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Claudine R. Inman 
Claudine R. (Coombs) Inman, 64, a Bartlesville native, died Thursday morning in the local medical complex. 
Arrangements are pending with Neekamp Funeral Home.   [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Dr. Paul E. Tietze 
Paul Elliott Tietze, M.D., 48, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, University of Oklahoma at Tulsa, died Wednesday. 
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, 709 S. Boston under the direction of Moore's Rosewood Chapel. 
A memorial scholarship in family practice medicine has been set up in his name. Contributions may be made to the University of Oklahoma Foundation, Paul E. Tietze Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Leland Alexander, 5310 E. 31st, Suite 200, Tulsa, OK 74135-6050. 
He grew up in Bartlesville, the third child of Reta and Irving B. Tietze Jr. 
During his high school and college years, Tietze was a nationally recognized swimmer. He represented the United tates at the Pan Am Games in Cali, Columbia, in 1971, and at the World University Games in Moscow, in 1973. He was a graduate of Bartlesville College High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate of medicine from the University of Oklahoma. Tietze served as assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City from 1981 to 1985. From 1985 to 1993 he was professor and assistant director of the Residency Program in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He became chair of the Department of Family Medicine in Tulsa in 1993. In 1995, the Founders of Doctor's Hospital honored him with an Endowed Chair of Family Medicine. Tietze was an administrator and a mentor to fellow physicians. 
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa. 
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Hodges Tietze, M.D.; two sons, David Christopher and Travis Hodges; his mother, Reta Tietze Speer, of Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Eric, of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Margaret McCormick of Kansas City, Mo., and Mary Jane Witt of Bedford, Texas.  [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Patricia A. Adams 
Patricia Ann Adams, 49, of Dewey, died at 4:55 p.m. Thursday in the Jane Phillips Medical Center. 
Services are pending with Stumpff Funeral Home.   [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Elmer M. Maness 
Elmer Muriel Maness, 71, of Bartlesville and former resident of Kansas City, Kan., died at 6:44 a.m. Thursday in the Jane Phillips Medical Center. 
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Kansas City, Kan., under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home. 
Maness was born Dec. 1, 1927 at Broken Bow to Elmer Edward and Keller Clemontine (Miller) Maness. He was raised and received his education at Broken Bow. Maness moved to Kansas City, Kan., area in 1946. He married Goldie Knapp on Nov. 22, 1958 at Miami. Maness was employed with Tollie Freightways as a truck driver for 29 years, retiring in 1975 due to ill health. He moved to Bartlesville in 1994. Maness enjoyed fishing and was the family's auto mechanic. 
Survivors include his wife, Goldie, of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Elmer Leland and Vickie of Hutchinson, Kan., Danny Odell and Mary J. of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Michael Eugene of Texas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Bobby Wilson of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Sharon Sue and Roy Goodman of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; three step-sons and their wives, Lonnie and Linda Taylor of Kansas City, Kan., Steve and Sandria Knapp of El Dorado Springs, Mo., and Bradley and Judy Knapp of Tonganoxie, Kan.; a step-daughter, Goldie Margaret Shaw, of Olathe, Kan.; his twin brother and his wife, Delmer Burl and Joann of Valiant; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dorothy Laverne and Joe H. Jackson of Tulsa and Hazel J. Miller of Bartlesville; 39 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; 12 nieces and nephews. 
Maness was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Hubert Lee West, Odell West, Aubry Gene and James; a brother-in-law, James R. Miller; two step-daughters, Ramona Marie Knapp and Marilyn Rose Knapp; and a grandchild, Dana Marie.   [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Rosa L. Murray 
Rosa Lee Murray, 98, widow of Morton J. Murray and a longtime Bartlesville resident, died Friday morning in local convalescent facility. 
Arrangements are pending with Neekamp Funeral Home.   [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Hattie A. Hale 
Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Arnett Hale, age 94, a longtime resident of Bartlesville, were held 1:00 p.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home. Rev. Clyde Long, pastor of the Pentecostal Tabernacle, presided the services. Burial was in the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home. 
Casketbearers for the service were Thurlow Craggs, Gary Arnett, Larry Arnett, Steve Arnett, Randy Arnett and Robby Arnett. Honorary casketbearers were Justin Ransbotton and Misty Ransbottom. 
A memorial in Mrs. Hale's name has been established for the Jane Phillips Hospice, and the family requests, that in lieu of the usual remembrances, those who wish to contribute in her memory may do so in care of the Bluestem Regional Medical Development Foundation, 3500 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. 
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Betty (Arnett) and Robert "Bob" Craggs of Grizzly Flats, CA; her daughter-in-law, Deanie Arnett of Bartlesville; six grandsons, Thurlow Craggs, John Craggs, Robert M. Craggs, all of California, Gary Arnett and Larry Arnett of Bartlesville and Steve Arnett of Minnesota; one granddaughter, Pam Granados of California; fifteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews residing in California and the Bartlesville area. 
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ronel T. Arnett, in 1963; and Ellis Hale, in 1979; two sons, Herman James Arnett, in 1945 and Carlos Arnett, November 23, 1986; five sisters; and two brothers.  [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Germaine Gordon 
The Funeral Mass for Mrs. Germaine (Dunn) Gordon, age 91, widow of Robert J. Gordon, and a longtime resident of Bartlesville, was celebrated 10:00 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary of S. John's Catholic Church. Father Steve Austin, pastor of the church, served as the celebrant. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery. 
Rosary prayers for Mrs. Gordon were recited 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home with Deacon Dan Willis presiding. 
Services and interment were under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home. 
A memorial in Mrs Gordon's name has been established for the St. John's Catholic School Adopt A Student Program, and those who wish to contribute in her memory may do so in care of the St. John's Catholic Church, 715 S. Johnstone, Bartlesville, OK 74003. 
Mrs. Gordon is survived by her children, Robert J. Gordon, II of Bells, TX, Mary G. Thornton of Austin, TX, John C. Gordon of Aspen, CO and Margaret McDonald of Bartlesville; a sister, Eleanor Corkery of Austin, TX; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1989; three brothers and two sisters.   [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Arnold Garner 
Funeral services for E. Arnold Garner, 81, who passed away on Wednesday, were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday in the Memory Chapel of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence. The Rev. Ralph O. Dershem was the officiant. Private family committal prayers and interment were directed in the Memorial Park Cemetery by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service. 
Surviving Mr. Garner are his wife, Mrs. Ethel Marie (Marler) Garner, of the home here; one son, Garry Carl Garner; one step-son, Jerry Lee Reed, Dallas, Texas; one granddaughter, Miss Tammi Reed, Seattle, Washington; one sister, Mrs. Clifford (Jenniev) Allin, Kirkwood, Mo. 
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Frances Garner and Mrs. Thelma Horner.  [Published Jan. 29, 1999]

