Beaver, Ok


Cheryl Lynn Greenlee

Cheryl Lynn Greenlee, born February 28th, 1949 to Doyne E. Bell-Zimmerman and Lyndol E. Zimmerman in Hoxie, KS, departed this life on April 12, 2019 at her home in Beaver, OK. Cheryl was a longtime nurse, having graduated from nursing school in 1981. Nursing was at the core of her personality and being and brought significant joy to her life. She provided love to everyone she encountered until the day of her passing. She worked for the hospitals in Meade, KS and Beaver, OK. Ultimately, she settled at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, KS where she served patients for more than 25 years before retiring in December 2015. She was adored by the patients she cared for over the years. The number of former patients who have approached the family about how she saved their or a family member’s life is far too many to count.

   Cheryl married her husband Max Greenlee in Beaver, Oklahoma on June 28, 1980 and they lived together with four children. Her family was the most important thing in the world to her, and she would have moved mountains for them if necessary. Her grandchildren’s favorite memories of her are when she put on red lipstick and kissed all over their faces leaving lip marks. Although they may not have liked it at the time, it is now one of their fondest memories. She loved working in her garden and always had an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. She enjoyed crafting and often showed her jewelry at local art shows. She loved making people happy with her designs and created each piece with love and dedication.

   She is survived by her husband Max Greenlee of Beaver, OK, her children Shawn Robison and wife Jennifer of Ada, OK, Mark Robison and wife Becky of Forgan, OK, Kimberly Pierce of Beaver, OK, and Karen Greenlee of Woodward, OK, brother Bob Zimmerman of Longview, TX and sister Nancy Zimmerman of Phoenix, AZ, her grandchildren Drew Pierce and Grady Conrad of Norman, OK, Shayla Greenlee of Mounds, OK, Cort Pierce and wife Kendra of Woodward, OK, Jaden Pierce of Beaver, OK, Kimberley Vandergrift of Stillwater, OK, and Austin and Tyler Vandergrift of Ada, OK, niece Amber Zimmerman and her daughters Abigail and Ashleih of Longview, TX, and nephew Jason Zimmerman of Longview, TX. She is also survived by the newest love of her life, her great-granddaughter Kenlee Pierce of Woodward, OK. and a host of other relatives and friends.


Leta Lorene Miller

Leta Lorene Miller, age 85, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born August 6, 1933, at Natoma, KS the daughter of Paul and Stella (Pruter) Doty.

She attended Natoma High School, Natoma, KS.

While attending her sister’s wedding she met Kenneth Ellsworth Miller. They were married on December 22, 1950 in Natoma, KS. While living in the Natoma area they had three daughters; Kenna, Leta, and Marsha. Kenny’s job took them to Turpin, OK and in 1960 they had their fourth daughter, Paula.

Lorene worked in the Turpin School for years in the cafeteria and as a custodian. After retiring from the school she returned to help when teachers were out and in the detention room. She loved being around the kids at school. There were occasions she went above and beyond by offering to buy kids winter clothes and food. Kids brightened her days. She was blessed with 14 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren. She loved each of them and her relationship with them has left memories for each of them.

Survivors include, four daughters: Kenna McNeil and husband Benny Liberal, KS; Leta Mikles and husband Larry Turpin, OK; Marsha Adkins and husband Dennis Hallsville, MO; Paula Adams Ft. Worth, TX; one brother Arvin Doty and wife Lois Natoma, KS; one sister Karen Armbister and husband Curt Wichita, KS; 14 grandchildren Melanie McCoy, Shawnna Moses, Caleb McNeil, Heath McNeil, Amy Giessel, Clint Nickeson, Blake Mikles, Brittany Schwarz, Nikki Mikles, Brock Adkins, Ashley Wyer, Garth Adkins, Kendra Ratzlaff and Cassie Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service were 2 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at Turpin High School Auditorium with John Moses and Pastor Dennis Finch presiding. Burial was in the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, OK.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Turpin Fire Department or St. Catherine Hospice in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.


Mike DouglasMcDonald

Mike Douglas McDonald was born January 15, 1962 to Joe and Anna Fairlene McDonald in Woodward, Oklahoma. He passed from this life to his eternal home on April 1, 2019 in Beaver, Oklahoma surrounded by family. He had one older brother, Mark, and one younger brother, Brent.

His early school years were spent in Kansas and North Carolina before settling in Balko, Oklahoma where he graduated high school in 1980. While in high school, he was an active member in FFA where he enjoyed showing animals and was also a standout athlete competing in football, basketball, and track. His first year of college he attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University and then transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play quarterback for the Ranger Football Team. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1984 and soon after made his home in Beaver, Oklahoma. He began building the successful business of M&Z Consultants with lifelong friend and business partner, Dennis Zimmerman. Mike served his community as a member of Rotary Club, City Board Member, First Security Bank Board Member, Panhandle Telephone Board Member, and was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church where he was saved at an early age. His love of sports led him to spend many hours improving the Duster athletic facilities and coaching his daughters on the softball field and basketball court.

Mike met his lifelong best friend and soulmate, Shelly, in January 1991 and the two were married shortly thereafter on September 28, 1991 in Beaver, Oklahoma. This union was blessed with three daughters, Tara, Devry, and Anna. Mike was most known for his love for family and his legacy will always live on in his grandchildren-Jaxon, Oakley, Karlee, Kasen, Mikel & Jakoby Hastings, Emersyn Hardin & Landyn Lusk, & Rigley Mikah Bridwell. Mike’s most treasured memories were those spent with his family fishing, hunting, golfing and relaxing at the lake.

Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents and parents, Joe and Anna Fairlene. He is survived by his wife, Shelly, of their home, daughter Tara and husband Patrick & their children of Ponder, TX, daughter Devry and husband Brad & their daughters of Plano, TX, & daughter Anna and her husband Jacob & their daughter of Beaver, OK. Brother Mark and his wife Cara of Beaver, Brother Brent of Sharon, OK, Sister-in-law Jacque and husband Charlie of Fairview, OK. Mother-in-law Linda Cash of Vici, OK, very close friends, Scott and Kellie Richerson of Stillwater, OK. A host of nieces and nephews, and tons of friends.

Mike’s most precious legacy he leaves for his family is his love for the Lord and being faithful in the service of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Toby Keith Foundation (Research Foundation for Childhood Cancer) or First Baptist Church of Beaver, OK.

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or mail a check to 818 NE 8th Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104

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PO Box 6 Beaver, OK 73932

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Lawrence Clark Reiswig

Lawrence Clark Reiswig was born in Oklahoma City, OK, in 1952 to Ralph and Ester M. (Stagner) Reiswig, and raised primarily on a farm outside Beaver, OK. He entered eternity on April 1, 2019 after a 16-year battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He worked faithfully as a USPS rural mail carrier in Greeley, Colorado for thirty years. He was an avid snow skier and boater who also enjoyed camping and flying stunt kites. He was a beloved soccer coach for many years. Lawrence loved life, and lived it with joy. He will be remembered for his big smile and bigger laugh.  
Lawrence is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Lancaster) Reiswig, his sons, Matthew (Kristin) Reiswig and Marty (Jaclyn) Reiswig, and seven grandchildren.
Lawrence served as a passionate volunteer in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network (DIAN) study, in the hopes of someday defeating the disease. Due to his advocacy and value as a research subject, his story has appeared in articles by Reuters and the New York Times, as well as in the documentary Untangling Alzheimer’s (currently on Netflix), and he will be featured in the upcoming documentary Brains Under Siege. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to the DIAN study in Lawrence’s memory at



Leta Lorene Miller
Leta Lorene Miller , age 85, died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Wheatridge Park Care Center in Liberal, KS. She was born August 6, 1933, at Natoma, KS the daughter of Paul and Stella (Pruter) Doty.
She attended Natoma High School, Natoma, KS.
While attending her sister’s wedding she met Kenneth Ellsworth Miller. They were married on December 22, 1950 in Natoma, KS. While living in the Natoma area they had three daughters; Kenna, Leta, and Marsha. Kenny’s job took them to Turpin, OK and in 1960 they had their fourth daughter, Paula.
Lorene worked in the Turpin School for years in the cafeteria and as a custodian. After retiring from the school she returned to help when teachers were out and in the detention room. She loved being around the kids at school. There were occasions she went above and beyond by offering to buy kids winter clothes and food. Kids brightened her days. She was blessed with 14 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren. She loved each of them and her relationship with them has left memories for each of them.
Survivors include
4 Daughters Kenna McNeil and husband Benny Liberal, KS
Leta Mikles and husband Larry Turpin, OK
Marsha Adkins and husband Dennis Hallsville, MO
Paula Adams Ft. Worth, TX
1 Brother Arvin Doty and wife Lois Natoma, KS
1 Sister Karen Armbister and husband Curt Wichita, KS
14 Grandchildren Melanie McCoy, Shawnna Moses, Caleb McNeil, Heath McNeil, Amy Giessel, Clint Nickeson, Blake Mikles, Brittany Schwarz, Nikki Mikles, Brock Adkins, Ashley Wyer, Garth Adkins, Kendra Ratzlaff and Cassie Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 Brothers and 2 Sisters.
Funeral service were 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at Turpin High School Auditorium, Turpin, OK with John Moses and Pastor Dennis Finch presiding. Burial will be in the Pioneer Cemetery in Beaver, OK.
Visitation was be from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Brenneman Funeral Home.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Turpin Fire Department or St. Catherine Hospice in care of the Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family web page at


Janice Kay Hindman Baron
Janice Kay Hindman Baron
Kay Hindman Baron passed away On Friday, March 8, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. She was born to Fred and Nora Hindman on March 30, 1945 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In 1957 the family moved to Beaver, Oklahoma where her father was with the SCS and her mother was a teacher. Kay graduated from Beaver High School in 1963. After graduation, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas then transferred the University of Oklahoma where she received her BS in Nursing. She also received her MS in Public Health Administration from OU. Kay worked for St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City for many years.
In August of 1968 she married Robert Baron of Oklahoma City. To this union two daughters were born, Amy and Diana. After her daughters were in college, Kay worked across the country as a traveling home healthcare nurse. She had the opportunity to live in many places, but Oklahoma was always her home.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Leland Barby, and her second husband Jeffery Gedeon. Kay is survived by her daughters, Diana Baron of Washington D.C. and Amy Baron of Bangkok, Thailand and her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Alex Martal of Apache Junction, Arizona. She also leaves behind two nieces, a nephew and many friends.

