Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Leo 'Sandy' Hagar
Leo "Sandy" Hagar had lived most his life in Carney except for his years working with the railroad.

He died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, in Oklahoma City at age 82.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Assembly of God Church in Carney, the Revs. Lorn Starling and Jerry Ingram officiating. Burial will follow at Carney Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Chandler.

Hagar was born Nov. 11, 1917, in Carney to Jap and Evie (Hudson) Hagar.

On Jan. 5, 1939, he married Geneva Marie Balch in Oklahoma. After retirement, he enjoyed working as a rancher.

He was predeceased by his wife, four brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include two sons, David Hagar of Tulsa and Tony Hagar of Carney; one brother, Clyde Hagar of Enid, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.
 
 

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Vance Horsechief Jr.
Vance Horsechief Jr., 46, was a full-blooded Pawnee Indian and a longtime resident of Pawnee.

He died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Poteet Funeral Chapel in Pawnee, the Rev. Thomas Roughface officiating. Burial will be at North Indian Cemetery in Pawnee under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

Horsechief was born in Pawnee on Jan. 10, 1954, to Vance Horsechief Sr., and Elizabeth Justice Horsechief.

He attended Pawnee Public Schools and graduated from Riverside Indian School in Anadarko.

In 1973 he received a scholarship to travel with the international signing group, Up With People, as a dancer and singer.

He attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and also received his welding certificate from Yuba Heat Transfer of Tulsa. In 1986, he attended Okmulgee State Tech to learn dry cleaning.

Horsechief had been a youth counselor for the Shawnee County Youth Center in Topeka, Kan., and has served as a counselor for the Topeka Indian Center.

He had served on the Kansas Indian Rights Commission and Pawnee Tribal council. He was a BIA certified police officer and served as a police officer for the Pawnee Nation and the Sac and Fox Nation of Kansas.

Horsechief also worked as a security officer for the Sac and Fox Casino in Kansas, and as a sheriff's deputy for Pawnee County.

He was known for his signing and organized a drum group called Pawnee YellowHorse. The group has recorded two tapes, 'Spirit of the Plains," dedicated to his mother, and a second was released this year, "Look to the Stars." His singing talents were renowned by singing modern and traditional American Indian music.

Horsechief was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Will Justice and Dollie Sherman Justice Moore; paternal grandparents, Delbert Horsechief and Minnie Ruth Moses Horsechief; his parents; stepfather, Delbert Horsechief Jr.; brother, Robert Goodchief Jr.; sisters Darwina "Val" Goodchief and Christine Goodchief Collins; daughter, Crystal Amber Horsechief and nephew Randell Wilson Goodchief.

Survivors include a companion, Gerilyn Yellow Bird of Pawnee; son, Vance Horsechief III of Chelsea; and two grandsons.

Also, six sisters and three brothers, Minnie Rice and her husband Ronald of Stillwater; Karen Horsechief of Pawnee, Oleta White of Pawnee, Betty Sue Rice and her husband Keller of Okmulgee, Justine Rice and her husband Norman of Shawnee, Vance Olin Horsechief of Miami, Gene E. Phipps of Tahlequah, Cynthia Horsechief of Tahlequah and Darrell Horsechief of Tahlequah; grandmothers, Nora Pratt and Ivy Pratt of Pawnee.
 
 

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Kevin Patrick Tawney
Kevin Patrick Tawney, 37, of Stillwater was born June 29, 1963 in Seminole, Okla. Kevin died in an automobile accident in Stillwater on Oct. 25, 2000.

He was employed by Citi Financial in Broken Arrow. Kevin graduated in 1981 from Jenks High School, attended Oklahoma State University and earned his bachelor's degree in business from the University of Tulsa in 1986. He was very active as a leader in the youth ministries at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Stillwater as well as statewide with the Oklahoma Episcopal Diocese.

He was preceded in death by his father, The Hon. Judge Robert Tawney, grandparents Mr. E. H. Bennett and Morris and Dorothy Tawney. Kevin is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Olivia Bennett, mother, Mrs. Barbara Lee, brother and sister-in-law, Cohn and Missie Tawney, and nieces, Bronwyn and Cecily Tawney all of Tulsa and a host of dear friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 516 W. Third, Stillwater, under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. A reception in the Parish Hall hosted by the ladies of St. Andrew's will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Kevin's memory be made to The St. Andrew's Youth Memorial Fund, c/o Mr. Joe Rovig, The Bank N.A., 1020 N. Boomer Road, Stillwater, 74075.

