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Cochran) Collins, 96, a long-time resident of Boise City, OK, passed away Thursday, Nov 21, 2019, in the Morton County Senior Living Center, Elkhart KS.
She was born on Oct 12, 1923, on the "Irish Flats" in South Meade County KS, daughter of the late Achilles Calvin "A.C." Cochran and Gertrude Patricia (Barragree) "Momo" Cochran.
Winnie and D.M. "Dude" Collins married on Oct 19, 1941. To this union, two daughters were born, Johnny & Patricia.
Winnie lived in Meade County until the age of 5 when the family moved to the Cochran Homestead, known as Walnut Grove, southeast of Kenton, OK. Winnie was the middle child and 5th of 9 children. The family lived through the Great Depression. The Cochran kids were known as honest, trustworthy, reliable, and ornery; they knew how to work and how to laugh and joke around. The Cochran family remained in or near Kenton until 1943.
Winnie attended school in Kenton, graduating in 1941. Six days after her 18th birthday, a friend drove Dude & Winnie to Clayton, N.M., where they were married.
The country called her husband to serve; this young mother took on odd jobs to help ends meet. She was consistently writing & mailing many letters to her husband and her brothers, who were away serving our country. With Dude’s encouragement, she later wrote many letters to soldiers during the Korean, Vietnam & Gulf Wars.
Dude and Winnie worked and farmed for Mr. T L Brooks and lived and raised their two beautiful daughters on the farm, southwest of Boise City. Mr. Brooks was impressed with this couple and made them his farm partner. Years later, they built a home and moved into Boise City. They were members of the Boise City Methodist Church.
Winnie was a talented, capable, determined perfectionist and could do anything she set her mind to do. She drove grain trucks, tractors, and raised pigs, turkeys, cattle, chickens, and a garden, all while keeping a spotless, organized home and yard. Being a hostess was another of her talents, their door was always open to family, with several family members living with Dude & Winnie during rough times. She cared for her mother, mother in law Marion Collins, and sister-in-law Patty Collins. Winnie visited them several times a week and did their laundry & shopping when they were in the Boise City Nursing home.
Winnie was an extraordinary seamstress, turning feed sacks into clothing for her family. She made all of her daughters’ clothes, a wedding dress for her brother’s bride Nordeen, clothes for her granddaughter Jamye, tiny clothes for Barbies, dolls & repaired treasured stuffed animals. She pieced quilts out of fabric scraps, made square dance dresses for herself, and matching shirts for Dude. The family also enjoyed Winnie’s excellent cooking. She cooked and canned and shared many things from her garden. Her pickles and pies were family favorites. "Granny" made her cookies with perfection so they could fit in Pringles cans.
Dude & Winnie enjoyed their family, farming, gardening & square dancing. "Dude" passed away in July of 1991, 3 months before their 50th wedding anniversary. Winnie’s heart was broken and never healed.
Winnie and her brother John purchased headstones for some of the family. Winnie also purchased friends’ gravestones, mowed, planted grass weeded, and watered their graves. Winnie donated both time and money and encouraged others to give to the Boise City cemetery.
Winnifred was preceded in death by her husband D. M. "Dude" Collins, her parents A.C. Cochran and Gertrude Cochran. Eight siblings, Brothers: William O’Donald "Pert" Cochran, Calvin Dennis Cochran, John Elmer Cochran, Charles C. "Salty" Cochran, Robert O. "Mush" Cochran, Willard Thomas "Tommy" Cochran, Sisters: Agnes "Aggie" Beard, Myrtle Elsie "Sukey" Sellers.
Her two daughters survive her: Johnny & husband Jim Watson, Forgan OK, Patricia "Boodie" & Lyndol Hale, Guymon OK.
5 Grandchildren: Jamye (Hale) & David Wolf, Bethany OK, Diana (Watson) & Kent Boaldin Elkhart, KS, Sherri (Watson) & Danny Watson, Laverne OK, David & Christi Hale, Edmond OK, Trent & Tania Watson. Forgan OK.
14 Great Grandchildren: Keaton Tiner-Thompson, Karli Roark, Billie & Jacie Thompson; Jordan & Seth Hale; Trae, Trista & Trevin Watson; Allison & Collin Watson; Stephanie (Boaldin) Wiens, Rene‘(Boaldin) May and Kurt Boaldin.
8 Great-Great Grandchildren: Kelton Thompson; Kale, Paisley & Rance Roark; Kate, Jade & Luke Wiens & Ace May.
Sisters-in-law: Jo Ann Cochran, Keyes, OK & Nordeen Cochran, Spearman, TX.
Many nieces & nephews.
Funeral Services were at the St Pauls Methodist Church , Saturday, Nov. 23 with Lyndol Hale officiating, followed by interment in the Boise City Cemetery.
Memorial: "Wall Fund Donation," c/o Boise City Cemetery Board, PO Box 159, Boise City OK 73933
Pallbearers: Grandsons & Great Grandsons
Honorary Pallbearers: Lyndol Hale, Jim Watson, Tim Baird, Buddy Camilli, George Leach, Ronnie Lee Cochran, Robert J Cochran, Paul Pfeifer.
Michael Jan *Mike* Smith was born on July 28, 1947 in Liberal, Kansas to Maynard Shattuck and Betty Jean (Nolder) Smith. He graduated high school, attended some college and served his country in the United States Army and went to Vietnam. Mike has been a member of the Methodist Church for sixty plus years. He moved rigs for a living and did until he could no longer work. He married Sue Smith on May 22, 1981 in Clayton, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mike passed on December 11, 2019 west of Forgan, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, of Beaver, Oklahoma; sons, Clay Smith of Piedmont, Oklahoma and Dallas Smith of Lawton, Oklahoma; his daughter, Camee Cline of Beaver, Oklahoma; Brother Matt Smith of Dallas, Texas; sister Melody Garnett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Charles Coldwater was born to Howard and Grace (Dill) Coldwater on August 8, 1931. He was born in the house southeast of Forgan which he still owns. He had an older sister, Erleane, and an older brother, Earl. He attended Forgan Schools and graduated in 1950. In 1949, he eloped with Dorothy Jean Beard on September 16th to Perryton, Texas. Charles worked at the local Coop in Alva till they moved back to Greenough community in 1952. While living in Alva he obtained his pilot’s license. He did a solo flight and never flew again. For two years he worked at Beech Aircraft in Liberal, Kansas, then five years doing construction. In 1960 he started working in the oil patch. He did that for ten years and in 1970 he started farming full time.
