The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 25, 2007

Obituaries for 6/26/07


SCHRODER, Florence Lee, 83, Okarche. Service pending with Sanders Funeral Service Inc., Kingfisher.





JESSE LEAMON TAYLOR

The funeral for Jesse Leamon Taylor, 15, of Kingfisher, will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, Kingfisher. The Rev. Leon Seaton will officiate. Burial will be in Kingfisher Cemetery. Arrangements are by Sanders Funeral Service Inc., Kingfisher.

He was born Dec. 16, 1991, in Oklahoma City to Gary Taylor and Lisa Staude and died Thursday, June 21, 2007.

He had lived in Texas but lived most of his life in Kingfisher. He was a sophomore at Kingfisher High School where he was a wrestler. He worked at Pizza Hut in Kingfisher.

Surviving are his mother, Lisa Staude Huey of the home; his father, Gary Taylor of Texas; one sister, Tyffany Moore of Kingfisher; one brother, Tyler Moore of Kingfisher; grandparents, Cliff and Lil Staude of Oklahoma City and Doug and Catherine Taylor of Weatherford.





DONNA MAE SWAFFORD

A vigil will be 7 p.m. today and Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Kiowa, Kan. The Rev. John Strasser will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Kiowa. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and prior to the service at the church.

She was born March 4, 1924, in Anthony, Kan., to Lonnie B. and Lottie Meyers Williams and died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Kiowa Hospital District Manor.

She attended a country school to the eighth grade.

She married Carl Swafford Dec. 2, 1942. She worked at Bob’s Flower Shop in Kiowa, was a caretaker for many children and cleaned churches. She was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Surviving are one son, Melvin Swafford of Kiowa; one daughter, Janie Stewart of Hazelton, Kan.; one sister, Ruth Rader of Manchester; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Kiowa District Hospital Manor or St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.

Condolences may be made online at lanmanmemor ials@sbcglobal.com.





BEATRICE LUCILLE CAFFEY

The funeral for Beatrice Lucille Caffey, 85, of Hennessey, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Robyn Thompson-Goggs will officiate. Burial will be in Hen-nessey Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home, Hennessey. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday. The casket will remain closed at the church.

She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Stratford to James and Minnie Goodman Reavis and died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.

She married Paul Newton Caffey Jan. 11, 1942, in Seminole. They moved to Dover in 1961 and to Hennessey in 1962. They owned and operated Seminole Trucking in Hennessey.

Surviving are two sons, Paul N. Caffey of Hennessey and Michael Don Caffey of Enid; one daughter, Jo Beall of Hennessey; one sister, Lorraine Drake of Tulsa; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, one sister and one brother.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Coronado Masonic Lodge 56.





DEAN RANSON

The funeral for Dean Ranson, 84, of Fairview, will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Fairview. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. The Rev. Richert Redinger will officiate. Arrange-ments are by Fairview Funeral Home Inc., Fairview. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m today and 9 to 11 a.m. Wed-nesday at the funeral home. There will be a viewing prior to the service.

He was born June 27, 1922, on the family farm near Longdale to Herbert “Bert” and Stella Davis Ranson and died Monday, June 25, 2007, at Fairview Regional Medical Center.

He attended Overlander “Tin Top” Elementary School and graduated from Longdale High School in 1938. Following graduation, he worked for one year for Work Progress Administration driving a team of horses, hauling dirt to locations building roads. He later enrolled in Alva Teachers College (now Northwestern Oklahoma State University), graduating in 1943 with a physics and mathematics degree. While in college, he taught Air Force cadets.

He married Ethel Martin Dec. 23, 1942. She died in 1989. He volunteered for active duty and served with the Army Signal Corps. He attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., while in the Army. He also served as a decoder technician. He received an honorable discharge in March 1946 at Camp Chaffee, Ark., after three years of active military service.

Following his discharge he moved his family to Zenda, Kan., where he taught high school math and science for one year. From May 1947 to 1972, he was the bookkeeper/teller at Farmers and Merchants National Bank in Fairview, becoming president in 1972. In 1985, he became chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He retired from Farmers and Merchants National Bank on July 1, 2002, after 55 years. He served on the board for 53 years, retiring in 2007. In 1996, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Bankers Association 50-year Club.

