Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Galie Koch
Former Stillwater resident Galie May Koch, 84, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at Coles Nursing Home in Guthrie. 
Graveside services, with Rev. Matt Miles presiding, will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Fairlawn Cemetery. 

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Drumright July 26, 1916, to Jake and Minnie Koch.

She moved to Stillwater in 1941 and founded the Koch Furniture and Hardware Store on the corner of West Sixth and Knoblock which she and her parents operated.

Her big enjoyment was going to the Senior Citizen Center and she seldom missed a day until her health failed.

She is survived by her care giver and extended family, Zelda and Raymond Miller.

Mary M. Grula
Mary M. Grula, retired Oklahoma State University professor and well-known community volunteer, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001. 
Services will be Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Strode Funeral Home, 610 S. Duncan. Pastor Mary McAnally of the Stillwater Unitarian Universalist Church will preside. There will be a potluck dinner after the funeral at the Stillwater Unitarian Universalist Church. 

Grula was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sept. 26, 1920, to Raymond and Ethel Muedeking. She attended the University of Minnesota where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1941 and a doctorate in bacteriology and chemistry in 1946.

She married Dr. Edward A. Grula in 1951 in Lexington, Ky. He died Sept. 1, 1983.

Grula was an assistant professor in the bacteriology department at the University of Kentucky from 1947 to 1952. Later she worked as a research associate in the OSU microbiology department from 1959 to 1980 with her husband. In 1980 she became a professor in the OSU microbiology department, where she remained until she retired in 1990.

Dr. Mary, as she was affectionately known by her students, was a popular teacher and highly productive research scientist, publishing in a wide variety of areas, including microbial nutrition, cell division and its control in a species of bacterium Erwinia and microbial-enhanced oil recovery.

In addition to her distinguished teaching and research career Dr. Grula was a well-known Payne County community volunteer and organizer. While her children were growing up, she served as a PTA officer, Stillwater Aquatic Club swim team leader and Scout leader. During the 1960s and 1970s she held a number of official positions in the Payne County and Oklahoma State Democratic parties. In 1970 she ran as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Congress in what was then Oklahoma’s Sixth District.

She was also very active over the years with the Stillwater League of Women Voters, the Stillwater Unitarian Universalist Church, the Payne County Audubon Society, the Stillwater Humanists Association and other community organizations.

She was a talented and prolific writer and published numerous articles about a wide range of subjects in the NewsPress and various organizational news letters.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents.

She is survived by her brother, John Muedeking of Minneapolis; four children, John Grula of Pasadena, Calif., Marjori Matzke of Salzburg, Austria, Thomas Grula of Aurora, Ill., and Lorraine Grula of Franklin, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Cara and Courtney Grula of Aurora and Ondrea Keith of Franklin. 

Memorials may be made to the Edward A. and Mary M. Grula Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, in care of OSU Foundation, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, Okla., 74076. Checks should be made payable to the OSU Foundation. 


Ethel P. Welker
Ethel P. (Peckenpaugh) Welker, 86, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in Ponca City. 

Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in Pawnee with the Rev. Scott Keneda officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home. 

Welker was born June 19, 1914, to Lee Steven and Emmazella (Hicks) Peckenpaugh in Roundup, Mont. She married Ross Ward Welker on Jan 24, 1933, in Skedee. He died Sept. 6, 1971.

Welker lived mostly in the Skedee area except for a short time in Sapulpa. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pawnee and Skedee, Rebekah Lodge and White Rose Club. She loved her family and many friends and her church families. She spent hours quilting and playing games at the Senior Citizen Center and loved watching her grandchildren and fishing.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by an infant daughter, Rhonda; her parents; four brothers, Cecil, Gerald, Guy “Buster” and Zane Peckenpaugh; and a sister, Lee Arlene “Peggy” Walenciak.