In 1953, Charles and Dorothy Jean moved to the current house given to them by Dorothy Jean’s parents. This house was built on land homesteaded by Ota Desper, Dorothy Jean’s grandad. At that time the road was not paved. It was paved in 1970 and is now called Road 10. Charles lived in this house until he passed on November 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.
They have four children, Eugene, Michael, Shirley Jo and Dale. They all attended Forgan Schools.
He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Dorothy Jean, his four children, nine grandchildren, many great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Alva Edward “Sonny” Howard was born on May 25, 1938 to Alva and Leona (Mills) Howard in Beaver County, OK. He was a longtime resident of Beaver County. Sonny passed away on November 18, 2019 at the age of 81.
He attended the Victory School his first 8 years in Beaver County, OK and graduated from Laverne High School with the class of 1956.
Sonny enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon completion of his military service he returned home, and continued working on the family dairy farm south of Midway Country Church located in Beaver County, planting and harvesting crops. He also worked alongside his father drilling and servicing water wells. In 1975, Sonny, and his brother Phillip formed Howard Drilling Company.
Sonny was blessed with four children, Cyndy, Shauna, and Michael from his first marriage, and Kassie from his second marriage to Luisa.
Sonny’s generosity and kindness was endless, no task was ever too big. Throughout his life, Sonny worked tirelessly to provide for those he loved. He showed his love by lending a hand, always being present, or through teasing us until we cracked a smile. He got many laughs playing tricks on anybody he could, lots of times using his favorite rubber snake “Ferdinand.” Sonny loved when the entire family was together. He didn’t cook much, but he was a master at making homemade ice cream. His specialties were black walnut and maple. Sonny loved his family, friends, pets, racing cars, and old tractors. His kind spirit and ornery laugh will be missed by all who loved him.
Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Alva and Leona Howard; son, Michael Howard; sisters, Martha Colling, and Cherry Gonser; brother in laws Terry Reddick and Bill Wheatley.
He is survived by his wife Luisa, of the home; daughters, Cyndy Montoya, Shauna Nichols, and her husband Scott, all of Beaver; Kassie Howard of Edmond, OK; brother, Phillip Howard, and wife Marcy; sisters, Kathryn Judd, and husband Gilbert; Linda Reddick, all of Beaver; Audrey Wheatley, Darrouzett, TX; brother-in-law, Bob Colling, Sidney, NE; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Services will be held on Wednesday, November 27 at 11:00 a.m.at the First Christian Church, Beaver, OK.
Jeri Jo (Albright) Nichols was born June 3rd, 1960 in Liberal, Kansas to Byron and Yvonne (Hampton) Albright. She grew up in Tyrone, Oklahoma and graduated from Tyrone High School in 1978. She attended Frank Phillips University for a short time before marrying Billy Dean Nichols on August 12, 1980. Together they were blessed with three children, Nicholas Dean, born November 15,1982; Tenille Janee’ Nichols, born March 1, 1986; and Toni Jo Nichols, born November 29, 1989.
Jeri was a homemaker, and took pride in raising her kids to know the love of the Lord. She also enjoyed working with students as a teacher’s aide at Forgan Public Schools. Jeri also was a MAJOR asset to the many family businesses. She helped remodel rent houses, raise English bulldogs, raise quail, as well as cook homemade meals for hunters that came hunting. Hunters often commented on the good food and even better hospitality that she provided them. Several even kept in contact for support as she battled through her journey with cancer. She was very well liked and respected. Jeri Jo was also a coach’s wife, she could be seen sitting in the end zone and stands at every game. She was loved and well respected by every team in the many places they lived.
Jeri enjoyed singing, reading her Bible, cooking and baking, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her singing voice was a gift from God and she enjoyed using it to His glory. Many agree, her laugh was infectious and it will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She has touched the lives of many because of her love for Christ. She had an incredible amount of faith in her Savior that never once wavered throughout her battle with cancer, which started in 2012 and again in 2017. She was known to many as a Prayer Warrior. Jeri was the type to pray for others first, regardless of her own sickness or trials. The love she had for Christ shone brightly through her, and was an inspiration to many. It influenced many lives. Jeri was the rock that held her family together. Her husband, children and grandchildren adored her, and knew that she loved them abundantly. She always reminded them who they were in Christ and where their true identity was found.
Jeri Jo entered into eternity and met the face of her Lord and Savior on November 12, 2019.
She is preceded in death by her father Byron Albright. She is survived by her husband, Billy Dean of the home; son Nick and Mindy Nichols and grandchildren Alexis Kennedy, Taden Dean, and Breckan Don of Forgan, OK; daughter Tenille Nichols and Josh Castillo and children Natalie Jo, Jocelyn Janee’, Finleigh Faith of Liberal, KS; daughter Toni Jo Nichols and son Kwenton Cole of Liberal, KS; mother, Yvonne Albright of Cheyenne; sisters Jacki Grant and husband Rick of Duncan, OK; Traci Thrash and husband Brad of Cheyenne, OK; brother, Kirk Albright of Cheyenne, OK; many nieces and nephews and life long friends who will greatly miss her.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the family through the First Baptist Church P.O. Box 9 Forgan, OK 73938
Wilma "Billie" Mayo was born on Jan. 16, 1932 to Anton and Pearl Kunc at Lenora, OK. She was the 4th of 5 daughters. Billie graduated from high school at Taloga High School, and then attended Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics. It was there that she met Mark M. Mayo and they were married in Stillwater on December 18, 1952.