Steve Holt, 50, of Canadian left this world on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Lubbock surrounded by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Friday, March 15, 2019 at The River Ministries. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Steve was born May 30, 1968 in Chicago and was raised and loved by Lois Mackey and Harold Holt. He worked over 30 years in the oilfield industry and his most recent job was at Seaboard Farms. Steve had many hobbies which included cooking, jamming to music, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his friends and family. He was a man of fashion in many ways. Steve was a caring person and was loved by all. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Mackey and her husband Jim; father, Harold Holt; brother, Florian Holt; son, Chockey Thomas; and his best friend Kevin Bodkin.
Survivors include his nine grandchildren, Ally, Geoge, Paige, Alexia, Brooklyn, Rayne, Jocelyn, Kadyn, and Dace; daughter, Terri Ansted and Chanse Maly of Enid, OK; three sons, Asa Holt of Elk City, OK, Rebel Holt, and Rowdy Holt and Miranda Fishback all of Enid, OK; his girlfriend, Katrina Adcock and her children April Sonnier and James Sonnier all of Canadian; Terri’s mother, Michelle Holt of Waka; Asa’s mother, Jodi Wright of Beaver, OK; Chockey’s mother, Cissy Mills of Perryton; Rebel and Rowdy’s mother, Cody Miller of Oklahoma City, OK; and numerous other family members and friends.



Cletus L. Carter, 78, of Forgan, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 surrounded by the comfort of his family.

Cletus was born August 2, 1940 in Liberal, KS to Arthur L. Carter and Thelma “Nub” Eden.  He was a lifelong resident of Beaver County, Oklahoma.  He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Forgan High School.  He married the love of his life Deborah Beebe on June 1, 1958 in Forgan.  They lived and worked together, almost inseparable, for over 60 years.

Cletus pursued higher education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Panhandle State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma, and further continued doctoral studies in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Oklahoma.  He proudly served in the Army ROTC and competed on the ROTC rifle team.

After college, he followed his aspiration in life to be an educator.  He became a high school science teacher at Beaver High School.  During his tenure at Beaver High School, he was responsible for the inception of Girls Track & Field Programs in high schools across the State of Oklahoma, and consequently became Beaver’s first girls track coach.  Additionally, he coached high school basketball and football, and to this day is still known as “Coach Carter” to many in his community.  During this time in his life, he also was an active member of the Young Jaycees.

In 1970, Cletus returned to the farm and began helping his father with the family business.  Throughout the years, he formed the family businesses of Carter Farms, Carter Enterprises, Triple C Cattle Company, and High Plains Grass Seeds.  He served on both the Beaver County and the Northwest Oklahoma Community Development Councils.  He was a Member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, a Member of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, and he contributed 20 years to Oklahoma State University’s test plot program.

Although he returned to farming, he continued his constant involvement in education. He was an avid supporter of Forgan High School, its athletics programs, and served as President of the Forgan School Board. Throughout the years, he established the Oklahoma Rural Entrepreneur Action Learning program in high schools across the State of Oklahoma.  He served as Director of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Foundation.  He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council in Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.  As a donor, he was instrumental in developing the Oklahoma State University Research Center.

Cletus was extremely passionate about the rural cooperative movement. Since 1977 until his passing, he served on the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, where he rose through the ranks of TCEC, eventually serving as President of the Board and representing TCEC at the State and National levels. 

In 1993, he joined the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives serving as Secretary, Vice-President, and was unanimously elected as President in 1999.  He served on numerous OAEC committees and in 2011 he served as the very first chairman of OAEC’s newly established External Communications Committee.  During his time at OAEC, he was elected by the Board as a representative at the National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, where he traveled rural America supporting and educating rural electric cooperatives. 

In 2000, Cletus joined the board of directors for National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. He served as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and in 2006 was elected as President of the Board.  He also served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Corporate Relations Committee. 

In 2009, he was appointed by the Obama Administration as the Chairman of the Farm Service Agency Committee for the State of Oklahoma and served two terms under the Presidential Administration. 

Cletus dedicated his life to serving rural America and has made a lasting impression on a nationwide community of rural cooperatives, farming and ranching communities, education, and athletics programs. He loved his community and was a compassionate and selfless man who touched the heart of everyone he met.  He had a gift for leadership and inspired people everywhere.  He was a strong supporter the U.S. Marine Corps, the Oklahoma State University girls basketball program, the Seward County Community College basketball program, as well as the science programs at both schools. 

He was a lifelong member of the Forgan United Methodist Church. 

He was preceded in death by parents Arthur and Thelma Carter, daughter Deedra Carter and sister Rochelle Carter Gardner.  He is survived by his loving wife Deborah Carter; son Todd Carter & wife Feliza of Liberal, KS; son Troy Carter & wife Jill of Forgan; daughter Tisha Carter of Hermeray, France; sister Iva Dene Carter McCleary, of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren Elizabeth Taylor, Cassandra Van Noy, Lindsey Fields, Robert Vargas, Kodie Newsom, Shantel Vargas, and Tanner Carter; his nieces and nephew; six great-grandchildren; and his beloved extended family, Mario & Carmen Jaquez of Forgan and their children Ivan, Alex and Iris. 

A memorial service will be March 2, 2019, 2 p.m. at the Forgan United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends directly after the service at the Golden Agers in Forgan.  A private family interment will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Seward County Community College’s Carter Science Foundation or the United Methodist Church of Forgan.  Please memo donations “In Memory of Cletus L. Carter.”  


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 28, 2019
Location: Forgan Baptist Church

Virgil Wright was born to Walter and Nora (Riggs) Wright on May 25, 1944 in Beaver, Oklahoma. He was the third of ten children.

As a child he lived in Beaver, Forgan and Keyes, Oklahoma. As a teenager his family moved to Huntsville, Arkansas.

Virgil followed the wheat harvest for several years with Kyle Coats crew from Plains, Kansas.

While working for Campbell Soup Company in Fayetteville, Arkansas he met and married Mary Leona Burrows. They celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary October 3, 2016.

To this union was born a son, William Tony Wright on July 22, 1967 and a daughter on May 19, 1972.

Virgil was baptized in the Jordan River June 21, 1983 while on a Holy Land Tour.

Virgil loved trucking and was an over-the-road truck driver for Cawood Produce in Springdale, Arkansas. He then moved to Forgan and worked for Nichols Water Service for several years. Later he was owner operator of Wright Dirt Construction in Forgan, Oklahoma which he operated for seven years. Next he bought a Semi-Truck and Flatbed trailer and leased to Cheetah Transportation as an owner-operator.

His last trucking job was hauling milk from dairies to points all over the United States for Milk Transport Service out of Syracuse, Kansas.

Virgil is survived by his wife, Mary, son, Tony and wife, Cheryl, and daughter, Lena all of Forgan, Oklahoma. His six grandchildren, Kristen Tatum and husband Skyler of Edmond, OK., Samantha Wright of Norman, OK., Cami Stahly Bartels of Beaver, OK., Bryce Stahly, Trey Wright and Conner Stahly all of Forgan, OK. Also four great-grandchildren, Alexandria Bartels, Korbin Tatum, Savannah Bartels, and Oliver Tatum.

Also surviving is five brothers and one sister: Victor Wright, and wife Barbara of Forgan, OK., Jerry Wright of Joplin, MO., Darrel Wright of Forgan, OK., Jack Wright and wife Karen of Sedalia, MO., Mark Wright and wife Lottie of Forgan, OK and Beth Cramer and husband Jerry White of Forgan, OK.

Preceding him in death was his parents, two brothers; Vernon and John Wright and one sister; Velta (Wright) McGaugh.



Dianna Mason

Memorial services for Dianna Mason will be Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church in in Enid, Ok. Viewing and visitation will be Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

Dianna Mason went to be with her Lord & Savior on February 17, 2019 at Greenbrier Nursing Center. She was born in Quinlan, Oklahoma on July 27, 1938 to Ray & Betty Witcher. Her father was a Santa Fe Depot agent and her mom was a grade school librarian.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bob Witcher.

She is survived by her husband, Harry of Enid, Oklahoma; two daughters: Cheryl, married to Greg Henry of Lakewood, Colorado and Raye Lynne, married to Max Janzen of Casper, Wyoming; four grandsons: Andy Cole & Brandon Henry of Lakewood, Colorado; Jarret Janzen of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Cole Janzen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and one granddaughter, Katie, married to Tim Blondin, of Aurora, Colorado and two great-granddaughters: Naomi & Abbie Blondin, of Aurora, Colorado; a sister, Mae Bell Pendleton, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; a sister-in-law, Theresa Witcher, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

She graduated from high school in Spearman, Texas. She went to Enid Business College where she met her future husband, Harry Mason. They were married December 26, 1958 in Enid, Oklahoma at Calvary Baptist Church and were married over 60 years. Harry & Dianna spent 4 years in the Air Force. While Harry was overseas in Saglek, Labrador, Dianna & Cheryl lived by Dianna’s parents in Spearman, Texas, and she worked at The First State Bank.

After living in New Mexico two years, where Raye Lynne was born in Clovis, the family moved back to Enid, Oklahoma. Dianna worked at Biggars Fertilizer and then at KGWA radio station. In 1979 they moved to Beaver, Oklahoma, where she worked at the Drum & Venable law firm. She then spent eight years in her favorite job as secretary at Beaver High School. While secretary for the counselor, Mr. Robert Parr, he told her that he thought she counseled more kids than he did. She always had a soft spot for youth and worked with Baptist your groups as well as others wherever they lived. She had an excellent singing voice and sang solos and in church choirs wherever she lived. When Beaver First Baptist Church was without a music director, she directed the music there for two years. Thank you to the nurses, aides and staff at Greenbrier for excellent care and to Alicia of Hospice Circle of Love for her companionship and love.

Dianna has achieved her lifetime goal of eternity with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She will be missed so much by all.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Christian School. Condolences maybe made online at


Sottie Hopson

Scottie Hopson, 90, lifelong Panhandle resident, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Beaver, Oklahoma Hospital.

