blessed with four children: Dayla Sue 1951, Joe Bob 1956, Reta Beth 1962, and Read Haskell 1964.
It was on July 1, 1958 that Chick was baptized and joined the First Baptist Church of Beaver. Although she was kept busy on the farm and raising kids she found time to devote to her church by serving as a Sunday School teacher, GA sponsor, and other various church responsibilities.
Most of Chick’s life was spent being the wife of a farmer and rancher, which meant endless cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, and packing meals to take to the harvest field. In the late ‘70s, the family was honored by being named Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.
Chick had the opportunity to work outside the home at various times in her life. She enjoyed the time she got to spend working with her sister, Edna, and sister-in-law, Lyla Haskell, owner of the Fronk-n-Bonnet. She thoroughly enjoyed working with the public.
For many years she was a member of the Elmwood Extension Homemakers Club, where she expanded on her domestic skills. All of which her family benefited from, especially the cooking! Chick never knew how many she would be feeding, because Dale ALWAYS invited someone to pull up a chair to the dinner table.
It was back in the early years of marriage that Dale and Chick found one of the best gifts anyone could ask for-friendship. This bond was strong from day one with Clarence and Reta Engelman. They experienced celebrations and heartbreaks, too numerous to mention. Pitch parties, family vacations, family sorrows, and weddings were always done with the support and prayers of each other.
Once her kids were raised and began families of their own, Chick was handed another name. This one was called “Grandma” or “Momo Kick” to some. She loved getting to attend anything her grandkids were involved in.
The name that Chick will forever be most honored to be called is Child of Our Living God. She had an unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She believed in her actions speaking louder than her words.
Chick was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, her son Joe Bob, husband, a great grandson, and a great-great grandson. She is survived by her brother Clinton Haskell and wife Pearl of Beaver, daughter Dayla Sue and husband Craig Pugh of Balko, daughter Reta Beth and husband Bobby Mosburg of Beaver, son Read Haskell Cates and wife Kelli of Elmwood; grandchildren Rob Pugh and wife Connie of Rockwall, TX, Guy Pugh and wife Jaime of Elmwood, OK, Will Cates and wife Norma of Roseville, CA, Amy and husband Wes Ffolkes of Frisco, TX, Calleb Mosburg and wife Callie of Alva, OK, Adam Mosburg and fiancé Kacee of Beaver, OK, Rachael and husband Chad Richardson of Alva, OK, Hannah Mosburg of Beaver, OK, Madison and husband Joe Barrett of Portalas, NM, Hadley Cates of Beaver, OK, and 16 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
In the most recent years, Chick occupied most of her time cheering on the OKC Thunder. She never got to attend a game in the arena, but made it a point NOT to miss watching a single game on TV, earning her last title “Thunder Chick”!
Frieda Marie Gebhardt was born July 11th, 1939 in Doc Hill office in Laverne, the 4th child of Richard Max Gebhardt and Gertrude Wanda (Gunther) Gebhardt, German immigrants who fled Germany in the 1920s because of Richard’s Vocal opposition to Adolph Hitler!
They arrived at Ellis Island and then proceeded to a farm east of Laverne, of his brother Paul Gebhardt. Later, Richard and Gertrude and by then their family of 4 moved to a farm in the Speermore Community, eventually selling their farm and moving to Chicago for the work opportunities and final to Ashland, Ohio, where Richard farmed and worked as a machinist!
Frieda graduated from Ashland High in 1957, attended business college for a short time before becoming a private secretary. In the fall of 1959 she met Earl Wells as she was visiting her brother and family and her sister and family, while here she fed Earl some homemade pizza, this was the beginning of a long-distance courtship, which Earl after having met Frieda’s mom said I must marry this woman, She may turn out to be just like her mother, soon May 6, 1962 Earl and Frieda tied the knot. For 57 years and 7 days, she changed from being a private secretary to being a Go Fer – a taxi driver – a mother -a wonderful cook – even washing animals at the stock shows for her children, following her children’s sporting events, if her kids were in it she was gonna be there! She loved crafts and made many afghans to give as wedding gifts and made many crafts to give as gifts!
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, after a tough battle, she was finally declared cancer free.
Then in 2011 she was told she had Alzheimer’s which she bravely battled, finally needing caretaker’s besides Earl, to each of you and you know who you are, we the family says "Thank you so much for a job well done!"
Frieda was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters; Hanna and Edith, a brother; Arthur and niece; Barbara.
Frieda left this earth Monday morning May 13th very peacefully with Earl and Kristine by her side, Richard had spent the night by her side!
