Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Lonnie Edwards

Lonnie Lee Edwards, 77, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, in Oklahoma City. Services, with Rev. Charles Pickle presiding, will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Christian Church of Coyle. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.
Family and friends who wish to visit the funeral home may do so Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.
He was born in Cushing Oct. 14, 1923, to George Thomas and Zora (Hargis) Edwards. In August 1974, he married Julia Chamberlin. The couple lived in Coyle. When she died in 1993, he later moved to Stillwater in 1998. He grew up in Cushing. After graduating from Cushing High School, he spent time in the Army building floating bridges. His overseas assignment took him to Europe.
He was proud to serve his country and was a member of the VFW until he died. When he returned from overseas, he lived in Oklahoma City where he was employed for 40 years with Video Independent Theaters as a manager. He will long be remembered by many for his active participation in the Stillwater Senior Citizens group and as the bus driver for Elderly Nutrition.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, a brother and two sisters.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Wanda Grubb; a sister, Dorothy Dunham of Las Vegas; one son, Lewis G. Edwards and his wife, Beverly, of Fresno, Calif.; two daughters, LeaAnn Patterson and her husband, Phil, of Oklahoma City, and Lynne M. Maurer and her husband of White Salmon, Wash.; four stepsons, Jess, Tom, Lonnie Ray and Ronnie Smith; one stepdaughter, Anna Lou Newton; and 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Steven Johnson, Robert Trevino, Darren Spaulding, Eddie Spaulding, Jeremy Smith, Marc Smith, Joe Smith and Shane Smith.

Ella Mae Morrow

Ella Mae Morrow, 76, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at West View Manor in Derby, Kan.
Services, with Dr. William S. Inglish presiding, will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements,
She was born in Beggs June 3, 1924, to Benton Elmer and Gladys (Heisler) Mott. She married Gene Morrow July 14, 1950, in Stillwater. She attended Stillwater Public Schools and graduated with an associate degree in business from Felt and Tarrant Business College in Los Angeles. She worked in that area while her husband was stationed in Los Angeles. She worked as a bookkeeper.
When her husband retired in 1965, the couple moved to Stillwater to be close to her family. For many years, she worked as a volunteer for the March of Dimes. She was a member of the First Christian Church.
She was predeceased by her parents and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Thomas and Joseph Morrow of Decatur, Ill.; one daughter, Robin Frank and her husband, Gregg, of Derby; and five grandchildren, Christopher and Eric Frank of Derby, Kara Fisk and Amber Morrow of Decatur, and Ryan Morrow of Danville, Ind.

Elaine Smith

Elaine R. “Apple” Smith, 62, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. Services were held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home in Beaumont. Services, with Pastor Mark Jones presiding, will also be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery.
She was born in Sallisaw April 18, 1938. She was married to Bob L. Smith. Smith was a teacher and, for 20 years, owned Apple’s Piano Studio in Beaumont.
In addition to her husband of Beaumont, she is survived by two sons, W.R. Smith of Beaumont, and Bobby Smith Jr., of Des Moines, Iowa; a daughter, Robin E. Shackelford of Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; six grandchildren, Tommy Smith, Danny Smith, Amanda Shackelford, Sandy Smith, Nicole Smith and Katie Shackelford; three brothers, Emmett B. Albin Jr., of Pampa, Texas, Chris Albin of Beaumont, and Ron W. Albin of Westminster, Md.; three daughters, Bonnie Rosseau of Palestine, Texas, Dorothy Tate of Stillwater and Donna K. Denton of Borger, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3545 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 400 C, Oklahoma City, 73112.

William Jones
William Joseph “Jody” Jones, Stillwater, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, in his home. He was 72. 

Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Stillwater, Friday at 3 p.m. 

Jones was a retired Air Force fighter pilot with more that 7,000 hours flying time. His medals include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Battle Star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He flew 100 missions in the F-105 over North Vietnam in 1967.

He was born Dec. 28, 1928, in Athens, Texas, and grew up in Palestine, Texas.

He attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas, and graduated from Palestine High School. He played football at Henderson County Junior College and attended the University of Texas at Austin.

He entered the Air Force in 1951 and served in the Security Service in Washington, D.C., before beginning aviation cadet training at Bartow, Fla., in 1952. He graduated from Cadets in Class 53-B at Foster Air Force Base, Texas, and married Marjory Maffitt March 21, 1953, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Palestine, Texas.

He held B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University and taught history in the Stillwater Public Schools.

He was a life member of Clan Moffat Society and a member of Clan Donald USA. Attending Scottish Games was a source of pleasure after retirement from teaching.

He loved to fish, grow vegetables and work with wood.