Scottie Louise Wooten was born February 3, 1928 in Weatherford, Oklahoma to Carl Wooten and Damie Lee (Smith) Wooten. The Wooten family moved to Goodwell in 1935, where Scottie’s dad was a coach at Panhandle A&M College. The family moved to Texhoma, Oklahoma where she finished high school, graduating with the Class of 1946. Scottie met the handsome Army Air Corp airman, Irvin Hopson when he returned from World War II and they were united in marriage on June 3, 1946 in Texhoma. This marriage was blessed with four children, twins Dwight Dee and Dwayne Lee, Richard Dean and Deborah Kay. Scottie raised her family and in 1965 she was able to finish her degree at Panhandle State in Elementary Education. Mrs. Hopson was an educator that loved her Texhoma kindergarten and later, 2nd grade students, teaching them much more than reading, writing and arithmetic.

Scottie and Irvin moved to Beaver, Oklahoma in 2008, to be near their daughter, Debbie Starr and family. They were long time members of the Texhoma United Methodist Church where Scottie enjoyed volunteering and singing in the choir. They later attended the Beaver United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed golf, bridge and anything her grandchildren did. Scottie’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. The legacy of Scottie’s kind spirit, passion for sports, and zest for life will live on through them.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, who passed away in 2015 and a sister, Delores Lewis.

Scottie is survived by her children and their spouses, Dwayne and Debbie Hopson of Lake Kiowa, TX, Dwight and Carol Lee Hopson of Ft. Collins, CO, Richard and Connie Hopson of Canyon, TX, and Debbie and Dean Starr of Beaver, OK. She was MaMaw to her eight grandchildren, Melissa and Mark Cuthbertson, Brianne and Jason Cottingame, Cameron and Tonnia Hopson, Damie and Brian Jones, Chris and Kim Hopson, Chad Hopson, Greg Adkins, and Robin and Shane Metcalf and her seventeen great grandchildren, Nathan, Austin, Hannah and Emily Cuthbertson, Jaker Cottingame, Noah, Abigail and Ariel Hopson, Elizabeth Jones, Jacob and Jonah Hopson, Jackson and Hayden Adkins, Dayton, Dawson, Dillon and Devry Metcalf.

Funeral services were Friday afternoon, February 8, 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 301 W Main, Texhoma. Interment will follow in Texhoma Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Texhoma Pride, c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942.

Friends may sign the online guestbook and send condolences at


LaRoy Morehead

LaRoy Verne Morehead age 98 of Balko, Oklahoma, went to be with Jesus on January 15, 2019. LaRoy was born on January 6, 1921, to Leslie and Gladys (Beckwith) Morehead in Speermoore, OK .

When he was eighteen months old they moved to Balko where he would live the rest of his days.

LaRoy married Marjorie Ilene Kenneck on February 10, 1947. They had three children, Ronnie Lee, Randy Royce, and Pamela JoAnn.

LaRoy graduated Balko School and worked with his father, farming until he joined the military to serve during WWII, going in as a private into what, at the time, was called the Army Air Corp (Air Force) in 1945. He was trained to repair light bombers or B 26 but actually worked on many different planes. He worked on an Air depot in Accra, Africa and after nineteen months he flew home on a C 54 to Brazil then to Venezuela then on to Miami, FL where he was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a Sergeant. After the military he and his father owned a mechanic shop in Balko, OK where they repaired anything that moved. He also farmed with his father and after his marriage he and his wife Marjorie, eventually, purchased their own land as did his brother, Gerald.

The three families helped one another on the individual farms, making it a family endeavor. LaRoy also worked at the Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America near Gray, OK, from which he retired after 27 years. He greatly cherished the friendships that he made during his days at that plant. LaRoy retired from farming at the age of 79 but he never stopped working on things even after he lost most of his eyesight due to macular degeneration. LaRoy was referred to by one local man as the "Mayor of Balko," when asked why he stated "Because anyone with a problem they couldn’t solve would ask LaRoy for help."

LaRoy was comforted in his last days by the memory of some of the men in his community, whether he worked with them or just simply called them friend, he called his caregiver by their various and multiple names each time he would thank them for helping him, he would say, "_______, You are such a blessing".

Some of LaRoys favorite memories from his youth were riding bicycles with his cousin, Kenneth Beckwith, ice cream with anyone (his nickname in the Air Force was "Ice Cream"), and walks with his wife. One of his favorite memories of Marjorie was when they were newly married she would drop by the store, on her way to see him at the machine shop, to get a cold Pepsi and then she would come sit and visit with him while he worked. He said with a sparkle in his eye, "She was the prettiest thing ever!" Today, they walk together again.

LaRoy is survived by son, Randy and wife Jaynee Morehead of Skiatook, OK, daughter Pamela and husband Rick French of Guymon, OK and grand children, Kent French and wife Lacey of Oklahoma City, Carissa (French) Woodbury and husband, Brad of Balko, OK, Amber Morehead of Oklahoma City, Levi Morehead and wife, Erin of Bixby, OK, Brandi (Morehead) Nicholson and husband Tom of Cross Junction City, VA, Jennifer Benink, and Jeffrey Benink and wife, Amber of Conroe, TX, and great grandchildren, Charlotte and Emerson French, Britney Woodbury, Madison Lea, Karlie Jade, and Abigail Ilene Morehead, Lane and Gabriel Morehead, and Rowdy and Lively Nicholson, Carson, Carter, and Kennedy Benink, nephew Brent Morehead and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marjorie Ilene (Kenneck) Morehead, son, Ronnie Lee Morehead, brother, Gerald Morehead, nephew, Gary Morehead, and great grand daughters, Carman Louise, and Amy Nicole Woodbury, and multiple family members from days gone by.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Health Watch Hospice, and the Beaver County Nursing Home, each person who helped to care for our father holds a special place in our hearts. Thank you.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019, 11 a.m. in the Balko Faith Community Church in Balko, OK, officiated by Pastor Fred Huff.

In Lieu of flowers the family would like to suggest giving to a favorite charity or to the church that dad loved so much. One of dad’s favorite missions was Missions to Mexico which helps the little children, many of whom are orphans, he loved the little children.



Bobby Lee Wilson
Bobby Lee Wilson was born September 14, 1927 to Tom and Mabel Wilson of Balko, Oklahoma at the family farm. Bob was the eldest child of Tom and Mabel’s eight children. Bob attended Bethany School and graduated in 1945. After graduating he started driving the school bus taking the kids from the Fulton School District to the Balko School located in the old town of Balko. Bob had a passion for farming and was there to help his dad at a very early age. Bob began working at Natural Gas Pipeline in 1946 and continued working there forty-three years.
He did take a leave from Natural Gas to volunteer to go to the Army in 1950 during the Korean War. Before leaving for Alaska, he married, in his words, "the most beautiful girl he had ever seen", Wyona Mae Knight on July 2, 1951 in Raton, New Mexico. To this union three children were born: Jyl, Drew and Gay.
After returning home from the service, Bob resumed working at Natural Gas and continued helping with the farming. Bob was an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Balko FFA and was also a charter member of the Balko Lions Club.
He accepted Christ as his Lord and savior at the age of 35 and has been a member of the Balko Baptist Church ever since.
He was preceded in death by his wife Wyona; parents Tom and Mabel Wilson of Balko; brother Jack Wilson of Balko and sister Jean Cook of Leavenworth, Washington. He is survived by daughter Jyl Tarrant and husband Larry of Norman, son Drew Wilson of Beaver, daughter Gay Webb and husband Monte of Norman; grandchildren Sarah Udick and husband Steve of Frisco, Texas, Edward Tarrant and wife Tiffany of Norman and Carly Webb of Norman; great grandchildren Travis and Adeline Udick of Frisco, Coleson Tarrant of Norman; brothers Billy and Dugan and wife Minta of Perryton, Texas, sisters Odie Dear of Perryton, Betty and husband Donald Law of Balko, Mary Lou Teel of Oklahoma City; and many nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Wyona Wilson Memorial Fund, in care of the Balko Baptist Church, Balko, Ok.



John Charles McKee

John Charles (J.C.) McKee was born October 22, 1935 in Shattuck, OK to Charlie and Estella (Couch) McKee.
He grew up in Laverne and attended Laverne High School where he played sports. He caught his chariot February 8th, 2019.
He married Bonnie Carol Hauth in Raton, NM, July 18,1953, to this union was born Jayanna, Stuart, and Shelly.
J.C. worked on the farm and in the oil field where he was a pipeline welder. But his passion was moving dirt. He retired from Durango Services at the age of 79.
The light of his life was his wife of 66 years. Bonnie worked side by side with him on the farm.
He found great joy in his grandkids. watching them play sports and all other activities. He was very proud of his grandson Buck for his service to our country. He loves hearing that special word Grandad!!
J.C. was proceeded in death by his parents and his beloved son Stuart.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of the home, Jayanna and partner Justine and Shelly and husband Justin Jordan. Sisters Marjorie Hennigh and Carol Hoch. Grandkids Buck, Amanda, Zach, Tyrel, Jeff, Mercedes, Tanner, Alex, Anthony and our bonus brother Joe. And numerous great grands.
Memorials can be made to the Laverne Fire Department P.O. Box 1222 Laverne, OK 73848.
Funeral service was held on February 11, 2019 at 10:00AM at the United Methodist Church in Laverne, Oklahoma. Interment to follow at the Speeremore Cemetery in Harper County, Oklahoma.
Arrangements made by Laverne Funeral Home in Laverne, Oklahoma. Offer condolence on our website at



Audrey Lee Parker

Audrey Lee Parker was born December 26th 1939 and passed from this earth on January 31st 2019 with her family by her side. Audrey was born to Glen and Ophelia Wright in Balko, Oklahoma where she grew up and attended school. She met the love of her life Jake (JJ) Parker at a High School football game. They married on February 15th 1957 in Clayton, New Mexico. Born to their union were 4 girls Trecia, Brenda, LaNae, and Joy.

 Audrey stayed home with the girls until they all began school.  Audrey then began her career at the Beaver Hospital where she loved working the night shift and holding the babies in the nursery. From the Hospital she worked as a Deputy at the Beaver County Clerk’s office. The highlight of her career was being elected as the Beaver County Clerk. She was a member of the Oklahoma County Clerk and Deputies Association. She served as Treasurer from 1988-1989, Secretary 1989-1990, Vice-President 1990-1991 and President from 1991-1992.  Serving as the County Clerk was not a job to Audrey but a love. She never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Audrey was selected as an honored member in the 1996 publication of Who’s Who Among Outstanding Business Executives. After an unfortunate car accident, Audrey retired.