He married Mary Kirkendall Teske May 12, 1990, in Enid. He served as president of Fairview Chamber of Commerce and Fairview Lions Club. In January 2002, he received the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achieve-ment Award. He was past district secretary/treasurer of District 2A of Oklahoma Lions Clubs. Other offices held include American Legion post commander of King-Hagen Post No. 51; president and treasurer of Fairview Industries Inc.; board of directors of Waldon Inc.; and secretary of Major County Trust Authority. He was Fairview city treasurer for 15 years and was named to the president’s cabinet of Mid Continent Life Insurance Co. He also served on the board of Senior Citizens Center and was a member of Fairview First United Methodist Church where he served on the official board, building committee, financial committee and board of stewards. He was church treasurer for 15 years, and in 1994, he and his wife were named church Family of the Year. He also served on the board of directors, as well as the audit and finance committees of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Surviving are his wife, Mary, of the home in Fairview; two daughters, Rita Cain of Fort Worth, Texas, and Janis Johnson of Yorktown, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel, and one stepdaughter.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Dean Ranson Scholarship at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation or First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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





COLEMAN E. CLAYPOLE

The funeral for Coleman Edward Claypole, 82, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church. The Rev. Keith Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by An-derson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Enid to Joseph Coleman and Lala Brady Claypole and died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at his home in Enid.

He grew up in Enid and graduated from Enid High School. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He married Barbara Clark Sept. 5, 1952, in South Haven, Kan. They made their home in Enid where he worked 37 years for Champlin Refinery. He also was a driver for Enid Transfer and was past chief steward of O.C.A.W. and was the operator of Perry Acres Rural Water Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara, of the home; two sons, Joe Claypole of Enid and David Claypole of Chickasha; one brother, Donald Claypole of Hutchison, Kan.; four grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, one brother and one sister.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hospice Circle of Love or First Baptist Church building fund.





EDNAIRL ALLEN ‘EDDY’ NEILL

A graveside service for Ednairl Allen “Eddy” Neill, 96, will be in Prairie View Cemetery, Aransas Pass, Texas. Arrange-ments are by Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes, Aransas Pass. Family visitation will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Billings Funeral Home, Woodward.

She was born May 22, 1911, in Clareville, Texas, to Arthur and Pearl Jones Allen and died Friday, June 22, 2007, at Mooreland Heritage Manor, Mooreland.

She graduated from Aransas Pass High School in 1929.

She married George Archie Neill June 6, 1931. They made their home all over south Texas during the 43 years he worked for an oil company. Following his retirement in 1970, they made their home in Portland, Texas, where they were active with First Baptist Church, Masons and Eastern Star. He died Jan. 14, 1982.

She continued to live in Portland, moving to Woodward in May 1992. She had been a resident of Mooreland Heritage Manor for the past six years.

Surviving are one son, George Archie Neill Jr. of Logansport, La.; one daughter, Patricia Faye Hamon of Woodward; one sister, Arthurine Hutto of Hideaway, Texas; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 10 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, George, she was preceded in death by three sisters, one grandson and one stepgrandchild.

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





REV. JASPER N. OVERTON

The funeral for the Rev. Jasper N. Overton, 67, of Sharon, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, Woodward. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Billings Funeral Home, Woodward.

He died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Woodward Regional Hospital, Woodward.





DORIS HELEN ELLENA ZALOUDEK

Mass of Christian Burial for Doris Helen Ellena Zaloudek, 83, will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. The Rev. Larry Kowalski will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Hennin-ger-Allen Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 1, 1921, in Burrel, Calif., to Jack and Rose Marie Brunette Ellena and died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

She graduated from high school in Fresno, Calif., and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Fresno State University. While there, she earned her pilot’s license. During World War II she served in Women’s Air Service Pilots (WASP). She was inducted into Oklahoma Aviation Hall of Fame.

