Beaver, Ok


Anna Katherine Wilson, longtime Ponca City resident, passed away December 4, 2015 in Ponca City at the age of 99 years.

Anna was born February 24, 1916 in Balko, Oklahoma to Estille & Emma Alexander Pugh. She was one of eleven siblings who grew up on a farm where she enjoyed riding horses.She married Marvin Nash Wilson on September 2, 1937 in Beaver, Oklahoma. They enjoyed 74 years together until his death on December 4, 2011. Their life together was always the two of them.

Anna was a perfectionist in everything she undertook; be it an accomplished seamstress
making her square dance outfits, a 600 plus bowler, or decorating their home. She was of the Nazarene faith and attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

She is predeceased by her husband, Marvin, a great-granddaughter Meghan Wilson, as wellas her parents and six brothers and four sisters.

She is survived by her two sons, Bill of Amarillo, Texas and Gene and wife, Jessica of Plano, Texas. She is survived by grandchildren, Laraine & Mike Anduza of Corinth, Texas,
Wayne & Julie Wilson of Prosper, Texas, and Tim & Cheryl Wilson of Ft. Worth, Texas and Great –grandchildren Christie & Evan Burns of Denton, Texas, Mitchell Wilson of Prosper, Texas and Amber Anduza of Corinth, Texas.

Anna lived a long and happy life. No service will be held. Memorials may be made to the Wheatheart Nutrition Center, 319 West Grand, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601.


Virgil Ray Trosper was born on September 6, 1940 in Beaver, Oklahoma to Cecil and Emma Young Trosper. He married Maxine Fronk on September 23, 1963 in Balko, Oklahoma. He was a farmer and cattleman and also worked for 25 years for Texaco in Perryton. He was a member of Community Worship Center in Perryton for many years, and after they moved to Canyon two years ago, he became a member of CrossRoads Country Church in Amarillo. Virgil loved people, and his main goal in life was for everyone to be happy. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of the home; a son, Jason Trosper, and wife, Melinda, of Ponder; a daughter, Michele Merkel and husband, Jeff, of Canyon; four granddaughters, Addison and Tori Merkel, of Canyon and Jada and Tana Trosper, of Ponder; a brother, Larry Trosper and wife, Janet, of Denton; and a sister, Donna Sewald and husband, Bob, of Arvada, Colorado.

The family suggests memorials be to CrossRoads Country Church, PO Box 50608, Amarillo, Texas 79159-0608.

Graveside services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Dreamland Cemetery. Memorial services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday at CrossRoads Country Church,14425 FM 1541 South Washington, in Amarillo with Rev. Bob Miller officiating.




Harold Brennon, 86 year old Woodward resident died Sunday, November 1, 2015 in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, November 5, 2015 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Clark Struebing officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Harold J. Brennon was born August 22, 1929 to Rosalee and Harry Brennon in Woodward, Oklahoma. The family moved to Clearlake in 1933. He attended school in a one room schoolhouse. As a young child Harold lived in a dugout that his father paid $1.50 a month in rent for, before they bought a house in Clearlake. Harold would watch road work being done with horse drawn equipment and grader blade heated in a forge; while his father worked as a mechanic and local blacksmith receiving only 25 cents for sharpening lister shears, he talked about times starting to change and said " I don’t have to turn a forge anymore".

He attended the first three years of high school in Laverne, prior to attending his senior year in Beaver. In 1949 he married Wanda Adams. Out of this union was born four children with the youngest being a set of twins; Nancy and Stephen. In 1951 he joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1955. In his tour of duty during the Korean Conflict he visited many foreign countries. While there in service he made 4 ratings. After four years he discharged as a 2nd Class Gunnersmate.

After being discharged Harold worked in the oilfield and moved around working for several different drilling companies. He moved back to Woodward in 1957. He was badly injured while tool pushing for Sabine Oil Company. He continued his life of raising and racing horses which he enjoyed competing at various race tracks all over the country. He always said, "you could start giving a horse a rub down and soon all your troubles would be gone".

Harold always enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He lost Wanda in 2004. In 2006 he married LulaMae Carter. They resided together in Woodward until his death. In Harold’s later years he loved to play pool with other seniors, going to church, and visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife LulaMae Brennon of the home; daughters, Kathy Freerkson of Oklahoma City; Nancy Studdard of Woodward; Robin Storey and husband Robert of Kingfisher; granddaughters, Tina McVeigh of Oklahoma City; Ashley and Savannah Maggard of Kingfisher; grandsons, Jesse Roark of Albuquerque, NM; Leroy and Shawn Freerkson of Woodward; Steve Maggard of Kingfisher; Shawn Maggard and wife Jami of Kingfisher; great-granddaughters, Tessa Saunders and husband Jake; Carol Lawrence all of Oklahoma City; Emma Maggard of Kingfisher; great-grandsons, Aiden, Kaiden, Rex, and Jaxson Maggard of Kingfisher; several other great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and step-children; sister, Lena Mae Sistrunk and husband Ralph of Wellington, KS; brothers, Delbert Brennon and Williard Brennon both of Beaver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Rosalee; his first wife Wanda Brennon; son, Stephen Brennon; daughter, Lenora Ann Talley; brother, Michael Brennon and his wife Zeta; sister, Juanita Berry and husband Dwight, sister-in-law, Margaret Brennon; grandson, Charles Talley; step-grandson, Sean Wise.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society with the funeral home accepting the contributions.



Dorothy Jean Bartel 82, died, Friday, October 23, 2015 In Corpus Christi, Tex. She was born July 27, 1933 in Booker, TX the daughter of Joe and Vlasta (Pulpan) Purer. She had been a longtime resident of the Booker, Texas area moving to Corpus Christi, TX earlier this year to be close her son. She graduated from Booker High School, in Booker, TX. She was a homemaker and helped her husband farm and ranch in Balko, OK. She was a member of the Booker Christian Church in Booker, TX. She enjoyed traveling and camping and was a member of the Happy Campers Club for over 20 years.

On February 22, 1952 she married Van Bartel in Clayton, NM and he died August 27, 2012.

Survivors include.

One son Audie Bartel and wife Karla of Corpus Christi, TX; one sister Alice Eccles and husband Russell of Tulsa, OK; four grandchildren Shanna Jones and husband Josh, Bryant, AR, Becky Pauley, Vinton, VA, Colton Bartel and wife Morgan, Corpus Christi, TX and Quinton Bartel, Corpus Christi, TX; six great-grandkids: Brooklyne Francisco, Caleb Cunningham, Kate and Addison Jones, Bailee Pauley, and London Bartel.

She was preceded in death by parents, one son Steven Bartel and one brother Joe Ed Purer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at the Booker Christian Church with Pastors Chuck Lightfoot and Ryan Riley. Burial of the cremains will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mennonite Church Cemetery in Balko, OK.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of Brenneman 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.




Velma was born February 28, 1932 to Nile and Edith Mosburg in Beaver County, Oklahoma. She attended school in Beaver until she turned 15.

On March 31, 1947 she married Ross Bridwell in Meade, Kansas. They had 4 children: Betty, Roberta, Robert, and Roy.

Velma worked at the Beaver Nursing home as a C.N.A. for 23 years from which she retired in 1990. She loved to sew, crochet afghans, garden and cook for her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband (2002), her sons Robert and Roy and her daughter Betty, and 4 brothers and 1 sister.

Velma joyfully joined her loved ones on October 14, 2015. She is survived by her daughter Roberta of Spearman, Texas. Her sister Audene Nelson of Houghton, MI., 9 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, 5 Great-Great Grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside funeral services for Velma Bridwell were Friday, October 16, 2015 in the Pioneer Cemetery with Jeff Bradley officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.



William I. "Bill" Burdge of Beaver, Oklahoma, surrounded by his loving family, entered his heavenly home the morning of October 16, 2015, in Oklahoma City at the age of 77 years

Bill was born February 10, 1938, the oldest child of William Albert and Iva Burdge. He spent his childhood and youth on the family farm north of Hooker. He began his education in a small country school near his home, and later transferred to the school system in Hooker where he graduated in 1956. He served in the Army and later attended the University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University before returning home to join his father in the farming business. This enterprise included a registered Hampshire hog herd which he operated with his two sons for a number of years.

In 1961 Bill Burdge married Carol Voiles. To this union, three children were born, Michael William, John Timothy, and Stephanie Carol. Bill and Carol divorced and Bill later married Phyllis Oehme. For many years Bill and Phyllis served as the local Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, greeting children in Santa’s Workshop on Main Street in Hooker and visiting area nursing homes and homebound families during the Christmas season. They later divorced. While doing one of his favorite activities, dancing, Bill met the love of his life, Olene Hale of Beaver, Oklahoma. They married in 2007 and enjoyed many happy years dancing together. Bill and Olene made their home in Beaver until his death.

Bill and Olene had the opportunity to take some wonderful trips together before his health began to fail. Additionally, they spent as much time as they could with the children and grandchildren. Bill became semi-technically savvy with his android phone, learning how to use Bluetooth, text, group text, and video conference in order to keep up with all the activities of his large family. However, when he wanted to order something online, he would call one of the kids to do it.

Bill had a servant’s heart, and showed this Christian spirit in many ways. He was there when a friend or neighbor needed a helping hand, and was an active volunteer with his two sons’ FFA projects. His God and the church were front and center in his life. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hooker for many years and during the time he lived in Beaver, he was a faithful attendee of the First Christian Church. Together with Olene, Bill continued his support of others by delivering Meals on Wheels to homebound citizens. He loved to visit with others and Olene commented that it took twice as long to deliver meals with Bill because he enjoyed visiting so much. She also shared that he couldn’t walk down the street in Beaver or Hooker without stopping to bring a smile to someones face. Bill was a Master Mason in the Blue Lodge and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He served loyally with this organization for many years, attending Lodge in Hooker until he could no longer make the trip. The final days of Bill’s life were blessed by evidence of how much he meant to his family and community. Many friends and relatives made the trip on short notice to Integris Hospital and Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City to bid farewell to a person who had truly made a difference in the lives of others. One of the highlights was the opportunity to greet the newest members of the family, his great grandchildren, Cameron and Stella White, newborn twins of Cecilee Burdge and Austin White.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Albert (Abie) and Iva Burdge, a grandson, William Patrick Cipolla, a stepson, Jerry Hale, and a brother in law, Allan Fischer. He is survived by his devoted wife, Olene Hale Burdge, his children Mike and Jana Burdge, John Burdge, Pat and Stephanie Cipolla, his step children Alice Hale, Judy and Robert Prince, James and Jeannie Hale, Joe and Shannon Hale, Janna and Micah McKedy, his siblings Carolyn Fischer and Doyle and Anita Thompson, 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, and a host of lifelong friends and new friends he had made since moving to Beaver.

