Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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John W. Johnson
John W. Johnson, 74, died Tuesday, July 18, 2000, at his Cushing residence.

The family requests that you join them in celebrating his life Friday at 2 p.m. in the St.s Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Father Joseph Townsend, of Stillwater, will preside.

Marianne Kokojan will be the organist providing the prelude, postlude and will accompany Bob Vaught who will sing "How Great Thou Art" and "One Day at a Time."

Interment will follow at the St. Leo Cemetery in Cushing. Davis Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

The family would also like friends to join them for the Rosary Thursday, at 7 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1925, in Stillwater to Allen H. Johnson and Alice B. (Courter) Johnson.

He was reared and educated in the Cushing area.

He married Ada Lee Stallworth Dec. 13, 1976 in Chandler. The couple established their first home in Cushing and have lived there since.

Before he retired in 1987 Mr. Johnson worked 17 years for the Cushing City Electric Department.

Before joining the electric department in 1970, he worked at Deep Rock Refinery and in the oil fields.

After he retired he worked part-time for the Collier Furniture Store, Swansons and for Bill Evans Furniture.

He also drove cars for the different dealers in the city.

He was a member of St.'s Peter and Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed going to the Senior Citizen Center, gardening, fishing and the outdoors.

He will be remembered around Cushing for remembering birthdays with a card and his loving care for others.

In addition to his wife, of over 23 years, he is survived by one daughter, Marilyn McFarlin and her husband, Arthur, of Stillwater; one son, Cleo Johnson and his wife, Dawna, of Cushing; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends including Mary Alice Powers, of Tonkawa. 


Bill Dennis
Bill Dennis, 74, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at his Yale residence.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Underwood Cemetery east of Yale. Rev. Jeff Craig will preside.

Services are under the direction of Yale-Palmer Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Americas, Kan. to Harry and Isbell (Snyder) Dennis.

He received his early education in Gypsy. He worked in the oil fields and lived several places before he returned to Yale in 1972.

He was a World War II veteran.

He was predeceased by his parents and four brothers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Tommy Lee Dennis and his wife, Sandy, of Tulsa; a step-son, James Powell, of Florida; a daughter, Sarah Louise Dennis and her friend, Randy Akins, of Yale; three brothers, Edward Dennis and his wife, Irene, Fred Dennis and his wife, Sarah, and Kenneth Dennis and his wife, Hazel, all of Yale; three sisters, Marguarite Bourroughs, of Texas, Ida Ellis, and her husband, Don, of McAlester and Claudine (Babe) Morris of Yale; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Faron McKinney, Robert Rich, Randy Akins, Lonnie Lawson, Terry Herweck and Carl Hendrix. 


Edith Opal Meredith
Edith Opal Meredith, 93, retired school teacher, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000.

Graveside services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery with Bishop Sean Hubbell officiating. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

She was born Oct. 23, 1906, in Guthrie to John Delmar and Flora Effie Rich Smith and was reared and educated in Guthrie and Edmond. She graduated from Edmond High School, Central State University and attended OSU.

She married Milo E. Meredith in 1942 in Sayre. He died Dec. 26, 1954.

She had taught at Wellston and Lenapah before coming to Cushing, retiring from the Cushing Public Schools in 1970 after teaching for more than 37 years. Mrs. Meredith had taught fourth, fifth and six grade and the last 11 years had taught art.

She was a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.

Mrs. Meredith was also predeceased by two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include one son, Milo Michael Meredith of Oklahoma City, several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Ray Sherman
Ray Sherman went to be with the Lord on July 16, 2000.
Sherman was born Aug. 17, 1923 in Enid to Charles and Pearl Sherman.
He grew up in the Coyle area. He served in the 182nd Infantry during World War II.
He worked in the oil field and was undersheriff in Payne County for several years.
He had a love for horses and rode in several rodeos.
Sherman preached for many years at Clarkson, Diamond Valley and other churches.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Alvin, Orval and Jimmy Sherman.
Graveside services were held on July 17 at Marena Cemetery.
Sherman is survived by a host of relatives and friends.
He will be remembered for his generosity and kind heart.


Max M. Thomas
Max M. Thomas, 79, Las Cruces, N.M. died on Thursday, July 20, 2000 at his home.

Those wishing to sign Thomas' memorial book can do so at Strode Funeral Home.

