Miscellaneous Payne County, Oklahoma Obituaries


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Grace Houston

Grace J. Houston, 88, died Friday, May 18, 2001, in Stillwater. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Strode Chapel with Rev. Charles Wall officiating. Interment will be at Olivet Cemetery, southwest of Perkins, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 
She was born Sept. 2, 1912, in Lincoln County to George and Orpha Jane (Faust) Ridpath. She attended elementary school in Goodnight and graduated from Chandler High School in 1932.

She married Everett Glen Houston Jan. 4, 1938, in Stillwater. They farmed 160 acres south of Perkins until 1971, then moved to Stillwater. In April 2001 she became a resident of the Alterra Sterling House.

She was a member of the Olivet Christian Church where she taught a children’s Sunday school class. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Olivet Home Demonstration Club. After moving to Stillwater, she provided day care in her home for more than 20 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and one daughter, Phyllis Glendola Houston Smith of Sherman, Texas.

Survivors include her husband; one son, Dr. Glen Dale Houston and wife Joyce of Edmond; one daughter, Janell Diehl and husband Don of Sapulpa; five grandchildren, Pamela Burkhard and husband Bill of Bonham, Texas, Penny Hall and husband Kent of Justin, Texas, Keith Smith of Sherman, Texas, Jason Burke of Sapulpa, Justin Burke of Mannford; seven great-grandchildren, Billy, Michael, Clint and Danny Burkhard of Bonham, Texas and Christine, Brent and Matthew Hall of Justin, Texas; one sister, Nell Youngker, 101, of The Renaissance of Stillwater and one son-in-law, Orlin Bud Smith.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076.


Betty Nichols

Betty Elizabeth Stepp Nichols, 64 , died Thursday, May 17, 2001, at her residence in Okemah.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Lawson Cemetery in Yale. Services are under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Home. 

She was born May 18, 1936, in Stroud to Herman Lee and Cora Elizabeth (Claxton) Gaches.

She was a resident of Okfuskee County since 1965, was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Okemah.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Stepp Smith and one brother, Shirley Lee Gaches.

Survivors include her husband, Red Nichols of Okemah; one grandson, Dustin Rorex Smith of Okemah; five brothers, Jack Gaches of Stillwater, Archie Gaches of Cushing, Robert Gaches of Hallett, Dick Gaches of Stillwater, Jimmy Gaches of Stillwater; one sister, Connie Costa of San Diego, Calif., and many other relatives and friends.

Lawrence Boger
Oklahoma State University President Emeritus Lawrence L. Boger, 77, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
A memorial service is scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Stillwater with Dr. B. Gordon Edwards, pastor, officiating. 

Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Auburn, Ind., the only son of Lazeal and Lester Boger. He married his college sweetheart from Purdue, Frances June Wilbur, Sept. 2, 1945, in Veedersburg, Ind.

His college education was interrupted by World War II, in which he served overseas with the 26th Division, was wounded in action and received an honorable discharge. He was decorated with a Presidential Citation, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and ETO Ribbon with stars and earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Boger received his B.S. degree with distinction in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 1947. He studied at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. He received his M.S. with high honors in economics in 1948, and his Ph.D. in agricultural economics, economic theory and international trade, and statistics in 1950, both from Michigan State University.

His distinguished career at Michigan State University began in 1948 when he joined the faculty. He attained the rank of professor and became chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics in 1954. As chair, he led the department into various research projects in 34 different foreign countries. He was named dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1969, and prior to coming to OSU, served two years as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

He served as the 14th president of OSU from June 15, 1977, until June 30, 1988. During his tenure, he broadened awareness of the university in the local community, the state of Oklahoma and as an institution serving the world.

Boger was a visionary and a builder. He served at a time when university presidents were transitioning from being pure academic leaders into becoming the face and voice of outreach for their universities.

He is responsible for many of the university’s best facilities. He led OSU’s first major capital campaign, which resulted in the Noble Research Center. Under his administration, more than a dozen new buildings were constructed, student enrollments peaked at more than 23,000 and capital expenditures exceeded $200 million. Boger was instrumental in OSU becoming the parent institution for the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa. He was a strong believer in technology, especially the power of telecommunications in distance learning.

Boger loved his OSU Cowboys. He took great pleasure in attending team practice sessions and followed and supported all the university teams.

He served on several commissions and committees of the National Association of Land-Grant Colleges and Universities and in 1980 was selected by the Agriculture Council of America to represent the land-grant system. Because of his expertise as an agricultural economist, he was asked by President Ronald Reagan to serve on a Blue Ribbon Committee to develop recommendations on how the United States could maximize its farm exports over the next decade.

At OSU, he conceived the merging of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery with OSU, which was approved in 1988 by the Oklahoma Legislature. He was named the 1989 National Osteopathic Educator of the Year, served on the board of the Kirksville (Mo.) College of Osteopathic Medicine and was later named to the Advisory Board of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa.

Through his vision, he began early on to prepare OSU for the information age, combining an integrated communications system, the use of computers and the installation of a digital fiber optic telephone system. During his tenure, OSU’s Educational Television Services moved into its state-of-the art facility, making OSU the world’s premier institution in distance learning. In fact, OSU was the first university in the nation to have uplink satellite capability.

