Obituaries

Wed
05
Nov

Lola Frances Diffendaffer

Lola Frances Diffendaffer, 85, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014. There was a chill in the air that almost Fall day, the 20th of September, 1929. It was almost Sunrise, when Macie Lee (Swing) and her husband Dudley David Atkinson knew that it was time for the birth of their fourth child. They lived near the banks of the North Fork of the Red River, South and West of Retrop in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, about a mile from what was called “Cedar Top Mountain”. Their home was a half dugout, and they were share croppers for a man named Charlie Dunn. Dudley took a lantern and went to the lot to get the “milking” done before he had to go to Lone Wolf for the family doctor. House calls were normal procedure in that day and time. Meanwhile at the house, Macie realized that the time was near and sent their almost four year old son, Jacob to go and bring his daddy from the lot. Macie called their “old bulldog” to protect the little boy from any rattle snakes that might be on the path.

Wed
05
Nov

Edwin Kiehn

Edwin Kiehn was born to Harry H. and Selma (Ihle) Kiehn on June 6, 1923, in Cordell, Oklahoma, and passed away at the age of 91 in Cordell, Oklahoma. Edwin attended school and had to quit in the eighth grade to go home and help his parents farm. Back in that day it was with a team of horses and a plow. Edwin married Winnie Mae Beech on December 4, 1943. To this union two sons were born. In 1944, Winnie and Edwin moved to their present home. By trade, Edwin was a wheat farmer and a dairy man. He farmed well into his 80’s and still wanted to know what was happening on the farm within the last couple years of his life. Edwin ran his grade A Dairy from 1959, until the mid 1980’s. With an eighth grade education he was able to provide quite adequately for his family and helped put two sons through college. He supplemented his income by helping build the runway at Clinton Sherman Air Force Base and working at Karl’s service station.

Tue
28
Oct

Leonard Oster

Leonard Leroy Oster was born August 21, 1956, in Chillicothe, Missouri, to Daniel and Joanna (Carter) Oster. He passed away October 24, 2014, in Hobart, Oklahoma, at the age of 58. Leonard was raised in Braymer, Missouri, and graduated high school in 1974. Leonard was a farmer and owned and operated a saw mill. He was also a mechanic for several years and enjoyed carpentry work. Leonard and his family lived in Kansas, and moved to Oklahoma, in 2010. He enjoyed restoring vehicles and auto racing. Leonard was a member of the National Guard for Missouri, and Oklahoma, serving a total of 21 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially spending time with his grandchildren. Leonard is preceded in death by brother, Lavere Oster, July 13, 1988, in Missouri.

Tue
28
Oct

Jim And Jackie Browning

Jim and Jackie Browning, residents of Boynton, passed away Sunday evening, October 19, 2014. Jim was born Jimmy Dale Browning on June 6, 1950, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to J.D. Browning and the late Edna Virginia (North) Browning. Jackie was born Jacqueline Ann Schaffer on October 25, 1950, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to the late Richard Theodore Schaffer and Thelma (Tipton) Schaffer. Jim and Jackie were married June 12, 1970, and started their life together on the red dirt western side of Oklahoma. They were a young couple from simple means and grounded lives. Jim worked in the oilfield and Jackie worked in the Weatherford public school system. As times changed and their family grew they relocated to Boynton, Oklahoma, to pursue a ranch lifestyle. Times were not always easy but family was always strong, and they made sure of that. The sun rose and set many times, children grew into adults, jobs changed, the family grew in numbers and became even stronger with the new additions.

Tue
28
Oct

T.K. Butler

T.K. Butler was born February 1, 1925, in Floydada, Texas, to Della Mae and William Butler. He passed away October 22, 2014, in Cordell, Oklahoma, at the age of 89. T.K. grew up in the Cordell and Corn communities and attended Red Rock schools. After his schooling he was drafted into the United States Coast Guard and served as port security in New York City during World War II. After his discharge, he married Alva Leota (Prickett) Butler in Cordell, Oklahoma, on January 12, 1947. They remained in the Cordell and Foss areas to make their home and raise their family. In the early 60's, he was T.K. Butler elected to the Cordell City Council and also served law enforcement with the Washita Country sherriff's department. In his later years he enjoyed county and western dancing, fishing and hunting. T.K. was a man that put his family and service to his family and community first and foremost. T.K. was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, one sister and one brother.

