Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Lillian Gladstone
Long time Stillwater resident Lillian Gladstone died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, in Chicago, Ill. 
She is survived by her husband, Roy; her son, Neal and his wife, Barbara; daughter, Renee Brady and her husband, Hugh; and two grandchildren.

Roy may be contacted by calling (874) 884-5479 or by mail at 350 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Ill. 60194. 

Ezra Simpson

Visitation will be held in the Davis-Yale Chapel in Yale today from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.

Services, with Mike Dershem officiating, will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Davis-Yale Chapel in Yale. Interment will follow in the Lawson Cemetery in Yale.

He was born Aug. 27, 1933, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Earl Wayne and Elvira (Claxton) Simpson. He was reared and educated in the Yale area.

Eddie will always be lovingly missed by all who knew him. He touched many lives and greeted everybody with a smile.

He was predeceased by his father; one brother-in-law, Clayton George Alsip; and one nephew, Dean Alsip.

He is survived by his mother, of Yale; one brother, Ralph Simpson and his wife, Beulah, of Yale; two sisters, Fredona (Simpson) Alsip, of Ingalls and Bernice Anderson and her husband, Jimmie, of Cushing; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He is also survived by his family and many friends of the Drumright Nursing Home.


Rick Yerbic
Morrison resident Rick Yerbic, 37, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at University Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Memorial services, with Albert Quick, pastor, will be held at 11 a.m. at the Sumner Baptist Church in Sumner.

Brown-Sisson Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Enid March 4, 1963, to Charles L. and Patricia Jeanne (Speer) Yerbic.

He was a Baptist.

He was predeceased by his mother, paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Survivors include his father, of Rolling Meadows, Ill; a son, Landon Yerbic, of Morrison; five brothers, Charles L. Yerbic II, of Sebastopal, Calif., Stephen Kip Yerbic, of Farmington, N.M., Michael Allen Yerbic and James Speer Yerbic, both of Morrison, and Gary Mark Yerbic and his wife, Gail, of Fort Collins, Colo.; maternal grandmother, Evelyn Speer, of Morrison and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Landon Yerbic Trust Fund in care of Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 177, Morrison, OK 73061.


James McBride
James E. McBride, 58, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Baltimore, Md.

A wake will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at 210 Asp in Ripley. Services are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Stillwater. Visitation hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Chapel, 515 S. Duncan.

He was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Slagel to Eddie and Tressie (Clemons) McBride. He was a member of the Ripley Warriors basketball team where he graduated from high school. He enrolled at Oklahoma State University.

In the early 60’s he lived in Oklahoma City; then worked as a stock trader in St. Louis, Mo. He traveled to Mexico; then moved to Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., where he entered the food service management profession. He returned to Oklahoma City in the early 70’s.

He met his life mate, Cliff Minter in 1975 and moved to San Francisco Calif., but returned to Oklahoma in 1980 when his mother suffered a heart attack. He returned to California and worked for Guckenheimer Enterprises. He and Cliff opened their own food service company in 1987.

In 1992, he returned to Perry, and opened the Boarding House Cafe in Stillwater. He sold the business in 1995, moved to Tulsa and became the food service director for Guckenheimer Enterprises. He later transferred to the Washington, D. C. area to open its first Mid-Atlantic account.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one brother, R. J. McBride.

Survivors include: three brothers, Fred, Jerry and Kinney; two sisters, Ruby and Sammie, and their families, all of the Stillwater area. Jim is also survived by his life mate Cliff Minter.


Louisa Morris
Louisa Mae Morris died at Grace Living Center in Stillwater Monday Feb. 12, 2001. She was laid to rest Feb. 15, 2001, in the Flynn Cemetery west of Cushing.

Louisa was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Ripley to Sam and Fonda Morris. She graduated high school at Cushing in 1955. She was married to Ben Harkleroad Feb. 24, 1962, and later divorced.

She was very active in church work, such as the women’s group and was a Sunday school teacher. She loved music and her family and friends. She never missed a birthday or anniversary with a card. She worked as a cook at Oklahoma State University for 29 years. Her favorite movie stars were Roy Rogers and Dale Evans singing “Happy Trails”.

Her funeral was Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at the Cushing Church of God with Rev. Mark Wilson of Coffeyville, Kan., Rev. Rick Wilkerson of Ripley and Rev. Kevin Clause of Cushing officiating.

The service was memories of Louisa. A poem was read by her nephew, Rodger Roberts, who wrote it. “Precious Memories” and “He Touched Me” were sung by Bulinda Terrell and Cleta Paday; also “Holy Ground” by Lourfonda Paday.

At graveside, a poem was written and read by a dear friend, Betty Hatchett and “Amazing Grace” was sung by Terrell and Paday.

Three nephews and three great-nephews served as pallbearers: Louie Barrera, Leon O’Kelly, Romie Morris, Justin Haydock, Tommy O’Kelly and D. J. Roberts.

Preceding her in death were her parents, ex-husband and one brother, Rondal E. Morris.

She is survived by one brother, Jerry Morris and his wife Linda of Bethany; two sisters, Marye Johnson of Cushing and Cleta Paday of Ripley; a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.


Ronald Cory
Tulsa resident, Ronald Murray Cory, 58, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, in Van Buren, Mo.

Services will be Thursday at Moore’s Southlawn Chapel, 9350 E. 51st, in Tulsa. Interment will follow at Memorial Park.

Moore’s Southlawn Chapel is directing the arrangements.

