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May 4, 2014

Waukomis Cemetery Board is seeking info on veterans before ceremony

ENID, Okla. — Information about veterans buried in the Waukomis Cemetery is being sought ahead of the dedication of a veterans’ memorial during the annual Waukomis Memorial Day Service.

Plans for a memorial began after an August 2012 storm destroyed a maintenance building at the Waukomis Cemetery.

Later that year, the Cemetery Board took out a loan of $17,500 to replace the uninsured building.

The board began raising funds to repay the loan and approached the Waukomis Park Board about assisting with fundraising.

“For several years prior, the Park Board had been very successful at raising funds for town projects,” Waukomis Park Board member Dick Yuhnke said, adding that the Park Board would raise most of the funds through an annual 5K run in August.

Between Cemetery Board fundraising efforts and the 5K run, there was more than $10,000 raised beyond the amount needed to repay the loan.

Yuhnke said several ideas for improving the cemetery were discussed, and the idea for a veterans’ memorial was approved.

A stone had been located at Pellow Monuments, but the raised funds were considerably short of the price for the stone. Yuhnke said officials approached John and Ann Rus, the owners of Pellow Monuments, and the two offered to sell the stone and do the engraving for the amount raised.

The stone was installed in March, according to Yuhnke.

The Memorial Day service and dedication is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 26 at the Waukomis Cemetery Pavilion.

Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, is scheduled to speak, and Kyle Dillingham — whose parents and grandparents are Waukomis natives — will be performing patriotic songs during the event.

As part of the memorial dedication, a list of 337 veterans buried in the cemetery is being updated.

Yuhnke said all available information has been recorded, including full names, dates of birth and death, branch of service and wars fought, where applicable.

The Cemetery Board is seeking information regarding branch of service for the following veterans buried in the cemetery: Gladys Armstrong, Glenn Armstrong, W. J. Ashley, Milton Atherton, Dwayne Atherton, Festus Baker, Henry Beese, W. C. Brooks, Ralph A. Brown, Ralph S. Brown, Morris Burford, Ben Burford, Doyal Burrow, Merle Clark, Gilbert Clary, John Conway, Roy Cook, Robert DeFever, Robert Deweese, Russell Dick, Ronald Dick, Raymond Dick, James Dolton, Sidney Earnheart, Vernon Eaton, Roy Edwards Jr., Edward Estill, John Freeman, Paul Fry, Benny Garner, George Garner, William Gift, Robert Glass, Lewis Gossett, Edward Gungoll, Aubrey Handley, Nelson Hane, Paul Hane, David Harris, Walter Harris, John Hayes, John Hays, Dale Henneke, Mason Henneke, Lanny Henneke, Norman Henneke, Morgan Hinman, John Holman, Ray Holtzchaw, Joe Hromas, Irene Hromas, Thomas Hromas, Jack Isbell, John Jones, Cliff Joseph, Van Joseph, Alvin King, Marvin Koehn, Thomas Lewis, Fred Litschke Jr., Byron Lovell, Earl Mahnke, Louise Markes, Orville Markes, Harry Martin, Rex McCollom, Lloyd McDaniel, James McDevitt, Thomas McFarland, David Meyer, Dr. Lester Meyer, Kenneth Miller, Dennis Mitchell, Charles Moore, Charles S. Moore, Howard Nichols, Raymond Nobis, Beauford Norris, John O'Donnel, C. R. Parker, Charles Payne, Henry Perrin, Glenn Pierce, Charles Pitman, William Prophet, Fred Risen, Sam Roades, Harold Roads, Charles Roff, Richard Rogers, Ernest Ross, Kenneth Sabin, Gene Sabin, David Selby, Leon Semrad, Vere Shaklee, Darrell Shiplet, Homer Shirley, George Shults, Howard Skouby,  George Spleth, Marie Spomer, I.L. Happy Stephenson, David Talbott, Rowland Talbott, W. C. Talbott, Alfred Thain, Norman Tussey, H. C. Tyner, Rev James Underwood, Jerome Valtr, Milton Walters, John Wamsley, Steve Webb, Charles Weddle, Ray West, Wardie Wilkins, Lucien Wilkins, Frank Wilkins Jr., Dallas Wilson, Perry Wilson, T. J. Wyrzkowski and Vergel Young.

To submit information, contact Louise Milacek at (580) 758-3790 or at louisemilacek@sbcglobal.net, or Yuhnke at (580) 237-7707 or dickyuhnke@att.net.

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