Richard S. Edmunds
Richard Sterling Edmunds, 67, of Bartlesville, died Wednesday afternoon in a local medical complex following an extended illness.
Mr. Edmunds has been removed for cremation under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Edmunds was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., Dec. 4, 1929, to DeWitt and Helen (Stewart) Edmunds. He attended schools in Hickory, Pa., and received his high school diploma from Jefferson Military Academy in South Carolina. As a young man, Mr. Edmunds served with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, receiving his honorable discharge in 1953. Mr. Edmunds continued his education at Richmond Polytechnical Institute. He was employed as an insurance representative until his retirement in 1981, and had made his home in Bartlesville since that time. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the American Legion.
Survivors include a sister, Patricia Newman of Bartlesville; and several nieces and nephews.  [Published Oct. 10, 1997]

Marguerite M. Chesser
Marguerite Marie Chesser, 60, of Bartlesville, died at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First Assembly of God Church in Bartlesville with Pastor Bill R. Brummett as the officiant assisted by L.C. Cramer. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Casket escorts will be Loyd D. Chesser, Jeff Chesser, Rick Chesser, Dean Hart, Lin Jones and William Standlea.
A memorial has been established to the American Diabetes Association, Attn.: Sandy Berenson, 6465 S. Yale, Suite 519, Tulsa, OK 74136.
Mrs. Chesser was born Dec. 11, 1936, in Pawhuska to John Henry and Bonnie McEuin. She was reared and received her education in Webb City and Shidler. Mrs. Chesser had been employed as a dental assistant in Ponca City for a time. She married Loyd J. Chesser May 8, 1954, in Ponca City and they moved to Bartlesville in January 1956. Mrs. Chesser purchased the Taco Hut in December 1966 and also owned and operated Chesser's Fried Chicken and the Flame Restaurant. Mr. and Mrs. Chesser also opened seven other Taco Huts and later named them Taco Village. Mrs. Chesser was active in her business interests until April 1995. She attended First Assembly of God Church in Bartlesville.
Survivors include her husband, Loyd J. Chesser of the Bartlesville home; three sons, Loyd D. Chesser of Gulf Shores, Ala., Jeff L. Chesser of Broken Arrow and Rick N. Chesser of Bartlesville; a daughter, Brenda K. Jones of Bartlesville; a brother, J.B. McEuin of Webb City; two sisters, Virginia Barber and Edna Nolan, both of Ponca City; six grandchildren, Crystal Moore, Doug Jones, Kevin Jones, Ashely Chesser, Tiffaney Grace and Rowdy Lane Chesser; several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Chesser was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jack McEuin.  [Published Oct. 10, 1997]

