The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 12, 2006

Obituaries for 10-13-06


MICHAEL, Gene, 80, Cherokee. Service pending with Goodwin Funeral Home, Cherokee.





SCHLANGER, Corinne, 88, Enid. Service pending with Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.





ELSIE HARDESTER

A graveside service for Elsie Hardester, 79, of Haskell, formerly of Enid, will be 1 p.m. today in Hulbert I.O.O.F. Ceme-tery. Arrangements are by Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.

She was born May 21, 1927, in Hulbert to Frank and Maude Nichols Hardester and died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in Tulsa.

She was raised in Choska Bottom, later moving the Enid before moving to Haskell in 2001.

She is survived by a sister, Opal Cooper of Haskell.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Condolences may be made online at brown-cummings.com.





EUGENE ALLEN STRADER

The funeral for Eugene Allen Strader, 87, will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Homestead Bible Church,Homestead. Lonnie Ott, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Homestead Cemetery. Ar-rangements are by Wilkinson Mortuary of Okeene.

He was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Homestead to Berry Allen and Mabel Marx Strader and died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at his home.

He graduated from Home-stead High School in 1936. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva and Oklahoma A&M; University in Stillwater. After college he worked on the railroad as a fireman for Sante Fe Railroad Co. He was a veteran of World War II. He joined the Army Jan. 9, 1942, and served in the 340th Engineer Construction Battalion. His battalion built the Alcan Alaskan Highway. He also served in Darwin, Australia, New Guinea, East India and Luzon.

After his honorable discharge from the Army Dec. 5, 1945, he farmed in the Homestead area. He married Margaret Louise Church July 28, 1946. He was a rural mail carrier for 30 years, retiring in December 1974. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Homestead Bible Church.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret of the home; three children, Linda Dungan and Terry, both of Homestead, and Troy of Oklahoma City; one sister, Carol Goforth of Miami, Okla.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hospice of Enid or Homestead Bible Church.





FAYE FERAL NIBLETT

The funeral for Faye Feral Niblett, 90, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, Elk City. The Revs. Danny Ringer and Leon Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Retrop Cemetery. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home, Elk City.

She was born April 2, 1916, in Paris, Ark., to Charles and Della Poole Potts and died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006.

She was raised and attended school in Paris and moved to Oklahoma with her family in 1948. She married Cecil John Cotton. They made their home in Retrop. She was a cook at Retrop, Port and Sentinel schools. She moved to Weatherford and cooked at Southwestern State College. She married Burnard Niblett in 1970 in Moore. They resided in Moore. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Elk City, Naomi Sunday school class and Life Embers.

Surviving are three daughters, Faye Keen of Elk City, Rae Moore of Drummond and Barbara Rozell of Sugar Land, Texas; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burnard, two brothers, four sisters and one son.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Elk City First Baptist Church, Meals on Wheels or charity of donor’s choice.





JAMES WILLIAM FLOYD

The funeral for James William Floyd, 80, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Abundant Life Temple. The Revs. David Robinson, Al Cascioli and Ron Olson will officiate. Burial will be in Me-morial Park Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Ander-son-Burris Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He was born March 17, 1926, in Thackerville and died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, in Enid.

He grew up in Enid and joined the Navy. He later graduated from Clinton High School. He moved back to Enid and attended Enid Business College and worked at Bond Bakery. He married Wanda Euelene Gough Yount Vaughn Aug. 25, 1978, in Thomas. He worked at Enid State School for 23 years as a supply clerk, retiring in 1988.

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Euelene of the home; a stepson, Randy Yount of Piedmont; a stepdaughter, Kathy Damron of Des Moines, Iowa; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Abundant Life Temple.

Condolences may be made online at www.andersonburris. com.





DAVID LOYD CARRIS

The funeral for David Loyd Carris, 50, will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Southern Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerry Holt will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Wakita. Arrange-ments are by Ladu-sau-Evans Funeral Home.

He was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Enid to Bill and Margie Koehn Carris and died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, at his home.

He graduated from Wakita High School in 1974. He was a welder and truck driver for Thurman Bridge and Block for 25 years. He was a member of Liberty Southern Baptist Church, was the church’s pianist and was a member of Barnstormers.

Surviving are his mother, Margie Carris of Wakita, and two brothers, Jim Carris of Enid and Terry Carris of Guthrie.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Liberty Southern Baptist Church.

Condolences may be made online at ladusauevans@cox inet.net.





