Beaver, Ok




Connie Mills

Connie Jolene Mills was born August 3, 1939 in Anthony, Kansas to Howard Richmond and Mary Florence (Cantwell) Slaughter. She graduated high school and she was a homemaker all her life. She has been a resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma since 1960. Connie has been a member of the Baptist Church for 60 plus years. She married Morland Mills in Perryton, Texas on August 16, 1956.

Connie passed on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City at the age of 78.

She is survived by her husband, Morland Mills of Beaver, Oklahoma; her sons, Larry Mills of Great Bend, Kansas and Tim Mills of Las Vegas, Nevada; her daughter, Vicki Yates of Shawnee, Oklahoma; her brothers, Kenny Slaughter, Amarillo, Texas, and Galen Slaughter of Burleson, Texas; her sister, Anita Price of Amarillo, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.



Alfred Overton

Alfred Leo Overton was born on May 8, 1927 and went to his Heavenly Home on March 13, 2018 at the age of 90. He was born in Beaver County, OK to Herbert and Etta (Jackson) Overton. Alfred married Virginia Britton on December 31, 1949. They had 4 children Dana, Carol, Tim and Helen. Virginia passed away in August 1971. Three of the four children were still at home. Without hesitation, he took on the role as both Father and Mother.

Alfred spent most of his life doing two things that he loved, teaching and farming. He was a kind and gentle man that could always find the positive in every situation.

He leaves to mourn his daughter Dana Cole and husband Russ, Carol Belville, Tim Overton and wife Rosa, Helen Walden and husband Dennis. His grandchildren Stacie Hulshof and husband Justin, Scott Cole and wife Becca, Brooke Blanco and husband Richard and Clay Walden and girlfriend Ciera and 10 great grandchildren.




Gene Bergstresser

Gene Darnell Bergstresser, also called "Papa Gene," was born December 7, 1927 in Etowah, Oklahoma. He passed away February 16, 2018 peacefully at the Noble Health Care Center, Noble, OK.

Gene was one of 3 children born to William Karl Bergstresser & Mamie Elizabeth (Hopper) Bergstresser. He was preceded in death by his wife Nora Alice "Pinky" (Stice) Bergstresser, both parents, a brother Mack Elmo Bergstresser and Mack’s wife Dorothy Bergstresser, a brother William "Bill" Kenneth Bergstresser and Bill’s wife Gladys Bergstresser, and brothers-in-law William Howard Stice and John Earl Stice.
Gene is survived by his son Gene Darnell "Darry" Bergstresser, Jr. and wife Cathy of Edmond, OK, and daughter Darlene Yousey and husband Bill of Norman, OK; 3 grandchildren: Aimee Yousey, Sarah Yousey, and Keith Bergstresser; 2 sisters-in-law Jimmie Lou Stice and Dolphine Stice; and several nieces and nephews. Other family members include David and Melissa Clymer; Stephen, Carina, Austin, Aiden and Avery Simpson; and Dean, Amanda, Abriana, and Alexa Koleada.

Gene graduated from Noble High School in 1945, served in the Air Force from 1945 - 1948 at San Antonio, TX at which time he married his soul mate and childhood sweetheart Nora Alice Stice. They were married for 64 years.

Gene earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion from OCU in 1953, A Bachelor’s of Divinity from Bethel College Seminary at McKenzie, TN in 1956, a Master’s of Education in 1970 from Southwestern State University, and a Master’s of Administration from Fresno Pacific.

He pastored many churches in his service to the Lord: Hope, Ok, 1951; Rock Creek, OK 1952-53; Medina, TN and Beech Grove, KY 1954-56; Oak Ridge, TN 1956-1960; Beaver, OK 1960-64; Cordell, OK and Colony, OK 1964-68; and various interim positions including Lindsey, CA, Seminole, OK, and Shawnee, OK.
His educational career began in Tulare, CA where he served for 16 ½ years: starting as a teacher at Garden Elementary School, and then became principal at Garden Elementary School, then Wilson Elementary School.

His love for flying began in Cordell, OK where he attained his license to fly and enjoyed flying for many years.
He and Nora also played in a band called "A Touch of Country and the Bandaides" and "The Farmerville Five Band." He played the fiddle and Nora the bass guitar.

He and Nora returned in June 1984 to Norman, OK and resided there for over 30 years.
A memorial service were held Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, 601 24th Ave SW, Norman, OK. A family grave side service will be held at a later date.