Kevin touched many people with his deep faith and unabashed belief in the strength of the youth of our nation. His time with us was short, but his legacy to us will be ever-lasting. 

Darrell Lee Miller
Darrell Lee Miller, 52, Stillwater, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in a motor vehicle accident at Burris and Perkins Road.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Sunnybrook Christian Church. Kent Williams will officiate. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Gardens Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Topeka, Kan. There will be a visitation on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Strode Hospitality Center. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Miller was born Nov. 12, 1947, to William E. Miller, Sr. and Alberta (Wilkins) Miller in Topeka, Kan.

He married Delores "Dee" Avey April 20, 1968, in Topeka, Kan.

He graduated from Seaman High School in Topeka, Kan., in 1967. After attending Washburn University in Topeka, he went to work for Bankers Investment Co. He remained in the job through numerous mergers for 33 years.

He was the district manager for all the offices in Oklahoma for CitiFinancial. Through his extensive career, his family has lived in Topeka, Liberal, Garden City, Kan. and Midland, Texas. He has lived the last 29 years in Stillwater. He attended Sunnybrook Christian Church and was a member of the Stillwater Evening Lions Club.

Miller met people with enthusiasm and had words of wisdom for every situation. He will be missed by his friends and family for his good humor, warmth and witty charm. He was always available for anyone who called him for advice or help. Through example, he promoted strong leadership to his co-workers and used these skills to improve all the lives he touched.

He is preceded in death by one brother, Ronald Miller.

Miller is survived by his wife, Delores, of the home; one son, Tanner Miller, of the home; two daughters, Heather Miller Black and husband Robert, Stillwater; Amber Miller Rome and husband Tracie, Kansas City; one grandson, Hunter Black; two step-grandsons, Evan and Trent Black, Stillwater; seven brothers, Donald Miller and wife Jean, Topeka; Steven Miller and wife Chris, Topeka; William "Ernie" Miller, Jr. and wife Patricia, Topeka; Rick Miller and wife Susan, Leawood, Kan.; Keith Miller and wife Dianne, Grand Junction, Colo.; Terry Miller and wife Leigh of Mayetta, Kan.; Mike Miller and wife Debbie, Leavenworth, Kan.; three sisters, Janet (Miller) Powell and husband Percy, Topeka; Kathy (Miller) Perney, Topeka; Karen (Miller) Madden and husband Lt. Col. Michael Madden, Topeka; his parents, William E. and Alberta Miller, Topeka; one sister-in-law, Reba (Turner) Miller, Overland Park, Kan.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve and Debbie (Avey) Esquibel, Topeka; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Irven and Orinda (Stull) Avey, Topeka, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ken Helt, Jon Bubke, David Silver, Lyndell Gardner, Steve Esquibel, Rod Billings, Karl Komatz and Don Riley.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, 6440 S. Lewis, Suite 100, Tulsa, Okla. 74136 or to the Organ Donor Program at the University of Oklahoma Foundation, 1000 S.L. Young Blvd., Library Building, Room 175, Oklahoma City, 73190. 
 

Raymond Henry
Raymond Loy Henry, 56, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, in Pawnee.

Services, with Rev. Roy Fleshman officiating, will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Morrison School Gym in Morrison. Interment will follow at the Morrison Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

He was born in Pawnee Jan. 23, 1944, to Lonnie Nolan Henry and Lorene Anne Wharton Henry.

He attended Pawnee Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1962.

He married Grace Lanette Adams Nov. 7, 1964, at the Masham Baptist Church. They moved to Morrison in 1975.

He was in the 45th Division of the Army National Guard in Pawnee and obtained the rank of sergeant. During his many years as a law enforcement officer he served as a police officer in Cleveland before joining the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as a trooper. He served with the Highway Patrol for 22 years.

He was serving Noble County as as undersheriff and was with the Noble County Sheriff's Department for 10 years.

He was vice president of the Oklahoma Troopers' Association, a five year member of the Sheriff's Peace Officers Association, the fire chief of the Morrison Fire Department and served on the Morrison Community Development Association.

He was a member of the Christian Church of Morrison.

He was predeceased by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; daughters, Sonya Hartwig and her husband, Kyle, of Perry, and Cindy Welch and her husband, Mark, of Pawnee; grandchildren, Bailey and Lane Welch, of Pawnee; sisters, Joyce Henry, of Pawnee and Beverly Willard and her husband, Leroy, of Pawnee; and a number of other relatives and many friends. 
 