CAROL J. NOEL

The funeral for Carol J. Noel, 73, of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Mooreland, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Billings Funeral Home Chapel, Woodward. The Rev. Aaron Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Mooreland Cemetery. Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home.

She was born March 16, 1933, in Mooreland to Delbert E. “Deb” and Mildred Frances Ruttman Hepner and died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, in Wichita.

She attended Mooreland schools and graduated from Mooreland High School in 1952. She moved to Wichita and was a secretary at Boeing Aircraft. In 1957 she went to work for Watefield Oil Co. as an accountant. She was a member of Countryside Christian Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Debra Kelly of Wichita; one sister, Patty Toohey of Lawton; one brother, Terry Hepner of Manhattan, Kan.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Salvation Army.

Condolences may be made online at www.billingsfuneral homewoodward.com.





RUTH ANN BARTZ

The funeral for Ruth Ann Bartz, 94, of Fairview, formerly of Mustang, will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at Fairview Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Steve Bolton will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview. Arrangements are by Fairview Funeral Home Inc. Viewing will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Munger, Texas, to Elijah and Maude Eugene Hancock Duke and died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, in Fairview.

She graduated from high school in Forest Glade, Texas. She married Walter Arthur Bartz June 7, 1930, in Odem, Texas. She was an airplane mechanic during World War II before becoming a dental hygienist. She completed the licensed vocational nurse program at HillCrest Baptist Hospital in Waco, Texas, and became a licensed practical nurse and was employed at HillCrest Hospital in Oklahoma City. She worked as an LPN until she was 68. She then became a hostess at Grandy’s and worked there until she was 85. In 2004, she moved to Fairview.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Corpus Christi, Texas, and American Legion Auxillary, Waco.

Surviving are two sons, Arthur Gene Bartz of Garland, Texas, and Robert Bartz of Waco; one daughter, Beverly Morawski of Fairview; one brother, Gene Steel of Groes-beck, Texas; two sisters, Jewel Scoggins of Lexington, Ky., and Helen Peters of Michigan; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter, six brothers and two sisters.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hospice Circle of Love.

Condolences may be made online at www.fairviewfuneral homeinc.com.





JIM GILBERT

A memorial service for Jim Gilbert, 82, will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Henninger-Allen Fu-neral Home Chapel. The Rev. Don Johnson will officiate.

He was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Marion County, Texas, to James Hall and Blanche Leroy Gilbert and died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at his home.

He graduated from high school in Texas. He married Laurice Hamilton in 1942. He served with the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. In 1957 he started Gilbert Banklock Service in Enid. He retired in 2002. He married Norma Jean Hoover Falls March 19, 1991. He was a member of Masonic Lodge for 50 years.

Surviving are his wife, Norma Jean of the home; one son, Mike Gilbert of Bedford, Texas; one stepdaughter, Carol Angel of Edmond; and two stepgranddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hospice Circle of Love or Enid chapter of Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Condolences may be made online at www.enidwecare.com.





RADONA L. BOOHER

The funeral for Radona L. Booher will be 2 p.m. today at Henninger-Allen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)



LEON RICHARD NEHRING

A graveside service for Leon Richard Nehring will be 1 p.m. today in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)





DR. ROBERT ‘BOB’ MARTI

A memorial service for Dr. Robert “Bob” Marti will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Fairview. Nichols Funeral Home, Fairview. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)





MAURINE H. SOWLE

Funeral services for Maurine H. Sowle will be 10 a.m. today at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)





MARILYN KAY PURNELL

Marilyn Kay Purnell 66, of Overland Park, Kansas, lost her battle to ovarian cancer Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at the Kansas City Hospice House. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Sat-urday, Oct. 14 at Cove-nant Chapel Evangelical Presbyter-ian Church, 13300 Ken-neth Road, Leawood, KS 66209 with a luncheon to follow at the church. Friends may call on the family 6-8 p.m. today, Oct. 13, at D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Bible Society, 1865 Broadway, NY, NY 10023-7505 or to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, KC, MO 64105 (Ovarian Cancer)

Marilyn was born in Fairview, Oklahoma and grew up in Enid, Oklahoma. She graduated with a B.S.W. with highest honors from Avila University. A lifelong friend and advocate for children, she was a social worker, long-time foster parent, and para-educator at Blue Valley West High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Maude Collins and her much loved husband of 35 years, Charles.

Survivors include her son, Charles of Norfolk, Virginia; her daughter, Marissa of Bonner Springs, Kansas and her daughter, Rachel of the home. Marilyn adored her grandson, Timmy, and is also survived by her sisters, Sue Ann Miller of Nashville, Tennessee and Lynelle Boyle of Orange, California.

