Obituaries

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B.A. Morris, Jr

B.A. Morris, Jr, 90, Burlington, died at the Sunset Manor in Waverly on June 7, 2017. B.A. was born on July 1, 1926, near Cowden, Oklahoma, to Brooks Anderson and Emily Izetta Emerson Morris. B.A. grew up in Cowden and graduated from Cowden High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he lived in Oklahoma for one year, then in 1947, he moved to the Chanute, Kansas, area. Finally, in 1999, he moved to Burlington. He had been a resident of Sunset Manor for the past two years. B.A. received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology from Pittsburg State University. On February 20, 1945, he married Vileta Berniece Houk, in San Bernardino, California. She died on January 15, 2003. B.A. was also preceded in death by his parents, a son, Richard Morris, a brother, Alvin Morris, and a grandson, Lance Holloway. B.A.

Tue
06
Jun
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Carl Dean Celsor

Carl Dean Celsor, 80, of Sentinel, Oklahoma, passed away on May 29, 2017. He was born on June 10, 1936, to Carl and Mahdeen (Gold) Celsor in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He attended Sentinel High School and graduated in 1954. He married the love of his life, Vickie Jan (Farris) Celsor, in 1957, at the Sentinel First Baptist Church, where they both were members. They had four children, Carl Scott, Ron Farris, Joe Bill, and Samuel Raymond, and in 1976, they gained two more children, Shelly Dawn Stowers and Gunar Eugene Stowers. Carl Dean and Jan spent their entire lives in the community of Sentinel. Carl Dean was a devoted husband to Jan and father to his children. He followed in his father's footsteps and began farming at an early age. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and his work ethic was something to be revered. When it came to farming, he was a wealth of information, and he gladly imparted this knowledge to his children and grandchildren.

Tue
06
Jun
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Ramona Opal (Baker) Herren

Ramona Opal (Baker) Herren was born on June 2, 1916, to Louisa (Whitworth) Baker and Ralph Baker in Enid, Oklahoma. She was born two months early at a time when premature babies had a very low chance of survival. There were no incubators in those days, so they laid her in a shoebox and kept her warm in the bread warmer compartment of the kitchen stove. Ramona not only survived, but thrived. Ramona spent her childhood in Carmen, Oklahoma, and graduated from Carmen High School in 1934. She continued her education at Northwestern Oklahoma Teachers College (now NWOSU) in Alva graduating with a degree in Elementary Education in 1938. She enrolled at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, majoring in Administration at the grade school level. Ramona married Ralph L. Herren on July 20, 1941, in Alva. To this union two sons were born, Ralph L. Herren II (R. L.) and Rex E. Herren, in  Cherokee. After college, Ramona began her lifelong career as an educator.

Tue
06
Jun
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David Lee Jones

David Lee Jones 63, of Cordell, was born in Anthony, Kansas, to Richard and Ann (Buhrman) Jones and passed away May 31, 2017. As a child David’s family moved to Oklahoma and settled in Cordell. David attended school and graduated from Cordell High School. He married Valerie Merritt and to this union two children were born. David was a salesman for COORS and received recognition as Salesman of the Year. Later he owned and operated the Bessie Y, until the expansion of the 183  Highway caused him to shut the doors. He loved to camp, fish, and was an avid outdoors man. He never missed his yearly trip to Canton Lake for the Walleye Fishing Tournament. It really didn't matter where David was he could always find someone to talk to and always had a story to tell. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Ann Jones.

Tue
06
Jun
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Robin M. Gray

Robin M. Gray, 55, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on June 1, 2017, in Clinton, Oklahoma. He was born on February 16, 1962, to Alvin and Betty (McClung) Gray in Hobart. He grew up in Lone Wolf and Dill City and attended Dill City High School. He married Tammy Lowry in 1985, and to this union they had two daughters. He married Susan Giblet in Vernon, Texas, in 1998, and to this union they had one son. Robin worked many years at the Farmer’s Coop in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, and several years at Pop and Sons Insulation in Clinton, Oklahoma, as an installer before becoming disabled in 2009. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved listening to music, especially Kidd Rock and Johnny Cash. He enjoyed collecting, not just one thing but many things. Most of all, Robin enjoyed being with family and friends. Robin was preceded in death by his father, Alvin, in 1995.

