Obituaries

Thelma Bennett obituary: 102, she had a good life

A long, long life well lived! Thelma Agatha Owens Bennett joined her husband Roy O. Bennett, daughter Jo Bennett Dunham, son-in-law J.T. Dunham and granddaughter Paulette Cox as well as a host of family and friends in the loving arms of the Heavenly Father on April 27, 2016. Her prayers for a peaceful, pain free […]


Sherry Nave obituary: The Mother Hen of Barnsdall schools

Sherry Eugena Nave, age 56, went to her heavenly home on April 20, 2016 at 12:52 a.m. while surrounded in love by her family. Sherry was a lifelong resident of Barnsdall, and served her community as the school secretary since graduating from her alma mater. Sherry was born to Leonard and Marilyn Nave on February […]


Adele Hanna obituary: She worked at Safeway for almost 30 years

Longtime Pawhuska resident Adella E. Hanna passed away Feb. 24, 2016 in Morganfield, Ky., following a short illness.  She was 92 years old. Adella was born April 7, 1923 in Manhattan, Kan., the daughter of Joe and Jessie (Spaur) Garcia.  On March 26, 1966, she married John A. Hanna in Pawhuska.  He preceded her in […]


James “Nick” Nichols obituary

James Wesley “Nick” Nichols was born to Frank and Della Nichols on August 22, 1934 in Barnsdall.  He went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Good Friday morning March 25, 2016.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Wilford Nichols. He was married for 59 years to […]


RoseAnn Hartness obituary: She loved being with her family

Pawhuska resident RoseAnn Hartness, 65, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 at her home in Pawhuska. RoseAnn was born Nov. 12, 1950 in Pawhuska, the daughter of R.B. “Buddy” and Delores (Garrett) Hartness.  While in school, she enjoyed taking ballet lessons.  On December 31, 1977, she married Gary W. Wilson in Pawhuska.  He preceded her […]


Gary Klopp obituary: The much-loved coach of the Red Devils and Cougars

Gary “Coach K” Klopp longtime Coach and educator in Fairfax, has passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 in Tulsa. He was 72 years of age. Gary was born on May 19, 1943 in Ponca City, to Edgar C. and Veeva M. Jordan Klopp. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 in […]


Rose Hardy obituary: An Air Force veteran and ordained minister

Rose M. Hardy passed away Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 in the Select Specialty Hospital, Tulsa. She was 74 years old. Mrs. Hardy was born Nov. 12, 1941 in Washington Court, Ohio, the daughter of Floyd and Edith Bennett. On June 23, 1961, she married George Arron Hardy in San Rafael, Calif. He preceded her in […]


Robert Moore obituary: A master woodworker and pipeliner

Robert Henry Moore, age 70, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 in the comfort of his home in Pawhuska. Robert was born in Pawhuska on March 31, 1945 to William Franklin and Ruby Lucille (Reed) Moore.   A graduate from Pawhuska High School with the Class of 1963, Robert was a pipeline journeyman […]


Vernon Peel obituary: A decorated veteran of the Navy and Army

Vernon W. Peel, Retired US Army LTC, known affectionately as Gube, left this world to join his beloved wife on Feb. 21, 2016 at the distinguished age of 90 in Pawhuska. He was born in Pawhuska to Freda Whiting and Sam Peel on Feb. 10, 1926. A devoted brother, son, and grandson, he spent his […]


Dolly Lane obituary: She adored the Osage dances

Eunice Cecelia ”Dolly” Lane was born to Thomas Green Jr. and Mary Osage Green in Fairfax, Okla., on Nov. 14,1929. She was 86 years old and has lived the majority of her life in Fairfax. She is the granddaughter of Amos Osage and Eliza Osage Bigheart. She has two living sisters, Dolores Goodeagle and Beverly […]


Freda Thomas obituary: She worked at the Pawhuska clothing factory

Freda Virginia Thomas, 99, of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, passed away on January 14, 2016, at her residence.  She was born on August 17, 1916 in Shreveport, Louisiana. to John Logan and Sarah Melissa (Aubrey) Ward.   She was a graduate of Acorn High School. Virginia married Edward “Pete” Elmer Thomas in 1935; he preceded her in death […]


Phyllis Riley obituary: A lifelong resident of Barnsdall

Phyllis Jane Riley, 78, resident of Barnsdall, died at 8:40 p.m., Friday at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday in the Ethel Reece Cemetery Pavilion with her brothers, Dake and Herbert Shreffler officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff-Barnsdall Funeral Home. In lieu […]