After retirement, Audrey enjoyed helping Jake raise horses on their family farm. She was even caught from time to time bottle feeding a baby colt off the back porch. Audrey loved being with her family, being outside, and working in the kitchen “making something out of nothing.”

In 2003, Audrey suffered a stroke requiring continuous care. Audrey became a resident of the Beaver County Nursing Home, aka Town House. While there she stole the hearts of many. During the next 15 years she showed those around her determination, selflessness, strength, stubbornness, orneriness and love. She was AUDREY!

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Ophelia Wright, husband Jake, her twin brothers Marvin and Melvin and son-in-law Rusty McDonald.  Audrey is survived  by daughters; Trecia McDonald of Tyrone, OK, Brenda and husband Sylvan Gordon of Edmond, OK, LaNae and husband Lee Oliver of San Antonio TX, and Joy and husband Jay Fitts of Beaver, OK. Thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, sister, Myrtle and husband Evan Pierce of Amarillo TX. Sister-in-law Sandra Parker of Beaver, OK, brother-in-law Corky and Ester Parker of Beaver, OK, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank the Beaver County Nursing Home and Hospital for their care and support. A special thanks to Susan Trippet for her love and care of our mother.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you send a donation to the Beaver County Nursing Home- making a notation in the memo that the funds are donated in memory of Audrey Parker. Deliver or mail your donation to the Beaver County Nursing Home attention Arlene Brown.



Josephine Rorabaugh

Josephine Rorabaugh, 95, of Liberal, Kansas died, Saturday, February 02, 2019 at Wheatridge Park Care Center, Liberal.

She was born to Nanke Rademaker and Bertha Arnold Rademaker on September 27, 1923 in Emden, Illinois.

She attended school at Hartsburg, Illinois. and graduated in 1941. She attended Business College at Bloomington, Illinois.

Josephine was united in marriage to Doyle Edgar Rorabaugh on December 2, 1945 in Emden, Illinois. He died August 14, 2003.

Before her marriage she was a secretary/typist for State Farm Insurance Co.

Josephine and Doyle lived and farmed in Balko for 50 years. Her main focus was family, sewing, making clothing and an excellent Cook.

Josephine loved to play cards with family and friends who all enjoyed her good sense of humor. She was a fan of Balko sports and music programs. She enjoyed watching all sports on TV and traveling with her husband. She enjoyed the gatherings with family in Illinois. She went to her 75th Class Reunion in 2016 and took her final trip to see family in Emden in 2017, traveled by Amtrak.

Josephine is survived by her Sons; Teryl (Donna) of Liberal, Kansas and Rex (Opal) of Oklahoma City Oklahoma. Daughters; Rita (Kent) Knop of Guymon, Oklahoma. and Rene (Richard) Wester, Liberal, Kansas.

Grandmother of Teri Harp, Brett Rorabaugh, Chad Knop, Kurt Knop, Kara Claborn, Kristin Mantell, Dave Rorabaugh, Zachary Wester, Luke Wester and Jacob Wester. There are 13 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Doyle, an infant son Doyle

Lynn, Brothers Walter, Arnold, Ralph, Sisters Ruth and Rachel.

Visitation was Monday February 4th, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 West 2nd Street, Liberal

Funeral service will 10:30 AM Tuesday, February 5th, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 West 11th St, Liberal. Pastor Andrew Wehling will officiate.

Burial was in Ochiltree Cemetery Perryton, Texas on Tuesday, February 5th at 2:30 PM.

Memorials may be made in Josephine’s name to Grace Evangelical Church

In care of Brenneman Funeral Home.

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Gene Parker

Gene Parker of Bokchito, Oklahoma passed from this life on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the age of 86. He was born on Thursday, June 30, 1932 in Elmwood, Oklahoma to James William and Mabel Bessie (Kendrick) Parker. He came to Bokchito, Oklahoma in 1975 from Beaver County, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers Harold Parker, Richard Parker, Bernard Parker, and Walter "Chub" Parker.

He married Lavora Louise (Thomas) on Monday, January 29, 1951 in Stinnett, Texas.

He is survived by his wife Lavora of the home; sons J.L. Parker of Bokchito, OK, Wendell Parker and wife Leslie of Bokchito, OK, ; daughters Krista Frank and husband L.P. of Bokchito, OK, Debbie Quinn of Alabaster, AL; sisters Lenora Gile of Derby KS, Doris Thomas and husband Keith of Beaver, OK, Maxine Hibbs of Durant, OK, Shirley Shuck and husband Gordon of Sangudo, Alberta, Canada; nine grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews, special friend Jonna Neal, extended family and a host of friends. Also, a special thanks to Denise and the staff at Guardian Hospice who was there for us during the past months.

Gene’s passion and hobby was working on anything and everything with his hands. Home improvement and restoration was what he loved to do but his family was his greatest joy.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 25th at the Parker home. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Big Creek Chapel in Bokchito, OK.

Bro. Phillip Rowland will be officiating.



Zachary "Zac" Lee Beasley

Zachary "Zac" Lee Beasley, 36, of Beaver, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal, Kansas.

He was born on May 4, 1982 to Mark Beasley and Sherry Kygar at Perryton, TX.

As a child Zac grew up in many different places including Denver, CO and Beaver, OK. Zac had worked as an Electrician Apprentice, a Roustabout, a cook in his family’s restaurant in Beaver, OK. He enjoyed painting, music, dancing, drawing, cooking, and fishing. Zac loved helping/irritating people! He was a member of Corner Lounge Crawlers of Woodward, OK.

Zachary is survived by his Daughter- Karlee Hastings, Son- Kasen Hastings; Parents, Four Brothers- Joshua Beasley and his husband Andrew of Houston, TX, Dustin Beasley and wife Amber of Woodward, OK, Brad Horton of Edmond, OK, Jonathon Geissler and wife Meg of Edmond, OK; long time girlfriend- Amber Fox of Woodward, OK; Grandparents- Ned and Darlene Kygar of Beaver, OK; Several Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by his Grandmother- Alta Mae Beasley.

There will be no public viewing as cremation has taken place.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the First Christian Church of Beaver, with Pastor Rick Main, officiating.

The family suggests memorials to the Lighthouse Substance Abuse Services in care of Miller Mortuary PO Box 826 Liberal, KS 67905-0826

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Norma Bea Janzen

11- 22, 1930- 12- 29, 2018

Norma was born November 22, 1930 in Balko, Oklahoma to Milton and Leona Neufeld and passes away December 29, 2018 in Bentonville, Arkansas of cancer.

Norma married Harlo Janzen on October 13, 1949 and lived in Balko, Oklahoma where they raised their family. They enjoyed traveling and being with friends and family. Later in life they moved to Fairview, Oklahoma and Shafter, California where Harlo died of cancer in 1990.

Norma was a committed and loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved the Lord. She was known as a prayer warrior wherever she lived. Her children, grandchildren and friends could always count on her to pray for them. She was also an avid quilter and loved to cook.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Harlo; parents Milton and Leona Neufeld and sister, Joann Reddick.

Norma is survived by two bothers; Don Neufeld, Shafter, California and Leo Neufeld Stillwater, Oklahoma one sister Norena Cramer, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Two sons; Eddie and wife Pam Janzen, Dannie and wife Tammy Janzen; and her daughter Tammi and husband Harold Onsum. Norma had 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Emmanuel Southern Baptist Church, Liberal, Kansas on January 10, 2019 at 11:00 .a.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice Legacy Village, 1201 NE Legacy parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712 or Gideons.




Daisarie (Daisy) Rose Venable 

Daisy was born in San Antonio, Texas, on November 6, 1953 to Billy E. Rose and Drueen Rose. 
Her family moved to Beaver where she worked on their farm and helped raise her siblings.  She graduated from Beaver High School and went on to complete an accounting degree from Seward County College in Liberal, Kansas.
Daisy gave birth to her two boys, Billy and David Jacobs, in 1974 and 75.  On April 15, 1981 she married the love of her life, Jerry Venable and gained two more sons, Matt and John Venable.
She enjoyed traveling, OU football, and spending time with family and friends.  Daisy will forever be remembered for her selfless and kind loving nature. 
She passed away on December 4, 2018, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 65.  She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Daisy is survived by her husband of 37 years, Jerry, sons Bill and David, Matt and John, mother Drueen Rose, siblings Loretta Rose, Linvell Rose, Lloyd Rose, Sylvia Beckham, and three grandchildren Jack Venable, Mali-Kate Venable, and Santino Venable. She was preceded in death by her father, Billy Rose.Memorial Service was held at the First Christian Church in Beaver, Oklahoma at 11:00 AM on December 8, 2018.Arrangements made by Beaver County Funeral Home in Beaver, Oklahoma. Read obit and offer condolence at




Joshua Wayne Winkler

Joshua Wayne Winkler was born to Raymond Winkler and Sherry (Freeman) Winkler on October 10, 1994 in Beloit, KS.  Joshua has three brothers David Kelly Winkler and wife, Shelby of Kismet, Ks, Monte Ryan Winkler of Beaver, Ok and Sheldon Lane Winkler also of Beaver, Ok.  He was blessed with loving Grandparents Edna and Roy Freeman formally of Hooker, Ok presently of Amarillo, Tx and N.L. and Gloria Winkler of Liberal, Ks.  Great Grandparents Carl and Pearl Kiser of Adair, Ok and Great Grandmother Idella M. Fee of Marble Hill, Mo.

Joshua loved his pickups, motorcycles, and big trucks.  Joshua followed his Ol' Man's footsteps, hauling cattle was his life.  He would tell you "Doing what I love! Just living the dream!"

His momma enjoyed watching him play football from the time he started in Kids, Inc. in Liberal, Ks through his high school years.  She also made his wrestling matches that he loved to compete in.

Joshua had a great passion and love for people.  He took great pride and comfort in helping people.  Joshua never met a stranger, always had a smile, and a onery twinkle in his eye.  When he stopped to help you he became a friend.  This charm and charisma is what led to all the great friendships that gained him the honor of being a best man and groomsmen in many weddings.