He is survived by his wife Marjory, of the home; daughter Cynthia Kiser and her husband Tommy and their children, Thomas and Melanie, all of Stillwater; and by son William Patrick Jones and his wife Susan and their children, Joseph, Martin and Austin, all of Michigan.

Friends may contribute to Judith Karman Hospice, 915 S. Main, Stillwater; Stillwater Medical Center, 1323 W. Sixth; or St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 516 W. Third, Stillwater. 

Jesse Shirley
Glencoe resident, Jesse Earl Shirley, 89, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
Graveside services, with Ricky Edwards, minister, officiating, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Perkins. 

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born in Estancia, N.M., Feb. 19, 1912, to Jesse and Jessie Eugenia (Brady) Shirley.

He married Stella Jane Redfearn Oct. 13, 1933, in Mehan. She died Jan. 1, 2001.

He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church and worked for the Oklahoma State University Dairy Department.

In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by four brothers, one sister and two grandsons.

Survivors include two sons, Ron Shirley and his wife, Billie, of Lewisville, Texas and Austin Shirley, of Stillwater; three daughters, Wanda Gan and her husband, Glen, Eugenia Cavett and her husband, Bill, and Earlene Scott and her husband, James, all of Glencoe; one sister, Margie Gordon, of Dexter, Kan.; 22 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Shirley’s great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers and his grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers. 


Harlan DeLozier
Harlan McSpadden DeLozier died Sunday, April 1, 2001, in Phoenix, Ariz. 

He was a 35 year employee of Oklahoma State University. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary.

Survivors include six children and their spouses, 10 grandchildren, two sisters, one brother and numerous nieces nephews and other family members.

Private services were directed by Maryvale Funeral Home. 

The family requests condolences be directed to the funeral home, 6901 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033. The telephone number is (623) 846-1914. 


Kermit Foss
Kermit Irving Foss, 84, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, 

Graveside services, with Pastor Scott Baker officiating, were Tuesday at Mt. Carmel Cemetery at Summit Ridge. 

Brown’s Funeral Home of Luther directed the arrangements.

He was born in Fridlry, Minn., Oct. 20, 1916, to Christian and Olga Foss.

He married his wife, Phyllis in Minneapolis. They were married 62 years.

He spent most of his life as a pastor with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He spent years as a pastor in Gentry, Ark., and in Perkins. After he retired, he resided at the Summit Ridge Retirement Center in Harrah.

He was predeceased by his parents, five sisters and one brother. 

In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by two daughters, Carol Baker and her husband, Scott, of Moore, and Marilyn Levy and her husband, Averam, of Anchorage; one son, Paul Foss and his wife, Jeannie, of Fredrick, Mass.; one brother, Malcolm Foss of Walawala, Wash.; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. 


Eugene Brunker
Eugene William Brunker, 83, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 

Graveside services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Farmington Cemetery at Fredonia, Kan., with Rev. Leslie Miller officiating. Services are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

The family requests no visitation although friends and relatives may sign the register book at the funeral home during business hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Brunker was born May 19, 1917, in Wichita, Kan., to William Adam and Grace May (Harris) Brunker. He attended school in Wichita until 1932 when his parents moved to Farmdale, Kan., north of Fredonia, where he graduated in 1936.

Brunker was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army, 36th Division of the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion from February 1942 until his honorable discharge in October 1945.

His unit had served in seven campaigns, Naples Roggier, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Ardennes-Alsane, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.

After returning from the Army, Brunker and his two brothers Wendell and Keith, became custom harvesters, as well as farming near Coyville before retiring.

Brunker was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is predeceased by his parents, a brother Wendell; a sister, Erma Lou Spillman and a brother-in-law, Paul Spillman.

Survivors include his sister, Alberta Chapman of Liberal, Kan., his brother, Keith Brunker of Albany, Ore.; his sister-in-law, Mary Brunker of Fredonia as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Early Autumns Assisted Living Center or Eugene Brunker Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 515 S. Duncan, Stillwater 74074. 


Keith Hicks
Keith Stanley Hicks, 54, died Monday, April 2, 2001, in Clearwater, Kan. 

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan. Interment will be 3 p.m. at Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry under the direction of Cochran Mortuary of Wichita, Kan. 

He was born Dec. 12, 1946, in Yale to Kenneth and Katherine (Dawes) Hicks.

He married Connie Luinstra Sept. 15, 1979, in Mancelona, Mich. He was an insurance adjuster.

Survivors include: his mother, Katherine of Roland; his wife, Connie of the home; two daughters, Katherine Rowe of Sedgwick, Kan. and Cynthia Hicks of Clearwater, Kan.; one brother, Kyle Hicks of Inola and one sister, Karen Friedemann of Laughlin, Nev. 