Baldwin, Amy Lee Conant

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, Amy Lee Conant Baldwin, fiancé, mother, daughter, granddaughter and sister, passed away suddenly at the age of 49 years. Amy will be forever remembered by her fiancé Faron Pugh, her children, Kody Martinez, Logan Baldwin, and Dayton "Jake" Evans, her parents, Ernie and Jane (Wyand) Baldwin, her grandmother, Barbara Wyand, and her sister and brother, Sally (Todd) Trippet and Stuart (Laurie) Baldwin. Amy will also be forever remembered by her nieces and nephews and extended family and dear friends. Amy was preceded in death by her father, Robert "Bob" Conant.

A family service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Laverne Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 902, Laverne, Oklahoma 73848.


J.D. Pope was born May 27, 1928 to Oliver & Eunice Pope, southwest of Gate, OK on the family farm.

J.D. attended Gate School and transferred to Laverne Schools.  Before he graduated, he and a friend went to California to join the Army to fight in WWII. They arrived in California just as the war ended, so he missed graduating.  He stayed out in California and worked with an uncle for a little while but soon returned to Oklahoma.

After returning home to the panhandle, J.D. met the love of his life, Carolyn Strong of Beaver.  One fine evening while J.D. and some of his friends were at the picture show at the theater in Beaver, J.D. felt the rain of popcorn from behind him. In order to get his attention, Carolyn was tossing some of her buttered popcorn at the back of his head. It annoyed him so much, that he married her. And it lasted nearly 68 years.  They tied the knot on April 2, 1948.

They began married life in the basement of Carolyn’s parents. They later moved to the Baggerly Ranch south of Beaver, where J.D. worked as ranch hand. On August 13, 1949 they welcomed Gary Gene as their first son, and 2 years later on September 13, 1951 they welcomed a second son, Ronnie Dean.

His brother, Edgar, went out to Colorado where he worked in the Climax Mine. He reported back that he was making pretty good money so J.D., Carolyn and the two boys packed up and moved to Leadville, Colorado for a couple of years where he worked as a miner as well. The miners went on strike so that ended that adventure.

They moved back to the farm west of Laverne, where they raised their family and enjoyed the farm life.  J.D. had various off-of-the-farm jobs, delivering propane for Laverne Farmer’s Coop, worked for Bob Axtell Mining at the Silica Mine outside of Gate. After two consecutive years of having his wheat field hailed out he felt he better take another job. He went to work for Beaver County, District 1 and spent 10 years there driving trucks and was a road grader relief driver for Charlie Bowers. He REALLY enjoyed when he could be Farmer J.D. He put in many long hours, with his wife and sons, many times right there beside him. He also hired some local young men for farm hands when Gary and Ron were off to college. Some were:  Stan Walker, Mikel Hendrick, Dustin McAtee, and Dan Atwood. Those young men have always held a dear spot in the Pope family’s hearts. He had a sharp mechanic mind and could fix just about anything. He was a hard worker. To his delight, Gary moved back to the farm to raise a family. In working together, J.D. would put in a full day’s work at the County and come home and be ready to put in 6 more hours. Gary was ready to quit at five, but J.D. prodded him along. He especially loved having his grandchildren out helping him. The family farm saw many cattle, pigs, goats, chickens, guineas, peacocks, the list could go on. Getting the family together to work the cattle was such a happy time for J.D. and Carolyn. Lots of hard work, but just family working together then eating Carolyn’s big meal was always looked forward to.

J.D. and Carolyn were baptized in the Beaver River north of the farm in 1979, their faith and love of the Lord became the foundation of their life. They lived the example of Christianity.  J.D. and Carolyn enjoyed hosting many friend and church gatherings at their home, serving great food and having fun playing games and just loving the fellowship.

J.D. and Carolyn were instrumental in the beginnings of a new church, the Laverne Community Church. The church was near and dear to their heart, and they attended until they moved to Woodward in 2003. They built a brand new home, and they loved it, but every Sunday they returned to Laverne to go to church and brought out lunch to eat at their farmhouse.

J.D. and Carolyn moved into the Vici Nursing home in 2014 when Carolyn’s health began to fail due to diabetes and a stroke. He went with her, because they just couldn’t be separated. They stayed in the same room, and at any given time, you could walk in and there they would be in their side-by-side recliners holding hands. After Carolyn passed away, February 28, 2016, J.D. moved to Woodward to Providence Place. He enjoyed the home-like atmosphere, but was then able to move back to Laverne and live in Parkview Pointe to be closer to family. His health began to fail and needed more care so he returned to Vici Nursing Home, where he received great care and loving attention from the staff. Nurse Rachel made him feel so special and even after his passing, treated him so lovingly.