“Into His (God’s) marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

(Paid Obit 10-13-1)





MADISON MAE VANBUSKIRK

Funeral services for Madison Mae VanBuskirk, infant, will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ringwood. Rev. Brian Frable will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

She was born April 5, 2006, in Integris Baptist, Oklahoma City, OK to Chris and Jeanie Chitwood VanBuskirk and died Oct. 11, 2006.

She is survived by her parents, Chris and Jeanie of Oklahoma City, OK; maternal grandparents, Robert and Willa Chitwood of Ringwood; paternal grandparents, Rodney and Leslye VanBuskirk of Enid; her three aunts, Tami Chitwood of Ringwood, Tricia Decker of Wichita Falls, TX and her husband Danny and their two daughters Lindsey and Loren; Tina Detrick of Dover and her husband Wade and their two daughters, Rylee and Reagan; paternal great-grandparents, Kenneth and Gloria Mullikin of Enid and Harley and Berneita VanBuskirk of Carrier; Madison’s God parents, Wes and Amanda Williams of Marlow; and several great aunts and uncles, other family members and friends who loved her even without meeting her.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Jess and Dorothy Osborne, Robert A. Chitwood Sr., Loren and Wilma Mae Unruh; J.D. and Colleen Robinson; and second cousin to Madison, Todd Hemphill.

Condolences may be made online at ladusauevans@cox inet.net. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)





RICHARD OWEN ‘DICK’ DAVIS

Funeral services for Richard Owen “Dick” Davis, 76, will be Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Wiggs will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Ceme-tery. Visit-ation will be today from 7-9 p.m. in the Henninger-Allen Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of Henninger-Allen Funeral Home.

Dick was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Enid to Henry and Edith Fisher Davis and passed away at his home Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006.

He was a graduate of Enid High School and attended Oklahoma State University. During the Korean conflict Dick served with the Army in Germany. Upon his return he earned a BA from Oklahoma City University. On Dec. 23, 1962, he married Dr. Elaine Neill. The couple made their home in St. Louis, Mo., where Dick worked for McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company. Later Dick worked as an accountant with his father for several years. He then owned and operated Davis Abstract Company for over 25 years. Dick was a member of First United Methodist Church, Rotary, Hedges Speech and Hearing Clinic Board and the Lee B. Thompson Choral Society.

He is survived by his wife Dr. Elaine Davis, of the home; two sons, Matthew Neill Davis and his wife Allison and their three children, Emma, Meg and Henry, all of Enid, Court Owen Davis and his wife Grace of Ponca City; two daughters, Joni Short of Vista, CA, Toni Quraishi of Socorro, NM; one niece, Mary Davis, one nephew, Mark Davis.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William Lee Davis.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church with Henninger-Allen Funeral Home acting as custodians for the fund.

Condolences may be made at www.enidwecare.com. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)





GEORGE EDWARD CARR, JR.

A funeral service for George Edward Carr, Jr., age 74, of Owasso, formerly of Enid, will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 13, 2006, at the Ander-son-Burris Funeral Home Cha-pel, with Dr. Ron Chas-tine officiating. Burial will be in the White Cemetery in Hunter, with arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home.

He was born to George Edward and Catherine (Allen) Carr on Dec. 23, 1931, in Elmira, New York, and died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2006, in Owasso.

George grew up in New York, graduating from Moravia High School in 1950. He joined the United States Air Force in 1950 and was stationed at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, and then served 14 months in Korea. On June 1, 1952, he married Wilma Jean Grantz and was then stationed in Bangor, Maine. After his time in the service, they returned to make their home in Enid. George was an Insurance and Real Estate Agent until he purchased an 18-wheeler and became a cross-country truck driver. He drove for 25 years before retiring in 1995, and earned a plaque for two million miles without an accident. He was a pilot and had his own plane. George was a great singer, leading revivals and church choirs all over the state. He was an artist and wrote music, poems and Western books. Most of all, he was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa, who loved his family very much. He will be terrribly missed.

He is survived by his wife Jean, of the home in Owasso; one son, Rick Carr of Sulphur; two daughters, Debby Wanzer and husband Don of Enid, and Janet Blake and husband Mike of Owasso; three grandsons, Phillip, Kyle and Nathan Wanzer; two granddaughters, Carra and Lauren Blake; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the family to be decided at a later time. (Paid Obit 10-13-1)