A celebration of life was held in the First United Methodist Church in Hooker, Oklahoma Monday, October 19, 2015 with Rev. Craig Denslow and Pastor Rick Main officiating.

Interment followed in the Hooker Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to one of Bill’s favorite charities, the Shriners Hospital for Children, and may be left at Roberts Brothers Funeral Home, Box 745, Hooker, Oklahoma 73945.



Dusty Wayne Fowler, 36, of Turpin, OK, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 12, 2015, at Southwest Medical Center, in Liberal, KS. He was born November 20, 1978, in Liberal, KS, the son of Kent Fowler and Julie Rae Roberts. He grew up in Elkhart, KS, and graduated high school in 1997. He attended college at Dodge City Community College and Oklahoma Panhandle State University, where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science in 2001. After living briefly in McCook, NE, he made his home in Turpin, OK for the past 13 years. He was employed by Anadarko Petroleum, and had recently attained his goal of becoming a Meter Technician.

Dusty’s passion for the Lord was evident through his gentle, kind, patient, and loving spirit. He was active in the Turpin Baptist Church as a Deacon, song-leader, Sunday school teacher, and also enjoyed playing the trombone. He was active in the Turpin Community where he served on the Turpin School Board, was a member of the booster club, and assisted with the football chain-gang when needed. Whether it was team roping, riding with his children, or simply being with his horses, Dusty truly believed the outside of a horse was good for the inside of a man. He was a fan of the Nebraska Huskers, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Cubs. He also loved spending time outdoors hunting, skiing, boating, exploring trails on the razor, and riding motorcycles with his children. He took great pride in his children which he exemplified through coaching their sports, taking them to Jr. Rodeos, and spending every spare moment with them. He took every opportunity to serve his family or others in any capacity possible.

Dusty married his soulmate Tracy Marie Bond, on June 17, 2000, in Elkhart, KS. He cherished their 15 years together portraying unwavering love and devotion. Together, they were able to accomplish their hopes and dreams. He led his family with faithfulness, humility, and love. She survives along with their three children, Braxton Wayne, 11, and Riley Isaac, 7, and Reagan LeAnne, 7.

Other survivors include his Father, Kent Fowler and wife Kathryn of Elkhart, KS; Mother, Julie Talbert and husband Gary of Elkhart, KS; Brother, Nick Fowler and wife Kory of Imperial, NE; Sister, Sheena Trahern and husband Gavin, of Bentonville, AR; 4 Step-sisters, Katy Andrews and husband Kody, of Las Vegas, NV, Emily Arthur and husband Andy, of Denton, TX, Jessica Garcia and husband Rusty, of Leander, TX, and Stephanie Talbert, of Ft. Collins, CO; Grandmother, JoAnn Fowler, of Elkhart, KS and several nephews and nieces whom he loved and adored dearly
He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Schyler Fowler, and Wayne and Velma Roberts.

Funeral Service were held at on Saturday, October 17th, at Turpin High School Auditorium, Turpin, OK, with Pastor Eddie Knight and Pastor Dan Cox, officiating. Graveside Service followed at Elkhart Cemetery, in Elkhart, KS.

In lieu of plants and flowers, the family has requested that Memorial Contributions be sent to, The Fowler Children’s Fund, in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2nd ST, Liberal, KS 67901





Katheryn Sue Jones entered into rest on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the age of 69. Katheryn was born on October 19, 1945 in Beaver, OK to Eulis and Nora (Cramer) Neihart. Katheryn married Gerald Marion Jones and he preceded her in death.

A resident of Sulphur, she dearly treasured her family. Katheryn enjoyed being a mom, raising horses, cooking, sewing, repairing furniture and collecting antiques.

Katheryn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Jerry Ward Neihart.

She is survived by her children, daughter Christina Sue Caruth; brother Ronnie Niehart; 2 grandchildren; and caregiver of thirteen years, Timothy Sandland.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, October 3rd at Church of the First Born in Beaver, OK. Bro. Ray Cramer will officiate. Interment will follow in Overland Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the direction of Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant.



Waynetta Sharon Riggs passed away on September 26, 2015. She was born in Amarillo, Texas on July 2, 1961 to Weldon and Gloria (Tindel) Goodson. She grew up in the Panhandle of Texas graduating from Spearman high school.

Playing and spending time with her grandchildren was what Waynetta loved most. Fishing and gambling were her next favorite activities.

Waynetta is survived by her husband Virgil Riggs; her daughters, Kalee Goodson of Beaver, OK, Amy Lancaster of Liberal, KS and Kamber Gift of Beaver; her step-children, Angie VanHooser of Woodward, OK, Brian Riggs of Longdale, OK, Lance Riggs of Beaver and Tracy Kraus of Woodward; her grandchildren, Braxton, Piper, Paicey, Nevaeh, Braylee and Landon; her siblings, Rhonda Graham of Round Rock, TX, Chris Goodson of Dalhart, TX, Danny Goodson of Austin, TX, Tammy Red of Sunray, TX, Sheryl Goodson of Temple, TX and Shane Goodson of Gruver, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gloria and Weldon; her brother David; a nephew Slade; and a grandson Thatcher.

Services were held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Beaver. Interment was at the Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Beaver County Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial donations made in Waynetta’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.



Glenn Ray Husted went home to be with Jesus on September 21, 2015 at the Meade district hospital in Meade Ks. He was born on March 9, 1929 to Gilbert and Iva Husted at the Beaver County Hospital in Beaver Ok.

He married his "childhood sweetheart", Charlene Ellen Bond on October 5, 1947. To this union they added two children, Lester Glenn and Anita Faye.

Even as a small child, Glenn had a strong work ethic. He sold Grit newspapers to the people in Knowles Oklahoma. This was the first of many jobs he held throughout his life. All of his employers counted him a blessing for his hard work and determination. In 1980, Glenn fulfilled a life long dream and became full-time rancher.

He was known for his smile and his ability to bring joy to a room. There was never a dull moment with him present. He reminded everyone that life was too short to not find joy in the little things. No person was invulnerable to his humor. Everyone ended up enjoying being teased a little by Glenn and it was always a reminder that he liked them.

Over the years, one of Glenn’s favorite activities was packing the car, loading up the family, and taking off for different parts of the Country. Going to see family many times resulted in seeing some of the best scenic parts of the country and often involved giant ice cream cones.

Glenn and Charlene enjoyed hosting many events at the ranch. From wedding receptions, church services, campouts, family reunions, and even baptisms in the Cimarron River.

In 1988 Glenn welcomed a long awaited grandson, Jacob Aaron, and in 1990 a second grandson, Glenn Patrick.

Glenn Ray lived out his remaining years on his ranch in the Gate/Knowles area. There he lived close to friends and family where he made sure to keep them in line. He was many things to many people and will be remembered for his wit, sense of humor, iron will, love of family, and love of kids. He will forever be a loving Husband, Daddy, Son, Cousin, Friend and Neighbor, Papa, and Unkie.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene, son Lester, sister Beatrice Dyer and her husband Lowell, Merle Husted and his wife Jerry, his sister Pansy Parker and husband Perry.

He is survived by one daughter Anita Whiteley and husband Rod, daughter-in-law Cindy Husted, two grandsons Jacob Whiteley, Glenn Whiteley and his wife Shayla, One step-grandson Chris Harris, Miguel Arredondo, wife Norma, and their two daughters Samantha and Cassandra, brothers-in-law Bob Bond ,Wendell Bond and wife LaNeal, along with numerous loved and cherished cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services were held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Gate Friends Church in Gate, Oklahoma. Interment was at the Knowles Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial donations made in Glenn’s name may be made to the Knowles/Gate Funeral Dinner Committee, c/o Betty Shepherd, Rt 1 Box 81, Knowles, OK 73844 or to the Knowles Nazarene Church, c/o Goldie Barby, Rt 1 Box 74, Knowles, OK 73844.




Deloris Aldeen Nichols was born December 19, 1919 in Beaver, Oklahoma to James and Jessie (Strong) Carter. She graduated high school and she married Jimmie Dean Nichols on July 4, 1941 in Beaver, Oklahoma. To this union was born one daughter, Jessie Aldeen on November 29, 1946 and she had an adopted daughter, Shirley Vincent. Deloris "Dort" graduated from cosmetology school and was a beautician for at least three years.

When she was a teenager, she had several pen pals. Dort and Jimmie were rock hounds. They created an extensive assortment of items, including illuminated panels of thin sliced rock for lamp shades and fire places as well as tables. They also collected butterflies. After retirement, they loved fishing and traveling throughout the United States with their little dog, "Buster". Dort enjoyed visiting with people and making them laugh. Her humor was down-home and straight forward. She enjoyed playing cards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Nichols, her daughters, Jessie and Shirley, and her grandson Robert Heald, Jr.

Deloris passed on September 13, 2015 in Sykesville, Maryland at the home of her granddaughter, Tammy Good at the age of 95.

Deloris is survived by John Vincent of Utah; Tammy Good of Maryland; James Heald of Wyoming; great grandchildren, Marcus Heald of Freedom, Oklahoma, Brooklyn Swiggett of Recluse, Wyoming; five great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Late in life, she was gifted with a cat named "Miss Kitty" who became her constant loving companion.

Funeral Services for Deloris A. Nichols were held Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Alan Clark Funeral Services. Jeff Bradley officiated the service and interment was in the Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Alan Clark Funeral Services.




