Kay County

OKGenWeb

Kay County
County Seat -
Newkirk
 

USGenWeb
Home |Archives  | Cemeteries | History | Lookups | Queries | Resources |Surnames | Census| Schools |Links | Obits
 

"Links to web sites that are not part of the US Gen Web Project are provided for your convenience and do not imply any endorsement of the web sites or their contents by The US Gen Web Project."

MISC OBITS

Florence E. Hazen 
FAIRFAX — Florence E. Hazen, resident of Fairfax, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in the Fairfax Hospital. She was 90.  
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in the Highland Cemetery in Pawnee with the Rev. George Weston, pastor, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home in Fairfax.  
Florence E. Hazen was born Aug. 18, 1909, north of Blackburn, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Smith) Roe. She attended school at Spring Creek in Pawnee and South Enterprise in Osage County. She married Loyd Wilson; he preceded her in death in 1963. In 1968, she married Morris “Andy” Hazen.  
She was a member of the First Christian Church of Fairfax. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, fishing and cooking.  
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; ten brothers and sisters; and a step daughter, Betty Jo Logsdon. 

Verley L. Gatlin 
FAIRFAX — Verley L. Gatlin, longtime Fairfax resident, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, 2000, in the Fairfax Manor Nursing Home. She was 91.  
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in the Hunsaker-Wooten Chapel with the Rev. Lewis Bernard, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfax Cemetery.  
Verley L. Gatlin was born Feb. 19, 1908, in Inola, the daughter of Jim and Mary (McCann) Cruse. She attended school in Inola. She married Willie Gatlin on Aug. 10, 1925. She was a homemaker and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, going to church and playing bingo. She was a member of the Full Gospel Church of Fairfax.  
She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy E. Drain Long of Fairfax; her son, Billy E. Gatlin of Cordell; brother, Bill Cruse of Baxter Springs, Kan.; sister, Ida Gilliland of El Dorado, Kan.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on July 14, 1989; daughter, Pauline Johnson; five sisters; and one brother.  
Casket bearers will be Cotton Bonner, Jake Sawyers, W.K. Davis; Willie McInturf, Frank Haines and Richard Bennett. Honorary bearers will be Howard Hendrix and Leo Hendrix.  
The family will be at the Long home to receive friends and family. 

Evangeline Ida Jackson 
STILLWATER — Evangeline Ida Jackson, resident of Stillwater and former resident of Ponca City, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, in the Grace Living Center in Stillwater. She was 77.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater with the Rev. Dr. B. Gordon Edwards and the Rev. Dr. James P. Gragg officiating. A graveside ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kan., under the direction of Strode Funeral Home of Stillwater.  
Evangeline Ida Jackson was born Feb. 15, 1922, in Las Vegas, Nev., the daughter of Roderick Colin and Lily (Young) Jackson. In 1926, the family moved to Chehalis, Wash., and in 1928 to Trinidad, Colo. In 1930, they moved to Winfield, Kan., where she attended school from the third grade to college. She graduated from Winfield High School in 1940 and Southwestern College in 1944. Ms. Jackson attended the University of Chicago for two years, receiving a master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration in 1948. In 1946, she was employed as a case worker at the Methodist Children’s Home Society of Michigan in Detroit. In 1948, she returned to Chicago, where she was employed by the Chicago Child Care Society as a case worker and student supervisor. In 1961, she moved to Ponca City to be near her father. In 1962, she was employed as a social worker in the District Child Welfare office of the Oklahoma Department of Public Welfare in Ponca City. In 1963, she moved to Stillwater, where she became district supervisor for a five county child welfare district. She continued in that position until 1969.  
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater Hospital Auxiliary, Stillwater Nursing Home, National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social Workers, Oklahoma Health and Welfare Association, American Association of University Women and Altrusa Club. She was also a volunteer with Mobile Meals.  
She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.  
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, 919 West Skyline, Stillwater, Okla. 74074. 

Leon Stafford 
BLACKWELL — Leon Stafford, lifelong resident of Blackwell, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center of Enid. He was 66.  
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Blackwell Cemetery with the Rev. Wesley Miller officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hackler Funeral Home of Blackwell. 
Leon Stafford was born May 11, 1933, in Blackwell, the son of Douglas and Edna (Stephenson) Stafford. He graduated from Blackwell High School in 1951. Leon was an outstanding wrestler, winning the state championship in 1951. He also wrestled in the United States Navy and participated in the Olympic tryouts in Ames, Iowa. Leon married Barbara Davis on July 5, 1957, in Oklahoma City. She preceded him in death in 1976. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.  
Survivors include one son, Steven Leon Stafford of Elk City; three daughters, Leahanna Johnson of Kaw City, Rhonda Loveall of Blackwell, and Lisa Baggett of Owasso; one brother, Don Stafford of Blackwell, two sisters, Doris Samuel of Kaw City and Mary Hall of Ponca City; and 13 grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.  
The family will be at the home of the late Leon Stafford, 620 North 4th, from 4 to 8 p.m. today.  
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America, P.O. Box 22689, Baltimore, Md. 21203. 

L. Levern Merrifield 
Dr. L. Levern Merrifield, longtime Ponca City resident and internationally recognized orthodontist, passed away at his home Jan. 15, 2000, following an extended illness. He was 78.  
Dr. Merrifield was laid to rest in a private graveside service on Wednesday, Jan. 19. A public memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church here in Ponca City with the Rev. Dr. Bill Masters, former pastor of First Christian Church, and the Rev. Kent Dorsey, pastor of First Christian Church, officiating. Dr. Jack Dale of Toronto, Canada, will deliver the eulogy. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.  
Dr. Merrifield was born Feb. 1, 1921, to Cecil Conrad and Ivery Lee (Guthrie) Merrifield in Dill City. He graduated from Sayre High School at the age of 16. Within three years, Dr. Merrifield earned a degree in agriculture from Oklahoma A&M. He taught vocational agriculture at Cache and Erick, often being confused as a fellow student because of his young age!  
Despite his degree in agriculture and love for the land, Dr. Merrifield’s calling proved to be dentistry. In 1946, he graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas with a doctorate in dental science.  
He opened his first practice in Chickasha. After three years in practice, Dr. Merrifield enrolled in the University of Missouri at Kansas City to pursue his M.S.D. in orthodontics.  
In 1951, Dr. Merrifield entered the United States Air Force as a captain. At the request of the base commander, Dr. Merrifield was transferred to the Amarillo Air Force Base to assist in the base’s reopening and to establish its dental clinic. He completed his tour of duty in 1953. Upon returning to private practice, Dr. Merrifield moved to Ponca City and began his orthodontic career, sharing an office with his brother, Dr. Vernon, “V.C.,” Merrifield. The brothers built the Merrifield Doctors Center in 1959 to accommodate their growing practices. He also had an office in Stillwater, where he practiced two days a week for 25 years.  
Levern and Jan Marlene McVicker, a Duncan native, were united in marriage in 1967. They established a ranch in Osage County and concentrated on raising wheat and Angus cattle.  
Dr. Merrifield was in private practice for 50 years. During that time, he earned an international reputation as an expert in the field of orthodontics. Among the first to recognize his talent was Dr. Charles Tweed. His Tucson-based Tweed Foundation taught the “advanced edgewise” technique to licensed orthodontists. After Dr. Merrifield completed the Tweed Foundation course, Dr. Tweed tapped him as an instructor and later as the Foundation’s co-director. Upon Dr. Tweed’s death, Dr. Merrifield was named as the Foundation’s course director and later became the chairman of the board. Notably, Dr. Merrifield established an endowment for continuing education and scholarship to benefit the rapidly growing field of orthodontics and expanded the Tweed Foundation to an international level.  
During his years of private practice, Dr. Merrifield maintained a busy lecture schedule including lecturing twice a year in Tucson at the two-week course sponsored by the Tweed Foundation. He was also the featured lecturer in orthodontic clinics held in many foreign countries. He authored and co-authored numerous publications on his changing field and greatly helped to advance orthodontic care.  
Dr. Merrifield was awarded numerous honors during his career including the Tweed Course Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Oklahoma Orthodontic Association. Dr. Merrifield also received the Martin Dewey Award from the Southwestern Society of Orthodontics. He served as president of the Oklahoma Orthodontic Society and earned the designation of diplomat to the American Board of Orthodontics. The American Board of Orthodontics presented Dr. Merrifield with their most prestigious honor, the Albert Ketcham Award in 1989 in recognition of his lifetime of contribution to the orthodontic profession.  
In the late 1950s, Dr. Merrifield began a home-based Ponca City business named for his mother to assist her with living expenses. Lee Laboratories, Inc., which manufactures orthodontic headgear, has grown into a business with a worldwide market. Dr. Merrifield’s J-Hook Directional Force Headgear, a technology he designed and developed, is an important appliance used in today’s edgewise orthodontic treatment and continues to be manufactured in Ponca City.  
His personal interests included ranching, quail hunting, and fishing.  
He is especially remembered for his unwavering love and devotion to his family.  
Dr. Merrifield is survived by his wife, Jan, of the home; his son, Ron Merrifield of Antioch, Calif.; and two daughters, Terri Hadley and Shawn Lessert, both of Ponca City. Additional survivors include daughter-in-law, Sandra Merrifield; sons-in-law, Paul Hadley and Wade Lessert; grandchildren, Kirk Merrifield, Patrick Hadley, Lauren Hadley, Linen Lessert, and Nathan Lessert; and great-granddaughter, Brooke Hadley. Also among the survivors are a brother, Dr. Vernon Merrifield of Ponca City, his wife, Wanza, and their children.  
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 270, Ponca City, Okla. 74602 or to ProTeens, Grand Central Station, 114 South Fifth Street, Ponca City, Okla. 74601. 

Nelsie Juanita Bennett 
Nelsie Juanita Bennett, longtime Ponca City resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Westminster Village Nursing Home. She was 103.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. J.D. Ward, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Tonkawa under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.  
Nelsie was born on Dec. 30, 1896, in their family farm home southwest of Tonkawa to John Nelson and Elizabeth “Belle” (Elliott) Starr. (Her father had staked a claim on the land in the Run of the Cherokee Outlet on Sept. 16, 1893. In the Spring of 1894, “Belle” Starr and their two sons joined him in a new frame house.) In 1910 the Starrs moved with their family of five children to Tonkawa. Mr. Starr bought into a bank and he and others organized the First National Bank of Tonkawa, which he served as president until his death.  
Nelsie and the other children of the family all graduated from the University Preparatory School (now Northern Oklahoma College). Nelsie went on to graduate from Northwestern Normal School at Alva with a major in education. She also attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.  
She then taught in the Tonkawa Elementary School for several years. During the summers, she did Chautauqua work for the Mutual Ewell Co. of Chicago and was advanced to circuit supervisor. According to Theodore Roosevelt, the great Chautauqua movement was “the most American thing in America,” a feast of rhetoric and entertainment served twice daily inside a big brown tent.  
Nelsie married Ollie B. Bennett in 1923, and they made their home in Tonkawa. Later, Ollie went into the hardware business and served as president of the state association. Nelsie put in a gift shop in the store and enjoyed her customers. Mr. Bennett died Feb. 17, 1965.  
That spring, Nelsie’s mother, “Belle,” came to live with her. “Belle” lived 99 years and four months before her death on Dec. 28, 1968.  
Nelsie has been a very active member of the United Methodist Church over the years and served in leadership positions in numerous clubs, auxiliaries and lodges including Daughters of the American Revolution and Eastern Star in Tonkawa and Ponca City.  
In 1983, Nelsie moved to Denver to be near her son, Keith and his family. She lived at the Treemont Retirement Community for two years, but she became homesick for Oklahoma as her roots were deep there. She returned to Ponca City in the fall of 1985 to reside at the newly completed Westminster Village. She found the village “a good place to live among friends, yet have the privacy of a comfortable apartment.”  
Nelsie was recently recognized as one of the earliest living graduates of Northern Oklahoma College.  
Nelsie and O.B. Bennett had two sons, Keith Starr Bennett, a retired senior exploration landman with Conoco Inc. in Denver, and Owen Burtis Bennett, deceased, a geophysicist and vice president of the Santa Fe Energy Company of Houston.  
She is survived by her son, Keith Starr Bennett and his wife Bo of Denver, and their families which include Jeffrey Bennett and family, Casper, Wyo., Susan M Bennett, Coronado, Calif., Mark S. Bennett and family, Littleton, Colo., Cynthia Eaton and family, Spokane, Wash., Debbi Ray and family, Littleton, Colo., Sharon Acker and husband Kevin, Aurora, Colo., and Bruce Crabb, Denver; one brother, J. Curtis Starr of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; her daughter-in-law, Adele H. Bennett of Houston and her family which include Curtis O. Bennett and family, Katy, Texas, Elizabeth A. Mertz and family, College Station, Texas, Paul L. Bennett and family, New York, N.Y., and Marilyn Bennett-Alexander, Denton, Texas; a niece, Carolyn F. Dutzi and family, Kona, Hawaii; a nephew, Otis Bennett and wife Pat, Littlefield, Texas.  
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 South Sixth, Ponca City, Okla. 74601, or to Westminster Village, 1601 Academy Road, Ponca City, Okla. 74604, or to United Methodist Church, 410 East Grand Avenue, Tonkawa, Okla. 74653, or to Northern Oklahoma College, 1220 East Grand, Tonkawa, Okla. 74653. 

Marcella Marie Ogle 
BARTLESVILLE — Marcella Marie Ogle, former resident of Webb City, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in the Heritage Villa Nursing Center in Bartlesville. She was 80.  
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, at the East Cross United Methodist Church of Bartlesville with the Rev. John Price and Dr. Dwight Darrah officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home of Bartlesville. Friends may call at the funeral home until 11 a.m. Friday.  
Marcella Marie Ogle was born July 25, 1919, at Ruthdale, the daughter of John S. and Mary Ellen Parsons Argo. She grew up and received her education in Webb City and attended the St. John’s Nursing School in Tulsa. She married Frank Thomas Ogle on Aug. 10, 1938, in Webb City, and they made their home in Borger, Texas, from 1944 until 1958, when they moved to Bartlesville. She was an active member of the PTA in Borger, Texas, a life member and district president of the National PTA Association and a member of the East Cross United Methodist Church.  
Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Marvin F. Ogle of Fairview, Texas, and Stanley T. Ogle of Southlake, Texas; one daughter, Karen Naramore of Hot Springs, Ark.; three brothers, Woodrow Argo of Amarillo, Texas; Warren Argo of Borger, Texas, and Paul C. Argo of Nowata; one sister, Jewell Johnson of Austin, Texas; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.  
Casket bearers will be Blake Ogle, Kyle Ogle, Wade Naramore and Brad Ogle.  
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Jane Phillips Hospice, c/o Bluestem Regional Medical Development Foundation, 3500 S.E. Frank Phillips Boulevard, Bartlesville, Okla. 74006 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Bartlesville Branch, 410 S.E. Frank Phillips Boulevard, Bartlesville, Okla. 74003. 

Services Pending 
Firman E. Vickery 
NEWKIRK — Firman E. Vickery, longtime Newkirk area farmer, died late Wednesday evening, March 1, 2000, in the Newkirk Nursing Center. He was 103. Funeral arrangements are pending with Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. 

Donald Joe White 
FAIRFAX — Donald Joe White, resident of Pond Creek, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at the Bass Memorial Hospital in Enid. He was 61.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the Fairfax First Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Fox officiating. Assisting will be the Rev. George Weston. Burial will follow in the Pawnee Cemetery under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.  
Donald Joe White was born March 4, 1939, in Pawnee, the son of Joe Robert and Martha Ethel (Christy) White. He grew up in the Bend area of Osage County and graduated from high school in Ralston. On Nov. 20, 1960, he married Anna Nadine Elsberrry in Fairfax, and the couple made their home in Ralston. He later married Linda Bowen on April 5, 1996, in Lamont. The couple made their home in Pond Creek.  
He engaged in farming and ranching for many years. He was also employed in the oil fields and as a lineman for Western Union for 13 years.  
He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.  
Survivors include his wife of the home; five children, Donna Renfro of Fairfax, Anna Vance and Teresa Smith, both of Pawnee, Lisa Crabtree of Ralston, and Joe Robert White II of Stillwater; four stepchildren, Rachel Biggs of Pond Creek; Sandy David of Edmond, Phillip Biggs of Pond Creek and Milton David Jr. of Lahoma; two sisters, Sharon Gibson of Ralston and Kathy Thompson of Fairfax; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert White.  
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Oklahoma Medical Foundation for heart research, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73104.  
The family will be at the Renfro home in Fairfax. 

George Arthur Simmons 
BLACKWELL — George Arthur Simmons, resident of Blackwell, died Saturday morning, June 17, 2000, in the Shawn Manor Nursing Home in Ponca City. He was 91.  
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2000, in the Blackwell Cemetery with Charles A. Jenkins, a nephew, officiating. The arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Blackwell.  
George Arthur Simmons was born on Jan. 28, 1909, in Waynoka, the son of William and Mary J. (Windsor) Simmons. He grew up in various towns where his father’s work as a blacksmith for the railroad took them. When he was 16, they lived in Fairfax, where he worked on the railroad with his father. Following his father’s accidental death in 1927 while working on the railroad, he moved his family to Blackwell and began employment at the Hazel-Atlas Glass Plant. He later was employed at Turvey’s Meat Packing Plant.  
He married Sylvia L. Jenkins on March 20, 1940, in Wellington, Kan., and they settled in Blackwell. In 1943, he was employed at the Blackwell Zinc Company and worked there for 31 years until his retirement in 1974. Since 1985, they lived on a farm southeast of Kildare before returning to Blackwell this year. He enjoyed playing dominoes, fishing and gardening.  
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia L. Simmons of Blackwell; two daughters, Loretta Corn of Ponca City and Linda and John Williamson of Newkirk; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Simmons; a great-grandson, Trevor Kyle Ratzlaff; and two brothers, Charles E. Simmons and Bill W. Simmons.  
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1901 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601. 

Services Pending 
Glora Tucker 
Glora Tucker, Ponca City resident, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 66. Arrangements are pending with Trout Funeral Home. 

Velma Ruth Flood 
BLACKWELL — Velma Ruth Flood, resident of Blackwell, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, in the Manor Care Center in Bethany. She was 84.  
The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in the chapel of the Roberts and Son Funeral Home in Blackwell with the Revs. Bill Hane and Johan Tradauz of the Metroplex Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery.  
Velma Ruth Flood was born June 28, 1916, in Watonga, the daughter of John Sherman and Francis Pearl (Moore) Tyson. As a young girl, she moved with her family to Blackwell, where she grew up and attended Blackwell public schools, graduating from Blackwell High School in 1935. She then moved to Wichita, Kan., and began employment with the Beechcraft Air Corporation.  
She married Mervin Flood on Sept. 3, 1944, in Wichita, Kan., and they settled in Wichita. In 1945, they moved to Caldwell, Kan., for two years. At the end of World War II, they moved with their family to Blackwell to make their home. She was employed with the Hazel-Atlas Glass Plant in Blackwell for many years. After various moves due to employment, they retired in 1980 and moved to Enid. In 1998, they moved to Oklahoma City. She enjoyed various types of crafts and was a lifetime member of the Church of the Nazarene.  
Survivors include her husband of the home; a daughter, Charlene Lewis of Oklahoma City; two sons, Larry Flood of Glendale Springs, N.C., and Don Flood of Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Dorothy Pendleton of Blackwell; a brother, Don Tyson of Albuquerque, N.M.; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Martha Anderson, Mary Geiger and Ila Walker; one brother, Charles Tyson; and a grandson.  
Casket bearers will be Chuck Lewis, David Lewis, Austin Lewis, Brian Flood, Russell Pendleton and Ron Funk.  
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First church of the Nazarene in Enid, c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, Okla. 74631. 

Iva Glendora Bowen Garner 
PAWNEE — Iva Glendora Bowen Garner, resident of Pawnee, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in her home. She was 70.  
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, in the First Baptist Church in Pawnee with the Rev. Bob Copeland officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.  
Iva Glendora Bowen Garner was born Nov. 10, 1929, in Blackburn, the daughter of William Lester and Clara Georgia (Bond) Bowen. On Feb. 14, 1946, she married Raymond Harold Garner in Pawnee. She lived in Pawnee most of her married life. She was employed as a cook with the Pawnee Public School for 26 years, retiring in 1992.  
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pawnee. She enjoyed crafts, visiting with people, and going to Branson and Grove with church groups.  
She is survived by her husband of the home; one daughter, Doris Benes of Morrison; three sisters, Nettie Strain of Cushing, Alma Huston of Enid, and Mary Webster of South Coffeyville; foue grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Iva Irene Swanson; a brother, Luther Bowen; and three sisters, Mattie Lytle, Iola Cooper and Flora Cloud. 

Services Pending 
Opal M. Russell Doing 
Opal M. Russell Doing, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2000, at the Tender Heart Nursing Home. She was 90. Survivors include daughters, Carol Sue Brown and Leta Marie Jones, both of Ponca City. Arrangements are pending with Grace Memorial Chapel. 

Joe A. Coffee 
Joe A. Coffee, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 76. Survivors include his wife, Ira, of the home. Arrangements are pending with Grace Memorial Chapel. 

John A. Bond 
John A. Bond, Ponca City resident, died Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2000, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 47. Survivors include a son, Chris Bond of Ponca City. Arrangements are pending with Grace Memorial Chapel.

Albert Almon Clark 
Albert Almon Clark, resident of Ponca City, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 28, 2000, at the Shawn Manor Nursing Center. He was 84.  
A graveside service will be Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. in Riverside Cemetery in Elizabethtown, N.Y., with the Rev. Ted Monica, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, officiating. Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 4. at 11 a.m. in Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Kenneth L. Armstrong, rector, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home.  
Albert Almon Clark was born Feb. 3, 1916, in Elizabethtown, N.Y., the son of Virgil Stanton and Stella Mae Patterson Clark. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School and attended Gettsyburg (Pa.) College, graduating in 1941. He was a loyal member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.  
He was drafted in to the U.S. Army and attended officers candidate school for the air corps. He was sent to New Guinea, where he stayed for 2 1/2 years. He then was transferred to the Philippines before returning home. In November of 1946, he married Phyllis Robinson, who died in 1971.  
In February of 1973, he married Constance Cleary in Ponca City. They lived in Plattsburg, N.Y., where he was counselor for the school system. He spent summers in Underwood Club, New Russia, N.Y., where he was president in the late 1970s. He retired in 1975. He retired from the U.S. Air Force reserve in 1968 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.  
Surviving include his wife of the home; a stepdaughter, Deborah Cleary of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Marguerite Pratt of Elizabethtown, N.Y.; and a number of nieces and nephews.  
Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 109 N. Thirteenth, Ponca City, Okla. 74601 or to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 N. Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601. 

Katie Elizabeth Yerger 
Katie Elizabeth Yerger, infant daughter of Wayne and Paula Yerger, died Nov. 29, 2000, in Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  
There are no services planned at this time. Arrangements are with McGilley State Line Chapel in Kansas City, Mo. Friends are welcome to visit at the family home.  
Katie was born in Blackwell on Nov. 28, 2000. She is survived by her parents and a sister, Kristyn of Ponca City.  
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64108. 

Bobby Ray Simmons 
NEWTON, Kan. — Bobby Ray Simmons, former resident of Ponca City and resident of Newton, Kan., died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, in Newton, Kan. He was 77.  
A memorial service will be held in Ponca City at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Northeast Baptist Church with visitation between 2 and 3 p.m. at the church. The funeral will be held Monday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Mount Olivet Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Texas, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Nigh of Ponca City and the Rev. Jay Lewis of Newton, Kan., officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth.  
Bobby Ray Simmons was born April 1, 1923, in Henrietta, Texas, the son of Hughly and Pearl Poteet Simmons. He received his bachelor of science degree from Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Texas, and his masters of business administration from the University of Missouri. On June 28, 1945, he married Bonnie Sue “Susie” Tannahill.  
Bob was in the U.S. Army Air Force as a B-17 pilot during World War II, serving from 1943 through 1945. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War in 1951 and 1952.  
Employed as credit manager for Conoco Inc., he retired from Conoco in 1985 after 36 years of service. He resided in Ponca City from 1973 to 1998, where he was active in the Northeast Baptist Church. He was active in the Immanuel Baptist Church while residing in Newton, Kan., achieving the title of Deacon Emeritus.  
He was survived by his wife, Susie of the home; two sons, John Simmons and his wife Ligia of Lawrence, Kan., and Michael Simmons and his wife April of Noble, Okla.; a daughter, Anita McLeod and her husband Ken of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and four nephews.  
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Northeast Baptist Church, 2200 Pecan, Ponca City, Okla. 74604. 

Oleta L. Gonterman 
Oleta L. Gonterman, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 29, 2000, at Oklahoma City. She was 86.  
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2000, at the First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tom Ramsey presiding. Burial will be at the IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.  
Oleta Lorene Easky Gonterman was born Nov. 18, 1914, at Leach, Okla., the daughter of Eli Easky and Fannie Edwards Easky. She was married to Raymond “Ray” Gonterman on July 5, 1932, at Claremore with the couple establishing their home in Ponca City. Mr. Gonterman preceded her in death on Nov. 17, 1989.  
The couple purchased the Pine Street Service Station in 1945 before building the Pioneer Service Station and Car Wash on North Fourteenth in 1951. They also owned the Pioneer Liquor Store. The couple also operated a Guernsey Dairy farm from 1934 to 1969.  
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Guild. In earlier years, she was active in the PTA. Her enjoyments were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending the National Finals Rodeo and the 101 Ranch Rodeo as well as other rodeos.  
She is survived by her daughter, Terri Whiting and husband Ray of Ponca City; two granddaughters, Julie Fleming and Krista Barnett, both of Ponca City; two great-grandsons, Raymond Bryce Fleming and Steven Lee Fleming, both of Ponca City. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Eula “Poke” Hadden and Hiawatha Easky.  
Casket bearers will be Loyd Hittle, Wallace Kinzie, Don Evans, Dave Wesbrook, Dane Pryse and Bob Barnett. Honorary casket bearer will be Dr. Bob Gibson.  
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.  
The family will be at 2712 Lake Road. 

Lois Lanier 
Lois Lanier, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 30, 2000, at Westminster Village, Ponca City. She was 90.  
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at the Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. George Weston, First Christian Church, Fairfax, will preside. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.  
Mrs. Lanier was born July 13, 1910, in Texarkana, Texas, the second of four daughters of Mr. And Mrs. O.D. Akin. After graduating high school in New Boston, Texas, she married George Hoskins Eubank on Dec. 26, 1930. Together, they were blessed with two sons, George David Eubank of Ponca City and Robert Dan Eubank, Houston, Texas. Her husband preceded her in death in 1961.  
On February 19, 1966, she married James Wever Lanier and was blessed to add to her family his two sons, James Wever Lanier Jr. of Alvin, Texas, and Dr. Jeffrey Day Lanier, Houston, Texas.  
Throughout her life, Mrs. Lanier devoted herself to her family and her faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sisters, Elriece Davis and Edna Akin.  
She is survived by her four sons; her sister, Dorothy Martindale of New Boston, Texas; her daughters-in-law, Mrs. George (Virginia) Eubank, Ponca City, Mrs. Robert Dan (Carolyn) Eubank, Houston, Mrs. James (Frances) Lanier, Alvin, Texas, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Margaret) Lanier, Houston; her beloved grandchildren, David and Sharon Eubank, Ponca City, Jeffrey Eubank, Austin, Texas, Jim and Pattie Landriault, Alvin, Texas, Bob and Patti Eubank, Dallas, Texas, Bill Eubank, Houston, Texas, Chris and Rachel Gillett, Houston, Texas, Jeffrey Lanier, New York City; her beloved great-grandchildren, Audrey, David and Katherine Eubank, Ponca City, Anna Catherine and Alexander Eubank, Dallas, Brett and Mac Landriault, Alvin, Texas, Christopher and Margaret Elizabeth Gillet, Houston, Texas; and her nephew, John Michael Martindale, his wife, Doreen, and their sons, Chris, Jeff and Mike Martindale, Richardson, Texas.  
There will be a visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2000, at Grace Memorial Chapel, 2016 North 14th Street, Ponca City. 

