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Patricia L. Mock
Patricia Lee Mock, 68, of Nowata died Sunday morning at Jane Phillips Medical Center.
A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Monday at Benjamin Funeral Chapel in Nowata with services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Catherine's Catholic Church with the Rev. Bill Skeehan officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Nowata.
Mrs. Mock was born on Dec. 29, 1929 in Childers to William F. Branstetter and Edna Florence Adamson Branstetter. She married Don Norris and then later to Donald J. Mock.
Mrs. Mock grew up at Childers and was a graduate of Childers High School. She lived in Nowata County all of her life and was a homemaker who had worked in local restaurants in earlier years.
Survivors include her husband, Donald, of the home; a son, David Alan Norris and his wife, Rex Anne, of Nowata, a daughter, Gail Ann Mock, of the home; a brother, Bob Branstetter and his wife, Peggy, of Talala; and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Mock was proceeded in death by her father on April 8, 1984, a son, Samuel Clarence Norris, on Nov. 17, 1973; and a sister, Peggy Long, on Nov. 17, 1995.   [Published Jan. 12, 1998]

Lester W. Cummins Jr.
Graveside services for Lester W. Cummins Jr. of Del City, who died Saturday in Oklahoma City, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday on the family plot of the Dewey Cemetery with the Rev. Rob McDonald of the First Church of the Nazarene officiating. Services and burial are under the direction of Neekamp Funeral Home.
Honorary casketbearers will be Stacey Jarrett, John Key, Billy Robinson, Church Smith, Johnnt Tuttle and Kim Cummins.
Mr. Cummins was born in Bartlesville and raised in the Dewey area.
Survivors inclucde two daughters, Chelsea and Makeala Cummins; his parents, Lester W. Sr., and Carrie Cummins of rural Dewey; a brother, Kim R.; two sisters, Denise L. Foster and Glenda K. Hayden; a several nieces and nephews.  [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Thomas L. Bishop 
Thomas LeRoy Bishop, 67, of Bartlesville, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Jane Phillips Medical Center.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Dewey Cemetery with Lt. Tom Louden of the Salvation Army officiating. Interment will be in the Dewey Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post #105. Services and interment will be under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Mr. Bishop was born on June 10,1930 at Bartlesville to C.K. and Freda (Leach) Bishop. He grew up and attended schools in Bartlesville and served with the U.S. Army from January 1949 until April 1950. He married Joan Elizabeth Hill on March 29,1949. Mr. Bishop was active as a carpenter in high rise building construction work until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of the Carpenters Union and also enjoyed stock car racing and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, of the home in Bartlesville; five daughters, Mrs. Robert (Charlotte) Brown of Nowata, Mrs. Lawrence (Patsy) Watters of Bartlesville, Mrs. Everett (Becky) Waggoner of Bartlesville, Mrs. Phyllis Owens of Bartlesville, and Alyce Bishop of Bartlesville; two sons, Tom Bishop of Bartlesville and Anthony (Tony) Bishop of Caney, Kan.; three sisters, Mrs. Don (Helen) Lowery of Bartlesville, Mrs. Bill (Catherine) Green of Bartlesville and Mrs. Floyd (Nancy) Duffield of Bartlesville; three brothers, Glen (Benny) Bishop of Bartlesville, Jimmy Bishop of Bartlesville and Kevin Bishop of Broken Arrow; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, three brothers,and a great-grandchild.   [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Letha M. Whitson
Letha Mae Whitson, 79, a native and lifetime resident of Bartlesville, died 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bartlesville Care Center.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Gordon of the Trinity Baptist Church and Kenneth Whitson of the Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be in the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Mrs. Whitson was born on June 16,1918 in Bartlesville to Marion Antonio and Loretta Mae (Morrison) Zoski. She grew up and received her education in Bartlesville and married James Doyle "Granny" Whitson on Oct. 26,1935 in Bartlesville. They made their home in Bartlesville and Mr. Whitson was employed in construction work, with the City of Bartlesville, National Zinc and the Santa Fe Railroad until his retirement in 1974. Mrs. Whitson was active as a homemaker. 
