Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Mary Jane Flood
Mary Jane Flood, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at her Stillwater home.

Her family will lead a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Strode Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.

There will be no services at the grave side.

She was born in Stillwater July 31, 1915, to Harry H. and Jessie Annis Selph. She was their second child.

She attended Stillwater Schools and graduated from Oklahoma A and M with a Bachelor of Science degree. She taught Home Economics in Perkins for a year before marrying Olympic wrestler Ross Flood Aug. 12, 1938.

For the next several years she followed her husband to various Naval assignments. During this time they had three children, two daughters and one son.

In 1949 they returned to Stillwater where they purchased Looper's Auction, east of the city.

She operated the cafe, clerked the miscellaneous sales and managed the office each Saturday until they retired in 1980.

She was also a homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church, the Sarah Sunday School class and Kappa Delta Sorority. At the time of her death she was serving as president of the Twentieth Century and was an active member of three bridge clubs.

She was predeceased by her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Rosalie Selph and her husband who died in 1995.

Survivors include her son, Thomas Ross Flood and his wife, Cindy, of New Harbor, Maine; her daughters, Judy Hill and her husband, Marshall, of Tulsa, and Bobbi Flood Lewallen, of San Angelo, Texas; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, one sister, Bobbie Evans and her husband, Richard, of Tulsa; several nieces, nephews cousins and many friends.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.


Monroe Brewer
Myrtle Irene Yiengst, 79, of Coyle, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Colonial Estates Nursing Home, Guthrie.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Community Church in Coyle with Pastor Martin Gebhart officiating. Interment will be at Clarkson Cemetery in Coyle under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Guthrie.

She was born July 31, 1921, in Westchester, Iowa, to Lester and Celia (Lewis) Epling.

She moved from Kansas and lived in the area for the past 19 years as a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Survivors include one daughter, Doris Long and her husband Warren of Coyle; one brother, Lester Gene Epling, Henderson, Nev.; four grandsons, Rick Long and his wife Lesley, David Long and his wife Vedia, Carl Long and his wife Karen, all of Coyle, and Terry Long of Huntsville, Ark.; 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.


Myrtle Yiengst
Paul Maurice Link, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in Stillwater.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Josephs, in Ellinwood, Kan. Interment will follow at Lakin-Comance District Cemetery in Ellinwood.

Strode Funeral Home and Kimple Funeral Home, of Ellinwood Kan., are directing the arrangements.

He was born June 29, 1929, in Chase, Kan., to Paul and Marie (Deutsch) Link.

He married Dixie Lee Simpson Sept. 14, 1950, in Chase.

He graduated from Chase High School. He worked in the area on various oil rigs.

After his marriage, the couple moved to Lyons, Kan., where he opened Chase Well Service.

He operated the business until he retired in 1987. They then moved to Boulder City, Nev., and lived there for three years before moving to Henderson, Nev. The couple lived there until moving to Stillwater in January 2001.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

He was predeceased by his parents.

In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by two sons, Stephen Link, of Plainville, Kan. and Randy Link, of Hays, Kan.; two daughters, Vicki Black and her husband, Bob, of Stillwater, and Paula Link, of Henderson, Nev.; nine grandchildren, Dawn Schramm, of Colorado, Brandy Shoemaker, of Ft. Morgan, Colo., Terri Link, of Hays, Kan., Buck Link, of Phoenix, Ariz., Nicole Link, of Abilene, Kan., Ashley Link, of Hays, Kan., John C. Black, of Stillwater, Stacy Dinkel, of Manhattan, Kan. and Michael Berland, of Poquoson, Va.; three brothers, James Link, of Longview, Wash., John Link, of Vancouver, Wash., and Arnold Link of Chehalis, Wash.; five sisters, Marilyn Muth, of Vernal, Utah, Mary Sue Ackerman, of Ellinwood, Kan., Joan Taylor, of Hobbs, N.M., Carolyn Schoenhofer, of Lyons, Kan. and Kathleen Link, of Great Bend, Kan.

Condolences may be e-mailed the family at <strodefh@aol.com>.