Jack A. Snider 
Jack A. Snider, 1201 El Camino, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 81.  
The funeral will be Saturday, 11 a.m. in the First Christian Church with the Rev. Kent Dorsey, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home.  
Born Feb. 13, 1919, at Russellville, Okla., he was the son of Emmett Edward Snider and Ethel Elizabeth Hooks. He graduated from high school at Crowder, Okla.  
On Oct. 31, 1942 he married the former Betty Lee Jane Wilson in Ponca City. The couple moved to McAlester before returning to Ponca City in 1945. He was employed as an auto mechanic.  
Jack was a member of the First Christian Church.  
Surviving are his wife, Betty, of the home; a son, Mel Snider of Enid; a daughter, Cheryl and her husband John Moore, Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Molly Smith and her husband Brad of Albuquerque, N.M., Heidi Moore of Portland, Ore., Stuart Moore of Portland, Ore., and Hilary Batterson and her husband Mike of Tulsa; a great-granddaughter, Morgan Batterson; and a brother, Jim Snider of McAlester.  
Casket bearers will be nephews E.J. Wilson, Kenneth Wilson, Delbert Grassman, Charles Condit, Jerry Snider, and Jerry Wilson.  
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 210 N. Fifth Street, Ponca City, Okla. 74601.  
The family will be at the home, 1201 El Camino. 

Neva Lorene McVicker Logan 
BLACKWELL— Neva Lorene McVicker Logan, longtime Blackwell resident, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her home. She was 87.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Larry Keirn of the Ponca City Grand Avenue Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home.  
Neva Lorene McVicker Logan was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Woodward, the daughter of Everett and Blanche McVicker. She grew up on the Hennessey area and graduated from Pioneer High School. She married Clarence Robert Loga,n Dec. 2, 1933, in Enid and they made their first home in the Hennessey area. They moved to Deer Creek in 1947. In 1988 they moved to Blackwell, where they remained. She was a longtime member of the Deer Creek Methodist Church and the First United Methodist Church of Blackwell.  
Survivors include two sons, Clarence Robert Logan Jr. and Carl Loyd Logan of Ponca City; three daughters, Virginia Rose McCollom of Roosevelt, Okla.; Mary Ann Jennings of Tuttle; and Janet Marie Trenary of Blackwell; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Ernest, Byron, William, Clinton McVicker and an infant brother; one sister, Lois Bailey; one grandson and one great-grandson.  
Casket bearers will be Brent Logan, Randal Logan, Jennings, Brad Logan, Rick McCollom, Jay Trenary, Brian Logan, Mark Jennings, and Joey Trenary. 

Alene Shufelberger 
Alene Shufelberger, former Newkirk and Ponca City resident, died Friday afternoon, Mar. 30, 2001, at the Shawn Manor Nursing Home. She was 82.  
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, at the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.  
Alene (Boxley) Shufelberger was born Dec.19, 1918, at Kaw City, the daughter of Jesse Boxley and Nellie (Newberry) Boxley. She attended the Little Beaver School near Kaw City. She was employed many years at the Newkirk Grocery Store. She enjoyed shopping, traveling and being with people.  
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Leo Frank (Buck) Belair, Allen Wilson and Chris Shufelberger; five brothers, Virgil Boxley, Besil Boxley, Glenn Boxley, Emmett Boxley and Otto Boxley; six sisters, Zela Aney, Zeta Cook, Veta Lyons, Nomy Reaves, Georgianna Grimley and Opal Grimley. 

Jon Dale Hasselbring 
NEWKIRK — Jon Dale “Tooter” Hasselbring, longtime Newkirk area resident, died Friday night, March 30, 2001, at his home in Newkirk. He was 64.  
The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 in Christ’s Church with the Rev. Craig Ortwein, the Rev. Gale Rider and the Rev. Mike Sweetman officiating. Burial is to follow in Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. The body will lie in state Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., and Monday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The casket will not be opened at the church.  
The son of John and Ethel (Little) Hasselbring, he was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Estancia, NM. In 1941 he moved with his family to Newkirk where he grew up and received his education, graduating from high school with the class of 1957. He then began working for Goldenstern in Ponca City, and later he became employed at Atlas Tank in Tonkawa. In 1961 he was employed by Apco-Total and had retired in September 1996, after 35 years with the company.  
On Oct. 30, 1960, he and Sharon Mae Helsel were married in Arkansas City, and they made their home there until January 1969 when they moved to Newkirk to raise their family.  
He was a member of Christ’s Church in Newkirk. He so loved his family, grandchildren, woodworking, camping, working outdoors and church activities.  
He is survived by his lovely wife, Sharon; his three children and their spouses, Shelly and Phil Kemmerer of Little Elm, Texas, Charles and Tammy Hasselbring of Rustenburg, South Africa, and Leigh Anne and Clint Johnston of Newkirk; his eight grandchildren, Dusty Thompson, Angel Ariel, Levi and Taner Kemmerer and Kayla, Audrey and Jaycee Johnston; his brothers and sisters, Colleen Pappan of Stillwater, Dannie Hasselbring of Peckham, Emogene Kay, Betty Turner, Elmer Hasselbring, Patsy Rowe and Helen Meloy, all of Newkirk; and a great number of nephews and nieces.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; one half brother and one grandson.  
Those serving as casket bearers are Joe Clark, Danny Sampson, Gene Orlaingor, Leslie Johnston, Harry Wayne Johnston, Travis Locke, Wesley Wood, Carl Riley and Rich McHaffie.  
A memorial fund has been established with Hospice of Ponca City.  
Contributions may be made in Mr. Hasselbring’s memory through Eastman National Bank, Box 468, Newkirk 74647-0468. 

Neil Smith 
Neil Smith, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday morning, March 29, 2001, in the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 85.  
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. J.D. Ward, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial, with Full Military Honors by U.S. Navy of Wichita, Kan., will follow in the Dexter Cemetery in Dexter, Kan., under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.  
Born Olen Neil Smith on March 13, 1916, in Wauneta, Kan., he was the son of Matt A. and Dorothy Lee (Myers) Smith. He grew up and attended schools in Cedar Vale, Kan., graduating in 1933. On June 16, 1937, Neil and the former Laura Lucile Foust were united in marriage in Independence, Kan., and they made their first home in Caney, Kan. In July of 1941, the couple moved to Ponca City and Neil joined Conoco. On April 26, 1944, he was inducted into the U.S. Navy and served in the Philippines during World War II. Upon returning to Ponca City he rejoined Conoco. During his 37 year career with Conoco he served in Kansas, Idaho and Texas, as well as Oklahoma. He was an operations foreman in Ponca City when he retired on April 1,1978. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. His hobbies were woodworking, fishing and camping.  
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lucile, of the home; one son, Richard N. Smith, and wife, Donna, of Sulphur, Louisiana; two grandchildren, Melissa Kay and Melinda Rae; and one brother, James C. Smith of Borger, Texas.  
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Max.  
The family will be at 1313 West Chestnut Avenue to receive friends. 

Doris Irene Shafer 
CRESCENT — Doris Irene Shafer, Crescent resident, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at Edmond Regional Hospital in Edmond. She was 81.  
The funeral will be held at the Smith Memorial Chapel in Crescent at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. John E. Randell of Oaktree Assembly of God Church of Edmond officiating. Burial will follow in Victor Cemetery in Mulhall under the direction of Smith Funeral Home of Guthrie.  
Doris Irene Shafer was born on Oct. 24, 1919, in Waterloo, the daughter of Albert and Ethel Major.  
Survivors include six sons, Glen Shafer, and wife Angie, of Ponca City, Albert Shafer, and wife Maxine, of Houston, Texas, Alan Shafer, and wife Pat, of Wellston, Roy Shafer, and wife Glenda, of Ponca City, Arnold Shafer, and wife Patsy, of Perry, and Ivan Shafer of the home; two daughters, Ruth Wolf and husband Paul of Guthrie, and Fern Elmore and husband Loy Don of Crescent; two brothers, Ernest Major of Del City and Virgil Major of Orlando; two sisters, Hazel Wright of Guthrie and Tillie Humphries of Crescent; a daughter-in-law, Ronda Mae Shafer of McAlester; seventeen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen Shafer; one son, Neal Shafer; one brother; one sister; and one grandson. 

Allen Franklyn WhiteCloud 
Allen Franklyn "Chebon" WhiteCloud, former Red Rock resident, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996, at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa. He was 50. 
The traditional Indian feast will be as noon Monday, Dec. 2, 1996, in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cultural Center. Burial will be in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. 
WhiteCloud was born April 10, 1946, in Perry, to Douglas and Rena (Gray) WhiteCloud. He graduated from McClain High School in Tulsa in 1964. He attended Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., and Okmulgee Tech, Okmulgee, where he graduated with a double major. He had been employed with Phomac Plastic Engineering. WhiteCloud had worked as shipping and receiving clerk with Sheridan Skyline East in Tulsa, and at one time was an x-ray technician. He was baptized at Cedar Creek Church near Coweta, and in 1961, at the age of 15, he was ordained as a deacon. 
He is survived by his mother, Rena; three brothers: Chink, Johnny and Nakose; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father in January, 1994.

Francis Marion Mowdy 
WICHITA - Francis Marion Mowdy died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, in Wichita, Kan. He was 80. 
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinity Baptist Church in Wichita under the direction of the Broadway Mortuary, Inc. of Wichita. 
Mowdy was a retired Cessna Aircraft structural engineer. 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Mowdy; two sons, Frank Mowdy of Wichita and Stan Mowdy of Conway, Ark.; one daughter Elizabeth Mowdy of Ashburn, Va.; two brothers, John Mowdy and Hill Mowdy, both of Ponca City. He was also survived by four grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.

Ted L. Frick 
NEWKIRK - Ted L. Frick, longtime Newkirk resident, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 65. Survivors include his wife, Gracie of Newkirk. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Miller-Stahl Funeral Home.

Joy Dean Sears 
Joy Dean Sears, Ponca City resident, died Friday evening, Nov. 29, 1996 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 64. Survivors include her husband, Cecil, of their home. Arrangements are pending with Grace Memorial Chapel of Ponca City.

Alice Pearl Grantham 
Graveside services will be held for Alice Pearl Grantham Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996 at 2 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City. Services will be under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Teddy Leroy Frick  
NEWKIRK - Teddy Leroy "Ted" Frick longtime Newkirk resident died early Saturday afternoon, Nov. 30, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. He was 65. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller-Stahl Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. J. Craig Ortwein, minister of Newkirk Christ Church, officiating. Burial is to follow in Grandview Cemetery, Kaw City, under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. 
Teddy Leroy "Ted" Frick was born Dec. 7, 1930, the son of Charlie Leroy and Leona Gladys (Wright) Kelly in Mervine. At age one, his father died and he was raised by his step-father and took his name. He grew up and received his education in the Kaw City area, except for short periods of time, when the family lived in Caldwell, Kan., and Atoka. After leaving school he worked on area farms and later worked as a mechanic for the Chevrolet Garage and ran the projection booth for the movie theater in Kaw City. 
He was married to Etha Rose Martin in 1952 in Newkirk and the couple established their home in Ponca City. Frick was employed by Al Neville in his lumber yard and on his farms. He later was employed for a short time by Wayne Bristow in his body shop. Frick then moved back to Newkirk where he was employed as a mechanic for the Chevrolet dealership, and remained there through several owners. In 1961 he opened his own business, Ted's Auto Repair. 
On May 25, 1964, he was married to Gracie Harper Byrd in Bartlesville and the couple established their home in Newkirk. Frick continued to operate his business until ill health forced his retirement in 1982. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, mostly for his own enjoyment, but on occasion filled-in at dances. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and woodworking. 
Survivors include his wife, Gracie, of the home; one son, David Wayne Byrd of Newkirk; two daughters, Jerhonda Kay Wanko of Newkirk and Roselie L. Redford of Augusta, Kan.; his stepparents, Jim and Lillian Frick Creason of Newkirk; one sister, June Martin of Ponca City; a cousin with whom he was raised, J.C. McCune of Newkirk; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his natural parents; a step-father; and one sister, Wanda Joan Frick. 
Casket bearers will be grandsons, Kirk Brown, Christopher Redford, Bobby Redford, Zack Byrd, Mike Peevy and Lance Owen. Honorary bearers will be Jerry Evans, Bill Southern, Charles Houser, Keith Locke and Clifford Lawrence. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Frick's name to the Newkirk Preschool, c/o Eastman National Bank, P.O. Box 468, Newkirk, OK 74647. 
The family will be at 516 North H Street, Newkirk, Tuesday.

Ineva May Reinking  
BLACKWELL - Ineva May Reinking, lifelong Blackwell-Nardin area resident, died Saturday evening, Nov. 30, 1996, at the Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 85. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Blackwell First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Ryser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery at Nardin under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Blackwell. 
Ineva May (Hall) Reinking was born Sept. 9, 1911, in Nardin, the daughter of Harry E. and Ida F. (Braden) Hall. She grew up in Nardin, attending Prairie Home and Nardin High School 
On June 25, 1929, she was married to Jesse Martin Reinking in Winfield, Kan., and the couple established their home in Nardin. They moved to Blackwell in 1941. Mrs. Reinking was a homemaker and was a member of Blackwell First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women and Kum Dbl Sunday School Class. She also taught Sunday School classes there when her children were small. 
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Sharon) Mason of Bartlesville and Mrs. Dale (Eva) Wooderson of Blackwell; one sister, Gloria Ann Hall of Blackwell; one brother, Dean Hall of Blackwell; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 5, 1961; her parents; one brother, Lorin Hall; and one sister, Hazel Reese. 
Casket bearers will be Steve Wooderson, Kyle Wooderson, Drew Wooderson, James Finch, Garlan Terry and Darrell Reese. Honorary bearers will be Ray Turvey, Ed Dwinell, Earl Tolle, John Bontz and Frank Reese. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Reinking's name to the First United Methodist Church, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Joy Dean Sears  
Joy Dean Sears, Ponca City resident, died Friday evening, Nov. 29, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 64. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Doug Scott officiating. He will be assisted by the Rev. Joe Muniz. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. 
Joe Dean (Holloway) Sears was born April 21, 1932 in Rosedale, Ark., the daughter of Harry and Oatha (Quinton) Holloway. She received her early education in the Morrow, Ark., area. 
She was married to Cecil M. Sears on April 30, 1946, in Columbus, Kan., and the couple established their first home in Yakima, Wash. They moved to Ponca City in February 1956, then later to Ventura, Calif. in 1968. They moved back to Ponca City in 1993. Mrs. Sears was a homemaker most of her life and in earlier years, enjoyed craft painting. She was a member of the New Life Pentecostal Holiness Church of Ponca City. 
Survivors include her husband, Cecil, of the home; one son, Garyon C. of Ponca City; three daughters, Mrs. Michael (Phyllis R.) McKay of Ponca City, Mrs. Leroy (Sandra L.) Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. Carl (Nancy K.) Thornton of Ventura, Calif; her mother, Oatha Harrison of Fayetteville, Ark.; one half-brother, Harry Leon Holloway of rural Fayetteville, Ark.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one nephew and one niece. She was preceded in death by her father and one grandson. 
Casket bearers will be L.D. Sears, Kevin Sears and Bill Punches and grandsons, Jason Miller, Matthew Anderson and Mark McKay. 
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Joy Dean Sears, to the New Life Pentecostal Holiness Church, 114 North Oak, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The family will be at 2321 Glenmore Place.

Alice Pearl Grantham  
Alice Pearl Grantham, former Ponca City resident, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 1996, at Castle Garden Nursing Home, North Glenn, Colo. She was 96. 
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grandview Cemetery at Kaw City, with the Rev. Warren Smith, Winfield, Kan., officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. 
Alice Pearl Grantham was born Nov. 12, 1900, near Cambridge, Kan., the daughter of William and Laura (Miller) Correll. 
She was married to Ira Kenneth "Babe" Grantham on May 25, 1918, at Newkirk, and the couple established their first home in El Dorado Kan. They moved to the Fritch, Texas, area in the early 1930s then lived in Elkhart, Kan., from 1961 to 1979. In 1979, they moved to Ponca City. After the death of her husband in 1992, Mrs. Grantham moved to the Brighton, Colo., Community. Mrs. Grantham was a member of the Methodist Church. 
Survivors include one son, Bob Grantham of Brighton, Colo.; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Doris S. Yeary  
PAWHUSKA - Doris S. Yeary, former Ponca City-Marland area resident died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996 at her home in Pawhuska. She was 75. The funeral has been set for 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Pawhuska First Christian Church under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska.

Francis Marion Mowdy 
Funeral to be held at 11 a.m. in the Trinity Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan. Arrangements are under the direction of Broadway Mortuary of Wichita, Kan.

 
Mary Elizabeth Herde Bachman  
BILLINGS - Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Herde Bachman, mother of Lila Logan of Ponca City died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996, in Enid. She was 79. 
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Billings First Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Dark officiating. Burial will be in the Billings (Okla.) Union Cemetery under the direction of Sisson Funeral Home, Billings. 
Mary Elizabeth "Libby" (Chapman) Herde Bachman was born Sept. 8, 1917, in El Reno, the daughter of Mark and Mattie (Henderson) Chapman. She grew up there and graduated from El Reno High School. 
On June 20, 1939, she was married to Arnold Herde in Enid and the couple established their home in the rural Billings area. She was active in community organizations and women's clubs and had been employed with the Billings School system, Noble Dry Goods and the Billings Fairchild Center. She owned and operated the Apple Ceramic Shop and enjoyed working with all types of crafts. 
She was married to Alfred L. Bachman on May 22, 1986 and the couple made their home in rural Henrietta, Texas. After the death of Mr. Bachman she moved back to Billings in 1996 to make her home. 
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. David (Willie) Hale of Shawnee Mission, Kan. and Mrs. Larry (Lila) Logan of Ponca City one sister, Edna Lucas of LaMesa, Calif.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband in October 1974; her second husband in March 1996; and her parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Bachman's name to the Billings Ambulance Fund, c/o Sisson Funeral Homes, 101 South Pearl Street, Billings, OK 74630.

Tommie Louise Tomblin  
CASSVILLE, Mo. - Tommie Louise Tomblin, former Ponca City-Fairfax area resident, died Saturday morning, Nov. 30 1996, at St. Johns Regional Health Center in Springfield, Mo. She was 72. 
The funeral was to be held today at 2 p.m. at the Cassville, (Mo.,) First Christian Church with the Rev. Gary Reed and the Rev. Sid Allsbury officiating. Burial was to be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Cassville, under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Cassville. 
Tommie Louise, (High) Tomblin was born Oct. 15, 1924, in Fairfax, the daughter of James Thomas and Myrtle (Sikes) High. She graduated from Fairfax High School. 
She was married to Maurice Wayne Tomblin on Sept. 23, 1946, in Winfield, Kan., and the couple lived in Ponca City and Hutchinson, Kan., before establishing their home in Cassville in 1964. She and her husband purchased Brown Jewelry in Cassville that same year and operated the business as Tomblin Jewelry. She was a member of the Cassville First Christian Church. 
Survivors include two daughters, Chloe Nell Epperly and Dana Sue Kammerlohr, both of Cassville; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 22, 1986; one stillborn son, Thomas Wayne Tomblin; and her parents. 
Casket bearers will be Charles Epperly, Cody Epperly, Chip Kammerlohr, Hank Lowe, Kent Stephenson and Steve Reid. Honorary bearers will be Bill Davis, Mac Leod, and Johnny Reid. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County DARE Program, c/o Williamson Funeral Home, P.O. box 544, Cassville, MO, 65625.

Doris Florence Yeary  
PAWHUSKA - Doris Florence (Kerns) Yeary, former Marland area resident, died at her home in Pawhuska, Sunday Dec. 1, 1996. She was 75. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Pawhuska First Christian Church with the Rev. Ronald Eldridge officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Ponca City under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Directors of Pawhuska. 
Doris Florence (Kerns) Yeary was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Marland, the daughter of Albert Raymond and Millie Viola (Foreman) Kerns Sr. She grew up and attended schools in the Marland area. 
On July 2, 1942, she was married to Jesse Gordon Yeary in Bay City, Texas, and the couple moved to Pawhuska in January 1946. Mrs. Yeary was employed as a sales clerk and later as secretary of the Pawhuska First Christian Church before her retirement. She and her husband were owners of Gordon's Jewelry and Watch Repairs in Pawhuska from 1957 to 1985. She was a member of the First Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. 
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Yeary of Arlington, Texas and David Yeary of Tulsa; two daughters, Janice Yeary Dunn and Gordonna Yeary Sucky, both of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Thelma A. Johnson of Ponca City and Velma A. Craighead of Woodward; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends in the Marland area. She was preceded in death by her husband in March 1989; her parents; and one brother, Albert Kerns Jr.

Clark H. Miller  
NEWKIRK - Clark H. Miller, longtime Newkirk area resident, died Monday night, Dec. 2, 1996, at St. Anthony's Hospital, Oklahoma City. He was 82. 
The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Newkirk First Christian Church with the Rev. Virgil Swift, minister of Ponca City Crestview Baptist Church and the Rev. Dennis Wildman, minister of the Kildare Baptist Church officiating. Burial is to follow in the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service, Newkirk. 
Clark H. Miller was born, June 28, 1914, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Carl Otis and Rosetta Johanna (Balster) Miller. At an early age, he moved with his family to a location east of Newkirk, just south of the land his grandfather obtained in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run. He grew up in the area and attended Mound Valley Rural School and graduated from Newkirk High School in 1933. During his senior year, he served as State Assistant Vice President of FFA and attended spring baseball camp for the St. Louis Cardinals. Shortly before graduation he received a shoulder injury in an accident which ended a possible career in baseball. After graduation he worked in the oil fields and on pipelines. 
On Dec. 17, 1938, he was married to Berniece Pauline Wallace in Ponca City and the couple established their home east of Newkirk. Miller was employed by Harold "Shorty" Cline until 1944, when the family moved to a farm in the Pleasant View area. In addition to farming Miller began employment with Continental Oil Company in Ponca City. While working for the oil company, he served as pitcher for the baseball team, enabling the team to win several trophies. After his divorce from Rosetta Miller in 1952, he moved to Texas, where he worked in the oil fields. 
On April 23, 1959, he was married to Francile Bowers in Lovington, N.M. and the couple established their home in Midland, Texas. In November 1960 the couple moved to Miller's boyhood home east of Newkirk and in May 1974 they moved into Newkirk following the completion of the Kaw Dam project. Miller was a member of the Kildare Baptist Church, Ponca City Lodge 1031, Loyal Order of Moose, Golden Agers, and the Over "60" Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, and whittling his own fishing plugs. He especially enjoyed visiting with his friends at the sale barn on Mondays. 
Survivors include his wife, Francile of the Newkirk home; two daughters, Mrs. Jerald (June) Hurst of Bristow, and Mrs. Wallace (Margaret) Hasty of Bascom, Fla.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Apache (Joy) Adams of Alpine, Texas, and Mrs. Al (Jeanette) Perkins of San Antonio, Texas; one step-son, Don Garen of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harold, Marvin and Leslie; one sister, Marie Neff; one grandson; and one step-grandson. 
Casket bearers will be Charles Houser, Joe Brewer, Coy Brewer, Ted Chapman, Ray Glenny and Earnest Engleking. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Miller's name to the Newkirk High School FFA, c/o Miller-Stahl Funeral Service, P.O. Box 461, Newkirk, OK 74647.

Joseph Francis Thornton  
Joseph Francis Thornton, longtime Ponca City resident, died Monday evening, Dec. 2, 1996, at his home. He was 79. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Community Christian Church with the Rev. Wayne Majors, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Joseph Francis Thornton was born Oct. 29, 1917, near the Bar L Ranch in the Bressie Community. He was the son of Talbert "Cal" and Mae (Barnard) Thornton and grew up in the Marland area, receiving his education at Rein, Marland, and Peters schools. 
On June 27, 1939, he was married to Anna Mae Levings in Perry and the couple made their home in Marland. Thornton was employed as maintenance man at Leche Laundry for 19 years, then was engaged in farming and custom hay cutting and hauling for more than 20 years. In later years he was employed as custodian for the Security Bank and Trust Co. and at Wal-Mart in Ponca City, where he earned several employee awards. Thornton was a member of the Community Christian Church. He enjoyed collecting model cars, working outdoors, and spending time with his grandchildren. 
Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae, of the home; two sons, Orville Francis and George, both of Ponca City; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Barbara) Hargraves; one brother, Harold, of Blackwell; 22 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one grandson. 
Casket bearers will be Steve Thornton, Gerry Thornton, Kevin Lawson, Keith Lawson, Willy Hargraves and Pete Epperson. Honorary bearers will be John Hasenfratz, Floyd Cantrell, Henry Sisco, Bill Phillips, Larry Speakman, Leon Ward, Charlie Ross and Larry Hughes. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Thornton's name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The family will be at the home.

Mildred O'Dessa Martin  
RALSTON - Mildred O'Dessa Martin, longtime Ralston resident, died Monday night, Dec. 2, 1996, at Fairfax (Okla.) Memorial Hospital. She was 96. 
The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Riverside Cemetery in Ralston with the Rev. George Weston officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax. 
Mildred O'Dessa (Armstrong) Martin was born Feb. 25, 1900 in Richwoods, Ark., the daughter of Sidney Lacargus and Laura Belle (Stringer) Armstrong. She attended schools at Mason, in Okfuskee County. 
She was married to Monty Martin on Jan. 15, 1921, in Castle and they later moved to the Ralston area. Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and a member of the Ralston Federated Church. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, Ralston Quilt Club and Ralston American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting. 
Survivors include four sons, Curtis Dale of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Jimmy Kenneth of Napa, Calif., Bobby G. of Newkirk and Jack of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; two daughters, Laura A. Gallett of Yuma, Ariz., and Monta Lu Renfro of Fairfax; one brother, Leo Armstrong of Tahlequah; two sisters, Eathel Morton of Fairfax and LaVern Little of Crystal City, Texas; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Monty on March 27, 1968; one daughter, Norma, in 1923; two grandsons; her parents; three brothers and one sister. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Martin's name to the Ralston Bible Church, 201 South Sixth Street, Ralston, OK 74650.