Mr. Whitson preceded her in death on June 18,1983 and Mrs. Whitson continued her home in Bartlesville since that time.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmie, of Bartlesville, Danny , of Bartlesville and Robert Whitson of Bernice; five daughters, Mrs. Wilda McCowan of Bartlesville, Mrs. Lucy Bayle of Bartlesville, Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Mitchell of Bartlesville, Mrs. Clyde (Rita) Tucker of Bartlesville and Mrs. Jack (Rebecca) Duede of Bartlesville; a sister, Helen Cox, of Bernice; two brothers, Frank Zoski, of Adair, Texas, and Charlie Zoski, of Plano, Texas,;21 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.   [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Letha M. Whitson
Funeral services for Mrs. Letha Mae Whitson, 79, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ed Gordon of the Trinity Baptist Church and Mr. Kenneth Whitson of the Church of Christ officiating. Interment will be in the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Casket escorts will include Gilbert Finley, Mike Fauvell, Kerry Harris, Robert Whitson, Jeremy Whitson, Bill Yates, and Clyde Tucker.
Mrs. Whitson is survived by three sons, Jimmie Whitson of Bartlesville and Robert Whitson of Bernice, five daughters, Mrs. Wilda McCowan of Bartlesville, Mrs. Lucy Bayle of Bartlesville, Mrs. Jerry (Mary) Mitchell of Bartlesville, Mrs. Clyde (Rita) Tucker of Bartlesville and Mrs. Jackie (Becky) Duede of Bartlesville, one sister, Helen Cox of Bernice, two brothers, Frank Zoski of Adair, Oklahoma and Charlie Zoski of Plano Texas, 21 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.    [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Josephine B. Carman
Josephine B. (Slanker) Carman, 90, a retired longtime employee of he Phillips Petroleum Co. and mother of Kenneth L. "Ken" Carman, died at 10:10 p.m. Sunday in Bartlesville.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Memory Chapel of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence. The Rev. Charles H. McCarthy will be the officiant. Commital prayers and interment will be directed in the White Rose Cemetery by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Josephine B. Slanker was born on Aug. 17, 1907 at Clinton, Mo., to Dan L. and Florence B. (Fair) Slanker. She moved to Seneca, Mo., with her family members during her youth where she began her education. The Slanker family moved to Commerce where she continued her education and they came to Bartlesville in 1917 where she completed her education in the Bartlesville community schools. She was employed by the Bell Telephone Co. as a telephone operator prior to becoming employed in 1925 by the Phillips Petroleum Co. as an elevator operator. In 1928, she began her longtime career with the telephone office of the local Phillips Co. 
She married Felix Borne. On April 29, 1943, she and Kenneth Carman were married in New York City and they made their home in Bartlesville. 
Mr. Carman preceded her in death in Bartlesville on Sept. 3, 1968. Mrs. Carman retired from the telephone office of Phillips as senior operator in July 1972. Since that time, Mrs. Carman has lived in Bartlesville in retirement.
Mrs. Carman was a former member of the Jane Phillips Sorority.
Survivors include her son, Kenneth, of Bartlesville. 
She was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Lydia A. Riise.   [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Helen A. Thielen
Helen A. (Schneider) Thielen, 102, a former longtime Bartles-ville resident and widow of the late Roy E. Thielen, died at 6:45 a.m. on Monday in Chandler, Ariz.
A rosary will be said at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in the Memory Chapel of the Arnold Moore Funeral Residence.
The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in St. John's Catholic Church. The Rev. Steve Austin will be the celebrant.
Commital prayers, dedication of the grave and interment will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the family plot, beside the grave of her husband, Roy, in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Deacon Dan Willis will be in charge of the commital rites on Friday morning. Final rites will be directed by the Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Mrs. Thielen 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 on Thursday evening.
A native of Iowa City, Iowa, she was born on April 2, 1895 to Henry Adolph and Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) Schneider. She was reared and received her education in the Iowa City, Iowa, community schools and graduated in 1913. She attended the Irish Business College at Iowa City, Iowa and was employed there for several years.
