Obituaries

Shoemake: He was a force

Shoemake: He was a force

When Shockley Shoemake found out he had terminal brain cancer three weeks ago, he had no regrets. “I’ve done everything I need to do, and I’m not afraid of death,” he said. He had, in fact, lived a life so full that it is hard to capture. He was a child of the Depression, who […]


Randall Kidder obituary: He was a longtime drug counselor for the Osage Nation

Randall Brent Kidder, 57, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015 in the St. John Medical Center, Tulsa. Randy was born October 6, 1957 in Cushing, the son of Dennis and Virginia Lee (Shelly) Kidder.  He attended school in Pawhuska, graduating with the Pawhuska High School Class of 1975.  Randy later graduated from Rogers State University […]


Dave Barnhill obituary: He taught family how to avoid hardships he had faced

David “Dave” Eugene Barnhill left his earthly body to join his mother in heaven for Mother’s Day on Thursday May 7, 2015. Dave was born September 23, 1951 in Rayville, La., to Anna and Phillip Ray Barnhill. A longtime resident of Pawhuska, he worked most of his life in the oilfield across Oklahoma, Louisiana, and […]


Bill Mattingly obituary: A veteran, former district attorney and judge

William H. “Bill” Mattingly, age 84, Pawhuska, retired Associate District Judge of Osage County, and practicing attorney in Pawhuska, died on April 15, 2015 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  A lifelong resident of Pawhuska, he was born June 20, 1930, the son of the late Judge E. H. Mattingly and Opal Lee […]


Daryle Alsup obituary: An Army veteran who worked as a lab technician

Daryle Keith Alsup, born to Eldridge “Shorty” Alsup and Ethel J. Javine Alsup July 27, 1936 in Barnsdall ,Oklahoma. He was married to Delores Arlene Charter Alsup on June 19, 1959 in Barnsdall. Daryle took the Lord’s hand and went home to be with him eternally on April 13, 2015. Daryle served his country in […]


Bill Parker obituary: A WWII veteran who loved his hometown of Barnsdall

William (Bill) Parker, 94, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Barnsdall. Bill lived in the Barnsdall area all of his life except for 3 years, 7 months, and 5 days that he served in the Army as a medic during WWII.  Bill, the oldest son of Dewey Parker and Lucy Parker (Letterman), was born March […]


Lawrence “LT” Brown obituary: He had a long career in corrections

Lawrence "LT" Brown obituary: He had a long career in corrections

Lawrence “LT” Brown passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 in the Barnsdall Nursing Home. He was 77 years old. LT was born Dec. 21, 1937 in St. Charles, Ky., the son of Jesse Lewis Brown a coal miner and farmer and Nell Frances Elizabeth (Rudolph) Brown, a school bus driver and homemaker. While serving the […]


Angela Robinson obituary: Former leader of the Southern California United Osages

Angela Cecilia Clavier Robinson, loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, consoler, and child of God, passed away on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 in Tulsa, after a brief illness.  She was just over 90½ years old. Angela was born in San Diego on Oct. 2, 1924.  She grew up in San Diego, Los Angeles, Pawhuska, and […]


Daniel St. John obituary: A proud Marine

Daniel Julian St. John was born on June 11, 1963 in Canoga Park, Calif., to Julian and Maureen St. John.  He died on March 25, 2015 in Pawhuska of a sudden heart attack. Daniel was raised in Simi Valley, California, graduating Simi Valley High School in 1981. He attended college in Moorpark, Calif., and worked […]


Goldie “Jenny” Gipson obituary: First in her family to graduate from high school

Goldie Virginia (Jenny) Gipson, 94, of Skiatook, went to meet her lord on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015 at the Sequoyah Pointe Living Center in Owasso.  She was born on August 17, 1920 in the Fairfax Hospital to Dee and Goldie Mae (Bridges) Martin.  Jenny was the second daughter of eight children. The family moved […]


Janet Loftis obituary: From Little Miss Pawhuska to General Janet

Janet Joy (Jech) Loftis Janet was born New Year’s Day January 1, 1943 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Lucinda and Henry Jech and selected as Little Miss Pawhuska 1943.  She graduated from Pawhuska High School in 1961 and sang soprano in the acappella choir.  On August 6, 1960, she married Jerry Don Loftis in the First […]


Chuck Wachtman obituary: A WWII POW who escaped, oilman and fellow who loved life to the fullest