Sue Lynn Kanady  
Sue Lynn Gassert Kanady, Ponca City resident, died at her home, Dec. 3, 1996. She was 55. 
A memorial service is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ponca City First Christian Church Chapel with the Rev. Charles Heyer and the Rev. Gerald Klaus, pastor, officiating. At her request, Mrs. Kanady's remains were donated to the Medical Center at the University of Oklahoma for research. 
Sue Lynn (Hansen) Gassert Kanady was born Sept. 30, 1941, in Ponca City the daughter of Richard "Dick" and Ethmer "Mike" (Diener) Hansen. After graduation from Ponca City High School, where she was listed on the Po-Hi honor roll, she attended Women's College in Denton, Texas, and Oklahoma State University. She also attended the Blackwell Hospital School of Practical Nursing. 
She was married to Robert L. Gassert in 1960 in Ponca City and later married Malcolm Kanady. During her nursing career, Mrs. Kanady was employed as coordinator for nursing excellence at Windsor Oxford Place in Coffeyville, Kan.; a field nurse for Health Care and a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital at Independence, Kan.; a nurse at St. Frances Regional Hospital in Wichita, Kan.; and as a staff nurse in coronary care at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She had also served as assistant director of nursing and director of Cardiology and the Pulmonary Departments at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. 
Mrs. Kanady was a member of the Church of the Brethren and the Alzheimer's Association, Chapter 0100. She is listed in the Marquies "Who's Who in American Nursing 1996-97." 
Survivors include two sons, David Gassert of Independence, Kan., and Paul Kanady, Tulsa; three daughters, Marisu Gassert Trendel of Olathe, Kan., Donna Weaver Vineyard of Ponca City, and Rene Kanady Mason of Barstow, Calif.; her mother, Ethmer "Mike" Hansen of Ponca City; 11 grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her father, one sister; one brother; and two aunts. 
Mrs. Kanady requested no flowers be offered but that all remembrances be sent to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601; First Christian Church, P. O. Box 270, Ponca City, OK 74601; or to the Church of the Brethren, Billings, OK 74630. 
The family will be at 844 North Fourth Street.

Harold R. Jones  
MORRISON - Harold R. Jones, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. He was 69. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Morrison (Okla.) Christian Church with the Rev. Michael Stein, officiating. Burial will be in the Resthaven Memorial Cemetery, Ponca City, at 3 p.m. Saturday under the direction of Strode Funeral Home, Stillwater. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. 
Harold R. Jones was born May 1, 1927, in Bucannon County, Mo., the son of Charley and Gladys (Burch) Jones. He attended schools in Missouri and Kansas and graduated from high school in Atchison, Kan. Jones served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48 in the Philippine Islands. 
On Nov. 17, 1949, he was married to Kathleen Gardner in Troy, Kan., and the couple moved to Ponca City in 1959. Jones worked in the heating and air-conditioning business for several years before employment with Conoco Inc. The family moved to Morrison in 1975, where they established their present home. Jones was a member of the Morrison Christian Church, DAV, Christie Jones American Legion Post 343, and the Paralyzed Veterans. He enjoyed working on the computer, coin collecting, fishing and visiting with people. 
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, of the home in Morrison; one son, Larry of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Linda Nelson of Morrison and Lisa Groom of Round Rock, Texas; his parents, Roy and Gladys Filbert of Morrison; one brother, Roy Filbert of Topeka, Kan.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father, Charley Jones; and one infant granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Jones' name to the Morrison Christian Church, Stained Glass Window Fund, P.O. Box 69, Morrison, OK 73061 or to Muscular Dystrophy Foundation c/o Bank of Oklahoma-Lewis Center, P.O. Box 271, Tulsa, OK 74101.

Lester H. Parker  
Lester H. Parker, resident of Ponca City, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 3, 1996 at his home. He was 80.
The funeral service will be Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 at the First Free Will Baptist Church, 2000 East Hubbard Road. The Rev. David L. Bigger, pastor of the church, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Gerald Broadway of Independence, Kan. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery under direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Lester H. Parker was born Sept. 23, 1916 at Copan, Okla., the son of John W. Parker and Elva (Walker) Parker. He received his early education in the Copan Public Schools. He was united in marriage to Marjorie A. Moore on Aug. 22, 1938 at Bartlesville, and established their first home there. 
The couple moved to Ponca City in 1950 at which time Mr. Parker began employment with Continental Oil Co. He retired from Continental in 1976 after 27 years of employment. 
Mr. Parker enjoyed his farming and being with his children and grandchildren. 
Surviving are his wife, Marjorie of the home; two sons, Donus and Gerald, both of Ponca City; one brother, Ernest of Bartlesville; three sisters, Alice Graham of Ponca City, Leoria Kimbley of Pampa, Texas and Margurette Rickard of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Clarence, and a sister, Orleta Jackson. 
Casket bearers will be Harold L. Parker, Jerry B. Parker, Jimmy McPherson, Kevin Kraemer and Ernest Mullins. Honorary bearers will be members of the Mountain Climbers Sunday School Class. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Free Will Baptist Church, 2000 East Hubbard Road, Ponca City, OK 74604. 
The family will be at 2917 Canterbury.

Clinton M. Gearhard  
BLACKWELL - Clinton M. Gearhard, resident of Blackwell, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1996, at his residence. He was 78. 
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in Blackwell IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Cooley, pastor of First United Methodist Church, Blackwell will officiate. Members of the Blackwell American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the flag presentation. 
Clinton M. Gearhard was born Oct. 6, 1918, in Blackwell, the son of Harry C. and Sarah Rebecca (Eudaily) Gearhard. He grew up in Blackwell and attended Blackwell public schools, graduating in 1938. He was a member of the 1937 state championship football team. Following graduation, he attended Temple University and Tulsa University on a football scholarship. 
He married Erma Ruth Marshall on June 19, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa., while he was working on a survey crew. He then entered the U.S. Marine corps and served in the South Pacific during world War II. Following his discharge, he returned to Blackwell and entered into business with his father in Gearhard Plumbing. He operated the business until 1982, when he retired. Erma Gearhard preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 1981. 
On July 29, 1983, he was married to Thelma Welsh in Blackwell, where they established their home. He was a member of the Blackwell First United Methodist Church. Gearhard was an avid golfer and a member of Blackwell VFW, American Legion and Elks Lodge. 
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Gearhard of Blackwell; one daughter, Julie Boersma of Stillwater; one step-son, John Welsh of Braman; one sister, Leota Hartman of Littleton, Colo.; and six grandchildren. In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian Gearhard; and one sister, Bernice Bernadine Ward.

Hubert Lee Moulton  
Hubert Lee Moulton, former Ponca City resident was found dead at his home recently in Walnut Springs, Texas. He was 59. 
A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Ranch Drive Baptist Church, Ponca City, and burial will follow in the Longwood Cemetery, east of Ponca City. Lawson Funeral Home, of Meridian, Texas, is in charge of arrangements. 
Hubert Lee Moulton was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Ponca City, the son of Raymond and Myrtle (Blevins) Moulton. He attended TCJC in Fort Worth, Texas where he earned his associates degree in electronics. 
He was married to Willie Mae Brown in Ponca and the couple made their home in Ponca City in the early 1950s. Moulton was employed as an auto mechanic and in TV and small appliance repair and maintenance as well as in insurance sales during his working years. He was married to Nancy May in 1970. He was a member of the Baptist church. Moulton enjoyed making jewelry, hand carving wood, fishing, music, and helping and visiting with people. 
Survivors include three sons, Kenny, Ricky and Hubert Jr.; two daughters, Connie Moulton and Lee Anne Lounsbury; two brothers, Robert and Raymond; one sister, Rose Marie Lewis; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Enise Ray. 
The family will receive visitors at the Raymond Moulton Home, 306 South Ninth Street.

Fern B. Weber  
TONKAWA - Fern B. Weber, lifelong Tonkawa resident, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 4, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. She was 83. 
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Tonkawa First United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Kanary, pastor, and Dr. Eldon Moelling, minister of the Duncan First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home. 
Fern B. (Leffler) Weber was born Nov. 24, 1913 in Blackwell, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Stover) Leffler. She grew up and attended schools in Tonkawa, graduating from University Prepatory School (Now NOC). In 1930, she began her teaching career at Richland Rural School and later taught in other rural schools. During the summers she attended Central Oklahoma State Teacher College at Edmond. 
On Jan. 12, 1946, she was married to Edward R. Weber at Kingfisher. Mrs. Weber taught in Tonkawa Public Schools at the elementary level and retired as principal of Washington Elementary School in the spring of 1980, completing a 50-year career. Mrs. Weber had been a member of the Tonkawa First United Methodist Church, where she was active in the United Methodist Women. Other memberships included the National and Oklahoma Educational Associations, Retired Teachers Association, National English Teachers Association and she had served on the Tonkawa Library board for many years. 
Survivors include one sister, Helen Pickard, and one brother, Kenneth Leffler, both of Tonkawa; two nieces; two nephews; eight great-nieces and nephews; and three great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 8, 1984; her parents; and one brother, Dean Leffler. 
Casket bearers will be Ron Hodges, Vernray Humphries, John Baum, John McIntyre, Brandt Harris and Mike Owen. Honorary bearers will be Will Miller, Gib Mason, Bill Robinson, Gene LaFitte, Dr. Gerald O'Mealey and Dr. Paul K. Davis. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Weber's name to the Tonkawa First United Methodist Church; c/o McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, 400 East Grand, Tonkawa, OK 74637.

Alice Mae Rains  
BLACKWELL - Alice Mae Rains, Blackwell resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 5, 1996, in the Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 90. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Hackler Funeral Home Memory Chapel in Blackwell. The Rev. Bill Kalfas, pastor of the Blackwell First Church of the Nazarene, will officiate. Burial will be in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery. 
Alice Mae (Fisher) Rains was born Jan. 4, 1906, in southwestern Texas, one of nine children born to William and Martha (Moody) Fisher. She moved to Oklahoma at the age of 15 with her family and settled in the Pawnee area. 
On June 17, 1925, she was married to the Rev. Jess Leo Rains at Pawnee, and the couple shared in the Nazarene Church ministry in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado. After her husband's retirement in 1976, the couple resided in Amarillo, Texas, until moving to Blackwell in 1983. Mrs. Rains was a member of the Blackwell First Church of the Nazarene. 
Survivors include nieces Kathryn Maxey of Bethany, Joyce Jones of Decatur, Texas, and Marian Rhoane of Lakeland, Fla.; nephews Earl Rains of Chelmsford, Mass, Bill Crites of Oklahoma City, and Everett Fisher of Hope, Ark.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Mrs. Rains was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Jess Leo Rains, on Aug. 20, 1993; four sisters; four brothers; one niece and one nephew. 
Casket bearers will be Bill Wente, Bob Jernigan, A.C. Pratt, Tom Spence, Ryan Martin, and Colbey Chittenden. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of The Nazarene or the Blackwell Nutrition Center, c/o Hackler Funeral Home, 301 West Blackwell, Blackwell, OK. 74631.

Ellsworth Kemble  
Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble, Ponca City resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 5, 1996, at the Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 72. 
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Ponca Indian Cultural Center at White Eagle. The traditional Indian feast will begin at noon Sunday, at the Center, and the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Roughface will officiate. Burial will be in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City. 
Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble was born Feb. 20, 1924, in White Eagle, the son of Willie and Mary Horsechief (Eagle) Kemble. He attended Ponca City schools, White Eagle School, and graduated from Chilocco High School. Kemble served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
On July 23, 1947, he was married to Lucy Cornell in Newkirk. Kemble was employed at Boeing and the Coleman Company in Wichita, Kan., and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 25 years of service. He was a member of the United Indian Methodist Church of Wichita and a past member of the Ponca Indian Tribal Council. 
Survivors include his wife, Lucy, of the home; two sons, Kirby of Wichita, Kan., and James of Ponca City; two daughters, Sue Kemble and Terri Kemble, both of Ponca City; two brothers, Sylvester and Drew, both of Ponca City; one sister, Dawn Marie Sloss of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Lansing and Edmond. 
Casket bearers will be John Kemble, Sylvester Kemble, Kirby Kemble, James Kemble, James Kemble Jr., and Joseph R. Feathers.

Wynona F. Brinson  
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wynona F. Brinson, former Ponca City resident, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, 1996, in a Bloomington, Ind., hospital. She was 84. 
The funeral was held graveside in the Rose Hill Cemetery, in Bloomington, on Nov. 30. Arrangements were under the direction of Deremiah-Frye Mortuary Inc., Bloomington. 
Wynona F. (Woodall) Brinson was born Sept. 11, 1912, in Bloomington, Ind., the daughter of Noble and Jenny (Billmeyer) Woodall. 
She was married to LeRoy Brinson Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1978. Mrs. Brinson had been employed as a registered nurse in Riverside, Calif., where she retired. She was a member of the Stanford Baptist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary Post 18, VFW Auxiliary 604, Eagles Auxiliary 1085 and Moose Auxiliary 1082. While living in Ponca City she was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Kathryn E. Manning of Ponca City; three sons, LeRoy A. Brinson of Barstow, Calif., Donald E. Brinson of Riverside, Calif., and William Brinson of Bloomfield, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Harrison and Katie Palmer.

Ellsworth Kemble  
Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble, Ponca City resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 5, 1996, at the Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 72. 
A prayer service was conducted Friday evening and Saturday at the Ponca Indian Cultural Center in White Eagle. The traditional Indian feast will begin at noon today (Sunday), at the Center, and the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Roughface will officiate. Burial will be in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City. 
Ellsworth "Chick" Kemble was born Feb. 20, 1924, in White Eagle, the son of Willie and Mary Horsechief (Eagle) Kemble. He attended Ponca City schools, White Eagle School, and graduated from Chilocco High School. Kemble served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
On July 23, 1947, he was married to Lucy Cornell in Newkirk. Kemble was employed at Boeing and the Coleman Company in Wichita, Kan., and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 25 years of service. He was a member of the United Indian Methodist Church of Wichita, and a past member of the Ponca Indian Tribal Council. 
Survivors include his wife, Lucy, of the home; two sons, Kirby of Wichita, Kan., and James of Ponca City; two daughters, Sue Kemble and Terri Kemble, both of Ponca City; three brothers, Sylvester and Drew, both of Ponca City, and John of Oklahoma City; one sister, Dawn Marie Sloss of Wichita, Kan.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Lansing and Edmond. 
Casket bearers will be John Kemble, Sylvester Kemble, Kirby Kemble, James Kemble, James Kemble Jr., and Joseph R. Feathers.

Rudolf H. Walleen  
TONKAWA - Rudolf H. Walleen, longtime resident of Tonkawa, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 88. 
The funeral service will be Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 10, 1996 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tonkawa with Pastor Intern Stephen Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery under direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, Tonkawa. 
Rudolf Walleen was born Jan. 21, 1908, in Hominy, Okla., the son of Nathan and Ida (Holtman) Walleen. He was raised and educated in Hominy, graduating in 1927 from Hominy High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. After graduation he moved to Tonkawa where he worked for Oscar Merrill, Wetmore's and Smith-Gruner, prior to buying the Mullins Hardware Store in 1952. He owned and operated that business in Tonkawa until his retirement in 1970. 
On Jan. 21, 1934, he and Fannie Blagden were married in the Christian Church at Blackwell. Following retirement, the couple spent their summers fishing in South Ford, Colo., and their winters in Nilan, Calif. He was a member of the Tonkawa First Presbyterian Church, as well as the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. 
Mr. Walleen is survived by his wife, Fannie, of the home; and one daughter, Loutricia Walleen of Concord, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister, who died in infancy. 
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Tonkawa Public Library. McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, 100 East Grand in Tonkawa will act as custodian of those funds.

Esther Lillian Chaffee  
BLACKWELL - Esther Lillian Chaffee, resident of Blackwell, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 96. 
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, at the First United Methodist Church in Blackwell. The Rev. Charles Ryser will officiate. Cremation will be accomplished following the Tuesday service. Burial of the cremains will be in Blackwell Cemetery at a later date. Hackler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and visitation will be held at the funeral home prior to the service. 
Esther Lillian Chaffee was born Jan. 7, 1900, in Deer Creek, Okla., the daughter of Fred and Bertha (Fuget) Lane. She received her education in Deer Creek, graduating in 1920 from high school. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Hahn Monument Co. in Blackwell from 1920 until 1934 when she retired. Following retirement, she dedicated herself to volunteer work, especially helping others. 
She and Dee Marion Chaffee were married July 3, 1933, in Alva. Mr. Chaffee preceded her in death on July 19, 1977. 
Mrs. Chaffee had been a resident at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home since March, 1994. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. 
Surviving are her son, David Chaffee of Dallas, Texas; two nephews, two nieces and two grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Ida Affholder, Bessie Carter, Hazel Somerville and Freda Burk.

Lee Spurgeon  
PAWNEE - Lee Spurgeon, longtime resident of the Fairfax-Ralston area, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in Pawnee. He was 67. 
The funeral will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996 at 2 p.m. in the First Assembly of God Church in Pawnee with the Rev. Ray Moffeit officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Pawnee under direction of Poteet Funeral Home. 
Lee Spurgeon was born Dec. 10, 1928 in Shamrock, Okla., the son of Elmer L. and Emma Maxine (Holderby) Spurgeon. He lived most of his life in the Fairfax/Ralston area and was a lifelong cowboy and rodeo hand. 
He and T. Marie Brumfield were married Dec. 30, 1950 in Cleveland, Okla. 
Surviving are his wife, Marie of the home in Ralston; a daughter, Jeannie Spurgeon; three sons, David, Joe and Jimmy; five grandsons and two granddaughters; a brother, Ted McGee of Lacey, Wash. and five sisters, Estel Byrd of Delcona, Fla., Cora Meskimen of Plano, Texas, Mary Hudgins of Del City, Exie Bishop of Ponca City, and Juanita Bishop of Oklahoma City, also numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dub and Johnnie.

Lloyd Harold Kitterman  
FAIRFAX - Lloyd Harold Kitterman, resident of Fairfax, died Friday evening, Dec. 6, 1996 in Fairfax Memorial Hospital. He was 86. 
The funeral will be graveside today (Dec. 8, 1996) at 2 p.m. in the Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. George Weston will officiate. Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
Lloyd Harold Kitterman was born Nov. 25, 1910 in Yale, Okla., the son of Orville V. and Grace Evaline Sissell Kitterman. He grew up and went to Fairfax schools, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1932. 
He and Evelyn I. Irons were married June 9, 1932 in Pawnee. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and security guard for Boeing in Wichita, Kan., from 1950 to 1974 when he moved back to Fairfax. 
He was an active member of the Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed golf and fishing as hobbies. 
Surviving are his wife, Evelyn of the home in Fairfax; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Myers of Fairfax and one brother, Floyd O. Kitterman of Fairfax, also three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Scott in 1958. 
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Fairfax Center Citizens Center, 600 West Taft in Fairfax, Okla. 74637. 
The family will be at the home of Barbara Myers in Fairfax.

Jan Brown  
FONTANA, Calif. - Jan S. Brown, former Ponca City resident, died of heart failure on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1996, at her home in Fontana, Calif. She was 36. 
Private family services were held in Fontana on Dec. 6. Arrangements were under the direction of Ingold Chapel, Fontana. 
Jan Brown was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Norman, the daughter of Jim and Susie (Marcum) Brown. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1978 and attended college at Northwestern State University at Alva. She had worked as a self-employed nanny. 
Survivors include her parents, Jim and Susie Brown of Ponca City and John and Arlene Piazza of Fontana, Calif.; three brothers, Stephen Marcum Brown of Studio City, Calif., Mike Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brandon Brown of Coppell, Texas; two step-brothers, Kenny Thomas of Texarkana, Texas and Darrell Thomas of Ponca City; and five step-sisters, Theresa Lloyd of Ponca City, Kathy Prine, Debbie Cordua, Margaret Piazza and Jeanette Davault, all of Fontana, Calif.; and her step-grandfather, Al Coffte of Fontana. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Ms. Brown's name to the Old Timers Foundation at 8572 Sierra Ave., Fontana, CA 92335.

Angeline Dupuis  
KAW CITY - Angeline (Jones) Dupuis died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996 in Tulsa. She was 73. 
Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City under the direction of Moore's Memory Chapel in Tulsa. 
Angeline Dupuis was born May 15, 1923 at Kaw City, the daughter of Casper and Mary Jones. She had been a Tulsa resident since the 1940s, a former member of Mayfair Baptist Church and a longtime employee of Excel Photo Finishing. She was a retired catalog clerk of Crane Carrier, Inc. 
Mrs. Dupuis was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. Surviving are two sisters, Viola "Bunky" Morgan of Tulsa and Alvina Payne of Salina; one brother, Jack Jones of Trinity, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. 
  
James E. Rains  
James E. Rains, 46-year-old resident of Oklahoma City, passed away on Dec. 6, 1996. He was born June 1, 1950 in Muskogee, Okla. 
James was employed 26 years by Kerr McGee and served 21 years in the Army National Guard. He was also an avid auto racing participant. 
Mr. Rains is survived by his parents, Royal Waymon and Dorothy Rains of Ponca City; a daughter, Kelly Elaine Rains of Oklahoma City; two sisters, Royaline Rains of Tonkawa and Gail Grandquist of Sandy Valley, Nev.; a niece, Tiara Walls of Henderson, Okla.; a nephew, Rodney Rains Marler of Tonkawa, and numerous friends from his many years of service at Kerr McGee. 
Graveside services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 1996 at Sunnylane Cemetery in Del City. Paylor Funeral Home, Midwest City is in charge of arrangements.

Vincent V. Turpin  
Vincent V. Turpin, former Ponca City resident, died Friday, Dec. 6, 1996, at his home in Tulsa. He was 82. 
A private family service was held today at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Vincent Turpin was born Jan. 14, 1914, in Winfield, Kan., the seventh of eight children born to Ashby and Mary Virginia (Sparks) Turpin. He grew up on the family farm south of Winfield. As an infant he was baptized in the Grace Episcopal Church. He attended the Excelsior Rural School and graduated from Winfield High School in 1933. While growing up, he was employed on several farms in the Winfield area. 
On June 30, 1935, he was married to Vivian Parkerson, of Winfield. The couple moved to a farm northwest of Ponca City where they made their home and farmed. They moved to Westminster Village in July 1985, and then to Tulsa in 1995. While living in Ponca City the couple was affiliated with the Church of God. 
Survivors include his wife, Vivian, of the home; two daughters, Marcia Turpin Howland of Topeka, Kan., and Linda Turpin Arnold of Beaumont, Texas; two sisters, Virginia Turpin Wonder and Gertrude Turpin Muret, both of Spokane, Wash.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Turpin's name to Gospel Recordings International, 122 Glendale, Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026-5889.

Frances E. Kygar  
Frances E. "Betty" Kygar, longtime Ponca City resident, died Friday evening Dec. 6, 1996, at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 69 years of age. 
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1996, in the First Baptist Church Chapel with the Rev. Steve Harden, pastor of Southside Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Betty Kygar was born Jan. 12, 1927, in Robinson, Kan., the daughter of Charles Augustus and Velma (Abbot) Frost. She graduated from Ponca City High School at the age of 14 and went on to attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman. 
On Aug. 25, 1950, she was united in marriage to Wilson Lynch "Bill" Kygar in Sedan, Kan., and the couple made their home in Ponca City. Mr. Kygar preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Kygar was a homemaker and enjoyed working in her garden and playing bridge. She attended Southside Baptist Church. Mrs. Kygar was a member of several national organizations which oppose the intrusion of federal government into individual liberties. She was affiliated with the John Birch Society for a number of years. 
She is survived by her children: Dan Kygar of Ponca City, Sally Peden of Enterprise, Ala., and Nancy Kygar of Austin, Texas; one brother, Jack Frost of Hiawatha, Kan.; two grandsons, Gregory Charles Peden and Bradley Wilson Peden, both of Enterprise, Ala. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Charles Frost. 
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Ok 73104, or to Southside Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1518 South Fifth Street, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The casket will not be open following the service, however, friends may call at the funeral home until noon, Tuesday. 
The family will be at 801 Edgewood.

Jan Brown  
FONTANA, Calif. - Jan S. Brown, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 1996, at her home in Fontana, Calif. She was 36. 
Private family services were held in Fontana on Dec. 6.  
Jan Brown was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Norman, the daughter of Jim and Arlene Brown. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1978 and attended college at Northwestern State University at Alva. She had worked as a self-employed nanny. 
Survivors include her parents, Jim and Susie Brown of Ponca City and John and Arlene Piazza of Fontana, Calif.; three brothers, Stephen Brown of Studio City, Calif., Mike Brown of Las Vegas, Nev., and Brandon Brown of Coppell, Texas; two step-brothers, Ken Thomas of Texarkana, Texas and Darrell Thomas of Ponca City; and five step-sisters, Treasa Lloyd of Ponca City, and Kathy Prine, Debbie Cordua, Margaret Piazza and Jeanette Davault, all of Fontana, Calif. 
Jan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Buster Marcum and Leo and Katherine Brown; a cousin Greg Reed; aunt, Helen Culp; and aunt and uncle, Peggy and Don Pope. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Jan's name to the American Diabetes Association at 6465 South Yale, Suite 404, Tulsa, OK 74136.

Dr. Charles L. Benson 
CHEROKEE - Dr. Charles Leonard Benson, father of Rusty Benson and Kathy Blew, both of Ponca City, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was 78. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the Cherokee (Okla.) Municipal Cemetery, with the Rev. LaVern Draper officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee. 
Dr. Charles Leonard Benson was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Coaldale, Pa., the son of John Berior and Mary Catherine Green Bengtsson. He grew up in Tamaqua, Pa., where he graduated from high school in 1936. Dr. Benson graduated from Duke University of Medicine in 1943 and served a surgical residency at Palmerton (Pa.) Hospital. During World War II, Dr. Benson served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He served as an orthopedic surgeon at Portsmouth (Va.) Naval Hospital; and later as senior medical officer on the USS Marlboro. 
He was married to Marjorie Duffy RN, on Jan. 1, 1944, at Redding, Pa. Following his discharge from the U.S. Navy, he completed surgical residencies at the Welch (W.Va.) Emergency Hospital and at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, N.J. The family moved to Cherokee in 1947, where Benson established the Benson Clinic. He was still a practicing physician there at the time of his death. Benson was a member of the American Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners and the Association of Railway Surgeons. He had also served as Alfalfa County Medical Examiner and County Health Officer. 
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; one son, Rusty Benson of Ponca City; two daughters, Kathy Blew of Ponca City and Mary Todd Benson of Tempe, Ariz.; one brother, Dr. Walter R. Benson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; one sister, Hazel Jenkins of Allentown, Pa.; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Benson's name to the EMS Training Fund, c/o Goodwin Funeral Home, 106 West Second Street, Cherokee, Ok 73728.