Thomas was born on Jan. 16, 1920 to Don K. and Irma (Devine) Thomas in Stillwater. He was a second generation Stillwater Fire Department member. He joined as volunteer in 1936 and he retired as a captain in 1956. He married Vera Thomas on Oct. 15, 1941 in Stillwater. Thomas spent World War II in the Navy teaching marine firefighting to Navy recruits and officers. He had the Fire Protection Technology associate degree and when he retired, he immediately accepted a teaching position at the University of Kansas Fireman's Training Program at Lawrence. He retired in 1986 serving the last two decades as the director of the Fire Service Training Division. He was a longtime member of the executive board of International Fire Service Training Association, located at Oklahoma State University. Thomas served as a visiting firefighter instructor for Texas A&M, Iowa State University, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Dakota and Nebraska. Professional firefighting organization participation included active membership in the National Fire Protection Association, serving on the Professional Standards Committee for Fire Department Instructors, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, International Fire Service Training Association and the Kansas State Firefighter Association. Thomas took great pride in the 50 years he spent with the fire service. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Thomas is survived by his wife; one son John Michael Thomas and his wife Roberta, Tucson, Ariz.; one grandchild, Kristine Thomas, Tucson; one aunt, Bertha Thomas, Stillwater; and several cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Fire Fighters Memorial, P.O. Box 11507, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73115. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont, Lawrence, Kan. 66044. 

Paulyne E. Criswell
Paulyne E. Criswell, 85, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, in Stillwater.

Services, with Rusty Dawson officiating, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Church of Christ in Little. Interment will follow in the Prague Cemetery.

Parks Brothers Funeral Home of Chandler, is in charge of the arrangements.

She was born Aug. 22, 1914, in Haney to Hugh D. and Eva Lora (Hill) North. She married J.T. Criswell on March 26, 1938, in Seminole. He died on Nov. 9, 1975.

Before moving to Stillwater in 1993, she lived south of Prague. She was homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ at Little.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Betty Ann Jernigan, and two brothers, Gene and Ray North.

Survivors include four sons, John Criswell and his wife, Nancy of Post Falls, Idaho, Paul Criswell and his wife Sharon of Wautoma, Wis., Ted Criswell and his wife Opal of Seminole, and Jim Criswell and his wife Angela of Stillwater; one sister-in-in law, Earlene North of Seminole; one brother-in-law, John Jernigan of Bedford, Texas; six grandsons; three granddaughters; two step-granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Stillwater Church of Christ, 821 N. Duck, Stillwater, OK 74075 or Judith Karman Hospice, 824 S. Main, Stillwater, OK 74074.


Ross R. Presnal
Ross R. Presnal, 85, of Wichita, Kan., was a retired farmer and salesman for Farm Bureau Insurance.

He died Sunday, July 23, 2000.

Services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Goddard United Methodist Church in Goddard, Kan. Services are under the direction of Downing & Lahey Mortuary West Chapel of Wichita.

He was born May 11, 1915, in Texhoma, Okla. to Charles Howard and Mary Italy (Reynolds) Presnal.

He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, Glade Presnal and his wife, Faye Ann, of Stillwater; and Gary Presnal and his wife, Paula, of Goddard; a stepson, Randy Wood and his wife, Mary, of Whidbey Island, Wash.; two daughters, Marjorie Walton and her husband, Bruce, of Goddard, and Nancy Presnal of Salina, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Janice Tryba and her husband, Joe, of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline, in 1995; and his twin girls, Joyce Marlene and Jayne Arlene in 1953.

Memorials may be made to the Goddard United Methodist Church, Second and Cedar, Goddard, Kan. 67052.


Oma Beatrice Peoples
Oma Beatrice Peoples, 76, died Monday, July 24, 2000, in Oklahoma City.

Services will be Thursday at Park Brothers Funeral Home, in Chandler, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Parkland Cemetery in Parkland.

Parks Brothers Funeral Home in Chandler is directing the arrangements.

She was the daughter of Harley Willie and Laura Ginney (Gallahar) Gray.

For many years she worked as a baker and cook

She was a member of the church of the First Born in Agra.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Joe, six brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Gray, of Watsonville, Ga. and Bill Wesson, of Watsonville, Calif.; three daughters, Charly Manske, of Watsonville, Calif., Kathleen Platt, of Watsonville, Calif., and Diana Wesson, of Cushing; one brother, Floyd Gray, of Chandler; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.


Mary Ruth Swisher Tassin
Mary Ruth Swisher Tassin of Galveston, Texas died on July 20.

She is survived by her sons Mike, Ron, Steve, David and Kevin Waltman; their wives; 14 grandchildren and John Tassin and his family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on July 29 at the Victory Christian Center in Stillwater.

Respects can be sent to Carnes Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston, Texas.

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