|Sylvia M. Jacobs
Sylvia M. Jacobs, longtime Ponca City resident, died Tuesday morning,
Dec. 10, 1996, at Shawn Manor Nursing Home in Ponca City. She was 84.
The funeral will be held graveside at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ponca City
IOOF Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Heyer, associate pastor of Ponca City First
Christian Church will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of
Grace Memorial Chapel.
Sylvia M. (Sayles) Jacobs was born Nov. 12, 1912, in Billings, the
daughter of C.A. and Mildred (Bates) Sayles. She grew up in Enid, where
she received her education and graduated from Enid High School. She also
attended Phillips University in Enid.
On Aug. 16, 1935, she was married to Victor E. Jacobs in Enid, and
the couple moved to Ponca City in 1941. Mrs. Jacobs was a homemaker and
enjoyed taking care of her home and family. She had been employed at Grandview
Hospital in Ponca City for about five years.
Survivors include on son, Dave Jacobs of Ponca City; two daughters,
Mrs. James (Judy) Lawson of Ponca City and Mrs. Paul (Nancy) McEnany; sister,
Anabel Faddis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
The family will be at the Dave Jacobs home, No. 4 Rockview Road.
Gladys G. Trapp
NASH - Gladys G. Trapp, former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday,
Dec. 11, 1996, at Terrace Gardens Nursing Center in Wichita, Kan. She was
A vesper service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday at Cochran Mortuary,
1411 North Broadway in Wichita, Kan. A graveside service will be held at
11 a.m. Saturday at the New Home Cemetery in Nash, Okla.
Gladys G. (Shane) Trapp was born Feb. 26, 1900 in Nash, the daughter
of Louis C. and Nettie (Russell) Shane.
She was married to O.C. Trapp in November 1943, in Pawnee, where she
had been employed as a stenographer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The
couple made their home in Ponca City for several years where they were
engaged in real estate and the cement construction business. Mr. Trapp
preceded her in death in March 1964. In 1981, Mrs. Trapp moved to Wichita,
Kan. She was a former member of the Enid (Okla.) Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include one sister, Vivian Alexander of Wichita, Kan.; and
several nieces and nephews.
Reality Joia Alexander
PAWNEE - Reality Joia Alexander, daughter of Derwin and Charlotte (Hawkins)
Alexander, died Monday, Dec. 9, 1996, in Dallas, Texas. She was four months
The funeral will be held graveside at the South Indian Cemetery in
Pawnee with Y. Yaacob M. Hawkins of Abilene, Texas, officiating. Arrangements
are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home, Pawnee.
Reality Joia Alexander was born July 12, 1996, in Irving, Texas, the
daughter of Derwin O. and Charlotte F. (Hawkins) Alexander. Her epitaph
reads, "Here for awhile, loved for a lifetime." She attended the House
of Yahweh church.
Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Chastity Joy Alexander
and Serenity Joie Alexander; one brother, Princeton Bennayah Alexander;
and numerous other relatives.
Reality was preceded in death by her grandparents, Darlene J. Carson
Hawkins, Anson J. Carson, and David Alexander; and great-grandparents,
Mable Fox Carson and Jewel Carson.
Garry Dean McDaniel
RALSTON - Garry Dean McDaniel, former Ralston resident, died Sunday,
Dec. 8, 1996, at University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. He was 39.
A graveside funeral will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Ralston at
2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Robert Glasgow officiating. Arrangements are
under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax.
Garry Dean McDaniel was born March 1, 1957, in Hereford, Texas, the
son of Zack Deton and Velma L. (Kistler) McDaniel. He graduated from high
school in Johnson, Kan., in 1976.
McDaniel, who was a resident of Hardesty, was employed as a maintenance
man and electrician at the Seabor Packing Plant in Guymon and a member
of the Wesleyan Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and working.
Survivors include one son, Christopher, and two daughters, Heather
and Ashley, all of Pratt, Kan.; his parents, Zack and Velma McDaniel of
Ralston; three brothers, Larry of Fairfax, Deton of Ralston, and Robert
of Greenwood, S.C.; and one sister, DeVella Allison of Grayhorse. He was
preceded in death by one brother, Lin McDaniel and his grandparents.