She and Roy E. Thielen were married at Iowa City on April 4, 1923 and they made their first home at Burlington, Iowa where Mr. Thielen was employed by the Firestone Rubber Co. Following various residents in Ohio and in Oklahoma, Mr. and Mrs. Thielen moved to Bartlesville in 1943 when Mr. Thielen joined the Phillips Petroleum Co. Mr. Thielen was retired from the Phillips Co. Sales Dept. in 1957 and he preceded her in death in Bartlesville in July of 1964. Mrs. Thielen remained a Bartlesville resident until May of 1988 at which time she moved to Tempe, AZ. to live near her children.
Mrs. Thielen was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church and the Marian Group of the St. John's Women's Association.
Surviving are two sons, Richard E. and his wife, Margaret Chandler, Ariz., and Robert H. and his wife, Lucia, of Tempe, Ariz.; a daughter, Mrs. John F. (Mary) Mullikin, ofTucson, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Miss Regina Schneider as well as her parents.   [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Helen A. Thielen
The Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Helen A. (Schneider) Thielen, 90, a former longtime Bartlesville resident who passed away on Monday, will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the St. John's Catholic Church. Father Steve Austin will be the celebrant. A Rosary for Mrs. Thielen will be said at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday in the Memory Chapel of The Arnold Moore Funeral Residence. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Memorial Park Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Friday by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Mrs. Thielen 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 for services on Thursday evening.
Surviving Mrs. Thielen are two sons, Richard Edward Thielen and his wife, Margaret, Chandler, Arizona and Robert Henry Thielen and his wife, Lucia, Tempe, Arizona; one dauthter, Mrs. John F. (Mary) Mullikin, Tucson, Arizona; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grand-children.
She was precdeded in death by one sister, Miss Regina Schneider, as well as her parents.  [Published Jan. 15, 1998]

Bobby D. Clark
Mr. Bobby D. Clark, 59, resident of Bartlesville, died at 7:30 AM on Saturday at his residence.
Memorial services for Mr. Clark was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday at the Baptist Temple 3333 E. Tuxedo, Bartlesville, Oklahoma with Rev. Daniel V. Tidwell as the officiant. Memorial services and cremation was under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Mr. Clark was born November 30, 1938 at Baker, Oklahoma to George and Mary (Ritchey) Clark. In early years he was engaged in farming in the Oklahoma Panhandle, then moved to Bartlesville in 1972 where he worked in construction and for Applied Automation until becoming disabled in 1994. Mr. Clark was a member of the First Methodist Church in Baker, Oklahoma. He married Winona Klassen on November 30, 1957 in Adams, Oklahoma. Bobby loved the outdoors and had a great passion for gardening.
Survivors include his wife Winona, of Bartlesville, two sons and daughter in laws Michael Ray and Vickie, Scott Allan and Kelly Clark of Bartlesville; a daughter and sonin-law Kim Renee' and Paul Tidwell of Fort Worth, Texas, four grandchildren James "Daniel" and Rachel Joy Tidwell of Fort Worth, Texas; Bobby Alan and Leah Marie Clark of Bartlesville; four sisters Christine Jenkins and Ruth Moore of Amarillo, Texas, Joan Allen and Carol Schmitzer of Liberal, Kansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Donald Clark.   [Published Jan. 13, 1998]

Earl H. Chapman 
Earl Henry Chapman, 71, of Bartlesville, died Tuesday morning in the local medical complex.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home. Final committal rites will be accorded on the family plot of the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Mr. Chapman was born in Coffeyville, Kan., Oct. 7,1926, to Henry "Hank" and Julia (Parks) Chapman. He married Joan Whitson in Carson City, Nev. in 1943. Mr. Chapman was a construction contractor prior to his retirement in 1988.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Connie) Lowe, of Barnsdall; a sister, Gladys Cox, of Bartlesville; two granddaughters, Jodie Hollifield of Bartlesville and Lori Harrison of Barnsdall; and six great-grandchildren, Jessica Jones, Weston Lowe, Benjamin Harrison, James Sanders Hollifield, Lauren Harrison and Courtney Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Earl H. Chapman
Funeral services for Mr. Earl Henry Chapman, age 71, of Bartlesville, were held 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home. Mr. Bill Lorton presided the services. Burial was in the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Casketbearers were Jim Steeler, Gary Greenwood, John Dean, Tom Sprague, Jack Dobbs and Cleo Hobson. Honorary casketbearers were Bart Jones and Ronnie Powell, Jr.