Surviving her are husband Earl, son Richard, daughters Kristine and Susanne. Grandchildren Danielle, Jessica, J.C., and Taren. Great grandchildren Chandler, Jackson, and Brooklynn. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Also, card playing buddies for over 50 years Dale & Marlene Hester, Denny & Evelyn Nelson, Wayne & Marilyn Jones, Harold & Susan Schuster, Frank Jane & late Judy Lemmons, Robert & Carol Mulbery, Kenneth & Mary Lu Mulbery and Ted & Letha Thimling.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc.225 North Michigan Ave. Fl. 17 Chicago, Il 60601, Rural Fire Department of your choice or the Fairview Methodist Church RT. 1 Box 355 Slapout, OK 73848.
Funeral service will be held at the Fairview Methodist Church on May 21, 2019 at 2:30PM and private family internment at a later time.
Arrangements made by Laverne Funeral Home in Laverne, OK. Condolences can be made to the family at www.schillingfhg.
Cynthia Jean Lovelace
Cynthia Jean Lovelace 64, died Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
She was born November 26, 1954 in Coleridge, NE., to Merritt Sassaman and Norma Jean Ruger Sassaman.
She graduated from Pender High School in Pender NE., in 1973.
She worked for Sunflower Bank and Golden Plains Credit Union as a Bank Teller. She also worked for National Carriers in the permit department and for Connie’s Hallmark.
She was introduced to her husband, Robert Lovelace, at the bowling alley. Following a whirlwind courtship, they were married on October 15, 2005. Robert and Cindy settled in Turpin, OK where they built a life Together. Cindy had an outgoing personality and was quick to laugh; she mostly enjoyed spending time with family and friends including her three grandchildren, Tristan, Teixeira and Trexynn, whom she adored. Bob and Cindy spent their time together golfing, bowling and attending an occasional dance.
Cynthia loved spending time with her grandchildren, meeting people and bowling.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and served as secretary the Willow Tree Ladies Golf Team and the Society for Prevention of Bored House Wives.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Lovelace, parents, Merritt and Norma Sassaman of Ft. Mohave, AZ. A son Travis Olive (Randee) of Augusta, KS. A daughter, Erin Martin (Richard) of Pueblo West, CO. Brothers William Sassaman of Phoenix, AZ and Rodney Sassaman (Katrina) of Peoria, AZ. Sisters Brenda Shekell (Michael) of Westminster, CO., Anita Russell (Paul) LaSalle, CO., Regina Schnieder (Bruce) of Keaau, HI., Connie Stutz (Gary) of Cashton, WI., Pamela Sagel (David) Westminster, CO. There are 3 grandchildren Tristan, Teixeira and Trexynn. Twelve nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by a son Nathan Olive in 2009 and Stepson William "Will" Lovelace. An infant brother, Jacob. Her grandparents William E. and Alda Sassaman and Ervin and Marie Ruger and 2 nephews Christopher and Lucas.
Visitation was from 1:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, May 2nd with the family present to receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Brenneman Funeral Home Chapel, 1212 W. 2nd, Liberal, KS 67901.
Visitation was from 9:00 A.M.to 5:00 P.M. Friday, May 3rd at the Funeral Home.
Funeral Service was10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Liberal with Rev. Jerry Odle presiding. Burial will follow in Liberal Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Cynthia’s name to the Turpin Fire Department or the First United Methodist Church, of Liberal
To leave the family condolences please visit www.brennemanfuneralhome.com
Earl (Sid) Patzkowsky
Earl Dean “Sid” Patzkowsky was born February 2, 1933 in Fairview, Oklahoma to Samuel and Amelia (Weber) Patzkowsky. He graduated from high school and he was a farmer/rancher in Beaver County. He married Barbara June Patzkowsky in Balko, Oklahoma on November 11, 1954 in Balko, Oklahoma. She preceded him in death on February 19, 2018.
Sid passed on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Conner Place, Canyon, Texas at the age of 86.
He is survived by his sons, Kenton and Kerry Patzkowsky, both of Balko, Oklahoma; his two daughters, Cindy Bransgrove of Balko, Oklahoma and Shelly Chettinger of Canyon, Texas; his brother, Samuel Patzkowsky of Fairview, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
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Betty (Sharp) Sager
Betty Rae Sharp was born in Crescent, Oklahoma on May 28th, 1925 to Cecil Sharp and Elsie Hull Sharp. She departed this life on April 23rd, 2019. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother whose life revolved around serving others. She was the original Pioneer Woman, the Betty Crocker of Balko, the Martha Stuart of the Plains. Her home was a place of plenty and no one ever walked away from it hungry. It is said that all good things come from heaven. But Betty’s kitchen was a close second.