Honorary casket bearers will be Pete Reimer, Jimmy Scott, Galen Brown,
Marvin McKinney, Gorden Renfro, Bill Jorden and Rey Martinez.
Leothea Mae McDaniel
EUFAULA - Leothea Mae McDaniel former Ponca City resident, died Wednesday,
Dec. 11, 1996, at the Checotah Manor Nursing Home in Checotah. She was
The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Simons Funeral
Home in Eufaula, with the Rev. John Parish officiating. Burial will follow
in the Checotah Cemetery.
Leothea Mae (Chappell) McDaniel was born March 20, 1913 in Eakley,
the daughter of Richard A. and Nora (Snow) Chappell.
She was married to Stafford McDaniel on Jan. 17, 1967 in Ponca City.
Mrs. McDaniel was a bookkeeper and had lived in Ponca City for 33 years
and at Yukon for 20 years before moving to the Eufaula area.
Survivors include her husband, Stafford McDaniel of the home; two daughters,
Betty Woodward of Olive Branch, Mo., and Patty Nemecek of Yukon; three
stepsons, Wayne McDaniel of Yukon, J.W. McDaniel of Ada and Stanley McDaniel
of Eufaula; two stepdaughters, Peggy Bunyard of Ada and Carol Ann Heileman
of Binger; one sister, Golda Chambers of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren;
33 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk
Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk was born on March 20, 1923 in Werchniaczka,
Ukraine, the son of Ivan and Afija Szekmar Hercyk.
One of his fondest childhood memories was of the winters he spent snow
skiing in the Carpathian Mountains. As a young boy, Easter was his favorite
time of year. It is a festive celebration with families visiting house
to house feasting on Ukrainian Easter bread that had been blessed by the
Church, along with many other traditional foods. And on Sundays after church,
families gathered together for an afternoon of relaxation after dinner.
The last time he saw his parents was Dec. 24, 1939, when he was 16.
He left school and his ambition of becoming a doctor in order to enlist
in his country's army. In 1940, Russian soldiers captured him and sent
him to a Russian labor camp, from which he escaped a year later. Hours
after his escape, and unknown to him, World War II began. He was captured
again three days later by Germans who thought he was an early Russian army
deserter. Once again, he managed to escape and by the war's end was alone
Realizing there was no future for himself in a devastated land, he
entered a camp run by the International Relief Organization. As a camp
photographer, he met the woman who was to become his wife.
Kateryna Makaruk also left Ukraine at age 16, but went directly to
Germany where she began work on a farm. She was one of many young people
taken from surrounding areas to replete the German working class. The couple
married in Tiibingen, Germany on Nov. 24, 1945. He was 22 and she was 20.
On New Year's Day 1946, Russian officers and French troops entered
the camp and imprisoned the majority of those in the camp who had refused
to return to Ukraine and certain death. That night the French guards got
drunk and the prisoners escaped through a window and fled through the deep
snow into the Black Woods to Ludwigsburg, Germany, in the American Zone.
While at the displaced persons camp in Ludwigsburg he worked as a carpenter
for the United States Army. In March, 1947, he joined the International
Police Force in Zufenhausen, Germany. He, his wife and daughter, Anna,
born in 1946, remained there until their departure for America. They arrived
at Ellis Island, New York, on August 7, 1949, with high hopes for a bright
and happy future for their family in a country where they were free.
He originally thought he would be going to Richmond, Va. But upon landing
in New York City, he was approached by two men who asked him if he could
ride a horse. So he found himself working on Bob Donaldson's ranch near
Burbank, Okla. In 1950, he went to work for Gonterman's Dairy and Pioneer
Service Station in Ponca City.
Coming from generations of farmers in Ukraine's fertile breadbasket
of the world, he dreamed of a farm of his own and through hard work and
sheer determination, that dream came true in 1954 when he purchased his
first 40 acres and a farm house. In 1955, he went to work for Nickles Machine
Corp., from which he retired in 1988. He then worked full-time farming
and ranching 875 acres with his sons.