He was born Jan. 10, 1942, to Richard Thomas and Edna (Whitehease) Cory.

He was a salesman for U.S. Food Service. He was an avid golfer, loved to travel and will be missed by all.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn.

Survivors include three daughters, Angela Hinkle, of Stillwater, Kristi Bridges, of Provo, Utah, and Misti Cory, of Tulsa; four sons, Ron Cory, of Riverside, Calif., Jason Cory, of Tulsa, David Cory, of Stillwater, and Ryan Cory, of Visalia, Calif.; eight grandchildren; his mother, of Victoria, British Columbia; and three brothers, Jack Cory, of Las Vegas, Nev., Rick Cory, of Seattle, Wash. and Brian Cory of Kingston Island, Wash. 

Longtime Drumright resident, Ezra (Eddie) Simpson, 67, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, in the Drumright Nursing Home.

Hazel Retherford
Parkland resident, Hazel Nora Retherford, 93, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at her home. 
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Parkland Church of the Firstborn. Brother Fred Britton will preside. Interment will follow at Parkland Cemetery.

Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Ralston Oct. 20, 1907, to Benjamin and Effie (Pittser) Wright.

The family moved to Parkland when she was a child and she lived there all her life.

She married George Wright in 1935. When this marriage ended she married Nathan Retherford Sept. 4, 1952.

She was a homemaker and a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn. She was baptized in July of 1922.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Lois Huckabay; two brothers, Everett and Earl Wright; three sisters, Grace Archer, Rosie Guy and an infant twin sister; and a great-grandson, Jason Brown.

Survivors include two sons, Sam Retherford and Thomas Retherford, both of Cushing; two daughters, Rose Gray and Grace McEntire, both of Agra; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 


Lorene Mitchell
Lorene Mitchell, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001. 

Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Cushing with Ralph Hickman officiating. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

There will be a reception following in Anderson Hall at the First Baptist Church, 418 E. Moses.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, or to the McWhorter-Weston VFW Auxiliary, Post 1118 in her memory. 


Heather Lloyd
Heather M. Lloyd, 59, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001. 

A memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bennett Memorial Chapel on the Oklahoma State University campus. 

She was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Reading, Pa., to David and Sara (Fister) MacAlpine. Her family moved to Stillwater in 1947.

She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1959 and earned degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of California at Los Angeles and OSU.

She married Dr. John P. Lloyd in Stillwater March 20, 1971.

She recently retired after a 33 year career as associate professor and head of special collections and university archives at the Edmon Low Library of OSU.

She was active with the Payne County and Oklahoma Historical Societies and loved the outdoors. It was her desire to have her ashes spread at a favorite spot in the Rocky Mountains.

She was predeceased by her parents.

Survivors include her beloved husband, of Stillwater; a sister, Mary Cahoon, of Calgary, Canada; three brothers, David MacAlpine, of Spring, Texas, Ian MacAlpine, of Oakdale, N.M., and Gordon MacAlpine, of San Antonio, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the OSU Foundation David MacAlpine Scholarship or to the Judith Karman Hospice, Inc. P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076. 


Louis Varga
Dr. Louis (Lou) P. Varga, 78, Stillwater, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at the Renaissance of Stillwater. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church. Carlton L. Reimer will officiate. Interment will be at Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Varga was born March 25, 1922, in Portland, Ore., to Joseph and Julia (Hajou) Varga. He married Ruth Ella Soehl June 20, 1948, in La Center, Wash. She died in September 1974. He then married Vada Clark, whom he divorced.

He was a veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of Reed College in Portland, Ore., where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He went on to receive his Masters Degree from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Oregon State University. He was a professor of chemistry at Oklahoma State University from 1962 to 1985. He was active in the Stillwater Mineral and Gem Society. He loved rock hounding and teaching. He was a teacher to the end of his life. He also enjoyed traveling with his best friend Vada. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.

Varga is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ruth Ella Soehl; one son, Leland Varga; and two sisters and a brother.

He is survived by his former wife Vada Clark; one son, Steven and wife Carmen, Ellensburg, Wash.; two daughters, Karis and husband Mike, Wichita, Kan.; Deborah and husband Vic, Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren, Stephania Randol, Emily Baker, Jonathan Price, Chris Vossler, Erin Vossler; two great grandchildren; one sister, Ann, San Diego, Calif.

Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 504 S. Knoblock, Stillwater 74074, the American Cancer Society, c/o Karen Ward, 106 E. Marie, Stillwater 74075, or to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater 74076.


Edward Heppler
Edward John Heppler, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at his home in Perry. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Perry with Rev. Buddy Hunt officiating. 

Interment will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Sisson Funeral Home.

He was born May 20, 1921, south of Perry, to John J. and Myra (Pagel) Heppler.

He served in the U.S. Army in France and England during WW II. He was one of the few designated as an honor guard for the Potsdam Declaration after the unconditional surrender of Germany.

He married Rose Mary Bezdicek in Perry July 3, 1946.

He was a farmer and technician for the Soil Conservation Service.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, and two brothers, Bob Heppler and John Heppler.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary and her husband Rodney Cermack of Perry; one son, John and his wife Leann Heppler of Perry; one sister, Elenora and her husband Merle Hasenfratz of Perry; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; two brothers-in-law, Albert Bezdicek and his wife Wilma of Perry and George Bezdicek of Perry; and one sister-in-law, Helen Owen of Wichita, Kan.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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