Josh was a member of the May, Ok Volunteer Fire Department.  He enjoyed this immensely and sincerely held the highest respect for his fire family.

Joshua is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Kalea Devine.  They have been together and by each others sides since high school.  Josh loved her and their fur babies Daisy, Zoey, and Harper more than anything in this world.

Joshua was also granted a bonus family when his father remarried.  He gained a step mother, Brenda, a step sister Kimi Frazee and her husband, Justin, two step brothers Brandon Abare and Kalyn Abare and his wife, Jasmine.  He also gained 4 nieces Shaelynn, Hana, Ralyn, and Kinsley and 2 nephew Braddock and Barrett.


Joshua is proceeded in death by Grandpa Roy Freeman and Great Grandpa's Carl Kiser and Albert Fee.


Lucian Wade McCollin

(Jacob Wade Davis)

Jacob was born July 26, 1995 at 11:55 A.M. at 8 lbs 12oz. to Joseph and Lori (Freeman) Davis in Beaver County Memorial Hospital. He was the youngest of six children, the center of attention, which he loved.

He had a fantastic imagination, an endless curiosity and fascination for all living things, which was shared with all his brothers, but especially his sister. These characteristics contributed to his wonderfully unique personality and awesome sense of humor.

Jacob attended Beaver Public School from kindergarten up until his graduation from Beaver High School in May 2015. He was accepted and started college that fall at U.S.A.O, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He loved the Arts. Jacob was always enthusiastic about learning. He was very articulate and had the ability to show you the awe and beauty that he saw through his words and his artwork.

Jacob never viewed anyone as a stranger, but as a potential friend. He was stubborn and persistent, but that was because he was so passionate.

There at college he blossomed, he was never judgmental, always accepting and appreciative of the unique differences in people. He was adventurous, not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and be the first to try new things.

He always gave you his full attention. He made you feel special and worthwhile. His greeting was so welcoming, arms wide open and a big smile on his sweet face.

College is where he changed his name legally to Lucian Wade McCollin. That was his artist name he wanted.

He was so proud of his "Big, awesome family", all of his new friends were regaled with stories of all of us. He had an extra special place in his heart for his grandmother who showed him strength and courage beyond compare. She is a breast cancer survivor since 2008.

Jacob was always sincere, if he called you his friend, you were considered family. He fought with depression, starting from being bullied at school to the heartbreaking loss of two of his nephews and his paternal grandmother to being one of the teenagers that found Betty McManaway that fateful day, June 2014. Sometimes it is the brightest funniest people who always try to help others, try to help them laugh and see the beautiful light that fight on going endless battles, trapped in the darkness.

Jacob is preceded in death by his nephews, Malakye and Tyler; grandparents, Bill and Jeanie Davis and great grandmother, Velma Freeman.

Jacob lost his final battle on the night of November 10, 2018 in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Lori Davis, Beaver, Oklahoma; brothers Luke Baker and family of St. George, Kansas, T.J. Davis and family, Chris Davis and family and Joshua Baker and family all of Beaver, Oklahoma; his sister, Amanda Pirrello and family of Del City, Oklahoma; grandparents Phil and Sherry Zordell of Hugoton, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.


Gaylord was born May 4, 1930 to Frank and Mary Alice (Peck) Redemer. He graduated from Beaver High School. He enlisted in the US Navy serving from January 11, 1951 to November 30 1954. Gaylord served on the USS Los Angeles during the Korean War. He received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with 5 bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

After his honorable discharge he returned back to Oklahoma where he attended Panhandle State University obtaining a Bachelors degree. He married Iona Ruth (Karber) on January 25, 1958 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Gaylord taught school in Utica, Kansas, Mosquero, New Mexico, and Loving, New Mexico. In 1971 he moved back to Oklahoma. He taught in the Federal Bureau of Prisons until his retirement in January, 1992. Immediately after his retirement he returned back to Beaver, Oklahoma. From 1992 until his recent illness, he resided on the family farm. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, gardening and caring for the farm. But mostly his enjoyed welcoming any and all friends and family with open arms when they visited the farm. Gaylord was a member of the American Legion and the NRA.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Iona Redemer and his sister, Odessa Howell.

Gaylord Frank Redemer passed away November 20, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He is survived by Curtis and his wife Gwen Redemer of Beloit, Kansas, Bradley and his wife DeAnn Redemer of Oklahoma City, Gayla Redemer of Oklahoma City, and Cris Redemer of Beaver, Oklahoma; brothers Merrell Redemer and Vern Redemer, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family requests memorials to the local fire department or the Jones and Plummer Museum.

Graveside servicess were Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in the Forgan Cemetery under the professional guidance of Alan Clark Funeral Services, Beaver, Oklahoma.


Billy Wayne Woodson

Billy Wayne Woodson, 68, died on Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 at Ochiltree General Hospital in Perryton. Wayne was born on February 26, 1950 to John Robert Woodson and Lora Thelma (Blosser) Woodson in Harper County, Oklahoma.
Wayne graduated from Laverne High School in 1968. He also graduated from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma in 1972.    
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Carl Woodson, his brother Ross Woodson, and his sister Shirley Woodson.
Survivors include his daughters Lana Danielle Constante (Sam), Dallas, Texas, and Hillary Jarrard (Chris), Dallas, Texas, his sisters Leora Bridgewater (Herb), Beaver, Oklahoma and Thelma Long, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, his brother Robert “Bob” Woodson (Sharon), Laverne, Oklahoma, his five grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews.
Memorial can be made to Twin Oak Manor 112 Pioneer Dr. Booker, Oklahoma 79005.
Memorial service and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 at Sophia Cemetery, Oklahoma in Beaver with Herb Bridgewater presiding. 
Arrangement made by Beaver County Funeral Home in Beaver, Oklahoma. Read obit and make condolences to




Gerald Dwaine Sandusky

Gerald Dwaine Sandusky was born November 14, 1937 to Robert and Velda (Hull) Sandusky in Beatrice, Nebraska. He was born while the parents were visiting at his maternal grandparents home in Beatrice, Nebraska. His family home was in Cave, Arkansas. As a young boy his parents moved to Greensburg, Kansas, and he attended school there through the 4th grade.  While living there his baby sister Carol Jean Sandusky was born. October 30, 1944.

He graduated from Hugoton High School in 1955.  While in school there he was very active in sports, the music department and band. He was in a quartet group that he truly enjoyed.  He was active in school plays and was very active in school activities. After graduation, he married Evaline M. Stimpson (Jackie) of Hugoton on June 4, 1955 in Clayton, NM.

To this union came two daughters, Athena Lynn Sandusky born February 27, 1956 while living in Oklahoma and attending Midwest Bible College. He then attended Junior College in Garden City, Kansas and later moved to Wichita, KS working for Frontier Chemical Company and their second daughter was born, Tammy Lea Sandusky June 13,1958. The couple later divorced.

Gerald then married Patricia (Pat) S. Plummer on September 30, 1961 in Newkirk, Oklahoma. To this union one daughter was born, Karla Ann Sandusky October 20, 1963 in Wichita, KS.  While in Wichita, he worked for all three Airplane Factories,   Beach, Cessna and Boeing.  With so many layoffs, he decided it was time for a change so his Dad let him know there was an opening at PEPL, in Haven, KS. Gerald applied for and got the job and after a six month probation period was eligible to bid a different position so he bid a0  job at Satanta, KS and won the bid. They adopted a son, Jeffrey Brian Sandusky, Born August 4, 1966.  While living in Satanta, KS, he was working for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. (PEPL). He transferred to Hugoton, Kansas in January of 1970 with PEPL, worked in Liberal, Kansas offices for a few years as a Dispatcher and then a Safety Engineer and later transferred to Forgan, Oklahoma where he became Assistant Superintendent and was later appointed the Superintendent position.  He was there until his early retirement of 30 years with the company in 1995.  After his retirement at PEPL, he took a part time job with Beaver City Transit bus, mostly for primary age students until 2015.  He really loved the primary kids that rode his bus.  He moved his residence to Beaver, Oklahoma in April of 1982.

Gerald had many different interests over the years including Boy Scout leader, Little League Coach, Volunteer Fireman, Referee for ACC Football, and Steward for the Union of PEPL Company. He belonged to the Square Dance Club in Satanta, Ks. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling and golf. Gerald was also an avid reader.  He was very active in Church most of his life and accepted Christ Jesus as his Savior as a young man. He loved camping with family at various parks and in many fashions from tents such as fold up ones to driving big RV’s. He bought his first touring motorcycle in 1985 and he and Pat, traveled all but 8 states on the Gold Wings. He has been a member of Chapter “D” Cycle Club since 1987 and continued until this day.  He loved to teach Bible studies, and was very active in it for many years.  He sat on the Board of Directors of Community Concerts of Liberal, Kansas. Gerald was a member of the First Christian Church of Forgan, Oklahoma.

He loved the Lord and his biggest desire for     everyone he knew was to have them ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior, because he did not want to leave anyone behind, especially his family. Preceding him in death were his parents, Robert and Velda Sandusky, a nephew Bobby Quillen, three grandchildren, Gerald Condren,  Amy Lott, and Stacy Lynn Sandusky.

Gerald passed on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 in the Beaver County Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.  

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pat Sandusky; his daughters, Athena Gentry and husband Gary of Aurora ,Colorado, Tammy Davis and husband Larry  of Garland Texas,  Karla Leisher and husband Brett of Beaver, Oklahoma; his son Jeffrey Sandusky and wife Shelby of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; his sister, Carol Quillen of Hugoton, Kansas; 10 Grand Children, 16 Great Grand Children and 2 Great Great Grandchildren, nieces,  nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.   




Dovie Eldine (Elliott) Barnes

Dovie Eldine (Elliott) Barnes was born in Forgan, Oklahoma on March 8, 1921. She passed away on October 13, 2018 at the age of 97. She was preceded in death by her parents George W. Elliott and Lottie Belle Elliott and two brothers, Kenneth Clovis Elliott and Cleberne Cecil Elliott and by her husband Chester James Barnes.

Eldine leaves behind her children, Frances Ellen (Barnes) Lawrence and Cleberne Kenneth Barnes , her daughter-in-law , Esperanza Barnes, four grandchildren, Brandee Leigh Carlisle, Rhett Ashley Lawrence, Anessa Lynn Whitley, and Rachel Leighann Stoner, eight great-grandchildren, a niece, Kathleen Oyler, and her descendants.

