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Jared Weiberg
Jared Grant Weiberg was born in Fort Smith, Ark., March 9, 1978. He passed from this life Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 
A memorial service for the 10 who lost their lives will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Gallagher-IBA Arena on the OSU campus in Stillwater. 

Services for Jared will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Foster-Piper Fieldhouse at Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa.

The family requests that friends gather in the old gym after the service so that they may spend time with them.

As a child, he attended elementary school in Warner and Stillwater. His family then moved to Tonkawa when Jared was in the fourth grade.

Jared was a gifted student and star athlete at Tonkawa High School. His achievements included the Masonic Lodge “Student of Today” award, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Boys’ State delegate, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, National Honor Society, president of his senior class, and voted “Most Studious”. He was basketball royalty, was named “Most Improved Player” as a senior and received the award for “Most Assists”. He graduated from THS in 1996.

Jared was actively involved in his Methodist youth group where he was president of Youth Council, Wesley House Intern and president of Wesley House. He was also nominated president of the Methodist District Youth Camp.

While at Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, Jared was named Academic All American, Distinguished All American, Outstanding Northern Scholar (Freshman and Sophomore grade point 4.0), and Who’s Who. During his basketball career there, he was named “Outstanding Hustle 96-97”, “Take Charge Defense”, “Outstanding Free Throw Shooter 97-98”, “Bi-State West Basketball Conference 97-98” Third Team NJCAA and Outstanding three point field goal percent.

Jared cherished the opportunity to play basketball for his father, Coach Mick Weiberg while at Northern.

One of the most important and meaningful experiences of his life was to play for his father on the first Northern Oklahoma College team to ever play in the National Tournament.

After graduating from NOC, Jared went on to OSU where he walked on to the 1998-99 OSU Cowboy basketball team and received the Student Athlete Academic Achievement award. From the Fall of 1999 to the present, Jared served as a student assistant coach for the Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team.

He had planned to graduate in the spring of 2001 with a degree in secondary education.

He had also earned nine hours toward a master’s degree.

Jared was known for his winning smile, his love of the Lord, and as an encourager to others. He loved working behind the scenes, never wanting to be in the limelight.

Jared was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Colleene Tidwell, Roff and his paternal grandfather, Dale Weiberg, Anthony, Kan.

Survivors include his parents, Mick and Vina Weiberg, his brothers, Chad, Stillwater, Brett and wife Kristy, San Antonio, Texas; his grandmother, Mrs. Arlyn Weiberg, now residing in Tonkawa and his grandfather Alvin Tidwell of Roff.

Aunts, uncles and their families include Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Weiberg, son Shannon; Mr. and Mrs. Lance Weiberg, Kasee and Emily, sons, Matthew, Jonathan, and Stephen and daughter Wendy; Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Weiberg, Erika, Jenna, and Garrett.

Mr. and Mrs. Bubba Tidwell, sons Trent, and Chase and wife Lorena; Mr. and Mrs. Ron Tidwell, Ronna and Ryan; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Don Martin, Jaxie and Laina; Mr. and Mrs. Bart Bates, Shae and Brady.

A memorial fund has been established in Jared’s name. Contributions may be made to the Northern Oklahoma College Men’s Basketball Program, P.O. Box 310, Tonkawa, OK 74653-0310.

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William B. Tietgens
'Bill Teegins’
Oklahoma lost one of its true sports treasures Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. Bill was the television sports director at KWTV in Oklahoma City and the voice of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. 
Bill was born July 26, 1952, in Moorehead, Minn., to William E. and Carol Tietgens. He attended high school at Tulsa’s Nathan Hale and then college at the University of Tulsa. Bill married his sweetheart Janis, and together they had one daughter, Amanda, the apple of Bill’s eye. 

In 1975, Bill launched his broadcasting career as a newscaster at KFDA in Amarillo, Texas. One year later, he discovered his real love, sportscasting, accepting a job across town at KAMR.

After six years in the Texas Panhandle, Bill returned to Tulsa to work at KOTV. Then in 1987, KWTV lured him to Oklahoma City to take over as Sports Director.

Over the next 13 years at KWTV, Bill became the voice of the Oklahoma State Cowboy football and basketball teams and was named Sportscaster of the Year a record eight times. He hosted numerous coaches shows on television and radio through the years, and was a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Bill was an active member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edmond, and was involved with many charitable organizations, including the Bill Teegins Arthritis Scramble Golf Tournament and the Jim Thorpe Association. 

He is survived by his adoring family: wife, Janis, daughter, Amanda, his parents, William E. and Carol Tietgens, his brother, Scott Tietgens and his sister, Paula Tietgens Cole. He is also survived by his grandmother, Stella Vold, nieces, Kati Baggett, Keary Gibson, Jenna and Whitney Cole and nephews Clifton Tietgens and Bryce Gibson.

