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Thursday, February 12, 2004
Alvin Harris services held
Funeral services for Alvin Lynn Harris, age 33 of Burns Flat, were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Foss with Dean Dereig and Dwight Shephard officiating. Harris died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at his home. He was born on April 9, 1970 in Yuba City, Calif. He was an avid fisherman and worked most of his life in the oil field. Burial was at the Peters Cemetery in Alma, Ark. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Harris; seven children, Bryce, Amber, Staci, Kianna, Thomas, Patricia, Priscilla; his mother, Nappy Harris and father, Thomas Herriage; brothers, Dubber Cummins of Erick, Harvey Harris of Alma, Ark., John Harris of Mulberry, Ark.; a sister, Rebecca Oddson of Alma, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rena Foust funeral held
Funeral services for Rena Lee Foust, age 85 and a long-time Washita County resident, were held this afternoon at the Salem Baptist Church in Rocky with Rev. David Guthrie and Rev. Clay Hicks officiating. Foust died Sunday morning, Feb. 8, 2004, at the Elkview General Hospital in Hobart. She was born on Sept. 1, 1918 in Tecumseh, the daughter of Daniel and Charity Ada (Woody) Gillis. Growing up in Minco, she graduated from Minco High School in 1932. She was baptized at the age of 16 at the Little Hope Baptist Church. She married Cecil James Foust on June 22, 1939 in Chickasha. A homemaker, she loved to garden. Burial was in the Lone Star Cemetery at Rocky. Survivors include her husband, Cecil, of the home; five sons, Herman and his wife, Barbara, of Rocky, Venoy and his wife, Sarah, of Rocky, Earl and his wife, Georgia, of Clinton, David of Pensacola, Fla., Sidney of Belleville, Mich.; a daughter, Lola Hart and her husband, Don, of Rocky; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Foust of Hobart; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were three brothers, Ernest, Estell, Tom; three sisters, Ola, Lillian, Fanny; and a grandson, David James Foust.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Opal Orgain rites slated
Funeral services for Opal Orgain, age 97 of Arapaho, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Meacham Memorial Chapel of the First Baptist Church in Clinton with Terry Brooks and Rev. Bryan Gilbert officiating. Opal Wagnon was born on Jan. 1, 1907 in Foss, the daughter of Joel M. and Leota (Butler) Wagnon. She died late Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. Orgain attended school and Clinton and worked for Dr. McBurney. On Oct. 21, 1927 she married George L. Orgain in Elk City. They made their home in Clinton where George taught school until 1940. They also lived in Duncan, Ardmore, Stillwater and South Texas before retiring and settling in Arapaho in 1976. Opal was a member of the First Baptist Church and AARP where she was very active. In her spare time she enjoyed reading and embroidery. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, who died in 1986; three sisters, Mildred Bonham, Jewell Armstrong, Lorene Thompson; and two brothers, Fay Wagnon and Othor Wagnon. Burial will conclude in the Arapaho Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include a daughter, Maralyn Howenstine and her husband, W.C., of Arapaho; a son, George Orgain, Jr. and his wife, Alice, of Denton, Texas; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and three greatgreat grandchildren. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Opal’s memory to the First Baptist Church.

Monday, February 09, 2004
Rites slated for Hertzler
Graveside services for Esther Hertzler, age 86 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Brethren Cemetery at Cordell with Rev. Alvis Merrill officiating. Hertzler died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. She was born on Jan. 6, 1918 at Cordell and grew up in Cordell, living most of her life there. She worked for Johnson Insurance Co. as a bookkeeper for many years and attended the Church of the Brethren in Cordell. Later, she moved to Clinton to be with her brother, Walter. She enjoyed quilting and going antiquing. Survivors include five nieces and a nephew. Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, Roy, Paul and Walter Hertzler; and a sister, Lydia Mills.

Saturday, February 07, 2004
Brian Martin death listed
Funeral services were held earlier this month at Ocean Springs, Miss. for former Clinton resident Brian Dale Martin, age 23, it was learned here Friday. Martin died in Ocean Springs where he was a senior at Southern Mississippi University majoring in business. He attended kindergarten through junior high in Clinton and attended the Custer Avenue Baptist Church. His family, Therald and Teresa Martin, now live in Sugarland, Texas. Sinsters are Mistie Copeland (Staggs) of The Woodlands, Texas and Angela Maddox (Staggs) of Gulfport, Miss. Four nieces and a nephew include Rhaegan, Taylor and Peyton Maddox and Mikayla and Caden Copeland.