Mr. Chapman is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Connie) Lowe of Barnsdall; a sister, Gladys Clopp of Bartlesville; two granddaughters, Jodie Hollifield of Bartlesville and Lori Harrison of Barnsdall; and six greatgrandchildren, Jessica Jones, Weston Lowe, Benjamin Harrison, James SandersHollifield, Lauren Harrison and Courtney Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan (Whitson) Chapman, in 1977; four sisters; and two brothers.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Jack J. Todd 
Jack J. "Tom" Todd, 75, a lifetime resident of Bartlesville and retiree of Phillips Petroleum Co., died Tuesday morning in the local medical complex.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Gordon, pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church, presiding. Full military rites will be accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post No. 105 on the family plot of the Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Neekamp Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Todd was born in Bartlesville, Sept. 16, 1922, to Fred A. and Mable (Reed) Todd. As a young man, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving his honorable discharge in 1945. He married Anna Marie Capps in marriage April 22, 1950 in Bartlesville. Mr. Todd began a 35-year career with Phillips Petroleum Co. in 1955. He retired as a materials analyst in 1985. Mr. and Mrs. Todd made their home here since that time.
He was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Marie, of the home; a son, James Edward, of Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Jackie Todd Freeman, of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mildred Todd of Bartlesville, and Mary Scrygley of Clarendon, Texas; and a grandson, Landrum Todd Freeman, of Houston, Texas.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Violet N. Stokesberry 
Violet Nichols Stokesberry, 76, widow of Jeremiah (Jerry) Nichols and Harvey Stokesberry, died Monday at the family residence.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of the Neekamp Funeral Home. Pastor Don Snider of the Memorial Christian Church will officiate services. Final committal rites will be accorded Mrs. Stokesberry on the family plot of the White Rose Cemetery under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Mrs. Stokesberry was born in Wister, Oklahoma, March 17, 1921, to Culley A. and Grace (Sanders) Alford. She moved to Bartlesville and received her schooling here. She married Jeremiah (Jerry) Nichols April 21, 1937 in Pawhuska and they made their home Bartlesville. Mr. Nichols preceded her in death May 27,1966. She attended Tri-County Tech in 1971 where she received training as a nurse's aide. She married Harvey Stokesberry in 1975. The couple lived in Bartlesville. Mr. Stokesberry was employed with National Zinc. Mrs. Stokesberry worked as a nurse's aide for the Washington County Memorial Hospital from 1971 to 1979. Mr. Stokesberry preceded her in death March 17, 1993, and Mrs. Stokesberry made her home here since that time.
She was a member of the Memorial Christian Church.
Mrs. Stokesberry is survived by two sons, Jeremiah Nichols,Jr. of Pawhuska and Everett L. Nichols of Bartlesville; six daughters, Rose M. Phillips of Bartlesville, Grace Ann Plasencia of Dewey, Violet Irene Doggett of Dewey, Donna Sue Martin of Mustang, Margie Lou Lewis and Lucy Kay Whaling, both of Bartlesville; 32 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren, a special cousin, Margie Evans, of Ochelata; and special friends Jim and Dorothy Malone of Coffeyville, Kan. She is also survived by her stepmother, Golda Alford; two halfbrothers, Vern and George; and a half-sister, JoAnn, all of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Jeremiah Nichols in 1966, and Harvey Stokesberry in 1993; a brother, and a sister.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Betty O. Deeds
Betty Opal Deeds, 97, died Monday in Tulsa. 
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday. at Moor Memory Chapel in Tulsa with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tulsa.
Deeds was born to Rachel and Richard Brown on Oct. 19, 1900 in Nevada, Mo.
Deeds came to Tulsa in 1920 where she worked at Bishops Restaurant. She moved to California for awhile where she obtained her pilot's license and returned to Oklahoma in the mid 1930's. She was a waitress at local restaurants in the downtown area.