Recognizing the importance of OSU’s centennial celebration in 1990, Boger called together 100 distinguished state and national leaders to serve on a Centennial Advisory Commission and to help lead the university into the next century. A 27-volume history of OSU was commissioned at this time.

Under Boger’s guidance, OSU became a major participant in the consortium to initiate and staff the University Center at Tulsa. He also helped create state support for the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, an organization devoted to encouraging faculty research through grants. He was appointed by Governor George Nigh to the Oklahoma Science and Technology Advisory Committee to develop a plan to strengthen Oklahoma’s economic development through technological innovation.

He was chairman of the board of the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and his national service included years of leadership on the boards of the American Agricultural Economics Association Foundation, the National 4-H Council and the Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) of the National Research Council

In 1992 he was appointed to the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees for the OSU Foundation.

He was awarded the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award from OSU May 7, 1994, inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Oct. 17, 1996, was a past member of the Will Rogers Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Council’s 1996 Distinguished Citizen Award Dec. 6, 1996. He was selected to receive the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame Award Aug. 22, 1998.

He was predeceased by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard Lee and Harriet Owen Boger, of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith Ann and James L. Schlimpert of Stillwater; two grandsons, Owen Richard Boger, New York City, and Burke Lawrence Boger of Atlanta; two sisters and brothers-in-law in Indiana, Luella and Fred Brand of Ft. Wayne, and Lenora and Donald Johnson of Auburn; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the OSU Foundation for the Boger Graduate Scholarship in International Studies. 


Grace Newbold
Grace Elizabeth Newbold, 89, Stillwater, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Rosewood Care Center. 

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Strode Chapel. Rev. Stanley M. Warfield Jr. will officiate. Interment will be at the Glencoe Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Strode Funeral Home. 

Newbold was born March 4, 1912, to George and Jesse Jane (Holt) Newman in Payne County.

She married Leo Parrish in June 1932, and later divorced. Newbold then married Levi H. Newbold July 1, 1942, in Wichita, Kan. He died in 1957.

She attended Eureka School, then Glencoe High School, graduating in 1930.

She was a resident of Stillwater for most of her life and was employed as a Dietary Supervisor at Oklahoma State University from 1952 to 1975. She loved gardening and cooking.

She loved her family and invested herself in it as the hub. She was a Methodist.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Leo Parrish; her second husband, Levi H. Newbold; and three grandchildren, James Vance Parrish, Cheryl Parrish and Greg Parrish.

Newbold is survived by two sons, Larrie Parrish, Stillwater; Garry Newbold, Stillwater, one daughter, Elizabeth Gose and husband Roger, Stillwater; five grandchildren, R. Campbell, Stephanie Newbold Kuehl, Melanie Newbold, Stillwater; Rori Campbell, Omaha, Neb.; Kristi Newbold Propes, Jefferson City, Mo.; seven great grandchildren; three sisters, Georgana Gorton, Checotah; Josephine (Nichols) Rice, Ponca City; and Zula Mae Turner, Stillwater.

John Williams
John Clifton “Cliff” Williams, 92, died Monday, May 21, 2001, at Stillwater Medical Center. 
Services, with Pastor Merlyn Lohrke presiding, will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at Strode Chapel. 

Interment will follow at Clarkson Cemetery in Coyle.

Strode Funeral Home is directing the arrangements.

He was born Dec. 7, 1908, in Payne County to Isaac and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Williams.

He married Minnie Clara Grundmann June 12, 1932, in Shawnee. She died in Nov. 1990.

He graduated from Stillwater High School where he was active on the debate and track teams. Until he moved to Golden Oaks Village in early 2000 he farmed and ranched his entire life on the hill in western Payne County.

He was a strong supporter of both 4-H and FFA and was very active in many civic and agricultural organizations.

He was one of the original founders of the Coyle 4-H and FFA Booster Club and endowed the annual Presidential Scholarship for the state FFA president.

He received many awards and recognitions including the 4-H Meritorious Service Award, Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer, Oklahoma FFA Honorary State Degree and the Goodyear Award of Merit for Outstanding Accomplishment in Resource Conservation given by the State Soil Conservation Service.

He was named Outstanding Farmer-Rancher by WKY Radio in Oklahoma City, Tulsa State Fair Conservation Award, was a member of the first place National Land Judging team, second high individual.

He was also honored by Judith Karman Hospice as Philanthropist and Benefactor and by the Stillwater Medical Center for Outstanding Service and Contributions.

The Cliff Williams Family was named the Farm Family of the Year by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and was also named the Payne County Farm Family of the Year.

He served two terms as president of the Coyle School board, and served on the Vassar School board, Payne County Fair board, Payne County Cattleman’s Association board, Production Marketing Association county committee, now known as the Farm Service Agency, president of the Payne County Farm Bureau, Payne County Agrarian Club, Precinct Election board, president of the Clarkson Cemetery Board, president of Sooner State Dairy Show Board, Oklahoma and North Central Milking Shorthorn Association (president), Stillwater Farmers Cooperative board and Farmers Home Administration County board.