Ida Roberts obituary: Publisher of the Fairfax Chief

Ida Katherine Roberts, longtime Fairfax Chief Newspaper publisher, passed Nov. 13, 2015 in Muskogee. She was 68 years of age. Ida was born April 10, 1947 in Shidler, the daughter of Don Conner and Thelma (Carr) Conner. She attended 1st through 8th grade at Grainola and then graduated from Shidler High School in 1965. Ida […]


Wilhelm Murg obituary: An accomplished pianist

Wilhelm Louis Murg, 86, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at the Heritage Villa Nursing Center, Bartlesville. Mr. Murg was born August 10, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Mark Keppel High School in 1957. He attended Pasadena City College and Los Angeles State College, graduating in 1954. Louis received his Teachers Diploma from […]


Margaret Smith obituary: She baked for soup kitchens into her 90s

Margaret Jewel Corbin Crawford Smith, long time resident of Pawhuska, and many years resident of Foraker, went to be with the Lord and the love of her life Robert Creighton Smith Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at the Pawhuska Nursing Home. She was 95. Margaret was born to Jack and Myrtle Corbin on June 24, 1920 […]


Tom Anthony obituary: A longtime football, track and basketball coach

Charles Thomas “Tom” Anthony was born December 8, 1933, in Barnsdall, , to parents Everett Charles & Erma Florence Anthony. He passed away with family by his side, November 6, 2015, in Guthrie. Tom earned his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, and his Masters of Education from the […]


Joe Long obituary: A longtime volunteer with Boy Scouts

Joseph Franklin Long Jr., 96, resident of Dewey, died at 7:30 a.m. on Friday Oct. 23, 2015. Memorial Services for Mr. Long will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at the First Christian Church at 9th and Prudom Street in Pawhuska. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home […]


Juanita Hutson obituary: A switchboard operator who collected many things

Juanita Jane (Pratt) Hutson passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville.  She was 89 years old. Juanita was born March 8, 1926 in Bartlesville, the daughter of Ray and Rae Pratt.  On June 28, 1946, she married Billie Boyd Hutson in Pawhuska.  He preceded her in death Oct. 30, […]


Tommie Dahl obituary: An “oil baron,” as he used to say

Barnsdall native Tommie Dahl, 85, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, OK. Tom was born October 2, 1930 in Barnsdall, the son of Hans and Margaret (Battles) Dahl.  On September 29, 1984, he married the former Josephine “Jo” Small in Barnsdall.  Tom and Jo had lived in Grove […]


Jack Gamble obituary: He owned several businesses around Barnsdall

Jack Owen Gamble, 77, of Barnsdall, died at 8:20 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Graveside Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at the Ethel Reese Cemetery in Barnsdall, with the Rev. Jim Johnson pastor of Barnsdall Church of the Nazarene officiating. […]


Rena Hull obituary: She did a lot for others, anonymously

Long-time Osage County resident Rena Grace (Fletcher) Hull passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at The Journey Home, Bartlesville.  She was 73 years old. Rena Was born Dec. 3, 1941 in Avant, the youngest of six children born to Walter and Lizzie (Bieri) Phelps.  On June 2, 1961, she married William J. Fletcher.  Later, Rena […]


Diane Reed obituary: She touched countless lives

Diane Lee Reed was born on July 21, 1949 in Duluth, Minnesota to John and Lorraine Borgen.  She graduated high school from Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs in 1967.  She then attended Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, graduating in 1969.  Diane met Melvin L. Reed in Pawhuska, OK in 1970.  They were married […]


Debra Williams obituary: A waitress and sweet woman

Pawhuska resident Debra Ann Williams, 61, passed away Tuesday, September 29, 2015 in St. John Medical Center, Tulsa. Debra was born Aug. 12, 1954 in Fairfax, the daughter of Francis Marion Jech and Winnie Lavon Ammons.  On Jan. 6, 1988, she married Raymond Williams in Pawhuska.  A waitress and housewife, Debra was known to be […]


Rick Holt obituary: A loved man who excelled at rodeo and wrestling

Lifelong Pawhuska resident Ricky Lee Holt passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  He was 46 years old. Rick was born Dec. 21, 1968 in Pawhuska, the son of George Leon and Loretta Sue (Burrows) Holt.  He attended schools in Pawhuska, graduating with the PHS Class of 1987.  While in high school, Rick excelled as a […]