After losing Carolyn, J.D. really began to feel he had fulfilled his purpose on Earth and was ready to leave this world to be reunited with his love, his Carolyn.

J.D. departed this life on, Friday, February 23, 2018, in the Vici Nursing Home.

J.D. was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother and his wife, Donald and Peggy Pope.  J.D. leaves as his survivors, sons, Gary and wife Mary Jane, of Laverne, Ronnie and wife Debbie, of Tulsa, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, brother, Edgar Pope and wife, Dee, of Oklahoma City, many cousins, nieces and nephews and innumerable friends.

Memorials can be made in J.D.’s honor to the First Christian Church P.O. Box 358 Laverne, Ok 73848 

Funeral Service was held at the First Christian Church in Laverne, OK at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 and the interment to follow at the Cline-Meridian Cemetery in Beaver County, OK.

Arrangements made by Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home in Laverne, OK. Condolences can be made at


Cecil Woods, Junior died February 25, 2017 at Beaver Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Cecil was born to Cecil Woods, Sr. and Connie Lorraine Woods at Ash Grove, Missouri on May 14, 1939. He is survived by two brothers and two sisters, David and Jean Woods of Willard, Missouri; Dennis and Tawana Woods of Beaver, Oklahoma; Donna and Robert Miller of Neosho, Missouri; and Betty Lucille Lutz of Springfield, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews.

Cecil’s schooling went to junior high. He worked many odd jobs including filling stations, fixing tires and farm work.

Cecil basically lived any and everywhere because he had been everywhere from California to Arkansas. He truly had been everywhere.

He attended First Assembly of God Church of Beaver. Cecil’s favorite hobby was bingo and he loved to play bingo at the nursing home. Most of the time.

Some of the fondest memories of Cecil were his trips to Liberal and cheating on his diabetic diet with strawberry milkshakes and banana splits. The fondest memory of all was when he was baptized at Beaver Memorial Hospital in the walk-in shower using a stock tank and all the preachers of the ministerial fellowship doing the baptism.

He is preceded in death by his father Cecil Woods date of birth unknown his mother Connie Lorraine Woods born November 9, 1921 both of Ash Grove Missouri. Cecil’s father died in 1963, his mother died in 1990. His son Jimmy Woods and his wife Oley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00am at the First Assembly of God in Beaver under the direction of the Beaver County Funeral Home.

Memorial donations made in Cecil’s name may be made to the Beaver County Ministerial Fellowship, P.O. Box 194, Beaver, OK 73932.




Ellen Way

Ellen Viola Way, age 84, passed from this life on January 20, 2018 at Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born June 1, 1933 in Beaver, OK, the daughter of Cecil Marion and Mildred Alta (Peck) Drum.

Ellen departed with peace and grace with her family by her side as the angels accompanied her on her journey to heaven, to be reunited with her soul mate, Lee Roy, of 45 years.

She graduated from Beaver High School, Beaver, OK, in 1951. She was a resident of Liberal for 66 years.

On March 6, 1959 she married Lee Roy Way in Perryton, TX. He died on May 12, 2004.

She was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Liberal. She worked as a volunteer at the Liberal Memorial Library, the Southwest Medical Center Auxiliary, and librarian at Trinity Faith Church and was a homemaker. Ellen was very active in assisting in the raising of her grandchildren

She was a member of Trinity Faith Church in Liberal. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, quilting and reading.

Survivors include:

3 Daughters Belinda McDonald and husband Leonard Liberal, KS

Danita Buchman, Liberal, KS

Sandra Shepard, Satanta, KS

1 Very Beloved Niece

Debbie Greeson, Moscow, KS

6 Grandchildren Amanda Burhenn and husband David, Zachary Buchman and wife Mirella, Sami and husband Jesse Martinez, Rachel and husband Jeremy Valdez, Clint and wife Kaylene Shepard, Cody Buchman and 7 Great Grandchildren Scarlett, Luke, Mackenzie and Sawyer Buchman, GraceLynn and Kayden Shepard and Wyatt Bohanon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Lee Roy Way, 3 Brothers Melvin, Marvin, Dean Drum, 1 Sister Carol Ashby, 1 Brother-in law John Ashby, 1 Sister-in-law Barbara Drum.

