Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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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 Mem-orial Gardens in Garden of Prayer under the direction of Strode Fu-neral 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 Shelia 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, N.C.; seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Owens, Heather Owens, Mallory Woodall, Gage Ott, all of Dallas, Ashlyn Sloan-Barbour, Matthew Timberlake, and Brittany Sloan-Barbour of Charlotte, N.C. and two sisters, Bernice Langill of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, and Dorothy Marshall of Allen Park, Mich.

Pallbearers will be Robert Ardrey, Sean Woodall, Mallory Woodall, Michael Ott, Aaron Owens and Frank Timberlake. 


David G. Swanson
David G. Swanson, 76, died Sunday, April 29, 2001 at Hillcrest Medical Center. 

Private services for the family are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

He was born Nov. 6, 1924 to David G. and Ruth Ann Swanson in Deer River, Minn. where he was reared and educated.

During WW II, he served in the U.S. Army in Italy and Africa. When he returned, he worked and ran the Portland Cement Block Co. in Portland, Ore. He was best known for designing homes, owning a dairy and especially for being a chef.

He married Gail Storm May 14, 1994 in Vandalia, Ill. and lived in Cushing. He enjoyed gardening and mowing with his riding lawn mower.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister, Sally Swanson; one brother, Paul Swanson and one grandson, Alexander Swanson. 

Survivors include his wife of the home; nine children, Christopher Swanson and his wife Sylvia of Hanua, Germany, Rosalie McCullough and her husband John of Scurry, Texas, Angie Wallis of Scurry, Texas, Andrew Swanson and his wife Sun Hi of South Carolina, Pamela Storm of Cushing, Keith Storm and his wife of Cathy of Wynne, Arkansas, Steven Bradley Storm and his wife Rea Dawn of Cushing, Linda Handley and her husband Lyndell of Coweta, and Bruce Storm and his wife Mariana of Edcouch, Texas; two sisters, Gen Ellquist and Leona Sabol; his mother-in-law, Ethel Booher; 22 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. 


Vernal Viola Hale
Vernal Viola Hale, 79, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at her home in Agra. 

Services, with Brother Alva Herrmann and Brother Fred Britton presiding, will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Parkland Church of the Firstborn. 

Interment will follow at the Parkland Cemetery.

Palmer Funeral Home of Cushing is directing the arrangements.

She was born in Parkland on March 9, 1922, to Paul and Lola (Greenfield) Crail. She received her early education at Parkland.

She married Marvin Hale on Feb. 20, 1940, at the Union Church north of Chandler. They lived most of their married lives in Agra.

Mrs. Hale was a homemaker and a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn. She was baptized by Brother Clarence Coffman on Dec. 28, 1936.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, and a brother, Obe Crail. 

Survivors include six sons, Marvin Dewayne of Sapulpa, Donnie Gene of Carney, Larry Keith of Arlington, Texas, Ricky Darrell of Oklahoma City, Gary Dean of Arlington, Texas, and Jerry Lynn of Agra; two daughters, Carolyn Sue Martin of Chandler and Brenda Gail Bottger of Agra; a brother, Troy Crail of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Messer of Davenport and Minnie Peace of Chandler; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 


Charles Henry Jackson
Charles Henry Jackson, 65, Cushing, died on Sunday, April 29, 2001 at the Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at the Palmer Funeral Home Chapel in Cushing. The Rev. Lamont Henderson will officiate. Interment will be at the Union Valley Cemetery in Humnoke, Ark. Services are under the direction of Palmer Funeral Home. 

Jackson was born on Aug. 15, 1935 in Little Rock, Ark. to Fred and Beulah (Risner) Jackson. He received his early education in Arkansas. He moved to Oklahoma as a teenager and returned to Arkansas and lived until moving to Cushing in 1992.