Robert Eugene "Gene" Bransgrove, 59, died on August 20, 2015 at Ochiltree General

Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was born on February 16, 1956 to Alta J. (Palmer) and Laurence A. Bransgrove in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His parents then moved to Eads, Colorado. When Gene was 8, he, his parents and brother moved to Liberal, Kansas where he lived until he graduated high school in 1974. In 1978, Gene married Cindy W. Patzkowsky and they began their home in Perryton, Texas. In 1997, Gene and his family then moved to Balko, Oklahoma where he farmed and ranched until his death.

Gene instilled his legacy and passed down his love for the farm/ranch to his kids and grandkids. His life’s passion was his family, farm/ranch where he was always working on machinery and taking care of his cattle.

He was a member of the Community Worship Center in Perryton, TX.

Gene is survived by his wife Cindy Bransgrove of Balko, OK. One daughter Cassandra

Strickland and husband Daniel Strickland of Liberal, KS. Two sons, Chad Bransgrove of Balko, OK and Cory Bransgrove and fiancé Megan Kearns of Kingfisher, Ok. Two grandsons Cooper Strickland and Jason Bransgrove. One sister in law Karen Bransgrove of Littleton, Colorado and two nephews. Many cousins and a lifetime of friends.

He is proceeded in death by: his parents, Alta J. And Laurence A. Bransgrove, one brother Alan Bransgrove and one grandson Tanner Strickland.

Services were held on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Community Worship
Center in Perryton, TX. Arrangements were entrusted to the Beaver County Funeral Home office on Douglas in
Beaver, OK. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorial donations made in Gene’s name may be made to Community Worship Center,
P.O. Box 845, Perryton, Texas 79070 or to OGH Hospice, 3606 Garrett Dr, Perryton, TX 79070.





Amelia Emma "Micky" Ratlief was born December 12, 1922 to George Thomas Smith and Emma Warren Smith in Stepney, London, England. She passed away at the Beaver Nursing Home, Beaver, Oklahoma on August 13, 2015 at the age of 92.

Micky was preceded in death by her father, George Thomas Smith; her mother, Emma Warren Smith; her brother, Thomas George Smith; two sisters, Elizabeth (Bette) Newton, Violet Smith, and two infant sisters; her former husband, Vernard DuBois; her son, Michael Thomas DuBois; her grandson, Derek Lee Hodges; and her former husband, Jess Ratlief.

Micky was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. Having completed her schooling in England at the age 16, Micky entered the workforce as a seamstress in the garment industry until WW II broke out. Micky enlisted and served in the Land Army of Great Britain for three years. Prior to the end of the war she met Corporal Vernard "Mike" DuBois and they were married on December 23, 1944. To this union was born three children, Nikki-Irene, Michael, and Carol.

In 1947, Micky immigrated to the US to join her husband and live on the family farm northwest of Forgan. In 1950 the family moved to Tulsa and then returned to Forgan in 1958 eventually settling two miles south of Beaver. Micky worked at the old nursing home in Beaver for a number of years.

During her lifetime she enjoyed travelling in the US, Europe, and Australia. An accomplished seamstress, dancer, and lover of mystery novels, Micky especially enjoyed Masterpiece Mysteries on PBS with her favorite being Poirot. She also enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels for several years.

She is survived by her daughters: Nikki-Irene Jensen and her husband, Rollin of El Dorado, Kansas; Carol Tedder and her husband, Cecil of Forgan, Oklahoma; her grandchildren: Robin Tedder and her husband, William of Forgan Oklahoma; Gina DuBois and her husband, Rick of Aloha, Oregon; Dennis DuBois of Beaverton, Oregon; Korey Tedder and his wife, Jennifer of Norman, Oklahoma; Andrea Gower and her husband, Brenton of Adelaide, South Australia; Jacqueline and her husband, Robert Dean of Adelaide, South Australia; Patrick DuBois of Ashtonfield, New South Wales, Australia; Christie DuBois of Sydney, Australia; Aaron and his wife Anamarie of San Diego, California; her niece, Linda Newton of London, England; two great nephews; a great niece; and six great-great nephews and nieces. Her step-daughters include: Annette Ratlief of Iola, Kansas; Linda Odle and her husband Jerry of Montezuma, Kansas; also two grandsons, Jerry and his wife, Andrea of Liberal, Kansas; David Odle and his wife, Lora of Liberal, Kansas. Her nine great-grandchildren include: Forrest, Madisun, Tayla, Xavier, Imogen, Alyanna, Alexander, Joshua, and Brittany.




Gayla Mae Howard was born June 12, 1969 to Phillip Ira and Jacque Mae (Karber) Stephens in Beaver, Oklahoma. She has been a resident of Booker, Texas the last three years. She was a teacher in Darrouzett ISD. She has been a member of the Church of the First Born for 18 years. Gayla graduated high school and college. She love to read and was very fond of receiving gift cards for her Kindle. She was preceded in death by her mother.

Gayla passed on August 8, 2015 in Booker, Texas at the age of 46 at her residence.

She is survived by her daughters, Ashley Rose Halliburton of Laverne, Oklahoma and Heather Brooke Halliburton of Laverne, Oklahoma; one grandchild; her father, Phillip Stephens of McAlister, Oklahoma her sisters, Christa Gregory of Mooreland, Oklahoma and Carrie Grimes of Booker, Texas and a host of other relatives and friends.




Carson Ray Graham, infant son of John W. Graham and Cera L. Brozek, was stillborn on July 31, 2015 at Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt, KS.

Other survivors include:

Two sisters – Caelyn Graham and Cynleigh Graham of Coldwater, KS; Grandparents – Tim and Lori Brown of Laverne, OK, Donald Graham, Jr. of Porterville, CA and Denise Berger of Alpaugh, CA; Great Grandparents – Ben and Elnora Valdez of Amarillo, TX, Marge Brown of Osawatomie, KS and Betty Kassis of Fresno, CA along with numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

He is preceded in death by one brother – Lukas Alan Brozek and infant sister- Emma Isaura Bradlyn and Great Grandfather Donald Graham.

Graveside services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at Forgan Cemetery in Forgan, OK with Pastor David Hall presiding.

Brenneman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



George Kenneth Sallee was born five miles west of Forgan, Oklahoma on February 18, 1936 to Clarence and Norma (Taylor) Sallee. He passed from this life on August 1, 2015 in Beaver, Oklahoma.

The Sallee family lived on the farm where Kenneth was born. Kenneth attended his early years of school in Forgan. The family moved to Stratton, Colorado in 1946 and that is where Kenneth graduated in 1954.

On May 22, 1956, Kenneth was joined in marriage to Lou Cashero and to this union four children were born; Cheryle, Cynthia, Pam and Kenton. Kenneth, Lou and their family lived in Liberal, Kansas where he worked repairing TV’s, Stereos and Ham radios. Kenneth loved woodworking and carpentry and in 1958, he and his brother Robert began the Sallee Construction business. In 1968 Kenneth moved his family to Beaver.

Kenneth began working for TransWestern Pipeline in 1979 and continued working for the company after it became Enron until 1993. He was a proud member of the NRA, the Oklahoma Reserve Law Officer Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and was a Reserve County and city officer for twelve years.

On January 23, 1988, Kenneth married Mary Ester Meier. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Kenneth enjoyed hunting, shooting, fireworks, visiting with friends at the café, going to state fairs and seeing his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding Kenneth in death were his parents; his brothers, Charles and Robert Sallee; his sisters, Lois Pfeifer and Faye Curry; and a son-in-law, Brian Bickerstaff.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Mary and his previous wife Lou; his children, Cheryle Bickerstaff, Cynthia and Sam Sena, Pam and David Bailey and Kenton and Nicole Sallee; his grandchildren, James Riley Bickerstaff, Angela Vasquez, Melissa Diefendorf, Shane Sena, David Wayne Conway, Alexa J. Sallee, Dade M. Fuller/Sallee, , Garrett P. Sallee and Jazmin S. Sallee; his great grandchildren Kevin Hale, Lance and Mason Bickerstaff, Katelynn Sena, Victoria Miranda, Tristan and Eathan Sallee, Avi and Daniella Arellano, Amilliah Sena, Jocelyn Conway and Jace A. Sallee, his siblings, Ted and Pat Sallee, Harold and Sharon Sallee, Mary Ann and Lonnie Pittser and Dorothy and Audy Edwards; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ of Beaver. Interment will be at the Forgan Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Beaver County Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

Memorials given in Kenneth’s name may be given to Oklahoma Panhandle Partners, P.O. Box 829, Guymon, OK 73942.



Jim Maynard

James Robert (Jim) Maynard was born eldest son of James Shadrack and Frankie Mae Williams Maynard on August 3rd, 1925. The Maynards were honorable people who reared their four children according to the principles of the Bible". This was evident in the rebutted articles which were written by James Shadrack: The Modern Preacher and Bible, Not Ethical in 1909. Jim had a brother and two sisters: John Porter, Ida Lieu and Cornelia Francis.

Jim inherited his fervor about pertinent issues and ability to write from both of his parents. His father worked for several newspapers throughout Oklahoma and Kansas prior to marrying Jim’s mother. Frankie taught music and wrote several songs throughout her career. J.S. Maynard purchased THE TYRONE OBSERVER three times and served as publisher (while Frankie was contributing editor). The family paper was used to communicate local news, pros and cons on political issues and editorials during the early 1900’s.

Helping with the family business was expected when young Jim wasn’t attending school. At age eighteen, Jim was called to active duty and served overseas with the Army as part of the 75th Company during WWII. Outnumbered in experience, but certainly not in courage, Jim fought against experienced Nazi soldiers in the hottest and deadliest fighting area in Europe, known as the Belgium Bulge. While only 19 at the time, his notable opponents killed many of his home buddies. Jim said many times that the friends who lost their lives saved his several times. Jim was wounded twice and was awarded the Purple Heart with Gold Leaf Cluster, which later thieves would steal from his home. Jim was again awarded his medal in a special ceremony on Veterans Day in 2006. While in the service of his country, Jim earned EAME Ribbon with 3 Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon, Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the World War II Victory Ribbon, a certificate of accommodation from the French government, and he helped liberate a concentration camp of Russian women.

Inherited from his parents, Jim loved to write poems and articles, whether for the newspaper or magazines. He wrote poems and also taught poetry as a guest speaker when asked by Beaver High School. Subjects of his poetry were patriotism, politics, people, animals, and other political issues. At the same time, he also wrote lyrics to songs. Jim wrote the lyrics to the song, "When it’s Cow Chip Throwing Time."