Tue
21
Oct

Jolyna Abernathy

Jolyna was tiny in stature, but huge in heart-felt compassion and love. She was a selfless wife, totally devoted to Randy, and always made him and his medical profession a priority. When Randy said, “Let’s go”, Jolyna was willing to drop what she was doing and pack. She loved going on road trips on their motorcycle (nothing beats sitting on the back of a bike, reading a book, dressed in Harley-Davidson Bling and chaps)! Jolyna was affectionately known as “my GiGi” to her grands, which alone tells you how extra-special they all feel. “GiGi” went just a little bit overboard in shopping for her little ones and doted on them when she willingly kept them. Of course, before the grands came along, there was their three children, plus Tyson! She enjoyed spoiling them by cooking their favorite meals, not only on holidays and birthdays, but anytime they asked. Fried chicken, pancakes, brownies, Rice Krispie treats, and who could forget Jolyna’s cheesy potato soup.

Tue
14
Oct

Marie Mitchell

Marie Mitchell was born November 23, 1943, to Charles and Bernice (Kersay) Keith in Altus, Oklahoma, and passed away Saturday, October, 11, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 70. Marie was raised in western Oklahoma and graduated from Cordell High School in 1962. Marie married Charles Mitchell on October 23, 1961, and to this union four children were born. She and her husband raised their family in Cordell, Oklahoma. Marie was a homemaker and also worked at Robertson’s Factory for several years. She was also a care giver in health care for many years retiring in 2009. Marie was very involved in The First Baptist Church, she helped in the nursery and attended Regina Jones’ Sunday School Class. Marie enjoyed embroidering and sewing. She also loved spending time with her family and friends visiting, playing games, watching television and John Wayne Westerns. M a - rie enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley sing.

Tue
14
Oct

Darrell Gene Trissell

Funeral Services for Darrell G. Trissell, 65, former Clinton educator, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014, in the First Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Terrell Mitchell, Rev. Doug Lewis and Rev. Chris Fields. Burial will conclude in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Elk City, under the direction of the Kiesau- Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Darrell Gene Trissell was born December 3, 1948, to Russell D. and Ann W. (Shelton) Trissell in Elk City, Oklahoma and passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, in the Clinton Regional Hospital in Clinton, Oklahoma. Mr. Trissell was raised in Washita County, in the Port area. He attended his first 11 years of school in Port and graduated from Sentinel High school in 1967. He continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education in 1971. Mr. Trissell was married to Bonnie Faye Franz on June 19, 1970, in Sentinel, Oklahoma.

Tue
14
Oct

Amelia Ann “Amy” Dickens

Amelia Ann “Amy” Dickens, 73, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, was born on September 3, 1941, in Whon, Texas. She is the daughter of Willie “Bill” and Addie (Bingham) Farris. Amelia passed away on October 8, 2014, at her residence in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Amelia met and married her best friend and sweetheart, Wyley H. Dickens on September 6, 1958, in Sunray, Texas. He preceded her in death on October 4, 2012. She cherished the time spent with her family and friends enjoying a good laugh. Amelia was a member of the Church of Christ in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Funeral Services were held Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Church of Christ in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Adam Wright officiated. Interment followed at North Burns Cemetery in Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Services were under the direction of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma. Memorials can be made to the Frank C. Love Cancer Institute and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, 600 W.

Tue
14
Oct

Elmer Jacob Kroeker

Funeral services for Elmer Jacob Kroeker, 93 year-old Corn, Oklahoma, resident, were held Saturday, October 11, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church with Tim Sandy officiating. Burial followed in Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home. Elmer was born April 10, 1921, in Colony, Oklahoma, to Jacob and Mary (Zielke) Kroeker and passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Corn Heritage Village of Corn, Oklahoma. Elmer was raised four miles east of Corn and attended rural schools and in 1940, graduated from Corn Bible Academy. On January 11, 1942, he married Luella Kliewer in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church and they made their home east of Corn.

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