She taught school at Carney, OK until they moved to Beaver to run the Maple YL Ranch. Billie became active in the community volunteering at the Forgan Public Schools, with local and county 4-H groups, the Jones and Plummer museum and Beaver County Farm Bureau. One of her favorite activities was playing bridge and she cherished all the people in her bridge groups over the years. She loved children, her family and friends, good bargains and animals. There was always extra room at her table for unexpected guests, and she always had a cup of coffee, cinnamon rolls, or ice cream to serve at a moments notice. Her grandkids loved that she would let them eat ice cream for dinner. She hosted many back to school picnics for the Forgan Public School board and staff, as well as other groups, and loved to cook for cowboys.
Billie passed away on Nov. 10, 2019 leaving behind 2 of her children, Stephen Mayo and Meredith LeMaster, as well as 3 sisters, Eileen Vanderlee, Cecelia Kouns, and Carolyn Speer, and 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Mark Mayo, her son Randall Mayo, and a sister, Lillian Muller.
Memorials may be made to the local fire departments, the First Christian Church or Jones and Plummer Museum.
Services were Thursday, Novemmber 14, 2019 at the Beaver First Christian Church.
Lorene Littau, 89, of Balko, Oklahoma died Monday, October 21, 2019 in Perryton, Texas. On Thursday, October 24, 2019 there will be a private family burial followed by a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Perryton, officiated by Rev. Mark Metzger. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. of Perryton, Texas.
Mrs. Littau was born on January 25, 1930 in Booker, Texas to George Reiswig and Helen Bechtold Reiswig. She graduated from Perryton High School, and married her husband, Albert Littau on April 16, 1948 in his parents’ home southeast of Perryton. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, and was a homemaker. She loved to garden, loved to drive a John Deere tractor, loved to play Rummy, and she was very involved in her church, First United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School for 30-plus years and was very involved in Methodist Women. She was a great cook, and she was an accomplished seamstress, having made her daughter, Betty Carol’s, wedding dress! In addition, she absolutely loved her grandchildren!
Mrs. Littau is survived by her husband, Albert; one son, Sam Littau and wife Teresa of Balko, Oklahoma; three daughters, Tommy Ann Headrick and husband, Stephen of Turpin, Oklahoma, Linda Sue Unruh and husband Ronald of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Betty Carol Kincannon and husband Ronald of Boise City, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Littau was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and four sisters.
The family requests memorials be to one’s favorite charity.
Patricia Ann Arnold Tregellas
Patricia Ann Arnold Tregellas, 91, of Perryton, Texas, died October 27, 2019 in Booker, Texas. There will be a visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home Monday, October 28, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Ochiltree Cemetery and a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Perryton, Texas, both officiated by Rev. Mark Metzger. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home of Perryton, Texas.
Mrs. Tregellas was born on February 9, 1928 in Pampa in Gray County, Texas, to Ralph Arnold and Zelma Cole Arnold. Pat grew up at the ranch south of Booker, Texas, especially enjoying her horse, Ranger. She attended Valley Park School for her elementary years, then she attended and graduated from Perryton High School in 1945. She married William Thomas Tregellas on March 16, 1949. They made their home at the ranch. Two sons, Rusty and Rocky Tregellas were born to Bill and Pat. Pat was active on the farm and ranch with Bill and her father, Ralph.
Pat was a member of Jenny June, and she was a pink lady at Ochiltree General Hospital. She was the first Miss Perryton, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Perryton. She was the ultimate hostess and a fantastic cook. Pat was a loving mother and a very proud grandma! Pat was a faithful friend as many will attest to. The boys especially remember Pat’s fried chicken and her chicken and rice. Later in life, Pat married Bill McClure.
Mrs. Tregellas is survived by two sons; Rusty and Donnita, Rocky and Janet; grandchildren Rochelle and Shawn Fouts, Sharalyn and Jay Mayden, Brian and Jessica Tregellas, and Blake and Sarah Tregellas; Sheldon, Shannon and Shaddon Laverty; great-grandchildren Jackson Fouts, Caleb and Trenton Mayden, Charlotte Tregellas and Theodore Tregellas; and sisters-in-law Neva Belle Lewis, Willie Tregellas and Patsy Rist.
Mrs. Tregellas was preceded in death by her husband, W. T., her parents, and Bill McClure.
The family requests memorials be to the Ochiltree General Hospital Foundation, Attn: Debbie Blodgett, 3101 Garrett Drive, Perryton, Texas, 79070 or online at www.ochiltreehospital.com/oghfoundation, or to one’s favorite charity.
Debye Kirkhart passed to her heavenly home in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct.4, 2019, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson.
Debye was born April 12, 1950, in Oklahoma City, to James W. and Lela Zell (Monroe) Putman. She grew up in Perryton, Texas. Following graduation from Perryton High School in 1969, she attended North Western State College in Alva, Okla. where she met the love of her life, Tommy Wayne Kirkhart. They were married in Perryton on January 24, 1970.
The couple settled in Forgan, Okla. for the first 20 years of their marriage, moving to Great Bend in 1990. Two daughters, LaDesha and TaKura, were born to this union.
Debye and Tom spent their 50 years together doing what they loved most - raising their daughters, becoming grandparents and traveling. She was an involved parent in all aspects of her children’s lives and activities, and to her delight, this continued with her grandchildren, attending school functions and many a ball-game. Their appetite for traveling took Debye and Tom to a variety of locales around the world through the years.
One look at her flower garden and you knew Debye had a "green thumb" and a passion for gardening. This was evidenced each year by the abundance of beautiful blooms in her yard.
Survivors include her husband, Tom, of the home; daughters, LaDesha Clark and husband Todd of Great Bend, and TaKura Price and husband Jasen of Salina; one granddaughter, Shailey Clark; three grandsons, Talus and Andin Price, and Cody Clark; sister, Janie Mooneyham of Horseshoe Bay, Texas; nieces, Leslyn Wallace of Horseshoe Bay, Devyn Haley of Weatherford, Texas, and Becky Powell of Laverne, Okla.; nephews, Sambo McLain of Hico, Texas, and Shane Kirkhart of Forgan, Okla.; numerous cousins, of which she had a special bond with, Norma Mounts of Perryton, Jan Watson of Midland, Texas, and Biff Yocham of Round Top, Texas; and by the many friends she cultivated over her life’s path.