After his discharge from the service, Jim returned to Oklahoma, and while on a late-night mission with friends in Beaver to raid a local watermelon patch, Jim met a beautiful young lady, Wanita Evans. It was love at first sight. After a brief courtship, Jim and Wanita were married in a quiet ceremony on November 16th, 1947. To this union were born 4 lovely children, Paula Mae, Sheila Kae, Stephen Bradley, and Lois Jean (Jeanie).

When Jim and Wanita were married, they attended the First Baptist Church of Beaver where Jim later served as a Deacon. At age 28, Jim surrendered to God’s call to preach the Gospel. With four small children in tow, Jim enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. While attending O.B.U., Jim pastored several churches around Shawnee, and worked extra jobs to care for his family. Jim’s first church was Pleasant Home Baptist Church. While pastoring in Marland, Jim felt God wanted him to attend seminary and he enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Every Monday morning for 2 years, Jim would travel by train from Ponca City to the seminary for classes, and would return on Friday evening. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern. Later his son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter-in-law would also graduate from Southwestern.

During his lifetime, Jim pastored 12 churches across Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. His pastorates were at Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Prague OK, First Baptist Church, Ray City, OK, First Baptist Church Edom, Texas, First Baptist Church, Shattuck, OK, Yates Center Baptist Church, Yates Center, KS, Olive Baptist Church, Drumright, OK, First Baptist Church, Kellyville, OK, Gateway Mission in OK, Mountain View Baptist Church, Beaver, OK, Calvary Baptist Church, Guymon, OK, Bethel Baptist Church, Hardesty, OK. Jim also served as non-resident Pastor of Dunaway Manor during the week bringing his pastorates to 13.

Jim believed that God had given him a mission to lead others to Christ. During his lifetime, Jim participated in many mission trips to Mexico with International Crusades. An interpreter was assigned to him the first trip, but thereafter, Jim decided that he needed to learn Spanish. On a proactive visit to Beaver High School, and the local library, Jim gathered some Spanish study books and began his self-study. Jim had his testimony translated into Spanish, so he could distribute tracks as he traveled in Mexico.

Upon his retirement from the ministry, Jim returned to Beaver where he attended the First Baptist Church of Beaver until he was no longer able to physically attend.

Until the Lord called him home, Jim was still leading Bible groups and ministering to residents of the Beaver County Nursing Home and veterans at the VA Nursing Center in Norman. Some residents and staff of the Beaver Nursing Home have said he was instrumental in leading them to Christ. Additionally, the VA residents remember him as ‘a little general leading the troops to God’.

Jim is survived by his children, Paula Mae Maynard of Beaver, Sheila Maynard Harrington of Atlanta, Georgia, Stephen Bradley Maynard of McCloud, OK, Jeanie Maynard Maxwell of Oklahoma City and her husband, Dan Maxwell. Jim loved Dan as a Son. Jim is survived by his brother, John Porter Maynard and sister-in-law, Ruby Maynard of Hooker, OK. Jim is survived by 5 wonderful grandchildren: Conor, Israel, Erin, Charity and Mark. God blessed Jim with 10 great-grandchildren and is survived by Faith, Harrison, Ella, Cole, Maddie, Haley, and Twins: Ayden & Ansley, Malaya, and Miles. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Ida Lieu Delk of Balko, OK and Cornelia Francis Maynard of Hooker, OK.


Larry Lee Wolf passed away on July 15, 2015, in Wichita, Kansas; prior to his passing, he dictated the following words as his obituary:

I was born on September 26, 1938, in Buffalo, Oklahoma.  My father’s name was Lee Garnett Wolf; my mother’s name was Edna Lucille McNabb.  My mother divorced my father around the early part of 1939.  My mother and I lived with my grandparents McNabb in Gate, Oklahoma.   

My mother worked in Rosa Lee’s Cafe for 50 cents a day and a meal.  My dad, Lee, went to World War II; he was a war hero.  He received the Bronze Star and a Silver Star, war ribbons.  He was in five major battles in Italy, France and Germany.

My mother met Joe Rose with a nickname of "Jack"; married him and I lacked 10 days being two years old.  This was in Beaver County in Oklahoma.  I had one sister, Kathy, born four years later in 1944; I had another sister, Tonda, born in 1949.  Joe Rose raised me.  I graduated from high school in Beaver, Oklahoma in 1956.

I went to work in the grocery store in 1949 in Beaver at 40 cents an hour.  And worked up into management and went to work full-time in 1956.  I married Carolyn Thomas in July 1957.  To this marriage we had four boys:  Mike, Joe Wayne, Chris and James.  One son, Joe Wayne, deceased in 1959.

We divorced and then in 1962 I was drafted into the Army for two years.  I was stationed in Europe as a supply clerk.  I got out of the Army in 1964.  Came to Wichita, Kansas and worked for IGA in a grocery store.  I contacted Carolyn and we remarried for the second time.

Our fourth son, James, was born in 1971.  Later we were divorced again.  I married Debra Hurt who passed away over 20 years later.  I had two step-children, Jeremy and Crystal.

I was in the grocery business approximately 33 years.  I owned several liquor stores, two grocery stores and three night clubs.  I’ve been in the car business; was a used car dealer 20 some years.  Had a partnership in five Sonic Drive in restaurants. James took over my car business in 2012.

Through the years I became a Freemason, attained the 32nd degree, and I joined the Noble Shriners Midian Temple in Wichita, Kansas.  I was able to accomplish this in the space of one year.  This is my 43rd year. Through the many phases of my life I would know many people...made many friends and acquaintances.

I enjoyed and loved my grandchildren and one great grandson.

In lieu of flowers, I would like donations made to the Midian Temple Plane of Mercy (Crippled Children’s Hospital) or the Summit Church here in Wichita, Kansas.

Larry Lee Wolf, memorial services, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. Summit Church in Wichita, KS.




Robert (Bobby) Roy Robicheaux passed away on July 1, 2015 at the OU Hospital in Okc, due to cancer. Services are Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Beaver. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Clark Funeral Services in Bobby’s name to help cover cost of funeral expenses. Thank you from his family.


Johnny Orval Elston passed away on July 8, 2015. He was born January 3, 1935, in Forgan, OK. He remained in Forgan until he graduated from high school, and married the love of his life, Susan McDaniel of Woodward, OK, on May 28, 1955. Together they raised their family in Hugoton, KS, and Guymon, OK, and ultimately moved to Edmond in 1991 after Johnny retired from a 37-year career with Northern Natural Gas and Enron.

Johnny loved teaching kids life skills through scouting and sports. He was very involved with Boy Scouts of America and served as Cub Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master while in Guymon. Johnny was unyielding in his dedication to little league baseball. He was part of a small group who started the first Little League baseball program in Hugoton where he coached one of the teams. He continued coaching for 26 years in Hugoton and Guymon, and served on the board of directors of Kids Inc. for several years. For many of those years Johnny managed the ball field.

Woodworking was a life-long passion of Johnny. He loved carving and building intricate clocks and jewelry boxes. Johnny gave away most of what he built. For several years he made trophies and plaques for the Young Bowlers of America, a group that he and his late wife, Susan, loved. He also built awards for the Guymon Booster Club and he and Susan were honored as ‘Outstanding Tiger Boosters’ and ‘Honorary Tigerettes’.

More than anything, Johnny and Susan loved their children, grand children and great grand children. Johnny is survived by daughter & son-in-law, Rhonda & Ed Pearson and their children, Tanae & Cory Clark, Brandon & Jamee Pearson, Keith Pearson & Shayla Pearson; son & daughter-in-law, John & Garna Elston and their children, Leslie Vasquez and Audra & Jose Vasquez, son & daughter-in-law, Kevin & Kari Elston and their children, Jarad Elston, Tyler Elston and Taryn Elston; 11 great grand children, brother, Jim Elston and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his wife, Susan Elston, parents, Orval & Marie Elston, and brother, Jack Elston.

Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond, OK. A Graveside Service was held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK.




James Ray Schmidt of Wichita Falls, Texas, departed this life on July 1, 2015 at the age of 73. Jim was born on a farm south of Greensburg, Kansas November 24, 1941 to parents John and Luella Schmidt.

The Schmidt family moved to a farm south of Baker, Oklahoma in 1947 and Jim attended school at Eureka, Oklahoma before moving to a farm west of Forgan, Oklahoma where he attended school one year. In 1954, the family moved to the family farm northeast of Turpin, OK and Jim attended school at Turpin and graduated from Turpin High School in 1960. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a mechanical engineering degree, he worked in Liberal, Kansas repairing engines for the Waukesha Company.

Jim married Shari Ooley August 1, 1965 at the Western Avenue Church of Christ in Liberal, Kansas. They would have been married for 50 years this August.

Jim & Shari purchased KOV Auto Supply in Liberal, KS. Along with owning the business he also farmed. In later years, he worked at National Beef in maintenance. In 2011, they sold the family farm and moved to Wichita Falls, TX.

He was active in the Forgan Church of Christ serving as an elder, until moving to Wichita Falls where he was active in the Tenth & Broad Church of Christ.

Jim is survived by his wife, Shari, his children and grandchildren, Lanetta, Turpin, OK, Brant & Brittany, Heath, and Josh. Jamie & Jonathan Smits, Aero, Natalie, and Abigale, Wichita Falls, TX. Jarad & Jennifer and Jaden, College Station, TX. He is also survived by brother, Ted & Paula Schmidt, Turpin, OK and sister, Donna & Jerry Evans, Turpin, OK, and brother-in-law Jack Morris, Balko, OK and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary Ann Morris. Jim was looking forward to his first great grandchild who will be born later this year.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Tenth & Broad Church of Christ, Wichita Falls, TX.

In lieu in flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Tipton’s Children’s Home, 1000 N Broadway St, Tipton, Oklahoma 73570.


Viola E. Shaffer Harrington, resident of Ponca City, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Ponca City Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 102.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Liberal Cemetery in Liberal, KS. Cremation was are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

Viola was born on January 8, 1913 to Thomas Snyder and Lulu May (Johnston) Snyder in Lorena, OK. She graduated from Turpin High School in 1931, later attending the nursing school at Epworth Hospital in Liberal.