Eldine was laid to rest in the Forgan, Oklahoma cemetery  Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your local SPCA or Humane Society.



Glenford Harold Bensch

Glenford Harold Bensch was born on January 17, 1931 to Harry and Rosa (Louthan) Bensch on the farm near Chester, Oklahoma. The family attended Seiling Friends Church. He attended Lakeside School near his home then Seiling High School where he graduated Salutatorian in 1949. He excelled at all sports but especially loved Track and Field and won the Class B State Championship in discus in 1949. In all 12 years of school, he never missed a day.
In the fall of 1949, he attended Friends Bible College (now Barclay College) in Haviland, Kansas where he met Gracie Loesch of Booker, Texas. They were married at Viewpoint Friends Church near Booker, Texas on August 6, 1950.
Glenford and Gracie made their home on the farm in Logan, Oklahoma where they farmed, dairied, and raised five children. Glenford lived on the farm for 67 years until he finally had to move to an assisted living center in 2017.
Glenford and Gracie were diligent stewards of the land. They focused on controlling erosion and noxious weeds. They were awarded Beaver County Conservationist of the Year in 1986.
Glenford's great passion was dairying and breeding registered Holstein cows. He had a talent for choosing the right bull for each cow. Over his 35 years as a dairyman, he bred several generations of Holsteins, and at least 21 of his cows were classified as Excellent. He twice won the Progressive Breeder Award from the Holstein Friesian Association. He was a long time member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) and served as local treasurer for many years. In 1987, he sold the dairy herd and raised Angus beef cattle for many more years. 
Glenford and Gracie were always active in their church first at Booker Friends Church then at Midway Country Church. They gave generously to their local churches, to the Apostolic Faith Bible College, to home missions, and to foreign missions especially Haiti. 
Anyone who knew him understood Glenford to be a man of high Christian character. He never smoked or drank alcohol his whole life. He was kind and forgiving even to those who took advantage of him. Glenford was known for his strength as well as his gentle nature. He could outwork almost anyone. He had a wide range of interests and a sharp memory.
Glenford is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Gracie, and his only brother Wilford. 
Glenford is survived by his five children Randall and Joyce Bensch of Logan, Oklahoma; Glenda and Alvin Buschman of Seneca, Missouri; Lynden and Starley Bensch of Seiling, Oklahoma; Curtis and Michele Bensch of Guymon, Oklahoma; and Stuart Bensch of Blackwell, Oklahoma. He is survived by his grandchildren LaDonna, Paul, Jeanne, Cheryl, Keith, Denise, Michelle, and Caleb, and 15 great grandchildren as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a host of dear friends.
Whether you knew him as Glenford, Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, or Uncle Glen, we have lost our gentle giant. Mere words in an obituary can hardly convey our grief.




Freda Mae Stephens

Freda Mae Stephens, 87, passed away Friday afternoon September 14th, 2018 at the Beaver County Nursing Home in Beaver, Oklahoma. Freda was born to Luther Franklin Lee and Ruth Easter (White) Lee on March 28, 1931 in Lima, Oklahoma. Freda spent much of her adolescents in Seminole County Oklahoma, there she met the love of her life, Lloyd Presley Stephens. They were both 18 years of age when they married on August 15, 1949 in Seminole, Oklahoma.

From 1949 until 1960 Freda and Lloyd lived in California but spent time in Oklahoma as well. They moved often during their married life until they came to the Balko, Oklahoma community in 1974 where they worked for the Balko School System. In 1983 they left the Balko School to manage a saltwater disposal west of Bryans Corner. During those years they remained active in their community, Freda worked at Bryan’s Corner Quick Stop. She and Lloyd loved to travel and enjoy life until his passing on September 25, 1997. In the years of their marriage Lloyd and Freda became proud parents of five sons; James, Richard, Kenneth, Dale, and Gerald.

Freda stayed at Bryan’s Corner until moving to Guymon in 2001 where she was active in her retirement community, she volunteered at her church and served at several retreats. Freda volunteered her time at the pregnancy center and the local food bank in Guymon. She was a loving, caring, giving woman that was full of life and heart.

In 2014 Freda moved to the Beaver County Nursing Home, a place she called home. There she was active in crafts, puzzles, bingo. For a long time she was chairperson of the Senior Committee. She was a member of the "Red Hat Society". In 2016 she was crowned Queen of the nursing home and was honored in the Beaver County parade.

The day of Freda’s departure from this earth was another ordinary day. She had breakfast, lunch, then played five rounds of bingo before going back to rest in her recliner in her room. There, she slipped into an easy slumber of rest. It was shortly after 4:00 PM when she was found. She had left this life only to enter another, life eternal in Heaven.

Freda was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Ruth Lee, Brother Roy, two beautiful sisters Alice and Gladys and her loving husband Lloyd.

Survivors include five sons; James and wife Judy of Borger, TX, Richard of Canyon, TX, Kenneth and wife Cheryl of Follett, TX, Dale of Beaver, OK and Gerald and wife Sheri of Crescent, OK, 10 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Freda also leaves many other loved ones including nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 AM at the Crossroads Bible Fellowship church, Bryan’s Corner, Oklahoma with James Epp officiating. Interment will follow in the Gray Cemetery under the direction of Boxwell Brother’s Funeral Directors of Perryton, TX.




Jerry W. Kirton joined his heavenly Father August 19, 2018. He was born Jerry Williamson, December 29th, 1942 to Paul and Lois Williamson in Beaver, OK. He was later adopted by George Kirton and became Jerry W. Kirton. He graduated from Turpin High School in 1960 and attended Phillips University in Enid, where he graduated with a degree in Business Science. On June 4th, 1962 he married June Ann Smith and they had two children, Kelly and Dean. While in Enid, Jerry worked for Bond Bread Company, managed the Maple Street Station Restaurant, and sold commercial real estate. He later moved to Oklahoma City and joined the Oklahoma Tax Commission until his retirement.

Jerry loved the Lord and golf. He spent his retirement enjoying his church, meeting friends for bible study, and giving his time and resources to countless friends and strangers. Jerry was the most happy enjoying time with the Lord, family and friends, especially on the golf course.

Jerry is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Smith and husband Jim. His two children, Kelly Ann Davis and husband Mitch; Jerry Dean Kirton and wife Andrea; four grandchildren, Kristina Davis, Cole Davis, Hunter Kirton and wife Chelsea, and Colton Kirton; nephew, Nick Ross and great niece, Grace Rose Ross.

Jerry will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Memorial service was Thursday, August 30 at Piedmont United Methodist Church in Piedmont, OK.




Jane Jamison

Jane Jamison was born October 19th, 1950, in Beaver, Oklahoma, to George Junior and Rita Royce Reed.  She was the middle child of triplets.  Jane attended Beaver Schools from first grade through high school, graduating in 1968.  While in school she participated in many activities, including basketball and track.  She especially loved to run.

Jane was baptized into the First Christian Church of Beaver at a young age, where she was a lifetime member.  One of her favorite things was attending a weekly bible study with other members of her church.

Shortly after graduation from high school, Jane married Billy Dan Jamison.  They had two daughters, Kristy and Tracy.

During her lifetime, Jane held several positions of employment. In each endeavor, she gave her all. She worked for Dr. Ed Calhoon, Northern Natural Gas, Enron, Beaver Public Schools, and Nichols Water Service.  Most recently she was a dispatcher for the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office, retiring after ten years of service.

Jane passed away on September 3rd, 2018, at Beaver County Memorial Hospital at the age of 67.  Family was the greatest joy in her life and she was devoted to those she loved the most.  She was preceded in death by her “HERO” her father Junior Reed, a nephew, Michael Reed, and a niece, Lori Fletcher.  Survivors include her mother, Rita Royce Reed, older brother Gene Reed and wife Karen, younger brother Dean Reed and wife Chris, daughters Kristy Smyres and husband Troy, and Tracy Porter, along with four grandchildren, Trevor Smyres and fiancé Katie, Emily Smyres and fiancé Ben, Devyn Porter, and Reese Porter, as well as a host of other family members and friends.




Patricia Louise Alcorn

Patricia Louise Alcorn was born to Lillian Beatrice (Willis) Alcorn on August 2, 1928 in Brunswick MO. Her parents were divorced before Patsy was born so she never knew her natural father. In May of 1929, her mother moved to Beaver, Oklahoma and married Frederick Ernest Millikan on June 1st of that same year. Patsy was the oldest daughter of a family that would add 7 more brothers and sisters. At age 6 she professed her faith in the LORD JESUS and maintained that dedication through out life. She was educated in a one room school house known as District 28 through grade 8 then went to high school in Laverne for a year and then Beaver for a year. School was interrupted during the war years when she was needed to help with the family farm since her brothers were gone off to fight. She was busy with milking the cows, plowing, driving the tractor or combine during harvest, and all the other chores necessary to keep the farm operational.In April of 1947 at the age of 18 she attracted the attention of Irvin Eugene Huddleston. This courtship culminated in their engagement in July and a wedding on September 14, 1947. The knot was tied at Mountain View Baptist Church with a reception following at the Millikan home. Later that evening they were taken to Woodward to board a bus to their first home in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Pat and Gene had three sons. They were Ernest Edward was born on August 4, 1948, Stanley Eugene born on May 31, 1950, and Donald Ray on January 18, 1952. They moved several times during their first five years of marriage. They settled in Guymon in 1953 at the Phillips Petroleum company housing where Gene worked. In 1962 they moved to Goodwell, OK and bought a house there while Gene continued to work for Phillips Petroleum and Pat raise the boys. After the boys left home, Gene and Pat moved to Germany and then Norway. Pat returned to the States with Gene in 1982 and they lived in Houston Texas, where Gene finished his 35-year career with Phillips Petroleum. In 1985 Gene retired, and they moved back to the panhandle in 1991 and have made this area their home ever since then. Pat loved to sew, crochet, needlepoint, and quilt. She was quite artistic and very talented. She enjoyed traveling quite a bit also. When the boys were growing up they visited Colorado many times and spent a lot of time camping and exploring. Gene and Pat traveled all over the United States. The visited every state west of the Mississippi and most of them on the east side as well. They visited 7 foreign countries which Pat found fascinating. They went to Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Greece and Israel. Pat was preceded in death by her mother Lillian Beatrice and stepfather Fred; her two sons, Donald Huddleston and Ernest Huddleston, both of Pampa, TX; five brothers Nevin Millikan of Beaver County, Lyle Millikan of Shawnee, OK, Fred Millikan of Beaver County, Stephen Millikan and Jerry Millikan of Greely Colorado; three sisters Rose Mary Holloway of Beaver, Jean Cordell of Havensville, Kansas and Irma Foster of Shawnee, and one grandson Brian Huddleston of Pampa.Pat is survived in death by her loving and devoted husband Gene, her son Stanley of Logan, OK; one sister, Lavena Winfough of Omega KS; one granddaughter, Stacy Hext of Pampa; four grandsons, Matthew Huddleston of Amarillo, Texas, Kevin Huddleston of Edinborough Texas, and James Huddleston of Amarillo, and Timothy Huddleston of Canyon TX, along with seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She passed out of this life at 1:45 A.M., September 3, 2018 at the age of 90 years.



