Beartrack funeral set at 2:56 pm
Funeral services for Minnie Beartrack, age 77 of Thomas, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Brethren in Christ Church at Thomas with Rev. Lawrence Hart and Rev. Gerald Watson officiating.
A wake service officiated by Rev. Max Malone will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the Oto Hall in rural Thomas.
Beartrack died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, at the Grace Living Center in El Reno. She was born on Oct. 6, 1926 in Clinton, the daughter of Jacob and Elenora (Heap of Crows) All Runner.
She attended school in the Thomas area and helped take care of her family for many years.
In 1962 she married Harvey Beartrack, Sr., and they made their home in Thomas. Her Indian name was Night Killer.
Beartrack enjoyed beading and making Indian shawls. She loved to attend pow-wows and Indian dances.
She was a devoted member of the Indian Baptist Church as well as being a member of the Thomas Service Club and an avid Thomas Terriers fan.
Preceding her in death, along with her parents and husband, were an infant son and daughter; sisters, Annie, Jessie and Alice; brothers, Jack, Creed, Alex, Dan, Kingsley; and a niece, Vanessa Youngbear.
Burial will conclude in the Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlene Scott and her husband, Lewis, of Thomas; four sons, Kenneth Beartrack and his wife, Karen, of El Reno, Harvey Beartrack and his wife, Margarite, of Carson, N.M., Donald Beartrack of Taos, N.M., Paul Mitchell Beartrack and his wife, Effie, of Weatherford; grandchildren, Kenneth, Monica, Sheldon, David, Lee, Loris, Lee, Bert, Brandon, Shane, Daniel; two great grandchildren, whom she helped raise, Jessica and Ryan; a foster daughter, Barbara Banelly and her husband, Gary, of Clinton; a foster grandson, Nick Lime of Clinton; a foster granddaughter, Jerri Bird of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews, including Sharon Antelope, Delores Howlingwater, Della French, Donald All Runner and Jody Youngbear.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
McNeill dies at 3:16 pm
Funeral services for Julia Mae (Herring) McNeill, age 78 of Thomas, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Assembly of God Church at Thomas with burial in the Mound Valley Cemetery at Thomas.
McNeill died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at Southwestern Memorial Hospital in Weatherford. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lockstone Funeral Home in Thomas.
Tolbert Watson funeral set at 3:15 pm
Arapaho building contractor, civic leader and educator Tolbert T. Watson, age 93, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004. Services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday in the Church of Christ on Custer Avenue in Clinton with Kent Watson officiating.
Watson was born on July 6, 1911 in Dill City, the son of George Robert and Myrtle Luamie Watson.
The family moved to the Burns Flat area in 1918 where he attended school until he became a senior. He went on to graduate from Oklahoma Christian Junior College in Cordell before attending two years of college there.
He also attended Panhandle A&M College (now Panhandle State University) at Goodwell before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Teachers College (now Southwestern Oklahoma State University) in Weatherford.
He also went on the do his masters work in administration at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
Watson began his career in education as a coach at Colony. While at Colony he married Marjory Brown.
From Colony, they moved to Stafford where he served as the junior high principal and coach winning the first athletic trophies in the school’s history.
At Arapaho he served as high school principal, coach and superintendent, also helping that school win its first athletic trophies.
He took time out to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II, entering as an apprentice seaman and coming out as a lieutenant commander in the course of three years.
During his years in Arapaho he served on the Town Board of Trustees for 34 years, watching the population rise from 250 to 1,000.
He also helped to get every street in the county seat paved, a new sewer system, new natural gas system, telephone system, Chamber of Commerce and many other improvements such as a new water supply.
Watson went into the U.S. Postal Service with his wife and the two served for a total of 75 years together before retiring in 1981.
Also, he formed a construction business and built houses, a church and a business building in Arapaho as well as many houses in Clinton, rural areas and Oklahoma City.
Watson was a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, holding many offices in each. He served in a number of civic capacities around Arapaho.
He had been a member of the Church of Christ since 1933, serving as an elder for 20 years and as a Sunday school teacher.
The Watsons also performed dealer transfers for Clinton auto dealers, making about 1,000 trips to most cities in Oklahoma as well as many to Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri, traveling many thousands of miles.
Burial will be in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Marrjory; a daughter, Kay Goucher and her husband, Alfred, of Peoria, Ariz.; a grandson, Stephen Goucher and his wife, Thelma, of Peoria, Ariz.; two granddaughters, Kyle Lynn Shepherd and her husband, Lyle, of Arapaho, Katherine Kreizenbeck and her husband, Kevin, of Arapaho; four great granddaughters, Darci Kreizenbeck of Weatherford, Christine and Valerie Goucher of Peoria, Ariz., Jennifer Goucher of Tucson, Ariz.; a granddaughter-in-law, Linda, of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandsons, Jeremy Shepherd and his wife, Erin, of Arapaho, Dustin Kreizenbeck of Oklahoma City, Jarred Shepherd of Stillwater; a great-great granddaughter, Amy Jo Shepherd of Arapaho; and two nephews, Kent Watson of Claude, Texas, Dean Watson of El Reno.