She was married to Raymond Shaffer in 1933. They resided on the farm in Turpin until his death in 1957. She worked as a bookkeeper for Ideal Grocery in Liberal, Kansas during that time. She married Harold Harrington in 1969. Viola and Harold lived in Liberal, Kansas until his retirement, then moved to Jasper, Texas. Harold died in 1985. Then she moved to Ponca City to be with her daughter and husband in 2012.

Viola enjoyed traveling, sewing, her grandchildren, and playing cards. She was inducted into the Centenarian Club of Oklahoma in March of 2015.

Survivors include her daughter Barbara Carson and her husband Derell of Ponca City, OK, Three grandchildren, Carol Carson of Farmington, NM, Susan Carson of Boynton Beach, Fl, and Janell Curry and husband Mike of Overland Park, KS, eight great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, two nephews, and five nieces.

Preceding her in death were her parents, both husbands, two brothers, three sisters, one nephew, and three nieces.

Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to your charity of choice.


Kim James Gourley was born on March 16, 1946 in Carnegie, Oklahoma to Ira James and Daisy Eugenia (Lawson) Gourley.

He passed from this life on July 1, 2015 at the age of 69.

He attended 12 years in the Beaver School System graduating in 1964. Kim lived all his life in Beaver, residing at the Beaver County Nursing Home for several years before transferring to Cherokee Manor in Cherokee Oklahoma in 2012.

Him enjoyed working on and attending his class reunions. He was especially delighted when his class mates visited him in the Nursing Home for the 45 class reunion. He was proud of the certificate to the Fifty Year Club.

Kim loved photography. He had an unique talent for taking pictures and spend many hours and traveled many miles to find, beautiful, interesting and unusual landscapes.

Him is survived by his sister LaNell, nephews, Shane, Jeffrey and Derrick and their families Cousins Becky Maddox and James Hayes, and the friends he made in Beaver and at Cherokee Manor.

Memorial services where held at the First Christian Church Beaver, Oklahoma July 6th. Interment was in the Beaver Pioneer Cemetery with Clark Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Long-time resident of Beaver County, George W. Loepp, died June 20, 2015, at Bradford Village Assisted Living in Edmond, OK. He was preceded death by his wife, Kathlyn V. (Green) Loepp, on Dec. 20, 2007. George was born on Sept. 26, 1916 in Floris, OK, to his parents Peter and Agnetha Loepp, the youngest of six children. His wife, Kathlyn, was born just fifteen minutes earlier in Forgan, OK.

George began his schooling at Locust Grove near Turpin, graduated from high school at Greenough, and also Panhandle College where he met Kathlyn. The newlyweds began their careers as teachers at Turpin High School. During World War II, jobs in the aircraft industry were in demand, so the young couple moved to Wichita, KS, for his job as design engineer at Beechcraft and Boeing. In Wichita, three children were born–Janis Kathleen, James Martin, and Gary William who died at birth. When George inherited his father’s lands in Beaver County, the family returned where George farmed and taught school in Beaver and Liberal, KS. In 1957, they purchased farmland in the Forgan area. George also taught sixth grade and was elementary principal. After receiving his Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University, he was later named Superintendent of the Forgan Public Schools until his retirement in 1973. He continued to farm and ranch until they moved to Beaver in 1986. They became active in the Beaver community mostly through their church at Beaver United Methodist.

Sporting events were his love, and George delighted in seeing his grandchildren compete in football, basketball, track, wrestling, and pom/dance competitions. He also loved the land, the crops, the garden, flowers and trees, and his herds.

He leaves in passing his children, Janis (David) Adams of Jacksonville, IL, and James (Brycie) Loepp of Oklahoma City, OK. His thirteen grandchildren include Brandon Adams and Darcy Adams of Jacksonville, IL, Jason (Kathy) Loepp of Ft. Gibson, OK, Kelsey (Bret) Proctor of Canadian, TX, Blake Loepp of Tulsa, OK, Marina (Mason) McCanless of Wichita, KS, Drake Dobbs of Manhattan, KS, Drew Dobbs of Wichita, KS, and Hutson, Clare, Gianna, Sofia, and Immaculée Loepp of Oklahoma City, OK.

Three great-grandchildren are Ross and Connor Loepp of Ft. Gibson, OK, and Carson Proctor of Canadian, TX. George also leaves a sister-in-law, Leona Loepp, of Liberal, KS, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held June 23, 2015, at the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver. Memorials are suggested to Forgan Public Schools and Beaver United Methodist Church.

In Remembrance

Both former students and faculty remember George Loepp as an outstanding superintendent who had a positive influence on their lives during the years 1957-1973 when he served as the leader of the Forgan Public Schools. During that time his leadership reflected the major changes about to take place in the way schools were financed and administered. He was ahead of his time in implementing those changes.

Mr. Loepp inherited a brand new school building, having just moved into it in February 1957 before he became superintendent in July. Although everything was new, there were still lots to be done! During his tenure he realized that there was not a facility for the superior music department led by Aubrey Pierce, and later by Emma Lou Hodges, so Mr. Loepp led a bond election to build on not one, but two new rooms for both band and vocal programs. The vocal room was a part of the new facilities for implementing a special education program and a kindergarten classroom, both new to the curriculum. In fact, Loepp was so far ahead of this time that it was another nine years before national legislation provided mandatory programs for special needs students. He then set out to find state support and faculty for both programs, hiring Margaret Nichols, who became the administrator of special education, as well as their teacher.

At the same time, this innovative superintendent realized the new emphasis on reading programs nationally and hired a special reading teacher to supplement the reading instruction in the elementary classrooms. His encouraged his wife Kathlyn to complete her Master’s degree in reading instruction to implement this new trend, one of the first in the state as well as nationally.

In addition, this rural Panhandle superintendent carried forward the new national program called Core Curriculum in 1957, long before the latest effort to do so. However, this one was an interdisciplinary program that used multiple teachers and curriculum standards to integrate instruction instead of teaching each in a vacuum. He then sent his new English and social science teachers to Oklahoma State University for special training and facilitated their having adjoining classrooms for joint instruction. This method proved to be successful nationally and the idea is still used in many schools across the country, especially in metropolitan areas.

Only a few years after that, it became obvious that the library that also served as an English classroom was too small for the expansion of the collection as Mr. Loepp saw the need. Therefore, he implemented the building of the new library at the front entrance to the building, as well as adding a superintendent’s office and meeting room for the Board of Education. Mr. Loepp felt that was essential since the original space for both the superintendent’s and high school principal’s offices were quite small and held no privacy for consultation with either students or parents. He shared the new superintendent’s space for Board of Education meetings.

One of the outstanding marks of Loepp’s tenure was his emphasis on a full rounded academic program. During those years of his tenure, music students qualified for state contests yearly, as well as being recognized by colleges and universities in the area. Loepp also provided for a speech and debate program, again with students in regional and state contests each year. He expected his students to be winners in academics, as well as in the excellent athletic programs in the school. His daily visibility and words of encouragement conveyed that to all of the students, no matter what their interests were.

His commitment to athletics is evident in the fact that Forgan has a real football field, fenced in and with a stadium and concession stands, something they had not had before Loepp’s time, even though they had had a football team as early as the 1920’s. Finally, a few years ago the Forgan patrons named the field for its founder, Loepp Field, and even though recently the name has been removed, those who remember his efforts to get a field that was the pride of the Forgan Community still know who built it! He then raised funds to build a new field house and basketball court to the east of the one built by the WPA in the 1930’s. This new building was used for the first time in 1967 and today is the home of basketball games, as well as graduation ceremonies and other community activities.

Mr. Loepp was typical of many of that second and third generation descendants of European immigrants in Beaver County in that he knew a quality education was the key to a better life and a successful future. He will long be remembered by his students and faculty.





Avanell Sherrill Mitchell, 90, died, Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS.

She was born June 25, 1924 on a farm at Boyd, Oklahoma in Beaver County, the daughter of Henry and Oma (Myers) Law. Her first eight years of school were in a one room school house, then 3 years at Bethany High School, graduating from Turpin High School in Turpin, OK in 1941.

She worked for over 50 years at the Southwest Daily Times, starting as a bookkeeper in February of 1943 during World War II and retiring November 1994 as assistant to the publisher.

She had been an active member the First Christian Church since 1949, was member of the Aurora Club and the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary and had worked 1800 hours at the Snack Bar and Gift Shop.

On December 24, 1941 in Liberal, KS, she married Demi Sherrill and he died February 3, 1986. She then married longtime friend Claude L. Mitchell of Midland, Texas on June 3, 1997 in Liberal, KS. He died November 19, 2001.

She is survived by

1 Sister Barbara Ann Wellman of Liberal, KS

1 Niece Kelley King of Liberal, KS

And many Great Nieces and Great Nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother and sister, and a sister Avis Sherrill, 2 brothers-in-law, two nephews and one niece.


Funeral service were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church with Pastor Terry Ford presiding. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Balko, Oklahoma.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Christian Church in care if Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd

Steven "Steve" Bartel, 60, died, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at his residence in Turpin, OK.

He was born November 25, 1954 in Perryton, Texas the son of Van & Dorothy (Purer) Bartel.

He graduated in 1973 from Balko High School in Balko, Oklahoma. He had also attended Vo-Tech School in Kansas City,

He enjoy cars and especially "Mopar" and would meet with his car friends every Thursday for supper.

He was employed at Anadarko as a Production Tech for many years.

Survivors include his mother Dorothy Bartel, Liberal, KS; two daughters Shanna Jones Bryant, Arkansas and Rebecca Pauley, Vinton, Virginia; one brother Audie Bartel Corpus Christi, Texas; 3 grandchildren Brooklyne Francisco, Caleb Cunningham, Bailee Pauley.

He is preceded in death by his Father Van Bartel.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m.Saturday at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Ramsey presiding. Burial will be held privately in the Balko Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Zachary Shadden Scotty Rife was born June 6, 1991 in Liberal, Kansas. He has been a lifetime resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma. Zachary was just becoming a rancher in the agriculture industry. He graduated high school and attended one year of college. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Zachary passed on June 6, 2015 in Beaver County, Oklahoma at the age of twenty four.