Deeds is preceded in death by her husband, Eddy Deeds in 1933. Deeds is survived by several nieces and nephews.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Fama S. Arning
Fama Sibly Arning, 89, of Nowata died on Jan. 13 at the Nowata Nursing Center.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery. Arthur Stookey will be officiating. 
Arning was born on Oct. 12, 1908 to Roscoe Davidson and Madosa Esther Cantrell in Rocky Comfort, Mo., growing up in Missouri and later moved to Oklahoma. 
She was baptized on July 26, 1930 in the Illinois River at Tahlequah and is a graduate of Northeastern State University on July 19, 1934.
Arning taught school one year at White Oak before moving to Childers to teach five more years.
On April 12, 1937, Arning married Ancil Marion Arning. After marriage, she moved to California until 1972, returning to Bartlesville and then to Nowata in 1993.
Arning was a member of the Baptist Faith.
Arning is preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 26, 1982.; an infant son, Michael Arning, Jan. 13, 1943; two sisters, Miranda Ethyl Aspell and Anita Lorain Davidson; 
Special friends of Arning include Alvis and Pat Johnson of Nowata.
Arning has four sisters, Nina Lucille Barnett of Springfield, Mo., Lillieth Irene Davidson of Yucca Valley, Ca., Fannie Willis Schultz of LaHabra, Calif., and Eva Zoe Flourens of Las Vegas, Nev.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Dorothy E. Hodges
Dorothy E. Hodges, 91, of Bartlesville, died Saturday at the Hickory Pointe Care Center in Oskaloosa, Kan.
Cremation is planned with private family interment at the Pawhuska Cemetery. The Barnett Funeral Home of Oskaloosa is in charge of arrangements.
Born Sept. 30, 1906 in East Saint Louis, Mo., to James and Elmeda Key Edgar, she lived in Oskaloosa for two years and previously lived 60 years in Bartlesville.
She married David Wayne Hodges Sr. May 14, 1925 in Tulsa. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include a son, David, of Oskaloosa; a brother, Lawrence "Bud" Edgar, of Manteca, Calif.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1992.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Nathan G. Graham 
Nathan G. Graham, 67 died Monday at his home in Tulsa after and extended illness.
Graveside funeral services will be 11a.m., Thursday in the Memory Lane Cemetery. The Rev. Russell Cheatham will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Reser Funeral Home, Healdton, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The son of Thomas E. and Theresa Gibson Graham, he was born on June 27, 1930, in Oklahoma City, where he attended Classen High School and was the Joseph Hester Patterson Award recipient for outstanding athletics. In 1948, he was named All-State in football and was a member of the state champion basketball team.
Graham graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Business in 1952 and was an OU letterman in track and field. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea during 1953-54. He graduated from OU College of Law in January, 1957.
He practiced law in Oklahoma 40 years with service as county attorney in Washington County and assistant district attorney in Custer and Beckham Counties. He was appointed U.S. Attorney in Tulsa for Northern Oklahoma in 1969 by President Nixon, serving until 1977. He was engaged in private practice in Bartlesville, Tulsa and Clinton. He was admitted to practice in federal, district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Court of Claims, Washington, D.C.
Graham was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Bar Association, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Oklahoma Masons, Bartlesville Lions, and Tulsa Rotary.
Survivors include his wife, Florence, of the home; two daughters, Ann Marie Dobbs of Bixby, and Sally Jane Reser and her husband Les, of Healdton; four granddaughters, Kayla and Jamie Dobbs of Bixby, Melissa Williams of Durant, and Samantha Reser of Healdton; a brother, Thomas E. Graham Jr., Oklahoma City; and stepchildren, Linda Bovasso of Houston, Texas, and Dr. Steve Bovasso and his wife, Sharna, of Tulsa, and their son Michael Blake.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Thomas LeRoy Bishop
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas LeRoy Bishop, 67, were held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday at the Dewey Cemetery with Lt. Tom Louden of the Salvation Army officiating. Interment was in the Dewey Cemetery where full military rites were accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105. Funeral services and interment were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.