Ruby Haegelin
Ruby Ann Haegelin, 98, died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at Westhaven Nursing Home. 

Memorial services will be held April 20 

Family memorial services will be April 20 in Topeka, Kan.

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Akron, Kan. Aug. 2, 1902, to Harry Leonard and Elizabeth (Lunceford) Coleman.

On Feb. 20, 1920, she married Walter Everett Truitt. He died Aug. 1, 1932. They lived in Topeka, Kan., until 1924 when they moved to Herrington, Kan., where she worked as a photographer’s assistant.

In 1925 and 1926 they lived in California and Reno, Nev. They returned to Topeka and opened a dance studio where she and her husband taught.

After her husband died she moved the family to Atchison, Kan. where, with the help of a friend, she ran a dance studio and worked as a bookkeeper.

On April 25, 1935, she married August A. Haegelin. He died June 12, 1970.

They moved to Temple, Texas in 1947 where she worked as the Recreation Center director. From 1948 until 1953 they lived in Roswell, N.M. where she was a bookkeeper. From about 1955 until 1970 they lived in Oklahoma City. It was during this time she began working as a nurse companion which she continued until she retired in 1980. In October, 1987, she entered Westhaven Nursing Home where she lived until she died.

In addition to her husbands she was predeceased by her parents, one brother, D.O. Coleman and one son, Arthur Leonard Truitt.

Survivors include two children, Mrs. George W. (Virginia) Newell, of Stillwater and Charles A. Haegelin, of Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Edith Newell, of London, Ohio, Susan (Mrs. Kenneth) Klos, of Tallahassee, Fla., George T. Newell, of Santa Cruz, Calif., Steven Haegelin, of Pasadena, Calif., Barbara Newell Dobson, of Stillwater, Denise (Mrs. Donald) Haegelin Penners, of Albuquerque, Gary, Thomas and Martha Truitt, of Prairie Village, Kan., 15 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 

Eva Scott
Eva Irene Scott, 76, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001. 
Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Chapel in Anadarko. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery. 

Smith Funeral Chapel is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Whiteright, Texas, Aug. 18, 1924, to John W. and Emma (Gilbert) Chester.

She married Milton Scott in Watonga Aug. 5, 1944.

Before moving to Stillwater she was a resident of Caddo County for 45 years.

She was a very loving mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was a member of the Binger Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her father, a son, Johnny, five brothers and one sister. 

Survivors include her mother, of Ft. Cobb; daughters, Terry Baldwin and her husband Doug, of Stillwater, Vicky Nabors and her husband Donny, of Amarillo, Texas, Brenda Carl and her husband Mike, of McKinney, Texas, and Nicki Scott, of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sisters, Wanda Caldwell, of Ft. Cobb and Carol Kenner, of Cashion; two brothers, Buddy Chester, of Newcastle and Harold Chester of Wynnewood; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 


Jerry Whisenhunt
Jerry James Whisenhunt, 61, Oklahoma City, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at his home. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Strode Chapel. Rev. Aaron Cole will officiate. Interment will be at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Whisenhunt was born Nov. 5, 1939, in Wewoka to Hughie Elbur and Hallie Ivy (Steen) Whisenhunt. He graduated from New Lima High School in 1957. At the age of 20, he went to work for the Oklahoma State Highway Department. He worked his way up to surveyor and was working as such when he moved to Stillwater in 1972. Whisenhunt retired in 1996 with 30 years of service.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, one brother and one infant sister.

Whisenhunt is survived by two brothers, Hughie Whisenhunt and wife Dolores, Oklahoma City; Gerald Wayne Whisenhunt and wife Gala, Cedar Hill, Texas; Naomi Nall, Oklahoma City; and many numerous nieces and nephews. 


Beatrice Covol
Beatrice Fluke Covol, 78, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews Episcopal Church with Rev. Robert Fellows officiating. 

She was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Robert Smiley and Soledad (Chacon) Fluke.

She lived in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida and Oklahoma.

She worked as an administrator for Westinghouse, Phillips Petroleum Co., Dalton Foundries and retired in 1992 after 15 years as the assistant administrator and office manager in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.

After moving to Stillwater, she was active at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, where she served on the vestry and worked part-time in the church office.

She was also a dedicated volunteer at Judith Karman Hospice and the Karman Korner Retail Shop.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Fluke.

Survivors include: one daughter, Jan Madole; two grandchildren, Dale Harting and Katie Wilbourn, both of Stillwater; one great-grandson, Colin Wilbourn of Stillwater and many friends.

Memorials may be made to to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 516 W. Third, Stillwater, OK 74074 or to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.

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