She married Kenneth Zaloudek July 31, 1944, in Taft, Calif. They made their home in Enid where they co-owned and operated West Side Feed Store and Zaloudek Implement Co. for more than 50 years. She was involved with Altar Society and Women’s Study Club at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church where she was a charter member.

Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Sr., of the home; one daughter, Tina McCann of Austin, Texas; two sons, Kenneth Zaloudek Jr. of Evanston, Wyo., and Joe Zaloudek of Tulsa; one sister, Melba Loftis of Hanford, Calif.; four grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the church.

Condolences may be made online at www.enidwe care.com.





WYNONA JERLEEN PETTUS

The funeral for Wynona Jerleen Pettus, 74, of Lahoma, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Followers of Christ Church, Ringwood. Clayton Wallace and Jim Wallace will officiate. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery, Helena. Arrange-ments are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Helena. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the family present from 6-8 p.m.

She was born Sept. 30, 1932, near Helena to William and Lillian Brown Morris and died Monday, June 25, 2007, after a brief illness.

She married Dale Pettus June 4, 1950, at her parents’ home. They lived in Enid for 15 years before moving to Lahoma in 1965. She was a homemaker and a member of Followers of Christ Church for over 50 years.

Surviving are her husband, Dale, of Lahoma; three sons, Jim, Mike and Pat Pettus, all of Lahoma; three daughters, Vickie Haffner and Polly Watkins, both of Enid, and Nancy Thomas of Celina, Texas; two sisters, Janetta Nakvinda of Ringwood and Deanna Krukenberg of Enid; three brothers, Alvis Morris and Delton Morris, both of Enid, and John Morris of Corpus Christi, Texas; 24 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, one sister, one brother and twin granddaughters.

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





DELORIS PARKER

A private family service for Deloris Parker, 79, of Fairview, will be held. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Nichols Funeral Home, Fairview.

She was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Fairview to Earnest and Rhea Griffin Culver and died Monday, June 25, 2007, at the home of her son in Longdale.

She was a graduate of Fairview High School.

She married Grover Parker May 26, 1946, in Fairview. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 51 and Okeene Auxiliary Post 7203.

Surviving are her children, John of Longdale, Shannon of Ringwood and Sandra of Dallas; one brother, Roy Culver of Fairview; one sister, Jean Mantzke of Ardmore; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband Grover.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home, P.O. Box 332, Fairview, OK 73737 to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma division.

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





DOYLE, Steven Jay, infant, Enid. Service pending with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. (Paid Obit 6-26-1)





WALTER W. DECKER

A funeral service for Walter William Decker, 95, of Meno, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home Chapel with Shorty Unruh officiating. Burial will be in New Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery with arrangements by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.

He was born to Frank H. and Ida Mae (Koehn) Decker on March 30, 1912, in Taloga and died Saturday, June 23, 2007, at Golden Oaks Retirement Village in Enid.

Walter grew up in Taloga and attended school there. He then served in the U.S. Army. He was a Private First Class in the First Battalion, 156th Infantry, during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

On Aug. 23, 1942, he married Marie Linda Koehn in the Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Nev. They made their home on a farm near Meno, where they farmed for 30 years. He was a member of the Glorious Church near Cleo Springs.

He is survived by his children, Roger Decker and wife Pam of Meno, Merlin Decker and wife Linda of Lahoma, Sherilyn Mason and husband Chip of Ringwood, Jana Overstreet and husband Neil of Enid, and Carla Decker of Billings; nine grandchildren, Mark Decker, Danny Decker and wife Tricia, Patricia Jung and husband Brandon, Jessica Decker, Randy Mason, Jacqueline Hicks and husband James, Tara Gustin and husband Tom, Andrea Overstreet and Nathan Overstreet; five great-grandchildren, Hannah Mason, Ashlynn and Chelbi Decker, Lindsey and Loren Decker; and two sisters, Lana Kimes of Boulder, CO, and Erma Anderson of Becker, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ida Decker, his wife Marie, and three sisters, Hilda, Marjorie and Julia.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Hospice Circle of Love, Glorious Church, or New Hopedale Mennonite Church.

Condolences may be made online at www.andersonbur ris.com. (Paid Obit 6-26-1)