Dorathy J. Dillon
Dorathy Jane (Alston) Dillon, 76, wife of John Joseph "Jack" Dillon Jr., a 51 year Bartlesville resident, died at 11:40 a.m. Thursday in the emergency room of Jane Phillips Memorial Medical Center.
A rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Memory Chapel of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence and will be led by Father Stephen Austin. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday in the sanctuary of St. John's Catholic Church with Father Stephen Austin as the celebrant. Committal prayers, dedication of the grave and interment will be directed in Memorial Park by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Mrs. Dillon will lie in state in the drawing rooms of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence on Saturday and Sunday where friends may call for their visitation.
A native Oklahoman, Mrs. Dillon was born Sept. 7, 1921, in Ponca City to Rutledge B. and Gertrude Frances (Hayes) Alston. She was reared and received her education in Ponca City and graduated in 1937 from Ponca City High School. She was an employee of the Security Bank in Ponca City for several years. She came to Bartlesville in 1946 when she joined Phillips Petroleum Co. and was employed in the Land and Geological Department. She married John Joseph "Jack" Dillon Jr. Oct. 11, 1947. They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday. The Dillon family lived in Wichita, Kan., in 1952, and then lived in Vinita until 1960 when they returned to Bartlesville. She was an employee of GRDA for two years while a resident of Vinita. Mrs. Dillon was in failing health the past six years. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and Jane Phillips Sorority.
Survivors include her husband, John Joseph "Jack" Dillon Jr. of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Tommy B. (Frances Catherine) Clark of Bartlesville and Mrs. Thomas D. (Susan Jane) Sprague of Bartlesville; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Lesch, Kathleen Michelle Lesch, Mrs. Steven (Debra Jean) Page, Kimberly Dawn Herrington, Michael Dillon Herrington, Jenifer Lyn Herrington, Bobby Puckett, Wesley Puckett; and a great-grandchild, Kieran Dillon Clopp.  [Published Oct. 10, 1997]

Bertha L. Howard
Bertha Lee (Barnes) Howard, 94, widow of Dr. William Harris Howard and a Barnsdall resident for 75 years, died at 4:35 a.m. Thursday in Barnsdall.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday in Ethel Reece Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Evans officiating. Committal prayers and entombment will be directed beside the mausoleum of Dr. Howard by the Arnold Moore-Barnsdall Funeral Service.
Mrs. Howard will lie in state in the Arnold Moore-Barnsdall Funeral Home where friends may call for visitation until she is removed for final rites on Saturday afternoon.
A native of Tennessee, Mrs. Howard was born in Nashville, Davidson County, Oct. 13, 1902, to Hiram Mack and Sallie Otha (King) Barnes. She received her elementary education in the Buena Vista School and completed her junior/senior high school education at Hume Fogg School in Nashville, Tenn. She was employed as a secretary with B.F. Goodrich Corp. in Akron, Ohio, for three years and was also an employee of Missionary Centenary Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. She and Dr. William Harris Howard were married Aug. 8, 1922, in Nashville, Tenn., and the same year they moved to Bigheart where he practiced dentistry for 471/2 years. Dr. Howard preceded her in death on March 23, 1969, in Bartlesville. Mrs. Howard had continued her residence in Barnsdall living in retirement. She was a member of First Christian Church of Barnsdall and a former active member of the Bigheart Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two granddaughters, Mrs. Tom (Carla) Faith of Tulsa and Becky Storey of Santa Cruz, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Richard Harris Howard in 1950 and Robert Melton Howard in 1982; two sisters, Valeria Ruby Hertenstein in 1993 and Mary Orlena Barnes; and a brother, Paul Delbert Barnes.  [Published Oct. 10, 1997]