Brian Martin death listed
Funeral services were held earlier this month at Ocean Springs, Miss. for former Clinton resident Brian Dale Martin, age 23, it was learned here Friday. Martin died in Ocean Springs where he was a senior at Southern Mississippi University majoring in business. He attended kindergarten through junior high in Clinton and attended the Custer Avenue Baptist Church. His family, Therald and Teresa Martin, now live in Sugarland, Texas. Sinsters are Mistie Copeland (Staggs) of The Woodlands, Texas and Angela Maddox (Staggs) of Gulfport, Miss. Four nieces and a nephew include Rhaegan, Taylor and Peyton Maddox and Mikayla and Caden Copeland.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Teresa Jantz rites Friday
A mass of Christian Burial for Teresa Ellen Jantz, age 80 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clinton with Father Carl Janocha officiating. Jantz died late Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. She was born on Feb. 23, 1923 in Harrah, the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle (Butler) Moore. She was reared and started school in Harrah before the family moved to Weatherford where she graduated from high school in 1941. Later moving to Clinton, she married Don Jantz in 1962. She was a member of St. Mary’s and the VFW Auxiliary. In her younger years, she enjoyed camping with her family. She enjoyed crocheting and reading in her spare time, also enjoying spending time with her children and grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Donald, in 1995; a son, James Thomas Glancy; two brothers, Tommy Moore and Bob Moore; and two sisters, Helen Howell and Marie Nixon. Visitation will begin at noon on Wednesday. Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton. Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Williams and her husband, Gary, of Monkey Island; two sons, Randy Glancy and Terry Jantz and his wife, Shay Owen, all of Clinton; three sisters, Betty Deutschendorf and Rose Mitchusson, both of Clinton, Margaret “Tiny” Ickes of Sterling City, Calif.; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Monday, February 02, 2004
Prickett rite held Monday
Funeral services for retired school teacher Virginia Kathleen Prickett, age 86 of Clinton, were held Monday afternoon in the chapel of the First Baptist Church in Clinton with Rev. Bryan Gilbert officiating. Prickett died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Southwestern Memorial Hospital in Weatherford. She was born on Nov. 25, 1917 in Wayne, the daughter of Charlie Theodore and Julia Esther (Rountree) Power. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree before marrying B.P. Prickett on Oct. 14, 1939 in Purcell. She later attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, earning a Master Degree. For a total of 23 years, Prickett taught school at Comanche, Anadarko, Hinton and Arapaho. Prickett was a member of Eastern Star, AARP, Women’s Missionary Union and the Clinton First Baptist Church where she was a part of the JOY Choir and taught Sunday school. B.P. and Virginia were founders of the Baptist Spanish Mission where they developed a very special friendship with Daniel and Marta Caceres and their family. She enjoyed her vacations with the grandchildren and their weekly visits. Interment was in the Page Cemetery at Burns Flat with arrangements under the direction of the KiesauMarler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include her daughters, Kay Nixon of Anadarko, Linda Megli and her husband, Max, of Alfalfa; grandchildren, Lisa Megli, Teri Boyd and her husband, Todd, Kevin Megli and his wife, Courtney, Sha Ron Martin and her husband, Dennis; great grandchildren, Taylor and Tanner Boyd, Austin and Ashton Megli, Ashtin and Aspen Martin. Preceding her in death were her husband of almost 50 years, B.P. Prickett; her parents; two sisters, Lenora and Eula; and three brothers, Earl, Doane and Loyd.

Thursday, January 29, 2004
Keto rites set
Funeral services for Leedey electrician Benti Ralph Keto, age 77, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church at Leedey with interment in the Evergreen Cemetery following the service. Keto died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in Leedey. Arrangements are under the direction of the Shaw Funeral Home in Leedey.