Her mother, Elsie Hull Sharp was a devout Christian and kept her children in church. Betty credits her mother for her strong Christian faith. She was saved in the Full Gospel Church as a child and after marriage, continued her walk with the Lord at the First Baptist Church of Balko, OK.
She spent most of her childhood in Perryton, Texas. She also lived a brief time in Forgan, Oklahoma. Her favorite memory of high school was taking part in the Drum Bugle Corp. When she was fifteen, her family made the decision to move to California to seek medical treatment for her mother. At this point, Betty began a life-long pattern of unselfishly serving others. She quit school and went to work at a drug store to help pay for her mother’s medical expenses. She also proved she was tough enough for the pioneer life when she saved up enough money for her own tonsillectomy and had to take a bus to the hospital and go through the procedure all by herself.
After the death of her mother, Betty came back to Balko to visit her brother, Buck and his wife Tootsie. She promised her new cousins, the Morris girls, that she would go with them to school. When Delbert Eugene Sager, the student/bus driver, saw her, he saved her a seat up front next to him. On July 11, 1943, at the age of eighteen, they were married in a double wedding along with his sister Opal and her husband Dick Naylor, also of Balko. Both couples started their lives together and had the wonderful and rare opportunity to celebrate their 50th and 70th wedding anniversaries together, drawing crowds of family and friends.
Two years after they were married, Delbert and Betty had a son, Larry Gene and then a daughter, Retha Gayle. Then in 1967 they adopted an eleven-year boy, David Wayne Sager, from the Baptist Children’s Home and raised him with joy and love.
As a young couple they farmed rented land. It wasn’t unusual for them to run machinery day and night in all kinds of weather. They had chickens, pigs, and milk cows to support their family and anything extra went to buy farm and ranch land. They both worked very hard alongside each other and their children. When Delbert went to work for the county, she had to milk all the cows by hand, separate the milk from the cream, gather the eggs, and take it into town on Saturday to sell. All with two young kids in tow. In her twenty’s, she kept their place running by herself when Delbert was diagnosed with cancer and had to go to Missouri for months of treatment; in the winter no less. She was a very devoted wife, proving her worth by following him everywhere from Grigg’s, OK to Washington DC, when she pulled the camper behind the tractorcaide traveling across the US in protest of trade embargoes. She probably did all that because she loved to laugh and Delbert loved to tell jokes! They were a match made in heaven.
It is said that a legacy is etched into the minds of others by the things they say about you. Betty has left us a legacy through her family and friends and the things they will tell you about her.
Her kids will tell you that even through all the struggles and hard times, she had a smile on her face. Never the center of attention, she was a team player and supportive in any endeavor her family was involved with; it was never about her. She sacrificed and did without, and then she sacrificed some more.
Her grandchildren will tell you that they knew they were her pride and joy. She sewed outfits for them, took them shopping for their birthday, hosted the best slumber parties, and kept her refrigerator stocked and on the ready with coke floats and mini pizza’s. She taught them life skills like sewing, setting the table, and preparing meals, be it ready for the field. Christmas was a magical time with a delicious smorgasbord of food, card games all evening long, gifts, and a special visit from Santa Claus.
Her friends would tell you that she was a wonderful person who not only "loved her neighbor," but loved strangers too. Her neighbors included but were not limited to Mary Naylor, Mary Ellen Jantzen, and Truma Pribble, who formed a supportive sisterhood, playing cards, canning, and swapping recipes. Among the strangers were the hundreds of people who she mailed prayer-grams in their time of need, all signed by members of the Balko Baptist Church. She also graciously hosted missionaries, preachers, and complete strangers who had been stranded on the road near their home.
Her husband would’ve told you "that’s what keeps me home on Saturday night" after patting her backside. He would also tell you that their happiest times where when they were in the thick of the struggle, raising kids, trying to make the land payments, and getting the work done in time to get to the ballgame or stockshow. They could gauge their financial well-being by whether or not they had enough money to buy a coke while they were there. Family vacations were a Sunday afternoon trip to the park in Perryton, Texas with a potluck dish and swim suits for the kids. The hardest and simplest times were the best times.
After years of hard work, Betty and Delbert began to do some traveling. Dick and Opal Naylor were usually part of this group of travelers. They visited the Holy Land, traveled to Europe, and spent 10 winters in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico and loved the activities there, including fishing in the Sea of Cortez. They also spent several winters in Yuma, Arizona. But in 2014, life changed drastically for them as the injuries sustained in a car accident required skilled nursing care and they were no longer able to travel or live on their own. Betty resided with Delbert at the Beaver County Nursing Home until his passing on March 11th, 2017. Upon Delbert’s passing, Betty was moved to The Seasons Assisted Living Center in Perryton, Texas until her passing. She continued her life cheerfully serving others, even in her last days. Everyone who came to see her got a smile, as well as a plastic spoon so that they could partake in her hospital pudding. A hostess to the end.