Howard C. King
Howard C. King, 80, of Bartlesville, died Friday afternoon,at his residence in Bartlesville.
Memorial services will be held at Monday, 2 p.m., in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel. Stumpff Funeral Home will direct cremation and memorial services.
King was born, April 20,1917, at Herman, Neb., to Samuel W. and Minnie (Myers) King. He was raised in Herman. He was self-employed for several years in the insurance industry. He had been honorably discharged from all five military service branches. He served in combat in World War II, and Korea. He was wounded in combat at Saipan. He held single, multi and commercial engine pilot ratings. He held a Class C Amateur Radio License. His other hobbies included fishing and dancing. He held a vast knowledge ofanimals and agriculture. He married Betty Jo Lines on May 16,1967, in Bartlesville.
Survivors include a son, Michael of Kingsport, Tenns; a sister, Dorothy of Omaha, Neb,: two step-daughters, Jeanne Wilson of Idabel and Julie Conner of Norman; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His parents precede him in death and his wife, Betty Jo King, on November 20,1995. [Published Oct. 12, 1997]

Violet Mae Bryant
Mrs. Violet Mae (Horsman) Bryant, 89, widow of the late Byron Hugh "Bill" Bryant, died at 2:17 a.m. Saturday at her family residence in Ramona.
Funeral services will be held at Tuesday, 2 p.m., in the Sanctuary of the Ramona First Baptist Church. The Rev. Kenton White and Roman Ward, Jr. will be the officiants. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Ramona Cemetery by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
She was born on April 22, 1908 at Cambridge, Kan., to James Hart and Edith Gertrude (Zenor) Horsman.
The Horsman family came to early-day Ramona in 1913 where her father was a Santa Fe Railroad agent. She was reared and received her education in the Ramona community where she was graduated with the senior class of 1926 from Ramona High School. She was first employed in 1926 by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and in 1942, was transfered to the Muskogee office. She was associated with Southwesern Bell for 35 years.
She married Byron Hugh "Bill"Bryant on Aug. 16, 1962, in Holdenville. The couple made their home in Muskogee. Her husband was employed by Griffin Wholesale Grocery. The Bryant family moved to Oklahoma City in 1963 and Mr. Bryant was active in industrial construction and was the first contractor to build Taco Bell in Oklahoma. He was employed with Coates Field Service, Inc. until 1968. In May of 1968, Mr. Bryant joined Boston Edison, Inc. and the Bryants made their home at South Weymouth, Mass., and he was active as a landman, purchasing right-of-ways for various companies until he was retired in 1980.
The Bryants moved to Ramona, and Mr. Byrant was active as a City Councilman there and also served as Mayor of Ramona in 1972. The couple continued living in Ramona and he preceded her in death in Bartlesville on September 19, 1995. Since that time, Mrs. Bryant continued living in retirement in Ramona.
She was a member of the Ramona, First Baptist Church, Ramona Chapter #370, Order of Eastern Star, Southwestern Bell Pioneers Club and was a charter member of the Ramona Tuesday Study Club.
She will lie in state in the Drawing Rooms of The Arnold Moore
Funeral Residence where friends may call for their visitation until she is removed to the church for services and final rites on Tuesday.
Survivors include a son, Byron Hugh Bryant, III, Houston, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. James Lee (Evelyn Anne) White, Tulsa; eight grandchildren, Mrs. Charles (Marilyn) Mattix, Timothy Lee White, Thomas Lynn White, Cynthia White, Mrs. Ronald (Linda) Donelson, Mrs. Rodney (Charlotte) Becker, Mrs. Monte (Bette) Dossman and Mrs. Doug (Paula) Bonebrake; 17 great-grandchildren; 4 great-greatgrandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Ramona I. (Horsman) Hughes, Ramona; and two brothers, Robert Phillip "Bob" Horsman and Charles Edward "Bud" Horsman, both of Ramona.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Howard Horsman; one sister, Mrs. Reba Faye (Horsman) Critchfield and one grandson, Steven Bryant.  [Published Oct. 12, 1997]