Debye was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend, where funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Visitation will be 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019, at Bryant Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Great Bend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
(Ed. Note the family requested this obituary for Mrs. Cowan also.)
Amelia June Cowan of Balko Oklahoma died September 19, 2019 at home surrounded by family. Amelia was born in Beaver, Oklahoma to Ralph and Ellen Frazee Gregory. She spent her childhood years growing up in Beaver County near Elmwood with her 2 brothers, Ralph Junior and George. Amelia graduated from Balko High School in 1961.
In school she was involved in basketball, cheerleading, choir, and band. While in school, she was also interested in a young man named Stevie Ray Cowan, whom she married in Booker Texas on May 20th 1961. They enjoyed 58 years of marriage in Beaver County with the exception of a few years spent in Greenfield, Missouri. Over the next 15 years, Amelia and Stevie added 7 children to the family.
Amelia loved attending Balko Bison sporting events and was several times recognized as the top booster by the Bison Booster Club. Amelia always kept busy. When she wasn’t attending sporting events, she was an avid reader, piano player, crocheter, master crafter, gardener, scrapbooker, family genealogist, photographer, cook, chauffeur, parts runner, cheerleader and being the best grandma ever.
Amelia was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Junior and George.
Amelia is survived by a large family. Her husband Stevie, and their 7 children: Mitch Cowan and wife Marcia, Shane Cowan and wife Kim, JoDon Rawls and husband Brian, Carmen Cowan and Mike Broadfoot, Nakia Cowan and wife Maggi, Casey Cowan and wife Brandi, Amy Smith and husband Jason, 18 grandchildren spread out from California to South Carolina and 16 great grand-children. She is also survived by her Aunt Mary Pugh and Uncle Bernard Gregory.
Funeral services were held September 21st at Capital View Cemetery with arrangements made by Alan Clark Funeral Services of Beaver and Max Whipple officiating.
Doretta Davison Gregory was born July 1, 1933 to Gerald Olin Davison and Vinita Olive Riley in Texhoma, OK. She was the youngest of three children. The entire family endured the difficult years of the Dust Bowl together.
Doretta attended elementary school and high school in Texhoma. She graduated from Panhandle A&M in Goodwell, OK with a degree in Home Economics and Education in 1955.
Doretta met & married Billy Dean Gregory of Beaver, OK while attending Panhandle A&M. Doretta & Bill had three children, Robert Alexander, Juliana and William Robert. She taught high school Home Economics, kindergarten, first & third grade over the years while raising her family. They lived in Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas & Texas throughout their years together. Most of those years were in Ulysses, KS, Beaver, OK & Elkhart, KS. They split their retirement years between Elkhart, KS and Pharr, TX, preferring to spend the winter months in the warmth of South Texas. After the death of Bill in 2017, Doretta moved to New Hampshire with her son, William.
Doretta’s greatest joys in life were gardening, sewing & quilting, singing and spending time with family & friends playing games and just visiting. She was a ruthless adversary around the gaming table. She had an ability to grow even the most challenging plants & flowers, especially her orchids. Doretta enjoyed the challenge of piecing difficult quilt patterns and enhancing the beauty of the quilt by cutting and arranging the fabric to fool the eye. She loved to sing and was a faithful member of the United Methodist Chancel Choir in Ulysses, KS and later the Tropic Star Choir in Pharr, TX. She once said that one of her regrets was that she never sang a duet with her husband, Bill, who was a vocal music teacher and choir director.
Doretta died at her daughter’s home in Overland Park, KS on August 30, 2019 at the age of 86. Doretta was preceded in death by her husband Bill Gregory, her son Robert, and her brother John Davison. She is survived by her daughter Juliana and her son William, her sister Imogene, her grandsons Hunter Logan Sargent, Parker Lyman Sargent and Sean Michael Gregory, and her great-grandchildren Colton Carter Sargent and Mikaela Mae Sargent.
Graveside services will be held on Oct. 12, 2019 at 10:15 am at the Beaver Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, OK.
Roy Joseph Robicheaux, Jr. was born on October 11, 1933 at the Imperial County Hospital in El, Centro, California at 5:35 a.m.
His Father’s name was Roy Joseph Robicheaux, Sr., age 25 from Louisiana. His mother’s name was Catherine Harris, age 17, from Texas and at the time of Roy’s birth they resided in Holtville, California. When Roy was 2 years old his mother took him and fled.
After runing and moving around for many years she finally settled in Iriann, Texas. Roy attended his high school years there. Roy was very active in school sports, such as track and football. His favorite activity was playing Football and during his sophomore year he was being scouted for recruitment.
Due to overwhelming difficulties from his mother, Roy quit school and joined the Navy during his junior year of high school. While stationed in San Diego, California, (a Nephew of Roy Sr.’s who was also stationed in San Diego) saw Roy Jr.’s name on the Navy Roster and contacted his Uncle Roy. He, Roy Sr., then drove to San Diego naval base and found Roy J. this was the first time they had seen each other in 16 years.
He then also found out he had two sisters, Karen and Judy Robicheaux. They threw a party (with cake and Gifts) for Roy, Jr., for his 19th birthday. This was the first time anyone had ever thrown a party for Roy, Jr. Roy served in the Navy during the Korean War from 1952-1955. He was very proud of his service in the armed forces. Roy received an early medical discharge from the Navy, to come back to the states, to care for his Mother who had been in a very serious automobile accident in Cortez, Colorado.
It was then and there he met the love of his life Thelma Ruth Cramer. They were united in marriage on June 20, 1957. They embarked on their life together, spending time and working in Cortez, Co., Hobbs, NM., Oklahoma City, Ok., and Wink, Texas. Roy was an oilfield truck driver and they moved where the work was.
It was during those years that they were blessed with six children. Catherine Jeannine, born in Cortez, Colorado, Daisy Darlene, born in Laverne, Oklahoma, Robert (Bobby) Roy, born in Beaver, Oklahoma, Rhonda Ruth- born in Beaver, Oklahoma, Carol Jean and Gerald Dean (twins), born in Beaver, Oklahoma.
