ENID, Okla. —
August 21, 1918 — October 12, 2012
Curtis Risinger Peters, 94, of Cherokee, Okla., joined his beloved wife Averille in heaven on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012. Visitation 10 a.m. to 8 p.m today, Oct. 16, 2012, with family present from 6-8 p.m. A wake service will be 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in the hall at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, officiated by Father James Wickersham. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 2 p.m. in St. Cornelius Catholic Church and burial will follow in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Lanman Funeral Home Inc. of Cherokee.
Condolences may be shared at www.lanmanmemori als.com.
Curtis “Pete” Risinger Peters, the youngest of three children, was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Cordell, Okla., to Pearl L. Risinger Peters and Hood M. Peters.
He met the love of his love, Averille Jane Brown, while at Cordell High and went on to graduate in 1936. Following graduation, he attended Draughn’s Business College and Harding College, where he played collegiate basketball.
On Aug. 21, 1939, he married Averille in Cordell. They lived in Oklahoma City, where they attended Hills Business College. In early 1940, they moved to San Diego, Calif., where he worked for Consolidated Aircraft, building the B-29. After the Pearl Harbor attack, they moved to Wichita, Kan., and worked for Beech Aircraft, continuing work on the B-29.
In March 1944, he was inducted into the Army and served under General Patton at Third Army Headquarters in the European Theater. During his service, he received four battle stars. He was transferred to the 358th Fighter Group, where he mapped ground troops for the squadrons. His work with the pilots greatly reduced incidents of friendly fire. In June 1946, he was honorably discharged.
Once home, they moved to Stillwater, where he attended Oklahoma A&M College. It was there he and Averille welcomed their only child, Kathleen Dianne, who had him wrapped around her finger and will always call him “daddy.”
After receiving his BS and his master’s in vocational agriculture in 1949, he relocated his family to Lambert, where he taught Vo-Ag for 16 years. He then taught at Capron for two years and Cherokee for seven years. During this time, he taught three Star Farmers of Oklahoma, four District Star Farmers and five state officers. In 1974, he transferred to the Helena State Training School for Boys and retired in 1980.
He was a member of the National FFA Alumni, Alva Golf and Country Club, Oklahoma Educators Association, Cherokee Rod and Gun Club, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, American Legion of Foreign Wars and St. Cornelius Catholic Church. He was an Honorary American Farmer and always spoke fondly of his many successful Vo-Ag students.
Besides his military and career successes, Curtis loved and played nearly all sports offered during his day and was a man of many hobbies, including golfing, fishing, bowling and assisting his grandchildren with showing animals when they were in 4-H and FFA.
Curtis is survived by his daughter, Kathleen and husband Tom Means of Edmond; grandchildren, Janelle Means Hickey and husband CDR Brad Hickey of Atsugi, Japan, Katrina Means Shaklee and husband J.D. Shaklee of Edmond; Tommy Curtis Means and wife Jennifer Adams Means of Edmond; and seven great-grandchildren, Sean Hickey, Ryan Hickey, Kian Hickey, Callahan Shaklee, Katharine Shaklee, Taylor Means and Gracey Means.
Preceding him in death was the love of his life, Averille Brown Peters; great-grandson, Bradley Curtis Hickey; his parents; and two sisters, Blanche Strealy and Dolora Shofner.
The family would also like to give special thanks to Frank Mach for his wonderful caring and assistance to Curtis during the last years.
Memorials may be made to March of Dimes, Oklahoma Chapter, through the funeral home.
(Submitted by family)
ENID, Okla. —
August 21, 1918 — October 12, 2012
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Janice Le Alcorn Carter
Funeral service for Janice Le Alcorn Carter, 63, of Enid, Okla., will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Johnny Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in Pond Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
She was born July 17, 1950, in El Reno, Okla., to Alfred L. and Grace C. (Whitaker) Acree and passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Enid.
She moved to Enid with her family and attended Enid schools. She worked in home health care and was a cancer survivor.
Ruth K Weston
Memorial service for Ruth K. Weston, 82, of Enid, Okla., will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Central Christian Church. The Rev. John McLemore, the Rev. Don Johnson and Brian Meyer will officiate. Cremation and funeral arrangements are by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.
