Obituaries

Tue
16
Dec

Dr. Bennie W. Stehr

A memorial service for Dr. Bennie W. Stehr, 88, Clinton resident was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 17, 2014, in the First Church of God, officiated by Rev. Roy Dobbs. A private burial will be held at a later date in Tula Cemetery in Oxford, Mississippi. Benjamin “Bennie” Wilhelm Stehr was born March 10, 1926, to Fred and Karolina (Steigman) Stehr in Bessie, Oklahoma, and passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014, in the Grace Living Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. Bennie was raised in the Bessie and Clinton area. He attended Bessie schools until its closing during his junior year. He continued his senior year in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School in 1942, at the age of 16. Bennie moved to California, and tried to join the Army but they would not accept him because of his age. He returned to Clinton and joined the Army in 1946, and served during WWII. While a young man he was the projectionist at the Ritz theatre.

Tue
16
Dec

Dolores Greteman

Dolores Greteman was born June 6, 1934, in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, to Frances and George Kamphaus. She passed away December 11, 2014, in Canute, Oklahoma, at the age of 80 years, six months and five days. Dolores grew up on her family's farms in the Foss and Canute areas. She attended school at St. Francis Catholic Church and was later married to Edward Sylvester Greteman at St. Francis on January 3, 1950. After their marriage, she worked alongside Edward for 62 years farming wheat, alfalfa, cotton, watermelons and raising cattle until his death on August 2, 2012. Dolores remained on the family farm and enjoyed all wildlife, her flowers and gardening, but her greatest joy in life was her family and visiting with friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one great-granddaughter, one brother, Eddie Kamphaus and three sisters, Agnes Shones, Katherine Spitz, and Bernadine Toelle.

Tue
16
Dec

Bonnie Jean Dudgeon

A funeral service for Bonnie Jean Dudgeon, 59, was held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2014, in the Peace Lutheran Church, officiated by Rev. Harold Goldman and Rod Spicer. Burial concluded in the Union Hatchet Cemetery, under the direction of the Kiesau Lee Funeral Home. Bonnie Jean (Carter) Dudgeon was born June 28, 1955, to Curtis L. Carter and Vera Louise (Weter) in Stockton, Kansas, and passed away on December 8, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was raised in the Bessie area and graduated from Cordell High School in 1973. Bonnie was married to Cary John Dudgeon on November 4, 1972, in Bessie, Oklahoma. She has been in home health care and hospice work most of her adult life. Bonnie was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church and her passion was spending time and doing things for her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Sherry Brock.

Tue
09
Dec

Bettie Ruth Mullican

Bettie Ruth (Cantrell) Mullican was born January 3, 1937, in Smithville, Tennessee, to Harvey and Lula Cantrell. She passed away at the age of 77 years and 11 months. Bettie graduated from Dekalb County High School in Smithville, Tennessee. Then she moved to Nashville and attended nursing school at Vanderbilt hospital. She obtained a Certified Nursing Technician degree and continued to work there for three years. Bettie married Billy Stroud Mullican in Smithville, Tennessee, on June 30, 1961. She had several different occupations besides nursing. They included working at a shirt factory, hosiery factory, a long distance telephone operator, shoe factory and knitting factory. They moved to Dill City, Oklahoma, in 1974, where both Bill and Bettie were employed at Dill City Public Schools. She was first a cook, then moved into maintenance and bus driving. In 1987, they moved to Midwest City, Oklahoma, to manage an apartment complex.

Tue
09
Dec

Shirley Ruth Griffee

Shirley Griffee was born June 14, 1938, in Canute, Oklahoma, to Jewel Rebecca and Theodore Easton Loyd. She passed away December 8, 2014, in Canute, Oklahoma, at the age of 76 years, five months and 24 days. Shirley grew up on a farm south of Canute and attended Canute schools, graduating in 1956. After graduation, she met Wayne Shirey on a blind date and was later married on December 26, 1957. After their marriage they made their home in the Canute area and raised their two sons. During this time she was employed by TG&Y as a cashier and also worked as a cook in the lunch room at Canute schools. On January 2, 1975, Wayne passed away and Shirley remained in Canute. She was later married to Lee Owen Griffee at the Primitive Baptist Church, south of Canute, on February 14, 1976. Shirley and Lee continued to make Canute their home and she continued to work at the school.

