Obituaries

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.

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.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Obituaries