Paul Link
Monroe Brewer, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at the Cushing Regional Hospital.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Palmer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lamont Henderson presiding. Interment will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

He was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Myrtle, Mo., to Jake and Myrtle Minnie (Williams) Brewer. He received his early education in Missouri.

He moved to Oklahoma in 1932 and married Alethia (Dugger) Oct. 18, 1937, in Perry.

He was a construction worker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Harold Gene Brewer; one grandson; Dean Monroe Brewer; five brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Brewer of Cushing and James Brewer of Brentwood, Calif.; two sisters, Glena Gaither of Tulsa and Opal Coyner of Cushing; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


Robert Dawson
Robert F. (Bob) Dawson died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at his Stillwater home.

Memorial services, with Father Robert Fellows officiating, will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Sumner, Oklahoma Territory, (just north of Stillwater) March 21, 1905, to W.A. (Gus) and Lulu (Skinner) Dawson.

As a 16 year old working in his father's Stillwater grocery store, Robert (or Fareld as he was then known) Dawson's eyes were already looking skyward.

Enamored with the exploits of American aces in the recent World War, Bob devoured everything he could read about the fledgling aviation development.

On a grocery delivery one day he saw an OX-5 Standard landing in a Stillwater field. Racing to the site, Bob traded a box of groceries for a ride and the rest is history.

When he was grounded for health problems in 1959 Senior Captain Bob Dawson of United Airlines had flying hours equivalent to four years actually in the air.

He was the first airline pilot to fly the inaugural flights of the DC 4, DC 6 and DC 7. His special friends along the way included Charles Lindberg, Will Rogers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gloria Swanson, Eddie Rickenbacher, presidents, senators, diplomats, political leaders and countless aviation pioneers.

In 1986 he was elected to the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame.

The Dawsons divided their retirement years between Florida and Stillwater. His book, " Born To Fly," tells Bob Dawson's story, that of a "Barnstormer­from Jennies to Jets."

He was predeceased by his parents, a two year old brother, his daughter, Lattie, and most of the early flyers.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Fay; grandson, Robert Hebble; great-granddaughter, Kari Hebble; and many dear friends.

Memorials may be made to the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, 1323 W. Sixth, Stillwater, OK 74074.


Binum Roberts
Binum Dixon Roberts, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church in Stillwater with Dr. William Inglish officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater under the directions of Strode Funeral Home.

He was born May 22, 1908, in Bellefonte, Ark., to Loring Lee and Abigail (Stanley) Roberts.

He graduated high school in Pyatt, Ark., and began farming.

He married Mildred Nola Ott Oct. 11, 1933, in Yellville, Ark.

He worked for Kerr McGee Oil Co. in Cushing for 20 years and in the maintenance department at Oklahoma State University for 11 years before retiring.

He was a member of The Masonic Lodge, the Cushing Blue Lodge and the First Christian Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife July 10, 1992 and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Joe and his wife Norene of Goshen, Mass., Micheal and his wife Jean of St. Mary's, Kan.; two daughters, Tommie Cargill and her husband Gordon of Perry and Jane Hellwege and her husband Mike of Edmond; one sister, Bernice Polling of Eugene, Ore.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Paul and Tim Cargill; Darren, Roger Dixon and Mindy Hellwege and John Harrington. Honorary pallbearer will be Josh Roberts.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 411 W. Mathews, Stillwater, OK 74074 or Oklahoma Christian Home, 906 North Boulevard, Edmond, OK 73034.

