Obituaries

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07
Aug
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Charles Chason

Charles Chason, 76 year old Woodward County resident, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Oklahoma City. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018 in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jim Steenbergen officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the United States Air Force. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Charles Vassar Chason was born on December 26, 1940 in Jacksonville, Florida to William Vassar and Helen Elizabeth (Gross) Chason. Charles grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from Jacksonville High School. He was active in 4-H, showing dairy cattle and was on the high school swim team. He attended the University of Florida before joining the United States Air Force in 1959. He was honorably discharged in 1963. He was united in marriage to Madeline Lemasters Perkey in Dill City, Oklahoma on June 15, 1963.

Tue
31
Jul
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Henry Gillham

A beloved member of his community, Thomas “Hank” Gillham, of Burns Flat, Oklahoma passed away on July 20, 2018. Born on June 7, 1953 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Manuel “M.P.” and Susie Gillham. Hank was a younger brother to Phil and older brother to siblings Mary and Jim. A lifelong Oklahoman, Hank grew up spending many hours with his beloved Uncle Marcus, siblings and many cousins. Hank enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 and proudly served his country in Vietnam from February 4, 1971 to August 7, 1972. Upon his return, he married Lynn in 1973, becoming a father to her three children, Michelle, Tina and Missy. The family relocated to Burns Flat in 1977, when Hank was employed by Schlumberger.

Tue
31
Jul
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Peggy Ann Baldwin

Peggy Ann Baldwin, 77, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on July 26th, 2018. She was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on June 9th, 1941 to Clyde and Virgie (Speck) Mc- Cormick. Peggy grew up and attended school in Hobart, Oklahoma, She met the love of her life Dale Baldwin and they were united in marriage on April 15, 1959, to this union was born four children; Tammey, Kammey, DeWayne and Bubba. Peggy worked for Merle Norman for six years, McClure Funeral Home for several years and the Joy Jean Shop. Peggy loved her family, she enjoyed telling jokes, but most of all she loved being a grandmother. Peggy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include her husband: Dale Baldwin of the home; Daughter: Tammey Christian & husband Daniel of Clinton, OK; Son: DeWayne Baldwin & wife Denise of Edmond, OK; 6 Grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; 2 Greatgreat Granddaughters on the way; 1 sister: Esther McGolden of Hobart, OK.

Tue
24
Jul
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Gregory Scot Sawatzky

Gregory Scot Sawatzky, 55, of Clinton, Oklahoma passed away at Grace Living Center with family by his side on July 19, 2018. He was born on September 5th, 1962 in Denver, Colorado to Weldon & Joyce (Reeg) Sawatzky. He grew up and attended school in Clinton, Oklahoma graduating in 1981. After high school Greg worked for the Clinton Public School System, did carpentry work and then worked at the Clinton Veterans Center for over 20 years. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include: Parents: Weldon Sawatzky & wife Joyce of Clinton, OK; Brother: Alan Sawatzky & wife Cathy of League City, TX; Sister: Sharon Vanallen & husband Craig of Sharon Springs, KS; 2 Nieces: Tina Sawatzky of League City, TX; Allison Sawatzky of League City, TX; 2 Nephews: Trey Vanallen of Sharon Springs, KS; Joshua Vanallen of Sharon Springs, KS; Numerous nieces, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Tue
24
Jul
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Louise Gunter

Louise Gunter was born July 22, 1925 in Burns Flat, Oklahoma to Opal (Ashworth) Turner and Leamon Forrester. She passed away July 22, 2018 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 93 years. Louise grew up at Hammon where she attended school graduating in 1944. After graduating she remained in Hammon where she worked at the local cafe`. Louise was married to Edward Floyd Gunter on December 15, 1945. After their marriage they remained in Hammon until 1947 when they moved south of Burns Flat, Oklahoma where they farmed. It wasn’t until 1960, when they built a house in Canute, that they moved to make their home. In the early 70’s she found employment with Western Vo-Tech where she was a secretary and continued until her retirement in the late 80’s. After Edward’s death she remained in the home until her health forced her to moved to Clinton and eventually Elk City to be closer to family. Louise enjoyed sewing, ceramic work, reading, shopping and spending time with her family and friends.