Welker is survived by two daughters, Judy Pedersen and husband Marc of McPherson, Kan., and Carol Evatt of Ponca City; seven grandchildren and their families, Donna Barden, husband Russell and children Dustin, Rudonna and Brooke of Ponca City, Scott Pedersen, wife Debbie and daughters Abby and Megan of McPherson, Jerri Lynn Seale, husband Sam and son Samuel of Bryan, Texas, Jill Shaw, husband Doug and son Logan of Corpus Christi, Texas, Ward Evatt, wife Gretchen and children Haden and Lily of Pawnee, Kyle Pedersen of Kansas City, Mo., and Kent Evatt of Ponca City; a sister, Gayle Funkhouse and husband R.B. of Skedee; two sisters-in-laws, Maxine Peckenpaugh of Ponca City and Dale Welker of Pawnee; a number of other relatives; and many friends.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 800 Sixth, Pawnee, Okla., 74058; First United Methodist Church of Skedee, in care of First United Methodist Church of Pawnee; or American Diabetes Association, 4425 W. Airport Fwy., Suite 130, Irving, Texas, 75062. 

Mildred K. Howard

Mildred K. (Tolson) Howard, 90, of Agra, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in the Resthaven Nursing Home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Parkland Cemetery.

Brother Donnie Molloy will officiate.

Services are under the direction of David Funeral Home in Cushing.
She was born July 24, 1910, in Claremore to Jim and Emma (McGonigal) Tolson.

She married Perry C. Howard, Sr., in 1933.

He preceded her in death August 22, 1981. They had been married for 38 years. 

She was reared in Drumright and graduated from Drumright High School.
For many years, she was a member of the Church of the First Born in Agra and had worked 13 years for Agra Schools in the Dietary Department. 

She enjoyed quilting, paying bingo and growing flowers.

She is preceded death by her husband; her parents; two daughters, Barbara Janelle and Rosalyn Clayton; one son, Perry C. Howard, Jr.; one sister, Hildred Adee; and one brother, Clyde Tolson.

She is survived by two daughters, Charlotte McEntire, Agra, Dorsalee and Elmer Porter, Guthrie; three sons, Clyde Howard, Pleasant View, Colo., Fred Howard, Agra and Jim and Freda Howard, Tryon; several step-children; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. 

Retha Iness Trimble

Retha Iness Trimble, 99, of Stillwater, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Strode Chapel. Mark Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home.
She was born June 22, 1901, to Samuel Tilden and Jennie Elizabeth (Noftsger) Johnson in Maramec. She married Lee Douglas Trimble on Aug. 30, 1915, in Stillwater. He preceded her in death Dec. 21, 1981.
She attended school in the Maramec area. After getting married she lived in Quay. She then moved to Yale, where she lived for 13 years. She then moved to Stillwater.
She loved to work in her yard and care for her home. She loved to sew and made many of the clothes her children wore. She enjoyed her family and loved having them around her, so much so, she reared her grandson, Leroy.
She cared about people and was always there to lend a helping hand. She used to walk down the street and put change in the parking meters so the people parked in the spots would not run out of time.
She was a member of the Church of God.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, five brothers and one sister.
She is survived by two sons, Leroy and Maxine Trimble, Cleveland, Eldon and DeEtta Trimble, Tulsa; one daughter, Ruby and Gale Hadley, Stillwater; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at STRODEFH@AOL.com.

Alice Joe Tinsman

Alice Joe Tinsman, 61, of Cushing, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in her home. Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Cushing. The Rev. Verlyn Snell will perform the service. The services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home.
She was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Stafford, Kan., to Earl H. and Glenora (Durrett) Ackley. She married Robert Tinsman on June 19, 1965 at Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland.
She received her early education in Ada. She attended two years of high school in Guthrie and finished her high school in Cushing; graduating with the class of 1957. She attended Oklahoma University and continued her education at Central State University in Edmond. She graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s in education.
She traveled with her husband, who was an army officer, and lived in 16 states and two foreign countries.
They moved to Cushing in 1996.
She worked for the Red Cross. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Cushing and was a volunteer in every community she ever lived in. While in Cushing, she helped with the hospital auxiliary and the Meals on Wheels Program.
She is predeceased by her father, Earl Ackley.
She is survived by her husband of the home; one daughter, Laura A. Tinsman, Cushing; her mother, Susie Ackley, Cushing; and one brother, Steven Ackley, San Francisco, Calif.
The Cushing Hospital Auxiliary will meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. to be seated as a group.