In 1965 Roy, Thelma, Catherine, and Darlene moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Roy worked on the Alaskan offshore pipeline drilling rigs for 1 year. They moved back to Beaver to care for Thelma’s brother, Gale. After his death they plus Bobby Roy, moved back to Alaska for another year. Upon returning to Beaver in 1968 Roy continued to work in the oilfield either on the drilling rigs or driving a truck. He worked for Zenith Drilling Co., Nichols Water Service, Arkhoma, Howard Drilling Company, and Bennett Construction before retiring in 2005 to care for his wife, Thelma. Roy was very diligent in his care for Thelma for many years prior to her death.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; His son-Bobby; and his beloved wife, Thelma.
Roy departed this life peacefully in his sleep on September 25th after having some heart problems.
He is survived by his daughter Catherine and husband, Billy Westenhaver of Beaver, Ok., daughter, Darlene Porter, of Colorado Springs, Co., daughter, Rhonda Prather, and husband, Jeff, of Mooreland, Oklahoma, daughter Carol Romesburg and husband, Kirk, of Pagosa Springs, Co., son Gerald Robicheaux, of Greely, Co. Fourteen Granddaughters; two grandsons; and eighteen Great-Grandchildren; sisters Karen and Judy of San Bernadino, Ca.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial graveside services for Roy Joseph Robicheaux, Jr. will be Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Overton Cemetery with Rick Main officiating. Arrangements were made under the professional guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.
Max Earl Greenlee was born on November 12, 1936 in Buffalo, Oklahoma to Loyd and Nola Marie Greenlee. He grew up in Buffalo with his sister and two younger brothers. He spent part of his young adulthood traveling to various cities and working different jobs. He started out his meat cutting career in Buffalo, Oklahoma before making a career out of this in several other cities before ultimately settling down in Beaver, Oklahoma. A few years after he arrived in Beaver, he met his wife, Cheryl, and her three children. Max and Cheryl were married on June 28, 1980.
Max took great pride in whatever he did, especially farming and ranching. He liked Herefords the most, but always had an arrangement of cattle, varying from Angus to longhorns. Raising cattle was his passion. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but had the greatest joy spending time with his grandchildren. He was very involved in their lives whether it was simply picking them up after school or attending their school functions. Max was very proud of all of their accomplishments.
Max was preceded in death by two infant sons, Ricky Don Greenlee and John Blake Greenlee; his father, Loyd Greenlee, and mother, Nola Marie Greenlee; and his wife, Cheryl.
He is survived by his sister, Myrna Hanson of New Iberia, LA; two brothers, Ray Greenlee of Del City, OK, and Rex Greenlee and wife Alice, of Liberal, KS; four children, Karen Greenlee, of Woodward, OK, Shawn Robison and wife Jennifer, of Ada, OK, Mark Robison and wife Becky, of Forgan, OK, and Kim Pierce, of Beaver, OK; four grandchildren, Shayla Greenlee, of Glenpool, OK, Drew Pierce and Grady Conrad of Norman, OK, Cort Pierce and wife Kendra, of Woodward, OK, Jaden Pierce, of Beaver, OK, Kimberley Vandergrift of Stillwater, OK, Austin Vandergrift of Ada, OK, and Tyler Vandergrift of Ada, OK; great-granddaughter, Kenlee Pierce, of Woodward, OK; extended family, Rosemary Greenlee and Matt Greenlee of Del City, OK. He also had a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Max had many wonderful qualities, but probably his greatest is the mentoring of his two younger brothers, his children and grandchildren. He was a friend, brother, and father figure to all of us. He was a blessing to anyone who met him and we will miss him greatly.
Graveside funeral services for Max Greenlee were Monday, October 7, 2019 at 2 P.M. in the High Point Cemetery, Buffalo, Oklahoma with the family officiating. Arrangements were made under the professional guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services.
Daryl Winn Bennett was born on December 13, 1930 in Beaver, Oklahoma to Jay and Orel Bennett., the second of five children. His school years started in a one room school house and graduated from Beaver High School.
Daryl married Nancy Alice Spaulding of Forgan on May 27, 1954. To their union were born three children, Larry Dale, Jerald DeWayne, and Zane Reed. Daryl made his home in Beaver County where he worked in the oilfield for a time with most of his adult life as a farmer and rancher near the Clearlake community. Daryl was very active in Farm Bureau and politics and a member of the Freemason.
Daryl died on August 26, 2019 at the age of 88 at the Beaver County Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his parents, and one sister. He is survived by his three sons, Larry and wife Denise of Okarche, Jerald and wife Krista of Beaver, and Zane and wife Sue of Grove, one brother, two sisters and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the Fairview Cemetery.
Paula June O'Brien was born April 22, 1938 to Paul and Jerry Bridwell in Beaver, OK. Paula attended Forgan School from first grade through high school, graduating in 1956. She then embarked on her journey to becoming a nurse, attending Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing in Amarillo, Texas, graduating with a Registered Nurse degree.
While attending school in Amarillo Paula met the love of her life, Rick O'Brien. They were united in marriage in the Methodist Church in Forgan on July 5, 1958. They embarked on their life together, spending time and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Plano, Texas and Enid, Oklahoma. It was during those years they were blessed with two children, daughter Lori and son Mark.
Upon Rick's retirement they moved to Forgan and settled into Paula's childhood home where they lived happily for their remaining years. Paula continued to work in the nursing field in the Beaver County Nursing Home for several years. Paula was preceded in death by her beloved husband Rick and her parents.
She departed this life as the result of an accident at her rural Forgan home on September 21, 2019.
She is survived by her daughter, Lori and husband, David and son, Mark and wife, Shawna; three grandchildren, Christina Snider, Sayre, Oklahoma, Luke and Addison O’Brien, Enid, Oklahoma; sister, Judy Taylor of Forgan, Oklahoma and a host of other relatives and friends and her precious coffee crew.