Marcia Schlegel
Marcia Audray Schlegel, 74, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, at her home in Noble County.
Services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Minturn, Colo. Arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
She was born Aug. 1, 1926, in Glenwood Springs, Colo., to James and Lois (Gilmer) Barlow and was raised in Red Cliff, Colo. 
She married Bernard Schlegel on Aug. 13, 1942, in Grand Junction, Colo. 
She spent her adult years in Gilman and Minturn, Colo., as a sales clerk. For 18 years she worked the number one ticket window in Vail, Colo. She moved to Stillwater in 1995 due to failing health. She was the heart of her family and loved by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Mona Lee Schlegel.
Survivors include one son, Keenan Schlegel and his wife Shirley of Pueblo, Colo.; two daughters, Berna Cosner of Miami, Fla. and Rinda Schlegel of Morrison; six grandchildren, Melissa Wynia of Esterville, Iowa, Matthew Schlegel of Pueblo, Colo., Nathan Schlegel of Sterling, Colo., Steven Cosner of Miami, Fla., Jeffrey Cosner of Pembroke Pines, Fla. and Cody Taulman of Morrison; six great-grandchildren, Nikelle, Bethany, Myriah and Lindsay Wynia, Ashlynn Schlegel and Jeffrey Michael Cosner; two brothers, Albert Barlow of Hollywood, Fla. and Lloyd Harper of Ariz.; two sisters, Bernadine Denton of Mich. and Nancy Harper of Wisc.

Marcella Johnson
Marcella Louise Elwood Johnson, retired LVN, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, in Bettie, Texas. 
Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Fairlawn Cemetery. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

The daughter of the late Joseph Cyrus Elwood and Lydia Mae (Boyles) EIwood Caton was born Nov. 13, 1920, in Perkins. She attended Sooner Valley and Clayton schools, graduating from Ripley High School in 1939.

She married W.R. ‘Reg’ Johnson Sept. 1, 1940, in Gladwater, Texas. She spent most of her life in southern Louisiana and east Texas.

During her career, she had worked at the Pittsburg Hospital, Oak Manor in Gladwater and Leisure Lodge in Gilmer.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Florence Thornbrue. 

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Parish, Janette Johnson and Patricia Lancaster; one sister Lena Mae Sahlin; three grandchildren, Regina Parish, Jeri Lynn Parish and Kevin Lancaster; four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Reatha Goggin
Reatha Winchester Goggin, 80, a career educator, homemaker and genealogist, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Wiggs officiating. Interment will follow at Waukomis Cemetery under the direction of Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

Visitation with the family will be Friday evening from 6:30- 8 at the funeral home.

She was born April 12, 1920, near Gage the daughter of sheep breeder and farmer Oscar and Eunice Flock Winchester.

She moved with her family to Waukomis at a young age, was baptized at Waukomis Christian Church and graduated from Waukomis High School in 1938.

She was active in Garfield County 4-H Club projects as a girl, sharing her family’s renown in breeding Southdown and Shropshire sheep. She showed grand champion lambs at major stock shows in Fort Worth, Kansas City and Chicago.

She attended Oklahoma A&M, graduating in 1945 with a degree in home economics and early childhood development. It was there in a horticulture class that she met her future husband, Delbert Ralph Goggin of Wellston. They married Aug. 15, 1942, at First Methodist Church in Stillwater.

During World War II, she followed her husband to temporary assignments in the South, including Macon, Ga., and Miami Beach, Fla., before he was sent overseas and she returned to Oklahoma. After the war, they moved to Crescent, where they taught school.

Their first child, Terry, was born in Guthrie in 1950. The family moved to Enid in 1951, where daughter Mary Lee was born in 1954 and Kay Elaine in 1957.

Goggin began her Enid career in 1962, first at Taft Elementary School and then at Lincoln Elementary School, where she taught kindergarten for many years before her retirement in 1985. She was named Enid Teacher of the Year in 1977. Along the way she devoted much of her time to community service and volunteer activities.

After her retirement, she turned her energies to genealogy, tracing her family back to her English ancestor John Winchester, who emigrated to the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in 1635.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church for nearly 50 years. She also was a member of Beta Sigma Phi social sorority, Daughters of the American

Revolution, OSU Alumni Association and Delta Kappa Gamma teachers’ sorority.

She loved to travel, visiting New England, the Pacific Northwest, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Although she wasn’t given a middle name, she joked that it really was Reatha “Go” Goggin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Delbert Winchester, Burl Winchester and Emerald Winchester.