A son, Tolbert Kyle Watson, preceded him in death in 1992.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Botchlet's rites held at 12:49 pm
Funeral services were held this afternoon for G.L. “Jiggs” Botchlet, age 90 of Cordell, at the Fourth and College Church of Christ in Cordell with Bill Oden and Rex Herran officiating.
Botchlet died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, in Elk City. He was born on Feb. 5, 1914 in Washita County, the son of Harley I. and Ethel (Duggins) Botchlet.
He married Earlene Killer on April 15, 1933 at Cordell.
Botchlet became a Christian at an early age and was a member of the Fourth and College Church of Christ.
He was an original board member of the Cordell
Christian Home; served on the Cordell Memorial Hospital board; and participated in the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Pioneer Day parades.
His business ventures included a poultry, eggs and cream station; a hatchery and creamery; bought and sold animal hides; a seed and feed store; an ice cream parlor; raised turkeys and chickens; Jiggs Cage Eggs; Jiggs Smoked Turkeys; co-owned the Loftonian; once owned a grain elevator; and ranched cattle and angora goats.
He was instrumental in starting the OK Turkey Plant at Clinton.
Botchlet was inducted into the Washita County Hall of Fame and had received a citation from the Oklahoma State Legislature.
Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were his stepfather, A.G. “Daddy Butch” Jones; four brothers, Layle, Lorell, Harley, Coy; a sister, LaVerna Doran; a brother-in-law, Lefty Doran; and his wife of nearly 71 years, Earlene, on March 30, 2004.
Interment was in the Lawnview Cemetery at Cordell.
Survivors include his daughter, Juanita Wham and her husband, Don, of Elk City; two granddaughters, Teresa Hintner and her husband, Bill, of Chickasha, Carol Wilson and her husband, Bill, of Elk City; five great grandchildren, Heather Sutton and her husband, Brandon, Jon Wilson and his wife, Jennifer, Ben Wilson and his wife, Wendie, Julie Phillips and her husband, George, and Alicia Hintner; six great grandchildren; Jordan and Noah Sutton, Ashton, Ryan and Taylor Musick and Colin Jencks; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elda Botchlet, Wanza Botchlet Barrett, Joy Botchlet, Ira Dean Botchlet, Lorraine Wood, Ann Johnson and husband, Earl, and Jim Keller.
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
'Wolf' Orange rite plans set at 12:40 pm
Funeral services for Virgil “Wolf” Orange, age 67 of Cache, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Koinonia Mennonite Indian Church east in Clinton with Rev. Lawrence Hart officiating.
Visitation will be until 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a prayer service conducted from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Comanche Nation Funeral Home with Rev. Nick Tahchawwickah officiating.
Orange died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at his residence in Cache. He was born on July 22, 1937, the son of Frank and Esther (Heap-of-Birds) Orange.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served as a boilerman aboard the USS Essex from 1955 until October of 1961.
After leaving the military he returned to Clinton and later moved to Lawton to work with Goodwill Industries. He was a member of the Cheyenne Tribe of Oklahoma.
Military burial is planned in the Clinton Indian Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Theresa Connywerdy of Lawton, Norene Milligan of Clinton; and a niece, Pam Atauvich of Cache.
'Gib' Giblet services set at 12:39 pm
Graveside services for Arby Leland “Gib” Giblet, age 89 of Cordell, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lawnview Cemetery in Cordell.
Giblet died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Cordell Christian Home. He was born on April 13, 1915 near Earlsboro in Pottawattomie County, the son of John A. and Anna Hamm Giblet.
He married Betty Mae Black on Oct. 7, 1942 in Arapaho. The couple made their home in Washita County.
Giblet got started in the car-selling profession in the middle of the Depression by driving a new car around the countryside, selling vehicles for D&B Chevrolet in Hobart.
He opened a car lot at Rocky during World War II and in 1950 went to work for Justin Allen Dodge in Cordell.
Giblet started Gib Giblet Used Cars in 1952 at Cordell, continuing in business until 1992.
In addition to his car-selling enterprise, Giblet owned several farms in Washita County at one time.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were brothers, Arthur, Willard, Merle, Carl, Ray; and sisters, Vera Johnson and Frances Asher.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jack Loftiss Funeral Home in Cordell.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; seven children, Richard and Toni Giblet of Cordell, Glenda and Joe Trammel of Rocky, Allen and Jan Giblet of Cordell, Frances and Phil Horton of Mustang, Louise and Jim Capps of Berryville, Ark., Sammie and Jackie Edmondson of Weatherford, Brad and Lita Giblet of Hydro; 18 grandchildren, Kristen Lee of Cordell, Shannon Parsley of Lawton, Kyle Giblet of Ada, Kelly Trammel of Cordell, Jason Giblet of Clinton, Walter Horton of El Reno, Tony Horton, Hope Horton, both of Mustang, Jimmy Capps, Joshua Capps, Justin Joe Capps, all of Berrybille, Ark., Todd Edmondson of Stillwater, Chad Edmondson of Weatherford, Bittnay, Brice, Braylee Biblet of Hydro; 14 great grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Giblet of Rocky, Bill and Lila Giblet, also of Rocky; a sister, Mildred White of Amarillo, Texas; and two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Giblet of Cordell, Lenora Giblet Holman of Rocky.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Anna Eischen services set for Tuesday at 2:04 pm
A wake for Anna Mae Catherine “Mert” Eischen, age 64 of Okarche, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Okarche with a mass of Christian burial scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Eischen died Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at her home following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on July 10, 1940 in Okarche, the daughter of John and Margaret Mary Schlirf Hoehner.