Ruth Marie Boyer  
BLACKWELL - Ruth Marie Boyer, Blackwell resident, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 7, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. She was 85. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Rowland Briggs officiating. Burial will be in Blackwell IOOF Cemetery, under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Wednesday, then the casket will be closed. 
Ruth Marie (Billbe) Boyer was born Nov. 24, 1911, in Oak Valley, Kan. the daughter of Robert F. and Stella (Howard) Billbe. When she was 4 years old, she moved with her parents to Bartlesville, where she grew up and attended schools.  
She was married to E.R. Boyer on Sept. 3, 1927, in Blackwell and they made their first home in Bartlesville. In 1939, they moved to Blackwell, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Boyer was employed as office custodian at Blackwell Zinc Co. until her retirement. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. 
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Fitch and Linda Trenary, both of Newkirk; six sons, Bob of Bartlesville, Ron of Durant, Kenneth of Ulysses, Kan., Gary and Allen, both of Blackwell, and John of Yukon; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 19, 1970; her parents; three sisters, Ethel Suagee, Enid Long, and Bertha Glaze; two grandsons; and one daughter-in-law. 
Casket bearers will be David Boyer, John Boyer, Charles Boyer, Kirk Fitch, Keith Boyer, Jeff A. Boyer and Todd Boyer. Honorary bearers will be Neal Trenary, Jeff T. Boyer, Zeke Boyer, Andy Sexton and Russell Sexton. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Boyer's name to Immanuel Baptist Church, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Delores Ann Simmons  
Delores Ann Simmons, longtime Ponca City resident, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 9, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 52. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Craig Ortwein, pastor of Christ's Church, Newkirk, officiating. Burial will follow in the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Delores Ann (Cranford) Simmons was born Feb. 3, 1944, in Ponca City, the daughter of Clenis Glenwood and Katherine (Montgomery) Cranford. She grew up and received her education in Ponca City and Arkansas City, Kan. 
She was married to Lauren Simmons on Nov. 27, 1970, in Arkansas City, Kan. Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker. She enjoyed painting, spending time with her family and taking care of her nieces and nephews. 
Survivors include her husband, Lauren "Shorty" Simmons of the home; three children, Monte Simmons of Athens, Tenn., Kristi Trembley and Laurie Weaver, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Wayne Cranford of Ponca City; three sisters, Connie Jo Green and Donna Gail Newlin, both of Ponca City, and Patsy Willerton of Stillwater; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Glenda Jones. 
Casket bearers will be Jim Kelly, Buddy Wilkins, Wesley Green, Darren Cranford, Dustin Cranford, and Jason Newlin. Honorary bearers will be Shane Green, Ryan Green, Kevin Newlin, Devin Newlin and Kathy Jackson. 
The family will be at 714 North Sunset Street.

Ruby May Rhoads  
FAIRFAX - Ruby May Rhoads, Fairfax resident, died Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 1996, at Fairfax Memorial Hospital. She was 80. 
The funeral was held Dec. 9, at the Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Weston officiating. Burial was in Fairfax Cemetery.  
Ruby May (Wann) Rhoads was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Magazine, Ark., the daughter of William Ezra and Sarah Florence (Boyer) Wann. She attended schools in Magazine and later at Fairfax, where she graduated from Fairfax High School in 1934. 
She was married to Herman Lee Rhoads on Feb. 18, 1936, in Fairfax. Mrs. Rhoads was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Osage Baptist Church, and a past member of the Fairfax Home Demonstration Club. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and craft work. 
Survivors include her husband, Herman Lee Rhoads of the home; one son, Tom L. Rhoads of Fairfax; two daughters, Nelda Kitterman of Fairfax and Monica R. Cartwright of Tulsa; three sisters, Floy Rhoads and Ruth Crain, both of Fairfax, and Maxine Belt of Midland, Texas; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Wanda Lee Peterson; and two brothers, Jewell Self Wann and William Ezra Wann Jr. 
Casket bearers will be R.C. Wood, Clyde Moore, Harold Gamble, Barney Moore, Mike Rhoads and Bobby Rhoads. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfax Public Library, 158 East Elm Street, Fairfax, OK 74637. 
The family will be at the Herman Rhoads Home.

Virginia Marie Weingart  
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Virginia "Ginny" was born in the Bronx, N.Y., June 24, 1915, to Josiah Fitch and Regina Cahill. A year later the family was completed with the arrival of baby sister, Janet. Regina and Josiah married late in life and their two daughters meant everything in the world to them. 
Ginny's family moved to Fort Meyers, Fla., where her father was elected Mayor. She and Janet shared a life most children only dream of. Their home was right across the street from Thomas Edison and the sisters were able to spend many wonderful hours in his company. Ginny found Mr. Edison fascinating and often shared the story of listening to his very first Victrola. Ginny and Janet were also chosen as escorts to Mr. Edison's Automobile for the opening of the Edison Bridge across the Caloosahatchie River.  
A short time after graduating from Fort Meyers High School in 1933, Ginny's father passed away and she and her mother relocated to Pensacola, Fla., where Ginny met and fell in love with a Navy pilot, Lou Weingart. They were married and moved to Lou's birthplace, St. Louis, Mo., where Ginny was acquainted with Lou's family. While there, Ginny gave birth to their first child, Joy, and later, daughter number two, Dottye. The family relocated once again to New York City and a third daughter, Diane, was born. 
Lou's career caused subsequent moves to Rhode Island, Kansas City, Miami Shores, and Houston. In 1945, the family finally settled in Ponca City. During the first six years there, the family grew to a total of eight, with the births of Patty, Tony, and Jann. Although raising six children took most of Ginny's time, she still found it possible to become active in many civic organizations as well as leisure activities including golf, bridge, and swimming. 
When the children had grown and departed, Ginny and Lou drifted apart and were divorced. Ginny, longing to be near the ocean again, moved to San Diego. There she quickly made many new friends and became involved in several organizations including The Globe Guilders, Pt. Loma Newcomers, The Kona Kai Club, and St. Vincent dePaul volunteers. Living in San Diego afforded Ginny the opportunity to engage in all her favorite sports year round and she continued to travel extensively. Her very favorite destinations were the resides of her five grandchildren, Leslie, Tanya, Brandie, Gilles and Lauren. 
The last five years of Ginny's life were spent in La Mesa, Calif., where she was active in additional organizations, such as The San Diego Missionaries, USD School of the Third Age, and the Village Ladies Guild. In 1995, Ginny was diagnosed with emphysema, greatly limiting her activities. 
Ginny's love of God, love of life and love of family never wavered and near the end, her only comfort was found in the daily visits from members of her family - as it should have been - for nothing was more important to her than her family. Ginny, who died Nov. 27, 1996, will always be remembered with love and greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. 
A memorial mass was held in Mission San Diego De Alcala in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 4. The Rev. Bill Springer served as Celebrant. Arrangements were under the direction of Telophase Cremation Society.

Thomas Carl Libby 
BLACKWELL - Thomas Carl Libby, Blackwell resident, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 1996, in Laverne. He was 60. 
The funeral will be held graveside in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Jackie Crafton, First Assembly of God Church, will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Friday. 
Thomas Carl Libby was born Oct. 13, 1936, in Barnsdall, the son of Orville and Lillian (Clapp) Libby. He grew up and attended schools in Barnsdall, graduating from Barnsdall High School in 1954. He was a member of the Barnsdall Baptist Church. After graduation he was employed as a welder for various companies. He married and he and his wife made their home base in Barnsdall, while Libby traveled to various communities to work. 
On July 11, 1969, he was married to Patsy M. Harris in Greenville, Miss., and the couple lived in various locations where his job took them. In 1978, they established their permanent home in Blackwell, while Libby continued to work in various locations. 
Survivors include his wife, Pat Libby, of the home in Blackwell; three daughters, Tonya Wyrick of Delaware, Okla., Bobbie Jeaneane Looper of Blackwell and Robin LaDonna Farris of Cabot, Ark.; one son, Robert Michael Gilliand of Union, Miss.; his mother, Lillian Libby of Barnsdall; one brother, James B. Libby of Blackwell; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Sandra Shreffler.

Helene Mae Jacaway 
TONKAWA - Helene Mae Jacaway, died at her home in Tonkawa, Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, after a short illness. She was 91. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the Lamont (Okla.) United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Leonard, minister, officiating. Burial will be in Lamont Cemetery under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, Tonkawa. 
Helen Mae (Bradfield) Jacaway was born May 4, 1905, in Lamont, the daughter of O.J. and Cora (Shaffer) Bradfield. She attended Lamont schools and was active in quartets, chorus, drama and basketball, graduating in 1924. She was a member of the Lamont United Methodist Church. 
On Feb. 21, 1928, she was married to Lloyd Jacaway and the couple made their first homes in the Lamont and Pond Creek areas. In 1940, they moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., where Mrs. Jacaway was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Beverly Hills, serving as Worthy Matron in 1961. They moved back to Oklahoma in 1979 and made their home in Tonkawa. 
Survivors include one sister, Grayce Allen of Caldwell, Kan.; four nieces; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Garland and Prentis "Sye" and one sister, Marguerite. 
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made in Mr. Jacaway's name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Cancer Research, c/o McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, 400 East Grand, Tonkawa, OK 74653.

E. K. Morgan 
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - E.K. Morgan, former Ponca City resident, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, at his home in Overland Park, Kan. He was 71. 
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newcomer's Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan. 66204. A graveside service will be held at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Arrangements and cremation were under the direction of D.W. Newcomer's Sons Overland Park Chapel in Overland Park, Kan. 
E. K. Morgan was born April 9, 1925, in Seadrift, Texas, and was a 1948 graduate of Texas State University. He also earned a masters degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City in 1968. Morgan began employment with Conoco Inc. in 1948 and retired as manager of the Retail Credit Card Center in Ponca City in 1985. He later moved to Overland Park, where he was a member of the Overland Park Host Lions Club and the Ancient Mariners. 
Survivors include his wife, Jean Morgan of the home; two daughters, Donna Powell of Houston, Texas, and Denise Stonger of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Winston Morgan of Seadrift, Texas; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Darrell. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Morgan's name to the Kansas City Hospice, c/o Overland Park Chapel, 8201 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS 66204.

Marilyn Arlene Stowers 
Marilyn Arlene Stowers, former Ponca City resident, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at her home in Albuquerque, N.M. She was 63. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 10 a.m. Thursday at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Heyer, associate pastor of Ponca City First Christian Church, officiating. Local arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Marilyn Arlene (Rheam) Spilman Stowers was born Oct. 8, 1933, in Fayetteville, Ark., the daughter of Arnold and Eula (Black) Rheam. In 1936 the family moved to Ponca City where she grew up and attended schools, graduating from Ponca City High School in 1951. She was baptized and became a member of the Ponca City First Christian Church in April 1944. 
On Dec. 28, 1950, she was married to Guy W. Spilman in Ponca City and the couple lived in various states while Mr. Spilman served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. Mr. Spilman preceded her in death in 1976. 
She was married to Charles Stowers on Sept. 2, 1978, in Abilene, Texas. Mrs. Stowers was employed for several years as personnel manager for Kmart in Abilene. At the time of her death she and her husband owned and operated a janitorial supply store. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home in Albuquerque, N.M.; one son, Randy Spilman of Frederickstown, Ohio; two daughters, Debra Genzel of Cove, Ark., and Valerie Cowley of Edgewood, N.M.; her mother, Eula Rheam of Ponca City; three sisters, Ramona Sheldon and Sheila Swords, both of Ponca City, and Eleanor Leh of Clovis N.M.; two brothers, Maurice Rheam of Baltimore, Md, and Max Rheam of Ponca City; one stepson, Randall Stowers of San Antonio, Texas; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and first husband. 
The family will be at the Swords residence, 237 South McCord Road.

Sylvia M. Jacobs  
Sylvia M. Jacobs, longtime Ponca City resident, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 1996, at Shawn Manor Nursing Home in Ponca City. She was 84. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Heyer, associate pastor of Ponca City First Christian Church will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Sylvia M. (Sayles) Jacobs was born Nov. 12, 1912, in Billings, the daughter of C.A. and Mildred (Bates) Sayles. She grew up in Enid, where she received her education and graduated from Enid High School. She also attended Phillips University in Enid. 
On Aug. 16, 1935, she was married to Victor E. Jacobs in Enid, and the couple moved to Ponca City in 1941. Mrs. Jacobs was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her home and family. She had been employed at Grandview Hospital in Ponca City for about five years. 
Survivors include on son, Dave Jacobs of Ponca City; two daughters, Mrs. James (Judy) Lawson of Ponca City and Mrs. Paul (Nancy) McEnany; sister, Anabel Faddis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. 
The family will be at the Dave Jacobs home, No. 4 Rockview Road.

Gladys G. Trapp  
NASH - Gladys G. Trapp, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at Terrace Gardens Nursing Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 96. 
A vesper service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at Cochran Mortuary, 1411 North Broadway in Wichita, Kan. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Home Cemetery in Nash, Okla. 
Gladys G. (Shane) Trapp was born Feb. 26, 1900 in Nash, the daughter of Louis C. and Nettie (Russell) Shane. 
She was married to O.C. Trapp in November 1943, in Pawnee, where she had been employed as a stenographer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The couple made their home in Ponca City for several years where they were engaged in real estate and the cement construction business. Mr. Trapp preceded her in death in March 1964. In 1981, Mrs. Trapp moved to Wichita, Kan. She was a former member of the Enid (Okla.) Order of Eastern Star. 
Survivors include one sister, Vivian Alexander of Wichita, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.

Reality Joia Alexander  
PAWNEE - Reality Joia Alexander, daughter of Derwin and Charlotte (Hawkins) Alexander, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, in Dallas, Texas. She was four months of age. 
The funeral will be held graveside at the South Indian Cemetery in Pawnee with Y. Yaacob M. Hawkins of Abilene, Texas, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee. 
Reality Joia Alexander was born July 12, 1996, in Irving, Texas, the daughter of Derwin O. and Charlotte F. (Hawkins) Alexander. Her epitaph reads, "Here for awhile, loved for a lifetime." She attended the House of Yahweh church. 
Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Chastity Joy Alexander and Serenity Joie Alexander; one brother, Princeton Bennayah Alexander; and numerous other relatives. 
Reality was preceded in death by her grandparents, Darlene J. Carson Hawkins, Anson J. Carson, and David Alexander; and great-grandparents, Mable Fox Carson and Jewel Carson.

Garry Dean McDaniel  
RALSTON - Garry Dean McDaniel, former Ralston resident, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 1996, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was 39. 
A graveside funeral will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Ralston at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Robert Glasgow officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Garry Dean McDaniel was born March 1, 1957, in Hereford, Texas, the son of Zack Deton and Velma L. (Kistler) McDaniel. He graduated from high school in Johnson, Kan., in 1976. 
McDaniel, who was a resident of Hardesty, was employed as a maintenance man and electrician at the Seabor Packing Plant in Guymon and a member of the Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and working. 
Survivors include one son, Christopher, and two daughters, Heather and Ashley, all of Pratt, Kan.; his parents, Zack and Velma McDaniel of Ralston; three brothers, Larry of Fairfax, Deton of Ralston, and Robert of Greenwood, S.C.; and one sister, DeVella Allison of Grayhorse. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lin McDaniel and his grandparents. 
Honorary casket bearers will be Pete Reimer, Jimmy Scott, Galen Brown, Marvin McKinney, Gorden Renfro, Bill Jorden and Rey Martinez.

Leothea Mae McDaniel  
EUFAULA - Leothea Mae McDaniel former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1996, at the Checotah Manor Nursing Home in Checotah. She was 83. 
The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Simons Funeral Home in Eufaula, with the Rev. John Parish officiating. Burial will follow in the Checotah Cemetery. 
Leothea Mae (Chappell) McDaniel was born March 20, 1913 in Eakley, the daughter of Richard A. and Nora (Snow) Chappell. 
She was married to Stafford McDaniel on Jan. 17, 1967 in Ponca City. Mrs. McDaniel was a bookkeeper and had lived in Ponca City for 33 years and at Yukon for 20 years before moving to the Eufaula area. 
Survivors include her husband, Stafford McDaniel of the home; two daughters, Betty Woodward of Olive Branch, Mo., and Patty Nemecek of Yukon; three stepsons, Wayne McDaniel of Yukon, J.W. McDaniel of Ada and Stanley McDaniel of Eufaula; two stepdaughters, Peggy Bunyard of Ada and Carol Ann Heileman of Binger; one sister, Golda Chambers of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk  
Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk was born on March 20, 1923 in Werchniaczka, Ukraine, the son of Ivan and Afija Szekmar Hercyk. 
One of his fondest childhood memories was of the winters he spent snow skiing in the Carpathian Mountains. As a young boy, Easter was his favorite time of year. It is a festive celebration with families visiting house to house feasting on Ukrainian Easter bread that had been blessed by the Church, along with many other traditional foods. And on Sundays after church, families gathered together for an afternoon of relaxation after dinner. 
The last time he saw his parents was Dec. 24, 1939, when he was 16. He left school and his ambition of becoming a doctor in order to enlist in his country's army. In 1940, Russian soldiers captured him and sent him to a Russian labor camp, from which he escaped a year later. Hours after his escape, and unknown to him, World War II began. He was captured again three days later by Germans who thought he was an early Russian army deserter. Once again, he managed to escape and by the war's end was alone in Germany. 
Realizing there was no future for himself in a devastated land, he entered a camp run by the International Relief Organization. As a camp photographer, he met the woman who was to become his wife. 
Kateryna Makaruk also left Ukraine at age 16, but went directly to Germany where she began work on a farm. She was one of many young people taken from surrounding areas to replete the German working class. The couple married in Tiibingen, Germany on Nov. 24, 1945. He was 22 and she was 20. 
On New Year's Day 1946, Russian officers and French troops entered the camp and imprisoned the majority of those in the camp who had refused to return to Ukraine and certain death. That night the French guards got drunk and the prisoners escaped through a window and fled through the deep snow into the Black Woods to Ludwigsburg, Germany, in the American Zone. 
While at the displaced persons camp in Ludwigsburg he worked as a carpenter for the United States Army. In March, 1947, he joined the International Police Force in Zufenhausen, Germany. He, his wife and daughter, Anna, born in 1946, remained there until their departure for America. They arrived at Ellis Island, New York, on August 7, 1949, with high hopes for a bright and happy future for their family in a country where they were free. 
He originally thought he would be going to Richmond, Va. But upon landing in New York City, he was approached by two men who asked him if he could ride a horse. So he found himself working on Bob Donaldson's ranch near Burbank, Okla. In 1950, he went to work for Gonterman's Dairy and Pioneer Service Station in Ponca City. 
Coming from generations of farmers in Ukraine's fertile breadbasket of the world, he dreamed of a farm of his own and through hard work and sheer determination, that dream came true in 1954 when he purchased his first 40 acres and a farm house. In 1955, he went to work for Nickles Machine Corp., from which he retired in 1988. He then worked full-time farming and ranching 875 acres with his sons. 
He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965 and considered America his home but he still had deep emotions and affection for his native Ukraine. He never imagined he would one day see the fall of Communism and the Iron Curtain and freedom for Ukraine. In 1992, Stefan and Kateryna returned to Ukraine for the first time in 53 years. They went again in 1995 to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with their brothers, sisters and their families. 
He enjoyed his family and farming. He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church since Easter Sunday in 1950. He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and a board member of Rural Water District No. 3 for the past eight years. 
Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk died Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, 1996 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center of heart failure. He was 73. 
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996 at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, pastor, celebrant. 
His grandchildren will serve as lectors and in bringing up the gifts at communion. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
Survivors include his wife, Kateryna, of the home, daughters and sons-in-law Steve and Anna Henley of Oklahoma City, Jim and Mary Smith of Ponca City; sons and daughters-in-law John and Neta Hercyk and Steve and Teri Hercyk of Ponca City. Grandchildren are Stacey Lewis of Oklahoma City, Derek Henley of Kansas City, Mo., Stefanie Henley of Oklahoma City, Catherine Smith, Brian and Katie Hercyk, Greg Baldwin and Nathaniel Hercyk, all of Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Casket bearers will be Bill Church, Joe Coffee, John Kifiak, Cecil Koehn, Harlan Overman and Don Schiltz. Honorary casket bearers will be Bill Flegler, Sr., Dr. Bob Gibson, Hal Hendrickson, Jack L. Jones, Mark Liegerot, Antoni Olejniczak, Ellis Overman, George Paczkowski, Maciej Razowski. Alex Shadan, Joseph L. Schiltz, Jr., and Norman L. Smith. 
The Knights of Columbus will present an Honor Guard. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School Foundation, P.O. Box 1330, Ponca City, OK 74602. 
The family will be at the family home on Route 5, Box 521, Ponca City.

Levi Tillman King 
Levi Tillman King, resident of Marland, died at his home on Thursday evening, Dec. 12, 1996. He was 55. 
A prayer service was to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 1996 at the Ponca Indian Baptist Church. The Traditional Indian Feast will be held at noon on Monday at the church, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ted Freeman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under direction of the Trout Funeral Home. 
Levi Tillman King was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Pawnee, Okla., the son of Funston B. and Bertha (Clark) King. He attended Pawnee Indian School, Chilocco Indian School, Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., and Bacone College in Muskogee. 
Tillman worked as a roofer most of his working life, working in several states, including California, Texas and Oklahoma. He was active in sports, especially football, while at Haskell Institute. He enjoyed fishing and Indian Fancy Dancing. Ill health forced his retirement in the mid-1980s. 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara King of Tulsa; three sons, Brian of Tulsa, Randy and Donald, both of Lawton; two daughters, Nikki King of Texas and Cindy King of Lawton; eight brothers, George Woodrow King, John W. King, Philmore H. King, Chester Cline Haines, Douglas King, Francis King, Fred King and Robert LeClair King; five sisters, Pauline Warrior, Elizabeth King Switch, Nellie King, Cora King and Laura King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Alton, and a brother, Francis Roy King. 
Casket bearers will be John K. King, David W. King, Indian Brown, Dwayne Williams, Victor Sakiestewa, and Emery Roy. Honorary bearers will be Craig Lewis, Les Williams, Jasper Clark, Kelly Clark, Clarkson Little Cook and Dallas Kent.

Dawn Renee Hisey 
Dawn Renee Hisey, Ponca City resident, died Saturday evening, Dec. 14, 1996 at a local nursing home. She was 48. 
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m., at the Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Rev. Wayne Majors, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
Dawn Renee Hisey was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Abilene, Kan., the daughter of Edwin and Roberta (Nesselrode) Gartrell. She graduated from Lamont High School in 1965. While in high school she was very active in band. She attended Northwestern College in Alva, and graduated from Northern Oklahoma College with an Associates Degree in Humanities. She was a member of the drama department at NOC. 
On Oct. 10, 1975 she was married to Howard L. Gray in Ponca City. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1986. 
She worked as a respiratory therapist at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, a counselor for Alpha II, and the director of the Senior Citizens Center. 
On June 12, 1993 she and Gene Hisey were married at the Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ponca City. 
She attended Community Christian Church. 
Surviving are four daughters, Gina Hunter of Tulsa, Mary Ramsey of Kansas City, Kan., Edwina Bridgman of Ponca City, and Adriana Gray of Stillwater; a son, Arthur Hisey of Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother, Roberta Gartrell of Ponca City; a sister, Leslie Gartrell Trepfer and a brother, Forest Gartrell, both of Denver, Colo. 
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard L. Gray on June 9, 1986 and Gene Hisey on November 27, 1996, also her father and grandparents, Carl and Bessie Nesselrode. 
Casket bearers will be Jack Day, Howard Percy, Allan Ramsey, Bill Bridgman, Forest Gartrell, and John Sebring. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hisey's name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 104, Ponca City, Okla 74601. 
The family will be at the home, 120 Austin Road.

Lena Willie Ozella Conner 
ARKANSAS CITY, KAN. - Lena Willie Ozella Conner, resident of Arkansas City, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at her home. She was 77. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996 at the Hawks Funeral Home in Arkansas City with the Rev. Henry Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Parker Cemetery in Arkansas City. 
Lena Conner was born Aug. 6, 1919 in Clorhide, N.M., the daughter of Wesley Gaston and Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Hobbs. She attended schools in Hot Springs, N.M. 
She and Eugene Harris Conner were married May 20, 1937 in Hot Springs, and moved to Arkansas City in 1948. He died on Jan. 13, 1992. 
Mrs. Conner had worked for Rodeo Meats in the Peal and Pack Department from 1952 until retiring in 1979. She was a member of the IXL Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her son, Wesley Conner of Newkirk; three daughters, Viola Richardson of Ponca City, Ozella Vince of Geuda Springs, Kan., and Naomi Pappan of Arkansas City; seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson and granddaughter. 
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association, and contributions may be left at the funeral home. 
Friends may call at the funeral home this evening until 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Truman Dailey  
Truman Washington "Soaring High" Dailey, long-time Red Rock resident, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in Stillwater. He was 98. 
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Peek, pastor of Community Christian Center, Red Rock, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
Mr. Dailey was born Oct. 19, 1898, in Red Rock, son of George Washington and Kate (Samuel) Dailey. He was married to Lavina Koshaway. She preceded him in death in March 1988. 
For many years Dailey was employed by Disneyland of Anaheim, Calif., as the master of ceremonies for the Native American Indian Cultural Center. He also farmed. In 1993 he received an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Missouri in Columbia. 
At the time of his death he was the eldest elder of the Otoe-Missouria tribe and had served on the Tribal Council for two years. He was a member of the Eagle Clan and a member of the Native American Church. He made tepees, making his last one three years ago. 
Survivors include a niece, Constance Harper of Red Rock; two nephews, Quentin Harper of Pawhuska and Benjamin Harper of Baltimore, Md., and numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 
Casket bearers will be D. W. Denny, Dwight Denny, Deland Denny, Theodore Hall, Emmett Hall, Blaine Hall, Charles Faw Faw, and Calvin Dailey. Honorary casket bearers will be Shane Bereman, Daniel Denny, Sanoc Denny, Thomas Butler, Blaine Hall and Ramiro Ramirez II. Flower girls will be Cherise Faw Faw, Michelle Cline, Goya Denny, Cassandra Bereman, Rosie Faw Faw, Danica Hall, and Lillie Ann Hall. The family will be at the home.

Charles E. Grimley  
Charles E. Grimley, long-time Ponca City resident, died Sunday afternoon, Dec. 15, 1996, at the Shawn Manor Nursing Home. He was 87.  
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ed Coy Light, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove section of the Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, Inc., 1904 North Union No. 103, Ponca City, Ok. 74601. 
Charles E. Grimley was born July 29, 1909, in Kildare, the son of Arthur "Archie" and Clare (Sierman) Grimley. He received his education in Kildare schools. 
He married the former Opal C. Boxley in Arkansas City, Kan. Sept. 19, 1931, and the couple made their home in Kildare before moving to Ponca City in 1941. 
During the Depression Mr. Grimley worked for the WPA in Kay County and was later employed as a painter by Continental Oil Company. He retired from Continental in 1966 with 27 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, working jigsaw puzzles and watching baseball games. 
Surviving are his wife, Opal, of the home; two sons, Charles Grimley of Arkansas City, Kan., and Jerry Grimley of Rio Rancho, N.M.; three daughters, LaWanda French, Joyce Smotone and Jeanie Walker, all of Ponca City; one sister, Clara Rutherford of Ponca City; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, three brothers and one grandson. 
Casket bearers will be grandsons, Rick French, David French, Randy Smotone, Kevin Smotone, Mike Grimley and Terry Young. The family will be at the home, 148 Cooley.

