Obituaries

Tue
18
Sep
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Kenneth Oliver “Ken” Leddy

Kenneth Oliver “Ken” Leddy was born January 4, 1948 in Sayre, Oklahoma to Thelma (Walker) and Ollie Leddy. He passed away September 12, 2018 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 8 days. Kenneth grew up in Sayre, Oklahoma where he graduated from high school in 1966. After graduation he furthered his education at Sayre Junior College. During this time he married Linda Marie (Baker) Leddy at Elk City, Oklahoma on June 27, 1967. Kenneth completed his associates degree and continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelors degree. He accepted a teaching and coaching position at Sheridan Lake, Colorado until 1974 he and Linda moved back to Mountain Park, Oklahoma where he served as their principal and eventually became superintendent. In 1979 Kenneth accepted the superintendent position at Canute Public School.

Tue
11
Sep
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Troy Donald Fite

Troy Donald Fite, 91, passed away Tuesday, September 4th, 2018, at his home in Cordell, Oklahoma. Born June 10, 1927, near Rocky, Oklahoma, he was the son of Leonard D. and Artive Page Fite. He was baptized into the Church of the First Born, near Rocky in 1942, where he remained a member throughout his lifetime. In 1945, he graduated from Rocky High School. Later that same year, on November 16, he married Mary Jo Holman. Troy farmed for 45 years around Rocky, Cordell, Sentinel and Lake Valley. He was also a self-taught carpenter in his spare time, building the house on their farm with the help of only a bricklayer. He referred to himself as a jack of all trades, master of none. In reality, he was a quick study and fearless about learning a new skill; he dove right in and worked until he mastered whatever he put his hand to. After retiring from farming and moving to Cordell, he went on to work at Homeland Grocery in Clinton for a number of years.

Tue
11
Sep
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Ralph Neil Ensey

Ralph Neil Ensey, 83, of Dill City, Oklahoma passed away on September 6th, 2018 at his home. He was born on January 21, 1935 to Homer and Mary Kolen Ensey in Dill City, Oklahoma. He married the love of his life in 1963. They had seven children, Karen Sue Ensey Segler, Joy Elaine Ensey Celsor, Tammy Koleen Ensey Riley, David Alan Ensey, Linda Irene Stephens Breland, Dian Stephens Johnson and Dannie Ray Stephens. Ralph loved Dill City, many people in western Oklahoma fondly referred to him as “Mr. Dill City.” Ralph loved being a Husband, Daddy, Papa and Friend. He owned and operated Ensey’s Station and Grocery Store along with his wife La- Vern. He loved having his wife at his side. After Ralph retired, he loved to spend time with his family, mow his grass, keep up with friends on Facebook, bake cakes and go for rides in his jeep. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife La- Vern, daughter Linda Breland, granddaughter Michelle Anett and grandson Buddy Segler.

Tue
04
Sep
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Edward Johnson

SEdward Johnson, formerly of Canute, OK, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the North Park Nursing and Rehabilitaion Center in McKinney, Texas at the age of 74. He was born on November 4, 1943 to Etris Johnson, Sr. and Elva (Finley) Johnson in Alhambra, California. He graduated from high school in Canute in 1961 and then Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX in 1972 with a degree in Theology. Edward proudly served his country in the army for three years just prior to the Vietnam conflict, and was a missionary to Africa, the Philippines & Costa Rica, from 2008-2012. He was a member of the Denison- Sherman Seventh-day Adventist Church of Denison, Texas. Edward is survived by his wife Jan Johnson of the home in Gober, Texas; Two sons, Charles Johnson and wife Kim of Ionia, Michigan, Daryl Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK.

Tue
04
Sep
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Sherrill Jean Morris

Sherrill Jean Morris, 83, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on August 29th, 2018. She was born on May 20th, 1935 to Lewis and Opal (Vanderpool) Clevenger in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Sherrill grew up and attended school in Cordell, Oklahoma graduating high school in 1953. Sherrill married her high school sweetheart, Charley Morris on July 25, 1954. Sherrill continued her education at OCU college and worked at the Oklahoma Tax Commission. She returned to Cordell and worked at Jack Roan Chevrolet for 14 years before beginning work for Lola Hurley at Hurley, Brayfield and Gregg Accounting, where she worked for a number of years. She then purchased the business with Barry Maddox and Leon Gregg, while she attained her Enrolled Agent’s License for the IRS. Sherrill worked for over forty years and retired in December of 2005. Sherrill loved being part of the Main Street Program for the restoration of Cordell.