A lifelong Okarche resident, she graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1958. In high school she played basketball for Holy Trinity.
She wed Paul Eischen on April 18, 1964.
After high school she worked for St. Anthony Hospital and OG&E until she and Paul began a family.
She also volunteered at Holy Trinity School and for Okarche Mobile Meals.
Eischen was a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Altar Society of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
She enjoyed cross-stitching, crossword puzzles,
ceramics, tennis, golf, walking and swimming with her grandchildren.
She loved to listen to Oklahoma State University sports on the radio and taking trips to Las Vegas, Nev.
Eischen nursed her husband back to health following a serious car accident and more recently spent 52 days caring for her daughter in the hospital.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Norbert Hoehner.
Interment will be in the Holy Trinity Cemetery at Okarche under the direction of the Huber-Benson Funeral Home in El Reno.
Survivors include her husband, Paul, of the home; three daughters, Diane Eischen of the home, Donna Rother and her husband, Kevin, of Clinton, Debbie Brown and her husband, Roger, of Edmond; two sons, David Eischen and his wife, Shauna, of Rowlett, Texas, Danny Eischen and his wife, Lisa, of Kingfisher; six grandchildren, Caitlin and Carley Rother, Grayson Brown, Cameron, Weston and Megan Eischen and David and Shauna’s baby on the way; four brothers, Vernon Hoehner of Oklahoma City, Vincent Hoehner and Mark Hoehner, both of Edmond, Paul Hoehner of Sapulpa.
Treve Trent services set at 2:03 pm
Memorial services for Treva (Igo) Trent, age 64 and a longtime resident of Piedmont, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church at Piedmont with Rev. Gary Caldwell officiating.
A private burial will be held Wednesday morning in the Red Hills Cemetery near Hammon.
Trent died early Monday, Sept. 20, 2004. She was born on Aug. 11, 1940 at Braithwaite, the daughter of Alva J. and Juanita Igo.
She attended elementary school in Butler and graduated from Clinton High School in 1958.
Trent went on to graduate from the Oklahoma General Hospital School of Nursing in Clinton in 1961.
On Oct. 15, 1960 she married Bob Trent.
She was employed for the last 27 years of her nursing career with Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City, having served in many areas of the hospital and regarding her nursing career as a calling and a ministry.
Trent was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1988. She participated in many students at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in hopes a cure would be found. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Piedmont.
Preceding her in death in 1991 was her father.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include her mother, Juanita Igo of Clinton; her husband, Bob, of the Piedmont home; two daughters, Traci Perry and her husband, Alan, of Anadarko, Tammy Shepherd and her husband, Randy, of Butler; a son, Matt and his wife, Kristy, of Oklahoma City; grandchildren, Jordan and Trent Troxell, Mackenzie, Riley and Tucker Shepherd, and Cash and Carsen Perry; three sisters, Coleen Kelley of Escondido, Calif., Barbara Cuccolo and her husband, Paul, of Milford, Pa.; Peggy Subia and her husband, Richard, of Eakly; and two brothers, Danny Igo and his wife, Sharon, of Mounds, Roger Igo of Austin, Texas.
The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in her honor to the Deaconess Home and Adoption Services, 5300 N. Meridian Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Rites set for James at 2:03 pm
Graveside services for Billy Joe James, age 49 of Oklahoma City, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Clinton Cemetery.
James died late Friday, Sept. 17, 2004, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on Nov. 15, 1954 in Clinton, the son of William A. “Bill” and Bobbie (Upchurch) James.
Growing up in Clinton and Arapaho, he graduated from Arapaho High School in 1973.
He went to work for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and Great Plains Transports.
In 1985 he moved to Las Vegas, Nev. and studied to be a slot machine technician. He also worked on swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.
Failing health forced him to retire in 1991. In 1992 he received a kidney transplant from his sister, Neva Jo.
He returned to Oklahoma in 1993 and had lived in Oklahoma City and Clinton since that time. In his spare time, James loved fishing and motorcycles.
He was preceded in death, along with his father, by his sister, Neva Jo; and a nephew, Cory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton.
Survivors include his mother, Bobbie James of Burns Flat; three step-daughters, Jennifer, Julie, McKenzie Giles; a stepson, Shawn McKeigg; a sister, Rita Cooper of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Jimmy James of Mountain View; a granddaughter, Kennedy McKeigg; and several nieces and nephews.