Clyfton H. Corp  
TONKAWA - Clyfton H. Corp, 81, a former Tonkawa resident, died Sunday in the South Haven Guest House in South Haven, Kan. 
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the IOOF Cemetery of Tonkawa. Officiant will be the Rev. Glenn Hunt, pastor of the Grace Community Church of Tonkawa. 
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home of Tonkawa. 
Corp was born Dec. 2, 1915, in Jefferson County, N.Y., the son of Charlie H. and Irene M. (James) Corp. He was reared in the Dexter, N.Y., area, settling in California in the 1940s. He married the former Vera L. (Parson) Munhall in 1971 in Las Vegas. 
The couple moved to Braman in 1972 and to Tonkawa in 1980. He farmed in New York and was an auction associate and handyman in Oklahoma. Corp moved to Kansas in 1994 and had resided at South Haven Guest House since October. 
He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 28, 1986, and his parents. Survivors include stepsons, Harold Munhall of Fort Worth, Texas., Raymond Munhall of Hillsboro, Ore., and Bill Munhall of Tonkawa; stepdaughters, Alice Ronck of Portland, Ore., Irene Armstrong of Riverside, Calif., and Bernita Lambing of Braman; one brother, Howard Corp of Crescent City, Fla., and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Betty L. Tomlin 
Betty L. Tomlin, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Monday morning, Dec. 16, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 57. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Memorial Chapel with Evangelist Fredia Widener of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, presiding. Interment will be at Ralston Riverside Cemetery. 
Betty L. (Allen) Tomlin was born July 15, 1939, at Ralston, the daughter of Roy and Rosalee (Glasby) Allen. She moved with her family to Ponca City in 1949 and attended Ponca City schools. 
On June 21, 1956, she was married to Charles Tomlin at Newkirk and the couple made their home in Ponca City. Mrs. Tomlin was a homemaker and a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed attending flea markets and garage sales and playing Bingo. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home; two sons, Toby and Mike, both of Ponca City; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Brenda) Reed of Ponca City; her mother, Rosalee Allen White of Ponca City; four sisters, Sue Sober, Joyce Sober, Darlene Hilton and Velma Hutchison, all of Ponca City; one brother Jack Allen, of Ponca City; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Bob Allen. 
Casket bearers will be Gary Reed, Toby Tomlin, David Hutchison, Brad Ricker Kenneth Sober and Gary Sober. 
The family will be at 109 South Ash Street.

Arthur E. Durheim 
COVINGTON - Arthur E. Durheim, brother of Carl Durheim of Ponca City, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Enid. He was 79. 
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Covington with the Rev. Richard J. Docekal officiating. Burial will follow in the Covington Cemetery under the direction of Henninger-Allen Funeral Home of Enid. 
Arthur E. Durheim was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Covington, the son of Charley and Katherine Metscher Durheim . He attended St. John's Parochial Grade School and graduated from Covington High School in 1937. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe. 
Durheim was employed at Beech Air Craft in Wichita, Kan., for 28 years and also owned and operated Durheim Service Station north of Covington for a number of years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post at Enid. 
Survivors include three brothers, Carl of Ponca City, and Louis and Clarence, both of Enid; three sisters, Freda Reim of Covington, Mildred Bernard of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kathryn Harman of Perry; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Durheim's name to St. John's Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, c/o Henninger-Allen Funeral Home, P.O. Box 507, Enid, OK 73702.

Mildred Rae Krohn 
Mildred Rae (Ross) Krohn, former Webb City resident, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 16, 1996, at the Ponca Nursing Home. She was 92. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Memorial Chapel in Ponca City. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City. 
Mildred Rae (Ross) Krohn was born Oct. 24, 1904, in Foil, Mo., the daughter of John Alfred and Susie (Copley) Ross. She attended elementary school in the Foil area and after earning a Missouri Teacher's Certificate, taught at the Hi-Low Community School in Missouri before settling in DeNoya. She was also employed at the Osage Theatre in DeNoya as a ticket taker. 
She was united in marriage to Richard Krohn on June 25, 1924, in Newkirk and the couple made their first home in DeNoya. They moved to Webb City in 1931, where Mrs. Krohn served as a substitute teacher in the elementary schools in Webb City and Burbank. She also served as bookkeeper for her husband in his businesses, including the Osage Garage until 1951, the Krohn Construction Company from 1951-65 and the Krohn Antique Store from 1967-1991. The couple moved to Ponca City in 1994. 
Mrs. Krohn was a member of the Webb City United Methodist Church in the 1940s-50s, where she served as superintendent of Sunday Schools. She was also an active member of the Webb City chapter of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron in 1952. Her hobbies included growing flowers and vegetable gardening, sewing, and collecting and selling depression glass. 
Survivors include two daughters, Erma Ruth Witchie of Littleton, Colo. and Karyl A. Price of Stillwater; one sister, Iva Cole of Shidler; one brother, Robert Ross of Ava, Mo., six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Krohn on Jan. 14, 1995; her parents; one brother, Bill Ross; and one sister, Oma Brown. 
Honorary casket bearers will be Richard Richardson, Gene Witchie, Ron Witchie, Richard Price, Grady Price and Randy Price.

Wilma E. Hart 
CHICKASHA - Wilma E. Hart, mother of Mrs. Michael (Julane) Taylor of Ponca City, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in Chickasha. She was 87. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel in Chickasha with the Rev. Bob Brown, Epworth United Methodist Church, officiating. The Rev. Gary Layman, New Life Christian Church, will assist. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko. 
Wilma E. (McBride) Hart was born Aug. 21, 1909, in Welch, the daughter of the Rev. Joseph T. and Mary (White) McBride. She traveled and lived with her family in several communities throughout Oklahoma, following her father, who was a Methodist minister. She attended Oklahoma City University, and taught in southwest Oklahoma for nine years. 
She was married to Ira D. Hart Sr., on Nov. 27, 1930, in Hastings. The couple moved to Anadarko in 1939 and purchased the Oklahoma Tire and Supply (OTASCO) in 1944. The family remained in that business for more than 40 years. Mrs. Hart was a member of the Anadarko First United Methodist Church and the Sorosis Club, Philomathic Club and the United Methodist Women's Association. She moved to Chickasha in January 1987 and became a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and the Yet Set group. 
Survivors include four sons, Ira of Lawton, Allen M. and Joe, both of Chickasha, and Gordon of Tulsa; three daughters, Pauletta Wilson of Houston, Texas, Carole McCarthy of Flower Mound, Texas, and Julane Taylor of Ponca City; one sister, Murrah George of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira, on Jan. 16, 1968; her parents; three brothers and two sisters. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hart's name to a charity of choice.

Herman Roth 
Herman Roth, Ponca City resident, died Monday morning, Dec. 16, 1996, at his home. He was 65. 
The graveside funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
Herman Roth was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Caldwell, Kan., the son of Peter and Mary Roth. Roth served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
He farmed in Caldwell and did custom wheat harvesting from Texas to South Dakota until moving to Ponca City in the mid 1980s. While living in Ponca City he was employed as director of maintenance at Ponca Plaza and harvested wheat in this area as well as in Caldwell, Kan. Roth also was employed in yard work for several local residents. He retired in 1995. He enjoyed spending his time with his grandchildren and working. 
Survivors include one son, Hubert Roth of Guymon; three daughters, Dana Payne of El Dorado, Kan., Meredith Box of Anthony, Kan., and Dink Darby of Quitman, Texas; one brother, Robert Roth of Buffalo; two sisters, Rosemary Moore of Great Bend, Kan., and Marcella Melody of Illinois, and nine grandchildren. 
  
Roy Robert Whiting Jr. 
Roy Robert Whiting Jr., former Ponca City resident, died Monday, Jan. 16, 1996, at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He was 44. 
The graveside service will be Friday, 11 a.m. in the Odd Fellows Cemetery with the Rev. Jesse Mannering, associate pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home. 
Whiting was born July 12, 1952, in Ponca City, to Roy Robert Whiting and Lillian Hager Whiting. He grew up in Arkansas City, Kan., where his parents owned and operated the Whiting Furniture Store. He attended Arkansas City schools and graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City. He then attended Oklahoma State University majoring in English and later transferred to Okmulgee Tech where he graduated with a degree in commercial art. 
Mr. Whiting returned to Stillwater to work for the Art Department of Oklahoma State University. In 1982 he moved to Dallas, Texas, to work for the Dallas Times Herald. At the time of his death he was employed by the Dallas Morning News as a commercial artist in the advertising department. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading and collecting comic art books. 
He is survived by his mother, Lillian Whiting, Stillwater; two aunts, Louise Russow and Leta Russell, Gravette, Ark.; cousins, Karolyn Hron, Marian Gibson and Robert Whiting, all of Ponca City, Kathryn Pepper, Albuquerque, N.M., John Whiting, Crowley, La., Mel Thompson, Littleton, Colo., Bob Thompson of Olathe, Kan., Rebecca Whiting, Bartlesville, John W. Hron, Suzy Hron, Toni Gibson and Bobby Gibson, all of Ponca City. 
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stillwater, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076. 
The family will be at the home of Karolyn Heron, south of Ponca City.

Hugh Lester Tickel  
BLACKWELL - Hugh Lester Tickel, lifelong Braman-Blackwell resident, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 95. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Blackwell with Warren Stafford officiating. Burial will be in the Braman Cemetery. 
Hugh Lester Tickel was born May 2, 1901, on the family homestead near Braman, the son of Hiram Albertis "Bert" and Inez Pearl (Torrence) Tickel, who had acquired that land in the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893. He grew up in Braman, attending Plainview School and was baptized in the Chikaskia River. After his schooling, Tickel began employment in the oil fields until 1919, when he attended auto mechanic school in Oklahoma City. After graduation, he returned to Braman to work as a mechanic. 
On Feb. 14, 1927, he was married to Myrtle Elizabeth Hobaugh, in Newkirk, and the couple made their first home on the J.W. Brown lease. In 1939, they lived in Hays, Kan., for one year before moving to Blackwell, where Tickel was employed by Poling Oil Company. Two years later he formed Tickel Drilling Co., and operated it until turning the business over to his son and retiring in 1968. He was a member of the Braman Methodist Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Pauline Blay of Blackwell; one brother, John L. Tickel of Odon, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, on March 14, 1981; one son, James H. Tickel; his parents; two brothers, Homer and Clarence; four sisters, Clara Young, Lorraine Davis, Dorothy Johnson and Lola Tickel; and a daughter-in -law. 
Casket bearers will be Travis Holmes, Brad Severson, Ryan Harris, Cory Engle, Scott Blay, Justin Campbell, Brandon Blay and Robbie Blay. Honorary bearers will be Richard Miller, Bob Miller, Russell Holmes, R.V. Wagner, Bonnie McIntyre, Harold Weigle, Benny Turner and Gaylord Ford. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Tickel's name to the Oklahoma City Baptist Medical Center Burn Unit, c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Jan Hepler  
BOERNE, Texas - Jan Hepler, former Ponca City resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996, in Texas. She was 59. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boerne (Texas) First United Methodist Church. A private burial will be held in the Boerne Cemetery under the direction of Vaughan's Funeral Home, Boerne. 
Jan (Pierce) Hepler was married to Charles M. Hepler and the couple moved to the Ponca City area in 1975, when her husband was employed by the City of Ponca City as the first executive director of the Marland Estate. While living here, Mrs. Hepler was employed as a counselor at Roosevelt Elementary School with the Ponca City school system. 
The family moved from Ponca City to Oklahoma City in 1984, then later to San Antonio, Texas where Mrs. Hepler served as head counselor of the Zachary Middle School, Northside ISD. The couple had lived in Boerne, Texas, for the past eight years. Mrs. Hepler, attended the Boerne First United Methodist Church, and enjoyed riding competitively in team penning with her husband. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles M. Hepler of the home in Boerne; one son, James Hepler of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Dwayne (Dana) Busselman of Flower Mound, Texas; two brothers, James Pierce of Albuquerque, N.M. and David Pierce of Blackwell; one sister, Lou Ann Vaught of Cordora, Tenn.; and six grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hepler's name to the First United Methodist Church, c/o Vaughan's Funeral Home, 319 East San Antonio Street, Boerne, TX 78006.

Arlyn Vincent  
TONKAWA - Arlyn Vincent, Tonkawa resident, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 1996, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Ponca City. He was 59. 
The funeral is set for 1 p.m. Friday at the McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home Chapel in Tonkawa. Dr. John Bartlett, minister of Tonkawa First Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery. 
Arlyn Vincent was born July 13, 1937, in Tonkawa, the son of Adrian and Hazel (Wile) Vincent. He grew up and received his education in Tonkawa schools. After graduation from Tonkawa High School in 1955, he attended Oklahoma State University and received a degree in soil conservation in 1959. 
Vincent was employed with the United States Department of Agriculture at Albuquerque, N.M. for several years before returning to the Tonkawa area. He was most recently employed as a maintenance coordinator at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, until 1992. Vincent was a member of the Tonkawa First Christian Church. 
Survivors include his parents, Adrian and Hazel Vincent of Morrison; two sons, Jeff of Perry and Kurt of Billings; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Denise Vincent.

Ira A. Stewart  
Ira A. Stewart, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 77. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with Larry King, pastor of Good News Christian Fellowship, Marion, Kan., officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home until noon Saturday. 
Ira A. Stewart was born June 10, 1919, in Prague, the son of Earl M. and Mary Richard (Puthoff) Stewart. He was married to Laveita Janeway on Sept. 15, 1940, in Guthrie. 
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Larry of Newkirk and Ronald of Marion, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.

Danny Gene Cochran  
TONKAWA - Danny Gene Cochran, lifelong resident of Tonkawa, died Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 1996, at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was 54. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Prairie View Cemetery, south of Tonkawa. Pastor Intern Stephen Phillips, Tonkawa First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home, Tonkawa. 
Danny Gene Cochran was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Tonkawa, the son of William Richard and Lucille Mae (Farmer) Cochran. He grew up and received his schooling in Tonkawa. After receiving his education he began a career in food service, and was employed at Mary's Tonkawa Grill for more than 20 years. He was most recently employed at the Northern Oklahoma College Cafeteria. Cochran was a member of the Tonkawa First Presbyterian Church. 
Survivors include two sisters, Peggy West and Elva Mae Barns, both of Tonkawa; one brother, Mick Cochran of Red Rock; five nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two nieces and a brother-in-law.

Helen Marie Hall  
Helen Marie (Hull) Hall, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 1996, at the Ponca City Nursing Home. She was 95. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 3 p.m. Saturday, at Ponca City IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Denny Hook, pastor, First United Methodist Church, officiating. A memorial service will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 2 p.m. Saturday. 
Helen Marie (Hull) Hall was born Dec. 21, 1900, in Braddyville, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer M. and Bessie Ellen (Martin) Hull. She moved to Ponca City in December 1916, and graduated from Ponca City High School in May 1920. She became a member of the First United Methodist Church in January 1917. She attended Normal University (now Highlander University) in Las Vegas, N.M. and then served as bookkeeper from May 1940 to September 1952, for Hatfield Food Store in Ponca City. 
On Oct. 6, 1951, she was married to Leonard W. Hall in Ponca City. Following her employment at Hatfield's, Mrs. Hall was employed as assistant manager at Bivins Book Store for 12 years and also worked as a proof reader at the Ponca City News for a year. In addition to her membership at the First United Methodist Church, she was a charter member of the Idle Hour Club and a member of the literature committee of the Ponca City Woman's Club and the Progressive Club. She was an avid reader and often presented book reports. 
Survivors include a son-in-law, Eddie Davis of Ponca City; one step-son, Adin H. Hall of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1984; and her parents. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Library Fund, P.O. Box 348, Ponca City, OK 74602. 
The family will be at the home of Eddie Davis, 1411 Reveille Drive.

Kenneth R. Sandborn  
WINFIELD, Kan. - Kenneth R. Sandborn, father of several Kay County residents, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 18, 1996, at Braman. He was 77. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Miles Funeral Service Chapel in Winfield, Kan. Military graveside rites and burial will be conducted later at the Burden (Kan.) Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and before the funeral, Monday. 
Kenneth R. Sandborn was born April 30, 1919, at Larned, Kan., one of three children born to Harold Piel and Josephine Blanche (Shorter) Sandborn. As a child, he moved with his parents to a farm southwest of Burden. He received his education in the Eaton School and Burden High School. As a young man he worked as a farmer. 
In March 1937, he was married to Elda France at Wellington, Kan., and the couple were later divorced. He was employed as a truck driver for the Harry Grimes Trucking Co., in Arkansas City for several years. Sandborn served three years in the U.S. Navy as a seaman during World War II and one year in the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he returned to Kansas and was employed with the Santa Fe Railway for 10 years. Sandborn also farmed in the Eaton Community most of his adult life, retiring in 1981. He attended the Church of Christ Church and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 
Survivors include five sons Donald E. of La Puente, Calif., Bobby C. and Harold "Kenneth", both of Braman, Gary L. of Wichita and Danny R. of Blackwell; one daughter, Judy A. Knight of Highland, Ind.; one step-daughter, Hazel Riggs of Ponca City; one brother M. Carroll Sandborn of Burden, Kan.; one sister, Kathryn Miller of Winfield, Kan.; 23 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sandborn's name to the Home Health Care Unit, Newton Memorial Hospital, Winfield, Kan. 67156.

Marion J. Shearer  
MUSKOGEE - Marion James Shearer, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at Muskogee Regional Medical Center. He was 72. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Muskogee with the Rev. April Baker officiating. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, under the direction of Bradley Funeral Service, Muskogee. 
Marion James Shearer was born Aug. 24, 1924, in Blackwell, the son of Clarence and Elizabeth Shearer. He grew up in the Blackwell-Tonkawa area, attending schools there and in Oklahoma City. 
On Dec. 30, 1966, he was married to Dolores Childress in Irving, Texas. Shearer owned and operated an upholstery business in Ponca City before moving to Muskogee in 1977 to make his home. While living in Muskogee, he was employed by Jimmy Leake, restoring classic automobiles, a knowledge he enjoyed sharing with other people. He was involved in the football and soccer clubs and a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his grandson. 
Survivors include his wife, Dolores Shearer of the home; one daughter, Brenda Williams of Muskogee; one sister, Anna Belle Williams of Moore; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, James Ray Shearer; his parents; three brothers; and three sisters. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Shearer's name to the Wesley United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society, c/o Bradley Funeral Service, 1020 West Okmulgee Street. Muskogee, OK, 74401. 
  
Elizabeth Oberschelp  
Elizabeth "Betty" Oberschelp, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 94. 
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Monty Fey, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home until 8:30 a.m. Saturday. 
Mrs. Oberschelp was born Oct. 23, 1902, in El Reno, Indian Territory, Oklahoma, to Thomas Edward and Laura Elizabeth (Doyle) Sturman. At an early age, she moved with her parents to Apache and later to Anadarko, where she received her education, graduating from high school in 1920. She attended Phillips University in Enid and went back to Anadarko to teach second grade for two years. She moved to Ponca City in October 1924, where she joined the school faculty, teaching first grade at Garfield and the following year at Roosevelt schools. 
On Oct. 10, 1925, she was married to Arthur W. Oberschelp in Winfield, Kan. He preceded her in death in 1984. They made their home in Ponca City, later moving to their present home in Osage County. In her early years she was active in PTA, serving as president at Garfield, McKinley, Junior High and the Ponca City PTA Council. A member of Ponca City Mother's Club since 1924, she also served as president of that club. She was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as pianist and soloist of that group. Mrs. Oberschelp was active in Rainbow Girls, earning the Grand Cross of Colors award. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was active in Presbyterian Women and a member of the Chancel Choir for 67 years. 
She is survived by two daughters, Thyra Wilson of Osage County, and Ann Youngquist of Tallahassee, Fla.; a foster daughter, Juni Parks, of Ponca City; eight grandchildren, Priscilla Ann Wells, and husband, Clarence; Paula Sue Dechert and husband, Lou; Scott Wilson and wife Susan; Mark Wilson and wife, Cindy; Jay Wilson and wife, Cindy; Michael Youngquist and wife, Vickie; Lisa Hall and husband, Tom; Steve Youngquist and wife, Lisa; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Grace Thurman and Leah Allen, two brothers, Jess Hall and Hal Sturman; and one great-grandchild. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1442, Ponca City, OK 74602. 
"Breathe ye deeply, Butterfly, your time has come to pass."

Ethel Rich Sugg  
Ethel Rich Sugg, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital in Blackwell. She was 90. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Ponca City with the Rev. Buddy Bolin, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, Kan. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. Friends may call at the funeral home until 8:30 a.m. Monday. 
Ethel (Collmann) Rich Sugg was born Oct. 25, 1906, in Haven, Kan., the daughter of George and Katarina (Peters) Collmann. She received her education in the Fairmont, Okla., and Winfield, Kan., schools and continued her education at Southwestern College in Winfield where she earned a degree in music. 
On July 2, 1931, she was married to Paul G. Rich and the couple made their first home in Winfield, where they owned and operated Rich Electric Co. In 1945, the couple moved to Ponca City and Mr. Rich died that same year in June. Mrs. Sugg was a music teacher in the Cowley County, Kan., and Kay County rural schools for several years before opening the Rich Studio in Ponca City. She was married to John Garroutte on Dec. 22, 1952. 
She was later married to James Sugg on Sept. 8, 1985. Mrs. Sugg taught private lessons in piano, organ and vocal music to hundreds of students of all ages. She was active in music instruction up until she was in her 80s. 
Mrs. Sugg was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, where she had served as organist and choir director in past years. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary and past secretary of the Senior Bowling League. She enjoyed china painting, ceramics and bowling. Mrs. Sugg moved to Hillcrest Manor in Blackwell in November 1995. Mr. Sugg preceded her in death in March 1996. 
Survivors include one son, Robert Rich of Ponca City; one daughter, Aneita LaFountain of Nashville, Tenn; two step-daughters, Evelyn Tomlinson of Muncie, Ind., and Joyce Snipes of Owasso; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and three nieces and one nephew. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. 
Honorary casket bearers will be Jonathan Rich, Michael Rich, Ron Butler, Thomas Gaden, Frank Roach, Clyde Robins, Jack Swinehart, Boe Kizer, Leon Cross and Bill Lauppe. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Sugg's name to the Asbury United Methodist Church Piano Fund, 700 West Liberty, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The family will be at 423 Drake Drive 

Bobbie D. London  
Bobbie D. London, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 70. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Trout Funeral Home chapel with Carl Maples, minister of Hartford Avenue Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home until noon Monday. 
Bobbie D. (Gullett) London was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Aplin, Ark., the daughter of S.V. and Lyda (Doyle) Gullett. She grew up in Aplin and graduated from Aplin High School. 
In 1952, she moved to Ponca City. She attended Northern Oklahoma College at Tonkawa where she earned an associate's degree in both art and nursing. She was a charter member of the Hartford Avenue Church of Christ, having joined in 1958. 
On Oct. 9, 1959, she was married to Jack London in Fairfax. Mrs. London was an avid painter and enjoyed gardening. She was active in Ponca City garden clubs, organizing the Northern Oklahoma Daylily Society. She was also a member of the Ponca City Art Association. 
Survivors include her husband, Jack, of the home; two daughters, Margaret Gaspar of Sacramento, Calif., and Pamela M. Dickens of Mason, Texas; two brothers, Louis C. Gullett of El Monte, Calif., and Dr. Dale Gullett of Dierks, Ark., seven sisters, Olga Carter, Augusta Grounds, Grace Padgett, Billie Colwell and Jeanette Little, all of Perryville, Ark., Alma Tyler of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and Elois Wisley of Booneville, Ark.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, William Green Gullett. 
Casket bearers will be Walt Beam, John Cox, Bob Gibson, Jim Grubb, Howard Hulsey, and George Underwood. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. London's name to the Lion's Eye Bank Program, c/o Connie McAbee Pioneer Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 111, Ponca City, OK 74602; or to the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73104.

Gladys Emily Gates Myatt  
BLACKWELL - Gladys Emily "Mickey" Gates Myatt, former Blackwell resident, died Friday morning, Dec. 20, 1996, at the Heartland Nursing Center in Edmond. She was 91. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Blackwell with the Rev. Tom Hunter, University Heights Baptist Church, Stillwater, officiating. Burial will be in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery. Grandchildren will serve as casket bearers. 
Gladys Emily "Mickey" (Strain) Gates Myatt was born June 28, 1905, in southwest Missouri, the daughter of Tom and Ethyl Izona (Hollingsworth) Strain. She grew up in Missouri and Kansas. 
In 1921, she was married to Bryan Gates in Peabody, Kan., and the couple lived in various communities where his work took them. In 1933, they settled in Newkirk, where Mr. Gates died in 1936. She then moved to Blackwell and began employment with Hazel-Atlas Glass Company, and later to Wichita, Kan., to attend business school. Following her schooling, she returned to Blackwell and began employment with A.O. Via Agency. 
In 1947, she was married to M.W. "Doc" Myatt in Blackwell, where the couple made their first home. They moved to Ponca City a short time later, then to Pawhuska, Stillwater, and Oklahoma City. After retirement the couple moved to Cedar Lake, Okla. After Mr. Myatt's death she remained at Cedar Lake for a short time before moving to Edmond to live near a son. Mrs. Myatt was a member of the First Christian Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Joy) Sanders of Stillwater; two sons, Rusty of Edmond, and John of Stella; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. In addition to both husbands, and her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Roy Strain; one infant sister; and one grandson.

Ira Kenneth Psikal  
NEWKIRK - Ira Kenneth Psikal, longtime Newkirk area resident, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at his home in Newkirk. He was 63. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, in the Miller-Stahl Funeral Service Chapel in Newkirk. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Cemetery in Ponca City. 
Ira Kenneth Psikal was born Nov. 19, 1933, east of Kildare, the son of Elmer and Gladys (Livingston) Psikal. He grew up in the Kildare-Uncas area, attending Uncas schools. During his career in construction, Psikal was employed at the Cookson Stone and Rock Quarry, for Kay County District One and Two, at Miller Brothers Sand and Gravel, and with the City of Newkirk. While employed in Newkirk he was a heavy equipment operator and helped install the new Newkirk sewer system. 
He was married to Carolyn Yazbek in Ponca City and the couple lived in Uncas and later in Ponca City. He later married Betty (Foxworthy) Baucom in Fairfax and the couple established their home in Newkirk. Betty Psikal preceded him in death on Sept. 4, 1993. Psikal enjoyed music and had played the drums at one time. 
Survivors include one son, Michael Psikal of Van Buren, Ark.; two daughters, Marilyn Dauzart of Ponca City and Clara Klomp of Midwest City; one sister, Imogene Horinek of Kildare; 11 grandchildren; two stepchildren; a companion Mike Sroufe who lived at his home; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law. 
In addition to his wife, Betty, and his parents, he was preceded in death by one son; one brother, Elmer Psikal Jr.; and one brother-in-law.

Mary Elizabeth Osage Green  
PAWHUSKA - Mary Elizabeth Osage Green, Fairfax resident, and one of the oldest living full blood Osage Tribal members, died Thursday night, Dec. 19, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. She was 88. 
Mrs. Green will lie in state at her home, and friends may visit at 139 North Second Street, Fairfax, until funeral time on Monday. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the home.  
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfax with Father Ken Lewis of Pawhuska, officiating. Burial will be in the Grayhorse (Okla.) Cemetery under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax. Grandsons will serve as casket bearers. 
Mary Elizabeth Osage Green was born Nov. 25, 1908, in Pawhuska, the daughter of Amos and Eliza Buffalo Osage. She was married to Thomas (Gomas) Green and Lewis Wamego, who both preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Grayhorse War Mothers Chapter 15. 
Survivors include four daughters, Eunice "Dolly" Lane of Fairfax, Thomasine Moore and Dolores M. Goodeagle, both of Fairfax and Beverly Rose Brownfield of Burbank, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson. 
The family will be at 139 North Second Street, Fairfax.