Funeral service was 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Trinity Faith Church with Pastor Terry Engler presiding. Burial will be at in the Restlawn Cemetery, Liberal, KS.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Catherine Hospice or Wheatridge Park Care Center in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.




In Loving Memory Of: Billy (Bill) Melton Johnson

Date of Birth: August 20, 1954

Date of Death: January 21, 2018

Graveside Services: Saturday, February 3, 2018 3:00pm Forgan Oklahoma

Final Resting Place: Forgan Cemetery

Billy Melton Johnson age 63, resided in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the past 11 years. He also was a long time resident of Edmond Oklahoma and Forgan Oklahoma. Bill was born to Celia Ann (Stewart) Verhelst and Billy Raymond Johnson on August 20, 1954 In Edmond Oklahoma.

Bill passed away from this life surrounded by his family on Sunday January 21, 2018. Bill worked in the Oilfield for 40 year. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, rodeos and OU football. Bill rode bulls and broncs in many rodeos in his younger years. He married Lisa Murlene Pass on October 24, 1991 in Meade Kansas. Together they have 5 Children.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lisa Johnson of the home in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Son Teal Johnson of Edmond Ok, Daughter Amanda Balbantin and husband Pablo Jr. of Elmore City Ok, Son Billy Kalin Johnson of Edmond Ok, Son Paul Campbell and wife Ashley of Edmond Ok. Brothers: Marion Johnson and wife Connie of San Antonio, TX, Jerry Verhelst of Kyle, TX, Jack Johnson of Forgan, OK, Louis Johnson and wife Crystal of Cresent, Ok, Sisters: Darla Smith and Husband Terry of Tyrone, Ok, Kathy Tisdale and husband Gary of Kingfisher, Ok, Cassandra Seller and husband Tom of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Priscilla Johnson of Edmond, Ok. Step-Mother Janet Sue Johnson of Edmond, Ok. Mother and Father in-law James and Patricia Pass of Meade, Ks, Brother in-law James Dale Pass and wife Denise of Otis Orchards, Washington and Sister in-law Tina Marie Pass-Tacha and husband Milton of Meade, Ks.

Bill’s Grandchildren: (Son Teal’s Children) Dane Blair Warner and Gunner Dean Warner of Edmond, Ok, (Daughter Amanda’s Children) Pablo Balbantin III, Alexandria Marie Balbantin and Victoria Elizabeth Balbantin of Elmore City, Ok. (Son Kalin’s Children) Cassy Marie Staton, Jazzy Rose Marie Staton (Son Paul’s Children) Adalyn Mae Campbell, Aubrey Lynn Campbell, Aiden James Campbell of Edmond, Ok.

He is also survived by a host of Niece’s, Nephew’s, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, Cousin’s, Friend’s and his Boxer (dog) OU.

Bill is Preceded in death by his parents Billy Raymond Johnson and Celia Ann Verhelst, Step-Father Max Verhelst and Daughter Lillie Murlene Campbell and Grandparents Georgia Johnson, Earnest Johnson, Ruby Stewart and Jack Stewart.




Bernard Landon Nine

Bernard Landon Nine was born at home north of Gage OK Dec 19, 1923. He just turned 94 years old and was still feeding cattle most every day and often bought a few cattle at the sale. His parents were BJ and Edna and his older brothers were Raymond and Kenneth. Bernard graduated in 1940 from Laverne and attended Panhandle College for 5 days. His advisor said if you will stick around I will make a farmer or rancher out of you so he decided he might as well go home to learn that. As a 14 and 15 year old kid he worked 2 summers for Arch McGuire for one dollar a day. Then ran cattle with his dad and later himself.

One childhood memory of his was the English teacher thought he copied from Fritz Wheeler and Evelyn Rolf. That was not the truth – "the truth was Fritz and I had both copied off of her." My brothers and I hunted coyotes with a horse and dog for 10 years.

Bernard first met his wife roller skating. He skated up by her as a young girl and said when you grow up I want to go with you. They later married at the Fairview Methodist Church near Slapout and have been married over 69 years.