Heap-of-Birds dies Thursday
Memorial services for Juanita Heap-of-Birds, age 78 of Clinton, will be held at a later date under the direction of the StanleyLee Funeral Home in Clinton. Heap-of-Birds died early Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at the Grace Living Center in Clinton. She was born on June 18, 1925 in Weatherford, the daughter of John and Nora (Antelope) Heap-of-Birds. Growing up in Thomas, she graduated from Haskell Indian School. She married and lived in western Kansas until 1981 when she returned to Weatherford. Heap-of-Birds worked as a nurse’s aide with the Indian Health Services until her retirement. Heap-of-Birds enjoyed attending powwows and serving as a head lady dancer. She also had served as an honored senior citizen at many pow-wow committees and benefit dances. She was a member of the Indian Methodist Church in Clinton and the War Mothers Society. Survivors include a daughter, Theda Hamilton of Wichita, Kans.; three sons, Gardield Hamilton, also of Wichita, Norman Hamilton of Porte St. Lucie, Fla., A. Fenton Hamilton of Weatherford; two brothers, Charles Heap-of-Birds, Alfred Heap-of-Birds of Thomas; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty Allen funeral set
Funeral services for Betty Marie Allen, age 70 of Clinton, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Clinton with Rev. Gill Mueller officiating. Allen died late Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in the Integris Baptist at Oklahoma City following a massive stroke. She was born on Dec. 27, 1933 in Bessie, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Susan (Belter) Bredy. Moving to Stafford with her family at an early age she later moved to Butler where she attended grade school and then to Clinton where she graduated from high school. She married Lester Allen, and they opened a photography studio in Cordell before moving back to Clinton where she worked at Bluncks until her retirement. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Preceding her in death, along with her parents, was a brother, Herbert “Buddy” Bredy. Burial will conclude in the Clinton under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include her husband, Lester Allen, of the home; a son, Keith Allen of Clinton; two sisters, Helen Waters of Butler, Marjorie Kelpe of Balwin, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty Allen funeral set
Funeral services for Betty Marie Allen, age 70 of Clinton, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Trinity Lutheran Church at Clinton with Rev. Gill Mueller officiating. Allen died late Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, in the Integris Baptist at Oklahoma City following a massive stroke. She was born on Dec. 27, 1933 in Bessie, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Susan (Belter) Bredy. Moving to Stafford with her family at an early age she later moved to Butler where she attended grade school and then to Clinton where she graduated from high school. She married Lester Allen, and they opened a photography studio in Cordell before moving back to Clinton where she worked at Bluncks until her retirement. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Preceding her in death, along with her parents, was a brother, Herbert “Buddy” Bredy. Burial will conclude in the Clinton under the direction of the Stanley Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include her husband, Lester Allen, of the home; a son, Keith Allen of Clinton; two sisters, Helen Waters of Butler, Marjorie Kelpe of Balwin, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.

Monday, January 26, 2004
Ragains rites set
Funeral services for Leona Fern McClafin Ragains, age 63 of Taloga, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hawley Baptist Church at Nash, and interment be following the service in the Hawley Cemetery. Hawley, a homemaker, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Taloga. Arrangements are under the direction of the Shaw Funeral Home in Taloga.

Friday, January 23, 2004
Kenneth Dobbs rites set
Funeral services for Kenneth Lee Dobbs, age 62 and a longtime Clinton educator, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Christ with minister Pat Peters officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Dobbs died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at his home. He was born on Nov. 22, 1941 in Clinton, the son of Malcolm and Annie (Deutschendorf) Dobbs. He grew up in Clinton and graduated from Clinton High School in 1960 before continuing his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1965. The following year he earned his master’s degree and continued working towards his doctorate. On Feb. 12, 1966, Dobbs married Joan Higgins. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving from June 1968 to May 1971. He was commissioned and reached the rank of captain. When he returned to Clinton, he served in the Army Reserve unit for 10 years. Dobbs taught one year in Oklahoma City and then returned to Clinton where he taught English and art for 10 years. He was principal at Canton before returning to Clinton and serving as junior high football coach and assistant principal. He retired in 1982. Dobbs also worked briefly for Collins and Aikman, serving as a specialized computer programmer in solving quality control problems. But all the time a special kind of education was forming in his mind. He was sure there was a better way to reach children and this led to the establishment of the Essayons Academy for young men and women in Clinton and the surrounding area. Dobbs was a member of the Church of Christ and the American Legion. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, was his stepfather, Cecil Askins. Arrangements are under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include the mother of his children, Joan Dobbs of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Kenna Weisheit of Oklahoma City, Holly Clarke and her husband, Bevan, of Dallas; a sister, Carol Morton of Aurora Grande, Calif.; a brother, Malcolm Dobbs of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and three grandchildren, Taylor Weisheit, Bailey and Mackenzie Clarke.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Jack Ziehmer services set
Graveside services for longtime Clinton businessman Jack Ziehmer, Jr., age 60, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Clinton Cemetery with minister Doyle Kinney officiating. Ziehmer died early Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at the Cordell Christian Home after a battle with cancer. He was born on Oct. 23, 1943 in California, Mo., the son of Jack and Ruby (Jackson) Ziehmer. Ziehmer moved to Clinton in the mid-1960’s when he worked for a water well drilling company. On Dec. 18, 1965 he married Miss Patty Heintz in Clinton. In 1969 he, along with Boyce Ashcraft, opened TV and Appliance Land. They were in business together for more than 25 years. After they closed the store, Ziehmer opened Jack’s Golf Cars. A member of the Servant Heart Community Church in Weatherford and VFW, Ziehmer and Patty were very active in community sports, giving of their time and resources to promote wrestling and baseball. Preceding him in death were his son, Kirk; and his wife, Patty. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, which is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include aunts and uncles, Don and Bobbie Birdsong and Robert and Jody Sandsburg and numerous cousins, all of California, Mo.