He is survived by his mother, Shayla Dawn Meier, Beaver, Oklahoma; his biological father, Patrick Todd Jenkins, Woodward, Oklahoma, his adoptive father, Scotty L. Rife, Beaver, Oklahoma; his brothers, Derek Grant of Carpintaria, California and Walker Rife, Beaver, Oklahoma; his sisters, Sidney Homfeld, Miami, Texas, Catie Rife, Beaver, Oklahoma, Sara Strickland, Turpin, Oklahoma, Cheyanne Rife, Beaver, Oklahoma, Alyson Meier, Turpin, Oklahoma, Sabrina Rife, Beaver, Oklahoma, Mackenzie Meier, Beaver, Oklahoma; grandmother, Karen Meier, Beaver, Oklahoma, Great Grandmother Evelyn Shadden, Beaver, Oklahoma; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held last Thursday at the Beaver First Baptist Church under the guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services.




Michael (Mike) Ray Pearson was born June 16, 1959 to Max and Christine LaNelle (Dotson) Pearson in Perryton, Texas. He was a long time resident of the Balko, Oklahoma. Mike graduated in 1978.

He was active in football, 4H, FFA and received the Star Greenhand, the Outstanding Senior and the Star Farmer award’s. Mike and Nancy met in college and married September 21, 1979. He was a proud member of the Balko Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Beaver County EMS and was a past member holding several offices of the Beaver County Fair Board. He worked for Beaver County, District #3 for 23 years as a heavy equipment operator and delivered the Daily Oklahoman for 4 years. He loved to farm and helping anybody who needed help.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Max, brother Percy Wayne and sister Julie Lynn.

Mike passed on June 1, 2015 in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 55.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Pearson of Balko, Oklahoma; his son Joshua Raymond Pearson, Balko, Oklahoma; his daughters Christina Lynn Ginter, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Sarah Anne Poindexter, Arnett, Oklahoma; his mother Christine Pearson, of Laverne, Oklahoma; his sisters, Joyce Zack of Tyrone, Oklahoma; Barbara Mason of Laverne, Oklahoma; 9 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.



Mary Jane (Maddox) Rogers, is the daughter of Charlie and Rose Marie Maddox, born on June 18, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. Better known to family and friends as Jane, attended the Skinner grade school and graduated from the North High School in Wichita, Kansas. Mary Jane and Charlie Russell Rogers were united in marriage on September 29, 1945 at Ashland, Kansas.

They lived on the farm near the Paruna Community, where they raised six children Sandra, James, Barbara, Donald, Joyce and Iris. Jane and Russell worked together for 47 years on dairy farm raising cattle, chickens, goats and other critters. Jane was always supportive to her children and grandchildren attending all of their alethic actives or other things they were doing at the time. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, husband Russell in 1992 and continued the farm business.

Later she assisted her son James running the farm until she was not able to. She was also preceded in death by a grandson Aaron Rogers, her daughter Sandra Mahaffey; three brothers Harold, George, & Charles; and Four sisters Enid Cash; Belle Puryear, Mable Rotramel, Rose Parks. Jane is survived by her sons James Rogers of Oklahoma, City OK. Donald Rogers of Buckeye, Arizona, and three daughters Barbara Pool of Enid, Oklahoma, Joyce Rogers of Amarillo, Texas and Iris Crowder of Denton, Texas; 17 Grandchildren 24 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. Memorials to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 825 NE 13st Oklahoma City, OK. 73104.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday June 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church Buffalo, Oklahoma with Charles Mahaffey officiating, interment to follow at the Willow Creek Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkinson Funeral Service Buffalo, Oklahoma.




Ruby Fay Akridge Williams Jacobs, also affectionately known as Minnie, was born on April 24, 1933 in Pampa, TX to James and Mabel Akridge.

After completing the 9th grade, she married Blackie Williams on July 25, 1948 and settled on a farm in Beaver County. To this union, three children were born: Delilah, Barbara and Jim. She worked alongside Blackie on the farm, plowing, mowing, milking cows, cutting wheat and anything else that needed to be done until she could attend beauty school.

After receiving her cosmetology license, she worked for L.W. Speer until she bought the shop from him. She owned and operated it for several years.

In the early 1970s, Ruby suffered a heart attack. After recovering, she began driving a truck with Blackie from coast to coast using the CB handles "Blondie and Dagwood." They hauled rodeo stock for Lloyd Barby, large machinery for Joe Hamilton and liquids for Groendyke. Every summer, they took off for wheat harvest. Their grandchildren, Shawna, Shad, Shalia, Connie and Mike would come to help for the summer. Boy, she loved that!

After Blackie’s sudden death in 1986, Ruby moved to Las Vegas to be near her brother. While in Vegas, she met and married Irving "Jack" Jacobs in 1993. She then gained two more children, Mitch and Lori and four more grandchildren, Dan, Elizabeth, Debbie and Cassidy.

She and Jack traveled extensively, enjoying visits with friends and family and attending many of their family’s functions. As her health declined, she remained in Las Vegas, where her son, Jim, cared for her until her death on May 19, 2015.

As the last remaining child of her family of orgin, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and her siblings Willie May Gentry, Narcy Cooper, JR Akridge, Roberta Akridge, Eddy Akridge, Grace Davis and Jimmie Cates.

She is survived by her children: Delilah Wisener (Larry), Barbara (Vic) Wright, James Williams (Arsenio), Mitch Jacobs (Linda) and Lori D’Amour along with grandchildren Shawna Garrett (Kent), Shad Wisener (Shelley), Shalia DeClerk (Doug), Connie Theiner (Brock), Michael Wright (Heather), Dan Leihman, Elizabeth Jacobs (Cia), Debbie Felder (Lou) and Cassie D’Amour along with 18 great grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Services for Ruby were Friday, May 29, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Forgan. Wayne Moore and Dale Akridge.

Interment was at Pioneer Cemetery under the direction of Alan Clark Funeral Services of Beaver.


On a cold winter’s day, December 27, 1925, Mary Ellen Jennings made her appearance to parents Ray and Emma Wood Jennings near Hickok, Kansas. The second of five children, Mary Ellen attended school in Satanta and Wichita, Kansas, and graduated high school at the age of 16 in Perryton, Texas. She returned to Perryton after attending business school in Wichita, where she later met Charles Maschmeier, a handsome musician farm boy. Mary Ellen always loved to dance, and not surprisingly, they met at a dance where Charles was playing in the band. They fell in love, despite the first impression Charles made on Mary Ellen’s mother, as he had dripped chocolate ice cream on his shirt earlier. With an entourage of friends following behind, Mary Ellen and Charles made the trek to Beaver, Oklahoma after a dance on July 22, 1944, rousting the judge from his snug bed so that they could be married.

Together, they made their home in Liberal, Kansas and rural Turpin, Oklahoma. After nearly six years of being childless, and thinking that perhaps children were not in their future, they welcomed the first of what would be six children in April of 1950. What followed was many years of love, laughter, and the kinds of adventures you can only have with a loving home with a mother who could outwork most men, keep house, and set a table with delicious hot meals for her family. As a true Proverbs 31 wife, her day was not over just because her family was in bed. Saturday evenings, while Charles played for dances, would find Mary Ellen baking a cobbler for Sunday’s dinner, pin curling four little girls’ hair, shining eight pairs of shoes, ironing eight sets of clothes, and ensuring that her family was ready for the 8:00 a.m. services at Grace Lutheran Church in Liberal, Kansas. Sunday mornings, before church, she would often prepare for Sunday’s lunch, which might be just her family of eight, but often included beloved friends dropping by, who would never leave hungry. Mary Ellen was known as Granny, not just to her grandchildren, but to nearly everyone who came into her life.

Mary Ellen had either a child or grandchild in the Turpin School System for fifty consecutive years, and she attended nearly all of their various events, taking pride in their accomplishments. Mary Ellen was content to let herself be outshone by her children, grandchildren, and husband, although she was an accomplished poet, seamstress, dancer, cook, and entertainer. Following the passing of her beloved husband, Charles in February of 1988, she made lasting friendships through the organization, Singles in Agriculture, serving several terms on both the Oklahoma Chapter Board as well as being elected to the National Board. She was a member for over twenty years.

Mary Ellen was welcomed into Heaven early morning on May 21, 2015, reuniting with her husband, Charles, her son, Robert, granddaughter Alexa Ille, her parents Ray Jennings and Emma Schwab, brother Bud Jennings, sisters Lou Rae Hudson and Emy Singhisen, and a host of extended loved ones. Missing her dynamic presence are her children Annette Ille and husband, Larry; Johnnie Maschmeier and wife Jill; Lou Ella Regier and husband, Marlin; Cara Beth Maschmeier; Teresa Williams and husband, Kevin; daughter-in-law Linda Trujillo; thirteen grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, as well as the numerous lives she touched in her short 89 years.

A celebration of the joy that was Mary Ellen will be held at her church, Grace Lutheran Church at 11th and Western in Liberal, Kansas on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Andrew Wehling presiding. The family has requested for everyone to wear something bright to honor Mary Ellen. A private family burial will be held at Liberal Cemetery.

Visitation will be 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and 1 – 5 pm Sunday at Brenneman Funeral Home in Liberal.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Mary Ellen Maschmeier Memorial fund in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.

Condolences may be sent to the family at



R.C. Elfers Obituary

Riley Charles (R.C.) Elfers was born on May 28, 1936 in Beaver County to O.C. and Nellie Elfers.

R.C. attended Sunset School in the Logan Community and graduated high school in Darrouzett, TX in 1954. R.C. enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1956 as an airplane mechanic. He was stationed in Fukuoka, Japan where he met and married Fumiko (better known to everyone as Fumi) on June 7, 1960. He was transferred to Rapid City, SD for a year then to Amarillo, TX. He was honorably dischargd in 1963 and moved back to the family farm and took over his Dad’s repair shop.

He ran the repair shop for many years but also farmed and ranched. He also did custom hay cutting, baling, and hauling. R.C. bought and ran a dairy for a number of years.

R.C. enjoyed playing the guitar, loved to fish, raise cattle and go to the car races with his family, where he was a part of his son’s Jon and Ray’s pit crew. He also loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids having Friday evening and Sunday dinners. R.C. was an avid Oklahoma City Thunder fan.