He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965 and considered America
his home but he still had deep emotions and affection for his native Ukraine.
He never imagined he would one day see the fall of Communism and the Iron
Curtain and freedom for Ukraine. In 1992, Stefan and Kateryna returned
to Ukraine for the first time in 53 years. They went again in 1995 to celebrate
their 50th Wedding Anniversary with their brothers, sisters and their families.
He enjoyed his family and farming. He was an active member of St. Mary's
Catholic Church since Easter Sunday in 1950. He was a 4th Degree Knight
in the Knights of Columbus and a board member of Rural Water District No.
3 for the past eight years.
Stefan Iwanowycz Hercyk died Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, 1996 at St.
Joseph Regional Medical Center of heart failure. He was 73.
A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 1996 at the
Trout Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, presiding.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.
at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, pastor,
His grandchildren will serve as lectors and in bringing up the gifts
at communion. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction
of Trout Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Kateryna, of the home, daughters and sons-in-law
Steve and Anna Henley of Oklahoma City, Jim and Mary Smith of Ponca City;
sons and daughters-in-law John and Neta Hercyk and Steve and Teri Hercyk
of Ponca City. Grandchildren are Stacey Lewis of Oklahoma City, Derek Henley
of Kansas City, Mo., Stefanie Henley of Oklahoma City, Catherine Smith,
Brian and Katie Hercyk, Greg Baldwin and Nathaniel Hercyk, all of Ponca
City. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Casket bearers will be Bill Church, Joe Coffee, John Kifiak, Cecil
Koehn, Harlan Overman and Don Schiltz. Honorary casket bearers will be
Bill Flegler, Sr., Dr. Bob Gibson, Hal Hendrickson, Jack L. Jones, Mark
Liegerot, Antoni Olejniczak, Ellis Overman, George Paczkowski, Maciej Razowski.
Alex Shadan, Joseph L. Schiltz, Jr., and Norman L. Smith.
The Knights of Columbus will present an Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School Foundation,
P.O. Box 1330, Ponca City, OK 74602.
The family will be at the family home on Route 5, Box 521, Ponca City.
Levi Tillman King
Levi Tillman King, resident of Marland, died at his home on Thursday
evening, Dec. 12, 1996. He was 55.
A prayer service was to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 1996 at
the Ponca Indian Baptist Church. The Traditional Indian Feast will be held
at noon on Monday at the church, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m.
The Rev. Ted Freeman, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in the
Ponca Indian Cemetery under direction of the Trout Funeral Home.
Levi Tillman King was born Dec. 28, 1940, in Pawnee, Okla., the son
of Funston B. and Bertha (Clark) King. He attended Pawnee Indian School,
Chilocco Indian School, Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., and Bacone
College in Muskogee.
Tillman worked as a roofer most of his working life, working in several
states, including California, Texas and Oklahoma. He was active in sports,
especially football, while at Haskell Institute. He enjoyed fishing and
Indian Fancy Dancing. Ill health forced his retirement in the mid-1980s.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara King of Tulsa; three sons, Brian
of Tulsa, Randy and Donald, both of Lawton; two daughters, Nikki King of
Texas and Cindy King of Lawton; eight brothers, George Woodrow King, John
W. King, Philmore H. King, Chester Cline Haines, Douglas King, Francis
King, Fred King and Robert LeClair King; five sisters, Pauline Warrior,
Elizabeth King Switch, Nellie King, Cora King and Laura King. In addition
to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Alton, and a brother,
Francis Roy King.
Casket bearers will be John K. King, David W. King, Indian Brown, Dwayne
Williams, Victor Sakiestewa, and Emery Roy. Honorary bearers will be Craig
Lewis, Les Williams, Jasper Clark, Kelly Clark, Clarkson Little Cook and
Dawn Renee Hisey
Dawn Renee Hisey, Ponca City resident, died Saturday evening, Dec.
14, 1996 at a local nursing home. She was 48.
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m., at the Community Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) with the Rev. Wayne Majors, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery under direction
of Trout Funeral Home.