Wilma Hatt services held
Funeral services for Wilma Hatt (Stone), age 72 of Clinton, were held Tuesday in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home. Hatt died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004. She was born in Junction City, Kans. and lived there until she moved with her parents to Monrovia, Calif. In 1939. She graduated from Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School in 1949. She married Air Force Sgt. Dale Hatt on April 10, 1949 and accompanied him to Moses Lake Air Force Base, Wash. They had four children: Carrol, Sharon, Dale Jr. and Gary. During 24 years of military service they lived in many countries. During the times Dale was assigned to places she could not go, Wilma stayed with the children in Monrovia. She enjoyed cake decorating and was an instructor both in the United States and Okinawa. She taught both Gary and Dale Jr. how to decorate cakes. Preceding her in death were her parents, Leonard and Ruby Stone, and a brother, James. Wilma loved to play bingo and was a regular at the Clinton VFW bingo hall. Survivors include her husband, Dale; brothers Ronald of Prescott Valley, Ariz. and Steven of Duarte, Calif.; daughters, Carrol Martinez and her husband, Edward, of Arapaho, Sharon Ferguson and her husband, Ron, of Lancaster, Calif.; sons, Dale Jr. of Suisun City, Calif., Gary of Ontario, Calif. Grandchildren include Thomas Martinez of Burns Flat, Christa Martinez of Arapaho, April and Joey Diorio of Lancaster, Calif., Jordan and Kelsey Hatt, San Diego, Calif., Cyndi and Kimberly Hatt of Suisun City, Calif.hatt, Brian and Aaron Hatt. Great grandchildren include Thomas Jr., Kristina, Michael, Jason and Brayden Martinez of Burns Flat and Jade Hernandez of Lancaster, Calif.

Myrl Fanshier rites Thursday
Celebration services for Myrl A. Fanshier, age 77 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Church of God with pastor Dwayne Pankratz officiating. Fanshier died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, with her family by her side. She was born on Aug. 3, 1926 in Wichita Falls, Texas, the daughter of Olin W. and Mamie Sue (Price) Lewis. She grew up in Comanche, graduating from Marlow High School before attending school in Woodward to obtain her licensed practical nurse credentials. She married Arthur Fanshier on June 26, 1973 in Stewart, Fla., and they moved back to Clinton in 1974. Fanshier worked as a nurse for 25 years at hospitals in Elk City and Clinton, at the Clinton Veterans Center and for Dr. Gary Hays. She retired from the Veterans enter in 1992. The Fanshiers attended the Faith Christian Fellowship from 1979 to 2001. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge. Burial will be in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Arthur, of the home; children, Sondra Kay Ootton of Arapaho, Gary Watson and his wife, Dee, of Burns Flat, Doug Watson and his wife, Margie, of Cordell, Karma Nees and her husband, David, of Garfield, Ark., Marion Sipes and her husband, Glen, of Cordell, David Watson of Garfield, Ark.; stepchildren, Arnold Fanshier of Clinton, Mike Fanshier of Elk City, Theresa Stone of Elk City; grandchildren, Rodney Ootton, Cynthia Dalvine, Dawn Marks, J.L. Watson, Cody Watson, Desarae Hall, Corey Watson, Chris Watson, Justin Watson, Zakery Watson, LaRay Thetford, Lisa Brady, Damon Anderson, Stacee Blake, Jeremy Russell, Kenny Hamner, Clint Hamner; step grandchildren, Brooklynn Smith, Kara Fanshier, Jeremy Fanshier, Shane Fanshier, MeLissa Fanshier; and 13 great grandchildren. Preceding her in death, along with her parents and first husband, William L. Watson; was a brother, Bobbie Lewis.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Albert Driver services set
Funeral services for Albert Leroy “Cotton” Driver, age 82 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Custer Avenue Baptist Church in Clinton with Rev. Cameron Williams officiating. Driver died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at the Clinton Veterans Center. He was born on Dec. 8, 1921 at Eralhco, Texas, the son of Ashah and Lennie (Henry) Driver. He grew up and attended school in Hammon and served his country in World War II, receiving an honorable discharge in February of 1946. He worked as the food service supervisor at the Tuberculosis Sanitarium (Veterans Center) for 38 years before retiring. Driver married Lula Warren Peck on Sept. 28, 1965 in Clinton. Interment will follow in the Rhea Cemetery northwest of Clinton under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include his wife, Lula, of the home; a son, Leroy Thompson and his wife, Helen, of Techachapi, Calif.; a daughter, Beverly Petross of Elk City; a brother, J.W. Driver and his wife, Mildred, of Elk City; sisters, Lula Trent of Sayre, Faye “Beutler” Graybill of Canute; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, were three brothers, five sisters and a granddaughter.