He rode a horse most all his life and would ride his horse to church 4 miles and if he had enough money he would go by Slapout to get something to eat. He rodeoed 4 or 5 years with Oden Shepard, Earl Alley, and Pauli Bentley. Once he entered a rodeo at Dodge City and his part of the winnings was $11.25. He felt rich as that was 2 weeks worth of work. He and his brothers once bought a box of cherry chocolates for his Mom but the temptation was too great so by the time they got home to give it to her they had eaten the bottom layer, but still looking like it was full. The family had 1 pickup for 2 adults and 3 boys to share. The highlight as a kid was hoping to go to Laverne on a Saturday night to the drugstore and theater. He has always had a love for sports but with the family having only one pickup, he didn’t get to play sports in high school. However he played softball for many years and also coached the women’s softball. He played tennis in his cowboy boots with one year winning with his partner Delvin Jett. He also played horseshoes at Slapout on Sunday.

Some of his fondest memories were gathering cattle with his good friend Kenneth Pinkard. When asked about his kids he said he had 2 boys and 2 girls – spoiled as could possibly be, with eleven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He said he would have bought more land when it was ten dollars per acre, but couldn’t borrow the money to buy it. When he asked if he had accomplished all his dreams he said not quite I still like to run cattle. When asked what legacy do you leave behind? He said Methodist church and hope all of his family is interested in church and honest. The biggest part of Bernard’s life was spent feeding cattle but he and Phyllis always made time for their grandkids sports and events.

Preceding him in death was his parents, Ben & Edna Nine and his 2 brothers, Raymond Nine and Kenneth Nine, and a granddaughter Hallie Ann Nine.

Survivors- wife Phyllis, of the home, 4 children and spouses, 11 grandchildren & their spouses, 14 great grandchildren, and many friends and family.

Memorials made to Fairview Methodist Church Rt. 1 Box 355, Laverne, OK 73848

Funeral Services were held Saturday, January 6, at the Fairview Methodist Church, Interment was at Madison Cemetery

Arrangements made by Myatt-Laverne Funeral Home


Michael William Cassingham

Michael William Cassingham was born on January 11th 1966 in Beaver, Oklahoma. He worked with the State Capitol Patrol as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer for 22 years. He also worked in the Oilfield for 7 years and recently started his own trucking company. His greatest achievement was when he received his Pilot’s License. His proudest moment was when he was named Trooper of the Year in 2003. His hobbies included playing golf, team roping, the rodeo, scuba diving, playing pool, flying and spending time with friends. Michael also had a love for high school and college football. He was also a member of Life Church. He is preceded in death by his father Billy Edward Cassingham.

January 11, 1966 - December 21, 2017

He is survived by his mother Donna Lea Bowles, wife Nikki Lynn Cassingham, son Jesse Bill Cassingham from Seymour Texas, stepdaughter Taylor Schwarz from Oklahoma City, stepson Colton Schwarz from Oklahoma City and granddaughter Izzy Ochoa. He also leaves behind his brother Gary Cassingham and spouse Cindy Cassingham from Noble, Oklahoma and his stepbrothers Travis Bowles and spouse Laura Bowles, David Bowles, Nathan Jones and spouse Laura Jones, Zachary Jones and spouse Natalie Jones, Christopher Desper and spouse Stefany Desper, Brock Jones and Spouse Kari Jones and stepsister Justine McFarland and spouse Tim McFarland.




Reba Mae Reed Reddick was born on the family farm on County Line, Beaver, OK January 15,1924 and was deliverd by Dr. Smith from Booker, TX. She passed away at the Beaver County Memorial Hospital November 15, 2017 at the age of 93 years and 10 months. She had been in failing health for the past 10 months.

Reba was the oldest of six children born to George and Inez Phelps Reed. She lived her entire life in Beaver County with the exception of of time the family lived in Arkansas from 1931 through 1934. Returning to Beaver in 1934, the family farmed and raised cattle and hogs. Reba was a hard worker all of her life and spent her childhood working on the farm alongside her Daddy milking cows & raising chickens & geese . She attended the Balko schools where she graduated May of 1941. Reba was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1948.

On August 18, 1945 Reba married Fred Keith Reddick in Liberal, KS, a marriage that lasted 68 years. They lived on Six Mile Creek before moving to Beaver in 1947. They had two daughters, Sharon Lynn in 1946 and Shirley Anne in 1950. Reba was a homemaker most of her life while the girls were growing up, but did work in the Beaver School cafeteria for 10 years, a job she enjoyed working alongside lifelong friends. She left that job to enjoy time with her grandkids. She also worked alongside Fred driving the tractor, feeding cattle and milking cows. She continued her love of raising chickens. She & Fred owned and operated the Big Boy Motel from 1980 to 1987.

Reba was preceeded in death by her parents, husband, Fred, a sister, Madge, two brothers , Junior and Billy Bob, grandaughter April Lynn Latta, and son-in-law, Rex Shafer.