Tue
24
Jul
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Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll

Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll, 72, Sentinel, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 with family by her side. She was born on February 12, 1946 to Alvis Alberta and Ruth Elizabeth (Wilson) Scott at San Bernardino, California. Catherine attended Sentinel Public Schools where she met the love of her life Virgil David Correll Sr. and they married on July 2, 1962 in Cordell, Oklahoma. She worked as a Dietary Manager for the Cordell Memorial Hospital for over 16 years before retiring. Catherine was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sentinel, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 Brother, Robert Cryer, 1 Sister, Jenny Ruth Cryer Survivors include her husband of the home, Virgil D. Correll Sr. 5 Children: Karen Chupp, Sentinel, OK; Ann Pagano, Yu-Catherine Ann (Scott) Correll kon, OK; Ruth Hassler, Elk City, OK; Virgil Correll Jr.

Tue
17
Jul
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Orel Duane Sallaska

Funeral services for Mr. Orel Duane Sallaska, age 67, of Corn, Oklahoma will begin at 10:00am Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, 100 West Main Street with Pastor Earl Stephenson and Pastor Tim Sandy officiating. The Sallaska family will greet friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home, 2500 West Modelle Avenue in Clinton, Oklahoma. Orel was born November 5, 1950 in Beaver, Oklahoma the son of James Francis and Miriam (Gossen) Sallaska. He passed away on Sunday morning, July 15, 2018 at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. Orel was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed his friends, the OU Sooners and his Chihuahua companions. Orel moved to Corn with his family at age five, where he attended Corn Bible Academy. He excelled in sports, lettering in track, basketball and softball. After graduation, Orel was united in marriage to Miss Jeanne Marie Bailey in 1970.

Tue
10
Jul
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Herbert Eugene “Jack” Cheves

Herbert Eugene “Jack” Cheves passed away June 30, 2018 at his home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Jack was born January 2, 1934 in the family farm house in the red hills South of Dill City, OK. Jack was born to Herbert Eugene and Lena Belle “Abrams” Cheves. He attended Dill City schools where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and track. Jack graduated Dill City High School in 1951. He married Barbara Anne Frazer on February 24, 1952. Jack worked with his father on the farm until 1956 when he took a job with Schofield Shorthorn Ranch in Austin, Texas. After a three year stint in Austin, Jack moved his wife and three sons to the Bridwell Hereford Ranch in Windthorst, Texas. For ten years he exhibited registered Hereford cattle at major shows across the country and became one of the most respected herdsman in the American Hereford Association. In 1968 a daughter joined the family in Archer City, Texas.

Tue
10
Jul
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Jimmie Wayne “Jim” Franklin

Private memorial graveside service for Jimmie Wayne “Jim” Franklin, age 54, of Fairview, Oklahoma, formerly of Frederick, was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Bessie, Oklahoma, with Rev. John Horton officiating. Mr. Franklin passed away Wednesday, July 04, 2018, at an Oklahoma City hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Orr Gray Gish Funeral Home, of Frederick. He was born December 10, 1963, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Jim and Faye (Mosier) Franklin. He grew up in and graduated from Cordell High School, in 1982. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Business Management/Marketing. He worked the last 20 years in the agriculture cooperative industry. He was the current CEO/GM of Sooner Co-op Jimmie Wayne “Jim” Franklin in Northwest Oklahoma. Previously, he was the CEO/GM of Tillman Producers Co-op in Frederick, Oklahoma. He also served as director and member of various Ag industry boards.

Tue
03
Jul
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Ryan Christopher Soviar

1Ryan Christopher Soviar was born October 6, 1985 in Elk City, Oklahoma, to Karen Lyn (Jordan) and Ronald Soviar. He passed away June 26, 2018 at Burns Flat, Oklahoma, at the age of 32 years, 8 months and 20 days. Ryan grew up in Burns Flat where he attended Burns Flat High School. After graduation in 2005 he furthered his education at Bacone University in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he had a wrestling scholarship. In 2008, Ryan returned to Burns Flat where he found employment working for in- Ryan Christopher Soviar dependent contractors and also was a farm hand working for Davis Angus Farms. In his spare time Ryan enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the lake, working on vehicles and spending time with his family, especially his nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, half-sister, Page Lopez, grandparents, Jodie and Walterine Jackson and Paul and Alice Soviar.

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