Dawn Renee Hisey was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Abilene, Kan., the daughter
of Edwin and Roberta (Nesselrode) Gartrell. She graduated from Lamont High
School in 1965. While in high school she was very active in band. She attended
Northwestern College in Alva, and graduated from Northern Oklahoma College
with an Associates Degree in Humanities. She was a member of the drama
department at NOC.
On Oct. 10, 1975 she was married to Howard L. Gray in Ponca City. He
preceded her in death on June 9, 1986.
She worked as a respiratory therapist at St. Joseph Regional Medical
Center, a counselor for Alpha II, and the director of the Senior Citizens
On June 12, 1993 she and Gene Hisey were married at the Community Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ponca City.
She attended Community Christian Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Gina Hunter of Tulsa, Mary Ramsey of
Kansas City, Kan., Edwina Bridgman of Ponca City, and Adriana Gray of Stillwater;
a son, Arthur Hisey of Phoenix, Ariz.; her mother, Roberta Gartrell of
Ponca City; a sister, Leslie Gartrell Trepfer and a brother, Forest Gartrell,
both of Denver, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard L. Gray on June 9,
1986 and Gene Hisey on November 27, 1996, also her father and grandparents,
Carl and Bessie Nesselrode.
Casket bearers will be Jack Day, Howard Percy, Allan Ramsey, Bill Bridgman,
Forest Gartrell, and John Sebring.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hisey's name to Hospice
of Ponca City, 1904 North Union, Suite 104, Ponca City, Okla 74601.
The family will be at the home, 120 Austin Road.
Lena Willie Ozella Conner
ARKANSAS CITY, KAN. - Lena Willie Ozella Conner, resident of Arkansas
City, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 1996, at her home. She was 77.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1996 at the Hawks
Funeral Home in Arkansas City with the Rev. Henry Cox officiating. Burial
will be in the Parker Cemetery in Arkansas City.
Lena Conner was born Aug. 6, 1919 in Clorhide, N.M., the daughter of
Wesley Gaston and Sarah Elizabeth Gordon Hobbs. She attended schools in
Hot Springs, N.M.
She and Eugene Harris Conner were married May 20, 1937 in Hot Springs,
and moved to Arkansas City in 1948. He died on Jan. 13, 1992.
Mrs. Conner had worked for Rodeo Meats in the Peal and Pack Department
from 1952 until retiring in 1979. She was a member of the IXL Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Wesley Conner of Newkirk; three daughters,
Viola Richardson of Ponca City, Ozella Vince of Geuda Springs, Kan., and
Naomi Pappan of Arkansas City; seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a
grandson and granddaughter.
A memorial has been established with the American Diabetes Association,
and contributions may be left at the funeral home.
Friends may call at the funeral home this evening until 9 p.m. and
Tuesday from 9 a.m. until noon.
Truman Washington "Soaring High" Dailey, long-time Red Rock resident,
died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in Stillwater. He was 98.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Otoe-Missouria
Cemetery with the Rev. Neal Peek, pastor of Community Christian Center,
Red Rock, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Trout Funeral
Mr. Dailey was born Oct. 19, 1898, in Red Rock, son of George Washington
and Kate (Samuel) Dailey. He was married to Lavina Koshaway. She preceded
him in death in March 1988.
For many years Dailey was employed by Disneyland of Anaheim, Calif.,
as the master of ceremonies for the Native American Indian Cultural Center.
He also farmed. In 1993 he received an honorary Ph.D. in Humanities from
the University of Missouri in Columbia.
At the time of his death he was the eldest elder of the Otoe-Missouria
tribe and had served on the Tribal Council for two years. He was a member
of the Eagle Clan and a member of the Native American Church. He made tepees,
making his last one three years ago.
Survivors include a niece, Constance Harper of Red Rock; two nephews,
Quentin Harper of Pawhuska and Benjamin Harper of Baltimore, Md., and numerous
great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to his wife, he was
preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Casket bearers will be D. W. Denny, Dwight Denny, Deland Denny, Theodore
Hall, Emmett Hall, Blaine Hall, Charles Faw Faw, and Calvin Dailey. Honorary
casket bearers will be Shane Bereman, Daniel Denny, Sanoc Denny, Thomas
Butler, Blaine Hall and Ramiro Ramirez II. Flower girls will be Cherise
Faw Faw, Michelle Cline, Goya Denny, Cassandra Bereman, Rosie Faw Faw,
Danica Hall, and Lillie Ann Hall. The family will be at the home.