Baumgartner services set
Funeral services for Clinton native Dr. Richard E. Baumgartner, age 57 of Ada, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church in Ada with Rev. Claud Baltimore officiating. Baumgartner died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at his home in Ada. He was born on June 19, 1946 in Clinton, the son of Richard Henry and Mary Ellen (Roachell) Baumgartner. Baumgartner attended school at Butler and was a graduate of Butler High School. The Baumgartner family moved to Ada from Weatherford in 1974. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and his Master’s and Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Baumgartner was East Central Oklahoma State University’s first Col. Tom A. Thomas Jr. Chair in human resources. The chair had been established by an Ada family with a matching grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education bringing the total endowment to $500,000. A certified rehabilitation counselor, Baumgartner had taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at ECU since 1974. He had been a department chairman since 1983, being responsible for Bachelor’s Degree programs in social work, human services counseling, aging, services to the deaf, juvenile justice, law enforcement and adult corrections. He also oversaw the Master’s Degree programs in criminal justice, counseling, administration, rehabilitation counseling and vocational evaluation and work adjustment and assisted with the development of the curriculum for those programs. Baumgartner married Rita Ramsey on March 1, 1968. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church at Ada and had served as an elder. The professor also was on the Campfire Board, the Boy Scouts of America Board and had coached Little League and soccer teams. Before coming to ECU, Baumgartner worked as a rehabilitation counselor for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission for nearly two years. He had served in the U.S. Army as an E6 staff sergeant and platoon leader. Arrangements are under the direction of the Criswell Funeral Home in Ada. Survivors include his wife, Rita, of the home; a son, Scott Baumgartner, of the home; a daughter, April Snethen and her husband, Todd, of Stillwater; his mother, Mary Ellen Baumgartner of Butler; two brothers, Albert Baumgartner of Clovis, N.M., Wayne Baumgartner of Butler; and a granddaughter, Avery Brooke Snethen of Stillwater. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Dr. Baumgartner’s honor to ECU Foundation Scholarship or to the First Presbyterian Church of Ada.

Floriene Evans rites are slated
Funeral services for Floriene Larkey Evans, age 80 of Clinton and a former resident of Stinnett, Texas and Cordell, will be held Friday at the First Baptist Church in Stinnett, Texas. Evans died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton where she had resided. She was born on June 28, 1923 at Black Bob Ranch in Las Animas County, Colo., the daughter of Ed and Velma Larkey. She married Gary Hardin on May 21, 1941, and he preceded her in death on May 29, 1946. On Sept. 28, 1947 she married Charles A. Evans at Borger, Texas. He preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 1999. During this time, before Charles’ death, they spent many summers volunteering as camp hosts for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado. Also preceding her in death were an older sister, Eileen Larkey; a twin sister, Maxine Larkey; and a younger sister, Mary Lou Larkey. Burial will be in the Sunset Cemetery at Stinnett, Texas under the direction of the Jack Loftiss Funeral Home in Cordell. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Survivors include three children, Mike Hardin of Cordell, Lee Hardin of Clinton, Cheryl Evans Kliewer of Cordell; three grandchildren, Kim Hardin Whitmire of Weatherford, Texas, Todd A. Evans of Tucson, Ariz.; and four great grandchildren.

Hazel Jantz rites Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Jantz, age 88 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton with Rev. David Darling officiating. Jantz died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at the home of her son in Weatherford. She was born on March 24, 1915 in Bessie, the daughter of Joseph and Augusta Nonast. She married Carl Jantz on May 18, 1940, and they were married for 63 years, farming southeast of Clinton and rearing their family there. Jantz was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and the Women’s Ruth Circle. Burial will be in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include her husband, Carl, of Clinton; two sons, Gary Schmidt and his wife, Phyllis of Weatherford, Ronald Jantz and his wife, Donna, of Oklahoma City; a daughter, Joan Deal and her husband, Bill, of Bethany; a daughter-in-law, Charlene Jantz of Weatherford; two brothers, Paul Nonast and his wife, Mary, of Bessie, Floyd Nonast and his wife, Virginia, of Bessie; a sister, Pearl Miller of Clinton; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and three step great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Gene Jantz of Weatherford; two brothers; and two sisters. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 8400 Silver Crossing, Oklahoma City, OK 73132.