He is survived by one son, Jerry Jackson, North Little Rock, Ark.; two daughters, Judy Akins, Cushing, and Jackie Jackson, England, Ark.; two half-brothers, Claude and Lonnie Irvin, both of Cabot, Ark.; four grandchildren, Dustin Jackson, Megan Barrett, Cheyenne Barrett and Jacob Akins; two great grandchildren, Victoria Jackson and Ricki Ann Jackson; and special friend Mable Strom and her sons, Gary and wife Gladys Wiggs, and Bob Wiggs. 

John Muncaster
John R. (Don) Muncaster Jr. died Monday, April 30, 2001. 
Visitation will be Wednesday from 7 until 8 p.m. 

Services with Father Bill Powell presiding will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Strode Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

There will be a flag presentation by the Army at the services.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born July 6, 1911, in Kansas City, Mo., to John R. and Alma Marie (Lapchesky) Muncaster. In 1935 he married Margaret Day in Kansas City. She died in 1939. On Dec. 23, 1941, he married Marguerite V. Scott in Independence, Mo.

Mr. Muncaster grew up during the Depression in Kansas City and Lincoln, Neb. He joined the National Guard in 1938 and the Army Feb. 3, 1940. He served in World War II.

After he separated from active duty Feb. 23, 1946, he joined the Army Reserves. He served during the Korean War where he earned the rank of colonel.

He was a lifetime member of the Glencoe VFW Post 1843 and Hanner-Sharp American Legion Post 129 of which he was past commander.

He entered the insurance business and opened an office in Stillwater in 1954. He sold insurance for 20 years and joined John Hancock as a general agent. He was also an accomplished real estate appraiser.

His home served as a polling place for many years. He helped sponsor an ROTC scholarship. One was presented last week in his honor.

Muncaster helped with flag presentations for deceased veterans for the American Legion. He volunteered as ombudsman for seven years at Rosewood Nursing home where he was known as the “Popcorn Man.”

He enjoyed gardening and volunteering at the Town and Gown Theater.

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, a board member of the Neighborhood Nursery, a board member of Head Start, a board member of Aging Americans and a member of Stillwater Moose Lodge 2089.

He was predeceased by his parents, a sister, Caroline and a granddaughter, Julie.

In addition to his wife he is survived by one son, John Randolph “Randy” Muncaster III and his wife Susan of Edmond; a daughter, Caroline Ketch and her husband Ron, of Oklahoma City; one brother, William Lloyd Muncaster, of Hallettsville, Texas; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. 


Willie Shinault
Willie Marion “Sweetie” Shinault died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. 

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Calvin Miller will officiate. 

Shinault was born Oct. 17, 1936, to Wilburd (Bud) Vick and Rosa Lee (Gentry) Vick in Stillwater. She lived with her parents in rural Payne County during her early childhood years and attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Cushing. The family later moved to Stillwater where she attended the Booker T. Washington School where she met and later married Harold E. Shinault, Sr. During a portion of the early years of their marriage, the family lived in Denver, Colo. After returning to Stillwater, Shinault was employed by the Payne/Noble County Community Action, Inc. as an outreach worker and consumer credit counselor for many years. She later retired and became a full-time wife and mother. She loved music and people and was a friend to many. She also loved to cook, crochet and play dominoes. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Shinault provided shelter and meals to many who were in need.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, parents and one brother, Alonzo (Sonny Boy) Vick. 

Shinault is survived by her husband, Harold E. Shinault of the home; two sons, Wilburd Eugene Shinault, Stillwater; Harold Shinault, Jr. and wife Mary, Wichita, Kan.; goddaughter, Charlotte L. Linzy, Stillwater; three grandchildren, Telela Nicole and Juan Jabari, Stillwater; Kimberly Stevenson, Tulsa; two sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Ella Mae) Dickens, Stillwater; Mrs. Leon (Ola Mae) Shamley, Detroit, Mich.; her aunt, Mrs. Ray (Ruby) Brannon, Cushing; her uncle, Edward Gentry, Stillwater; four great grandchildren, Jaden Nicole, Lyric Lashea, Andrew William and Kejuanis Deshae; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special family friends. 


