Obituaries

Tue
05
Apr

Frankie Mae Steffes

Frankie Mae Steffes was born August 15, 1935, in Dill City, Oklahoma, to Mary Francis and Pete  Richard Peffer. She passed away March 29, 2016, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 14 days. Frankie grew up in the Dill City community and attended Dill City schools, graduating in 1953. After graduation, she was married to Donald "Jim" Steffes at St. Francis Church, south of Canute, Oklahoma, on January 10, 1956. After their marriage they moved to a few places within the Canute community before moving to the old homestead four miles west of Burns Flat, Oklahoma. In the early 60's, Frankie raised her family and was a homemaker until the late 60's when she found employment with a clothing factory in Elk City. She continued there until she went to work for Kellwood in Clinton, and remained there until she retired to care for Jim. In 1988, Frankie and Jim moved two miles northwest of Canute to make their home.

Tue
05
Apr

Curtis Alonzo Hurst

Curtis Alonzo Hurst, 95, passed away March 29, 2016, in Marlow, Oklahoma. He was born on February 6, 1921, in Gotebo, Oklahoma, to Oscar and Hattie Belle (Harris) Hurst. Curtis attended school in Gotebo and was saved at the age of twelve. He served his Country in the United States Army as a Artillery Gunnery Sergeant in WWII during the Battle of the Buldge. Curtis went on to graduate from OU, OSU, and SWOSU with a Master's Degree. He married Beatrice Aldridge in August of 1940, and  she preceded him in death in 2005. He later married Melba Dickerson on August 24, 2011, in El Centro, California. He was a member of the Gotebo Baptist Church. Curtis is survived by his wife Melba, of the home; son, Curtis "Merl" Hurst, of El Centro, California; sister, Phyllis Breckley, of Mountain View, Oklahoma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beatrice Aldridge; three brothers; and three sisters.

Tue
05
Apr

Venoy Foust

Venoy Foust, 74, of Rocky, Oklahoma, passed away March 31, 2016, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born on April 26, 1941, in Cogar, Oklahoma, to Cecil and Rena (Gillis) Foust. Venoy graduated high school and later went on to marry Sarah Woodard on May 16, 1982. He was a Christian who was saved as a young man. Venoy was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He served as a Washita County Commissioner from 1974-78. Venoy was a carpenter by trade, and had worked for the city of Rocky for 20 years. He enjoyed riding and working with horses, roping, woodworking, gardening, music, and country dancing. His love for the outdoors extended to grilling in the outdoor kitchen he designed and built himself. He enjoyed his time as a volunteer at the Rocky Senior Citizens Center, and he was always willing to help anyone in need.

Tue
05
Apr

Ruemelle D. Ball

Ruemelle D. Ball, 96, of Rocky, Oklahoma, passed away March 31, 2016, in Hobart, Oklahoma. She was born on October 15, 1919, in Rocky, Oklahoma, to John Dillon and Ethel Mae (Devin) Dietrich. Ruemelle was a devout member of the Rocky Methodist Church. Her mother, Ethel, was instrumental in starting the church and was a founding member. She graduated from Rocky High School in 1937. She married Lloyd Murl Ball on August 14, 1937. He preceded her in death in 2010. Ruemelle worked for the post office in Rocky and Sentinel as Post Master before retiring after 25 years.

Tue
05
Apr

James Modrell Price

James Modrell Price was born October 21, 1921 in Sulphur, Oklahoma, and died April 3, 2016, at the age of 94. He was one of five children born to Amos James and Winnie Baird Price. In the 1920’s the family moved to the Gotebo area. Later the Price family bought a farm three miles southeast of Cloud Chief. The children rode horses or walked to attend the Cloud Chief School. After receiving his diploma from Cloud Chief High School, he married Bessie Aldine Black in 1939. This union was blessed with three children, Peggy, Polly and Pat Price. James and Aldine lived and farmed in Cloud Chief for 53 years. James enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and dominos. He served several years on the Cloud Chief School Board. James was very instrumental in bringing rural water to Washita county by signing up many of his neighbors and serving on the water board. He traveled many miles as a rural route mail carrier. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.

Tue
29
Mar

David Lee Mandrell

David Lee Mandrell was born July 15, 1961, in Washita County, to Leland and Oletta (Klein) Mandrell and passed away March 24, 2016, in Dill City. David was raised in Dill City where he attended school and graduated in 1979. He joined his father in the family farming and cattle operation and worked alongside him for many years. David was an avid water skier and had been sponsored in skiing events by Bud Light. He enjoyed boat racing and snow skiing as well. David was an excellent athlete in high school and his love of basketball carried over to playing in some YMCA leagues. He loved passing down the enjoyment of basketball to his daughter, Tori and loved playing games with her. David was preceded in death by his parents, Leland and Oletta Mandrell. His survivors include his daughter, Tori Mandrell of Oklahoma City, and his son, Blake Mandrell of Burns Flat.

Tue
22
Mar

I’Leen Robinson Poe

I’Leen Robinson Poe was born November 11, 1949, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, to Sonny and Bettie Jean (Schulte) Robinson and passed away January 23, 2016, at the age of 66, at her home in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. As a young child I’Leen and her family moved from Pittsburg, to Odessa, Texas, where she attended school and graduated. In 1968, I’Leen married John Poe in Odessa, Texas. John was in the Army, therefore as a young family they moved quite I’Leen Robinson Poe often with his career. After John’s service in the military they raised their family in Odessa. I’Leen moved to Burns Flat in 2000, to be closer to family. She enjoyed painting, and doing ceramics. I’Leen was also an avid garage saler. She enjoyed decorating and doing yard work. I’Leen enjoyed spending time with family and friends visiting. Some of her most treasured times were spent with her grandchildren. I’Leen was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John in 2000; and one brother, Jiggs Robinson.

Tue
22
Mar

Harriet June (Miller) Turner Wesner

Angels rejoiced on Friday, March 18, 2016, when Harriet June (Miller) Turner Wesner passed from this life into eternity to be with her Lord and loved ones. She was born on June 12, 1933, to Raymond and Lillian (Gregory) Miller in Oklahoma City. June was the baby sister of Norma Jean and Bobby. Her mother became ill soon after her birth and died when June was only two years old. Raymond later married Ludie Graves, the woman who mothered Norma Jean, Bobby and June and who also blessed them with two brothers, Ray and Mack. The family moved to a farm south of Cordell in 1940 and June went to Mt. Pleasant schools through her elementary years before graduating from Cordell High School in 1951. She was an outstanding basketball player for Cordell. A good shooter, June was offered an athletic scholarship to Southwestern State College. Although June did not accept the scholarship, she put a high value on education and was very proud all her children obtained college degrees.
Tue
22
Mar

Rita Jane (King) Williams

Rita Jane Williams, age 66, of St. George, Kansas, died Monday morning, March 14, 2016, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan. She was born on October 30, 1949, in Cordell, Oklahoma, the daughter of R.D. King, Jr. and Billie Inez (Gregory) King. Rita graduated from Cordell High School in 1967 and then attended Southwestern State University. On August 4, 1967, in Cordell, Oklahoma, she was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Williams. Rita worked as a secretary to help support Ken as he finished his college degree. Following his graduation, Ken was drafted into the military and was called to serve during Vietnam. Rita made her home wherever her husband was stationed during their early married years. In January of 1974, her husband accepted a position at Ft. Riley with the Federal Civil Service and they soon made their home in Manhattan, Kansas.
Mon
21
Mar

June (Miller) Turner Wesner

June (Miller) Turner Wesner, Cordell, died on Friday, March 18, 2016. Her funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Northside church of Christ in Cordell.

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