Monday, January 12, 2004
Hilda Stehr services set
Funeral services for Hilda Stehr, age 93 of Clinton, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Peace Lutheran Church at Bessie with Rev. David Darling and Rev. Arlee Johnson officiating. Natalie Hildagarde Marie Goeringer was born on March 3, 1910 in Bessie, the daughter of Gotlieb and Amelia (Schneider) Goeringer. She died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, in her home. Reared in Bessie, she graduated from Clinton High School in 1928 and did domestic work for several families. In August of 1937 she married Walter Horn in Bessie, and they reared their family in Corn and farmed near there and later at Bessie. Horn preceded her in death in 1954. In June of 1962 she married Reinhold Stehr in Bessie, and he preceded her in death in 1983. Hilda was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church where she was a founding member of the Tabitha Circle. She also was a member of AARP and was active in the club’s quilting circle. In her spare time she loved to cook, bake, quilt and garden. Also preceding her in death were nine siblings and three infants, Rosalie Collins, Ted, Oswald, Waltermer, Alex, Emanuel, Gotlieb, Edward and Joe Goeringer. Burial will conclude in the Peace Lutheran Cemetery at Bessie under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include two daughters, Natalie Fessler and her husband, Larry, of Edmond, LaVeta Lewis and her husband, Lyndell, of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Roxanne Graham of Lincoln, Neb., Dale Fessler of Murietta, Calif., Patrick Fessler of Omaha, Neb., Richard Lewis of St. Louis, Mo., Dawn McClennan-O’Fallon of Missouri; and eight great grandchildren. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Hilda Stehr’s honor to the Peace Lutheran Cemetery for perpetual care.

Gragg rites on Tuesday
Funeral services for Florence Mary Gragg, age 95 and a longtime Butler area resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Butler Baptist Church with Rev. Sandy Shepherd officiating. Florence (Bourquin) Gragg died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 10, 2004, at the Methodist Health Care Center in Clinton. She was born on Nov. 2, 1908 five miles northeast of Butler, the daughter of Emile and Viola (Shinall) Bourquin. She grew up on her parents’ farm near Butler and attended the Gyp Country School. After her marriage on June 13, 1931 to Ralph Bailey Gragg, the couple made their home near Butler. Loving country life, Florence could always be found outside doing yard work, gardening or helping with the farm work. She was a member of Eastern Star. Preceding her in death, along with her husband in 1951, were four brothers, Howard, Orville, Charlie and Thomas. Burial will conclude in the Butler Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include a son, Bobby Ralph Gragg and his wife, Pat, of Butler; two grandchildren, Ralph Gragg and his wife, Jennifer, of Oklahoma City, Shelle Fowler and her husband, Heath, of Paris, Texas; three great grandchildren, Luke, Bailey and Emma Fowler; a great grandson due Jan. 18, Ascher Bailey Gragg; two step great grandchildren, Tristan and Ethan Turner; and a sister, Dollie (Bourquin) May of Clinton.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Bobby Ashcraft rites Thursday
Funeral services for Robert Donald “Bobby” Ashcraft, age 45 of rural Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Cameron Williams officiating. Ashcraft died Tuesday morning, Jan. 6, 2004, at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on July 17, 1958 in Duncan, the son of Boyce and Gail (Patrick) Ashcraft. Growing up in Clinton, Bobby graduated from Clinton High School in 1976. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University at Weatherford from 1978 to 1979. On Sept. 6, 1983 he married Twila Ann Milligan in Clinton. He worked for Napoleon Nash’s Clothiers in Oklahoma City, Loffland Brothers Oil Company, Daniel’s Drive-In, B.J. Hughes and Stinger Wellhead Protection until his health began to fail. In his spare time, Ashcraft enjoyed golf, fishing and watching football. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Young Republicans, Boy Scouts and the Golf Association. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Pat and Estella Patrick and Robert and Lillie Ashcraft. Burial will conclude in the Clinton Cemetery under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home of Clinton. Survivors include his wife, Twila Ann, of the home; three sons, Robert Daniel, Brandon Dewayne, Barry Calvin, all of Clinton; his parents, Boyce and Gail Ashcraft of Clinton; a brother, Tony Ashcraft and his wife, Karen, of Oklahoma City; his parents-in-law, Doug and Linda Milligan of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions in Bobby Ashcraft’s honor to the Western Oklahoma Hospice and to Oklahoma Medical Research for cancer.