Edna Spaulding
Edna Spaulding, 80, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Grace Living Center in Stillwater. 

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Inglish of the First Christian Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Mulhall under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

She was born July 10, 1920, in Mulhall to Jesse and Minnie (Hawkins) Spaulding. She graduated from Mulhall High School in 1936 and later from Byrne Business College in Shawnee.

During WW II, she worked in Long Beach, Calif., as an inspector for Douglas Aircraft. She moved to Stillwater in 1945 and began working for the city. She became the director of finance in 1966. In 1972 she was promoted to the city clerk/director of finance. After training with the U.S. Civil Service Commission, she became one of the first women to be classified as a certified public clerk. She retired from the City of Stillwater in 1977.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Stillwater. She was also an active member of the Altrusa Club and was given Emeritus status by the Altrusa District 8 board.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ray Spaulding, Jay Spaulding and Lee Spaulding and four sisters, Elsie Dye White, Bea White, Dora Jones Cowen and Georgia Towle.

Survivors include six nephews, Lonnie Spaulding of Stillwater, Allen (Pike) Spaulding of Las Vegas, Nev., Quentin Spaulding of Stillwater, John Jones of Stillwater, Roy Towle of Lubbock, Texas and Marvin Spaulding of Mulhall; 10 nieces, Wanda Spaulding Baker of Glencoe, Lenda Spaulding Ross of Muskogee, Eileen Dye Meyerdirk of Broken Arrow, Carol White Long of Ada, Rosalie Jones Garner of Red Oak, Mary Jones Bowden of Mulhall, Peggy Towle Yost of Mulhall, Patsy Towle Diehl of Enid, Marie Spaulding Byer of Mulhall and Norma Spaulding Clark of Guthrie and special friends, Johnna Hazenfratz of Stillwater and Zona Quick of Morrison.

Pallbearers will be nephews. 

Frances Reece
Frances Reece, 89, Cushing, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Yale. 
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fairlawn Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

Reece was born Aug. 16, 1911, to Elmer Lawson and Emma Laarveld Lawson in Kansas, moving to Cushing with her parents and family in 1926. She was a graduate of Cushing High School. She was united in marriage to Chester Brice Reece Nov. 22, 1944, in Cushing. The couple had no children. He preceded her in death Sept. 20, 1992. She worked for several years in the Cushing School system as a nutritionist. Reece was a member of the Methodist Church; she enjoyed attending the Cushing Senior Citizen Center and loved to crochet and quilt.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister, Ruth Turnbow.

Reece is survived by several nieces and nephews including Bill and Laverne Turnbow, Stillwater; Larry and Darlene Turnbow, Moore; Carl and Barbara Doty, Cleveland; and other relatives and friends. 

Memorials contributions may be made to the Judith Karman Hospice in her memory. 


Tiffany Austin
Tiffany Gayle Austin, infant daughter of Mark Austin and Teresa Huckabay Austin passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2001. She was born April 30, 2001. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Parkland Church of the Firstborn. Burial will follow at the Parkland Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

She is survived by her parents, one brother, Larry; her grandparents, Wanda Huckabay, Ripley; Elaine Berry and Dan Berry, Agra; her great grandmother, Luda Coughran, Ripley; several aunts and uncles and other relatives and friends. 


Burgess Maner
Burgess Ray Maner, 76, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Greenbrier Nursing Home in Enid. 

Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Strode Chapel. Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at Strode Funeral Home. 

Interment will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery at Fort Gibson.

He was born June 9, 1924, in Locust Grove to Albert P. and Bertha (Dill) Maner.

He married Margaret Maner. That marriage ended in divorce.

In 1952 he married Betty Moore in Ft. Smith, Ark. That marriage also ended in divorce.