Tue
06
Jun
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Billy Rex Kissner

Billy Rex Kissner was born on October 4, 1935, and passed away on June 1, 2017. He was the son of Carl Kissner and Lavada Peeler. Billy passed away peacefully in a Yukon nursing home. He was born in Cordell and went to both North and South Schools. Along with his parents, Billy was proceeded in death by his son Terry Haslam Sr.; brother Eddie Kissner; and Sister Margaret Brown. Billy is survived by his daughter, Lonna Haslam and children; children of deceased son, Terry Haslam Sr.; Rachel Baker, Joe Haslam, and Terry Haslam Jr; brother, Sammie Kissner, Whitney, Texas; half sister, Patty Albert (Chuck), Ohio; nephew, Roger Kissner and several other nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Judah House of Praise, 600 South Magnolia in Cordell. For more info email: dlkm2017@gmail.com.

Tue
30
May
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Dale Kautz

Dale Edward Kautz was born on January 4, 1942, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Le Roy and Ruth Mildred Kautz, and went to his eternal reward on May 23, 2017, at the Corn Heritage Village in Corn, Oklahoma, at the age of 75 years, four months and 19 days. At an early age, Dale's parents moved to Nicoma Park, Oklahoma. Dale completed his public schooling at Choctaw, Oklahoma, graduating from high school in 1960. He served his country in the National Guard from roughly 1965 to 1976. In 1973, he was united in marriage to Elaine Hinds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To this union, one son was born. He and Elaine moved to Cordell, Oklahoma, in 1974, at which time, Dale became employed by Billy Young Construction. After some time, he went to work for Harlan, his father- in-law, taking care of the family farm and cattle. Dale continued this career as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the NRA. He was also a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cordell.

Tue
30
May
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Alice Goeringer

Alice Goeringer, 95, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at Corn Heritage Village in Corn, Oklahoma. She was born in Kansas and later moved with her family to the Bessie area when she was still a young girl. Alice lived in the area for the rest of her life, except for the time she spent attending and graduating from Hill’s Business College in Oklahoma City. She married Ervin Goeringer in 1945. Alice worked in the Washita County Clerk’s office for many years. After her retirement, she enjoyed spending time cooking, painting, quilting, and working on woodcrafts with her husband. She was an active and faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church for many years, helping with many committees and events. Alice was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Goeringer; sisters, Ruth Sanders, Thelma White, and Florence Ware; and brother, Walter Baumgart.

Tue
30
May
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Joyce Darlene Hinz

Funeral services for Joyce Darlene Hinz, 80, Corn resident will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2017, in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by Reverend Ken Gardner. Burial will conclude in the Bergthal Cemetery northwest of Corn, Oklahoma, under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Joyce Darlene (Vogt) Hinz was born on September 1, 1936, to Lizzie (Kliewer) Vogt and J.J., Vogt in Washita County Oklahoma and passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in the Corn Heritage Village in Corn, Oklahoma. Joyce grew up in the Corn area being the youngest of seven children, having five brothers and one sister. She attended Springfield school and later graduated from Corn High School in 1954. During her high school years, she participated in softball and basketball at Corn High School. Some of her fondest memories were of being a four year letterman on the basketball team.

Tue
30
May
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Elby L. Tramell

Elby L. Tramell was born December 17, 1944, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to Hayden and Juanita (Morrow) Tramell. He passed away at the age of 72 in Cordell. Elby was raised in Sentinel, attended school, and graduated from Sentinel High School. Elby was married to Sharon Kimmel on December 31, 1971, in Hobart, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Sentinel Round-Up Club, and some of his fondest memories were on the back of a horse. He was a farmer, raised cattle, and had some of the best fishing ponds around. In addition to farming, Elby worked for Washita County as a road grader, and retired in 2005.

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