He was predeceased by his parents, wife, a daughter, Mary, five brothers and one sister.

He is survived by two sons, John Williams and his wife Kay and James Williams and his wife Ruth, all of Coyle; a daughter, Ann Benson and her husband Gene of Dover; seven grandchildren, James Clifton Williams, John Clifton Williams III, Carl Arthur Williams, Clark Alan Williams, Robert Herman Williams, Brian Lee Benson and Cynthia Ann Boyce; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Judith Karman Hospice, PO Box 818, Stillwater, OK 74076; Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, P.O. 2408, Stillwater, OK 74076; Guthrie Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund, 424 E. Warner, Guthrie OK 73044; or the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, C/O Billy Foote, Stillwater High School, 1224 N. Husband, Stillwater, OK 74075. 


William Kiser
William Carl Kiser, Okmulgee, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Okmulgee Memorial Hospital at the age of 82. 

Services were held at 2 p.m. today at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Lawrence Matlock, Calvary Baptist, officiated. Interment followed at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee. 

Kiser was born Dec. 19, 1918, in Morris to George Steven and Ethel L. (Davis) Kiser. He married LaWanda Vaughn Marshall June 4, 1939, in Morris.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a farmer and rancher in the Eram community from 1939 to 1969. Kiser worked at American St. Gobain Glass Company for 23 years, retiring as a foreman and retired from the Oklahoma State Unemployment Service after seven years of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morris, the Masonic Lodge, where he had recently received his 50-year pin. He was active in the starting of the Senior Citizen’s Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Delmer George Kiser. 

Kiser is survived by his wife of 61 years, LaWanda; one son, Don Kiser, Oklahoma City; one daughter, Carol Ebert and husband Mike, Stillwater; three grandchildren, Ryan Ebert and wife Kellie, Stillwater; Amy Ebert, Tulsa; Kelli Kiser, Oklahoma City; a great grandson, Tyler Michael Ebert; a sister-in-law, Mildred Kiser, Okmulgee; two brothers-in-law, Dick Marshall and wife Pat, Pineville, La.; Jim Marshall and wife Kay, Jenks; and several nieces and nephews. 


Guy King
Guy Leslie King, 93, longtime Agra and Cushing resident, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at the Cushing Regional Hospital. 

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Chapel of the Davis Funeral Home. Ken Murrell, Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Harrell Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

King was born June 12, 1907, to Wiley Valentine King and Effie Jane Thompson King in Agra. He was reared and educated in the Agra, Cushing and Yale communities.

In addition to farming all of his life, King worked for Cushing Grocery and Deep Rock Refinery before working and retiring form Industrial Services in 1967. He married Ruby Lee Briggs Feb. 12, 1984, in Chandler.

He is preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers, two sisters, and two grandsons, Drew Lee and Tommy Wilson, Jr.

King is survived by his wife, Ruby Lee of the home; four daughters, Nancy Margenia Trump, Milton Freewater, Ore.; Treva Mae Foster, Kendrick; Diane Clements, Bristow; Marie Hartgrave, Guthrie; three sons, Donald Lesley King, Cushing; Tom Wilson, Cushing; Robert Wilson, Kirbyville, Mo.; 56 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 17 great great grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Christy Hickman, pianist, will provide the prelude and postlude. She will accompany herself and Ralph Hickman as they sing “Gathering Flowers For the Master’s Bouquet,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.” 

Serving as casket bearers will be Mike Gibb, Johnny Davis, Kenneth Davis, Jimmy Walters, Russell Wilson, Danny Lee and Danny Foster. 


Everett Buss
Everett Robert “Bob” Buss, 71, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Mo. 

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. today at the Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Rev. John Holderread, Big Creek Church of the Brethren, officiated. Services are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home. 

Buss was born March 2, 1930, in Drumright to Everett and Velva Buss. He moved to Richmond, Calif. at the age of seven. He graduated from Richmond High School in 1948. He was married to Betty Manis June 23, 1949. She preceded him in death Sept. 9, 1970. He then married Patricia Justus Feb. 12, 1972.

He went through an apprenticeship training and became an electrician. In 1964, he started his own electrical contracting business in Concord, Calif. In 1974, they moved to Cushing, where he raised grain and cattle until 1981, at which time they moved to Halltown, Mo., where they had a dairy and raised grain and hay until 1989. In 1990, he resumed his electrical contracting business which he continued until his death.

Buss is survived by his wife, Patricia, of the home; five daughters, Irene Hunt, Broken Arrow; Bonnie Strahan, Fair Oaks, Calif.; Rebecca Rush, Tulsa; Donna Bran, Springfield, Mo.; Trisha Colley, LaRussell, Mo.; seven sons, Everett Robert Buss, III, Owasso; Scott Justus, Ataseadero, Calif.; Eugene Justus, Sacramento, Calif.; Keith Justus, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mark Justus, Springfield, Mo.; Walt Justus, Strafford, Mo.; Joshua Buss, Mt. Vernon, Mo.; 29 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

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