Betty leaves behind children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, including her son Larry and his wife Mary Ellen Sager, of Balko, OK and their children, Annette and Chris Bower of Duncan, OK; and Nathan and Mindy Sager of Balko; her daughter Retha Regnier of Balko and her children; Sarah and Jeremy Johnson of Bixby, OK; Shayla Regnier-Nelson and Brandy Nelson of Balko; Shelly and Kelly Stricklen of Albany, OK; and son David and his wife Dareta Sager of Yukon, OK; David’s children include Brian and Amy Sager of Balko; Brice and Holly Sager of Balko; Brandy and Dent Felix of Perryton, TX; and Kara and Caleb Hayes of Decatur, TX; Sister-in-law Opal Naylor. Nephews and nieces include Dewayne Sager, Dale Naylor, Belva Witt, David Renfrow, Bobby Renfrow, Lonetta Sunderland, Esther Buktus, Bennie Townsend, Jimmie Townsend, Dannie Sharp and Vernon Sharp.
Great-grandchildren include Cassidy and Paityn Bowers; Carley, Kadyn, and Brody Sager; Layne and Landon Johnson; Dannie, Johnathan Del, and Simon Regnier-Nelson; Wade and Kaley Rae Stricklen; Gavin and Kelby Sager; Hannah, Blaine, and Brock Sager; Adlee and Connley Felix; and Cade and Karoline Hayes.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Delbert Sager, grandson Shad Layne Sager; son-in-law John O. Regnier, DVM; brothers LaVon Sharp and Buck Sharp, sister Pauline Townsend, brother-in-law Cecil Sager; sister-in-law Dorothy Sager; sister-in-law Mildred Renfrow and brother-in-law Reverend Ralph Renfrow; nephew Darrell Naylor, brother-in-law Dick Naylor, and sister-in-law Tootsie Sharp.
Funeral Services for Betty Sager were Sunday, April 27, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the Balko Baptist Church with Todd Carr officiating. Interment will be in the Blue Mound Cemetery under the professional guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.
Boyd Eugene Jones was born July 5th 1961 in Beaver Oklahoma. He was the son of Gerald Marion Jones and Mary Ellen (Landers) Sprague.
Boyd grew up in the rural Elmwood area and attended Garrett Grade School. He attended Beaver High School and graduated with the class of 1982. He then attended the Liberal Area Vocational Technical School for one year.
Boyd was active in FFA during his high school years. He showed steers each year at the spring shows. He would not be out worked when it came to brushing his calves and working their hair. His love for cattle and taking care of them was genuine and it was noted by many in the industry. His hard work paid off winning Grand Champion Steer at the Beaver Local Show.
Mary told Boyd early on in his working career, “Always give your employer more than he asks for and he will respect you. You will also deal with some customers that are hard to deal with. Learn to deal with them politely and limit your replies”.
Boyd worked at several jobs including National Beef in Liberal Kansas. He spent many years working at Downing’s Market in Beaver. He stocked shelves and sacked groceries among other duties. He enjoyed people and he was able to visit with many neighbors, relatives, and friends that came to the store.
Boyd was known for his love of people and animals. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation in a matter of moments. He was a kind caretaker to animals, especially strays. He always had time to pet and play with his animals.
Boyd departed this life on April 24th 2019 at the age of 57. His is survived by his Mother Mary Ellen Sprague, Stepfather John Sprague, one sister Kristina, along with many relatives and friends.
The family requests memorials to the Liberal Animal Shelter (620-626-0576) instead of flowers because Boyd loved helping animals.
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Karen (Eubank) Jones
Karen Joye Eubank Jones passed away Wednesday April 24, 2019. Karen was born in Mocane, Oklahoma on June 1, 1940 to Woodrow and Irene Eubank. She attended grades 1-12 in the Forgan, OK school system. In September of 1958 she attended Panhandle A&M college in Goodwell, OK. While researching a history paper on April 7, 1959 in the library, she met Darrell Jones, a student from Ulysses, Kansas. After a short courtship, they married on August 28, 1959. They began a wonderful ride through life. Darrell transferred to Wichita University in June 1961, and Karen began managing the silverware department at Innes Department Store.
In May of 1963, her life took a bold step forward when Darrell joined the Air Force in lieu of being drafted into the Army. Karen moved to San Antonio in July so she would be close to Darrell and she pinned 2nd Lt. bars on him on August 6, 1963. For the next 27 plus years she was an Air Force Officer wife. She was 1st vice President of the Officers Wives Club twice, President once and was listed in Who’s Who for her volunteer work of managing the Officers Wives Club thrift shop at three different bases. In March 1966 her 1st son Craig, arrived and in August 1968 her 2nd son Chris completed her family. Karen became an expert home decorator to support the 26 different homes she had to decorate. She also found time to manage her Antique booths for 13 years. She made a difference in the lives of every acquittance.