Shirley J. Bridges
Shirley Jo Elkins Bridges, 54, of Bartlesville, died at 3:02 a.m. Sunday at St. John's Medical Center in Tulsa after a long illness.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sharon E. Watkins of Disciples Christian Church officiating. Interment will be in White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Mrs. Bridges was born Sept. 13, 1943, in Stillwell to William Edward "Bill" and Nicie Ellen (Smith) Elkins. Mrs. Bridges and her family moved to Bartlesville in 1950 and she attended Bartlesville and Dewey schools. She also lived in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, returning to Bartlesville in the mid-1980s. She had been employed briefly with Heritage Manor and Seven Eleven. She and Dewey Edward "Ed" Bridges were married Aug. 26, 1987, in Pawhuska.
Survivors include her husband, Dewey Edward "Ed" Bridges of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Danny (Debbie) Canute of Bartlesville, Mrs. Kevin (Yvonne) Grother of Savannah, Ga., and Mrs. Lee (Myrreld) Lucas of Savannah, Ga.; step-children, Glory Schutz of Bartlesville, Mrs. David (Kathy) Lindley of Dewey, Jon and Misty Bridges of Bartlesville, Eddie Joe and Tammy Bridges of Bartlesville, Dewey Brent Bridges of Bartlesville and Tracy Howard of Bartlesville; her mother, Nicie Ellen Smith Elkins Mathis of Bartlesville; a sister, Sendie Margaryan of Bartlesville; three brothers, Richard L. "Pete" Elkins of Copan, J.D. Elkins of Bartlesville and Jerry Wayne "Rusty" Mathis of Nowata; 22 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Bridges was preceded in death by an infant sister, Bernice Elkins in Wagoner; her father, William Edward Elkins of Yukon on Sept. 17; and her step-father, Walter William Mathis in Sallisaw in 1991.  [Published Oct. 14, 1997]

Richard G. Shafer
Richard Glenn Shafer, 75, of rural Caney, Kan., died Sunday evening at Jane Phillips Medical Center emergency room in Bartlesville.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Graves Memorial Chapel in Caney, Kan., with David Brown of Wayside Christian Church officiating. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, Kan., under the direction of Graves Funeral Home.
Visitation hours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Graves Funeral Home of Caney, Kan. Visitation hours will also be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Shafer was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Caney, Kan., to Harry A. and Tempa B. (Esson) Shafer. He was reared in Caney, Kan., and entered the Caney schools, graduating from Caney High School in 1941. He entered the United States Army and served during World War II in the European Theater. Mr. Shafer married Anna Loucille Mayfield Feb. 7, 1946, and they made their home in Caney, Kan. He was employed as a rural postal carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in January 1982. He was also a farmer and cattleman. Mr. Shafer was a past member and elder with Christian Church of Caney, Kan. He also taught Sunday school for many years and was a superintendent, and a ham radio operator.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Shafer of the home; two sons, Glenn Ray Shafer of Princeton, N.J., and Roy Thomas Shafer of Havana, Kan.; two daughters, Delores Ann Shafer of Oak View, Calif., and Janet Sue Shafer of Staunton, Va.; a sister, Helen Louise Todd of Corpus Christi, Texas; and three grandsons, Richard Glenn Shafer and Dennis Steven Shafer of Lawrence, Kan., and Garold Thmas Shafer of Havana, Kan.
He was precede din death by his parents and an infant son, Harry Dean Shafer.  [Published Oct. 14, 1997]

Henry A. Boltz
Henry A. Boltz, 64, of Moundridge, Kan., and a former Bartlesville resident, died Saturday at Memorial Hospital in McPherson, Kan.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville under the direction of Harder-Kaufman Funeral Home of Moundridge, Kan.
Visitation hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Harder-Kaufman Funeral Home of Moundridge, Kan.
Mr. Boltz was born Jan. 15, 1933, in Bartlesville to Fred P. and Lillian (Brothers) Boltz. He was a resident of Moundridge, Kan., for 26 years, moving from Bartlesville. He was employed as a fabricated operator with Hay and Forage Hesston. Mr. Boltz was a member of Church of Brethren in Bartlesville and a lifetime member of R.E.A.C.T.
Survivors include a brother, Clifford Boltz of Moundridge, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.  [Published Oct. 14, 1997]