Charles E. Grimley
Charles E. Grimley, long-time Ponca City resident, died Sunday afternoon,
Dec. 15, 1996, at the Shawn Manor Nursing Home. He was 87.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Memorial Chapel with
Rev. Ed Coy Light, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Grove section of the Odd Fellows Cemetery
under the direction of Grace Memorial. Memorial contributions may be made
to Hospice of Ponca City, Inc., 1904 North Union No. 103, Ponca City, Ok.
Charles E. Grimley was born July 29, 1909, in Kildare, the son of Arthur
"Archie" and Clare (Sierman) Grimley. He received his education in Kildare
He married the former Opal C. Boxley in Arkansas City, Kan. Sept. 19,
1931, and the couple made their home in Kildare before moving to Ponca
City in 1941.
During the Depression Mr. Grimley worked for the WPA in Kay County
and was later employed as a painter by Continental Oil Company. He retired
from Continental in 1966 with 27 years of service. He enjoyed fishing,
hunting, working jigsaw puzzles and watching baseball games.
Surviving are his wife, Opal, of the home; two sons, Charles Grimley
of Arkansas City, Kan., and Jerry Grimley of Rio Rancho, N.M.; three daughters,
LaWanda French, Joyce Smotone and Jeanie Walker, all of Ponca City; one
sister, Clara Rutherford of Ponca City; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren,
and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,
two sisters, three brothers and one grandson.
Casket bearers will be grandsons, Rick French, David French, Randy
Smotone, Kevin Smotone, Mike Grimley and Terry Young. The family will be
at the home, 148 Cooley.
Clyfton H. Corp
TONKAWA - Clyfton H. Corp, 81, a former Tonkawa resident, died Sunday
in the South Haven Guest House in South Haven, Kan.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the IOOF Cemetery
of Tonkawa. Officiant will be the Rev. Glenn Hunt, pastor of the Grace
Community Church of Tonkawa.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCafferty-Bolick Funeral
Home of Tonkawa.
Corp was born Dec. 2, 1915, in Jefferson County, N.Y., the son of Charlie
H. and Irene M. (James) Corp. He was reared in the Dexter, N.Y., area,
settling in California in the 1940s. He married the former Vera L. (Parson)
Munhall in 1971 in Las Vegas.
The couple moved to Braman in 1972 and to Tonkawa in 1980. He farmed
in New York and was an auction associate and handyman in Oklahoma. Corp
moved to Kansas in 1994 and had resided at South Haven Guest House since
He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 28, 1986, and his parents.
Survivors include stepsons, Harold Munhall of Fort Worth, Texas., Raymond
Munhall of Hillsboro, Ore., and Bill Munhall of Tonkawa; stepdaughters,
Alice Ronck of Portland, Ore., Irene Armstrong of Riverside, Calif., and
Bernita Lambing of Braman; one brother, Howard Corp of Crescent City, Fla.,
and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Betty L. Tomlin
Betty L. Tomlin, longtime resident of Ponca City, died Monday morning,
Dec. 16, 1996, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. She was 57.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Memorial Chapel
with Evangelist Fredia Widener of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, presiding.
Interment will be at Ralston Riverside Cemetery.
Betty L. (Allen) Tomlin was born July 15, 1939, at Ralston, the daughter
of Roy and Rosalee (Glasby) Allen. She moved with her family to Ponca City
in 1949 and attended Ponca City schools.
On June 21, 1956, she was married to Charles Tomlin at Newkirk and
the couple made their home in Ponca City. Mrs. Tomlin was a homemaker and
a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed attending flea
markets and garage sales and playing Bingo.