Mary Ellen Janzen was born June 21, 1925 in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Woodford and Nancy (Pearson) Huguley. She attended high school and she married Raymond Ray Janzen in Beaver, Oklahoma on December 4, 1941. She is a member of the Baptist Church since early in life. She was a homemaker and a waitress along with being a farmers wife.
Graveside Service was held on Aug. 19, 2019 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery .
Mary Ellen died August 15, 2019 in Ochiltree General Hospital Hospice at the age of 94.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Jimmie and Jan Janzen of Balko, Oklahoma a host of other family and friends.
The second of five children born to William Edwin and Georgia Beryl (Fronk) Overton, Joan (pronounced JoAnn) was born June 13, 1932 in a sod house along Clear Creek near Elmwood, Oklahoma.
Joan received her grade school education at the Elmwood school and graduated from Beaver High School in 1950. Four years later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater. After her graduation, she took a position as an assistant home demonstration agent based in Watonga, Okla., where she worked until 1955.
On Aug. 9, 1955, Harold S. Kachel and Joan Overton were married at the Overton farm home six miles south of Beaver. The Kachels worked for two years at Yarbrough Public Schools, where he served as principal and she was the school secretary. In 1956, Harold accepted a position as instructor in the industrial arts department at Panhandle A&M College (today Oklahoma Panhandle State University), and the couple relocated to Goodwell, Okla., where Joan became active in faculty wives activities. In 2010, Joan and Harold were recognized for wide-ranging "superior contributions" to OPSU with induction into the Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame.
In 1965, Harold was appointed curator of the No Man’s Land Historical Museum for the No Man’s Land Historical Society, and Joan also began working at the museum. After the museum became affiliated with the Oklahoma Historical Society’s department of museums, Joan became a museum attendant. Among the many, many museum projects she worked on were a series of monthly art exhibitions of regional artists, general fundraising, and the Pioneer Days Queen display, with photographs and biographies of each recipient of the honor. During her years at the museum, Joan led tours and introduced the history of No Man’s Land to thousands of local schoolchildren who are sure to remember their class trips to the museum in Goodwell. Taken collectively, the museum displays and events that she initiated, maintained or oversaw helped preserve and showcase the unique history of the Oklahoma Panhandle. In 1992, Joan was recognized by the State of Oklahoma for her service with a Governor’s Commendation.
After retirement, Joan and Harold returned to live in the home in which they were married, the old S.S. Strong ranch headquarters house south of Beaver. In 2007, they were nominated as the Beaver County Farm Bureau Family of the Year and competed in Oklahoma City for the state title. The family project was the operating of the Kachel farm in Beaver County. The —K Farms, now the Kachel Family Limited Partnership.
For many years, Joan was actively engaged in civic and community affairs. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she served as president of the local chapter and spearheaded a number of historical marker projects, including Santa Fe Trail crossing markers in the Oklahoma Panhandle. She and her husband also attended many of the area’s celebrations and parades, where they were often seen driving parade dignitaries in their classic, red Cadillac convertible. In 2013, Joan and Harold were the Pioneer Queen and Parade Marshall respectively for the annual Cimarron Territory Celebration and World Cow Chip Throwing Contest in Beaver.
B. Joan (Overton) Kachel died Sept. 19, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Virginia Mallory, and her brothers Duane and Max Overton. She is survived by her husband Harold of rural Beaver County; her brother Dean Overton of Portales, N. M.; her sister-in-law Mary Overton of rural Beaver; her children and their spouses, Connie and Phillip White of Wichita, Kan., Lea and Michael Morgan of Oklahoma City, and Stan and Shari Kachel of Hooker, Okla.; and her three grandchildren, Brendan Kachel, Jarret Kachel and Keaton Kachel.
Services were Sept. 23 at the Beaver First Christian Church.
Bedelia Faye Ragan was born on September 28, 1927 at home in Beaver County to William Richard and Ida Jane Rose. She was the tenth child of 12 children. Her school years were a Beaver Public School until the eighth grade. She later went back in 1969 and got her GED. Bea left home at the age of 13, and worked as a waitress at local cafes. She saved enough money so she could rent a two room apartment. Later she worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Company.
In November of 1948 she married James F. Henry, Sr. in Booker, TX. They had three children: James F. Henry, Jr., Carolyn Sue Henry, and Stephen Wayne Henry. Bea lost Carolyn Sue at Birth. In 1954 Bea and J.F. divorced. She was on her own again with two ornery boys. She moved back to Beaver and made a living for the boys by working full shifts as a cook and waitress at different cafes. Then she would come home, and wash and iron clothes for other people. On weekends she cleaned the banks, clinic, and other people’s houses.
In October of 1962 Bea married Oscar Ragan. In early 1969 they bought the Tastee-Freeze, and it became the place to hang out for many teenagers in Beaver. Bea would even cook the wild game different boys hunted and killed. Bea became known as Aunt Bea and Grandma Bea to many people in Beaver. She had a soft heart for anyone that needed help or need to know how to live their life for Christ. Bea loved people, and loved teasing everyone. She was always there for her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved the grandchildren, and believed in giving them swats when they needed it. (Especially little Steve and Jessica Rose)
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 at the Beaver First Baptist Church.
Amelia June Cowan
Amelia June Cowan was born December 15, 1942 in Beaver, Oklahoma to Ralph Carr and Elizabeth Ellen (Frazee) Gregory. She graduated high school and married the love of her life, Stevie R. Cowan on May 20, 1961 in Booker, Texas. She was a homemaker, cheerleader for her kids and grandkids and other families kids as well. She loved her gardening and cooking.
Amelia passed at her home on September 19, 2019 at the age of 76 years old.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Stevie R. Cowan; her sons, Mitch Cowan of Balko, Oklahoma, Shane Cowan of Perryton, Texas, Casey Cowan of Balko, Oklahoma; daughters, Jodon Rawls of Mission, Texas, Carmen Cowan of Beaver, Oklahoma, Nakia Cowan Mandeville, Louisiana and Amy Smith of Balko, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 21 at the Capitol View Cemetery.
Cherry May (Howard) Gonser
Cherry Mae (Howard) Gonser was born on July 26, 1945 to Alva and Leona (Mills) Howard at the family home south of the Midway Country Church located in Beaver County, OK.