Monday, January 05, 2004
Henry Vogt, Jr. rites Tuesday
Funeral services for Henry J. Vogt, Jr., age 77 of Cordell, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Bible Mennonite Brethren Church at Cordell with Rev. Kevin Creed officiating. Vogt died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home in Cordell. He was born on April 12, 1926 on the family farm southwest of Corn, the son of Henry Jacob Vogt, Sr. and Mary M. Penner Vogt. He attended the Pleasant View School and later Corn High School, graduating in 1944. On April 7, 1944 he accepted Jesus Christ. He attended Tabor College, graduating in the spring of 1947 with an Associate of Arts Degree. While at college he met Margie Ruth Leppke, and they were married ton Aug. 10, 1947 at the Ebenfield Mennonite Brethren Church. They made their home in Cowden. He was an active member of the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, serving as secretary, teaching many Sunday school classes and helping to rebuild the church after it burned in 1949. In 1958, Vogt went back to Southwestern State College to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree. Later, he began his teaching career at Corn Bible Academy where he taught math and science for 10 years. He also farmed while teaching. In 1975 he retired from teaching and went fulltime into agribusiness. In 1981, Margie Vogt died of cancer. He continued farming and in 1986 he married Bessie L. Penner. They became members of the Bible Mennonite Brethren Church. Later, after losing their house in a fire, the couple moved into the Village at Cordell in April of 2002. Preceding him in death were a sister, Mary Lou Vogt Penner; sisters-in-law, Lula Mae Eisiminger and her husband, Ralph, and Ruby Gaede and her husband, Elmer. Interment will be in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include his wife, Betsy, of the home; sons, Kenneth B. Vogt of Tonkawa, Bryan K. Vogt and his wife, Debbie, of Altus; a daughter, Mary Beth Franz and her husband, Steve, of Balko; a stepdaughter, Dianne Lygrisse and her husband, Glenn, of Wichita, Kans.; a sister-in-law, Laura Vogt of Weatherford; grandchildren, Cody A. Vogt, Andrea M. Vogt, Kacee Vogt, Lindsay Vogt, Jason Frantz; step-grandchildren, Darrin Lygrisse and his wife, Amy, Lori Hadley and her husband, Steve, Scott Lygrisse, Tim, Beth Penner; step great grandchildren, Dustin, Dalanie and Abbriel Hadley. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Corn Bible Academy Campaign 2007 Endowment Fund, 208 N. Reimer, P.O. Box 38, Corn, OK 73024.

Reinschmiedt services listed
Funeral services for Menno S. Reinschmiedt, age 80 of the Bessie-Clinton area, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the First Baptist Church at Clinton with Rev. Bryan Gilbert officiating. Reinschmiedt died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born on July 20, 1923 in Bessie, the son of Mathius and Ottilie (Belter) Reinschmiedt. A long-time area resident, he was a farmer-rancher and carpenter who was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Adult 8 Sunday school class as well as the American legion. Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Edwin Reinschmiedt; sisters, Rosie Gerner, Hulda Critser; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Reinschmiedt. Interment will follow in the Union-Hatchett Cemetery north of Bessie under the direction of the Kiesau-Marler Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include his wife, Hazel Reinschmiedt of the home; sons, Lynn Reinschmiedt of Starkville, Miss., Dale Reinschmiedt of Hennessey, Billy Reinschmiedt and his wife, Debbi, of Alameda, Calif.; brothers, Leon Reinschmiedt of Clinton, Edgar Reinschmiedt of Anaheim, Calif.; sisters, Maggie Lenaburg of Okemah, Ella Moser of Clinton; and grandchildren, Jordan, Bryan, Ben Jacob and Julie Reinschmiedt. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland, Suite 203, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

Dollie Page rites slated
Funeral services for Dollie Page, age 91 of Hammon, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Moorewood Missionary Baptist Church with Richard Hughes officiating. Page died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2003. She was born on July 14, 1912 at Odessa, the youngest of 10 children of Lytle Boyd and Dora Virginia (Ridley) Kays. She moved with her family to Hammon when she was a young girl when her father was working as a section foreman with the Katy Railroad. Dollie married Elmer Z. “Pete” Page on May 1, 1940 in Hammon, and they made their home on a farm west of Moorewood where they lived and worked for some 55 years. The Pages loved to go dancing on Saturday nights and take their kids and grandkids with them. She was a long-time member of the Moorewood Missionary Baptist Church, preceded in death by her husband on May 28, 1985. Also preceding her in death, along with her parents, were nine brothers and sisters, Lee, Everett, Charles, Van, Lume, Jessie, Eva, Nell and Luella. Interment will be in the Moorewood Cemetery under the direction of the Martin Funeral Home in Elk City. Survivors include a son, Curtis Page, and his wife, Dollie, of Hammon; four grandchildren, Resa and Bruce Metheny of Clinton, Tony and Thresa Page, Mark and Tanya Page and Deana Reagon, all of Hammon; seven great grandchildren, Tonya Boggess, Sean and Shane Metheny, Matt Candy, Trevor and Page Regan; and three great-great grandchildren, Valerie, Jordan and Cailey.