Survivors include her husband, Charles, of the home; two sons, Toby
and Mike, both of Ponca City; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Brenda) Reed of
Ponca City; her mother, Rosalee Allen White of Ponca City; four sisters,
Sue Sober, Joyce Sober, Darlene Hilton and Velma Hutchison, all of Ponca
City; one brother Jack Allen, of Ponca City; eight grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother,
Casket bearers will be Gary Reed, Toby Tomlin, David Hutchison, Brad
Ricker Kenneth Sober and Gary Sober.
The family will be at 109 South Ash Street.
Arthur E. Durheim
COVINGTON - Arthur E. Durheim, brother of Carl Durheim of Ponca City,
died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Enid. He was
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran
Church in Covington with the Rev. Richard J. Docekal officiating. Burial
will follow in the Covington Cemetery under the direction of Henninger-Allen
Funeral Home of Enid.
Arthur E. Durheim was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Covington, the son of
Charley and Katherine Metscher Durheim . He attended St. John's Parochial
Grade School and graduated from Covington High School in 1937. During World
War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe.
Durheim was employed at Beech Air Craft in Wichita, Kan., for 28 years
and also owned and operated Durheim Service Station north of Covington
for a number of years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and
the American Legion Post at Enid.
Survivors include three brothers, Carl of Ponca City, and Louis and
Clarence, both of Enid; three sisters, Freda Reim of Covington, Mildred
Bernard of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kathryn Harman of Perry; and numerous nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Durheim's name to St. John's
Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Lutheran Hour Ministries, c/o Henninger-Allen
Funeral Home, P.O. Box 507, Enid, OK 73702.
Mildred Rae Krohn
Mildred Rae (Ross) Krohn, former Webb City resident, died Monday afternoon,
Dec. 16, 1996, at the Ponca Nursing Home. She was 92.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Memorial Chapel
in Ponca City. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Ponca City.
Mildred Rae (Ross) Krohn was born Oct. 24, 1904, in Foil, Mo., the
daughter of John Alfred and Susie (Copley) Ross. She attended elementary
school in the Foil area and after earning a Missouri Teacher's Certificate,
taught at the Hi-Low Community School in Missouri before settling in DeNoya.
She was also employed at the Osage Theatre in DeNoya as a ticket taker.
She was united in marriage to Richard Krohn on June 25, 1924, in Newkirk
and the couple made their first home in DeNoya. They moved to Webb City
in 1931, where Mrs. Krohn served as a substitute teacher in the elementary
schools in Webb City and Burbank. She also served as bookkeeper for her
husband in his businesses, including the Osage Garage until 1951, the Krohn
Construction Company from 1951-65 and the Krohn Antique Store from 1967-1991.
The couple moved to Ponca City in 1994.
Mrs. Krohn was a member of the Webb City United Methodist Church in
the 1940s-50s, where she served as superintendent of Sunday Schools. She
was also an active member of the Webb City chapter of the Eastern Star
and served as Worthy Matron in 1952. Her hobbies included growing flowers
and vegetable gardening, sewing, and collecting and selling depression
Survivors include two daughters, Erma Ruth Witchie of Littleton, Colo.
and Karyl A. Price of Stillwater; one sister, Iva Cole of Shidler; one
brother, Robert Ross of Ava, Mo., six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Richard Krohn on Jan. 14, 1995;
her parents; one brother, Bill Ross; and one sister, Oma Brown.
Honorary casket bearers will be Richard Richardson, Gene Witchie, Ron
Witchie, Richard Price, Grady Price and Randy Price.
Wilma E. Hart
CHICKASHA - Wilma E. Hart, mother of Mrs. Michael (Julane) Taylor of
Ponca City, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996, in Chickasha. She was 87.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Ferguson Funeral
Home Chapel in Chickasha with the Rev. Bob Brown, Epworth United Methodist
Church, officiating. The Rev. Gary Layman, New Life Christian Church, will
assist. Burial will follow in Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko.
Wilma E. (McBride) Hart was born Aug. 21, 1909, in Welch, the daughter
of the Rev. Joseph T. and Mary (White) McBride. She traveled and lived
with her family in several communities throughout Oklahoma, following her
father, who was a Methodist minister. She attended Oklahoma City University,
and taught in southwest Oklahoma for nine years.
She was married to Ira D. Hart Sr., on Nov. 27, 1930, in Hastings.