R.C was a member of the Grange, a volunteer fire fighter for Elmwood, OK, and a member of the local American Legion.

R.C passed away on Wednesday May 20, 2015. He is preceded in death by his wife, Fumi, his parents, O.C. and Nellie, a brother, Dale, and longtime friend, Fred Reddick.

R.C. is survived by four children - Brenda Abare and her boyfriend, Raymond Winkler of Beaver, Ok; Jon Elfers and his wife, Lori of Beaver, OK; Ray Elfers and his wife, Chaz of Logan, OK; Amy Allen and her husband Grady of Forgan, OK; 9 grandchildren- Kimi Frazee and her husband Justin of Canadian, TX; Brandon Abare of Beaver, OK; Kalyn Abare and his wife, Jasmine of Beaver, OK; Kylie Allen & Bubba (Grady Jr.) Allen both of Forgan, OK; Dylan Tillery of Beaver, OK; Sheldon Winkler of Beaver, OK; Abby Briscoe & Keith Briscoe both of Little River, KS; 4 great grandchildren- Barrett (unborn great grandson), Shaelynn, Hana, & Braddock Frazee all of Canadian, TX; Rayln Abare of Beaver, OK; a sister-in-law Janice Elfers of Goodland, KS; nephew Roy Elfers of Goodland, KS and his daughter, Emily Elfers of Saint Francis; a niece Barb Sayyae & husband, Dave of Topeka, KS; a cousin Sonya Bergschneider & husband Paul of Oklahoma City, OK; and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

A special thanks to Dr. Dexeus and his staff for their wonderful care. Alan Clark and Clark’s Funeral Home for going well beyond the call of duty and for being a part of our family. Last but not least, all of our friends and relatives that have sent their prayers, well wishes, and been there for all of us.


Beverly Rae Shook, 87 year old Beaver, Oklahoma resident, passed from this life on May 13, 2015. She was born on April 26, 1928 in Sioux City, Iowa to Alvious Burton and Eva Elizabeth (Murray) McCray.

On May 29, 1944, Beverly married Dean Shook in Lawton, Oklahoma. To this union one daughter was born, Sharon Kay. The family lived for a short time in California before making their home in Beaver.

Beverly worked for the Beaver Dry Cleaners and then later for the O’Quinn Dry Cleaners. She also worked at Beaver Lumber Company and cleaned houses for various people. Beverly was a longtime member of the First Christian Church.

Camping at Canton Lake was something that Beverly and Dean enjoyed. Spending time with her grandchildren was the thing that Beverly loved most. She loved cooking and entertaining Shane and Shalia.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean, her daughter Sharon and her brother Bobby McCray.

She is survived by her two grandchildren, Shane Newby and his wife, Becky, of Blackwell, Oklahoma and Shalia Newby of Norman, Oklahoma; two great grandchildren, Marissa Nicole and Cale Alan Newby; her son-in-law, Gary Newby of Beaver; her sister Janice Clark of Henderson, Nevada; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Services were held Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Beaver with Pastor Rick Main officiating. Interment was at the Pioneer Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Beaver County Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at

The family requests memorials made in Beverly’s name be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 40, Beaver, Oklahoma 73932.



Larry Michael Bostic

Larry Michael Bostic, 65, of Guymon; passed away Tuesday evening April 28th, 2015 at the Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The son of Jay and Stella (Teel) Bostic Jr. he was born October 10, 1949 in Palestine, Texas. The family moved to Guymon from Bossier City, Louisiana in the early 1960’s.

Mike graduated from Guymon High School with the Class of 1967. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 until 1975. He attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport, graduating with a business degree in 1979.

Mike was a member of the Baptist Church. He became a member of the Guymon Elk’s Lodge in 2000, and has served as Exalted Ruler since 2005.

Mr. Bostic was Executive Director of the Oklahoma Economic Development Authority and was a member and served as chairman of the Opportunities Inc. board in Watonga, Oklahoma for 25 years. Mr. Bostic had also served on the Homeland Security Council for the Northwest Region of Oklahoma, served on the Panhandle Counseling and Health Center board and had served on the PREDCI board. Mike was active in many statewide agencies during his thirty year career and proudly served as board member and president of The Oklahoma Association of Regional Councils (OARC).

He was preceded in death by his father, Jay Bostic Jr. and one brother, Cliff Bostic.

Survivors include his mother, Stella Bostic of Guymon; one son, Jon Logan and wife, Shawna of Woodward, Oklahoma; one daughter, Mara Heflin and husband, Zach of Perryton, Texas. Survivors also include four grandchildren, Emilie and Thomas Heflin and Anna & Michael Logan, and one sister, Linda Heflin and husband, Phil of Doyline, Louisiana.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon, May 4th at 2 p.m. at the Grace Southern Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Freeman officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Elmhurst Cemetery. Services were under the care of the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home of Guymon.

The family greeted friends Sunday, May 3 between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Bunch-Roberts Funeral Home. Memorials in memory of Mike may be given to the Guymon Elk’s Lodge. Memorials will be accepted at the Bunch – Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, Oklahoma 73942.

Friends can sign the online guest book and leave condolences at


April 23, 2105


Iola Moore, 94, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Minneola District Hospital.

She was born November 25, 1920 at Mocain, Oklahoma.

Iola moved to Minneola in 2014 from Turpin, Oklahoma. She was a long-time resident of Dumas, Texas where she worked as a sales clerk for JC Penny Co.

Iola was a member of the Hunt Methodist Church of Dumas.

On July 4, 1939 she married Loren W. Moore at Meade, Kansas.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were 11 a.m. Monday, April 20th at the Minnis Mortuary Chapel in Minneola, Ks. followed by Graveside Services and Interment at the Knowles, Oklahoma Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to the Iola Moore Fund %Minnis Mortuary PO Box 459 Minneola, KS. 67865.


Casey J. Tague, 34, of Buffalo Ohio, died April 17 2015 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born April 29, 1980 in Beaver Oklahoma. The son of Robert Tague, Glenice Wade, Bonnie Hall. He attended and graduated Wisner-Pilger High School in 1999, where he was a member of the wrestling team.

Casey was a avid outdoors-man. He loved to hunt, fish, ride his dirt bike, and snowboard. His Favorite sport was wrestling. He was currently employed with J & A Service in the oil and gas industry. He was also a certified electrician.

Casey is survived by his daughter Joplin Tague; parents Robert Tague, Glenice Wade, and Bonnie Hall; his brother Cody Tague and family; his brother Charles Moore and family; his sister Missy Martinez and family; his sister Nicole Campbell; his grandmother Viola Watson; his numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his many friends that he considered family.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday April 22 at Black-Epperson Funeral Home in Byesville, Ohio at 1 p.m.

Family has requested donations to be made to Joplin Tague in care of Cody Tague at P.O. Box 34, Buffalo Ohio 43722.


March 26, 2015


Donald Edgar Smith was born in Gainesville, TX on Feb 25, 1935 to Edgar Thomas and Bertha Mae Giesler-Smith.

The family moved to McLean, TX when Donald was 2 years old. Donald has 2 sisters, Margie Riemer of Pampa, TX and Glenda and husband Elie Woerner of Lafayette, LA. He has one brother Kenny and wife Jean Smith of Keller, TX. He was preceeded in death by his parents Edgar and Bertha Smith, 3 brothers, Garland Smith, Alfred Smith and Jerry Smith.

Donald graduated from West Texas College in Canyon, TX with a Bachelor Degree in History and Physical Education as well as completing the ROTC program. He coached and taught school in El Paso, TX before serving 2 years in the US ARMY as an officer. After his military service, he taught school and coached in Alvord, TX and McLean, TX. He later went to work for Warren Petroleum in Mclean.

On June 8, 1970, Donald married Rosie Lee Young, also of McLean, TX. In 1972, Donald and family moved to Beaver, where he continued to work for Warren Petroleum as a Plant Chemist. After retiring from Warren Petroleum, he joined Rosie full-time at the family jewelry store until both retired to enjoy their life together.

Don always enjoyed football, hunting, traveling and most especailly spending time with his family. He was very proud of his military service as well as the accomplishments of his kids and grandkids. Don and Rosie have been members of the First Baptist Church for 43 years and served in many capacities within the church during that time.

Donald left this earth on March 18, 2015 at Beaver County Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Rosie; daughter Cindy and husband Howard Adams of Hooker, OK; daughter Melisa and husband Frank Crow of Lahoma, OK; and son Tommy Smith and wife Sabra of Stillwater, OK. He also has 10 grandchildren: Samantha Schmeidler and family of Hayesville, KS, Tiffany Bowen of Whitesboro, TX, Chris Bowen of Liberal, KS, Jerod Adams and family of Liberal, KS, Anthony Adams and family of Tyrone, OK, Bret Crow of Drummond, OK, Zack Crow of Lahoma, OK, Heather Crow of Stillwater, OK, Mike Smith of Joplin, MO and Megan Smith of Oklahoma City, OK. There are also nine great-grandchildren.

Donald was a devout Christian and family man. He will be missed by many.


Johnie Ray Schlehofer was born August 12, 1941 to Johnie and Elnora (Hibbs) Schlehofer in Beaver, Oklahoma. He grew up on the farm near Elmwood, Oklahoma. He enjoyed working on the farm and hunting and fishing. Johnie went to school in Balko, Ok. Johnie was in the United States Army for four years.

He was stationed in Turkey, was honorably discharged and came back to the farm. He went to Colorado and worked in a silver mine and he came back to the farm and worked in the oilfield for a while. He moved to Beaver in 1983 and suffered two strokes and was admitted to the Beaver County Nursing Home in 2001.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnie and Elnora (Hibbs) Schlehofer; one brother, Lloyd Schlehofer; one sister, Lois Schlehofer; and two nephews, Rusty Clark and Stacy Schlehofer.

Johnie passed away in the Beaver County Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the age of 73.