Ruth was born Sept. 11, 1931, in Le Sueur County, Minn., and passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Golden Oaks Retirement Community, with her husband Jack at her side.
Ruth married John “Jack” Weston on Aug. 26, 1976.
They resided in Falls Church, Va., and then Lake Pomme de Terre, Mo. The couple moved to Enid in November 2009, where Rev. Weston had graduated from Phillips University in 1955. They were both active members of Central Christian Church.
Donald 'Don' Arthur Black
Funeral for Donald “Don” Arthur Black will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Enid Maine Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Thomas J. Pullin will officiate. Committal prayers and interment will follow in Byron-Amorita Cemetery under the kind guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Visitation with family will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Stittsworth Funeral Service.
Donald Arthur Black, son of Arthur and Sylvia Venn Black, was born Sept. 4, 1933, in Jet, Okla., and passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Enid, at the age of 80 years. He suffered from a long illness of Parkinson’s disease and heart disease.
Don graduated from Jet High School with the class of 1952, and married the love of his life, Muriel Uldine Puffinbarger, on May 20, 1953. They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage this May.
Upon moving to Enid to raise their family, Don worked primarily in the insurance and real estate business as proprietor of the Black Agency. Don was a realtor for over 50 years and served at the local, state and national level.
Barbara Sunthimer Geis was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Van Nuys, Calif., and passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, in Okeene, Okla., at the age of 81.
At the age of 9, she went to live with her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Enos Haworth. The family moved to Okeene, Okla., in 1941. Barbara attended Okeene schools throughout her life.
She married her high school sweetheart, Oral Fuller, in 1949. They were married for eight years and had two sons, Alan and Mark.
After Oral passed away suddenly in 1957, she renewed her friendship with Gene Baker. They were married in 1959 and had two daughters, Kim and Karen. Gene and Barbara were married for 42 years. Gene passed away after a lengthy illness in 2002.
Margie Erlene Adams Anderson
Graveside service for Margie Erlene Adams Anderson will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, in Grace Hill Cemetery, Perry, Okla. Service is under the direction of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry. Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry.
Vivian Alieen Ankle
Rosary for Vivian Alieen Ankle, 77, of Perry, Okla., will be 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, and the funeral service is 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, both at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Perry. Arrangements by Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, Perry.
Melba Jo Spillman
Service pending with Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service and Cremation Directors.
Floyd 'Ed' Dunn
Floyd “Ed” Dunn passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home where he wanted to be, after a lengthy illness, with his family at his side. We mourn his passing and celebrate his life. He touched all our lives in so many ways, as husband, daddy, papa, pepaw and friend.
He was born in Enid, Okla., on July 11, 1933, to Floyd and Flora Dunn.
He was married to his loving wife of 62 years, Lily Dunn.
He retired from Texas Electric after 35 years of faithful service.
Deborah Joy Stewart
Funeral service for Deborah Joy Stewart, 62, of Pond Creek, Okla., will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Pond Creek, with the Rev. Les Washnock officiating. Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Pond Creek.
Deborah was born Oct. 23, 1951, to Thomas E. and Lillian Jean McCleery Shaffer in Martinez, Calif., and died Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Enid, Okla.
She was raised in Concord, Calif., and moved to Pond Creek with her son Delaire in 1976. She remained in Pond Creek, raising all three of her children here. She also worked for StarTek in Enid. She was family-oriented, and her best memories were spent with her children and grandchildren.
Deborah was a great friend to all and will be loved and missed by so many.
Ronal 'Wayne' McAbee
Graveside service for Ronal “Wayne” McAbee, 74, of Deer Creek, Okla., will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Nardin, Okla., with Pastor Lanny Jobe officiating. A fellowship and meal will follow at Blackwell Museum. Arrangements are by Stittsworth Funeral Service, Medford, Okla.
Wayne was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Cordell, Okla., the son of Chauncey Elbert and Mona Jessie Myrtle Kight McAbee and passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Enid, Okla.
He was raised in Blackwell, but lived in various cities in Oklahoma, California, as well as Colorado.
He loved working with wood, making full-sized as well as minature furniture.
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