The couple moved to Anadarko in 1939 and purchased the Oklahoma Tire and
Supply (OTASCO) in 1944. The family remained in that business for more
than 40 years. Mrs. Hart was a member of the Anadarko First United Methodist
Church and the Sorosis Club, Philomathic Club and the United Methodist
Women's Association. She moved to Chickasha in January 1987 and became
a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church and the Yet Set group.
Survivors include four sons, Ira of Lawton, Allen M. and Joe, both
of Chickasha, and Gordon of Tulsa; three daughters, Pauletta Wilson of
Houston, Texas, Carole McCarthy of Flower Mound, Texas, and Julane Taylor
of Ponca City; one sister, Murrah George of Oklahoma City; 18 grandchildren;
22 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law and a host of other relatives
and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira, on Jan. 16,
1968; her parents; three brothers and two sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hart's name to a charity
Herman Roth, Ponca City resident, died Monday morning, Dec. 16, 1996,
at his home. He was 65.
The graveside funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Resthaven
Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, pastor of St.
Mary's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction
of Trout Funeral Home.
Herman Roth was born Sept. 17, 1931, in Caldwell, Kan., the son of
Peter and Mary Roth. Roth served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He farmed in Caldwell and did custom wheat harvesting from Texas to
South Dakota until moving to Ponca City in the mid 1980s. While living
in Ponca City he was employed as director of maintenance at Ponca Plaza
and harvested wheat in this area as well as in Caldwell, Kan. Roth also
was employed in yard work for several local residents. He retired in 1995.
He enjoyed spending his time with his grandchildren and working.
Survivors include one son, Hubert Roth of Guymon; three daughters,
Dana Payne of El Dorado, Kan., Meredith Box of Anthony, Kan., and Dink
Darby of Quitman, Texas; one brother, Robert Roth of Buffalo; two sisters,
Rosemary Moore of Great Bend, Kan., and Marcella Melody of Illinois, and
Roy Robert Whiting Jr.
Roy Robert Whiting Jr., former Ponca City resident, died Monday, Jan.
16, 1996, at Baylor Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. He was 44.
The graveside service will be Friday, 11 a.m. in the Odd Fellows Cemetery
with the Rev. Jesse Mannering, associate pastor, First United Methodist
Church, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Trout
Whiting was born July 12, 1952, in Ponca City, to Roy Robert Whiting
and Lillian Hager Whiting. He grew up in Arkansas City, Kan., where his
parents owned and operated the Whiting Furniture Store. He attended Arkansas
City schools and graduated from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City.
He then attended Oklahoma State University majoring in English and later
transferred to Okmulgee Tech where he graduated with a degree in commercial
Mr. Whiting returned to Stillwater to work for the Art Department of
Oklahoma State University. In 1982 he moved to Dallas, Texas, to work for
the Dallas Times Herald. At the time of his death he was employed by the
Dallas Morning News as a commercial artist in the advertising department.
He enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading and collecting comic art books.
He is survived by his mother, Lillian Whiting, Stillwater; two aunts,
Louise Russow and Leta Russell, Gravette, Ark.; cousins, Karolyn Hron,
Marian Gibson and Robert Whiting, all of Ponca City, Kathryn Pepper, Albuquerque,
N.M., John Whiting, Crowley, La., Mel Thompson, Littleton, Colo., Bob Thompson
of Olathe, Kan., Rebecca Whiting, Bartlesville, John W. Hron, Suzy Hron,
Toni Gibson and Bobby Gibson, all of Ponca City.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stillwater, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater,
The family will be at the home of Karolyn Heron, south of Ponca City.
Hugh Lester Tickel
BLACKWELL - Hugh Lester Tickel, lifelong Braman-Blackwell resident,
died Wednesday morning, Dec. 18, 1996, at Blackwell Regional Hospital.
He was 95.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Roberts Funeral
Home Chapel in Blackwell with Warren Stafford officiating. Burial will
be in the Braman Cemetery.