He is forever remembered and admired by his colleagues, friends and fans. Donations can be made to the Bill Teegins Memorial Scholarship Fund at OSU or the Arthritis Foundation. Please send flowers to the Hahn-Cook-Street & Draper Funeral Home at 201 N. Bryant Avenue in Edmond.

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Kendall Durfey
Perkins resident Kendall Carlton Durfey, 38, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. 
Services, with Pastor Carol Fincher officiating, will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater. 

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Aug. 1, 1962, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Thomas and Ellen (Nelson) Durfey.

His family moved from New York to Oklahoma when he was 15. He graduated from Coweta High School. He received a bachelor’s of communications arts from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. He later received a master’s degree in mass communications from Oklahoma State University.

He spent his life with a love and dedication to his career as a TV and radio engineer.

On June 13, 1998, he married Patricia Durfey in Perkins. They have an 11 year old daughter, Ashlee Durfey.

Kendall and his family enjoyed camping, the outdoors, the mountains and four wheeling in Colorado.

He was predeceased by his father who died in 1988.

In addition to his wife and daughter of the home, he is survived by his mother, Ellen (Durfey) Warren and her husband, Fulton; one brother, Nelson Durfey, of Stillwater; two sisters, Amy Guernsey and her husband Richard, of Cherry Valley, N.Y. and Karlene Dowd, of Coweta; two step-sisters, Elizabeth Warren of Florida and Deborah Mooney, of Coweta.

A memorial fund for the care and education of the minor child has been established. Contributions may be made to Kendall Durfey Fund, C/O Banc First, P.O. Box 680, Tulsa, OK 74101-0680

The family wishes to express their special thanks to Winner Communications for their assistance in setting up this fund.

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Patrick Noyes
Patrick M. Noyes, 27, died Saturday, Jan 27, 2001, in Denver, Colo. 
Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. John’s Catholic Church at 201 N. Knoblock, under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. A Service of Celebration will immediately follow at the Gallagher-Iba Auxiliary Gym. 

He was born July 11, 1973, in Elmira, N. Y., to Dan and Mary Noyes.

Patrick worked as administrative assistant at Oklahoma State University in the basketball department for the last two years.

Survivors include his parents of Lansing, Kan.; a brother, Dan Noyes of Oklahoma City and a sister, Molly Noyes of Stillwater.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the OSU Foundation, H100 Student Union, Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078-0123, in memory of Pat Noyes.

Those who wish to sign the register book may do so at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 515 S. Duncan, until 9 p.m. this evening.

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Gregory Riggs
Gregory Riggs, 51, a Salvation Army officer, was a former Cushing resident and graduate of Cushing High School in 1968. 
He died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, in Tulsa. 

Services were today at the Salvation Army Worship and Community Center in Sapulpa with Maj. Charles White officiating. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery in Jackson, Miss., with Lt. Col. Robert Tritton officiating.

Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Cushing.

The son of Ted M. and Alice Elizabeth (Easley) Riggs, he was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Cushing where he was reared.

In 1970 he moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he entered the Salvation Army College for Officer’s Training. He graduated in 1972 and later received his first appointment at Annapolis, Md.

He married Dorothy Waltman Nov. 10, 1973, in Annapolis. They served as corps officers for the Salvation Army which took them and their family to numerous cities including Baltimore, Md., Nashville, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., Hot Springs, Ark., Norman and most recently to Sapulpa. He was a Salvation Army soldier and officer for 25 years and enjoyed playing the piano.

He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Carol Riggs, and one brother, Johnny Riggs.

Survivors include his wife of Jenks; two sons, James Andrew Riggs and Michael Paul-Anthony Riggs, both of Jenks; two sisters, Edith Riggs of Cushing and Betty Carroll and her husband Russell of Yukon; one brother, Lee Riggs and his wife Mary of Stillwater, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Thomas Gwin
Thomas Burt Gwin, 77, was an avid reader and loved woodworking. 

He died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Chaplain David Otten officiating. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.

Gwin was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Cleveland to John Robert and Jessie Mae (Storms) Gwin. He married Georgia Louise Owens in Cleveland March 26, 1948.

Gwin retired from the U.S. Navy as a senior chief engineman after 34 years, was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict and Vietnam era.

He was also retired from OSU in the electronics research lab. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Gwin was predeceased by his parents, one son, Thomas Dale Gwin, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, John L. and his wife Patricia of Stillwater, David Ples and his wife Karen of Campobello, S.C., Daniel O. and his wife Christine of Stillwater, Austin B. of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Patricia Haley and her husband John of Burleson, Texas and Sherly Horinek and her husband David of Ponca City; 11 grandchildren;

Also, four brothers-in-law, Wayne and Barbara Owens of Huntsville, Ala., Kenneth and Sherry Owens of Osage, Leo and Phyllis Owens of Tulsa, Cecil Owens of Cleveland and Louise Owens of Blackwell, and other relatives. 
 