Survivors include her daughter Sharon Latta and husband Mike of Fargo, OK and Shirley Walter and husband Bob of Turpin, OK; four grandchildren Spencer Priest, Dyson Priest, Rachel Jones and Jake Latta; 13 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sisters Jean Peckham and Vera Reed; sisters-in-law Evelyn Shadden, Roberta Reddick, Rita Royce Reed, Bessie Hanusosky, nieces and nephews; and very special friend, James Law who was like a son and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 3 at the First Presbyterain Church with Rev. Jim Reeves and Rev Fred Huff officiating. The family suggests donations be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Beaver County Historical Society or Charity of your choice.




Brad William Hamilton

Brad William Hamilton was born on August 7, 1983, at Oklahoma City’s Baptist Medical Center and passed away on November 25, 2017. His parents are Joe and Kerry Hamilton of Knowles, Oklahoma.

Brad lived all of his life in Knowles graduating from Beaver High School and attending Oklahoma State University for three years. He was very proud of his Cheyenne-Arapaho heritage.

While in high school Brad met the love of his life, Stefani. They were married in 2009 and shared sixteen wonderful years together. Two of his proudest accomplishments are his children Nolan(almost 4) and Emma (2).

He was a family man whose home was full of family, friends, laughter, and life. He cherished his wife Stefani, and adored Nolan and Emma. Any spare moment he had was enjoying his wife and children, playing games, reading to the kids, grilling for dinner, driving out with the family to check fields and cattle, and taking his children riding on field equipment whenever he could. He loved family, farming, and working. He also enjoyed camping, rebuilding old wood stoves, and recreational shooting.

He is thankful for all of his farm, community, and lifetime friends. He was preceded in death by his biological mother, Jacquita Warner, paternal grandmother and father, Bill and Fern Hamilton; and his maternal grandmother, Jimmie Jeanne Pipkin. He is survived by his wife Stefani, two children, Nolan and Emma, Knowles, OK; and sister, Linsey, Albuquerque; Brad was adopted as a baby and is grateful to his grandmother Lucille Todd, Calumet, and the Warner family, Midwest City.

In lieu of flowers, The Hamilton Family Memorial College Fund is in trusted to First Security Bank, PO Box 947, Beaver, OK 73932.

Funeral Services were at Laverne First United Methodist Church, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Interment at Knowles Cemetery, Knowles, Oklahoma.

Arrangements made by Myatt – Laverne Funeral Home 412 S. Broadway, Laverne, OK 73848.


December 1, 2017


Ralph Carr Gregory Jr. was born on December 2, 1937 to Ralph and Ellen Gregory in Elmwood, Oklahoma. He grew up helping on the family farm, plowing the fields and exploring the canyons and hills with his dogs and horses. He graduated from Balko High.

Ralph met his sweetheart, Wanda Joy Clark, in Perryton, Texas, just across the state line. He proposed at a drive-in movie. They were married on August 18,1959.

After studying engineering for 3 years, Ralph found his passion in architecture. He finished his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Oklahoma State University in 1964 and took a job with W. C. Kruger & Associates in Albuquerque. He moved his young family to Juneau in 1966 to seek adventure and work for Linn A. Forrest & Associates. He received his Alaska Architectural Registration in 1967. Other work experience included Olsen & Sands in Juneau and Francis B. Mayer, Architect in Anchorage. In 1970 Ralph moved to Ketchikan as an associate with Graham Associates until 1981 when he started his own architectural practice. He moved to Eagle River in 2006 and retired in 2010. He worked on the design of many buildings around the state including the State Court and Office Building, US Post Office, Ketchikan Cultural Heritage Center, and the Anchorage International Airport. His last major project was the Ketchikan Indian Community Health Clinic. Ralph also donated large amounts of professional time and energy to churches and his family.

As Mayor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for two terms from 1984 to 1990, Ralph contributed to the development of his community through local politics. He was also active in the Whale Pass Home Owners Association. His family still owns the Whale Pass beach cabin, which he built.