On the evening of January 30, 2015, Henry Charles “Chuck” Wachtman Jr., 91, passed away peacefully at La Loma Care Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Chuck was born Jan. 27, 1924 in Vera, the son of Henry and Lena Wachtman.  He graduated from Vera High School in 1941.  After graduation, he enrolled at Oklahoma A&M and joined […]


James Weigant obituary: He was a pharmacist

James Michael Weigant, Sr., one day shy of 62, passed away in his home of a sudden heart attack on January 31st, 2015. James, best known by all as Jim, was born in Portland, Ore., on February 1st, 1953 to Margaret and Kas Weigant. He spent his youngest years in northern California and moved to Tulsa, […]


Wauneta Wells obituary: She was very active in Barnsdall

Wauneta Wells obituary: She was very active in Barnsdall

Lola Wauneta Wells took her much anticipated journey home on January 22, 2015 at 6:15 am. She was 88 years old. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church, Barnsdall with Jim Brunk and Pat Andrews officiating under the direction of the Stumpff Barnsdall Funeral Service. Wauneta was born on February […]


Virginia Craun obituary: Proprietor of the Berry Patch.

Virginia Frances Craun passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 17, 2015 at 5:25 a.m. Born on Christmas Day 1934 in Stanford, Ky., Virginia was one of five children to Moses and Frona Berry.  Virginia met the love of her life, Robert Earl Craun, in 1954.  “Bob” took his bride from Kentucky to Oklahoma […]


Mike Brown obituary: A tireless booster for the Hominy Bucks

Funeral services for Michael Lewis (Mike) Brown, 55 of Hominy will held Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Hominy High School Gymnasium with Ministers Larry Stuart, Bud Tibbles and Everett Waller officiating. Interment in A.J. Powell Cemetery in Hominy under the direction of Powell Funeral Home. Mike passed away on Jan. 10, […]


Joy Campbell obituary: An outstanding role model for everyone she met

Mrs. Emma Joy Campbell, 77, of Barnsdall, died at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at her home. Emma Joy (Isch) Campbell was born near La Harpe at the family home on Nov. 28, 1937.  Thursday the 28th, was in truth a day of Thanksgiving in many ways. After her father’s death in 1945, she, […]


An Osage legend dies

Mark N. Freeman Jr., life-long rancher, former 1st lieutenant in the USMC, Osage Tribal Councilman and Osage Nation Congressman, died on Jan. 4th in his home in Pawhuska, surrounded by family and loved ones. He is survived by his wife Eleanor J. Freeman and his children; Mark Freeman III, Linda Cassity, Becky Leonard, Frank Freeman, […]


Reinhold Ostdickenberg obituary: He operated a Crane Service for many years

Reinold Ostdickenberg, 79, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his residence in Bartlesville, OK, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Ostdickenberg owned JR’s Crane Service in Bartlesville for many years and was a long-time member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Bartlesville. He was known for his generosity toward his family and […]


Gina Gray obituary: She was a renowned Osage artist

Renowned Osage artist Gina Gray, 60, passed peacefully away Saturday December 20, 2014 in her Indian Camp home In Pawhuska, Oklahoma. She was surrounded by family at the time of her passing. Gina made her living as an artist and is considered a master among her peers and Native American art aficionados. Her work has […]


Charles Alred obituary: A cowboy’s cowboy.

Charles Luther Alred, 75, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at St. John Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1939 in Pawhuska to Luther and Mildred Alred. Charlie was a grandson of Osage County pioneer rancher, Luther Alred, Sr. In 1958, Charlie married the love of his life, Melissa Revelette, and they made their […]


Jean O’Dell obituary: The loving mother of the Barnsdall Rural Fire Department

Wilma “Jean” O’Dell, 68, of Barnsdall, died at 12:21 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at the St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Funeral services for Mrs. O’Dell will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at the Lighthouse Family Worship Center in Barnsdall with Pastor Barry Gott officiating. Interment will be in the […]


Judy Hight obituary: She worked for Super H for more than 20 years

Funeral services for Judy Nell Hight will be held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home Chapel with Everett Waller, officiating. Interment will follow in the Osage Gardens Cemetery under the direction of the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home. Judy Nell Hight, age 68, of Skiatook, died at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, December […]


Gene Taylor obituary: A talented car salesman and veteran

A Celebration of life for Harley Eugene Taylor will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Barnsdall with Brother Bill Lay and Larry Powell, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ethel Reece Cemetery under the direction of the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home. Harley Eugene Taylor, age 88, of […]