Henry L. Martin  
Henry L. Martin, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 76. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Monday at Longwood Cemetery, east of Ponca City. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 12:30 p.m. Monday. 
Henry L. "Hank" Martin was born July 29, 1920, in Ponca City, the son of Earlin E. and Bertha (Sullivan) Martin. He grew up in Ponca City and attended schools at Uncas and Ponca City. During War II, Martin served in the U.S. Army. He was later employed for several years with Evans and Throop Construction Co., in Ponca City. Martin was a member of the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to casinos. 
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Eddings of Farmington, N.M., and Patsy L. Smith of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons, Earl Martin of Stillwater and Jim Martin of Ponca City; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. 
Casket bearers will be Harold T. Smith Jr., Adrian Dean Eddings Jr., Scott Smith, Harold Smith Sr., Adrian Dean Eddings Sr., and Trevor A. Wilcox. 
The family will be at 1113 West Liberty.

Mary Cathryn Steele  
Mary Cathryn Steele, longtime area resident, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 1996, at Westminster Village. She was 94. 
The Order for Burial of the Dead will be read Monday, 10 a.m., at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Kenneth Armstrong, rector, officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Monday. 
Born Oct. 26, 1902, in Orlando, Okla., she was the daughter of James Hamilton and Minnie Kirk VanDeventer. She attended schools at Perry, graduating from high school there. 
For 25 years, she was employed in real estate and insurance in her association with the Sills, Broaddus, and Goff Agency. She was a longtime member of Grace Episcopal Church where she also faithfully served on the Alter Guild. In earlier years she had enjoyed horseback riding and gardening and with her first husband was a charter member of the Ponca City Country Club. She had been residing at Westminster Village for the past eight years. 
Mary is survived by a stepson, Richard Steele, Oklahoma City; two nieces, Cathy I. Marker, Chouteau, and Dorothy Murphy, Tulsa; and one nephew, Dr. Jon VanDeventer, Fort Worth, Texas. She was preceded in death by husbands John A. Wisherd in 1967 and Frank Steele in 1982. 
Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 109 North Thirteenth Street, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Taz E. Nicks  
Taz E. Nicks, longtime Ponca City resident, died Friday morning, Dec. 20, 1996, at Westminster Village. He was 90. 
A graveside funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the IOOF Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Monty Fey, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be under direction of the Trout Funeral Home. 
Born Feb. 23, 1906, in Dexter, Mo., he was the son of B.H. and Lura (Woods) Nicks. He attended Dexter schools. 
On Oct. 15, 1929, he was married to Virginia J. Harper in Drumright and the couple moved to Ponca City in 1930. Taz was employed by Santa Fe Railroad and Conoco. He retired from the Conoco Transportation Department in February 1971. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. 
Survivors include a son, Jerry A. Nicks of Oklahoma City: two grandsons, David A. Nicks of Ponca City and Curtis Nicks of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters, Lori Nicks of Plano, Texas, and Mary Kay Duffy of Broken Arrow; and four great-granddaughters. He is also survived by a brother, Donald Nicks of St. Louis, Mo. 
His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 1992. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gene E. Nicks; a grandson; and six brothers.

Norma Jean Barger  
BEN WHEELER, Texas - Norma Jean Barger, wife of former Ponca City area businessman, Lloyd I. Barger, died at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 20. 1996. She was 65. 
A memorial service was to be held at Van, Texas, in the Van United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marty Vershel officiating at 4:30 p.m. today. Arrangements are under the direction of Hilliard Funeral Home in Van. 
Norma Jean (Hendrickson) Barger was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Hartford, Kan., the daughter of E.A. "Pete" and Edith A. (Beatty) Hendrickson. She attended Osage City High School and Emporia State Teachers College in Kansas. 
She was married to Lloyd Ivan Barger in the 1950s and the couple had celebrated 46 years of marriage this year. The couple had lived in Ohio and Oklahoma City in earlier years, before settling in Ben Wheeler about eight years ago. Mrs. Barger was a homemaker and had been employed as an executive secretary. She was a member of the Van United Methodist Church. Mrs. Barger enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, cooking, bluebonnets, and listening and dancing to "big band music." 
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd Ivan Barger of Ben Wheeler; two sons, Michael of Houston, Texas, and Steven of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three daughters, Pam of New Orleans, La., Debbie of Chico, Calif., and Janet of Irving, Texas; her mother, Edith Hendrickson; two brothers, Ernest and John Hendrickson; and two sisters, Mary Lou Estes and Lila Fay Lindbloom. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Barger's name to the Louisiana Breast Cancer Task Force, P.O. box 740999, New Orleans, La. 70174-0999.

Bonita D. Rieger  
TONKAWA - Bonita D. Rieger, former Tonkawa resident, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at her home in Harlingen, Texas. She was 67. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home Chapel in Tonkawa with the Rev. Glenn Hunt, pastor, Grace Community Church of Tonkawa, officiating. Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, southwest of Tonkawa. Friends may visit at the funeral home beginning 9 a.m. Tuesday. 
Bonita D. (Rhoades) Rieger was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Tonkawa, the daughter of Warren and Blanch (Hazelbaker) Rhoades. She grew up and received her education in Tonkawa, graduating from high school there in 1946. She attended Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma State University and Central State Teachers College at Edmond during the summers. 
She was married to Eldon Rieger on Jan. 3, 1948, in Bartlesville. Mrs. Rieger taught in schools in Kansas and Colorado and the family moved to Bartlesville in 1952. In 1953 she began her 34-year career with Phillips Petroleum Co. The Riegers moved to Harlingen, Texas, six years ago where Mrs. Rieger was active in the First Christian Church and served as host teacher at Long Elementary for five years. In earlier years she was organist at Christian churches in Tonkawa, Dewey and Bartlesville. 
Survivors include her husband, Eldon, of the home; three sons, Phillip of Madison, Wash., Kenneth of Allen, Texas, and Douglas of Bartlesville; one daughter, Patti Sue Noon of Enid; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Velma Gunn Smith  
Velma Gunn Smith, longtime Ponca City area resident, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 85. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Newkirk (Okla.) Cemetery. The Rev. William Bonee, pastor of St. Luke's Church of the Nazarene, Ponca City, will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. 
Velma (Keen) Gunn Smith was born Jan. 23, 1911, southeast of Kildare, the daughter of William and Oris (Hastings) Keen. She attended Fairview Rural School near Kildare and later graduated from Botts Business College in Ponca City. 
On Jan. 21, 1931, she was married to William H. "Herb" Gunn in Winfield, Kan., and the couple made their home in Ponca City. Mr. Gunn preceded her in death on April 24, 1972. 
She was married to Kenneth B. Smith on Sept. 21, 1974, and the couple established their home in Arkansas City, Kan., until 1991, when they moved to Ponca City. Mr. Smith preceded her in death on Jan. 3, 1992. Mrs. Smith was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church and past president of the Order of the Beauceant, Ponca City Assembly No. 43. 
Survivors include one sister, Leona Hunt; of Ponca City; one brother, Cecil T. Keen, of Ponca City; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to both husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Eula Mae McBride  
BLACKWELL - Eula Mae McBride, Blackwell resident, died at her home Friday evening, Dec. 20, 1996. She was 49. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Roberts Funeral Home in Blackwell with the Rev. Wayne Bookout, First Church of God, officiating. Burial will be in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home until funeral time. 
Eula Mae (Eichinger) McBride was born Aug. 2, 1947, in Maysville, Texas, the daughter of Frank and Olive (Sanders) Eichinger. She grew up and attended schools in Cameron, Texas, graduating from high school there in 1965. During the next 20 years, she lived in various cities including Fort Worth, Texas, Moline, Ill., and Muskogee and Tonkawa in Oklahoma. 
On Nov. 19, 1986, she was married to Robert Dean McBride in Miami, Okla., and the couple established their home in Blackwell. At the time of her death, Mrs. McBride was employed in the quality control department of Cupid Corporation in Blackwell, where she had been employed for 18 years. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. 
Survivors include her husband, Robert Dean McBride of Blackwell; two daughters, Brenda Williams of Los Angeles, Calif., and Shelli Rainey of Copan; one son, Christopher Mills of Blackwell; five sisters, Bertha Carter of Georgetown, Texas, Lois Carroll of Tahlequah, Lana Coker of Brownsville; and Betty Chatham and Mary Shipwash, both of Austin, Texas; seven brothers, Edward, Leland, Jim and Joe Eichinger, all of Cameron, Texas, Tom of Rockwell, Texas, Doug of Calvert, Texas, and Bill of Buckholts, Texas; and one grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Anna Marie McKnight. 
Casket bearers will be Jim Wilson, Bruce Welsch, Abe Schauer, Richard Hicks, Paul Burris and Toni Angelino. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. McBride's name to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, General Research, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Dessie Lee Grace  
SHIDLER - Dessie Lee (Buckmaster) Grace, Shidler resident, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. She was 36. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ponca City. The Rev. Tim Burnsworth, pastor of Grace Tabernacle of Praise, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Paul Holmes, pastor of Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. Friends may visit at the funeral home until noon Tuesday. 
Dessie Lee (Buckmaster) Grace was born in Ponca City on Nov. 27, 1960, the daughter of Troy and Corky (Brown) Buckmaster. She attended schools in Okay, Okla. 
She was married to Kenny Grace and the couple were later divorced. At the time of her death she was a resident of Shidler and was employed at Wal-Mart in Ponca City. Mrs. Grace was a member of Grace Tabernacle of Praise. She enjoyed dancing, bowling, music and collecting earrings. 
Survivors include three children, Bret Allen and Lena Ann, both of the home; and Sammy Ray of Jenks; her parents, Troy and Corky Buckmaster of Shidler; and one brother, Wendell Buckmaster of Shidler. 
Casket bearers will be Willis Lockwood, Clayton Harkema, Lee Russell, George Lykins Jr., Dewey Homan, and Marty Millard. Honorary bearers will be Woody Lewis, John Burns, Cory Baughman. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Tabernacle of Praise, c/o Rev. Tim Burnsworth, 1616 Fairway Place, Ponca City, OK 74604.

Charles L. McCabe  
TULSA - Charles L. McCabe, brother to Willis H. McCabe of Ponca City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996, in Tulsa. He was 84. 
The funeral was held on Dec. 20, at Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel in Tulsa under the direction of Moore's Memory Chapel. Mr. Hershel Dyer officiated. 
Charles L. McCabe was born Oct. 26, 1912, in Kingfisher, the son of Professor Edward Scott and Maude (Binding) McCabe. He attended Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater and began employment with Binding-Stevens Seed Company in Tulsa. During World War II he served in the military. 
He was married to Velma Marler on Dec. 8, 1962, in Tulsa, where the couple established their home. At the time of his death, McCabe was co-owner of the Binding-Stevens Seed Company in Tulsa. 
Survivors include one brother, Willis H. McCabe of Ponca City; three step-children; three grandchildren; one niece and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in July 1994; his parents; and two brothers, Earl and Scott. 
Casket bearers were Charles Marler, Philip Sawyer, Art Sharpe, Eddie Stephens, Steven Waggoner, Warren Waggoner.

Edith Dell Maher  
FAIRFAX - Edith Dell Maher, Fairfax resident, died at her home Sunday evening, Dec. 22, 1996. She was 83. 
No services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax. 
Edith Dell (Robertson) Maher was born Feb. 2, 1913, in Hominy, the daughter of William B. and Ida Mae Hull Roberson. She attended Sunny Slope School in Osage County. 
She was married to Ben Maher and was employed as a dental assistant for eight years. She attended the Methodist Church. 
Survivors include one brother, Leon Roberson of Fairfax; two sisters, Blanche Bear and Mae Ponca, both of Fairfax; five nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two brothers, George and Ernest Roberson; and one sister, Myrtle Richards.

Martin Blueback Sr. 
Martin Blueback Sr., longtime Ponca City area resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 76. 
A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ponca Indian Baptist Church. The traditional Indian feast will be held at noon Friday, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. The Rev. Ted Freeman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Martin Wayne Blueback Sr., was born Aug. 4, 1920, on the Ponca Indian Reservation, the son of Earnest and Nellie (King) Blueback. 
He was married to Georgia Inez Whitehorn and the couple were the parents of five children. Blueback was a former professional boxer and trainer and was also the traditional "Skinny Game" leader of the Ponca Tribe. 
Survivors include one son, Martin Wayne Jr. of Ponca City; two daughters, Amelia Blueback of Waco, Texas, and Rosie Blueback of Oklahoma City; one sister, Ida Lena LeClair of White Eagle; and several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Norman; one daughter, Ernestine; and his parents. 
Casket bearers will be Duwayne Buffalohead, Keith Buffalohead, Dwight Buffalohead, Freddie Others, Frankie Hadley Jr., Carlos Davila, and Gary Durl.

Anna May LeCounte  
BLACKWELL - Anna May LeCounte, longtime Blackwell resident, died Monday, Dec. 23, 1996, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell. She was 97. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Blackwell First Assembly Church with the Rev. Jackie Crafton officiating. Burial will be in the Bayard Cemetery at Deer Creek under the direction of Hackler Funeral Home, Blackwell. 
Anna May (Heizer) LeCounte was born Aug. 19, 1899, in Deer Creek, the daughter of Joshua and Clara (Reese) Heizer. She grew up on a farm north of Deer Creek and received her education at a nearby rural school. 
She was married to John Freeman LeCounte on July 30, 1917, in Medford, and the couple made their home in Blackwell, where Mrs. LeCounte had lived more than 78 years, at the time of her death. She was a member of the Blackwell First Assembly of God Church and the Vernon Home Demonstration Club. 
Survivors include four daughters, Leona Dirickson and Jacqueline Pinnell, both of Blackwell, Lois Fleeger of Spavinaw and Iva Johns of Rush, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 4, 1987; two sons; her parents; five brothers; and one sister.

Francis Joseph Higgins  
ANDERSON, S.C. - Francis Joseph Higgins, former Ponca City resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 1996, at Anderson Area Medical Center in Anderson, S.C. He was 79. 
The funeral is set for 3 p.m. Friday at the Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson. 
Francis Joseph Higgins was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Omaha, Neb., the son of Joseph Francis and Catherine (Selzle) Higgins. He was married to Alice Margurite Higgins and during his career as a research chemist the family lived in Ponca City for several years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Anderson. 
Survivors include his wife, Alice Higgins of 4615 Great Oaks Drive, Anderson, S. C. 29624; one daughter, Celeste Margurite Tienken of Anderson; five sons, Robert Francis of Booneville, Miss., Paul Joseph of Nashville, Tenn., Phillip Kevin of Florence, S.C., Stephen David of New Albany, Ind., and John Patrick of Westminster, S.C.; and 11 grandchildren. 
The family will be at the home of Mrs. Tienken, 2501 Jackson Square, Anderson, S.C. 29624.

Wallace Vernon Smith  
A service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City, for Wallace Vernon "Coach Wally" Smith, 85, longtime Ponca City resident, who died Monday Dec. 23, 1996, in Dallas, Texas, following an extended illness. Burial will be at Resthaven Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City, under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
He was born March 12, 1911, in Wagoner, one of 12 children born to John Abraham Smith and Pearl (Boatright) Smith. He was a graduate of Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, where he was the only four sport letterman in the history of the school. He received a Masters of Science from Pittsburg State Teacher's College in Kansas. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a naval intelligence officer in World War II. 
He married Marjorie Elliott on May 14, 1946, in Olathe, Kan., and the couple moved to Ponca City from Pratt, Kan. in 1950. Smith was a teacher and coach in the Ponca City school system for 30 years.  
He was named National High School "Tennis Coach of the Year" in 1976, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1993. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents; nine brothers and one sister. 
Survivors include a son, Richard E. Smith of Lewisville, Texas; a daughter, Sandy See and her husband Bill of Norman; grandchildren Alison and Ben See of Norman and Michael A. Smith of Kerrville, Texas; one sister, Velma Beasley of Wagoner; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601 or to The Wally Smith Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund, Serve and Volley Club, c/o Stan Wheeler, 2809 Green Meadow, Ponca City, OK 74604. 
The family will be at the Bob See residence, 1708 East Woodland.

Johnna Reyanne Osgood  
BLACKWELL - Johnna Reyanne Osgood, Blackwell resident, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1996, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She was 45. 
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery, with the Rev. Charles Ryser, Blackwell First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 1 p.m. Saturday, then the casket will be closed. 
Johnna Reyanne (Lucas) Osgood was born March 13, 1951, in Blackwell, the daughter of John R. and Naomi (Wooderson) Lucas. She grew up and attended schools in Blackwell, graduating from Blackwell High School in 1969. She attended Northern Oklahoma College for two years then Oklahoma State University, where she received her BA in business administration and graduated with a Master's in education in 1974. 
After graduation, Mrs. Osgood than began teaching in the Marland school district, then later in the Braman school district. After moving to Wichita, Kan., she taught in the Haysville school district for three years. Mrs. Osgood was later employed as a secretary with Temporary Services Co., in Wichita until ill health forced her retirement. She moved to Blackwell in December 1995. Mrs. Osgood was a member of the Blackwell First United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include one son, Lance Osgood of Alva; her mother, Naomi Lucas of Blackwell; her father, John R. Lucas of Blackwell; and one brother, Gary Lucas of Claremont, Calif. She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Roy Junior Pitts  
TONKAWA - Roy Junior Pitts, longtime Tonkawa area resident, died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 24, 1996. at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell. He was 67. 
The funeral will be held graveside at the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. 
Roy Junior Pitts was born Jan. 8, 1929, in Caddo County, the son of Joseph Earl and Lydia Leona ( Dyers) Pitts. He grew up in the home of his aunt and uncle, Roxie and Bill Collins in Three Sands, where he attended grade school. As a young man, he began employment with Gray's Cement Co. 
On Jan 12, 1956, he was married to Margaret Pendland, in Blackwell, and the couple established their home in Tonkawa. Pitts was employed at the Tonkawa Foundry, then with the Oklahoma State Highway Department until ill health forced his retirement. He was a member of the Tonkawa Assembly of God Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Yolanda Smith of Blackwell; one sister, Velma Hall of California; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Carla Bray; his parents; his aunt and uncle who raised him; and one brother, Chester E. Collins.

Effie Roubideaux Roy  
RED ROCK - Effie Roubideaux Roy, former Red Rock resident, died at her home in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 23, 1996. She was 91. 
The funeral was to be held at the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex in Red Rock at 2 p.m. today with Mr. Ray Breeden officiating. Burial was to be in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery at Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee. 
Effie Roubideaux Roy was born May 24, 1905, on the Otoe-Missouria reservation near Red Rock, the daughter of Edward and Lena (Dailey) Roubideaux. She was married to Morris B. Roy on Nov. 9, 1951, in Oklahoma City. Mrs. Roy was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist Church. 
Survivors include two grandsons, Merle Hurst of Covina, Calif., and Robert Hurst; one great-granddaughter Ramona Hurst, who lived in her home; numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

Maxine Rose Hathcoat  
Maxine Rose Hathcoat, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at her home. She was 81. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Carl Neal, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Shidler, presiding. Interment will be at the Nowata Cemetery in Nowata, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Services are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. 
Maxine Rose Keller was born Oct. 29, 1915, in rural Nowata, the daughter of Gilbert "Bert" Keller and Leota Ralston Keller. She attended the rural District 55 School near Nowata. 
She was united in marriage to O.J. "Bill" Hathcoat on May 29, 1935, in Washington County, and the couple established their first home in Nowata. The couple lived in various locations in Kansas before moving to Shidler in December 1949. Mrs. Hathcoat moved to Ponca City in August 1973. 
Mrs. Hathcoat was active in the Shidler Community for several years, serving at various times as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and pianist with the First Christian Church of Shidler. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Rebekah Lodge in addition to being a past PTA member and DeMolay Mom. Her enjoyments included sewing, crocheting, knitting, reading, and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
She is survived by three sons, Orben Duane Hathcoat and wife, Sherri, of Parkville, Mo., James Gilbert Hathcoat and wife, Barbara, of Olathe, Kan., and Jerry Wayne Hathcoat and wife, Joyce, of Pawhuska; two daughters, Shirley Billingsley and husband, Charles, of Shidler and Vickie LeAnn Godbehere and husband, Don, of Bartlesville; two sisters, Ollie Mae Murphy and Edith Sharlene Belt, both of Dewey. 
Also ten grandchildren, Mike Billingsley, Stacey Bowen, Beth Leven, Brian Hathcoat, Jennifer Gilkey, Kelli Hathcoat, Chrissie Hathcoat, Kara Godbehere, Jerod Hathcoat and Kaci Godbehere; five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill, in 1971; five brothers, Jack Keller, George Keller, Ralph Keller, Earl Keller and Glenn Keller. 
Honorary casket bearers will be grandsons, Mike Billingsley, Brian Hathcoat and Jerod Hathcoat; and nephews Charles Hathcoat, Tom Hathcoat and Roger Hathcoat. 
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Hathcoat to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 Northeast 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73014. 
The casket will be closed at the services but family and friends may call at Grace Memorial Chapel until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 
The family will be at the Billingsley home in Shidler.

Virginia A. Trout  
Virginia A. Trout, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 79. 
Born Oct. 28, 1917, in Decatur, Ill., she was the daughter of Ray Ennis and Ruth (Barnes) Williams. She graduated from Ponca City High School in 1935, and attended Park College in Parkville, Mo. 
On Nov. 29, 1939, she was married to Earnest M. Trout Jr., at the First Presbyterian Church in Ponca City. during her working years, Mrs. Trout served as a receptionist at the Nieman-Northcutt Clinic, and as a secretary at East Junior High School. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, Virginia had served as church librarian, and was a member of Lifeliners Club, of the church. She was a member of the Friends of the Library and served on the Ponca City Library Board of Ponca City. She also was a member of the 20th Century Club. She loved to travel and enjoyed arts and crafts and playing bridge. 
Survivors include her husband, Ernie Trout, of the home in Ponca City; her daughter, Candace Peace of Overland Park, Kan; and grandsons, Scott and Michael Peace, both of Overland Park, Kan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Fach of Chicago on Dec. 12, 1996. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Clipson, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home. 
Casket bearers will be Dr. Jim Fuller, Lee Pappan, Lee Brown, Deming Lowrey, Bill Ledeker and Don Coffelt. 
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1442, Ponca City, OK 74602. 
The family will be at the home, 714 Red Oak.

Dana D. Randol  
Dana D. Randol, resident of Ponca City, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 25, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 49 years of age. 
A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 1996, at the Grandview Cemetery in Kaw City. The service will be officiated by Dr. Coy Whitener, pastor of Bible Baptist Church of Ponca City. Services are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel, Ponca City. 
Dana D. Randol was born Feb. 12, 1947, at Wewoka, the daughter of Vernon Dan Cells and Etta Mae Pappan Cells. She attended Kaw City public schools, graduating from Kaw City High School in 1965. She later attended cosmetology school as well as taking courses in photography and leaded glass work. 
She was united in marriage to James "Rusty" Randol in 1965. She was a member of the First Christian Church and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Ponca City. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed being around people. She also enjoyed photography and in earlier years, craft and needlework. 
She is survived by her brother, Darryl Cells, Ponca City; one aunt, Colleen Wall of Tuttle; one uncle, William Pappan of Kaw City; two nephews, Travis Cells of Newkirk, and Ryan Cells of Arkansas City, Kan.; She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Etta Mae Cells and one infant daughter, Lori Lynn Randol on Dec. 8, 1968. 
Honorary casket bearers will be Rusty Randol, Rod Reedy, John Test and Curtis Schauer. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Paula Coppock, Pioneer Bank and Trust Co., P.O. Box 111, Ponca City, OK 74602. 
Friends and family may call at Grace Memorial Chapel until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. 
The family will be at 3305 Kingston Road.

Wallace Vernon Smith  
A service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City, for Wallace Vernon "Coach Wally" Smith, 85, longtime Ponca City resident, who died Monday Dec. 23, 1996, in Dallas, Texas, following an extended illness. Burial will be at Resthaven Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City, under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
He was born March 12, 1911, in Wagoner, one of 12 children born to John Abraham Smith and Pearl (Boatright) Smith. He was a graduate of Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, where he was the only four sport letterman in the history of the school. He received a Masters of Science from Pittsburg State Teacher's College in Kansas. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served as a naval intelligence officer in World War II. 
He married Marjorie Elliott on May 10, 1946, in Olathe, Kan., and the couple moved to Ponca City from Pratt, Kan. in 1950. Smith was a teacher and coach in the Ponca City school system for more than 30 years.  
He was named National High School "Tennis Coach of the Year" in 1976, inducted into the Northeastern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992, and was inducted into the Missouri Valley Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1993. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; his parents; nine brothers and one sister. 
Survivors include a son, Richard E. Smith of Lewisville, Texas; a daughter, Sandy See and her husband Bill of Norman; grandchildren Alison and Ben See of Norman and Michael A. Smith of Kerrville, Texas; one sister, Velma Beasley of Wagoner; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Casket bearers will be Jim Beaubien, Rod Bucker, Victor Coates, Steve Larimer, Mike Landauer, and Dez See. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601 or to The Wally Smith Memorial Tennis Scholarship Fund, Serve and Volley Club, c/o Stan Wheeler, 2809 Green Meadow, Ponca City, OK 74604. 
The family will be at the Bob See residence, 1708 East Woodland.

Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin  
BLACKWELL - Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin, Blackwell resident, died Thursday evening, Dec. 26, 1996, in the Columbia Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was 42. 
Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Roberts Chapel in Blackwell with the Rev. Joe Burger officiating. A Catholic Mass Service will then be held at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Joe Burger officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. 
Juanita Marie Cusack Durbin was born on Jan. 5, 1954, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Lillian Larque. She grew up in Chicago and attended parochial school there. She married William John Cusack in 1972, in Manhattan, Kan., and they lived in Fort Riley, Kan., where he was stationed. Following his discharge, they returned to Chicago. He preceded her in death in March of 1976 and remained in Chicago. 
She married Fred L. Durbin on Dec. 31, 1979, in Wellington, Kan., and they settled in Blackwell. She began working for Braums Ice Cream Store in 1993, and was promoted to day shift manager, where she was presently working. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Blackwell. 
Survivors include her husband, Fred L. Durbin of Blackwell; her mother, Lillian Larque of Streamwood, Ill.; one daughter, Elizabeth Rachel Durbin of Blackwell; three sons, William John Cusack, Daniel Fredrick Durbin, and John Michael Durbin, all of Blackwell; one sister, Adele Ganmon of Elmhurst, Ill.; two brothers, Michael Larque of Streamwood, Ill., John Larque of Cape Cod, Mass.; and two grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Alfred and Robert Larque. 
Casket bearers will be Charles Criner, Toby Gose, David Smasal, Wes Pearson, Jeff Albers and Norman Buxton. Honorary casket bearers include Michael Smasal, James Smasal, Ty Albers and Neal McMartin.

Ida May Boyd  
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. - Ida May Boyd, Arkansas City resident, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996, at Medicalodge North in Arkansas City, Kan. She was 90. 
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City. Interment will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery in Newkirk under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Boyd was born Jan. 15, 1906 in Kildare, Okla., to Joe Abe and Ann Beth (Delaughter) Walker. She was raised and educated in the Kildare area. Ida married Calvin Lauver in May of 1923 and they made their home in the Hubbard Oil Field near Blackwell, Okla. Later they moved to the Thomas Field near Tonkawa. Calvin preceded her in death in January of 1930. In 1936 she married Lester Wright and they lived on a farm near Ponca City until they moved to a farm near Kaw City in 1945. Mr. Wright died in June of 1953. She then married Jim Boyd in April of 1959 and they lived in Kaw City until moving to Arkansas City in the early 1970s. He preceded her in death on Jan. 30, 1989. 
Ida owned and operated the Red Hawk Cafe in Kaw City. She also had worked as a cook for the 101 Ranch, Continental Oil Co. and the Kaw City High School. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Arkansas City and the Royal Neighbors of America. 
Survivors include her son, Richard Wright of Arkansas City; one daughter, Mary Possert of Jersey City, N.J.; one brother, Frank Walker of Ponca City; one sister, Mable Morris of Arkansas City; two stepdaughters, Wilma Ford of Edmond and Anita Wilson of Sayre, Okla.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Preceding her death were her parents; three husbands; one son, Leroy Lauver; two brothers, Charles and John Walker; three sisters, Elizabeth Walker, France Baker and Lela Streeter.