 

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Billy Rhoades
Holdenville resident, Billy Rhoades, 26, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000.

Services, with Rev. Bill Worden and Rev. Eddie Russell officiating, will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Holdenville. Interment at Holdenville Cemetery will follow.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hudson-Phillips Funeral Home of Holdenville.

He was born in Springfield, Mo. June 2, 1974, to John and Paula Rhodes.

He attended school in Fordland, Mo., until the second grade and moved to Holdenville from the third through tenth grade. He graduated from Owasso.

He married Amy Jackson Dec. 5, 1998, in Holdenville.

He enjoyed building and could build anything he could envision. Billy loved horses, helping others and playing softball but he loved his family most of all.

He was a member of the First Christian Church.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Donald Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Maya Jane Rhoades, of the home; his parents; two brothers, Jake Rhoades and his wife, Brenda, of Stillwater and Bobby Rhoades, of Holdenville; two nephews, J. T. and Carter Rhoades, of Stillwater; and his grandparents, Jesse and Dorothy Epperson, of Holdenville and Mary and Jerry Green, of Norman; and many other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be David Epperson, Bud Bowman, Dave Partin, Steve Webster, Steve Walker, Scott Bloodworth and Michael Green.
 
 

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Sunny Daugomah
Sunny Sue Jessepe Daugomah, 22, Pawnee, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Poteet Funeral Chapel, Pawnee. Louis Richardson is officiating. Interment will be at the North Indian Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

Daugomah was born Nov. 7, 1977, in Topeka, Kan., to Melvin H. Jessepe and Betty Sue GoodChief Rice. She was enrolled with the Prairie Band Potawatomi of Kansas and was half Pawnee Indian of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. She attended Pawnee Public Schools and graduated with the class of 1996. She moved to Okmulgee from Pawnee in August 1998 and July 29, 1999, she married William E. Daugomah in Okmulgee. She attended Meridian Technology in Stillwater in 1995 and 1996 and took Business Administration. In 1998 and 1999 she took Medical Secretary courses at Okmulgee Tech. Daugomah enjoyed expressing herself through writing poems, short stories and working on puzzles. She enjoyed animals and loved playing with her niece and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Hank Jessepe and Margaret Puckkee Jessepe; maternal grandparents, Robert GoodChief, Sr. and Elizabeth Justice GoodChief Horsechief; maternal great grandparents, Will Justice and Dollie Sherman Justice Moore; grandmothers, Dena Littlesun and Verona Justice Yellowhorse; uncles, Robert GoodChief, Jr, and Vance Horsechief, Jr; aunts, Darwina "Val" Goodchief and Christine Goodchief Collins; niece, Crystal Amber Horsechief; and brother, Randell Wilson Goodchief.

Daugomah is survived by her husband, William Daugomah, Pawnee; mother, Betty Sue Rice and husband Keller, Okmulgee; father, Melvin "Sonny" Jessepe, Topeka, Kan.; sisters, April Marie Anquoe, Kansas City, Mo.; Elizabeth Regina Rice, Shawnee; Marlena Jordan Jessepe, Topeka, Kan.; grandparents, Regina Wilson, Tulsa; Sadie Gonzales, Pawnee; Wilson Moore, Pawnee; aunt and uncles, Minnie Rice and husband Ronald, Stillwater; Karen Horsechief, Pawnee; Oleta White, Pawnee; Justine Rice and husband Norman, Shawnee; Nora Pratt, Pawnee; Ivy Pratt, Pawnee; nephews, Michael DeWayne Rice, Okmulgee; Antonio Ponkilla, Shawnee; and niece Vanessa Robin Ponkilla, Shawnee.

Jessie Blasier
Jessie Lea Blasier, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, in Cleveland, Texas.

Friends and family will be present for visitation Sunday at Strode Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Paradise Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

She was born in Payne County April 7, 1917, to Fred Delano and Jennie Olive Lewis Blasier in Payne County.

She attended Payne County schools and graduated from Coyle High School in 1932.

She married Clyde Mirl Long in 1933.

They farmed until moving to Stillwater in 1947 where she worked for Mrs. Connors on Duck Street serving college students food. Then she worked for Oklahoma A and M in the men's dorm cafeteria.

The family moved to Cleveland, Texas, in January, 1951, where they owned and operated the Cleveland Upholstery Shop for 12 and one-half years.