Monday, December 29, 2003
Goldie Tucker rites Tuesday
Funeral services for Goldie Lucille Tucker, age 86 of Clinton, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Church of Christ with minister Patrick Peters officiating. Tucker died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2003, at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City. She was born on May 19, 1917 in Weatherford, the daughter of Adam Phillip and Emma Florence (Cockerham) Gossarth. Reared on her family farm, she moved to town at the age of 16 and attended the Missouri Country School near Weatherford. In order to help her family make ends meet she did domestic work. She married Ray Howard Tucker on May 30, 1936 in Wagner. The young couple lived in Hinton before her husband entered the military. After that she moved back to Weatherford and worked for Thacker Grocery Store during World War II. When her husband returned from the Army they owned and operated the Tucker Auto Clinic where he did the mechanic work and detailing, and she did the bookwork. They sold the business in 1962, and she worked for the Dixie Store in Weatherford for a couple of years. The couple moved to Clinton in 1972, and she worked for the J.C. Penney Store for six years before retiring. Her first husband preceded her in death in 1990, and she married Irwen Kilpatrick on April 25, 1992. She moved to Amarillo, Texas, and her second husband died on Dec. 25, 1995 after which she returned to Clinton where she remained a resident until her death. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school. She also was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Also preceding her in death, along with her parents, were five sisters, Leoma Troxel, Opal Meek, Gladys Bradford, Bernice Lohrengle, Edith Cockerham; and a brother, Phillip Grossarth. Burial will conclude in the Greenwood Cemetery at Weatherford under the direction of the Stanley-Lee Funeral Home in Clinton. Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Kaye Keil and her husband, Jerry, of Clinton, Marsha Ann Weaver of Allen, Texas; a foster daughter, Leona Mae Mericle and her husband, Eldon, of Clinton; a brother, Jerry Grossarth of Weatherford; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; four foster grandchildren; three foster great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bewley rites set Tuesday
Funeral services for Troy D. Bewley, age 77 of Albuquerque, N.M., will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Strong-Thorne Mortuary in New Mexico with pastor Michael Brunk officiating. Private interment will take place in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Bewley died Tuesday morning, Dec. 23, 2003. He was born on May 12, 1926 in Foss and graduated from Arapaho High School. He served in the U.S. Army from November of 1944 to November of 1946 in the infantry and medical corps. Bewley went on to work as an NC machinist for Sanda National Laboratories, retiring on Jan. 31, 1984 after 25 years of service. Survivors include his daughter, Marilyn Johnson and her husband, Joe; two sons, Robert Bewley and his wife, Anna, Timothy Bewley; three grandchildren, Bradley Kistler, Matthew Bewley, Kayla Severin; a brother, Royce Bewley and his wife, Ruthie; a sister, Treva Hill and her husband, Dale. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were a daughter, Kathy Austin; and an infant grandson, Clay Bewley. The family suggests that those who desire may make memorial contributions to the Kidney Foundation.

Ray Irwin rites held
Funeral services for Ray Bennett Irwin, age 95 of Cordell, were held Monday morning at the McClure Funeral Home chapel in Cordell with Rev. Marvin Kehl officiating. Irwin died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2003, at Integris Clinton Regional Hospital. He was born on Nov. 7, 1908 at Altamont, Kans., the son of Elza Armstrong and Rose Marcia (Schrigley) Irwin. A retired painter, he worked for Schwartz painting for several years and had lived in Cordell for the past four years, moving there from Milpitas, Calif. He liked to bowl, read and play bingo. He married Harriett Irene Schwartz in Kansas City, Mo. on April 10, 1937. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2002. Also preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Lewis Irwin and Elzie Irwin; and a sister, Madge Burkett. Inurnment will follow in the Lawnview Cemetery at Cordell. Survivors include three daughters, Paula Rae Rhodes of Cordell, Lou Duran and her husband, Pete, of Cordell, Marcia Jean Henke of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.


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