James Elbert Jones Jr. 
BLACKWELL - James Elbert Jones Jr., Blackwell resident, died Thursday morning, Dec. 26, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital. He was 80. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Roberts Chapel in Blackwell with William Peterson and Charles Thomas of Oklahoma City officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. Burial will be at Blackwell Cemetery with a flag presentation by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. 
James Elbert Jones Jr. was born April 12, 1916, in Collinsville, Okla., to James Elbert and Flora E. (Johnson) Jones. He moved with his parents to Quapaw, Okla., where he grew up and attended school. He then moved with his parents to Blackwell when he was 17 years old and began working for the Blagden Body Shop. He entered the U.S. Army serving in the European Theater during World War II. 
Following his discharge, he returned to Blackwell and resumed working for the Blagden Body Shop. He married Olive Phillips on Oct. 1, 1948, in Newkirk, Okla., and they settled in Blackwell. He began learning the drums and his wife was a music teacher and played the guitar and they both played in various bands in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. In the late 1960s he began playing with the Mellotones and played for them until his retirement. 
Survivors include his wife, Olive Jones of Blackwell; one daughter, Susan K. Jones of Blackwell; three sisters, Gladys Schmidt of Ponca City, Betty Robinson of Tonkawa, and Carol Brown of Blackwell; and one brother, Buddy Jones of Blackwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Bonnie Anderson; and five brothers, Jack, Cecil, Bill, Kenneth and Sidney Jones.

Hazel L. Keener  
BLACKWELL - Hazel L. Keener, Blackwell resident, died Friday evening, Dec. 27, 1996, in St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was 76. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Blackwell with the Rev. George Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Blackwell cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Blackwell. 
Hazel Loretta Keener was born June 21, 1920 in Gage, Okla., to William Washington and Adeline Bell (Culley) Stewart. She moved with her parents to Blackwell when she was a small girl and grew up attending Blackwell schools graduating in 1938. She married Harlen Leon Keener on June 21, 1938, in Blackwell and they settled in Tonkawa for three years prior to moving to Blackwell in 1941. 
Following his discharge, they settled in Blackwell. Her husband preceded her in death Jan. 29, 1987 and she continued living in Blackwell. She began working after their marriage in the office of Cities Service Gas, then later as a sales clerk for Hunts Department store which later became Peters Department store. She worked for them until the business closed down. She then began working for Bob's Picture Box, working there until it closed in 1996. She was a member of the First Christian Church and sang in the Sweet Adelines for many years. 
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Rex (Chleora Kay) Tebow of Blackwell; two brothers, Chester Stewart of Shawnee and Leo Stewart of Green Valley, Ariz; five grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Bernice Jewell Stewart and Ruby Mae Stewart; three brothers, Virgil, Clinton and Glen Stewart and one great-granddaughter, Michelle Tebow.

Margie M. Bonfy  
WINFIELD, Kan. - Margie M. Bonfy, Winfield resident, died Saturday morning, Dec. 28, 1996, at Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. She was 83. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralston Bible Baptist Church in Ralston, Okla. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ralston, under the direction of Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday. 
Born March 29, 1913 in Dixie, Okla., she was one of six children born to Robert B. and Annie Lambert Teichmer. Margie moved as a young child with her family to Ralston, Okla., where she was reared and received her education. A member of the 1930 graduating class at Ralston High School, she was united in marriage to Quay T. "Shorty" Bonfy on Oct. 23, 1930 at Skedee, Okla. In 1937, the Bonfy's moved to Ponca City, to serve in the 101 Ranch resettlement project. They lived and worked on a farm located within the boundaries of the original 101 Ranch for over 50 years. Following retirement, they moved to Winfield in 1992. 
Affiliated with the Methodist Church, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a charter member of the Salt Fork Extension Homemakers Unit. 
She is survived by her husband, Quay Bonfy of Winfield; two sons, Dick of Winfield and Buddy of Albert Lee, Minn.; one daughter, Wilma Roady of Winfield; one sister, LaDeena Christianson of Topeka, Kan.; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Walter, Wann, Jesse and Robert E. Teichmer. 
A memorial has been established in her name for Good Samaritan Village in Winfield. Contributions may be made through Miles Funeral Service in Winfield.

Vicki BigBear Hernandez  
Vicki BigBear Hernandez, Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996, in Oklahoma City. She was 29. 
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ponca Indian Baptist Church with the Rev. Red Freeman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Ponca Indian Cemetery under the direction of the Trout Funeral Home. 
Vicki Hernandez was born April 5, 1967, in Chicago, Ill. She married to Santos Hernandez Ambriz on Nov. 17, 1989, in Ponca City. She was employed as a waitress and a cashier. 
She is survived by her mother, Eddie Theil of Chicago; one brother, Joey Theil of Chicago; one sister, Jennifer Theil of Chicago; two daughters, Georgia Buffalohead of Ponca City and Jennifer Hernandez of Oklahoma City; two grandfathers, Isaac Headman of Ponca City and Sterling BigBear of Wagoner, S.D. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Santos Hernandez II. 
Casket bearers will be Ray Rhodd, Tommy Rhodd, Penny Rhodd Jr., Dustin Cook, Sterling BigBear Jr. and John Cook. Honorary casket bearers will be Clendon Warrior, Andy Warrior, Colbert Cole, Delbert Cole and Kennis Headman. 
  
Claudie A. May  
WICHITA, Kan. - Claudie A "Bennie" May, Haysville resident, died Saturday morning, Dec. 28, 1996, in Sedgwick, Kan. He was 70. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Lakeview Funeral Home Chapel in Wichita with the Rev. David Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Wichita under the direction of Lakeview Funeral Home. 
Claudie "Bennie" May was born to Edward May and Cassie Jane on Aug. 12, 1926. While living in Wichita, he was employed with Boeing Aircraft. He was also a member of Southwest Baptist Church in Wichita. 
Survivors include three sons, Arnold of Wichita, Craig of Wichita and David of Ponca City; one daughter, Barbara Russell of Wichita, and two sisters, Ellen Hayes of Topeka, Kan., and Ruth Harris of Norfolk, Neb., eleven grandchildren and twelve great- grandchildren.

Martha Elizabeth Grantham  
Martha Elizabeth Grantham, long-time resident of Ponca City, died Thursday morning, December 26, 1996 at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Ponca City. She had reached the age of 84 years, 2 months and 21 days. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 30, 1996 at The First Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Larry Heslip, presiding. Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Martha Elizabeth Young was born October 5, 1912 at Melrose, New Mexico, the daughter of Edgar Lawrence Young and Alva Griffin Young. She moved with her family at a young age to Norman, Oklahoma where she received her early education. She later attended the University of Oklahoma and was a graduate in piano in the Fine Arts Department and did post graduate work in Public School music. While attending the University of Oklahoma, she was a member of the Mu Psi and Pi Zeta Kappa sororities and was the pianist for the First Christian Church of Norman. 
She was united in marriage to Roy E. Grantham on December 24, 1933 at Ponca City with the couple making their first home in Norman. The couple moved to Ponca City around 1940. She taught music in various rural Oklahoma schools from 1936 to 1941. Mrs. Grantham was a substitute teacher in the Ponca City Public Schools from 1955 to 1958 and was employed with the Ponca City Department of Welfare from 1965 to 1971. She was a gifted and accomplished pianist enjoying classical music and listening to the opera. 
She is survived by one daughter, Marcia L. Courtney, Ponca City; two sisters, Vivian Young Swimley, Norman and Pauline Young Finley, Oklahoma City; one grandson, Andrew McNew, Oklahoma City; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Senator Roy E. Grantham in 1981; one daughter, Linda McNew in 1988; one grandson, Christopher McNew in 1979; brothers, Jack Young, Paul Young and infant brother Bobby Young; one sister, Virginia Young Zoth. 
Honorary casketbearers will be Allan Coppock, C.D. Northcutt, Paul Northcutt, Charles Casey, Carl Renfro, Dr. Phillip Knight, Dr. Michael Sullivan, Jack Nimmo and Jim Lindsay. 
A special thanks goes out to the staff of the Ponca City Nursing Home for the care and concern shown Mrs. Grantham the past two years. 
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Grantham to the Opportunity Center, 2225 North Union, Ponca City, Oklahoma, 74601.

W.R. Garich  
W.R. "Bob" Garich, longtime Ponca City resident, died Thursday evening, December 26, 1996, in the Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was 67. 
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday evening in the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Adams, officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Scott Adams, associate pastor, as celebrant. 
Born June 1, 1929, in Enid, Oklahoma, the adopted son of Robert William and Dorothea (Ulrich) Garich. He attended school in Blackwell. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. On January 1, 1949, he married Patricia L. McMahan, also from Blackwell, in the Cathedral at Santa Barbara, Calif. After moving back to Ponca City in 1950, he was employed by Howe Bakery, Gilchrist Memorial Co. and Odd Fellows Cemetery. He was employed with Ponca City as care taker of the Ponca Park for 13 years and he retired as assistance Director of Maintenance at St. Josephs Regional Medical Center. 
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and Primetimers. He served on the police reserves for 10 years. 
He enjoyed wood working, fishing and traveling. 
Survivors include: a son, Robert Lee and his wife Leslie Garich, of Tonkawa; a daughter, Kathy Tyndall Potter and her husband Bill, of Ponca City; three grandchildren, Steven Ray Tyndall, Ponca City, Brody Dale Garich, of Tonkawa, Marcy Lynn Garich, of Midwest City; three great-grandchildren, Linzi Dallas Garich, of Midwest City, Britney Ann Garich of Newkirk, and Dillynn William Ball of Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Maxine Voigt. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the W.R. "Bob" Garich Scholarship Fund, c/o Pioneer Bank and Trust, 1223 East Highland, Ponca City, Oklahoma, 74601. 
The Knights of Columbus will serve as casketbearers. 
The family will be at the home, 416 Lansbrook.

Edna Elizabeth Mathews 
Edna Elizabeth Mathews, longtime area resident died early Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 84. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a. m. Tuesday at the Ranch Drive Baptist Church, with the Rev. Larry Calvert, presiding. Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Edna Elizabeth (Thele) Mathews was born March 7, 1912, at Velvadeer, Kan., the daughter of Herman Joseph and Edna Layman Brandon Thele. As a young child, she moved with her family to the Ponca City community where she attended public school. 
She was united in marriage to Charles "Blackie" Mathews on March 9, 1931, at Newkirk and the couple established their home in Ponca City. During World War II, she was employed at the Mid-American Garment Factory in Ponca City. Mrs. Mathews was a member of the Ranch Drive Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and traveling. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles "Blackie" Mathews, of the home; five brothers, Almonde Thele and Robert Thele, both of Tahlequah, Jerry Thele of McAlester, Edwin Thele of White Water, Wis., and Jessie Thele of Blackwell; two sisters, Emma K. Lee of Ponca City and Margaret Romer of Broken Arrow; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Merton L. Thele; and one sister, Wilma Jean McNeal. 
Casket bearers will be Frank King, Elgin Lee, Rick Thele, J. Watson, Rick Lee and Kent Thele. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Mathews name to Ranch Drive Baptist Church, Route 4, Box 294, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The family will be at the home, 900 South Fifth Street.

Arden C. Finch  
BLACKWELL - Arden C. Finch, longtime Blackwell businessman, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 1996, at Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in Blackwell. He was 80. 
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Ryser, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Hackler Funeral Home. 
Arden C. Finch was born Jan. 26, 1916, at White Mound, Kan., the son of Ernest O. and Bessie (Clifton) Finch. As a young child, he moved with his parents to Braman and at age 10 moved to South Haven, Kan., where he received his education. 
He was married in 1938, to Berneice M. Boals in Blackwell, where the couple established their home. Finch began his 57-year business career in the service station business in 1939 as operator of the city Service Oil Company Service Station on South Main Street. In 1940, he built a service station located at Main and Lincoln in Blackwell and in 1960 built a second station at Interstate 35 and U.S. 60, west of Tonkawa. In 1965 he built the Conestoga Restaurant at the same location. He and his son were still operating the station at Main and Lincoln at the time of his death. Finch was a member of the Blackwell First United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Berneice, of the home; one son, Ron Finch of Blackwell; one sister, Letha Mae Norris of Tonkawa; one brother, Paul Finch of Ponca City; and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Hazel Loretta Keener  
BLACKWELL - Hazel Loretta Keener, longtime resident of Blackwell, died Friday evening, Dec. 27, 1996, at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was 76 years, six months and five days old. 
The funeral service will be held at the First Christian Church of Blackwell at 2 p.m., Tuesday, with the Rev. George Wood presiding. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home. 
She was born Hazel Loretta Stewart on June 21, 1920, on a farm near Gage. Her parents were William Washington and Adeline Bell (Culley) Stewart. The Stewarts moved their young family to Blackwell where Hazel and her five brothers grew up and attended school. Hazel graduated from Blackwell High School in 1938. 
On her 18th birthday, June 21, 1938, Miss Stewart became the bride of Harlen Leon Keener. They were wed in the Nazarene Church in Blackwell and made their first home in Tonkawa. In March the following year, their only child, Chleora Kay, was born. The Keeners moved to Blackwell in 1941, but soon after Harlen joined the U.S. Marines and Hazel kept the home-fires burning in various towns throughout California where her husband was stationed during World War II. 
After the war, the Keeners once again settled in Blackwell. Hazel worked in the office of Cities Service Gas and later as a sales clerk for Hunt's Department Store (later Peter's Department Store) where she worked until they closed. She then began working for Bob's Picture Box Too until earlier this year. 
Hazel was a longtime member of the First Christian Church and sang in the choir most of her life. She also sang with the Sweet Adelines for many years. Hazel and Harlen were avid "rock hounds," and spent most of their vacations prospecting rocks and fossils all over the United States. Both were members of the Gem and Mineral Society. They loved to travel and spend time with their grandchildren. After her husband's death on Jan. 22, 1987, Hazel continued to live in Blackwell, devoting her time to church, family, and singing. 
Hazel leaves behind her daughter, Mrs. Rex R. (Chleora Kay) Tebow of Blackwell; two brothers, Chester Stewart of Shawnee, and Les Stewart of Green Valley, Ariz; five grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, Mrs. Dale (Kimberly Lynn) Coons, and sons Trey and Brandon and daughter, Jenna; Michael Harlen Tebow and sons, Mickey and Robbie and daughters, Cady and Jessica; Mrs. Stan (Lisa Dawn) Rains and sons Eric, Kyle, Jacob, Joseph, and Ted; Tracy Lee Tebow, and son Tyler and daughters Tanya and Alicia; and Devry Dwaine Tebow, and sons Dimtri and Dylan and daughter Devra. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, who died in infancy, Bernice Jewell and Ruby Mae; three brothers, Virgil Stewart and Clinton Stewart of Ponca City, and Glenn Stewart of Blackwell; and one great-granddaughter, Michelle Tebow. 
Jotted in the back of her well-worn address book was this brief epitaph; "Another link is broken in our beloved band - but a golden chain is forming in a far, far better land." 
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 306 East Coolidge, Blackwell, OK 74631.

Wilburn B. Wilson  
Wilburn B. "Barney" Wilson, longtime Ponca City resident, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 57. 
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at Trout Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kip Wright, pastor of Albright United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Tuesday. 
Mr. Wilson was born June 23, 1939, in Perkins, to John Lewis and Cora Mae (Inman) Wilson. He grew up in Perkins, attending Perkins and Stillwater schools. He served in the U.S. Army. 
On May 16, 1989, he married Janice Kay Jones in Miami, Okla. He was employed as the purchasing manager with Lindsay Manufacturing Company. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, being with friends and working in the yard. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, American Legion, Moose Lodge and Elks Lodge. 
Survivors include his wife, Janice (Jones) Wilson of the home; one daughter, Kim Chavez and her husband, Bill, of Albuquerque, N.M.; one son, Brian Wilson and his wife, Stacy, of Dallas, Texas; a step-son, Todd Archer, of Oklahoma City; a sister, Norma Horton of Stillwater; three grandchildren Kristin Charles, Jimmy Charles and Zane Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Don Wilson; and a sister, Wilma Barbara. 
The family will be at 2700 Ames Street.

William S. Carlisle  
GRAINOLA - William S. "Bill" Carlisle, longtime resident of Grainola, died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996 at his home. He was 63. 
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997 in the Grainola Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Long officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple City Cemetery in Maple City, Kan. under the direction of Grace Memorial Shidler Chapel. 
Bill Carlisle was born June 28, 1933 in Grainola, Okla., the son of Straud Franklin and Alice Marie (Helms) Carlisle. He grew up and received his education in the Grainola schools. 
Mr. Carlisle served overseas in Korea in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958. Following his discharge he worked as an oilfield pumper, roustabout, welder and also as a ranch hand. 
On May 27, 1963 he was united in marriage to Doris Christine Anderson in Miami, Okla. They have made their home in Grainola since that time. He worked as a fencing contractor for several years before going to work for Osage County in the road maintenance division. He retired in June of 1996. 
He was a member of the Methodist Church and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. 
Surviving are his wife, Christine of the home; two sons, William S. Carlisle Jr. and Herman Wayne Carlisle, both of Shidler; one daughter, Debbie Jackson of Grainola; one brother, John V. Carlisle of Shidler; three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Frankie) Fulsom of Cedar Vale, Kan., Mrs. Jerry (Arley) McNeil of Argonia, Kan., and Mrs. Jay (Hazel) Pontious, of Lincolnville, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, 31 nieces, 43 nephews, five aunts and two uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, Montana Anderson Carlisle, and six nephews. 
The family will be at the home in Grainola.

Nell Ethridge  
NEWKIRK - Nell Ethridge, resident of Newkirk, died early Monday morning, Dec. 30, 1996 in the Newkirk Nursing Center. She was 82. 
The funeral service has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Miller-Stahl Funeral Chapel with Danny W. Cornish, minister of the Newkirk Church of Christ, officiating. Burial is to be in Park Hill Cemetery in Columbus, Ga. 
Nell Ethridge was born Nov. 5, 1914 at Phoenix City, Ala., the daughter of John Wesley and Sara Fletcher (Skinner) Osteen. She grew up and received her education in Columbus, Ga., where she graduated from high school. 
On Dec. 24, 1934 she and James Wesley Ethridge were married at Phoenix City. They established their home in Columbus, and she worked for a number of years for a chiropractic doctor there. Mr. Ethridge died in 1970. 
In 1985 she moved to Newkirk and made her home with her son and his family until she entered the nursing center. 
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, and enjoyed crocheting and reading. 
Mrs. Ethridge is survived by two sons, James Ethridge of Enterprise, Ala., and John Ethridge of Ponca City; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, and a sister.

Doyle Wesley Warren  
Doyle Wesley Warren, resident of Portland, Ore. and nephew of Velma Falconer and Opal Neal of Ponca City, died Thursday, Dec. 26 while helping saw limbs that had fallen during one of the recent storms on the west coast. 
His body was to be cremated. 
Doyle was born Feb. 10, 1938 in Billings, Okla., the son of Albert Lee and Iva (Bozworth) Warren. He attended schools in Tonkawa, Elk City and Weatherford. He and Lenora Mae Sanders were married May 26, 1962. 
Doyle was a pharmacist at one time on the Indian Reservation in Poplar, Mont. and later worked in Walla Walla, Wash, before moving to Portland, Ore. 
He is survived by his wife, Lenora of the Portland home; one son, Brandon Warren of Atlanta, Ga.; two brothers, Farrell Warren of Lawton and Earl Warren of Wetumka. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Lee Warren.

The Rev. Leonard Carl Anderson  
BLACKWELL - Leonard Carl "Pete" Anderson of Blackwell, Okla., died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 1996, at the Blackwell Regional Hospital at the age of 84 years. 
Leonard Carl "Pete" Anderson was born on April 3, 1912, in Berry County, Mo., to William and Salesta (Yates) Anderson. He grew up and attended school near Aurora, Missouri. Following his schooling he began working for a highway construction company until he was twenty years old at which time he moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma. He began working for Acme Foundry Company in 1932. He married Opal V. Wood on January 24, 1936, in Blackwell and they settled in Blackwell. He then went to work for the Blackwell Zinc Company in 1938, and in 1942 they moved to a farm located south of Blackwell. In 1946, they moved to Washington State to work in a foundry there. Acme Foundry Company called him back to Blackwell to work and he returned later that same year, working for Acme until his retirement in 1977. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blackwell, and was ordained as a deacon on November 25, 1962. He later surrendered to preach in 1969, and was ordained into the ministry in the First Baptist Church of Blackwell on September 17, 1969. His first pastorate was in the First Baptist Church in Burbank, Oklahoma, where he served for eight years. He then served as an interim pastor for Longwood First Baptist Church. His second pastorate was with the First Baptist Church in Lamont, Oklahoma, serving there for a few years. He then accepted the call to the First Baptist Church of Marland, Oklahoma, in 1991, and he ministered there for three years before he retired. He had also served as Senior Minister for the First Baptist Church in Blackwell for a number of years. He operated the Anderson Electric Shop at his home since 1954. He was an avid bird hunter and loved his dogs, looking forward to each quail season. He was also a member of the Blackwell Ministerial Alliance. 
Survivors include his wife, Opal V. Anderson of Blackwell, Oklahoma; one daughter, Janet Haymaker of Blackwell; a son, Max Anderson of Leesburg, Florida, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Tom, Heairl, Ross, and Charles Anderson and an infant brother; three sisters, Lucille Sapp and two infant sisters. 
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 1997 in the First Baptist Church of Blackwell, Oklahoma. The Rev. Gregg Engle, First Baptist Church, Blackwell, will officiate. Burial will follow in Blackwell Cemetery. 
Honorary casket bearers will be Jim Liles, Dan Kennedy, Cliff Fite, Jackie Crafton, Dennis Wideman, Chester Ward, Warren Case, Russell May, Roland Briggs and Phillip Lieber. 
Casket bearers will be Same Cauthon, David Haney, John Selvey, Olen Riley, Roger Clark and Bob Landis. 
Memorial contributions may be made in the Rev. Mr. Anderson's name to the First Baptist Church of Blackwell, Okla. 
The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. to meet friends.

C.L. "Loyd" Ward  
Loyd Ward was born March 4, 1914 at Sulphur, Okla. He was the son of Henry Clay Ward and Cora Moss Ward. Loyd passed away at Ponca City, Oklahoma on Sunday, December 29, 1996. He was 82.  
The funeral service for C.L. "Loyd" Ward will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 1996 in the First Baptist Church, Bixby, Oklahoma with interment in Bixby Cemetery, Bixby, Oklahoma. Dr. Odell Carpenter and the Rev. Garnett Cole will officiate under the direction of Jack Selby, Bixby Funeral Service. 
Loyd served in the U.S. Army during WWII and enjoyed reminiscing about some of his experiences in the service. Loyd and Ethel Bradford were united in marriage on February 5, 1936 at Tulsa, Okla. He was a retired independent contractor and bail bondsman and had resided in Bixby since 1968. 
Loyd was a member of First Baptist Church of Bixby and was an avid golfer until his health failed. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ulys and sister, Opal; son, Gary Ward and grandson, Robert Allen Ward. 
Loyd is survived by his loving wife, Ethel, of the home; one son, Lester Ward and his wife, Rhonda of Ponca City, Oklahoma; one brother, Bill Powell of Yuma Arizona; two sisters, Leona Pasley of Corpus Christi, Texas and Anna Mae Plank of Lafayette, Indiana; grandsons, Mike and Greg Ward of Ward's Air Conditioning Co.; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. 
Casket bearers for the service were Tom Bradford, Johnny Lee Bradford, David Bradford, Jacky Grimes, Steve Ward, Terry Ward and Sid Ward. Honorary casket bearers were Orville Blevins, Marvin Williams, Ira Smithee, Jack Selby, Fred Burnley, Ted Swingle, Ray Linebarger, Virgil Cox, Paul Earp, Luther Metcalf, Jr. Baker, Jerry Ezell and Ernest Crocker. Music for the service was provided by vocalist, Leonard Crockett and pianist, Brenda Evans. 
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the Hospice of Ponca City, c/o First Baptist Church, Bixby, Oklahoma.

Rollo Wilson  
Rollo Wilson, longtime Ponca City resident, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa. He was 71. 
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 1997, at the Trout Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Innis, pastor of the Word of Life Christian Center, officiating. Burial will be with military honors in the Masham Cemetery, north of Pawnee. Friends may call at the funeral home until noon, Thursday. 
Mr. Wilson was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Rollo R. and Gleela (Whitcomb) Wilson. He came to Ponca City at the age of five and graduated from Ponca City High School in 1943. Throughout high school, he played football and was a member of the All-State team during his senior year. Also during his senior year of high school, he worked for the Ponca City fire department. He attended Oklahoma State University during the fall semester of 1943 and was on the football team. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and served a tour in Okinawa during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. 
He married D. Lucile Brien on Oct. 4, 1947, in Ponca City. He was employed with the Ponca City Fire Department for 32 years retiring as Deputy Fire Chief in 1978. He was a member of the Oklahoma Fireman's Association. Mr. Wilson enjoyed sports, fishing, and hunting. 
He is survived by his wife, Lucile Wilson, of the home; a daughter, Peggy Brooks, and her husband Phillip, of Broken Arrow; three sisters, Barbara Pappan of Pawhuska, Jacqueline Hinton of Ponca City and Joan Brooks of Lake Charles, La.; and two grandsons, Gregory and Matthew Brooks. 
Casket bearers will be J.L. Brien, Morris Brien, Royce Brien, Tony Brien, Mike Brown, and Randy Clark. Honorary casket bearers will be the Ponca City Firefighters. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3545 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 400-C, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or to the American Cancer Society, 2233 N.W. 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. 
The family will be at 2213 Jane Street.

Elizabeth Lucille Butler Clark  
BLACKWELL - Elizabeth Lucille Butler Clark, former Blackwell resident, died in the Jackson County Memorial Hospital in Altus, Tuesday evening, Dec. 31, 1996. She was 90. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Lone Wolf (Okla.) First Christian Church with the Rev. Bill Worthington officiating. Burial will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell. 
Elizabeth Lucille (Isenhart) Butler Clark was born July 2, 1906, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Walter Ramsey and Florence Nancy (Ally) Isenhart. As a small girl she moved with her parents to Blackwell, where she grew up and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1924. She attended Oklahoma A&M College and received a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1929. 
She returned to Blackwell and was married to Alex Butler, and taught in the Blackwell public schools for many years. Mr. Butler preceded her in death on May 25, 1955. She later returned to Oklahoma State University to take refresher courses in education so she could return to teaching. 
She then moved to Lone Wolf, where she met and was later married to V. Jack Clark on Jan. 28, 1961, in Blackwell. The couple made their home in Lone Wolf, later moving to Altus. Mrs. Clark was a member of the Lone Wolf First Christian Church, Oklahoma Education Association, and the National Education Association. 
Survivors include her husband, V. Jack Clark of Altus; one step-daughter, Sheila Blevins of Lone Wolf; one step-son, Robert (Bob) Clark of Altus; one foster brother, Howard Fisher of Ellinwood, Kan.; and four step-grandchildren. In addition to her first husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Patricia Butler, and one brother, Walter R. Isenhart Jr. 
Casket bearers will be Kirk Clark, Stephen H. Fisher, Dub Blevins, Randy Blevins, Scott Fisher and Tim Blevins. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Clark's name to the Lone Wolf First Christian Church, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74604.