Hugh Lester Tickel was born May 2, 1901, on the family homestead near
Braman, the son of Hiram Albertis "Bert" and Inez Pearl (Torrence) Tickel,
who had acquired that land in the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893. He grew
up in Braman, attending Plainview School and was baptized in the Chikaskia
River. After his schooling, Tickel began employment in the oil fields until
1919, when he attended auto mechanic school in Oklahoma City. After graduation,
he returned to Braman to work as a mechanic.
On Feb. 14, 1927, he was married to Myrtle Elizabeth Hobaugh, in Newkirk,
and the couple made their first home on the J.W. Brown lease. In 1939,
they lived in Hays, Kan., for one year before moving to Blackwell, where
Tickel was employed by Poling Oil Company. Two years later he formed Tickel
Drilling Co., and operated it until turning the business over to his son
and retiring in 1968. He was a member of the Braman Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Pauline Blay of Blackwell; one brother,
John L. Tickel of Odon, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren;
and 11 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife,
on March 14, 1981; one son, James H. Tickel; his parents; two brothers,
Homer and Clarence; four sisters, Clara Young, Lorraine Davis, Dorothy
Johnson and Lola Tickel; and a daughter-in -law.
Casket bearers will be Travis Holmes, Brad Severson, Ryan Harris, Cory
Engle, Scott Blay, Justin Campbell, Brandon Blay and Robbie Blay. Honorary
bearers will be Richard Miller, Bob Miller, Russell Holmes, R.V. Wagner,
Bonnie McIntyre, Harold Weigle, Benny Turner and Gaylord Ford.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Tickel's name to the Oklahoma
City Baptist Medical Center Burn Unit, c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home,
120 West Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
BOERNE, Texas - Jan Hepler, former Ponca City resident, died Tuesday,
Dec. 17, 1996, in Texas. She was 59.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Boerne (Texas) First
United Methodist Church. A private burial will be held in the Boerne Cemetery
under the direction of Vaughan's Funeral Home, Boerne.
Jan (Pierce) Hepler was married to Charles M. Hepler and the couple
moved to the Ponca City area in 1975, when her husband was employed by
the City of Ponca City as the first executive director of the Marland Estate.
While living here, Mrs. Hepler was employed as a counselor at Roosevelt
Elementary School with the Ponca City school system.
The family moved from Ponca City to Oklahoma City in 1984, then later
to San Antonio, Texas where Mrs. Hepler served as head counselor of the
Zachary Middle School, Northside ISD. The couple had lived in Boerne, Texas,
for the past eight years. Mrs. Hepler, attended the Boerne First United
Methodist Church, and enjoyed riding competitively in team penning with
Survivors include her husband, Charles M. Hepler of the home in Boerne;
one son, James Hepler of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Dwayne (Dana)
Busselman of Flower Mound, Texas; two brothers, James Pierce of Albuquerque,
N.M. and David Pierce of Blackwell; one sister, Lou Ann Vaught of Cordora,
Tenn.; and six grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hepler's name to the First
United Methodist Church, c/o Vaughan's Funeral Home, 319 East San Antonio
Street, Boerne, TX 78006.
TONKAWA - Arlyn Vincent, Tonkawa resident, died Wednesday morning,
Dec. 18, 1996, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Ponca City. He was 59.
The funeral is set for 1 p.m. Friday at the McCafferty-Bolick Funeral
Home Chapel in Tonkawa. Dr. John Bartlett, minister of Tonkawa First Christian
Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Tonkawa IOOF Cemetery.
Arlyn Vincent was born July 13, 1937, in Tonkawa, the son of Adrian
and Hazel (Wile) Vincent. He grew up and received his education in Tonkawa
schools. After graduation from Tonkawa High School in 1955, he attended
Oklahoma State University and received a degree in soil conservation in
Vincent was employed with the United States Department of Agriculture
at Albuquerque, N.M. for several years before returning to the Tonkawa
area. He was most recently employed as a maintenance coordinator at Vance
Air Force Base, Enid, until 1992. Vincent was a member of the Tonkawa First
Survivors include his parents, Adrian and Hazel Vincent of Morrison;
two sons, Jeff of Perry and Kurt of Billings; and two granddaughters. He
was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Denise Vincent.