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Mary Francis Leppke

Funeral services for Mary Francis Leppke, 88 year-old Weatherford, Oklahoma resident, were held Friday, April 14, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Corn, Oklahoma, with Bob Burkle and Earl Stephenson officiating.

Burial followed in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery, under the direction of Lockstone Funeral Home.

Mary was born November 21, 1928, in Cordell, Oklahoma, to Frank J. and Augusta (Krewall) Klaassen and passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Corn Heritage Village in Weatherford, Oklahoma.

She was raised north of Corn and attended school at Springfield Rural School and Corn High School.

On September 6, 1945, she married Arthur William “Bill” Leppke at her parents’ home north of Corn. After the wedding Bill and Mary made their home south of Corn.

Mary worked for 23 years at Tena’s Coffee Shop in Corn, and 14 years at Allen Pharmacy in Weatherford, where she retired in 1995.

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Perry Marvis Owens

Perry Marvis Owens, 67, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas.

He was born August 12, 1949, in Hobbs, New Mexico, the son of J.W. & Willie Mae (Sutton) Owens.

As a child, Perry moved with his family to Sayre, Oklahoma. He attended school in Sayre and graduated from high school in Sayre, in 1967.

He then served in the United States Army and later with the Navy SeaBee’s.

Perry was first married to Vivian Hornsby, in 1971, in Sayre, Oklahoma.

He later married Cecelia Short in Sayre, Oklahoma. Perry later married Renda Jones in Hobbs, New Mexico.

He worked as Lt. Sheriff for ten years for the Beckham County Sheriff’s Department. Perry then worked as a sheriff deputy for the Washita County Sheriff’s Department.

He enjoyed watching television and solving crossword puzzles.

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Henry Charles Horn

Henry Charles Horn, age 72 of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away on April 3, 2017, in his home. He was born on November 25, 1944, in Cordell, to Henry Preacher and Bonnie Mae (Bookout) Horn. Charles married Paula Mason on January 26, 1968, at the Baptist Church in El Reno, Oklahoma. He worked as a farmer selling and transporting hay, selling organic eggs at the farmer's market, working with the rural water system, and even brought the first Angora goats to Oklahoma. Charles was a life long member of the Herold Mennonite Church in Bessie, Oklahoma.

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Eva Ruth Curtis

Eva Ruth Curtis was born March 28, 1928, in Sentinel, Oklahoma, to John and Cuba (Morrell) Salmon. She passed from this life on Friday morning, April 7, 2017. Eva Ruth attended Port School, graduating with the class of 1946. She and Jack Curtis were married August 3, 1946, in Wheeler, Texas. To this union one son was born, Greg Curtis. Eva Ruth spent her entire life in the communities of Sentinel, Retrop, and Port. She loved being a wife, mother and grandmother. Eva Ruth enjoyed sewing ––– Eva Ruth Curtis ––– and visiting with friends and family, especially her grandchild. She was a member of the Sentinel United Methodist Church. Eva Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Curtis; parents, John and Cuba Salmon; five brothers, Jasper, Sam, Bill, Royal and Robert; and six sisters, Manila, Edna, Norma, Murray, Nadine, and Dosia.

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Roberta Knie

Roberta (Bobbie) Knie, a native of Cordell and an internationally acclaimed dramatic soprano, who sang leading roles on the great stages of Europe and South America as well as at the Metropolitan Opera, died of cancer on March 16, 2017, in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Bobbie, the second daughter of Robert G. and Nora Standerfer Knie, was born in Cordell on March 13, 1938. She went to Jefferson Grade School, Cordell Junior High and High School, and graduated from CHS in 1956. While Bobbie enjoyed school and excelled in all her classes, she enjoyed playing clarinet in the Junior High Band, too, and riding horseback in the red hills, and singing in the choir at the First Baptist Church. It was not until 1953, her sophomore year, when Pattie Boothe Arnold became Cordell’s Junior High and High School music teacher, that Bobbie began to take a more serious interest in music.

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Ron Hughes

Funeral Services for Ron Hughes, 51, Burns Flat-Dill City School Superintendent will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the Burns Flat School Gymnasium, officiated by Brother Gary Baird.

Burial will follow in the Sayre Doxey Cemetery in Sayre, Oklahoma, under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.

Rondal “Ron” G. Hughes was born November 13, 1965, in Chickasha, Oklahoma, to Richard D. and Bonnie Sue (Rutledge) Hughes, and passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, in the Grace Living Center in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Ron was raised in Alex, Oklahoma, where he also graduated from high school in 1984. He continued his education at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, receiving his bachelor’s degree.

Ron began his teaching and coaching career in Chickasha and also taught school and coached in Merritt, Elk City, and Sperry.

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Harold Ray Rippy

Harold Ray Rippy was born on May 26, 1929, in Madill, Oklahoma, to Laura Bell Lay and Harvey Rippy. He passed April 7, 2016, in Monroe, Oregon.

His Mom divorced when Harold was five and they moved to Cordell when he was six. He was an only child.

Harold attended Cordell schools and a few years in middle school in Hobart. He was from the class of 1947.

Harold then enlisted in the Army Air Corp in May of 1946, when he was just 17 years old. He stayed 21 years in the US Air Force, with service from World War ll through Vietnam.

Harold was a meteorologist and retired a Captain in 1967. He was a business owner in Monterey, Californai, when he met his second wife, Teri Webster.

They enjoyed 38 years together; many of them traveling the lower 48 states in RVs and in later years going on cruises. He and Teri moved to Oregon, in 1988, and lived there until his death, at home, just a month shy of turning 87.

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Lt. Col. Harry Glasgow

Funeral services for Lt. Colonel Harry Glasgow will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 P.m., at Ray & Martha's Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home of Cordell, Oklahoma.

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Harvey Joe Mitchell

Harvey Joe Mitchell was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on October 29th, 1948 to A.B. and Bettie Joe (Duty) Wright and passed away in Hobart, Oklahoma on March 18, 2017. Following A.B.'s death in 1951, Bettie married Charles Elbert Mitchell. Joe and his brother, Anthony (Tony) George, were adopted by Mr. Mitchell in 1953. Joe's sister, Mary Paul, was born the following year in 1954. Joe attended Cordell public schools beginning in the first grade. He was elected President of the Student Council and named Mr. CHS in recognition of his leadership and popularity. Following graduation from high school, in 1966, Joe attended Southwestern State College (now SWOSU) in Weatherford. While there he was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. Joe had a keen interest in governmental affairs. One year, he went door to door as a volunteer in an effort to raise Oklahoma school teachers' income.

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Henry Charles Horn

Funeral services for Henry Charles Horn, 72, of Cordell Oklahoma, will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Herold Mennonite Church in Bessie, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Herold Mennonite Cemetery, in Bessie. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home. Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home of Cordell, Oklahoma.

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