Karen loved to travel. She lived in 9 different states and two countries, Spain and Jordan. She visited all 50 states and 11 countries. The last 40 years of her life she fought through several different medical problems, never letting her problems stop her from being a wonderful wife, mother, and friend.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell of Pecan Plantation, Texas, son Craig and wife Astrid, of Benbrook, Texas, and son Chris and wife Antina of Wahoo, Nebraska, along with grandchildren, Andrew and wife Maddie, Adam, Clara and Caroline, as well as Courtney and fiancé Nathan, Marcus and Kylee. She is also survived by her sister, Kay Gillen, niece Julie Gillen and nephew Randy Gillen of Ft. Collins, Colorado and several other cousins and great cousins.
The family asks that donations be made to the Pecan Plantation EMS in lieu of flowers. The celebration of life will take place at the Pecan Plantation Country Club on May 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
Jackie Bob Slatten
Our mother, "Jackie Bob" (Verdeen L.) Slatten joined her loved ones in Heaven on April 20, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma following a brief illness.
Jackie Bob was born October 13, 1936 in Childress, Texas, the second daughter of Verdia (Bohannon) and George Owen. Jackie Bob was a long-time and well-known member of the Beaver County, Oklahoma community.
While still in grade school, and in the way of school children everywhere, Verdeen was given the name "Jackie Bob" due to having a crush on a playmate who was known as "Pinky Bob." This nick-name stuck with her for the rest of her life.
Jackie Bob’s life was truly the iconic American Dream story, that through hard work and unwavering dedication even the most humble could rise to being and having anything and everything. No job was too hard or too menial for Jackie Bob. During her life, Jackie Bob worked as a caregiver, worked at every facet of farming including driving tractor and moving pipe, and could track down the most insignificant percentage of mineral rights better than any seasoned land man. She would then cook a hot meal every night for her family and find rest in the arms of her husband of nearly 62 years, Jack.
Jackie Bob was quite the cook, and there was never a soul who left her home hungry. You didn’t drop by the house but what Jack would ask, "Did you eat yet?" It got to the point that Jackie Bob would say, "While I’m cooking dinner, just pull on down to the round top and Jack will change your oil while you wait." She always had a quick comeback, and the person who experienced her kindness and generosity was truly blessed!
On their first date, Jack took Jackie Bob to the drive-in movie theater. When Jackie Bob told Jack that the popcorn "sure smelled good," Jack told her she should "move a little closer, so you can smell it better." Theirs was the closest of relationships, and you rarely saw one without the other. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Amarillo, Texas and Baker, Oklahoma, before ending up in the Turpin, Oklahoma community, where they spent the last five-plus decades at their current residence near Turpin.
Jackie Bob always supported her five children – Jake, Jill, J.D., Jami, and Jeff – in their every endeavor. She attended every football or basketball game, track meet, play or Fine Arts event for twenty-two years. Although there were many long days filled with hard work, she never missed a chance to cheer for her children. She and Jack were so well-known and popular with their children’s friends that they were frequently asked to serve as class parents.
Jackie Bob and Jack were very involved with the American Ag Movement and attended rallies at the Oklahoma State Capitol and the United States Capitol.
Jackie Bob was also very well-known in the realm of oil and gas as a fierce protector, advocate, lobbyist, and activist for mineral owners’ rights. Self-taught, Jackie Bob became an expert on oil and gas law and regulation, particularly in how it was relevant to mineral owners and their rights.
Through her tenacity, Jackie Bob was the catalyst that brought about the landmark 2004 $74 million judgement in the case "Bridenstine – v – Kaiser Francis Oil." This settlement was paid to mineral right owners predominantly located in the Oklahoma Panhandle. Ultimately, as a result of this case, oil and gas companies would pay over $2 billion in settlements to mineral right owners.
Jackie Bob is survived by the love of her life, her husband Jack; her son Jake and his wife Lesa of rural Forgan, Oklahoma; her daughter Jill Maschmeier and husband John, also of rural Forgan, Oklahoma; son John David (J.D.) and wife Shawna of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter Jami Snell and husband Kim of Frisco, Texas; son Jeff and wife Jeri of rural Forgan, Oklahoma; her sister, Georgia Watson of Lakeview, Texas; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Verdie and George Owen, her brother-in-law Bernie Watson, and one grandson, Tyson Slatten.