Ada L. Cooper
Ada Lavonna "Dolly" (Crouch) Cooper, 99, longtime Bartlesville resident, died Sunday morning in a local medical complex.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of Grace Epworth United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Overholt, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be held at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home of Bartlesville.
A memorial has been established to Grace Epworth United Methodist Church, 710 S.E. Third St., Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Mrs. Cooper was born Jan. 5, 1898, in Jefferson City, Mo., to William Harley and Florence Arletta (Dickson) Crouch. She came to Oklahoma Territory in a covered wagon in 1906. She and Paul Lee Cooper were married in Berry County, Mo., Jan. 25, 1915. Following their marriage, they made their home in Cassville, Mo., for two years, moving to Springhill, Kan., where they farmed for seven years before moving to Thayer, Kan., where they farmed for five years, The couple moved to Bartlesville in 1930 where they have made their home since. Mr. Cooper preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1964. Mrs. Cooper was a member of Grace Epworth United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Gertrude Hughey of Dewey, Frances Alford of Borger, Texas, Mary Florence Suggs of Bartlesville and Jeanne Curtis of Copan; a daughter-in-law, Mary Cooper of Dewey; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Crouch; and two sons-in-law, Robert Suggs of Bartlesville and Bill Curtis of Copan; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lee Cooper on Oct. 28, 1964; two sons, Harley Cooper in 1916 and Virgil Glenn Cooper in 1996; two grandchildren; two sons-in-laws; seven brothers; and a sister. [Published Oct. 14, 1997]

Claudia J. Wise
Claudia J. Wise, 91, formerly of Hutchinson, Kan., died Tuesday in the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Elliott Chapel in Hutchinson with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson. Vistations may be held in Elliott Mortuary, in Hutchinson, until 9 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. Thursday until Friday services.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
Wise was born June 26, 1906, in Olmitz, Kan., to Charales H. Bennett and Josephine Hmealscka. A former Hutchinson resident, she moved from Oklahoma City to Bartlesville in 1991.
She was a homemaker and an Avon representative in Hutchinson and Kingman.
She was a member of the Emanuel Luthern Church, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Social Order of Amaranth Sunflower Council No. 3, Silver Leaf Chapter and Order of Eastern 
Survivors include a son, Billy J., of Sterling, Kan., two daughters, Barbara Mackey of Edmond and Nancy J. of Houston, Texas; a brother, Charles Bennett, of Hutchinson; two nephews, Paul and Dale Hilton, both of Hutchinson; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one son, Robert L.  [Published Oct. 15, 1997]

Michael E. Black
Michael Edward "Mike" Black, 43, a resident of Ochelata, died at 6:03 a.m. Monday in the Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Services will be 2: p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Ramona, with the Rev. Kenton White as the officiant. Interment will be in the Ochelata Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Casket escorts will include Russell Lucas, Ken Marshek, Dale Christenson, Gary Bradley, Bill Coble and Don Wiles. Honorary escorts will be Bud Leard, Bill Parker and Joe Haner.
A memorial has been established and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of may do so to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Black was born April 19, 1954 in Oklahoma City to Joe Bailey and Thomasine (Hammer) Black. He was raised and received his education in Bristow, attending school there. He moved to Ochelata in 1976 and was employed with Reda Pump for several years and was later employed with Purina Research Ranch east of Ramona for six years. He owned and operated Mike's Wrecker Service for three years while operating the B and L Sanitation Service in Ochelata, which he has operated for the past 13 years. He married Carrie Jo Haner on Dec. 5, 1995 at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He was a member of the Oklahoma Junior Rodeo Association and attended the First Baptist Church in Ramona.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie, of the family home in Ochelata; six daughters, Amanda Black, Seirra Ramsie Black, and Whitney Swanson Black, all of the family home, and Kelli Black of Ochelata, Christy Black of Bristow and Keri Loraine LoveJoy of Marlboro, Ohio; his father, Joe Black of Bristow; two grandchildren, two brothers, Rodney Black of Stratford and Hershel Jones Black of Shawnee;a sister, Brenda Joe Black, of Bristow; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thomasine Black, and three brothers.   [Published Oct. 15, 1997]

Larry C. Bunch
Graveside services for Larry Chris Bunch were 2 p.m. Wednesday in Guymon. A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Resurrection at 137th and Roe in Leawood, Kan.
A memorial has been established to Chris Bunch Children's College Fund, 11529 Parkhill, Overland Park, KS 66210.
Mr. Bunch was born Oct. 4, 1956, in Alva to Arle and Wanda Bunch. He was a 1974 graduate of Guymon High School and received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Panhandle State University in 1980. He married Lisa Holly in 1980. In 1981, Mr. Bunch began his career in marketing with Phillips Petroleum Co. in Bartlesville and was promoted within the company numberous times. His current position was MidWest Wholesale District Manager, Marketing Division of the Phillips 66 Division based out of Kansas City.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Bunch; a son, David; a daughter, Sarah; a sister, Karen Walker of Borger, Texas; and brothers, Keith Bunch of Lake Charles, La., and Jerry Bunch of Houston, Texas; six nieces and nephews, Darren and Dustin Lehnert, Ashley and Jason Bunch, Nikki Walker and Hillary Bunch.  [Published Oct. 16, 1997]