Mr. Bishop is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joan Bishop of the home in Bartlesville, five daughters, Mrs. Robert (Charlotte) Brown of Nowata, Mrs. Lawrence (Patsy) Watters of Bartlesville, Mrs. Everett (Becky) Waggoner of Bartlesville, Mrs. Phyllis Owens of Bartlesville, and Alyce Bishop of Bartlesville, two sons, Tom Bishop of Bartlesville and Anthony (Tony) Bishop of Caney, Kansas, three sisters, Mrs. Don (Helen) Lowery of Bartlesville, Mrs. Bill (Catherine) Green of Bartlesville, and Mrs. Floyd (Nancy) Duffield of Bartlesville, three brothers, Glen (Benny) Bishop of Bartlesville, Jimmy Bishop of Bartlesville, and Kevin Bishop of Broken Arrow, fifteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Bishop was preceded in death by his parents, C.K. and Freda Bishop, one sister, three brothers, and one great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Lester W. Cummins, Jr.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Lester W. Cummins, Jr. of Del City, OK were held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Dewey Cemetery. Rev. Rob McDonald of the First Church of the Nazarene presided the services.
Honorary casketbearers were Stacey Jarrett, John Key, Billy Robinson, Chuck Smith, Johnny Tuttle and Kim Cummins.
Services and interment were under the direction of the Neekamp Funeral Home.
Mr. Cummins is survived by two daughters. Chelsea and Makeala Cummins; his parents, Lester W., Sr., and Carrie Cummins of rural Dewey; a brother, Kim R. Cummins; two sisters, Denise L. Foster and Glenda K. Hayden; and several nieces and nephews.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Herbert A. Smiley
Herbert A. Smiley passed away 1-11-98 while residing at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colorado. He recently moved there to be near his son Craig Smiley residing in Glenwood Springs. Co. He was 75.
Services will be at Farnum-Holt Funeral Home at 405 West 7th Street Glenwood Springs, Co on Friday 1-16-98 at 3:00 PM. There will be no graveside service as Mr. Smiley requested cremation. No flowers or gifts are asked for. Donations should be made to the charity of your choice. Pastor Doug Self will officiate.
He was born February 23, 1922 in Murdock, Kansas. He attended Bethel College in N. Newton, Ks. and enlisted in the Army Air Corp 9-10-42. He went to England completing 35 air missions as an aerial tail gunner in B-24's and B-17's and received the Air Medal with 4 bronze medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He married Wilda Crawford 10-23-44 and graduated from Wichita University in 1948. He had 35 years employment with Phillips Petroleum Company and served as Division Manager retiring 2-1-83.
He was a member of the 55+ Activity Center in Bartlesville, Ok, American Legion Post 0101, VFW post 10099, member of National Honor Society 1937, '38, & '39. 
He is survived by daughter Ann Marie Davidson, Encinitas, Ca.; son Craig Smiley, Glenwood Springs, Co.; daughter Karen Wilber Strong, Maine; daughter Linda Branim, Escondido, Ca; and ex-wife Wilda, Escondido, Ca. Two Brothers, Richard Smiley, Oklahoma City, Ok. and Kenneth Smiley of Logan, Iowa. His sister Helen preceded him in death. He has 8 grandchildren.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Aleta E. Emmitt
Aleta E. Emmitt, 91, a longtime resident of Bartlesville, died Tuesday afternoon in a local medical complex.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Friday on the family plot in Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Dershem, pastor of the Rose Hill Community Church, presiding services which are the under of Neekamp Funeral home.
Born Sept. 19, 1906, in Lequire, I.T., to John T. and Mattie Ola (Cooper) Wade, she married Herbert L. Rickman in Missouri on July 5, 1929. They made their home in Bartlesville where he worked for National Zinc of America. He preceded her in death in February 1952. She worked as a hat maker for Nattie King. She retired from Phillips Petroleum Co. after a 20-year career in 1978, retiring from the maintenance department. She married Lawrence R. Emmitt March 24, 1967. He worked in the maintenance department of Bartlesville Public Schools and First National Bank. He preceded her in death April 20, 1993. 