The great Alaskan wilderness was always spellbinding to Ralph. He also loved writing, sketching, music, photography, marksmanship, and spending time with family. He was a man of great faith.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joy Gregory of Eagle River, daughters Paige Van Wie of Pullman Washington, Saree Gregory of Spokane, Washington, Shanna Ladd, of Houston, Alaska, and Tabitha Gregory of Valdez. Grandchildren are Josh Van Wie, Nate Ladd, Peter Van Wie, Jessica Ladd, Beth Van Wie, Jacob Timmons, Will Timmons, and Annetta Van Wie. The great grandchildren are Jared Ladd, Derek Ladd, Jaden Van Wie, and Ariko Joy Van Wie. He is also survived by his sister Amelia Cowan of Balko, Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Ellen Gregory and his brother George Gregory.

Ralph passed away on November 14, 2017 at his home in Eagle River after a short battle with cancer. A viewing was held at the Eagle River Funeral Home. He was interred at the Anchorage Memorial Park, and a memorial service was held at the Community Covenant Church.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to your favorite charity.


Donnie Eccles was born July 10, 1944 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Paul and Mona Eccles. Donnie attended a small country school in his younger years until his family moved to Booker, Texas.

There he helped his dad with the dairy and family farm. He graduated from Booker High School in 1963. Some of his best memories were of his High School Football team that went undefeated. Many of the team members still stay in touch and remain close friends.

After graduation He attended college at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas where he pursued his bull riding career.

In 1965 he met Vickie Lawrence and they were married in the fall of that year. Two years later they had their first daughter, Shannon. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Beaver where Donnie worked for Lloyd Barby and continued to ride bulls. In 1970 their second daughter, Gena, was born. These were some of their favorite years, being with friends and traveling to rodeos. That same year Donnie began his contract pumping job which he continued for 47 years.

Donnie enjoyed fishing trips with his uncle and brothers. He loved his years of riding bulls and then later in life both he and Vickie loved raising and hauling bulls.

His greatest love was his love for the Lord and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He loved sharing Bible verses with his children and grandchildren, and would even have family bible studies and let the grandkids pick the verses to discuss. He instilled a strong faith within each one of them. He even told his grandkids when he fought cancer, "Do not let this situation cause you to lose your faith."

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mona Eccles.

Donnie passed on November 20, 2017 in Harper County, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his wife Vickie; two daughters, Shannon and Sam Mitchell of Beaver, Gena and Jason Dupus of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Four grandchildren, Kaylee and Bo DeBose of Yukon, Oklahoma, Jodi and Tayler Eagan of Laverne, Oklahoma, Reese Mitchell and Michaela Goertzen of Alex, Oklahoma and Isabella Dupus of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and two great-granddaughters, Blakely Eagan of Laverne, Oklahoma and MaeBelle Mitchell of Alex, Oklahoma, one older brother, Larry and Joan Eccles of Pampa, Texas and a twin brother Ronnie and Sheila Eccles of Pampa, Texas and a host of family and friends.

Funeral Services for Donnie Eccles were held Saturday, November 25, 2017 in the Beaver First Christian Church. Interment was in the Pioneer Cemetery, Beaver, Oklahoma. Arrangements were by Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.


November 2, 2017


Harold Lee Curtis, 81 year old resident of Gate, OK lost his battle with Parkinson’s on Monday Oct 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Gate Friends Church with Rev. Mike Mahaffey officiating. Interment will follow at the Gate Cemetery.

Harold was born 2 1/2 miles southwest of Gate in his grandparents’ home at the McLeod farm Dec. 6, 1935 to Eldred and Juanita (McLeod) Curtis. He was joined three years later by his sister Carol Joan.

He attended and graduated from Gate school, except for one semester in high school where he played football in Follett, Texas. After graduation Harold went to Draughns Business College in Amarillo, Texas and studied Telegraphy. After graduating, he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad with most of his time spent at the AY Tower in Kansas City. Then he enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1954 serving his country during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Phillip Destroyer as Head Radioman. He cruised on the destroyer for 3 years and 8 months alongside the U.S.S Philippine Sea Aircraft Carrier as part of a Hunter-Killer Group from 1954 to 1958. He was honorably discharged in July 1958.

Harold loved playing baseball. In high school, he was a pitcher for the American Legion Ball team at Beaver for 2 years and the Follett, Texas town team. In the Navy, he was a catcher on his ships softball team and while in port at Pearl Harbor on the Navy Coast Guard League. When on a furlough, Harold and Lila Fern Heglin were married March 26, 1956. They shared 61 years and 6 months of marriage and three children- Leilani Sue, Craig Lee, and Brent Wayne.

When Harold returned home, he attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva, OK from 1958-1961. With 13 hours remaining to complete his degree, he was appointed Rural Mail Carrier at Gate, OK. Then after 37 years of public service, Harold retired April 3, 1993, and began full time farming and ranching. He also served on the Gate Fire Dept. and retired after 20 years.