Norma D. Dunn
Norma Deane Dunn, 70, of Bartlesville, died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday at Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville with Randy Sparks, minister of the East Bartlesville Christian Church, officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 2825 E. Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74105.
Mrs. Dunn was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Norman to William L. "Bill" and Bonnie Lee (Barrett) Hendrix. She started her elementary education in Norman and moved to Alluwe area in 1939, finishing early education there and graduating from high school in Nowata in 1944. Mrs. Dunn married Conan E. Dunn on July 27, 1944, in Nowata. Mrs. Dunn was employed with Phillips Petroleum Co. as a secretary from 1944 until 1986 when she retired. Her employment was interrupted for a time to have her family. She was a member of Fall Creek Church in Branson, Mo.
Survivors include her husband, Conan E. Dunn of the family home in Bartlesville; two daughters, Deanna J. Ropp of Delaware and Cynthia J. Young of Montgomery, Ala.; her mother, Bonnie Lee Hendrix of Nowata; a sister, Nelda Lewis of Coffeyville, Kan.; two grandchildren, Jeremy W. Ropp and Kelby M. Ropp of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Dunn was preceded in death by her father, Bill Hendrix on April 3, 1971; and a brother, Jack Hendrix.  [Published Oct. 16, 1997]

Twila I. Powell
Twila Irene Powell, 94, widow of Richard L. Powell and a longtime Bartlesville resident, died Thursday morning in a local medical complex.
She has been removed for cremation and memorial services will be announced at a later date by the Neekamp Funeral Home.  [Published Oct. 16, 1997]

