Obituaries

Tue
21
Mar

Cecil Holley

Cecil Holley was born on April 30, 1949, to Orman Ellsworth and Nellie Frances Holley. He went to his heavenly home on March 16, 2017. Cecil spent most of his years growing up around the Cheyenne area. He was drafted in March, 1969, and sent to Viet Nam. After serving a year there he got out of the Army, until 1974. Cecil rejoined the Army and stayed for 24 years, retiring on January 1, 1993. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burns Flat. Cecil was a very caring, loving husband to Linda, and also to all of his children, Michael, Tim, Richard, Angela, and John. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nellie Frances; his Dad, Orman Ellsworth; four brothers, Roy, Bobby, Kenneth, David; and one son, John.

Tue
21
Mar

John Michael McGurk, M.D.

John Michael McGurk, M.D., age 31, was born on April 24, 1985. His parents were Donald and Karen Mc- Gurk, both Ph.D. chemists. They were so excited when he was born. They now had a daughter, Suzanne, and a son. Tragically, John died on Friday, February 10, 2017, while vacationing at the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. John loved seeing and experiencing the world. Travel was an important part of his life. It is surmised that while preparing to photograph the beauty of this island from a well known overlook John lost his footing and fell from a cliff. Three heroic fisherman can be praised with successfully recovering John, after a two day unsuccessful effort by the Coast Guard due to treacherous tides and rocky shorelines. One fisherman was quoted as saying, "We are going to send that boy home." At the time of his death, John had never been happier. He had a wonderful job that he loved. He had also met the first love of his life, Michelle Weber.

Tue
14
Mar

Leta Faye Delk

Leta Faye (Thurman) Delk, 90, of Gotebo, Oklahoma, passed away on March 11, 2017.

She was born on May 22, 1926, to Elvis Cecil and Etta Howell Thurman. Leta Faye started school at Rainy Valley which was SW of Mountain View.

They later moved to the Lake Valley Community, in 1936, where she attended the Lake Valley School and graduated in 1944.

After graduation she moved to Oklahoma City, to work at Douglas Aircraft Plant until the end of the war.

Leta Faye moved back to the Lake Valley Community and married Clifton Delk in Arapaho, Oklahoma. They had two daughters, Sandra and Donna.

She loved playing basketball all through her school years, and loved watching her kids, grandkids, and greatgrandkids participate in all their activities.

Leta Faye was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

Tue
14
Mar

Tonia Duncan

A Memorial Service for Tonia Duncan, 62, of Burns Flat, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017, in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, officiated by Dr. Tom Spence, and under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.

Tonia Lee (Weber) Duncan was born February 6, 1955, to Doyle Weber and Martha Sue Dunsworth in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

She passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, with her family at her bedside.

Tonia was raised in Altus, Oklahoma, where she graduated from Altus High School in 1973.

She was active and participated in beauty pageants from the time she was about nine years old.

Tonia was Little Ms. Cotton in 1964, and she competed in the Ms. Altus pageant in both 1973, and again in 1974, where she won the title of Miss Altus in 1974.

She continued her education at Altus Junior College and then met and married David James in 1974, in Altus.

Tue
07
Mar

Joe E. Martin

Joe E. Martin, 85, of Stillwater, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017. He was a resident of the Primrose Retirement Communities in Stillwater and took part in numerous programs there.

Joe was a member of the activities committee, led many card games, and was a champion pool player.

He also had a repertoire of one-or two-line jokes which he told every morning at breakfast.

Joe was born on May 4, 1931, in Bristow, Oklahoma, to James and Maude Martin, and was a graduate of Rocky High School, Rocky, Oklahoma.

He married his high school sweetheart, Benna, in 1951.

Joe was a retired school administrator, coach, and teacher for schools in Lookeba, Cordell, Shawnee, and Hobart.

When he retired in 1990, he was principal at Hobart High School.

During his career, he served as the state president of the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals, representing the association at state and national meetings.

