Obituaries

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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.

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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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Betty Jo Borchers

Funeral services for Betty Jo Borchers, 85, Bessie resident will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel, officiated by Reverend Harold Goldmann. Burial will conclude in the Union Hatchett Cemetery in Bessie, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Betty Jo (Lee) Borchers was born July 7, 1931, to William and Della (Crow) Lee in Clinton, Oklahoma, and passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at her rural Bessie home. She was raised and attended school in Clinton. She married Paul Borchers in May of 1948. They made their home in the Bessie area where they farmed for many years. Besides helping her husband on the farm she joined him in operating the General Mills Elevator in Bessie for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Nancy Borchers; and three sisters, Flossie Smith, Bonnie Daughtrey, and Sybil Johnson.

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23
May
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Howard C. Richey

Howard C. Richey born on August 22, 1926, in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, to Howard and Grace Richey. He passed away from this life on May 5, 2017. Howard was raised on a small farm at Cloud Chief and was always working hard. He attended high school at Lake Valley, Oklahoma, and played basketball and baseball while in school. Howard graduated high school in 1944, shortly afterwards he enlisted in the Merchant Marines and then was drafted into the Army. While in the service he traveled to England and was stationed in Alaska and Japan. After the service he entered college at South Western State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and graduated in 1950. He taught school and coached for 34 years in Oklahoma, Texas, and California. In 1966 he married Marilyn Hardwick. In their 50 years of marriage they took many trips around the country and overseas, always having a great time. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his parents; and his brother, Robert (Bob) Richey.

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23
May
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Jess Black

A memorial celebrating the life of Jess Black will be held at the Burns Flat Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. 

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Wesley “Wes” Edward Segler

Wes Segler, age 46, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, passed away after a courageous battle against cancer, Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Wesley was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 8, 1970. He is the son of Orval and Susie Segler. Wes had a heart as big as the state he was born in and had the capacity to have a lot of love for a lot of people. He did not have the capacity to say no to anyone. His life was lived to the fullest and there were a lot of rough spots on the road but he was always ready to take the trip. It didn’t matter when or where, Wesley would be on his way if you needed him. He loved his trucks, his dogs and his bike no matter how much trouble they gave him. If he wasn’t fishing, he was working on vehicles. His spare time was full of friends and family and a little bit (lot) of orneriness. Many hours were spent “Cussin and Discussin” in the shop. So many projects were started and “in theory” should have turned out.

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23
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Kenneth Arthur Keil

Kenneth Arthur Keil, age 66, died on May 17, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Kenneth was born on July 25, 1950, in Clinton, Oklahoma, to Elwin and Hazel (Bradford) Keil and was raised in the Clinton, Oklahoma area. He attended Clinton schools, graduating in 1968. Kenneth married Mary Beth Meget on July 5, 1968, in Clinton, Oklahoma. They moved to Cordell in the late 1960’s where they made their home and raised their children. Kenneth was employed as a project manager for Nabors Drilling. He enjoyed going on family vacations. Kenneth also enjoyed older cars and collecting guns. He was an avid listener of classic rock and could name the band or singer to countless songs. His priority was his family but he also loved spending time with his friends. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Keil of the home; daughter, Kenda Lichtenwalter of Rochester, Minnesota; son, Phillip Keil and wife, Julianne of Sulphur, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Blane and Parker Lichtenwalter and Emily and D.J.

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Erna Bell Davis

Funeral services for Erna Bell Davis, 96, Cordell resident will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Clinton First Mennonite Church, with Reverend Daniel Mosburg, officiating. Burial will conclude in the Herold Mennonite Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Erna Pankratz Davis, was born on Easter morning, March 27, 1921, on the family farm N.E. of Cordell, to Otto and Bertha (Schmidt) Pankratz. She could only speek German until she started at the Flynn School. After grade school she attended Cordell High School. After graduating from high school she attended Keens Business School in Clinton. As a teenager she worked on the family farm, caring for the chickens, milking cows, and most of the time drove the tractor, continuing to plow the fields until about six years ago. Erna was baptized at the Harold Mennonite Church. She married Thurman “Jelly” Davis on February 9, 1944, in Cordell.

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Vickie Jan Celsor

Vickie Jan Celsor, 75, of Sentinel, Oklahoma, passed away on May 18, 2017. She was born on June 9, 1941, to Raymond and Evelyn Joy (Keas) Farris in Elk City, Oklahoma. She attended Port High School and graduated in 1958. Vickie married the love of her life, Carl Dean 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. Jan loved being a mother, wife, grandmother and friend. In the early years of their marriage, Jan did it all. She cared for her children and worked alongside Carl Dean on the farm and did everything from driving tractors to bringing meals. In her later years, she loved spending her time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren; their friends and family; and traveling with Carl Dean.

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May
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Viola Moser

Funeral services for Viola Moser, 91, Clinton resident, were held on Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Peace Lutheran Church in Bessie, Oklahoma, officiated by Rev. Jerry Lamb. Burial followed in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home. Viola Katherine (Dick) Moser was born March 29, 1926, to Gottfred and Anna (Friedrich) Dick in Clinton, Oklahoma, and passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, in the Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. Viola was raised in Washita County, on the family farm. She attended the Malson Country School, and later graduated from Clinton High School in 1943. She married Gentry Moser on May 5, 1946, in Bessie. They made Clinton their home. Viola kept the books for Moser Auto Parts for over 50 years. She was a longtime faithful and active member of the Peace Lutheran Church, where she was the pianist and organist, for over 25 years.

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