Virginia Mae Henke  
Virginia Mae (Ray) Henke, 99 Stoneridge Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 77. 
The funeral will be held graveside, at 2 p.m. Friday at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Rosston. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home, Ponca City. 
Virginia Mae (Ray) Henke was born Feb. 28, 1919, in Rosston, the daughter of William and Virgie (Jeffries) Ray. She attended Rosston schools. 
On Nov. 30, 1938, she was married to Clete Henke at Arnett, and the couple established their home in Alva. Mrs. Henke was a legal secretary and later worked in the office of Judge Advocate General in Victoria, Texas. When the couple moved to Okmulgee in 1954, she was employed as an executive secretary in of offices of East Central Electric Cooperative. Following retirement in 1978, the couple moved to Libby, Mont., before moving to Ponca City in 1990. Mrs. Henke was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed making stuffed animals for children's hospitals, writing children's stories and canning fruits and vegetables. 
Survivors include her husband, Clete, of the home; one son, Dr. Fred Henke of Ponca City; two brothers, Dr. Darrel D. Ray of Stillwater and Douglas K. Hickman of Morrison; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and eight siblings, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Cleta Rae Henke, in 1940. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Henke's name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Ponca City, OK 74601. 
The family will be at the home, 99 Stoneridge Drive.

E. P. Jones  
E. P. Jones, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1997, at the South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in Arkansas City, Kan. He was 72 years of age. 
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 1997, at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City, Kan., with the Rev. Larry Heslip, Minister of Education, Ponca City First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
E. P. Jones was born June 11, 1924, in Floydada, Texas, the son of James W. and Maudie B. (Dempsey) Jones. He grew up in Seligman, Mo., and received his education in the Seligman schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year of high school on Dec. 1, 1942. He served aboard the USS Phaon as Petty Officer 1st Class. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 1, 1945. 
On Jan. 1, 1945, he was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Perkins of Arkansas City. The couple made their first home in National City, Calif., where Jones was stationed. Following his discharge they moved to Arkansas City. He worked as an electrician for Osage Electric until moving to Ponca City in 1951. Mr. Jones worked for Snyder Electric in Ponca City for 37 years until retiring in 1984, due to ill health. 
Mr. Jones was a charter member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and was also a member of the IBEW local No. 444, the Ponca Lodge No. 83 AF&AM, the Scottish Rite, and the Eastern Star Fanchon Chapter No. 53. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf, traveling and spending time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Kenn Orr of Ponca City; a daughter-in-law, Sheryl Jones of Shidler; his step-father, C.W. Ownsby of Amarillo, Texas; one sister, Joye Amyx of Amarillo, Texas; a step-brother, Bill Ownsby of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren, Kenny and Cindy Orr, Terri and Tom Stephenson, and Sundy and Travis Van Hauen, all of Ponca City and Jason Jones of Edmond; and two great-grandchildren, Heather and Daniel Orr of Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Phillip Eugene Jones; a brother, Walter Jones, and his twin brother, J.P. Jones. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Route 2, Box 990, Arkansas City, KS 67005. 
The family will be at the home.

Doyle Wesley Warren  
Doyle Wesley Warren, resident of Portland, Ore. and nephew of Velma Falconer and Opal Neal of Ponca City, died Thursday, Dec. 26 , 1996, at his home. He was 58. 
No services were to be held and arrangements and cremation were under the direction of Ross Hollywood Chapel in Portland, Ore.  
Doyle W. Warren was born Feb. 10, 1938 in Billings, Okla., the son of Albert Lee and Iva (Bozworth) Warren. He attended schools in Tonkawa, Elk City and Weatherford and was a pharmacist by trade. 
He and Lenora Mae Sanders were married May 26, 1962. Warren was employed as a pharmacist one time on the Indian Reservation in Poplar, Mont. and later worked in Walla Walla, Wash., and Ainsworth, Wash., before moving to Portland, Ore., in 1970. He had also been employed in the Providence Hospital Pharmacy. He retired in 1993. 
He is survived by his wife, Lenora, of the home in Portland, Ore.; one son, Brandon Warren of Athens, Ga.; his mother, Iva Warren of Wewoka; two brothers, Farrell Warren of Lawton, and Earl Warren of Wewoka. He was preceded in death by his father and his parents.

Ruby J. Ashworth 
Ruby J. Ashworth, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at the Ponca City Nursing Home. She was 66. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Northeast Baptist Church with the Rev. Rowland Briggs, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Blackwell, officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 p.m. today, then casket will be closed. 
Ruby J. (McDaniel) Ashworth was born Feb. 18, 1930, at Eldorado, Okla., the daughter of Loomis and Flora Mae (Brewer) McDaniel. She grew up and received her education in Sand Springs, where she graduated from high school in 1948. 
On Aug. 16, 1946, she was married to Fred Dale Ashworth at Columbus, Kan., and the couple established their first home in Sand Springs. Mrs. Ashworth was employed with American Smelting and Refinery Company in Sand Springs. The family moved to Ponca City in 1951, and Mrs. Ashworth began employment with Conoco Inc., in 1952. She retired as a supervisor in the Personnel Department in 1983. Mrs. Ashworth was a member of Northeast Baptist Church where she had served as church pianist in earlier years. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, and camping and playing dominoes and cards with friends. 
Survivors include her husband, Fred, of the home; one daughter, Donna Taglialatela of Ponca City; one son, William Ashworth of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, Loomis McDaniel Jr. of Acworth, Ga.; one sister, Mrs. H.A. (Erma) Toothman of Tulsa; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Casket bearers will be Homer DeWeese, Kenny Reynolds, Jim Wilkinson, Gary Feil, Joe Hoyle and Francis Wilkerson. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Ashworth's name to Alzheimer's Association; Tulsa Chapter; 6465 South Yale, Suite 318, Tulsa, OK 74136. 
The family will be at 1209 East Bradley. 

Ruth Brett 
Ruth Brett, longtime Ponca City-Marland area resident, died Thursday, June 27, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 93. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marland United Methodist-Christian Church with pastor Robert L. Ferris, officiating. Burial will follow in the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home. 
Ruth (Norris) Brett was born May 16, 1903, in Mena, the daughter of Robert and Eva Anna (Fish) Norris. She grew up in Mena and graduated from Mena High School in 1922. She later attended the University of Oklahoma. 
She was married to Albert Brett in 1926, and the couple made their first home in Ponca City. In 1955, they moved to live on their ranch in Marland. Mrs. Brett made her home there until moving to the Ponca City Nursing Home in 1992. While living in Marland she taught Sunday School and was very active in the Marland United Methodist-Christian Church. She enjoyed cattle ranching and gardening. 
Survivors include two granddaughters, Patricia Morris of Ponca City and Lisa Marino of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandsons Daniel Marino of Ponca City and Matt Marino of Austin, Texas; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Brett on Jan. 8, 1984; one daughter, Anna Marino Guisti; a grandson, Paul Marino; and her parents. 
Casket bearers will be Mike Morris, Matt Morris, Dan Marino, Robert Louis, Matt Marino, and Kenneth Evans. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Brett's name to the Marland United Methodist-Christian Church, P.O. Box 486, Marland, OK 74644. 
The family will be at the ranch house in Marland. 

Vearis Noble Bentley 
Vearis Noble Bentley, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 84. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Trout Funeral Home chapel with Bishop Bryant J. Hardy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 1 p.m. Saturday then the casket will be closed. 
Vearis Noble Bentley was born April 2, 1912, in Coyle, the son of Bert and Effie (Bahney) Bentley. He grew up and attended schools in Coyle.
On Feb. 28, 1942, he was married to Ruth Buster Parks in Guthrie, and the couple farmed in Coyle. In 1951, they moved to Ponca City where Bentley was employed as a carpenter by several builders. He retired in 1979, after working for Lee Drake Homes as a finishing carpenter for 25 years. In retirement he enjoyed sports, country music and spending time with his children and grandchildren. 
Survivors include two sons, Rodney Bentley and Rodger Bentley, both of Ponca City; one step-daughter, Jacquelyn Apker of Old Hickory, Tenn.; one step-son, Terry Parks of Oklahoma City; three brothers, Solomon Bentley and C.A. Bentley, both of Coyle, and Lloyd Bentley of Ponca City; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, on Dec. 20, 1991; his parents; three sisters, Alpha Cowger, Ollie Longan and Anna Belle Townsend; two brothers, Ernest Bentley and Everett Bentley; and one grandson. 
Casket bearers will be grandsons, Brett Bentley, Brian Bentley, Eric Bentley, Jeff Bentley, Chris Bentley and Jay Bentley. 
The family will be at 509 North Birch Street. 

Neil Arron Kayajanian 
NARDIN - Neil Arron Kayajanian, Nardin resident, died at his home Wednesday, June 26, 1996. He was 16. 
The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nardin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Hanna officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery at Nardin under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home of Blackwell. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 1 p.m. Saturday, then the casket will be closed. 
Neil Arron Kayajanian was born July 22, 1979, in Boston, Mass., the son of John L. and Gloria Jean (Maxwell) Kayajanian. He spent his younger years in Boston, where he attended school. In January 1994, he moved with his parents to Nardin, where he attended school in the area. He was a member of the Nardin United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include his parents, Earl and Gloria Johnson of Nardin and John L. Kayajanian of West Roxbury, Mass.; two sisters, Leah Christin Kayajanian of Nardin and Deana Marie Johnson of Onset, Mass.; one brother, Earl Joseph Johnson of Natick, Mass; his maternal grandparents, Lew and Angelia Maxwell of Randolph, Mass., and Alice Schulenberg of Nardin. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and a maternal grandfather. 
Casket bearers will be Greg Armstrong, Steve Varner, Brian Cobb, Richard Ruiz, R.J. Ruiz and Cary Denton. 

Beatrice May Lee 
BARTLESVILLE - Beatrice May Lee, former Shidler area resident, died Friday morning, June 28, 1996, at the Silver Lake Care Center in Bartlesville. She was 89. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the Bartlesville First Christian Church with the Rev. Benny Yount officiating. A graveside service will also be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Newkirk Cemetery with the Rev. James Clinkscale officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Arnold Moore Funeral Service of Bartlesville. Friends may visit at the funeral home until 9 a.m. Monday. 
Beatrice May (Condit) Lee was born Aug. 15, 1906, in the rural Yale Community, the daughter of Edward and Julie Mae (Callahan) Condit. She grew up and received her education in the Mannford Community schools. 
On March 7, 1923, she was married to Clyde Lewis Lee in Newkirk and the couple made their first home in DeNoya. They later lived at Shidler for 38 years before moving to Cedar Vale, Kan. Mrs. Lee worked as a nurse in hospitals in Shidler and Cedar Vale, Kan. In later years, she moved to Bartlesville to live near a daughter. She was a member of the Cedar Vale Assembly of God Church; Rebekah Lodge; a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 278; and a 50-year member and past president of the Grant Creek Home Extension Unit. 
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Dixie Lee) Gordon of Bartlesville; one son, Robert E. Lee of Hobbs, N.M.; one sister, Elnora Anderson of Mannford; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 30, 1987; two daughters, Patsy Bea Lee and Fern Louise Hindman; one son, Warren Lesley "Spud" Lee; her parents; and one sister, Lorene Birdsong.

Joe Edward Pearson 
HOUSTON - Joe Edward Pearson, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, June 26, 1996, at his home in Houston. He was 54. 
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Monday in the Ponca City First Presbyterian Church Chapel. Arrangements in Houston were under the direction of National Funeral Home in Houston. 
Joe Edward Pearson was born Jan. 3, 1942, in Findlay, Ohio, the son of Dr. and Mrs. C.C. "Doc" Pearson. He moved with his family to Pawhuska in 1946, where he grew up and graduated as valedictorian of the Pawhuska High School Class of 1960. Pearson earned a chemical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University. 
In 1966, he began his career as a process engineer at Conoco Inc. in Ponca City, living subsequently in France and California. In 1980 he became vice-president of engineering with USA Petrochem in Ventura, Calif., and from 1986-1991 was superintendent of technical services at Pacific Offshore Pipeline Co. In 1991, he returned to Ponca City and at retirement on May 1, 1996, was director of Lake Charles project development and project implementation. 
Pearson was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid skeet shooter and gun collector and also built and collected historically accurate model trains. 
Survivors include his wife, Janet Pearson of the home, 7818 Capri Circle, Houston, TX 77095; one daughter, Julie Pearson of the home; one son, Geoffrey Pearson of the home; his mother, Catherine Pearson of Pawhuska; and one sister, Ann Erwin of Cody, Wyo. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Pearson's name to Hospice of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 103, Ponca City, OK 74601.

Bert D. Brown 
PAWNEE - Bert D. "Bo" Brown, lifetime resident of the Pawnee area, died Saturday, June 27, 1996, in Tulsa. He was 63. 
The funeral will beheld at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Poteet Funeral Home chapel in Pawnee with the Rev. Marvin Warren officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Cemetery at Pawnee. 
Bert D. "Bo" Brown was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Skedee, the son of Arthur and Ina A. (Bonfy) Brown. He grew up and attended schools in Pawnee. 
On March 20, 1954, he was married to Evelyn Sorrells in Pawnee, and they established their home in the area. Brown was a farmer, but also worked as a trucker for 22 years. At one time he was owner of the Rawhide and Mint Bar. He was a member of the Bible Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Brown of Skedee; three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Mary) Woods of Arkansas City, Kan., Mrs. Terry (Jane) Travis of Maramec, and Mrs. Glenn (Debbie) McKinney of Burbank; two sons, Jerry Brown of Pawnee and Darrin Brown of Skedee; one brother, Bill Brown of Ralston, one sister, Bonnie Warren of Skedee; 13 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. 
Memorial contributions in Mr. Brown's name may be made to the Spina Bifida Foundation, P.O. Box 2117, Oklahoma City, OK 73101. 

Earl John Spoon 
LAMONT - Earl John Spoon, lifelong Lamont area resident, died at his home Friday, June 28, 1996. He was 74. 
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Lamont Christian Church with the Rev. Ruth Tipps, minister, officiating. Burial will be in the Lamont Cemetery under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral Home of Tonkawa. Members of the Lamont American Legion Post will make the Flag presentation. Friends may visit at the funeral home in Tonkawa until 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. 
Earl J. Spoon was born July 1, 1921, in Lamont, the son of Nerr John and Mary Frances (Muegge) Spoon. He grew up on the family farm near Lamont and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1939. On Dec. 2, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II with the 17th Signal Battalion in the European Theater at Normandy and in the Ardennes at the Battle of the Bulge. The first American to enter Paris at its Liberation, Spoon later received the Croix de Guerre Avec Etoile de Bronze Metal from the French government. He also received the Silver Star. Spoon was honorably discharged on Sept. 22, 1945, and returned to Lamont to farm. 
On Dec. 8, 1946, he was married to Ethel Russell in Lamont and continued farming. Spoon was a member of Lamont American Legion Post; Tonkawa VFW Post; the Lamont Christian Church, where he served on the church board; a 50-year member of the Tonkawa Masonic Lodge; and a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory of Guthrie. 
Survivors include his wife, Ethel, of the home; one son, John Spoon of Tonkawa; one daughter Madonna Todd of Sapulpa; one sister, Kathryn Hunter of Ponca City; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Nora Mae Simmons 
Nora Mae Simmons, Route Five resident, died Friday, June 28, 1996, at the Ponca City Nursing Home. She was 92. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Longwood Cemetery, east of Ponca City. 
Nora Mae (Pringle) Simmons was born on her parents homestead, northeast of Ponca City, Dec. 16, 1903. She was the daughter of Robert G. and Leota B. (Klopp) Pringle and received her early education in the Maple Grove Rural School, and Ponca City High School. 
On Oct. 21, 1923, she was married to John H. "Hank" Simmons in rural Kildare, and the couple established their first home in Ponca City. The couple moved back to the homestead of her parents after Mr. Simmons' retirement in 1951. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1983. Mrs. Simmons was a member of the Ponca City First Christian Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, quilting, and painting. 
Survivors include one son, James L. Simmons of Tulsa; one daughter, Norma Louise Bellmard of Ponca City; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in November 1984; and her parents. 

Mildred Oie 
Mildred Oie, Ponca City resident, died at her home, Wednesday, June 26, 1996. She was 83. 
The funeral was to be held at the Humes Funeral Home in Addision, Ill., at 11 a.m. today with the Rev. Wes Houghsted officiating. Burial was to be in Mt. Emblem Cemetery at Elmhurst, Ill., under the direction of Humes Funeral Home of Addison. 
Mildred (Bunnell) Oie was born May 14, 1913, in Carthage, Ill., the daughter of Elmer and Emma (Burnett) Bunnell. She was married to John Oie and had been employed as clerk of Bensenville (Ill.) Post Office, until her retirement. She later moved to Ponca City where she was past Oracle of the Ponca City Chapter of the Royal Neighbors of America. 
Survivors include three daughters, Lois Sakkas of Phoenix, Ariz., Alice Karesh of Syracuse, Ind., and Kay Hellem of Ponca City; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Gary W. Love 
ST. LOUIS, MO.-Gary W. Love, former Ponca City resident, died Saturday, June 29, 1996, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was 51. 
A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ponca City First Christian Church with the Rev. Cliff Fite and the Rev. Sondra Tilsley officiating. A memorial service was also held in St. Louis. Arrangements were under the direction of Kutis Funeral Home, St. Louis. Mo. 
Gary W. Love was born Oct. 1, 1944, in Billings, Okla., the son of Ophie L. and Pauline (Franklin) Love. He began his early education in Red Rock and moved with his parents to Ponca City in 1958. After graduation from Ponca City High School in 1963, he completed a training course with General Motors and worked as a mechanic. 
In 1964, Love entered the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an electronic engineer with the Defense Mapping Agency while living in the Washington, D.C. area, San Antonio, Texas, and St. Louis, Mo. 
He was married to Debbie (Breach) Picone in Silver Springs, Md., on April 30, 1977. 
Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of the home in St. Louis; one son, Brian Love of Pryor; one daughter, Michelle, of San Antonio, Texas; his mother, Pauline Love of Ponca City; three brothers, Jack "LeRoy" Love of Ponca City, Billy Joe Love of Springfield, Va., and Carl Love of Hermitage, Tenn.; two sisters, Mrs. Cecil (Nona) Cales, of Ponca City and Mrs. Mickey (Linda) Ratliff of Red Rock; two grandsons; one step-granddaughter; and one step-grandson. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Love's Memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.

Robert G. Swopes 
Robert G. "Bob" Swopes, longtime Ponca City area resident, died Monday, July 1, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 82. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Douglas Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the Newkirk (Okla.) Cemetery. 
Robert G. "Bob" Swopes was born Oct. 21, 1913, in House, N.M., the son of Jesse O. and Mollie L. (McGuire) Swopes. He moved with his family to Missouri in 1919 and to Oklahoma in 1920. He grew up and attended schools in the area, living in Kay and Osage Counties most of his life except for a two year period when he made his home in Maple City, Kan. 
On May 14, 1936, he was married to Doris N. Sierman in Newkirk, and they were engaged in farming and ranching in the Shidler and Kaw City areas. Swopes was also a contract worker for Phillips Petroleum at Webb City in 1940s and 1950s. Doris Swopes preceded him in death in October 1969. 
He was married to Reba Pennington in Ponca City on Jan. 21, 1977. Swopes enjoyed fishing, bowling, gardening, working with horses, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. 
Survivors include his wife, Reba, of the home; two sons, Clarence of Ponca City and Bobby J. of Shidler; one daughter, LaVonne Holcomb, of Houston, Texas; two step-daughters, Linda J. Nichols of Denver, Colo., and Pamela J. Smith of Ponca City; two brothers, Jess of Roseburg, Ore. and James Leo of Ponca City; three sisters Dollie Day of Pawnee, Hazel Cates of Chandler and Dixie Sorenson of Choctaw; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 
In addition to his first wife and his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Fred; and one sister, Margaret Rockwood. 
Casket bearers will be David Stieber, Gary Sheffield, Darrell Boxley, Roy Shafer, Keith Hambleton and Vern Irwin. Honorary bearers will be Carl Roady, Dan Godbehere, and Sonny Cannon. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Swopes' name to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Cancer Research, 825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. 

Marsha R. Wingrave 
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - Marsha R. Wingrave, former Ponca City resident, died Monday, July 1, 1996, at her home in Kennett Township, Pa. She was 47. 
Mass of Christian Burial is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Church in Kennett Square. Burial will be in Liberal, Kan., under the direction of Kuzo and Gofus Funeral Home of Kennett Square, Pa. 
Marsha R. (Rowland) Wingrave was born in Liberal, Kan., the daughter of Harper K. and Marcellus Rowland. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in science and education. 
She was married to James A. Wingrave and in addition to living in the Ponca City area for about eight years, the couple most recently made their home in Kennett Square. Mrs. Wingrave was a homemaker, and a member of the St. Patrick's Church of Kennett Square, where she taught CCD classes. She also served as chairman of the Kennett Area Park Authority; was active on the Kennett 4th of July Celebration committee; served as state and local Republican Committeewoman; and as an officer of the Kennett High School Booster Club. 
Survivors include her husband, James A. Wingrave of Kennett Square; two sons, J. Michael and Chadwick A., both of the home; her mother, Helen M. Rowland of Liberal, Kan.; one brother, Dennis Rowland of Garden City, Kan.; two sisters, Constance Paynter of Colby, Kan. and Rebecca Williams of Plymouth, Minn.; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wingrave's name to The Anson B. Nixon Park, c/o Marsha R. Wingrave Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1121, Kenneth Square, PA 19348. 

Jerry Ray Mitchell 
NEWKIRK - Jerry Ray Mitchell, longtime Newkirk resident, died Monday, July 1, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Ponca City. He was 55. 
The funeral was to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Newkirk First Christian Church with Mr. Mitchell's son-in-law, Wren Robinson, officiating. Burial was to follow in the Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service. 
Jerry Ray Mitchell was born Sept. 9, 1941, near Ponca City the son of Virgil L. and Hope Esther (Case) Mitchell. He attended a rural grade school, then moved with his family to Newkirk during his freshman year and attended Newkirk High School. After completing his education he was employed at Bender Elevator. 
On Aug. 8, 1959, he was married to Sylvia June Goff in Arkansas City, Kan., and the couple established their home in the Newkirk area. Mitchell was employed by the City of Ponca City, City of Newkirk, McWilliams Insurance Agency, and Houser Hardware for several years. In 1978, he established Mitchell Plumbing, Heating and Air. Mitchell was a member of the Newkirk First Christian Church, a former member of the Newkirk Range Riders and past president of the Newkirk Jaycees. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and spending time with his family - especially his grandchildren. 
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia, of the home; one son, Jerry Douglas of Westminster, Colo.; two daughters, Jill Lynne Robinson of Arkansas City and Mary Jane Ames of Hutchinson, Kan.; his mother, Esther Mitchell of Ponca City; two brothers, Donald of Skiatook and Bill of Ponca City; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Mitchell's name to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Eastman National Bank, P.O. Box 468, Newkirk, OK 74647. 

Oscar L. Hodgson 
Oscar L. Hodgson, lifelong Ponca City area resident, died Sunday, June 30, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. He was 93. 
The funeral was to be held at 2 p.m. today in the Trout Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was to be in the Ponca City IOOF Cemetery. 
Oscar L. Hodgson was born March 11, 1903, in Ponca City, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (Gardner) Hodgson. A farmer all of his life, Hodgson kept the family farm after his father's death in 1922, and farmed there until his retirement in 1975. He later moved into Ponca City. He was a member of the Ponca City First Christian Church. He enjoyed watching and feeding wild birds every day. 
He is survived by one brother, Leo of Wichita, Kan.; three sisters, Ila Summers of Wichita, Kan., Irene Van Dorsten of Lake Charles, La., and Gladys Bahn of Ponca City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wayne. 

Joe D. Dobbs 
Joe D. Dobbs, longtime Ponca City resident, died Monday, July 1, 1996 in Ponca City. He was 89. 
A private family graveside service was to be held today, at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. 
Joe D. Dobbs was born Feb. 8, 1907, in Tuttle, the son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary (Goad) Dobbs. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942-43. After his honorable discharge he moved to the Ponca City area. He was married to Julia Randolph on July 3, 1943, in Newkirk. 
Survivors include two brothers, Richard L. and Claude Irvin, both of Ponca City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in October 1983; his parents; and nine brothers and sisters. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Dobbs name to Larry Jones Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101. 

Lance Lee Morrill 
BLACKWELL - Lance Lee Morrill, lifelong Blackwell resident, died in Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, July 1, 1996. He was 61. 
The funeral was to be held at 2:30 p.m. today in the Blackwell First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Ryser officiating. Burial was to be in the Blackwell IOOF Cemetery.  
Lance Lee Morrill was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Blackwell, the son of Willard H. and Helen E. (Brown) Morrill. He grew up in Blackwell and graduated from Blackwell High School in 1953. After graduation he began employment with Blackwell Zinc Co., then later for Weaver Well Service. He also farmed. 
On Dec. 17, 1954, he was married to Sallie Jo Ebright in Blackwell, where they established their home. For a period of time Morrill farmed in the summer and worked in the oil fields in the winter. On Oct. 20, 1970, he began full-time employment with Shebester-Bechtel Inc., where he held the position of assistant manager at the time of his death. He continued farming until 1995. Morrill was as member of the Blackwell First United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Sallie Jo Morrill of Blackwell; one daughter, Jami Lohmeyer of Tulsa; one son, Mike of Blackwell; his parents, Tom and Helen Hall of Blackwell; three brothers, Jerry Morrill of Tonkawa, Howard Hall of Midwest City and Dick Hall of Tulsa; Thurston Blakely of Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father; two sons, Lance Richard and Marty Wayne. 
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Morrill's name to the First United Methodist Church or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, c/o Roberts Funeral Home, 120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.


 This page last updated: 04/10/12 Kay Co

Kay Co. Oklahoma
 US Gen Web
Oklahoma's FGS Project

 

Oklahoma Family Group Sheets
All States Family Group Sheet Project

OK Gen Web State Coordinator
Linda Simpson
Asst: Mel Owings
© 1996-Present ~ All Rights Reserved
d

This page is maintained for the OK Gen Web  by County Coordinator Jeff Smith
 

Animated US Flag
God Bless America

A Sincere Thanks To All Contributors !!!!!!

Hosted & Copyrighted 1996-2014 by:
OKGenWeb

U.S. GEN WEB NOTICE: In keeping with our policy of providing free Information on the Internet, data may be used by non-commercial entities, as long as this message remains on all copied material. These electronic pages may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or for presentation by other persons or organizations. Files may be printed or copied for Personal use only. Persons or organizations desiring to use this material for purposes other than stated above must obtain the written consent of the file contributor.