Survivors include her husband; her son, Terry Goggin, daughter-in-law Sylvia Busby Goggin and grandsons Winchester and Daniel, Dunwoody, Ga.; two daughters, Mary Woods of Plano, Texas, and Kay Goggin of Dallas; a brother, Dwight Winchester of Belgrade, Mont.; many nieces and nephews, including Garfield County Sheriff Bill Winchester; and two god daughters, Mary Lentz of Enid and Reatha Marlatt of Ames.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Circle of Love Hospice or First United Methodist Church.

Maynard Hiler
Maynard George Hiler, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at his Cushing home. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Church of the Firstborn with Wayne Tibbett presiding. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Vici.

Services are under the directions of Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing.

He was born Aug. 16, 1913, in Lenora to Arthur W. and Golda E. (Coleman) Hiler.

He married Ruth Inez Morris Oct. 20, 1933, in Lipscomb, Texas. They lived near Webb City and Vici before moving to Delta, Colo., in 1938. He harvested fruits and vegetables and also worked on a mink farm. 

He moved to Denver in 1965 and worked as a security guard. In 1986 he moved to Cushing and worked as a security guard for the V.F.W. He was a member of the Church of the Firstborn since the early 30’s. He loved taking pictures, making scrapbooks, collecting knick-knacks and enjoyed listening to gospel and country music. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Clifford, Albert, Virgil, Alvin and Floyd; five children, Keith, Arthur, Rachel, Melvin Hiler and Golda Clark; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren. 

Survivors include six children, Vera Smith and her husband Jeff, Wanda Lavender, Kathy Mott, Marilyn Vier and her husband Roy, all of Cushing, Karolyn Lanier and her husband Gordon of Perkins and David Hiler and his wife Linda of Weatherford; one brother, Lawrence Hiler of Delta, Colo.; three sisters, Tessie Holman of Pueblo, Colo., Dorothy Shipley of Olethe, Colo. and Bertha Calhoun of Delta, Colo.; 27 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Vier, Raymond Vier, Scott Lavender, Eric Exton, Kenny Brandenburg and Paul Ray.


Nila Chain
Nila Mae Chain, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in Decatur, Ill. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Allton, Jr. officiating. Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery is under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

She was born July 21, 1927, to John F. and Linda (Jenkins) Foster and was reared and educated in Cushing.

She was married to James Edward Chain.

She was a member of the Salvation Army Church, attended the Ladies Home League, enjoyed her cats and working in the yard. She was a very loving and caring mother.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Survivors include two daughters, Melinda Chain of Cushing and Lily Chain Barroso of Decatur, Ill.; one son, Franklin Chain; nine grandchildren, Louis Shoemaker, Willie George Prather, II, Lee Brian Durham, Rebecca Durham, Angela Hamilton, Arnold Durham, Howard Durham, Jr., Arthur Durham and Anthony Durham; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.


David Sanders
David “Skeets” Sanders, 45, died Tuesday, Jan 9, 2001, in Tulsa.

Interment was held in Cushing Jan. 10 under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing.

The family asks that memorials be made in his name to the Gatesway Foundation, 1116 W. Commercial, Broken Arrow, Okla., 74012.


Thomas Lee
Thomas “Tom” Harvey Lee, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Cushing Regional Hospital.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawson Cemetery north of Yale with Michael Dershem presiding. Interment is under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home of Yale.

He was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Quay to Richard and Una Mae (Dawson) Lee. He graduated in 1941 and served in the Army during WWII.

He married Betty Cable May 15, 1946, in Yale.

He worked as a carpenter through local no. 1686 of Stillwater.

He was a member of the Yale American Legion and he loved woodworking, hunting, fishing and golf.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond R. Lee and two sisters, Billie Brown and Ruth Ann Baker.

Survivors include his wife of the home; two sons, Tom R. Lee and his wife Vickie and Dickie J. Lee and his wife Christy, all of Yale; one brother, James Leonard Lee and his wife Iris of Rodgers, Ark.; three sisters, Dorothy Elliott of Calif., Beatrice Henshaw of Edmond and Loretta Colville of Enid; and five grandchildren.

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