Obituaries

Tue
23
May

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. 

Tue
23
May

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.

Tue
23
May

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.

Tue
23
May

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.

Tue
23
May

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.

Tue
16
May

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.

Tue
16
May

Floy Norene Lawson

Floy Norene Lawson, age 86 of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away May 8, 2017, in Cordell. She was born on January 14, 1931, in Cordell, to Thomas Nathanial and Ruby Rose (Downs) Scoggin. On April 24, 1961, Norene married Ernest Albert Lawson, Jr., in Sinton, Texas. They moved to Pack Saddle, Oklahoma, and Ernest worked in the Oilfield. After several years in Western Oklahoma they moved their family to Prague, and started their own business called WESCO. From Prague they moved to Enid and then on to Watonga, where Ernest worked for Johnson Construction for 30 years. Norene worked as an accountant and a beautician, owning her own beauty shop in Hobart and later in Cordell for several years.

Tue
16
May

Jesse W. Black

Jess Black passed away peacefully under the care of Hospice on May 14, 2017, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico, to Bill and Nettie Black, and had five sisters and four brothers, who preceded him in death. Jess and Marie Hulin married and lived in Clovis, New Mexico, and Sunray, Texas, before moving their family to California, where he joined the service. After being honorably discharged from the Navy they moved to Elk City and Jess was the manager of the John Deere Implement Co., until embarking on a new venture in the "oil business" that took them to Casper, Wyoming. In a couple of years he, along with his brother Howard, operated and owned a Texaco service station, until moving to Cheyenne, Oklahoma, to try his hand at ranching for about seven years before moving to Burns Flat, Oklahoma. He then became sales manager for the Houston Hulin Implement Co. in Cordell, until he retired.

Tue
09
May

Trecia Harper

Funeral Services for Trecia Harper, 58, Cordell resident, were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in the Church of Christ, Clinton, Oklahoma, officiated by Pat Peters and H.L. Shirey. Burial concluded in the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau- Lee Funeral Home. Trecia Lee (Moore) Harper was born in Dallas, Texas, June 17, 1958, and passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, in her Cordell home. Before moving to Cordell with her parents, Pat and Kyle Moore, she lived in De Queen, Arkansas. She graduated from Cordell High School and attended Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. In 1978, Trecia married Jackie Harper and they made their home in Cordell before moving south of Cordell where she became an integral part of their farming operation.

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.

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