Tue
07
Mar

Elmer G. Dick

Elmer G. Dick was born on October 2, 1922, to Herman Dick and Marie Geisner in Bessie, Oklahoma, and passed away Monday, February 27, 2017, in the Corn Heritage Village in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

Elmer was raised in Bessie and graduated from Bessie High School in 1940.

He entered the military in 1946, and spent a year in Germany serving as liaison to the American Red Cross, immediately after WWII.

Elmer returned to western Oklahoma, and settled in Bessie. He was married to Victoria Jakschich on November 16, 1947, in Germany.

They made their home in Bessie, where he spent a lifetime farming, as well as serving as postmaster for over thirty years.

He was a longtime faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church; he loved nature and farming and loved to read and learn.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister, Helen Jean Goeringer.

Tue
07
Mar

Dale L. Jones

Dale L. Jones, 88 of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away March 1, 2017, in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He was born on February 26, 1929, in Cordell, to Frank W. and Vera Fern (Brubaker) Jones.

Dale went to school in Cloud Chief, Oklahoma, and drove the school bus his junior and senior years.

He met his wife, Zettie Lee Lapel, at Camp Spring Lake and they later married on July 1, 1955.

Dale primarily farmed and retired from John Deere after over 20 years of work, but never gave up his love for tinkering with balers and various farm equipment.

He also worked at the Cordell cotton gin and helped to build homes in the area.

Dale had a deep love for his family, especially his wife Zettie, and always understood the importance of professing his love to them.

He appreciated the little things in life such as the changing of seasons, new life into the world, and the beauty of nature.

Tue
28
Feb

Loy Bernard Luekenga

Funeral services for Loy Bernard Luekenga, 87 yearold Colony, Oklahoma resident, were held Thursday, February 23, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Christ in Colony, with Bruce Mayfield officiating.

Burial followed in the Bethany Cemetery, under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.

Loy was born November 5, 1929, east of Colony, Oklahoma, to Ben Henry and Jenny Lynn (Graham) Luekenga and passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was raised in Colony and attended Colony Schools.

Loy married his sweetheart, Grace Ginevra Richmond, in Dill City, Oklahoma, on March 7, 1948.

Their very special, life-long friends, Leland and Mary Lee Crissman were the best man and matron of honor at their wedding.

Loy and Grace made their home northeast of Colony for many years, where he farmed the “home place” before moving to town, in 1972.

Tue
28
Feb

James Robert “Bob” Black

James Robert “Bob” Black was born August 9, 1938, to Luther and Opal (Sanders) Black in Claude, Oklahoma.

He went to be with the Lord on February 24, 2017, at his home in Burns Flat, Oklahoma, at the age of 78 years, six months, and 16 days.

Bob attended school in Dill City, Oklahoma, and graduated in 1958. He married Sharon Kay Duffield on January 3, 1972, in Wheeler, Texas.

Bob worked as a lineman, and became a journeyman in 1965. He worked for various contractors, until his career with PSO.

Bob retired from PSO in 1999. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed crafting projects, including stained glass and making knives.

Bob was a member of the Elk City Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Bob’s first love was his family, and he enjoyed being Papa. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Burns Flat.

Tue
28
Feb

Roger Talbott Hull

Roger Talbott Hull, 64, of Clinton, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017, at Grace Living Center, in Clinton, surrounded by loved ones.

Roger was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, on March 8, 1952, to the late Harley and Lorene (Snell) Hull.

He attended Cordell Schools, where he was active in speech productions, ran track, and played basketball. Roger graduated with the class of 1971.

Following high school, Roger attended SWOSU, as well as OSU. Over the years, he had many jobs.

Roger was a former proprietor of the Loose Lodge, in Weatherford, on a seismograph crew, worked for a cable company, climbing poles and splicing cable, an oilfield worker, did masonry work, construction, welding, worked for years at Security Metal Products, in Clinton, and for Walker Enterprises, and at the laundromat.

He was a well-rounded, avid reader, with knowledge on most every subject.

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