Vivan Cates

Vivan E. Cates died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Hutchinson Hospital in Hutchinson, Kan. Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the United Methodist Church of Claflin, Kan. Interment with military graveside rites will follow at Claflin Cemetery. The Rev. Mathew Price will officiate. Services are under the direction of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home of Hoisington, Kan.
He was born July 10, 1922, in Ellsinore, Mo., to Jesse Elmond and Lizzie Carter Cates. He married Thelma J. Gower on Dec. 18, 1948, in Winfield, Kan.
He moved from Cushing to Claflin, Kan. in 1954 where he was the operator of Cates Motor Service. He later owned Cates Custom Combines and retired as owner of Cates Service & Supply. All were in Claflin, Kan. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the First Southern Baptist Church.
He is predeceased by his mother.
He is survived by his wife of the home; his father, Jesse E. Cates, Cushing; six sons, Donald Cates, Claflin, Kan., Bruce Cates, Houston, Texas, Raymond Cates, Fort Worth, Texas, Robert Cates, Claflin, Kan., Steven Cates, Emporia, Kan., Barry Cates, Milwaukee, Wis.; one daughter, Myra Prosser, Claflin, Kan.; eight sisters, Irene Pack, Cushing; Lorene Franklin, Mannford; Kathleen Harrison, Cushing; Ernestine Pershing, Stillwater; Sylvia Myerdirk, Bartlesville; Opal Gayhart, Cushing; Juanita Kirkpatrick, Cushing; Rosilee Mills, Pittsboro, N.C.; 21 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials can be sent to the Reno County Hospice or Vivan and Thelma Cates Scholarship Fund in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 N. Main, Hoisington, Kan., 67544.

Jack Wilkinson

Jack Dean Wilkinson, 72, of Norman, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in his home. Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Sunset Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park under the direction of the Primrose Funeral Service in Norman.
He was born Nov. 20, 1928, to Jesse Franklin and Alta Charlotte (Isaac) Wilkinson in Morrison. He married Barbara Ann Driscoll on Oct. 7, 1950 in Newton Centre, Mass.
He served in the United States Navy for 22 years, retiring in 1966. He moved to Norman in 1972 and worked at the OU Health Sciences Center until he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and served in many offices on the local and state levels. He was a member of Goodrich Methodist Memorial Church of Norman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Evelyn Campbell; and two brothers, Lester Almon Wilkinson and Loren Raymond Wilkinson.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; five sons, Lawrence Jack and Debra of Iowa, Lester Michael and Susun of Georgia, Richard Dean of Norman, William Jesse and Rosemary of Virginia and Roger Lynn of Norman; a daughter, Amelda Martha of Norman; and eight grandchildren, Brian, Laura, Amanda, Michael, Robert, Randee, Julia and Andrew.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be sent to the Diabetic Society of Oklahoma. 

Albert Wallis Westrop
Albert Wallis Westrop, 80, Perkins, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, in his home. 
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Aaron Cole will officiate. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Garden of Prayer under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. Westrop will lie in state at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Perkins. 

Westrop was born July 2, 1920, in Cambridge (Galt), Ontario, Canada, to Wallis Albert and Hattie Belinda (Roadhouse) Westrop. He attended Manchester Public Schools in Galt and Gault Collegiate High School. From 1938 to 1941, he attended Oshawa Missionary College. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served in World War II and was honorably released in 1945. He received the 1939-45 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defense Medal, the C.V.S.M. and clasp and the War Medal, 1939-45.

He married Sheila M. Davy Sept. 14, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. They lived in Windsor, Ontario, until 1950, when they moved to Dallas, Texas. Westrop retired in 1985 from the city of Dallas as a building inspector, and they moved to Charlotte, N.C. In 1995, they moved to Perkins.

Westrop was a member of the First Assembly of God and was a municipal building inspector.