Alan Clark Funeral Services of Beaver will coordinate a memorial service at the Turpin Baptist Church in Turpin on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 11 a.m.. The family appreciates the outpouring of sympathy and requests that memorials be made to the Beaver County Nursing Home.
Lawrence Clark Reiswig
Lawrence Clark Reiswig was born in Oklahoma City, OK, in 1952 to Ralph and Ester M. (Stagner) Reiswig, and raised primarily on a farm outside Beaver, OK. He entered eternity on April 1, 2019 after a 16-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He worked faithfully as a USPS rural mail carrier in Greeley, Colorado for thirty years. He was an avid snow skier and boater who also enjoyed camping and flying stunt kites. He was a beloved soccer coach for many years. Lawrence loved life, and lived it with joy. He will be remembered for his big smile and bigger laugh.
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Lancaster) Reiswig, his sons, Matthew (Kristin) Reiswig and Marty (Jaclyn) Reiswig, and seven grandchildren.
Lawrence served as a passionate volunteer in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) study, in the hopes of someday defeating the disease. Due to his advocacy and value as a research subject, his story has appeared in articles by Reuters and the New York Times, as well as in the documentary Untangling Alzheimer’s (currently on Netflix), and he will be featured in the upcoming documentary Brains Under Siege. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to the DIAN study in Lawrence’s memory at dian.wustl.edu/donate.
Cheryl Lynn Greenlee
Cheryl Lynn Greenlee, born February 28th, 1949 to Doyne E. Bell-Zimmerman and Lyndol E. Zimmerman in Hoxie, KS, departed this life on April 12, 2019 at her home in Beaver, OK. Cheryl was a longtime nurse, having graduated from nursing school in 1981. Nursing was at the core of her personality and being and brought significant joy to her life. She provided love to everyone she encountered until the day of her passing. She worked for the hospitals in Meade, KS and Beaver, OK. Ultimately, she settled at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, KS where she served patients for more than 25 years before retiring in December 2015. She was adored by the patients she cared for over the years. The number of former patients who have approached the family about how she saved their or a family member’s life is far too many to count.
Cheryl married her husband Max Greenlee in Beaver, Oklahoma on June 28, 1980 and they lived together with four children. Her family was the most important thing in the world to her, and she would have moved mountains for them if necessary. Her grandchildren’s favorite memories of her are when she put on red lipstick and kissed all over their faces leaving lip marks. Although they may not have liked it at the time, it is now one of their fondest memories. She loved working in her garden and always had an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. She enjoyed crafting and often showed her jewelry at local art shows. She loved making people happy with her designs and created each piece with love and dedication.
She is survived by her husband Max Greenlee of Beaver, OK, her children Shawn Robison and wife Jennifer of Ada, OK, Mark Robison and wife Becky of Forgan, OK, Kimberly Pierce of Beaver, OK, and Karen Greenlee of Woodward, OK, brother Bob Zimmerman of Longview, TX and sister Nancy Zimmerman of Phoenix, AZ, her grandchildren Drew Pierce and Grady Conrad of Norman, OK, Shayla Greenlee of Mounds, OK, Cort Pierce and wife Kendra of Woodward, OK, Jaden Pierce of Beaver, OK, Kimberley Vandergrift of Stillwater, OK, and Austin and Tyler Vandergrift of Ada, OK, niece Amber Zimmerman and her daughters Abigail and Ashleih of Longview, TX, and nephew Jason Zimmerman of Longview, TX. She is also survived by the newest love of her life, her great-granddaughter Kenlee Pierce of Woodward, OK. and a host of other relatives and friends.
Leta Lorene Miller
Leta Lorene Miller, age 85, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born August 6, 1933, at Natoma, KS the daughter of Paul and Stella (Pruter) Doty.
She attended Natoma High School, Natoma, KS.
While attending her sister’s wedding she met Kenneth Ellsworth Miller. They were married on December 22, 1950 in Natoma, KS. While living in the Natoma area they had three daughters; Kenna, Leta, and Marsha. Kenny’s job took them to Turpin, OK and in 1960 they had their fourth daughter, Paula.
Lorene worked in the Turpin School for years in the cafeteria and as a custodian. After retiring from the school she returned to help when teachers were out and in the detention room. She loved being around the kids at school. There were occasions she went above and beyond by offering to buy kids winter clothes and food. Kids brightened her days. She was blessed with 14 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren. She loved each of them and her relationship with them has left memories for each of them.