Linda Carol (Shook) Agosto

Linda Carol Agosto, age 69, peacefully passed away surrounded by her family on August 26, 2018. She was born to Jesse and Dolly (Rose) Shook on November 1, 1948 in Beaver, OK.

She graduated from Beaver High School in 1966. She attended Apostolic Faith Bible College and later attended Rhema Bible College where she graduated in 1983. 

Linda accepted Christ as her savior as a teenager and devoted her life to living for Him from that moment. She loved children of all ages which showed in her chosen professions. She was a youth pastor for many years and was the librarian for Southlawn Elementary for over 20 years until she retired from USD-480. After retirement she continued to substitute teach until she moved to Yukon, OK in May 2018. Linda was always a strong advocate for children and was a foster parent for many years.

She was a member of the Rhema Alumni Association. She was a member of CFAN formerly known as Christian Life Center for over 30 years where she was the church treasurer for many of those years. She had recently become a member of New Beginnings Church. 

Linda married Frank Agosto on April 20, 1992. While married to Frank, they adopted three children who were Linda’s absolute pride and joy. 

Survivors Include:

2 Sons

Atticus Agosto (Becky)            Liberal, KS

Shane Agosto (Alexis)             Dumas, TX

1 Daughter

Brittney Agosto (Martin)          Oklahoma City, OK

2 Foster Daughters

Fawn Black (Kevin)                 Satanta, KS

Coey Wagenseller                   Wichita, KS

1 Brother 

Leon Shook (Linda)                 Holcomb, KS

2 Sisters

Sandy Gordon (Glen)              Yukon, OK

Bonnie Renfrow                      Lewisville, TX

2 Aunts

Bea Ragan                              Beaver, OK

Drueen Rose                           Beaver, OK

10 Grandchildren

Many nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service were 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 31, 2018 at the New Beginnings Church, 2021 N. Western Avenue, Liberal, KS with Pastor Ken Willard, presiding. Burial will be in the Liberal Cemetery, Liberal, KS.

Visitation was  9:00 am to 8:00 p.m. Thursday with the family present from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Brenneman Funeral Home to greet friends. 






Mary Ramona Merett Jett

Mary Ramona Merett Jett was born on November 2, 1928, in Liberal, Kansas, to Fred and Edith (Newby) Merett. Her big sister Ruth welcomed her to the family. Later they enjoyed the additions of brothers Donald and Robert (Bob) Merett. Ramona was a Cradle Roll Member of the Quaker Church in Gate and attended throughout her childhood years. When asked what her denomination was in the last weeks of her life, she claimed the Quaker faith. She had fond memories of playing with her Newby cousins at Gate.

Her family moved to Denver, Colorado where she attended elementary school. Fred, Edith, Ruth, Ramona, Don and Bob moved back to Gate during her middle school years. Ramona graduated high school at Laverne, Oklahoma. She would stay some with Margaret Stuart while she was attending school and working during the summers. Ramona enjoyed being a ticket taker at the theater in Laverne, working at the dry cleaners, and being a soda jerk at the Delhotal Drug Store. During school hours, she and Margaret would walk to the drug store to get a coke. The only thing the superintendent would say was "Get the school mail on your way back". She had great memories and stories to tell about her classmates at Laverne High School.

Ramona met and fell in love with Delvin Jett, her only sweetheart, during her freshman year in high school. She told many stories about their school adventures and senior trip. She always enjoyed their 1947 class reunions, and helped celebrate their 70th class reunion last fall. Many trips and visits were enjoyed with schoolmates H.R. and Mary Lea Hart, and Juanita Henricks.

Ramona and Delvin were married at the Laverne UMC on February 1, 1948, after Sunday morning church service. The small family wedding was held with Ramona and Bill Barth as witnesses of their marriage; as they did for them the year before. Their honeymoon was centered around sporting events as they both enjoyed watching all sports. Ramona continued to stay actively involved cheering on the Tiger Teams after Delvin’s passing.

Ramona and Delvin started their married life on the family farm helping his dad Henderson and brother Calvin. They rejoiced at the birth of their son, Karl Russel and were devastated at the loss of a baby girl, Sharon, and twin sons, Verl and Earl. Ramona enjoyed watching Reta Sue, Linda, and Alan grow up and was an active, loving aunt to them. She had stories to tell about going shopping with Irma and taking all the kids with them. Aunt Mona continued to enjoy the calls and visits from Reta Sue and Jerry, Linda and Steve, Alan and Alyson, and all their children and grandchildren.

Ramona had many talents. She would cut Delvin’s hair and give haircuts and perms to her family and friends as an act of love. She would plow the fields, run the balers, work cattle, and was always seen by Delvin’s side. She would help with the garden, can fruits and vegetables, and pick fruit from their fruit trees to freeze and dry. She made many items of clothing for family and friends. Charlene especially loved the 1970’s maternity clothes she made her.

Ramona’s greatest joys were her grandchildren given to her by Karl and Charlene. Cherinda, Kareece, Janee’, and Ryan were treasured and loved. Delvin often said that he wished he was her grandchild! She made Barbie and Ken clothes, stuffed animals, personalized activity books, quilts, many articles of clothing…all handmade with tender loving care. Prom time included trips to the fabric store to pick out patterns and materials for Cherinda, Kareece or Janee’s dresses and Ryan’s vests and ties. Ramona also made Halloween costumes and His Team drama costumes for the "Toymakers Dream" production. The grandkids loved to help pick and pit cherries, pick vegetables from their big garden, go with them to check cattle, help bake cookies, and just spending time with them. Ramona was the go to person for all 4-H Clothing projects and taught each granddaughter to sew. With her help, Cherinda, Kareece, and Janee’ would always place or win with their Make it With Wool contest entries. She also helped with the 4-H Home Environment projects that enabled Cherinda and Kareece have winning record books. Grandma Mona and Grandpa Delvin attended all of their grandchildren’s many school, 4-H, FFA, and church activities. They were proud of their grandkids and were their biggest fans. They always looked forward to them coming back to the farm to visit.

The highlights of Ramona’s life are:

Raising a Godly son

Enjoying Ryan, Rachael and Justin living neaby

Getting to know Tyce, Aidan, Brynna, Kade and Justin

Taking Grandchildren snow skiing

Going on trips with sister Ruth and the Kirkhart family

Going on vacation trips with H.R. and Mary Lea Hart

Teaching Sunday School and MYF

Sunday School and Church activities

Going to Bible Study and her church family

Lay Witness Program that deepened her and Delvin’s faith

Going to Fifth Sunday Sing

Visits from sister, Ruth and her family, brother Donald and his family, and brother Bob and his family

Going rattlesnake hunting with Ryan and making a rattlesnake tie for Karl

Going to Branson with Juanita Henricks and attending the many local and school activities with her

Ramona and Delvin celebrated 61 years of marriage before his passing at the age of 80. She was thankful to continue living on the farm with the help of Karl, Charlene, Ryan, Rachael, and Justin. She was grateful for nephew Alan and wife Alyson who helped watch over her and her property.

Ramona stayed active and enjoyed her church family, family visits, Women’s Bible Study, school events, Facebook, playing Words with Friends, monthly visits to the Harts in Woodward, and attending events with Juanita. She had a keen and witty sense of humor and was fun to be around. She lived in the present and was working on checking items off her bucket list.

She appreciated the love and attention given to her by family these last few years and months. Ramona trusted Rachael’s advice and appreciated her love and care. She relied on Ryan to take care of things around her house and yard and loved it when he would stop in. Justin would often keep her company and she would look forward to his visits. She enjoyed the visits and phone calls from friends and family and loved everyone dearly.

Ramona answered the call to Heaven on August 21, 2018. Those proceeding her in death were her husband Delvin, daughter Sharon, sons Verl and Earl, granddaughter Cherinda, parents Fred and Edith Merett, infant brother Melvin, infant sister Mildred, infant brother Glen, brothers Don Merett & wife Beverly, their children Thena and Theresa, brother Bob Merett, his son Fred, sister Ruth Kirkhart, her husband Charles Kirkhart, and their children Robert and Margaret. She leaves son Karl, wife Charlene, grandchildren Kareece and husband Derek McKie, Janee’ and husband Dan Golden, Ryan and wife Rachael, and Channing Wendt. Great Grandchildren: Tyce & Kade McKie, Aidan & Brynna Golden, and Justin Jett. Sister in Law Sue Merett, her children James and Diane, her nephew Leroy Kirkhart, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, family members, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Laverne Food Pantry P.O. Box 387, Laverne, OK 73848, Fairview UMC RT. 1 Box 355, Laverne, OK 73848, or Gate Friends Church P.O. Box 990, Gate, OK. 73848.

Funeral service will be held at Fairview Methodist Church, Sunday September 2, 2018 at 2:00PM, burial will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery in Follett, TX.

Arrangements made by Laverne Funeral Home in Laverne, OK. Read and offer condolences at





Wanda Joy Riley

Wanda Joy Riley of Lindsay was born on October 8, 1934 near Lindsay, Oklahoma to George Aubry Covel and Lena Mae (Tanner) Covel and she passed from this life on Friday, August 10, 2018 in Oklahoma City at the age of 83 years.