The Gate Methodist Church was his home church. He loved singing and sang for many funerals and some weddings. Even after the Parkinson’s had affected his voice, he could still sing along with the radio in the car and with his daughter, Leilani.

Harold and Lila loved watching sports year round, whether it was at the high school, college or professional level. They were avid fans and faithful followers of their grandkids and nieces and nephews. Harold always looked forward to a good card game with family, especially during the holidays. Even in the last week of his life, he enjoyed watching games on TV with his son Craig, and beating his granddaughter one last time in a pitch game.

Harold was preceded in death by son Brent, parents Eldred and Juanita, sister Carol and brother-in-law Lester Priest, father and mother-in-law Bud and Hazel Heglin and brother-in-law Dale.

He is survived by his wife Lila Fern, daughter Leilani Carlisle and husband Don, son Craig Curtis, grandson Trey and wife Amy, Jordi, K’dawn and husband Britt, Hartly, and Nikki. Great grandchildren Jax, Dean, Cal, Sage, and Sonny. Friend and brother-in-law Robert and wife Tereasa. He had a special love for his nieces and nephews and Cousins Van, Jovetta, and Janell .

Memorials may be given to the Gate Methodist Church PO Box 84 Gate, OK 73844 or the Gate Cemetery Rt. 1 Box 22 Gate, OK 73844



Forrest Lee (Kirk/Wally) Kuykendall, age 69, after battling several illnesses, passed away at his home on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Forrest was born July 15, 1948, in Beaver, to Lloyd Lee Kuykendall and Violet Mae (McCaughtry) Kuykendall. He was a proud member of the Carnegie High School class of ‘66. Shortly after graduating high school, he enlisted in the US Navy, and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.

While stationed in Corpus Christi, he met Beth (Plendl) Kuykendall. They married on September 14, 1973. After his retirement from the Navy, he worked 19 years as a civilian electronics technician and eventually retired from L-3.

In retirement, Kirk spent many weekends selling his favorite plan, the Desert Rose, at local market days. He loved to hunt, collect guns, knives and antique cars. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooners and San Antonio Spurs fan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Violet Kuykendall, sister Etta Kuykendall, and nephew, Jeremy Chiddix. He is survived by his wife Beth, nephews, John Haley (Mechille), Darryl Haley, and niece, Jennifer Topliff (Adam), as well as four great-nephews and two great-nieces.

The family is planning a memorial service to be held November 4.


Leah Peil Nelson, the middle child of seven, was born March 15, 1928, to David and Pauline (Born) Peil on the family farm 9 ½ miles southwest of Darrouzett, Texas.

She was baptized into the Christian faith, confirmed, and married in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lipscomb, Texas, which later merged with the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Darrouzett, Texas, in which she was an active member until her death on October 2, 2017.

Leah served her Lord by singing in the choir; teaching children and adult Sunday School and Bible School; serving on Alter Guild, L.C.W., support committee, and church council; and serving as financial secretary for fifteen years.

Through the third grade, Leah attended Third Creek School, which was three miles from her home. She continued grades 4 through 12 at Darrouzett High School. Due to being badly burned in July 1944 at age 16, she was unable to attend her senior year and graduated in 1946. She then attended Droughn’s Business College in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1947, taking a six-month business course.

Leah married Kenneth Carl Nelson on September 27, 1953. He was the answer to her prayer that God give her a farmer for a husband. They lived on the family farm in Beaver County Oklahoma where Kenneth was born. They were blessed with three children: Mellanie Ellen born September 14, 1954; Lorinda Lee born November 30, 1957; and Kevin Carl born June 30, 1960.

After the death of her husband on October 13, 2001, Leah continued living on the farm until March 2011 where she then went to live at the Beaver County Nursing Home.

Remaining to remember her are her children and grandchildren: Mellanie Ellen and Jerry LeBaron of Newkirk, OK; their children Keith Michael of Norman, Philip Kent and wife Halleluiah of Newalla, Brian Paul of Norman, and Rachel Kathryn of Newkirk; Lorinda Lee and Bruce Walker; their children Amber Nicole and Aliesha Danielle, and great granddaughter, Ayva Noelle of Amarillo, TX; and Kevin Carl and Danna Nelson of Beaver; their children Ryan Carl of Sharon-Mutual and Zachary Keith and wife Emilee Nelson of Edmond.







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.