Survivors include, four daughters: Kenna McNeil and husband Benny Liberal, KS; Leta Mikles and husband Larry Turpin, OK; Marsha Adkins and husband Dennis Hallsville, MO; Paula Adams Ft. Worth, TX; one brother Arvin Doty and wife Lois Natoma, KS; one sister Karen Armbister and husband Curt Wichita, KS; 14 grandchildren Melanie McCoy, Shawnna Moses, Caleb McNeil, Heath McNeil, Amy Giessel, Clint Nickeson, Blake Mikles, Brittany Schwarz, Nikki Mikles, Brock Adkins, Ashley Wyer, Garth Adkins, Kendra Ratzlaff and Cassie Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service were 2 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at Turpin High School Auditorium with John Moses and Pastor Dennis Finch presiding. Burial was in the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, OK.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Turpin Fire Department or St. Catherine Hospice in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Mike Douglas McDonald was born January 15, 1962 to Joe and Anna Fairlene McDonald in Woodward, Oklahoma. He passed from this life to his eternal home on April 1, 2019 in Beaver, Oklahoma surrounded by family. He had one older brother, Mark, and one younger brother, Brent.
His early school years were spent in Kansas and North Carolina before settling in Balko, Oklahoma where he graduated high school in 1980. While in high school, he was an active member in FFA where he enjoyed showing animals and was also a standout athlete competing in football, basketball, and track. His first year of college he attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University and then transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play quarterback for the Ranger Football Team. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1984 and soon after made his home in Beaver, Oklahoma. He began building the successful business of M&Z Consultants with lifelong friend and business partner, Dennis Zimmerman. Mike served his community as a member of Rotary Club, City Board Member, First Security Bank Board Member, Panhandle Telephone Board Member, and was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church where he was saved at an early age. His love of sports led him to spend many hours improving the Duster athletic facilities and coaching his daughters on the softball field and basketball court.
Mike met his lifelong best friend and soulmate, Shelly, in January 1991 and the two were married shortly thereafter on September 28, 1991 in Beaver, Oklahoma. This union was blessed with three daughters, Tara, Devry, and Anna. Mike was most known for his love for family and his legacy will always live on in his grandchildren-Jaxon, Oakley, Karlee, Kasen, Mikel & Jakoby Hastings, Emersyn Hardin & Landyn Lusk, & Rigley Mikah Bridwell. Mike’s most treasured memories were those spent with his family fishing, hunting, golfing and relaxing at the lake.
Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents and parents, Joe and Anna Fairlene. He is survived by his wife, Shelly, of their home, daughter Tara and husband Patrick & their children of Ponder, TX, daughter Devry and husband Brad & their daughters of Plano, TX, & daughter Anna and her husband Jacob & their daughter of Beaver, OK. Brother Mark and his wife Cara of Beaver, Brother Brent of Sharon, OK, Sister-in-law Jacque and husband Charlie of Fairview, OK. Mother-in-law Linda Cash of Vici, OK, very close friends, Scott and Kellie Richerson of Stillwater, OK. A host of nieces and nephews, and tons of friends.
Mike’s most precious legacy he leaves for his family is his love for the Lord and being faithful in the service of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Toby Keith Foundation (Research Foundation for Childhood Cancer) or First Baptist Church of Beaver, OK.
The Toby Keith
or mail a check to 818 NE 8th Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104
*Please write in the memo "In memory of Mike McDonald"
First Baptist Church
PO Box 6 Beaver, OK 73932
*Please write in the memo "In memory of Mike McDonald".
Steve Holt, 50, of Canadian left this world on Monday, March 11, 2019 in
Lubbock surrounded by his family and friends.
Cletus L. Carter, 78, of Forgan, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 surrounded by the comfort of his family.
Cletus was born August 2, 1940 in Liberal, KS to Arthur L. Carter and Thelma “Nub” Eden. He was a lifelong resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Forgan High School. He married the love of his life Deborah Beebe on June 1, 1958 in Forgan. They lived and worked together, almost inseparable, for over 60 years.
Cletus pursued higher education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Panhandle State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma, and further continued doctoral studies in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Oklahoma. He proudly served in the Army ROTC and competed on the ROTC rifle team.
After college, he followed his aspiration in life to be an educator. He became a high school science teacher at Beaver High School. During his tenure at Beaver High School, he was responsible for the inception of Girls Track & Field Programs in high schools across the State of Oklahoma, and consequently became Beaver’s first girls track coach. Additionally, he coached high school basketball and football, and to this day is still known as “Coach Carter” to many in his community. During this time in his life, he also was an active member of the Young Jaycees.
In 1970, Cletus returned to the farm and began helping his father with the family business. Throughout the years, he formed the family businesses of Carter Farms, Carter Enterprises, Triple C Cattle Company, and High Plains Grass Seeds. He served on both the Beaver County and the Northwest Oklahoma Community Development Councils. He was a Member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, a Member of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, and he contributed 20 years to Oklahoma State University’s test plot program.