Joy resided in See Chapel, Duncan, and Beaver, before moving to Lindsay in 1997. She married William Riley on January 22, 1951 at the Grady County Courthouse in Chickasha. She loved her family and was so proud of them. She always took real good care of them and had her children dressed immaculately. Joy could cook like no other and her pies were the best and she made sure no one ever went hungry. She never missed a school event or class party and followed her grandchildren to all of their activities. She was loved and respected by her family, friends, and acquaintances and she was the glue of family, but could give you the what for when you needed it. Joy always welcomed anyone to the family. She was a member of the Erin Springs Baptist Church and loved singing in church and going with her family to Falls Creek. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Her survivors include her husband of 67 years, William of the home in Lindsay.

Daughters: Patricia Ann Pope and husband Roy of Weatherford; and Susan Kay Coldwater and husband Dale of Erin Springs.

A son, Dale Russell Riley of Lindsay.

Grandchildren: Erin Renae Parks, Blake Russell Riley, Tara Lynn Pope, Clay Adam Pope, Kylie Layne Tate, and Caleb Wyatt Coldwater.

Great grandchildren: Elizabeth Parks, Jack Parks, Jacob Riley, Reese Riley, Kelli Reeder, Kaden Bilbrey, Peyton Bilbrey, Stevie Jo Bilbrey, William Pope, Alexander Pope, Justin Tate, Tiffany Tate, Jaydin Tate, Caitlin Tate, Levi Tate, and Riley Coldwater.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lena Mae Covel; sister, Wilma Thompson; and brothers, Oniel Covel and Domer Covel.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the Erin Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Caleb Coldwater officiating. Burial will be in the Green Hill Cemetery, Lindsay, Oklahoma under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville, Oklahoma. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at



Coeta June Plain Sperry Halliburton

Coeta June Plain was born at home on October 1, 1935 in rural Beaver County, Oklahoma to Hessel James Plain, Sr. and his wife Rosa Evelyn Hamrick Plain.  Coeta was second of nine children in a family that included Elizabeth Jane, Hessel James Jr., Arthur Joseph, Donald Jack, Georgia Jean, Rose Ellen, John Evan, and Mary Lyn.  Coeta’s family moved to the Follett, Texas area in 1944.  Coeta graduated as Salutatorian from Follett High School in 1953.

She married Virgil Clarence “Pete” Sperry in Clayton, New Mexico in July 1953.  On February 8, 1974, they welcomed the birth of a son, Virgil Neal Sperry.  They also raised Pete’s nephew, Robert Rodlee Williamson.  Pete and Coeta lived on the Gex Ranch for many years before building a new home NE of Follett, Texas, in 1987.  They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2003.  Pete died in September of 2003, and several years later, Coeta married Raymond Halliburton.

Coeta worked for ASCS, the Circle Register newspaper, the Follett National Bank, and was County and District Clerk for Lipscomb County.  She was a member of the Follett United Methodist Church.

Coeta was preceded in death by her husband Virgil Clarence Sperry, her parents, one sister, and all 4 of her brothers.  She is survived by her son, Virgil “Neal” Sperry and wife Dusty Ann Matthews Sperry of Follett, Texas; grandsons Cody James Sperry and Monty Chance Sperry of Logan, Oklahoma; nephew Rod Williamson and wife Marcella of Follett, Texas; husband Raymond Halliburton of Gage, OK; three sisters: Georgia Perez and husband Willie of Amarillo, Ellen Rabe of Perryton, and Mary Hoover and husband David of Albuquerque, New Mexico, sisters-in-law: Shirley Kleiwer Plain of Canyon, Texas, Shirley Kelln Plain of Oklahoma City, Shelli Bailey Plain of Austin, and Linda Fazio Plain of Massachusetts.

Coeta passed from this life at hospice in Amarillo, Texas, on August 3, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Follett Education Foundation P.O. 156 Follett, TX 79034, the Follett EMS P.O. Box 186 Follett, TX 79034, United Methodist Church P.O. Box 186 Follett, TX 79034, or a favorite charity.

Arrangements made by Scotty Schilling Funeral Director at Follett, Texas. Make condolences at




Lindsay Jones passed away on July 13th at 8:00 AM in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife Sharon of Ponca City, his son Todd and wife of Dallas, TX. And his daughter Allison and family of Ponca City.

Services were held on Wednesday, July 18th at 2:00 PM at Asbury United Methodist Church in Ponca City with Jeff Pershing officiating.

Lindsay was born on Sept 21, 1944 in Leicester, England to M/Sgt John L. Jones and Leila C. Jones. He came to America with his family when he was two. Since his dad was a career Army soldier, he lived at several Army Bases/towns in the US. The family also got to spend 2 years in Italy and 4 years in Germany while his Dad was stationed there. In 1954, his family came back to the US, where his Dad was stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. After living there for 6 years, Lindsay came to Eastern Oklahoma and stayed at the Cookson Hills Home for two years. After he left the Cookson home he wanted to stay in Beaver. He resided with Laverne and Lavera Henson in Beaver until graduating from High School in 1963. Laverne and Lavera treated him as a son, paying for his college and becoming grandparents to Lindsay’s children.

Lindsay graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva with a Bachelor of Natural Science Degree with a Biology Major and Math, Physics, and Chemistry minors. Lindsay started his teaching/coaching career at Forgan, OK. He worked on his Master’s Degree during his time at Forgan. In 1975, he received his Master’s Degree in Biology from Kansas State University in Pittsburg, KS. Continuing his coaching career he taught/coached in Tonkawa, OK for two years. After two years there, Lindsay got an offer to take a position as a salesperson and later as a District Manager in the irrigation industry. After five years of traveling Monday through Friday and frequent moves from state to state, Lindsay transitioned to a job where he could be home with his family. He moved to Ponca City, OK in 1982, where he became a successful insurance agent for many years. After retiring from that, Lindsay reentered the teaching profession for another ten years, teaching in Shidler and Deer Creek- Lamont.

Lindsay enjoyed traveling, reading and gardening when he was able.

He was a great Dad and are a great grandpa. He worked hard, and everything he did and every decision he made was for his loved one’s benefit and well-being.

The last several years were not easy for him due to many health issues, but his drive to keep fighting and to be strong through all his health issues matched the determination he displayed in providing for his family.

He was a great role model for how to be a husband and father. Lindsay’s family and loved ones will continue to benefit from his example.

He was preceded in death by his Father and younger sister, Yvette, of Cedar. Rapids, IA He is survived by family members: His Mother, Leila Jones and older Sister Clare of Ponca City, a younger brother, Courtenay Jones and family of Williamsburg, VA, another brother and family Carrington Jones of Colorado Springs, CO.

In lieu of flowers, the Family requests any donations be made to the Integris Foundation in Oklahoma City at 3030 NW Expressway, Suite 1600 Oklahoma City, OK 73112



We come this morning to celebrate the life of LaJune McReynolds. La June was born March 13, 1923 in Clovis N.M. to Burette and BB Kinard. She departed this life July 4, 2018 in the Beaver Nursing Home, at the age of 95 years 4 Months.

She graduated from Lubbock High School in 1941 and married Raymond McReynolds in 1944. To this union were born one daughter and two sons. Raymond and La June lived in McLean, Texas until 1959 then moved to Forgan, Ok.

La June is survived by daughter Burnell and husband Jerry Hall of Forgan son Greggory of Forgan and sister-in-law Winabel McReynolds of Tulsa. 10 Grandchildren 19 Great Grandchildren and was looking forward to a great great granddaughter in August. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond and son Mike.

La June accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of her life at an early age and faithfully served her Lord in every community where she lived, serving as church treasurer of this church for many years.

La June was "Nanny" to all. Her grandchildren and they were well aware of her talents. She sewed, raised a garden, and canned anything you could eat, made beautiful flower arrangements, and wedding flowers for her Granddaughters and friends.

{This message is given to her from all her family and those of us who had opportunity to put our feet under her table from time to time.)

We will miss your southern cooking, cornbread, lemon cake, casseroles, turkey soup, apple butter, spiced tea, biscuits and gravy, flowers, garden, quilting, (some we are sitting on today), homemade dresses, trips to Texas, the cabin on Table Rock Lake, weeping willow branches, holidays, front porch swing, the "Tra La La Song," but most of all-"Love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck"-

Toodle doo till we meet again.




Oscar Dennis Ragan

Oscar Ragan was born on April 11, 1926 in Wellington, Texas to Oscar Dennis Ragan, Sr. and Maud Patterson. He grew up in Wheeler, Texas and graduated with honors in his class.

After High School he went to Amarillo College for two years before enlisting in the army on November 11, 1945. He was a tech 4 Radio operator in Japan in the army during his 2 years of occupation in Japan. He was honorably discharged from the army on February of 1947.

Oscar came back to Texas after he was discharged from the army and took a job working for Phillips 66 in Borger, TX.

In 1954 he took a job working as a milkman with Plains Creamery out of Amarillo, TX, and was sent to Beaver, OK. Oscar delivered milk to people’s homes and different businesses in Beaver, Balko, Forgan, and Turpin. Oscar was a lifetime member of the Rotary, and had 50 years of perfect attendance.

Oscar was saved and joined the First Baptist Church in1954, and became involved as a Sunday School Teacher, and the RA’s Program.

He met a good looking red headed lady named Bea Rose at the Rigg Café. They were married on September 20, 1962. Oscar adopted Jim and Stephen as his own.

Oscar led his new family to become members of the First Baptist Church, where they became extremely active. Oscar and Bea became sponsors of a mission church at Clearlake, Oklahoma. They helped to get the new church started and helped it become an active church. Oscar became a part-time Baptist Preacher, and always loved reading the Bible. Oscar’s love for God and his family has grown and developed through the lives of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Oscar was preceded in death by both parents, younger brother, his brother Lee Ragan, and his grandson, Lukeus Wayne Henry. He is survived by his wife Bea Ragan; son Jim and his wife, Paula Henry of Beaver; son Stephen and his wife Peggy Henry of Bartlesville, Okla. Four grandchildren , Chuck & Jessica Howell of Amarillo, Texas, George & LeAnne Wright of Shawnee, Okla. , Yolanda Henry of Thomas, Okla., and Stephen & Christy Henry of Bartlesville, Okla., and several nephews & nieces.



































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.