Obituaries

Tue
28
Apr

Bruce McKinley Welch

Bruce McKinley Welch, age 56, a resident of Willow, Oklahoma, passed away at the Elkview General Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma, on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Bruce was born in Tularosa, New Mexico, on September 29, 1958, to Vernon McKinley Welch and Mildred F. (Bingham) Welch. Bruce was raised in La Luz, New Mexico, and later moved to Duncan, Oklahoma, with his family in 1973. He graduated from Velma Alma High School in 1976. He enjoyed gardening, old cars, truck driving, and spending time with his family and friends. On September 6, 1980, he married the love of his life, Brenda Annette Neece at Prairieview Baptist Church Elk City. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dill City. Bruce was a devoted husband, father, and friend who will be deeply missed. He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jamie Welch; and father-in-law, Glen Neece.

Tue
21
Apr

Joseph Hale Kelley

Joseph Hale Kelley was born on September 8, 1944, to Grady and Clairsie Kelley in Waldron, Arkansas. There he was raised with his seven siblings until his dad packed up a pick-up truck and headed for Western Oklahoma, with hopes of a fresh start and bright future. Landing in Gotebo, Oklahoma, as a sixth grader, Joe grew up to be a hardworking man who valued life as time spent with family, friends, students and high adventure trips on horseback to the Colorado mountains. On a warm summer night at Carla’s Drive-In in Cordell, Oklahoma, Joe spotted a pretty little red head, named Sue, who was “Sweeter” than his 1958 Chevy. It wasn’t long before he won her heart, and on his 20th birthday, (September 8, 1962) they said “I do.” Their wedded bliss soon brought a beautiful daughter, Khristy Lynne Kelley, followed two short years later by a wonderful son, Joseph Kasey Kelley.

Tue
21
Apr

Robert Daniel Burrows

Robert Daniel Burrows was born March 31, 1967, in Bellflower, California, to Carol and Gary Burrows. He passed away April 18, 2015, in Clinton, Oklahoma, at the age of 48 years and 17 days. Robert grew up in Norwalk, California, and graduated from Norwalk High School in 1985. After graduation, he briefly worked for Central Bank of Los Angeles and moved to Missouri, to work as a machinist. He later obtained employment with Dish Network in Missouri, and it was then that he met Denise Ane Danks. They were married at Sayre, Oklahoma, on September 7, 2012. After their marriage, they lived in Reydon, Oklahoma, and later moved to Bessie while Robert was working for Hamm Phillips Trucking. He was an avid woodworker and spent the majority of his life helping other people and devoted his life to it. He was preceded in death by his father and brother-inlaw, Doug Danks.

Tue
21
Apr

Henry “Hank” Svitak

Hank Svitak was born on February 14, 1924, to Frank and Millie (Roller) Svitak, on the family farm in Washita, Oklahoma, in Caddo County. He passed away at the age of 91 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Hank attended school in Washita. After high school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1941, and also served in WWII with the US Navy in the South Pacific. After the war, Hank moved to Western Oklahoma, where he worked for Bill Gover Chrysler/ Ford in Clinton, Oklahoma, for over 40 years. He also owned and operated Hank’s Auto Repair in Bessie, for over 35 years. Hank was not only a mechanic, he was the local furniture repair man and bicycle repair man for the children in the area. Every year when the holiday season rolled around, Hank would have the biggest Christmas party around in his shop.

Tue
14
Apr

Loretta Maxine Mills

Loretta Maxine Mills, 86, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Snyder, Oklahoma. She was born to Helmer and Ruby (Lanier) Kamm on July 13, 1928, in Sickels, Oklahoma.
Maxine graduated high school and then college with an Associate's Degree. She married Freddie B. Mills in June of 1947. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Cordell, where she taught Sunday

Tue
14
Apr

Forrest Gene Lain

Forrest Gene Lain, 78, of Longview, Texas, passed away April 9, 2015, in Madill, Oklahoma. Forrest was born March 23, 1937, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Charles and Sylvia Lain. After graduating high school, he joined the Air Force and came back to Texas, to go to work for Texas Instruments in the late 1950’s. Forrest worked for TI until September 1, 1991, when he and his secretary both retired at the same time.
While at TI, Forrest went from working as a field tech for a number of years, to becoming the Manager over Human Resources for the Avionics Department. This, of course, required that he earn his degree, which he

Tue
14
Apr

Steven Thomas Couch

Steven Thomas Couch was born September 16, 1965, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Jimmy Carrol and LaRita Kaye (Dawson) Couch. He passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, in El Reno, Oklahoma, at the age of 49.
Steven married Melissa Evans on May 24, 2014, in Binger, Oklahoma. He graduated from Weatherford High School and he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Oklahoma in
Norman. Steven was head principal of Chickasha High School. He dedicated his life and career to the education of young adults as a teacher, mentor, and administrator. His survivors include his wife, Melissa Diane ouch, of the home in Binger, Oklahoma; four children, Tyler James Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, Kelsey Ann Couch of Norman, Oklahoma, Jacob Dee Williams of Binger, Oklahoma, and Calob Ray Williams of

Tue
14
Apr

Kim Aldridge

Kim Aldridge was born on September 4, 1932, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to Al and Leona Aldridge. He left his earthly home on April 11, 2015, in Altus, Oklahoma, at the age of 82. Kim grew up in the Port- Sentinel area and graduated from Port High School in 1950. Upon graduation, Kim went to work in the Elk City oil fields. He then farmed and ranched. He is survived by three children Keith and Norma Aldridge of Roosevelt, Oklahoma, Mark and Carol Aldridge of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and daughter Kathy and Matt Courtney of Roosevelt, Oklahoma. Also four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara and husband, Pat McNally; and brothers, Ken and wife Margaret Aldridge, and Jack and wife Carlie Aldridge. Kim had a love for his Walker hounds, and hunting and fishing, that he passed down to his grandsons Austin and Randall. He enjoyed many hours hunting and enjoying the many friendships through the years. Private Family Services will be held at Sentinel Cemetery.

Tue
14
Apr

Tommy Scarberry

Tommy Scarberry, 80, Cordell, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in Cordell, Oklahoma. He was born in Hobart, Oklahoma, on July 5, 1934, to Fred and Leila (Holman) Scarberry. Tommy married Barbara Brown on March 5, 1952, in Plainview, Texas. He was a farmer for several years near Plainview, Texas, before moving back to Oklahoma, in 1968. After moving back to Oklahoma, Tommy worked at Sooner Ford Trucks in Oklahoma City. Tommy moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, opening his own business being a mechanic. He liked to fish. He married Stella Goodwin on January 23, 1978, in Vernon, Texas, making their home in Cordell, Oklahoma.

Tue
07
Apr

Edwin G. Baird, Sr.

Edwin G. Baird, Sr. (Ed) went to be with his heavenly father on April 3, 2015. He was born February 24, 1934, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Campbell and Marie Baird. He graduated from Dill City High School in 1952, and worked as a bookkeeper until entering the US Army in 1957. Over the years, he utilized his innovative and entrepreneurial skills to start up new businesses in Oklahoma and Kansas, including a gas station, convenience store, restaurant, heat and air company, jewelry store, and real estate investments. He became a Mason in 1965, and was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Scottish Rite in Guthrie and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Cordell. Even though he no longer resided in Cordell, he continued his membership with Bible M.B. Church and enjoyed receiving the weekly church bulletins and updates. Ed loved animals and aviation. He enjoyed bird watching and always made sure to feed God’s creatures that visited his home.

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