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
Margaret R. Speece
A private family graveside service for Margaret R. Speece, 92-year-old Enid, Okla., resident, will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Restland Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Margaret was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Elam W. and Margaret (Barnes) Jackson and died peacefully at Golden Oaks Nursing Home on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Her family moved to Ponca City, Okla., where she graduated from Ponca City High School. She was active in the high school choir, the study of the piano and a member of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Upon graduation, she attended Oklahoma State University.
On Dec. 1, 1952, she married James Speece in Fort Smith, Ark. The couple owned and operated several jewelry stores across the southwest.
John Leslie Sayre
John Leslie Sayre, loving husband, father and grandfather, minister, theological librarian, university librarian, seminary dean, tour director and gardener passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Foxwood Springs Living Center, Raymore, Mo. John was born in Hannibal, Mo., to John L. Sayre Sr. and Clara Lucile Haden on March 28, 1924, and was raised in Norman, Okla.
John graduated from University High School in Norman in 1942. He studied one year at the University of Oklahoma and transferred to Phillips University (Enid, Okla.) where he graduated in 1946, with a BA in religion.
John was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1946. In 1947, he entered Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., and graduated with his Master of Divinity in 1950.
On June 18, 1948, John and Herwanna L. Harrouff of Lawton, Okl., were married at University Place Christian Church, Enid, Okla.
From 1950-1957, John served as campus minister for the Christian Church in Stillwater, Okla., where all four children were born.
In 1957, John moved to Austin, Texas, to become campus minister at University Christian Church.
Donald Edward Houska
Donald Edward Houska, 69, of Hull, Texas, died of pneumonia on Friday, April 4, 2014, at Harbor Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.
He was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Okla., July 24, 1944, to Edward and Glenda Louella (Johnson) Houska.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Houska of Hull; mother, Glenda Houska of Deer Park; stepson, Bradley Sias and wife Sharon of Hull; granddaughter, Nikki Sias of LaPorte; great-granddaughter, Morgan Rollins of LaPorte; sisters, Patricia L. Brock of Deer Park and Judy M. Jett of Deer Park; brother, Daniel Houska and wife Sue of Eustace, Texas.
Velma Lee Bonnett
Lee was the first child, and only daughter, of A.C. “Bert” and Mabel (Schwandt) Hafner born on Oct. 2, 1926, in the rural Kansas community of Winkler.
At the age of six, her parents and younger brother, Roger, moved to the Hunter, Okla., farm where she grew up. Some of her longest and closest friendships were formed with her classmates at Hunter High School. The Class of 1944 continued to remain in touch and Lee was instrumental in planning their reunions.
She attended Phillips University, but her high school sweetheart had a bigger impact and they married in 1944. The oil field activity in western Oklahoma and Kansas lured them to various towns, where they spent their young married years, finally settling in Hoisington, Kan.
Lee was an assistant manager at the Griffin Hotel. Her hotel career ended with the birth of daughter Lynn and within 13 months, the draw of home brought them back to the Hunter area, where they farmed and founded an independent oil contracting business. Son, Bradford was born in 1954, and the family was complete.
Christopher 'Bubba' Landis Hladik
Funeral for Christopher “Bubba” Landis Hladik, 35-year-old Enid resident, will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel.
Pastor Kevin Choate will officiate. Burial will follow in Hennessey Cemetery.
Chris was born Sept. 29, 1978, in Enid, Okla., to Landis “Joe” and Jeanette (Hyatt) Hladik and died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
He attended local schools.
He worked at PIC Truck Wash in Hennessey for five years.
Devora Kay Davis
Funeral service for Devora Kay Davis, 56, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jarrod Cloud officiating.
Burial will be in Enid Cemetery.
Visitation with the family is 5-6:30 p.m. today, April 16, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
Devora was born to Travis and Juanita (Beck) Davis on Dec. 27, 1957, in Wilson, Okla., and passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at her parents’ home in Enid.
Devora grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. She then attended Tulsa Junior College. She worked as a supervisor at Star Tek in Enid.
Devora attended First Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed playing games, and her dog “Boogie.”
Dorothy Pralle, 85, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Garber, Okla., will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Garber. Burial in Garber Cemetery.
A graveside service for Keith Breckenridge will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home.
Bernice Elizabeth Mund
Service pending with Stittsworth Funeral Service, Medford.
Phyllis Elaine Thornburg
Graveside service for Phyllis Elaine Thornburg, 59, of Enid, Okla., will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Mausoleum in Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Lester Lowry officiating. Visitation with the family is 5:30-7 p.m. today, April 15, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.
Phyllis was born Oct. 22, 1954, in Hominy, Okla., to Ilo Wayne and Charlene (Buchanan) Watkins and passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Enid.
Phyllis grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High.
She worked as a nurse aide and was working at Furrs Cafeteria when she had to retire due to health issues.
On Oct. 22, 1989, she married Leroy Thornburg in Fort Smith, Ark. They lived in Enid, Fort Smith and returned to Enid in 1990s. Phyllis was a member of Evangel Assembly of God Church.
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