In 1971, Jessie moved to Enid where she attended Nurses Aid Training at Vo-Tech and worked at St. Mary's Hospital until 1976 when she moved to Livingston, Texas, to be near her children and grandchildren.

She worked at the hospital there until her health forced her to take early retirement.

She returned to Cleveland, Texas, where she enjoyed teaching people crafts. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking for others and making wonderful trips back to Oklahoma, Oregon and Colorado to visit loved ones.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Ruby Whitehead and her husband, J. Hardy, and Delores Fern Mathews and her husband, Eddie; two sons, Donald Ray Long and his wife, Frances and Robert L. Long, all of Texas; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Chris, Donny and Glenn Hoffman, Johnnie and Rocky Blasier, and Max Elmer Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Hoffman and Lyle Blasier of Stillwater.

Jessie Long
Jessie Lea Blasier Long born April 7, 1917, to Fred Delano and Jennie Olive Lewis Blasier in Payne County passed away Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000, in Cleveland, Texas, at the age of 83.

She attended Payne County Schools and graduated from Coyle High School in 1932. She married Clyde Long in 1933. They farmed until moving to Stillwater in 1947 where she worked for Mrs. Conners on Duck Street serving college students food. Then she worked for Oklahoma A&M in the men's dorm cafeteria.

The family moved to Cleveland, Texas, in January 1951, where they owned and operated the Cleveland Upholstery Shop for 12 and a half years. After their divorce in 1971, Jessie moved to Enid where she attended Nurses Aid Training at Vo-Tech and worked at St. Mary's Hospital until 1976 when she returned to Livingston, Texas, to be near her children and grandchildren. She worked at the hospital there until her health forced her to take early retirement. After retiring, she moved back to Cleveland, Texas.

She enjoyed teaching people crafts, crocheting and cooking for others. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She was predeceased in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by two Donald Ray Long of Teague, Texas, and Robert Lynn Long of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Ruby Lee Whitehead of Cleveland, Texas, and Delores Fern Matthews of Cleveland, Texas; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one sister, Mabel Silvers of Colorado.

Friends and family were present for visitation at Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan, Stillwater, Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel with Stanley Vandergrift officiating.

Gravesides services followed at Paradise Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chris, Donny and Glenn Hoffman; Johnnie and Rocky Blasier and Max Elmer Lucas.
 
 

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Fern Seefeldt
Fern Lorene (Beeby) Seefeldt, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at the Stillwater Medical Center.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Abernathy Funeral Home Chapel in Crescent.

Seefeldt was born June 18, 1913, to Jessie Mae (Brown) and C. George Beeby at the family farm in Marshall. There were 12 children in this family of which Seefeldt was the last survivor. Attending schools in Marshall, she graduated in the class of 1931. She married Wilbert H. Seefeldt in Medford Jan. 19, 1933. They were married for 63 years until his death in 1996.

She will be remembered as a homemaker and loving mother who shared her laughter and enthusiasm of gardening, canning, oil painting and cooking. Her specialty was pies, which were often requested as gifts. A lifetime member of the Marshall Christian Church, Seefeldt expressed a strong Christian faith. Family gatherings were very important to her and she enjoyed camping and traveling with the First Capital Sam's Club of Guthrie.

Seefeldt is survived by her son, Chauncey and wife Bonnie, McLean, Va.; two daughters, Kay Enmeier, Stillwater; Judy Seefeldt, Stillwater; two grandsons, Troy and wife Martie, Enid; Brett and wife Jennifer, Stillwater; five great grandchildren, Brock, Bates, and Grace Enmeier, Enid; and Mackenzie and Stetson Enmeier, Stillwater.

Memorials can be made to the Marshall Christian Church c/o Abernathy Funeral Home, Crescent, Okla. 73028.

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Eli Mackey Jr.
Eli Mackey Jr., 60, died at his Stillwater home Monday, Nov. 6, 2000.

Services, with Rev. Max Rudd officiating, will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at South Perkins Cemetery.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Savannah May 9, 1940, to Mr. and Mrs. Eli Mackey.

He married Rosetta Brixey June 1, 1980, in Las Vegas.

They lived in Oklahoma City until moving to Perkins in 1991.

He was a house painter.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one daughter, Jamie Matthews, of Muskogee; a step-daughter, Twyla French, of Oklahoma City: and three brothers, Eugene Mackey, of Norman, Don Mackey, of Tucson, and Kenny Mackey, of Edmond.


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