Although he returned to farming, he continued his constant involvement in education. He was an avid supporter of Forgan High School, its athletics programs, and served as President of the Forgan School Board. Throughout the years, he established the Oklahoma Rural Entrepreneur Action Learning program in high schools across the State of Oklahoma. He served as Director of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Foundation. He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council in Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. As a donor, he was instrumental in developing the Oklahoma State University Research Center.
Cletus was extremely passionate about the rural cooperative movement. Since 1977 until his passing, he served on the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, where he rose through the ranks of TCEC, eventually serving as President of the Board and representing TCEC at the State and National levels.
In 1993, he joined the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives serving as Secretary, Vice-President, and was unanimously elected as President in 1999. He served on numerous OAEC committees and in 2011 he served as the very first chairman of OAEC’s newly established External Communications Committee. During his time at OAEC, he was elected by the Board as a representative at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, where he traveled rural America supporting and educating rural electric cooperatives.
In 2000, Cletus joined the board of directors for National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. He served as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and in 2006 was elected as President of the Board. He also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Corporate Relations Committee.
In 2009, he was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Chairman of the Farm Service Agency Committee for the State of Oklahoma and served two terms under the Presidential Administration.
Cletus dedicated his life to serving rural America and has made a lasting impression on a nationwide community of rural cooperatives, farming and ranching communities, education, and athletics programs. He loved his community and was a compassionate and selfless man who touched the heart of everyone he met. He had a gift for leadership and inspired people everywhere. He was a strong supporter the U.S. Marine Corps, the Oklahoma State University girls basketball program, the Seward County Community College basketball program, as well as the science programs at both schools.
He was a lifelong member of the Forgan United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Thelma Carter, daughter Deedra Carter and sister Rochelle Carter Gardner. He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Carter; son Todd Carter & wife Feliza of Liberal, KS; son Troy Carter & wife Jill of Forgan; daughter Tisha Carter of Hermeray, France; sister Iva Dene Carter McCleary, of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren Elizabeth Taylor, Cassandra Van Noy, Lindsey Fields, Robert Vargas, Kodie Newsom, Shantel Vargas, and Tanner Carter; his nieces and nephew; six great-grandchildren; and his beloved extended family, Mario & Carmen Jaquez of Forgan and their children Ivan, Alex and Iris.
A memorial service will be March 2, 2019, 2 p.m. at the Forgan United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends directly after the service at the Golden Agers in Forgan. A private family interment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Seward County Community College’s Carter Science Foundation or the United Methodist Church of Forgan. Please memo donations “In Memory of Cletus L. Carter.”
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Virgil Wright was born to Walter and Nora (Riggs) Wright on May 25, 1944 in Beaver, Oklahoma. He was the third of ten children.
As a child he lived in Beaver, Forgan and Keyes, Oklahoma. As a teenager his family moved to Huntsville, Arkansas.
Virgil followed the wheat harvest for several years with Kyle Coats crew from Plains, Kansas.
While working for Campbell Soup Company in Fayetteville, Arkansas he met and married Mary Leona Burrows. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary October 3, 2016.
To this union was born a son, William Tony Wright on July 22, 1967 and a daughter on May 19, 1972.
Virgil was baptized in the Jordan River June 21, 1983 while on a Holy Land Tour.
Virgil loved trucking and was an over-the-road truck driver for Cawood Produce in Springdale, Arkansas. He then moved to Forgan and worked for Nichols Water Service for several years. Later he was owner operator of Wright Dirt Construction in Forgan, Oklahoma which he operated for seven years. Next he bought a Semi-Truck and Flatbed trailer and leased to Cheetah Transportation as an owner-operator.
His last trucking job was hauling milk from dairies to points all over the United States for Milk Transport Service out of Syracuse, Kansas.
Virgil is survived by his wife, Mary, son, Tony and wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Lena all of Forgan, Oklahoma. His six grandchildren, Kristen Tatum and husband Skyler of Edmond, OK., Samantha Wright of Norman, OK., Cami Stahly Bartels of Beaver, OK., Bryce Stahly, Trey Wright and Conner Stahly all of Forgan, OK. Also four great-grandchildren, Alexandria Bartels, Korbin Tatum, Savannah Bartels, and Oliver Tatum.
Also surviving is five brothers and one sister: Victor Wright, and wife Barbara of Forgan, OK., Jerry Wright of Joplin, MO., Darrel Wright of Forgan, OK., Jack Wright and wife Karen of Sedalia, MO., Mark Wright and wife Lottie of Forgan, OK and Beth Cramer and husband Jerry White of Forgan, OK.
Preceding him in death was his parents, two brothers; Vernon and John Wright and one sister; Velta (Wright) McGaugh.