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Earl Hickman
Earl J. Hickman, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at his home east of Cushing. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Euchee Valley Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. George Brock III presiding. The Cushing V.F.W. will present full military honors. Services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home in Cushing. 

He was born Feb. 20, 1923, in Perkins to Thomas William and Viola (Courtright) Hickman. He graduated from Perkins High School and attended both Central State University and Oklahoma State University.

He married May Agnes (Saffa) May 7, 1951, in Drumright. He was owner of E and M Liquor Store in Cushing.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in both WW II and the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the Cushing V.F.W.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Hickman and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Gary Hickman of Mounds; one daughter, Donna Roberts of Luther; one brother, Pete Hickman of Perkins; one sister, Willamae Cherbonnier of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

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Elma Cushman
Elma Mossler Cushman, 95, Stillwater, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at the Stillwater Medical Center. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Strode Chapel. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Cushman was born Jan. 7, 1906, to Charles M. and Anna (Charvet) Howland in Pleasant Valley. She married Carl Mossler in 1926 in Stillwater. He died in December 1973. She then married Del Cushman in 1976 in Tucson, Ariz. He died August 1985. Cushman worked as an accountant in the business office at Oklahoma A& M from 1928 to 1942. She worked at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City from 1942 to 1948. She was a Kappa Delta.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, and two husbands.

Cushman is survived by one son, Rex Mossler and wife Wynn, Montrose, Colo.; three grandchildren, Ross Mossler, Altadena, Calif.; Elaine Queen, Hotchkiss, Colo.; Jackie Tatakis, Glencoe, Ill.; five great grandchildren; and her companion at the family home, Cliff Neely.

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Ivan Royster
Ivan P. Royster, Jr., 76, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at the Southcrest Hospital in Tulsa. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church. Dr. Lonny Lee, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

Royster is the son of the late Ivan Pearl Royster and Eva Lena (Curteman) Royster. He was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Ponca City and spent his early childhood in Blackburn. He graduated from Ralston High School in 1942, later attending Oklahoma A & M taking a welding course. While going to college, Royster worked as a taxi driver to help pay his own expenses and recalled many times the largest tip he ever received; it was a silver dollar and he was so excited.

During World War II, he worked in Houston in the shipyards as a welder. He was united in marriage to Clara Anthis in April 1948 in Stillwater. Royster and his wife lived in Arkansas City for over 25 years, serving as a Sunday school director and in a variety of other positions.

He treasured the scriptures and quoted many from memory, especially II Peter 3:9. Royster always put the needs of others first with kindness and generosity, and will always be remembered lovingly by his family and friends.

Royster’s sister, Alma Coughlin, Blackburn, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001. The siblings were able to see and visit with one another while Royster was in the hospital before both of them went to be with their Lord.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Jane Royster; and two brothers, Guern Royster and Glen Royster.

Royster is survived by his wife, Clara, of the home; three daughters, Suzanne Crawford and husband Donald, Yukon; Laura “Beth” Longan and husband Norman, Old Hickory, Tenn.; Peggy Cook and husband Robert, Norman; four grandchildren, Martha and Ivan Crawford, Yukon; Rob Curtis, Old Hickory, Tenn.; Nathaniel Cook, Norman; two brothers, Raymond Royster and wife Modine, Ralston; Dale Royster, Tulsa; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Robert Cook, George Wilkinson, Oliver Kinzie, Gordon Feller, Earl Berger and J.D. Berry.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, Cushing, in Royster’s name. 

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William Phillips
William “Bill” H. Phillips, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Fairlawn Cemetery with Brother Marvin Brooks officiating. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

He was born Aug. 22, 1935, in Powhatan, Ark., to Joseph Warren and Ruth Maybel (Coggins) Phillips. He was reared and educated in the Powhatan area.

He married Frances Evelyn Rice Sept. 17, 1955, and later married Barbara Cooper March 26, 1985, in Fresno, Calif.

He loved to hunt, fish and especially enjoyed gardening.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Penny Childs and Sherry Phillips and one brother, Gerald Phillips.

Survivors include: his wife of the home; his mother; six daughters, Jewell Frisina of Lancaster, Calif., Becky Crossetti of Cushing, Paula McClellan and Tammy Hairell, both of Bull Shoals, Ark., Brenda Williams of Tulsa and Teresa Valverde of Bothell, Wash.; seven step-children, Frances Bandy, Debra Hess, Elaine Lenard, Christy Smith, Ronda Hjemstra, Donna Allen and Daniel Crum; four brothers, Bob, Dee, Leroy and Wayne Phillips; eight sisters, Collene Skinner, Louise Rodgers, Marilyn Norris, Jewell Russell, Kathy Andrews, Wanda Mata, Bonnie Childs and Patricia Spular; 20 grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.


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