ENID, Okla. —
July 19, 1931-March 15, 2013
Tommy Kiser, 81, beloved father, grandfather, flirt and friend, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Enid, Okla.
Tommy, a recent resident of Jet, Okla., and longtime Farmington area resident will be remembered for his quick wit, lifelong friendships, wonderful sense of humor and his love for life.
He loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, hunting the grassy meadows of Southern Colorado, the Northern New Mexico canyons and forests, as well as the oak fringed wheat fields of Northeastern Oklahoma. Many a buck deer and stag elk gave up its life to the pinpoint accuracy of his 30-06 and his brown eagle eye, his other eye was blue.
Tommy was an accomplished fisherman snagging salmon at Lake Navajo, catfish in the shallow lakes of Oklahoma and prehistoric Sturgeon from the Columbia River in Oregon, with his cousin and life long friend, Jerald Kiser.
He was employed by Bill Goddard at Farmington Auto Parts and eventually purchased Bloomfield Auto Parts, as well as Durango Auto Parts, where he worked for many years, until his retirement in 1994.
He excelled in math and was a walking calculator. Anyone that asked for parts for their car or truck rarely saw him use a parts catalog, he kept the part numbers in his head. He was an honest businessman and fair to a fault.
Tommy’s signature everyday look was a snap-up western shirt, ball cap, blue jeans and cowboy boots. Many salesmen lost their prized silk power ties by wearing them into his auto parts store in Bloomfield, as he always kept his pocket knife razor sharp and was quick to remove the bottom half of their ties if they showed up wearing one. He was known to quote: “suits and ties have no place in an auto parts store.”
He loved spending time with his family and friends, whether it was hunting or flea markets with his son and grandson, or yard sales and softball games with his daughter and grand-daughter. He knew when to take life seriously and when to have fun. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His spirit will live on through our shared stories and laughter.
Tommy was a member and cherished the time spent in fellowship with his many friends on Thursday nights at Chisholm Trail Cowboy Church. He was always there for the beans and biscuits before and gossip exchange during and after their “standing room only meetings,” held in the sale barn at the Northwest Stock Yards, west of Enid, Okla.
A U.S. Army Korean War Veteran, Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Fauniel; his parents, Joe and Lucille; three brothers, Bobby, Curtis and Harold Dean; as well as an infant sister.
Tommy is survived by two children, Hershel Ray (Butch) Kiser and wife Linda, and Theresa Jane (Janie) Kiser-Donisthorpe and husband Brian; three grandchildren, Doug and Raylin Bak, Kurtis and Karysta Donisthorpe; one great-granddaughter, CeCe Bak; three sisters, Wilma Jo of Flagstaff Ariz., Betty of Wetumka, Okla., and Dorothy of Holdenville, Okla.;
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, March 22, 2013, at Brewer Lee and Larkin Memorial Chapel. Pastor Dave West and Wade Elftman will officiate. Full Military Honors at the graveside.
Honorary pallbearers include grandchildren, Raylin Bak, Kurtis and Karysta Donisthorpe, and great-granddaughter, CeCe Bak.
Family asks that this be a “no tie affair,” just cowboy up and come as you are, also in lieu of floral arrangements, donations can be made to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association .
Tommy’s care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, N.M. (505) 325-8688.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at http://www.serenityandcompany.com.
(Submitted by family)
ENID, Okla. —
July 19, 1931-March 15, 2013
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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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