Obituaries

Tue
02
May

Zettie Lee Jones

Zettie Lee Jones, 80, passed away in Cordell, Oklahoma, on April 28, 2017. She was born in Thomas, Oklahoma, on August 6, 1936, to Gerhardt “Dutch” and Emma (Calkins) Lapel. Zettie was raised east of Thomas and attended Thomas schools, graduating in 1954. She received a Bachelor’s of Education from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Oklahoma. Education was very important to Zettie as she continued to further her education to the point of being just one year away from earning her doctorate. She met Dale Jones at Springlake Church Camp, where she later married him on July 1, 1955. They made their home in Cordell, where they raised their two sons, Terry and Randy. Zettie started teaching in Cordell in 1970, where she taught Home Economics and Math and retired after 25 years of teaching in 1995. She positively impacted so many young lives with her dedication to teaching and is still very fondly remembered by so many.

Tue
25
Apr

Lt. Colonel Harry Edward Glasgow, Sr.

Lt. Colonel Harry Edward Glasgow, Sr. was born April 4, 1923, in Healdton, Oklahoma, to Samuel and Zona (Brown) Glasgow.

His passions were being an airplane pilot, various sports and outdoor activities, teaching lessons and classic big bands.

Harry began his long career with the Army Air Corp, Air Guard and Air National Guard Reserve. He became a Pilot and started flying at age 20.

Harry was honored to fly P.O.W.'s back home; was on the National Rifle Team; participated in the 1,000-yard open site team; and held the State record for the largest deer in 1972, 21 points. He also enjoyed teaching the art of gun safety.

His math helped him obtain a position as an Industrial Engineer at Tinker AFB and to obtain knowledge to become a diesel mechanic. He had a brilliant mind.

Tue
25
Apr

Bennie Ray Frazier

Bennie Ray Frazier was born on March 27, 1931, in Oklahoma, and passed away January 23, 2017, at the age of 85, in Colorado Springs.

Bennie met Barbara, his wife of 62 years, in High School in Cordell, Oklahoma, and they married shortly after.

They moved to California, where they raised their four children Pamela, Paula, John, and Debbie.

Bennie worked as a loyal employee for McDonald Douglas/Boeing building airplanes for over 35 years.

He loved spending time with and spoiling his dog Lola, spending time with his family, and watching any Oklahoma team and the Broncos.

Through the television set, Bennie helped Coach Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to a world championship in 2015.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, Barbara and daughter, Pamela.

Tue
25
Apr

Irvin Wilson Lemasters, Jr.

Irvin Wilson Lemasters, Jr., age 77 of Elk City, Oklahoma, passed away April 8, 2017.

He was born on November 21, 1939, in Dill City, Oklahoma, to Irvin Wilson, Sr. and Ina Mary (Kimray) Lemasters.

Irvin served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965, and served as a member of the 165th Military Police Company, in Germany.

He worked to manufacture tires with Firestone Tire in Oklahoma City, and later retired from Firestone.

Irvin is survived by his nephews, Lanny Bright and wife, Kathy of Fairfield, California, and Don Kirkland and wife, Laurel of Colorado Springs, Colorado; along with many other relatives, classmates and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation for Irvin was held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Ray & Martha's Funeral Home in Cordell.

Tue
25
Apr

Bonnie Belle Schmidt

Bonnie Belle Schmidt passed from this life on April 19, 2017, in Midwest City at the age of 84.

Bonnie grew up southeast of Hobart and attended Roosevelt School and was a graduate, with the class of 1952. She married her long time love Raymond Schmidt on June 15, 1952.

She worked for many years as a home health aide caring for many people and eventually retired from the Cordell Hospital as a dietician.

Bonnie was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Cordell.

She like to sew, loved to camp, and an avid animal lover, but especially her beloved Pomeranians, which she raised many litters.

Tue
25
Apr

Frances Laverne Brown Zisman

Frances Laverne Brown Zisman was born April 3, 1938, in Sterling, Oklahoma.

She graduated from Walters High School in 1956. Frances attended OCU from 1956- 1957, where she was a Surrey Singer and a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority.

In 1962, she received her Bachelor of Science Degree of Education from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma, followed by a Master's Degree of Education from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Oklahoma, in 1970.

Frances married Allen Lamar Zisman on February 15, 1958, in Fletcher, Oklahoma. Mrs. Zisman taught at many Oklahoma schools including Bessie, Cordell, Frederick, Roosevelt, and Walters.

She retired from public school teaching in 1997. Mrs. Zisman enjoyed teaching reading and literature, and loved the antics and stories of her middle schoolers.

She was a member of the Oklahoma Retired Teachers' Associate and a delegate to the Association of South Central Oklahoma Government.

Tue
18
Apr

Mary Francis Leppke

Funeral services for Mary Francis Leppke, 88 year-old Weatherford, Oklahoma resident, were held Friday, April 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Corn, Oklahoma, with Bob Burkle and Earl Stephenson officiating.

Burial followed in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.

Mary was born November 21, 1928, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Frank J. and Augusta (Krewall) Klaassen and passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Corn Heritage Village in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

She was raised north of Corn and attended school at Springfield Rural School and Corn High School.

On September 6, 1945, she married Arthur William “Bill” Leppke at her parents’ home north of Corn. After the wedding Bill and Mary made their home south of Corn.

Mary worked for 23 years at Tena’s Coffee Shop in Corn, and 14 years at Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford, where she retired in 1995.

Tue
18
Apr

Perry Marvis Owens

Perry Marvis Owens, 67, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas.

He was born August 12, 1949, in Hobbs, New Mexico, the son of J.W. & Willie Mae (Sutton) Owens.

As a child, Perry moved with his family to Sayre, Oklahoma. He attended school in Sayre and graduated from high school in Sayre, in 1967.

He then served in the United States Army and later with the Navy SeaBee’s.

Perry was first married to Vivian Hornsby, in 1971, in Sayre, Oklahoma.

He later married Cecelia Short in Sayre, Oklahoma. Perry later married Renda Jones in Hobbs, New Mexico.

He worked as Lt. Sheriff for ten years for the Beckham County Sheriff’s Department. Perry then worked as a sheriff deputy for the Washita County Sheriff’s Department.

He enjoyed watching television and solving crossword puzzles.

Tue
11
Apr

Henry Charles Horn

Henry Charles Horn, age 72 of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on April 3, 2017, in his home. He was born on November 25, 1944, in Cordell, to Henry Preacher and Bonnie Mae (Bookout) Horn. Charles married Paula Mason on January 26, 1968, at the Baptist Church in El Reno, Oklahoma. He worked as a farmer selling and transporting hay, selling organic eggs at the farmer's market, working with the rural water system, and even brought the first Angora goats to Oklahoma. Charles was a life long member of the Herold Mennonite Church in Bessie, Oklahoma.

Tue
11
Apr

Eva Ruth Curtis

Eva Ruth Curtis was born March 28, 1928, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to John and Cuba (Morrell) Salmon. She passed from this life on Friday morning, April 7, 2017. Eva Ruth attended Port School, graduating with the class of 1946. She and Jack Curtis were married August 3, 1946, in Wheeler, Texas. To this union one son was born, Greg Curtis. Eva Ruth spent her entire life in the communities of Sentinel, Retrop, and Port. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Eva Ruth enjoyed sewing ––– Eva Ruth Curtis ––– and visiting with friends and family, especially her grandchild. She was a member of the Sentinel United Methodist Church. Eva Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Curtis; parents, John and Cuba Salmon; five brothers, Jasper, Sam, Bill, Royal and Robert; and six sisters, Manila, Edna, Norma, Murray, Nadine, and Dosia.

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