Obituaries

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.

Tue
18
Nov

Gary Wayne Davis

Gary Wayne Davis, 68, of Dewey, Oklahoma, went to his eternal home Thursday, November 13, 2014, on the wings of angels. Gary Wayne Davis was born February 1, 1946, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Thurman and Erna (Pankratz) Davis. He spent his youth in Clinton, Oklahoma, graduating from Clinton High School in 1964. Gary attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in nearby Weatherford, Oklahoma, and completed a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Gary went on to do graduate school work in biochemistry at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 1969, Gary moved to Olathe, Kansas, to prepare for a call to the Nazarene ministry at Mid-American Nazarene College. While there, Gary met his future wife, Brenda Fay Wedding, and they married August 15, 1970. They spent ten years pastoring in three of the four Oklahoma districts of the Nazarene church, including churches in Tulsa, Ponca City and Hugo. In 1980, the Davis family, now with three young boys, moved to Dewey.

Tue
18
Nov

Larry Lee Farris

Larry Lee Farris passed from this life to his heavenly home on November 13, 2014, in Clinton, Oklahoma. He was born on December 5, 1946, in Elk City, Oklahoma, the only child of James Alva and Hazel Maggie (Turner) Farris. Larry grew up on the family farm west of Dill City, Oklahoma, and attended Burns Flat Schools, graduating in 1965. While in school he was active in all sports but excelling in baseball, basketball and track. Upon graduation he attended Southwestern State College in Weatherford. Larry served in the United States Army Infantry from 1967-1969, where he received commendation in expert rifle. He was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri, where he was in charge of the headquarters Detachment Center of the Third Battalion Brigade, receiving an honorable discharge. Following discharge from the Army he worked a while for Washita County. He met his future bride, Judy Caudill in December, of 1972, and married June 15, 1974, making their home in Dill City, Oklahoma.

Tue
11
Nov

Jennie Lynn Olin-Hileman-Van Huss

Jennie Lynn Olin, was born July 21,1974, in Orofino, Idaho. Surrounded by her family, Jennie passed away peacefully from this world on Friday, October 24, 2014, in Lewiston, Idaho, of pancreatic cancer. She was 40 years of age. Jennie is survived by her husband Kurt Van Huss of Eakly, Oklahoma, son Kenneth (KC) Hileman, and daughter Gracelynn June Hileman. She is also survived by her mother Jerilyn Montambo and father Steve Olin of Idaho, three sisters, Jamie Olin, Stephanie Olin, and Shawn Provice of Idaho, mother and father-in-law Todd and Debbie Van Huss, and sister-in-law Dana Dorman as well as many cherished and loved friends. Jennie left this earth a beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, sister and friend. In life she was beautiful of heart and spirit, brave, kind, direct, and hilarious. No one can think of Jennie without smiling, as her sarcasm and wit were rarely matched. Jennie was born a fighter, she was three months premature on July 21, 1974, in Lewiston.

Tue
11
Nov

Jack Henderson

Jack Henderson, 79, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014, in Hobart, Oklahoma. He was born in Stephens County, Oklahoma, to Jack and Nellie (Foster) Henderson on April 28, 1935. Jack grew up in the Duncan/ Marlow area. He went to Pernell and Doyle Schools. Jack married Annelle Young on August 29, 1953, in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was a master carpenter for 50 plus years, working for Billy Young for many years in Cordell, Oklahoma. Jack also worked in Branson, Missouri, for several years before retiring in 2003. After retiring Jack and Annelle moved to the Hobart area in November, 2003. Jack's dog, named Rooster, was his best friend. Jack was a hard worker and a very proud man.

Wed
05
Nov

Jim Miller

Jim Miller was born on August 20, 1933, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Marion Victor and Hilda Miller. He died on October 8, 2014, doing what he loved best, working in his garage. Jim was a 1951 graduate of Wellston High School and he attended OSU and Central State University. He was a six foot, five inch talented basketball player. After a three month courtship, Jim married Del Wanda McCullough, a 1953 graduate of Cordell High School. They had four daughters. Jim accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 22. He served as a deacon for over 40 years. He also taught Sunday school class and was a R.A. director for the boys church group for many years. Jim was a master carpenter, a perfectionist and could fix almost anything. He worked as a home and church builder for many years. Jim retired from the State of Oklahoma, in 1993. After his retirement he and his wife enjoyed traveling and attending sports and school activities of their daughters and grandchildren.

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.

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