He is predeceased by his parents and two brothers. 

Westrop is survived by his wife, of the home; two daughters, Linda (Smith) Ardrey and husband Robert of Perkins and Judy Sloan of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Rachel Ott and Damita Woodall, both of Dallas, and Rhonda Timberlake and Joanne Sloan-Barbour, both of Charlotte; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Bernice Langill of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, and Dorothy Marshall of Allen Park, Mich. 


D.J. Barber
D.J. Barber, 83, Stillwater, died Friday, April 27, 2001. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Sunset Cemetery Mausoleum. Pastor Kent Kelso of New Life Christian Church will officiate. Services are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

Barber was born May 17, 1917, in Waurika to E.L. and Anna Deanna “Jackie” (Britt) Barber. He grew up in Honey Grove, Texas, where he attended school and graduated from high school. He married Ruth Pauline Briggs Oct. 8, 1939, in Roswell, N.M. They had one daughter, Judy.

After marriage, they lived in Mount Shasta, Calif., where Barber worked for the railroad. This job was particularly important during the war as his railroad transported supplies.

An accident with the railroad forced a change of career, so the family returned to New Mexico, where Barber owned a trucking business and two large truck stops in Portales and in Clovis. In 1962, they moved to Dodge City, Kan., where he owned and operated Dodge City Ready Built Housing until retiring in 1983, when they returned to Portales.

His wife died March 27, 1993, and in 1995, Barber moved to Stillwater to be near his daughter and family. He remained with his daughter until death.

Barber was baptized in Portales Calvary Baptist Church in the early 1950s and later served there as a deacon. He received many professional recognitions and appointments, including Ford County deputy sheriff and county commissioner in Dodge City. He was a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce and the National Home Builders Association.

He was deceased by his parents; his wife; one brother, Pete Barber; and his son-in-law, Jack Hasik.

He is survived by a sister, Faye O’Connor of Petty, Texas; a daughter, Judy Hasik of Stillwater; two grandchildren, D.J. Gall of Tulsa and Amber Teeman and husband Richard of Stillwater; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Megan Teeman; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

Honorary pallbearers are George and Annie Bloom, Ben and Betty Staley, Eric Jansen and Marcel Muylaert. 

Memorials can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 5601 N.W. 72nd, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73132. 


Rada Roselene Field
Rada Roselene Field, 66, Blackwell, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Ponca City. 

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in First United Methodist Church in Blackwell with the Rev. Gale Izard officiating. Interment will be in Blackwell Cemetery under the direction of Roberts and Son Funeral Home. 

Field was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Temple to Oliver Clarence and Gertrude Naomi (Shaw) Houston. She grew up in Stillwater, where she attended public school. She married Robert Wayne Field June 29, 1952, in Stillwater. She graduated from Stillwater High School in 1953, and they moved to Blackwell.

Field attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Langston University. She worked as a nurses aide for the Blackwell hospital for many years. She joined her husband as a partner in Bob Field Dirt Contractor and worked along side him until she retired in the early 1990s.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Blackwell and an honorary member of Kay County Home Extension groups for 38 years; the latest was New Bethel Home Extension Group.

She was known for her quilts, her cinnamon rolls and her Oklahoma State Grand Champion pecan pie. She enjoyed attending the State Fair and the annual quarter horse show at the Lazy E Arena. She was an avid bowler and won many tournaments in 26 years as a member of the Blackwell League.

She was predeceased by her parents; four brothers, Dwight, Rayford, Bill and Clarence “Hap” Houston; two sisters, Vivian Yokum and Lillian Showalter; and one granddaughter, Precious Faith Mapel.

Survivors include her husband of Blackwell; three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Field Harman and Lana Field Mapel and husband Kris, all of Blackwell, and Monica Field Delaney of Ponca City; two sons, Jerold D’Wayne Field and wife Donna of Blackwell and Robert Kent Field and wife Lynne of Columbus, Ind.; two sisters, Reba Brewer and Lavern Hart, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Opportunity Center, 2225 N. Union, Ponca City, Okla., 74601.

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