He was the eldest of 13 children. He grew up near Austin, Texas, and at age 17 joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. When he was 18 he joined the Navy serving his country 20 years on active duty and 10 years in the Naval Reserve. He served in three wars, World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam and served on 15 different ships including the USS Alabama, the USS Haynsworth and the USS Los Angeles. Known as “Boats” during his naval career he was a gunner, ship’s cook, division petty officer, junior officer of the deck, military policeman and lighthouse keeper. He was a bosun’s mate (BM3) at the time of his retirement from active duty.

While assigned to the Mine Warfare Department he helped design and develop mine-sweeping techniques. He also received special training in chemical and biological warfare. As a special honor he was selected in 1947 for assignment to President Harry Truman’s yacht.

He received the American Campaign, the Occupation/Japan, the National Defense, the Asiatic Pacific Service and Good Conduct medals. After he retired from active duty, he started his own business, Golden Eagle Janitorial Service in the Los Angeles area. Later he became a certified welder and worked as a maintenance mechanic for RSR.

He moved to Oklahoma in 1976 and worked for 5th Wheel in Tulsa. In 1979 he moved to Ceres and worked as an equipment operator for Noble County until 1982 when he moved to Stillwater.

He married Velda Gambill Feb. 14, 1988, in Stillwater. They enjoyed traveling and attended the CCC reunion in Brownsville, Texas, in 1996.

He loved to tinker with all types of equipment “reengineering” everything to fit his own specifications. He loved going to coffee to visit and reminisce with his numerous friends.

He was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Jimmy, Jesse and Luther Maner and one granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife, Velda; two sons, Charles and his wife June of Oceanside, Calif. and Gary and his wife Jennine of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Joan Snavely and her husband David of Yucaipa, Calif. and Norma Jean Nayas and her husband of Dale, Texas; two stepdaughters, Ann Patterson and her husband Perry of Guthrie and Paula McKee and her husband Gene of Morrison; three stepsons, Jim Gambill and his wife Linda of Morrison, Mark Gambill and his wife Almeda of Ripley and Tim Gambill of Stillwater;

five brothers, Grant M. Maner and his wife Billee and Herschel Maner and his wife Olga, of Austin, Russell Maner and his wife Ada of Pryor, G.P. Maner and his wife Cindy of Locust Grove and C.W. Maner and his wife Vera of Kansas; and four sisters, Birdie Moore and her husband Jerry of Billings, Louise Estes and Gertie Maner of Enid and Virginia Estes and her husband Alan of Kremlin;

his mother-in law, Esther Nelson of Stillwater, sister-in-law, Wilmoth Maner of Perry and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are his sons, stepsons and nephews

Memorials may be made to Hospice Circle of Love, 529 N. Grand Street, Enid, OK 73701-3216. 


Delano Dobson
Delano Paul Dobson, 64, Stillwater, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at his home. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the chapel at the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. Dale Gowdy, Glencoe First Baptist Church, will officiate. Services are under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home. 

Dobson was born June 30, 1936, in Shoals, Ind., to Paul and Jessie (Sypes) Dobson. He spent his childhood in Shoals where he attended school and graduated from high school. He married Dorothy Battles in Las Vegas, Nev., in 1957 and joined the Air Force that same year. For the next six years, while he was in the Air Force, they traveled extensively and lived in many places. In 1975, the Dobsons moved to Stillwater where he took a job with the city. He retired in January 2000 as the customer service foreman for the City of Stillwater.

Dobson was a man who loved to fish and work with wood. He was an accomplished carpenter.

He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Frank Jr. Dobson, Dalphie Dobson and Ralph Dobson; and two sisters, Bernadette George and Mabel Tow.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of the home; five children and their spouses, Randy D. and Roberta Dobson, Stillwater; Ray G. and Cindy Dobson, Stillwater; Wesley A. and Becky King, California; Jay J. and Kathy King, Ripley; and a daughter Debra Metzger and husband Larry, Glencoe; two sisters, Berneice Stephenson, Shoals, Ind.; Mary Tetrick, Bradenton, Fla.; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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