Bobby D. Clark
Bobby D. Clark, 59, resident of Bartlesville, died Saturday morning at his residence.
Arrangements are pending with Stumpff Funeral Home.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Vernon C. Jones 
Vernon C. Jones, 78, a resident of Bartlesville, died at 6:50 .m. on Friday at his residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Ramona with Dr. Monty Hale of the Eastern Heights Baptist Church and the Rev. Tom Cox of Bartlesville as the officiants. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fisk-Leffler American Legion Post #334 of Ramona. Interment will be in the Ramona Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Casket escorts will be Joseph Culver, Eric Culver, Eric Jones, William D. Jones, Dwight Sears and Jason Johnson. Honorary casket escorts will be Wayne Ward, Bob Bennefield, Bud Horseman, Jim Tucker, Fred Tucker and Lee Chew.
A memorial has been established and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Mr. Jones may do so to: Baptist Children's Home c/o Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Attn.: Oklahoma Baptist Homes President Tony Kennedy, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112-6506.
Mr. Jones was born February 22, 1919 at Ramona, to William Orla and Nellie (Tucker) Jones. He was raised and received his education in Ramona, graduating from Ramona High School in 1939. Mr. Jones worked on the family farm in the Ramona area after high school. He married Hester F. Sears on Jan. 10, 1942 at Vera, entering the U. S. Army on January 21, 1942 at Fort Sill. He received his discharge Sept. 29, 1945 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. After his military service he worked as a carpenter for most of his life working from general carpentry to assistant superintendent at Grimshaw Construction Co. 
Mr. Jones worked in various areas including Bartlesville, and Tulsa, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the Tulsa Carpenters Union Local No. 943 for more than 50 years. He was a member of Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Bartlesville and former member of the First Baptist Church in Ramona. He also was a member of the Cherokee Nation
Survivors include his wife, Hester, of the family home; two sons, William Daniel Jones of Tampa, Fla., and Eric M. Jones of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Verna Culver, of Pawnee; six grandchildren, Timothy Daniel Jones and Joshua Adam Jones, both of Tampa, Fla., Jennifer Lynn Jones of Houston, Texas, James Eric Culver, Cara Beth Culver and Joseph Lawrence Culver of Pawnee; and a great-grandson, Jesse Angel Jones, of Tampa. 
Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Velda Jones, in 1982.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Dilla F. Hadwiger
Dilla F. Hadwiger, 94, of Cherokee, died Thursday at the Share Convalescent home, Alva.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church of Cherokee with Drs. Gary Barkman and Bill Barr officiating. Burial will be in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery.
Visitation is available from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the Fisher Funeral Home in Cherokee.
A memorial may be made to the O.C.W.F. leadership development fund or to the donor's choice.
Born Nov. 19, at Rhea, I.T., to George Henry and Alice Gertrude (Messer) Hill. She married Everett A. hadwiger June 3, 1928 in Stillwater. He preceded her in Death April 28, 1996.
In addition to being a homemaker, she was a homemaker, elementary school teacher and secretary to the dean of the School of Commerce O.A.M.C. She lived on a farm in Cherokee from 1928 to 1959, moving into town August 1996. She was at the Share Convalescent home since then. 
Memberships included the First Christian Church of Church, Cherokee Study club, Rural Needlecraft and Mother's Slef-Culture Club. She was a graduate of Tonkawa University Prepatory School and graduated from O.A.M.C. with a bachelor's degree.
Survivors include a son, Jim, of Cherokee; two daughters, Donna Bar of Lexington, Ky., and Sandra Skinner of Bartlesville; a sister, Ardis Bouher, of Garber; seven gradchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a sister, Nina Hill.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Pauline Starr
Pauline (Williams) Starr, 51, wife of Ralph Benjamin "Ben" Starr, died at 3:05 a.m. Friday in the Medicalodge.
Private family funeral services will be directed by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Pauline Williams was born on March 22, 1946 in Tulsa to Lawrence Dallas and Marie (Price) Williams. She came to the Dewey community during her youth and was reared and received her education in the Dewey Public Schools. She was a 1964 graduate the Dewey High School. On Sept. 16, 1966, she married Ralph Benjmin Starr in Bartlesville and they made their home in Dewey since that time.
Mrs. Starr was a member of the Dewey Westside Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph, of Dewey; two daughters, Mrs. Darryl (Ethel Rebecca) Riley, Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Steve (Elizabeth "Liz") Bridges, Bossier City, La.; three grandsons, Lorenzo Riley, Cody Riley and James Jones Jr.; and two granddaughters, Jasmine Starr and Taylor Bridges. 
She was preceded in death by her father and mother.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Walter H. Plath
Funeral services for Mr. Walter Herbert Plath, age 89, a resident of Bartlesville, will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home. Dr. Rue Scott, pastor of the Virginia Avenue Baptist hllrrh will nreside the services. Burial will on the familv nlot in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Survivors include two daughters Helga Elisabeth Churchyard of Kelsale Nr. Saxmundham in Suffolk-England and Angelika Martha Kastner of Bartlesville, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one cousin, Ms. Ilse Hoppe of Bonn-Germany. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida in 1986 and also by one brother, Max Plath, Jr. who died during WW.II.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Jack J. Fox 
The Holy Eucharist for Mr. Jack J. Fox, age 75, a resident of Bartlesville and retiree of Phillips Petroleum Co., will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday in the sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal with Rev. Lee Stephens, rector of the church, as the celebrant.
Mr. Fox has been removed for cremation under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
A memorial in Mr. Fox's name has been established for St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and those who wish to contribute in his memory may do so in care of the church office, 210 S.E. Ninth Street, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Mr. Fox is survived by his wife, Elsa, of the home; two daughters, Ann Steeper of Aiken, SC and Patti Perkins of Ochelata, OK; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Grogg; and a brother, Fred Fox.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]

Rev. Brian J. Packer
The Rite II Eucharist for The Rev. Brian J. Packer, age 73, former rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, was celebrated 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The Rev. William J. Cox, retired Bishop of the Oklahoma Diocese, served as the celebrant. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Casketbearers were Max McCreary, Ed Beasley, Jim Grillot, John Foote, III, Bill Bridendolph and Scott Charlson. Honorary casketbearers were Dr. John D. Foote, II, William Harrison, Dr. Vernon Lockard, Donald Doty, Charles Martin and Dr. Camp Hunnington.
A memorial in Rev. Packer's name has been established for St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and those who wish to contribute in his memory may do so in care of the church office, 210 S.E. Ninth St., Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, of Bartlesville; a daughter and son-inlaw, Beverly and Lawrence Rhea of St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Jeanne Ayres of Newbury, England and Ann C. Weeks of Faringdon, England; three grandchildren, Ryan Rhea, Jennifer Rhea and Sarah Rhea; a cousin, Mina L. St. John of Leawood, KS; and nieces and nephews in England.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ian Michael Packer, in February, 1980.  [Published Jan. 11, 1998]


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