Tue
02
Dec

Gilbert Thiessen

Gilbert Thiessen, 76, passed away November 25, 2014, peacefully at home in Norman, Oklahoma. He was born September 12, 1938, in Antwerp, Belgium, and came to Cordell, Oklahoma, in his teens with his step-father, Charles Thiessen, and mother, Maria Thiessen (Jacqmin), who preceded him in death. Gilbert’s father, Pietre VanAgtmael, also preceded him in death. He graduated from Cloud Cheif High School and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University for a time. Gilbert joined the Army and served in Korea for several years. After he returned, he worked for the United States Postal Service in Cordell, and later in Norman, Oklahoma, where he retired. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son and daughter-inlaw, Mike and Mary Thiessen; daughter, Barbara; brother, sister- in-law and nephew, Ken, Toni and Josh Thiessen; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by Champ and Lucky of the home.

Tue
02
Dec

Lorena Church

Lorena Church was born on July 16, 1930, in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Hazel Ester (Thomas) and William Lewis Morgan. She passed away November 28, 2014, in Hobart, Oklahoma, at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 12 days. Lorena grew up in Elk City and was raised by her uncle Elmer (Red) and aunt Lela Crump after her parents passed away in 1944. She graduated from Elk City High School in 1948, and a week later was married to Lelan Foster Church in Elk City, Oklahoma, on May 16, 1948. The day they were married they moved to their home southwest of Dill City, Oklahoma, where they made their home for 64 years. Lorena worked beside her husband her entire life and raised her children. She was a member of the Home Community and Education club (HCE) for over 50 years and she held every office multiple times. Lorena enjoyed taking care of everyone else, sewing, feeding her friends and family, attending the Elk City rodeo and was affectionately know as "Mom" and "Grandmother".

Tue
02
Dec

Ethel Harper

A Chapel Service for Ethel Harper, 91, Washita County resident, was held at 3:00 p.m., on Monday, December 1, 2014, in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel, officiated by Patrick Peters. A private burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford, under the direction of the Kiesau Lee Funeral Home. Ethel (Traudt) Harper was born May 1, 1923, to Henry and Katherine (Sitzman) Traudt on a farm located between Corn and Weatherford, Oklahoma. She passed away early Saturday, November 29, 2014, in the Angelwood Assisted Living Center. Ethel’s grandparents and her mother migrated from Russia and settled in Corn in 1894. She was raised in the Corn community and attended her schooling there. At a young age she moved to Weatherford where she was employed with Owls Photo. One afternoon a young military man who had just returned from the war asked her out for a cup of coffee, and the rest is history.

Wed
26
Nov

Daniel Gentry

Daniel Edmond Gentry was born December 19, 1955, in Fresno, California, to Clarence and Johnnie (Clark) Gentry and attended school there. He passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014. After school he worked in the orchard industry in California for several years. In 1975, Daniel moved to Oklahoma and worked in the oil and gas industry. On June 23, 1986, Daniel married Sophia Ramirez in Bakersfield, California. In his younger years he was an avid fisherman and loved to make people laugh with his pranks and jokes. Daniel loved to cook outside and tinker with vehicles. He was a very kind hearted person who was always willing to lend a hand when he was able. Daniel loved to play with his dog Roxy. He got great enjoyment out of spending time with his family and friends and especially his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and one son, Johnnie Gentry in 1986.

Wed
26
Nov

Denver James Klaassen

Denver James Klaassen passed away on November 18, 2014. He was born on September 26, 1935, in Corn, Oklahoma, to Frank and Augusta (Krewall) Klaassen. Throughout his life, he was best known for striving to inspire others, constantly encouraging his friends, family members and work associates. Gracious and polite, Denver always showed genuine interest in others and was a loyalfriend to many. Denver grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma, north of Corn, where he worked as a hired hand for neighbors and relatives, driving tractor, pulling cotton, harvesting wheat and other farm duties. This dedication to hard work continued throughout his life and career. A graduate of Corn High School, Denver received his bachelor of science from Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and his master of education from Wichita State University. He was granted an honorary doctorate of business administration from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri.

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