Tue
04
Sep
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Janie Jo Bellah

Janie Jo Bellah, 64, of Cordell, Oklahoma passed away unexpectedly at her home on August 28th, 2018. She was born on February 5th, 1954 to Kenneth Lee and Jimmie Kay (Molen) Boggs Osborne in Cordell, Oklahoma. Janie grew up and attended Cordell schools, graduating in 1972. She married Jackie Bellah on October 21, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Janie began working for the Washita County Assessor’s office in 1980 and retired as the County Assessor in 2009. Janie loved watching her grandkids play sports and was their number one fan. She was a committed Thunder fan as a season ticket holder generously taking family and friends to games. Janie and Jackie enjoyed spending time at Grand Lake and traveling to Branson, Missouri several times a year. Janie also enjoyed volunteering at the Washita County Fair and was inducted into the Washita County Free Fair Hall of Fame in 2012.

Tue
28
Aug
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Charles Fischer

Funeral services for Charles Fischer, 76, of Custer City, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church in Custer City. He died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at his home following a lengthy illness. Charles Eugene Fischer Sr. was born Jan. 4, 1942, to Emil and Eva Rose (Gerner) Fischer in Clinton. After his mother’s death that year, he lived with his grandparents Phillip and Otilla Gerner. He attended Custer City School thru the fifth grade. He and his sister moved home with their father and brothers and attended school at Arapaho where he graduated with the class of 1960. He was in the Oklahoma National Guard from 1962- 1970. In 1965, he married Kay Dudenhoeffer and they have made Custer City their home since 1966. He worked for Kiwash Electric Cooperative for 35 years and for Custer City Public Works Authority for several years. He was a member of the Custer City Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.

Tue
28
Aug
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Daniel A. “Danny” Lee

Daniel A. “Danny” Lee, 73, of Cordell, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 21, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Danny was born on January 20, 1945 to Audrey Daniel and Lillian Beatrice (Watson) Lee in Pharoah, Oklahoma. He grew up and attended school in Clinton, Oklahoma. After high school he enlisted in the Army National Guard. He married the love of his life, Carol Dawson, on July 5, 1968 in Clinton, Oklahoma. To this union was born two sons, Daniel Russell Lee and Ryan Dirk Lee. Danny enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and had a true love of country music. He owned and operated Danny Lee Signs and worked in outdoor advertising for over 43 years. Danny loved his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include his wife Carol Lee of the home.

Tue
28
Aug
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Clifford Wayne Seelbach

Clifford Wayne Seelbach, 77, of Rocky, Oklahoma, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018. He was born on July 5, 1941 in Mountain View, Oklahoma to Jasper Thomas and Ethel Birdie ( Young) Seelbach. Clifford attended School at Mountain View. Clifford operated a sheep farm in Shawnee, Oklahoma before moving back to Rocky in 1980 where he worked at the cotton gin for two years. He married Barbara Faye Bailey on April 13, 1964. Clifford owned and operated Slims Lawnmowers Sales & Repairs in Rocky for over 30 years. He was a member of the Salem Baptist Church. Clifford will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers, David Seelbach and Thomas Seelbach, and one sister, Louise Hilburn.

Tue
28
Aug
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Wanda Mae (Ridenour) Thurman

Wanda Mae (Ridenour) Thurman was born at Oakdale on December 16th, 1926 to Claude and Ellen Ridenour. She passed away on August 25th, 2018 at Corn Heritage Village where she had lived for several years. She was 91 years old. Wanda went to school at Lake Valley School where she graduated in 1945. She married Glen Thurman in Decatur, Texas on April 2, 1946. Glen and Wanda farmed and went on harvest several years before he started working as a mechanic for Bob Allen Construction Company. While working construction, they lived in several towns in Oklahoma before moving to Oklahoma City. Wherever they lived, Wanda made friends and was happy. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and reading. Wanda was preceded in death by parents; husband Glen; two sons, David and Gene; brothers, Homer, Orville, Doyle, and Wiley; and sister Wynema.

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