She was a member of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church, the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Lodge.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Al and Pauline Bullington, of Ketchum; a brother and sister-in-law, J.T. and Thelma Wade, also of Ketchum; a nephew, Buddy Sanders, of Bartlesville; three nieces, Patty L. Austin of Roswell, N.M., Dawn McVay of Bartlesville, and Lt. Commander Debra Wade with the U.S. Navy in South Korea.   [Published Jan. 15, 1998]

Dwight E. Bishop
Dwight E. Bishop, 62, of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., died Dec. 26, in Denver, Colo. 
Graveside committal service will be 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Bartlesville.
Memorial services were Jan. 5 at First Plymouth Congregational Church.
Contributions may be made to The MaxFund Animal Adoption Center, 1025 Galapago St., Denver, CO 80204.
Bishop was born April 19, 1935, in Bartlesville and graduated from Harvard University in 1957, and received a master's degree in business administration from Babson College. He was employed by the Manville Corp. for 26 years.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia, and brother, David of Durango, Colo..   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Robert L. Looney
Robert L. Looney, 83, a resident of Wann, died at 2:48 a.m. on Wednesday at the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
Services will be 2 p.m. on Friday at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church north of Wann with the Rev. Johnnie W. Scott officiating Interment will be in the Robbins Cemetary west of Coffeyville, Kan., under the direction of Stumpff-Nowata Funeral Home.
Casket escorts will be Jerry Sears, Bob Miner, Larry Ruckman, Daniel Miner, Jimmy Kuder and Ivan Benson. Honorary casket escorts will be Jonathan Power, Jacob Power, James Allen Kuder and Terry Miner.
Mr. Looney was born July 7, 1914 near Wann to Ed and Eva Mae (Smith) Looney. He was raised and received his education in the Lenepah area. Mr. Looney was engaged in farming and worked for Nowata County as a grader operator for 32 years, retiring in 1976. He married Bertha Roberta Ryan on April 23, 1936 at Nowata and was a lifelong resident of this area. In recent years the Looneys had lived in the South Coffeyville area. Mr. Looney was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and during his retirement he enjoyed gardening, especially flower gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Miner of Wann and Geneva Sears of Vinita; four grandchildren Terry Minor of Bartlesville; Billie Jean Ruckman of Vinita; Jimmy Ray Kuder of Vinita and Belinda Sue Power of Laramie, Wyo.; eight great-grandchildren and a niece, Betty Humphries, of Mena, Ark. 
Mr. Looney was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Bertha, on Jan. 7, 1994; a brother, Artie Looney, and a sister, Verna Trimble.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Robert L. Looney
Mr. Robert L. Looney, 83, resident of Wann, Oklahoma area, died at 2:48 AM on Wednesday January 14, 1998 at the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services for Mr. Looney were held at 2:00 PM on Friday at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church north of Wann with Rev. Johnnie W. Scott as the officiant. Interment was in the Robbins Cemetery west of Coffeyville, Kansas under the direction of the Stumpff-Nowata Funeral Home.
Casket escorts for Mr. Looney was Jerry Sears, Bob Miner, Larry Ruckman, Daniel Miner, Jimmy Kuder and Ivan Benson. Honorary casket escorts were Jonathan Power, Jacob Power, James Allen Kuder and Terry Miner.
Mr. Looney is survived by two daughters Bobbie Miner of Wann, and Geneva Sears of Vinita; four grandchildren Terry Minor of Bartlesville; Billie Jean Ruckman of Vinita; Jimmy Ray Kuder of Vinita, and Belinda Sue Power of Laramie, Wyoming; eight great-grandchildren, and one niece Betty Humphries of Mena, Arkansas. Mr. Looney was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bertha Roberta Looney on January 7, 1994 one brother Artie Looney and one sister Verna Trimble.   [Published Jan. 16, 1998]

Blanche L. Mounts
Blanche Lucille "Angie" Mounts died Jan. 13 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Wallace and the Rev. Tommy Henson officiating. Burial will be in the Pawhuska Cemetery under the direction of Johnson's Funeral Directors.
Born on Dec. 1, 1918 in Osage County near Bowring to Charles and Ivy (Shepherd) Labadie, Mrs. Mounts was the youngest of 13 children.