He is survived by one sister, Eleanor (Schlehofer) Clark, Beaver, Ok.; two nephews, Ricky Schlehofer, Elmwood, Oklahoma and Tracy Schlehofer and his wife, Gwen, of Beaver, Oklahoma; two nieces, Donda (Clark) Goodwin and husband, Neal of Laverne, Ok and Tina (Schlehofer) Smith and her husband, Dallas of North Carolina and a host of cousins and great nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Johnie Ray Schlehofer were held Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Beaver First Baptist Church with Jeff Bradley officiating. Interment was in the Heart Cemetery, Booker, Texas under the direction of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.

March 19, 2015


Johnny Lee Cates, passed away peacefully at his home in Cheyenne WY on February 27, 2015. He was born March 26, 1937 in Bell CA to John Henry and Bessie Mae (Barker) Cates.

His parents and older sister, Norma Jean, had moved to California following Black Sunday, April 14, 1935. They returned to Beaver County following the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

They made their home in the southeast part of Beaver Couty where Johnny attended

Victory School, a one room school. He attended high school in Laverne and Beaver.

In 1954, he joined the U. S. Navy serving on destroyers deployed to various parts of the Pacific.

He was married to Cheley Lansden of Beaver and they became parents of three sons, Dennis Lee, Ronnie Gene, and Michael Joe. The marriage ended in 1968.

In the early 70s he began a career in the trucking industry, retiring in 1990 after suffering an injury from slipping on ice.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Cheyenne Gun Range, American Legion and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and her husband, Jean and Ronald Beard, niece, Linda Beard and granddaughter, Jennifer (Holt) Morrison.

He is survived by his companion of 30 plus years, Edna McDonald of Cheyenne; three sons, Dennis (Dolores) Cates of Tyrone; Ronnie Cates of Liberal KS; Mike (Taryn) Cates of Ammon ID; four stepsons, Arthur (Jane) Shingledecker of Milwaukee WI; Dr. Paul (Jody) Shingledecker of Denver CO; Barry Shingledecker, Milwaukee; and Peter (Diane) Shingledecker of Portland OR; two stepdaughters, Nancy (Jim) Holt of Knoxville TN and Judy (Bob) Grove of Milwaukee.

Also 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; niece, Vickie (Beard) and husband, Bill Lehman of Carrier; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

A memorial is being planned for this summer in Cheyenne.


Ina Carlene Pascoe Hill, 76, of Lake of the Woods, VA, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at her home, with her family by her side.

She fought a long hard battle with cancer.

Carlene was born on April 27, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan, to Charles and Sarah Pascoe. Raised in Beaver, Oklahoma, she excelled academically, played on various sports teams, and was the majorette for the band. She graduated from Beaver High School with high honors and attended Gulf Coast Bible College, Houston, TX.

Music was an important part of Carlene’s life. She learned to play the piano at a young age and used that talent throughout her life. She played in most every church she attended. She especially enjoyed accompanying her daughters as they sang trios. In between her music she goofed around with her rambunctious sons and husband. Carlene was a member of Lake of the Woods Church where she sang in the church choir. She also enjoyed singing with the Lakettes quartet as they performed throughout the community.

Carlene worked for the U.S. Government, including Immigration Services (Hawaii) and the Marshals Service (Georgia and Washington D.C.). She retired in 1998. She developed a passion for selling real estate and had a highly successful career. She worked until a year ago when her health forced her to retire a second time. Her hardworking, loyal and genuine nature blessed her with many friends and a well-regarded reputation. Carlene not only earned the respect and love of all who knew her, but was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Carlene is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Donnie C. Hill; children, Brenda (Rick) Smith of Lindsborg, KS, Babette Germany, Damon Hill, Daren (Rachelle) Hill, and Dane Hill (all of Locust Grove), stepchildren David (Diane) Hill, Donna Kay (Rick) Thornhill, Susan Monk; fifteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by two siblings: Julie (Rick) Sumrall, Edmond, OK and Chuck (Marilee) Pascoe, Canon City, CO. Carlene was preceded in death by her stepson, Terry Hill.

A celebration of Carlene’s life was be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, with a reception to follow at the church. Friends, associates and family are cordially invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Lake of the Woods Church, 1 Church Lane, Locust Grove, Va 22508. An online guestbook is available at the funeral home




Erma Pauline Hinkle Evans, "Pauline," died at the age of 98 on November 29, 2014 at Beaver County Memorial Hospital in the presence of family. She was born in Beaver, Oklahoma July 23, 1916, to Charles and Martha Hinkle. She had an older brother, Rex, a twin brother, Paul, a younger sister, Elizabeth.

She attended Beaver High School and graduated in 1934. After graduation, she worked as a court reporter. Pauline met Harry Evans when she was working for the draft board when Harry enlisted in the Army. They married on June 15, 1946, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harry and Pauline lived in Beaver, and Pauline worked in the court clerk’s office in the Beaver County Courthouse. Later, they opened the Tastee Freeze on Douglas Ave. Pauline enjoyed crafts, knitting, and cooking. She was involved in her son, Charles’s high school football team, and often times had members of the team over before games to eat.

Pauline will especially be remembered for her hospitality, her refusal to turn people away, and her always positive attitude. She was full of wit and loved cracking jokes to bring a smile to your face.

She is survived by her son, Charles Evans and wife Teresa, her grandson, Colin Evans and great-granddaughter Kyra, her granddaughter, Erin Evans, and granddaughter, Whitney Fairsheets and husband, Ryan. She also leaves behind longtime companion, Barbara Marshall and husband, Dewayne, as well as extended family members and many friends, who she always requested to call her aunt Pauline.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, sister, husband, Harry, and many dear friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Beaver, Ok.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the First Christian Church of Beaver, Ok, Beaver County Memorial Hospital and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Many thanks to the community and nurses who cared for and loved Pauline during her life.




Tribute To Ruth Barby


We took this photo of Ruth Barby before the Beaver County Free Fair 2011

Here is a story that she brought us before the 2006 Cimarron Territory Celebration where she was Pioneer Queen. A very good choice

What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I would like to thank the person, or persons, who chose me.
I was born April 27, 1924, six miles east of Beaver in a little two room house. (My grandchildren in their younger years used to all think I was just born under “that tree at the six mile corner!!”)
My parents were George and Rosa Altman. I was the sixth of seven children: Vesper (Vep), Herman, Burl (Chalk), Grace, Burford (Buke), myself and George Junior. Daddy was the blacksmith and also drove a school bus. Mother had six children at this time, plus three or four extras. These were children who just needed a home! There was always room for more at Mother’s table!
It seemed we moved “every time the moon changed,” so we moved to Beaver after living in the country for three years. Daddy’s blacksmith shop was located where the City Hall is now. I loved going down to see Daddy because he would give me money to stop at Goetzingers for “peanut butter.” He also had an indoor toilet - a novelty to me, as we had a path leading to an outhouse at home!
After several more moves, we ended up at Forgan. With the dust storms in the 30’s, Mother’s health was serious with coughing spells. We had friends and family in Washington state, so “Washington, here we come!” In a truck with a heavy tarp and bows, we started. The trip took about ten days. We lived there for seven years. Buke and I graduated from Kelso High School.
Daddy didn’t like so much rain, so in 1942, we moved back to Beaver. Vep, Grace, and Buke remained in Washington. Oh! What fun it was to be home again and see old friends and family! And to make new friends!
Lloyd Barby and I had gone to school together in 4th grade, when he came to Beaver from the ranch school.
My vivid memory of him was that he wore blue denim shirts and cowboy boots! However, he didn’t give me a second look! This big school was about all he could handle.
It was awhile before we started dating after I came back from Washington. A cute story that my kids liked about their daddy was that Virgie, my sister-in-law, encouraged me to date Lloyd. I had seen him one time sitting in the car when I was walking down the street. I had smiled and waved, and he just looked right ahead. I thought he was just the most stuck up person I had ever been around. I got a job at the AAA office, thanks to Grover D. Smith and my brothers, Hermie and Chalk Altman. In that office I got to know almost every farmer and rancher in the county, plus some in neighboring states. It was during this time that Lloyd and I started dating. I asked Lloyd about the time I saw him in the car. He didn’t remember it! He had been sleeping!
I hope you don’t mind all these little stories, one that our grandkids love follows. My brother and sister-in-law Chalk and Cleo Altman lived in the Jim Thompson house, the place that Roy Bridwell now owns. I was there for one week-end in September, and Lloyd rode his horse Ole’ Smokey up to see me. We were in the front room visiting - no TV - and he asked, What do you want for Christmas?
I replied, “You!” It surprised us both, I think, but it worked. We were married in the Christian Church on June 25, 1944. Lloyd turned twenty-one the week before, and he always joked that he got to be his own boss for one week, but I must say he treated me like a queen all our married life. We went to Alva for our honeymoon on four borrowed tires!! (Remember, this was during the war!) We moved to the ranch and made our home there, living in a little five room house that Earl and Reola Maple had built. Lloyd ran the ranch, and I took care of the home. I fed many ranch hands in my home and enjoyed cooking for them.
Lloyd and I became the proud parents of three children: Cathy, Read and Jan. Cathy is married to Jim Lewien, and they have five children. Read married Jerry Lynn Sterling, and they have three children.
Jan is married to Guy Payne and they have four children. We have twelve grandchildren, ten great grands, and, oh, they are all such fun and have brought so much joy to our lives - love all of them!!!
Besides ranching, Lloyd had rodeo stock. Oh! The stories I could tell about that venture! We learned a lot and got to know so many wonderful people. One night I fed 30 cowboys in the motel room, cooking out of the bathroom.
I have also always like to sew. It paid off when my kids were growing up. I made dresses for the girls and western suits for Jan when she was Miss Oklahoma Northwest. I even got offers from some companies to design them when she spent a week modeling for Tregos and market during the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. I never did, didn’t have time, but I was quite flattered with the offer.
Lloyd had failing health, making it necessary to turn the rodeo business over to the kids. However, this did not keep him at home. So it became necessary to sell the rodeo stock. It was a sad day when the last load left the ranch. They all had personalities and were such a part of our lives. The sale was a heartbreak to us all but was necessary.
Lloyd’s health continued to decline. We went to doctors in five different states to find a cure, but there was to be none. I have been alone for eleven years. Thank God for kids, grandkids, and great grands!!
Again. I say a sincere “Thank You” for choosing me to be Pioneer Queen. I am truly honored!
What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I would like to thank the person, or persons, who nominated me.