Cherry Mae Gonser a longtime resident of Springfield, CO passed away on September 7, 2019 at the age of 74 at the Southeast Colorado Hospital District Long Term Care Center in Springfield, CO.
She attended the Victory Country School her first 8 years in Beaver County, OK and graduated from Laverne High School with the class of 1963. Cherry went to Cosmetology School in Woodward, OK and obtained her beautician license. Cherry was industrious all her life starting at an early age with all the daily chores on the family farm.
Cherry met and married Darrell Lee, "Jack" Gonser Sr. in 1965. Cherry and Jack had 2 children, April Dawn and Darrell Lee Jr. The family were all baptized at the Heritage Christian Church in Woodward, OK.
Cherry relocated to Springfield, CO in the early 90’s and owned and operated the Stage Stop Hotel until her stroke in March 2019. She made many friends during this time with her kind and compassionate nature. Cherry’s ability to throw together a wonderful meal at a moment’s notice served her well as it was needed many times due to the quickly changing southeast CO winter weather. She always tried to find the best in everyone she met. Cherry had a giving heart and will be missed by many.
Cherry was preceded in death by her parents, son, Darrell Lee Gonser Jr., sister, Martha Jane Colling, brothers in law, Terry Wayne Reddick, Bill Wheatley and longtime friend and companion Don Jones.
She is survived by her daughter, April Dawn Figgins, brothers, Alva E Howard Jr, "Sonny" wife Luisa, Phillip D Howard, wife Marcy, sisters, Kathryn K Judd, husband Gilbert and Linda $ Reddick, all of Beaver, OK. Audrey I Wheatley, Darrouzett, TX, brother-in-law, Bob Colling, Sidney, NE, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00
a.m.in the Springfield Cemetery at Springfield, Co.
Cleta Fae Rock, 94, died Friday, August 2, 2019, in Vancouver, Washington.
She was born January 10, 1925, in Follett, Texas, the daughter of Charlie Harper and Jewell Ila (Burke) Allen. Cleta graduated from Beaver High School in 1941.
She married Thomas E. Rock on March 4, 1943 in Amarillo, Texas, and they were married for 49 years. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1992.
She drove a school bus for Beaver Public School for several years, was a nurse’s aide at the Beaver County Hospital for 10 years, and a homemaker in her own home, so as to be close to her children as they were growing up.
Cleta was a dedicated fan of the Denver Broncos and huge fan of John Elway. She would not be bothered when they were playing on TV. She was a wonderful cook making the best homemade noodles and then preparing delicious turkey noodles for holiday meals. She enjoyed canning and making sand plum jelly and strawberry preserves from the beautiful garden she worked so hard on every year, with the help of her husband Tom. Even though her family was most important to her, she loved beating then at Wahoo, a board game with dice and marbles. Her favorite time was spent with family.
Cleta was the beloved Mother of her son Gary Rock of Vancouver, Washington and daughters Diana Rock of Greenbelt, Maryland, Jo Ann Olsen and her husband Tom of Wichita, Kansas, Denise Boyd and her husband Ron of Turpin, Oklahoma and Judith Clifford and her husband Patrick of Katy, Texas.
She was the loving Grandmother to Wendy Benjamin, Tom Rock, Jason Smith, Tim Smith, Michael Olsen, Jennifer Olsen-Childress, Collin Clifford and Taylor Clifford.
She was the very proud Great Grandmother of Cassie Benjamin, Alyssa Benjamin, Avery Smith, Adde Smith, Dani Fae Smith (her namesake), Jaidey Smith, Fox Olsen, Max Olsen, Tex Olsen and Emy Olsen.
Cleta has one surviving brother, Rich Allen and his wife Sharon of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cleta was preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas and son Thomas E. Rock, Jr.
Cremation has taken place so there will no visitation.
Memorial Services will be 10:00am, Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West 2nd Street, Liberal, Kansas, with Pastor Stan Lehnert officiating.
The Committal of cremated remains will be at 2:00pm in the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, Oklahoma.
The family will receive friends immediately following the committal service at the First Baptist Church in Beaver.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Brookdale Caregivers Appreciation Fund and mailed to Brookdale Vancouver Stonebridge, 7900 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, Washington, 98662, in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com
Philip "Phil" Meek, 80, of Pampa, passed away August 12, 2019 in Pampa.
Services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Central Baptist Church Pampa, with Rev. Norman Rushing, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors.
Phil was born March 18, 1939 in Canadian to Alma and Bert Meek. He graduated from Pampa High School in 1957. He married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Speegle on March 26, 1960 in Pampa. Phil worked for Colorado Interstate Gas, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Meek of the home; two sons, Johnny Meek of Fort Worth, and Tim Meek and wife Elaine of Byron, Minnesota; a daughter, Phyllis Latterell and husband Wayne of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; a sister, Marjy Olson of Gary, Indiana; six granddaughters, Kayla Latterell and Laura Latterell of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nicole Rose Latterell of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Katelyn Meek, Naomi Meek and Cecelia Ruby Meek, all of Byron, Minnesota; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Romines of Pampa, and Peggy Chambers of Longview.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents and by two sisters, Frieda Rogers and Bettye Smith.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity in his honor.
Sign the online guest register at www.carmichael-whatley.com
Lavelda M. Smith
Lavelda M. Smith, 86, of Virginia, IL, died Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Walker Nursing Home in Virginia.
She was born Apr. 2, 1933, in Beaver, OK, the daughter of Earl and Merle McAdams Phelps. She married Russell Darrell Smith on Feb. 14, 1953, in Great Falls, MT and he survives.
She is also survived by one daughter and four sons, Patti Cave of Springfield, Steve Smith of Virginia, Ronnie (Tacy) Smith of Chandlerville, Jeff (Jody) Smith of Havana, and Brad (Tracy) Smith of Elizabeth, KY; sixteen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren with two on the way; three sisters, Billie (deceased husband Neal) Reagan of Woodward, OK, Dodie Hill of OK, and Daisy (Howard) McGowen of Kansas City, KS; several nieces and nephews; her "adopted" daughter, Val; and her best friend, Pat Cook.
Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Beaver High School in Oklahoma. She served her country as a secretary for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Lavelda had always helped run the family farm and later worked as a cook for Walker Nursing Home. She enjoyed square dancing and traveling on their motorcycle with her husband, R. Darrell. More than anything else, Mrs. Smith loved taking care of her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and kids in general. She was satisfied having known that no one was ever allowed to leave her house hungry.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A private family committal service will be held at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent at buchanancody.com.
Mary Ellen Janzen was born June 21, 1925 in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Woodford and Nancy (Pearson) Huguley. She attended high school and she married Raymond Ray Janzen in Beaver, Oklahoma on December 4, 1941. She is a member of the Baptist Church since early in life. She was a homemaker and a waitress along with being a farmers wife.
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Mary Ellen passed on August 15, 2019 in Ochiltree General Hospital Hospice at the age of 94.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Jimmie and Jan Janzen of Balko, Oklahoma a host of other family and friends.
Joy Helm Newton passed away on August 18, 2019 at the age of 96. Joy was born on January 7, 1923 in Direct, Texas to Ivy and Marcus Helm. She grew up in the Direct community on a farm with loving parents and 4 siblings. After graduating from Paris High School, Joy married Everett J Newton on August 8, 1940. Eventually their family grew with the birth of two daughters.
Joy was a most devoted mother. She was an avid gardener and could grow anything. She was a talented and gifted seamstress making most all of the clothing for herself and the girls. Joy actively supported the girls with school, sports, clubs and church activities at the local Church of Christ wherever they lived.
In 1988 Joy retired from the bank in Booker, Texas. After a short time she moved to Midland to be close to family. She worked at the Blue Gem and the Mole Hole until she married Truman Friday and assisted him with the Friday Boot Shop until it closed. Joy was a loving mother and devoted grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ivy and Marcus Helm, (3 brothers), Cleo Helm, Abner Helm and Lowell Helm and (1 sister) Bonnie Helm Stone and husbands Everett J Newton and Truman Friday.
Surviving her are: daughter, Phala Smith Kasseroler (husband Ken) and daughter Patricia Kile; 5 Grandchildren: Brett Smith (Alison), Tamara Smith Humphries (Ramsey), Sheldon Smith (Laura), Chad Kile, and Gina Kile Benton (Bob); 10 Great-Grandchildren: Crawford Smith (Caroline), Abigail Smith Reardon (Alex), Carter Smith, Layton Flynn, Jared Flynn (Nicole), Karlie Smith, Chay Kile, Toree Kile, Jack Kile, and Lathe Benton; 6 Great-Great Grandchildren: Jace Flynn, Scarlet Flynn, Essie Smith, Kane Reardon, Scotty Smith, and Collins Reardon.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of Midland, Manor Park to include the staff of Helen Greathouse, Vogel Center and Bluebonnet Hall of the Ma1bee Center for the wonderful care and compassion shown to her and to the family during Mother’s 6 years living at the Manor Park Facilities. In addition, a blessed thanks to all those from Golf Course Road Church of Christ who visited, sent cards, and prayed so diligently for her these last years.
Viewing will be from 8:00am to 9:00pm Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Graveside service will be held at Resthaven Memorial Park on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 9:00am with Tim Baugh officiating. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Midland Christian School at 2001 Culver, Midland, Texas, 79705 or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com
Rheba Gregg, age 98, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Guthie, OK. A gravesite service will be held at Beaver Pioneer Cemetery on September 4, 2019.
Rheba was born on April 7, 1921 to David and Mary Peery in Avant, OK She was one of five children and times were tough. She graduated from high school in Quapaw in May, 1939 and then attended cosmetology school. She and a fellow hairdresser were brought to Beaver late one night—neither one of them had a drivers’ license. They took a look around when the sun came up and since there was no mode of transportation to leave (as she liked to say—no bus, train or plane), she stayed and went to work as a hairdresser at the Frock and Bonnet. She met Jack Gregg, a local boy, and they were married on February 20, 1941. Together they had four children: Jackie Sue, Sherilyn Kay, Randel Joe and Julie Ann. They left Beaver to follow Jack’s job in the oilfield to Cushing, OK, then Woodward, OK and finally Oklahoma City.
For the last seven years, Rheba lived at an Assisted Living facility in Stillwater, OK. She had a blast—it was a lot like junior high—cool kids’ table, lots of flirting, cliques and gossiping. She told us one day that a REALLY OLD couple moved into Golden Oaks....since she was 94 at the time, we wondered what REALLY OLD was to her. She loved to dress up whether it be a witch for Halloween or one of the three little pigs for Story time for kindergarteners. Rheba loved all of the musicians and choirs that performed at Golden Oaks and attended many a play at the local community theater.
As the years passed, dementia took her from her family....but every once in awhile she would surface. She was in good health until July of this year and then she moved to Golden Age Nursing Home in Guthrie, OK where she received excellent care until her death.
Rheba was preceded in death by her parents, her four brothers—Bill, Jack, Kenneth and Guy, her husband Jack Gregg , two daughters—Jackie Sue Pavey and Sherilyn Kay Gregg, and son-in-law Bud Pavey. She is survived by her son Randy Gregg, Norman, OK, daughter Julie Bailey and her husband Tom Bailey, aka "Mr Wonderful", Stillwater, OK.—grandchildren Shanon Buckingham, Norman, OK, Burgundy Fletcher and her husband Joseph, San Diego, CA, Peery White, San Diego, CA, Jason Pavey, Dallas, TX and Joshua Bailey, Little Elm, TX— Great Grandchildren – Roselin, Luke and Leo Buckingham, Norman, OK, Jake and Trent Shaver, Norman, OK, Derrick, Elysa, Kaitlin and Veronica Fletcher, San Diego, CA, and Angelene Bailey, Hebbronville, TX
Today we celebrate her life and are grateful that she is at peace and sitting with Jack at the cool kids’ table once again.
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.”
2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 28, 2019
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.