She married Erwin Earl Mounts on Oct. 1, 1937 in Bartlesville. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1980.
A member of the Osage Indian Tribe, Mrs. Mounts attended the Labadie and Herd Schools. She was a 1936 graduate of Bowring High School. She was the center on the Bowring basketball team.
Mrs. Mounts was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pawhuska for more than 45 years and taught Sunday school in the junior department for 20 years. She organized a special need class in the First Baptist Church and was teaching it at the time of her illness. She was a member of The Red Eagle Extension Homemaker for more than 50 years. She was known as "The Hat Lady," "The Paint Lady" and for her large wonderful cinnamon rolls. She also loved to write poetry.
Survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta Sue and Hershel Slinkard Jr., of Pawhuska; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles E. "Sonny" and Diane Mounts of Ponca City; Forrest E. "Buddy" and Jerry Sue Mounts of Springdale, Ark.; eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.   [Published Jan. 14, 1998]

Edwin Van Den Bark 
Edwin Van den Bark, who retired in 1982 after a long and distinguished career with Phillips Petroleum Co., succumbed to a heart attack at his winter home in Green Valley, Ariz., on Sunday.
A private service was held in the family home, with another being planned in Santa Fe next summer. The family requests that memorials be made to arthritis or heart foundations.
The Van den Barks spent summers at their home in Santa Fe, where they had programs, and was a member of the Presbyterian Church throughout his life.
Van den Bark was born in Lincoln, Neb., on Aug. 7, 1917. The family moved to Texas when he was 9 years old, but he later returned to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska. He earned a bachelor's of science in geology, then did post graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined Phillips in 1939, and spent his entire career with that organization, retiring as a senior vice president.
He married Joyce Wilson on Sept. 16, 1939 in Bartlesville. The couple had two daughters, Susan and Karen. In the United States Army in World War II, Van den Bark was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, and was treated in one of the first Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units. He returned to Phillips Petroleum after the war, and lived in Texas, serving as district geologist and later as manager of the land and geological department. Phillips discovered various oil and gas fields in West Texas during his tenure.
In 1957, the family moved to company headquarters in Bartlesville, where Van den Bark continued to oversee domestic exploration and production actives. In 1962, he transferred to the international department as manager of its exploration and production division. He was promoted to manager of the international department in 1964, and to vice president in 1965. Under his administration, Phillips worked harmoniously toward petroleum exploration with governments in such diverse places as Nigeria, Indonesia, and Egypt. He also spearheaded discussions with the People's Republic of China.
Van den Bark was a key participant in the exploration of the North Sea off Norway, beginning in 1962. It culminated in the discovery and development of the huge Ekofisk field in 1968, the first major oil and gas field in Europe. In the next few years, five other fields were discovered within 10 miles of it. In 1976, the Norwegian government awarded Van den Bark the Royal Norwegian St. Olav's order, in the degree of Commander, in recognition of his contribution to the development of energy and allied industries in Norway. In May, 1982, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by his alma mater, the University of Nebraska.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Joe Gomez, of Santa Fe, a daughter, Karen Van den Bark, of Santa Fe, and his grandchildren, James and Jane Hensley.    [Published Jan. 15, 1998]

Pauline (Williams) Starr
Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline (Williams) Starr, 51, wife of Ralph Benjamin "Ben" Starr, and longtime area resident will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Friday in the West Side First Baptist Church, Dewey. The Rev. Michael Diggs will be the officiant. Committal prayers and interment will be directed in the Dewey Cemetery by The Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Surviving Mrs. Starr are her husband, Ralph Benjamin "Ben" Starr, Dewey; two daughters., Mrs. Darryl (Ethel Rebecca) Riley, Kansas City, Kansas and Mrs. Steve (Elizabeth "Liz") Bridges, Bossier City, Louisiana; three grandsons, Lorenzo Riley, Cody Riley and James Jones, Jr., and two granddaughters, Miss Jasmine Starr and Miss Taylor Bridges. She was preceded in death by her parents.   [Published Jan. 16, 1998]


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