Obituaries

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 […]


Blue Starr IV obituary: He was a Vietnam era veteran

Blueford Mark Starr IV, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 in the St. John Medical Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 65 years old. Blue was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Pawhuska, , the son of Blueford Orange and Gloria Marie (Smith) Starr, III. On April 3, 1973, he married the former Lesta Sue Caldwell in […]


Leo Spears obituary: A butcher who served Barnsdall, Pawhuska and Ponca City for decades

Leo Preston Spears, 78, resident of Barnsdall, and retired butcher, died Thursday Dec. 4, 2014 at his home in Barnsdall, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Funeral Services for Mr. Spears will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Barnsdall with Rev. Rick Loggins pastor of the Church, […]


Bonnie Fadely obituary: She was an avid basketball player who worked in the trucking business

Bonnie Maye (Swan) ( Christenson) Fadely , age 73, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 in the Clearwater Nursing Home, Clearwater, Kan. Bonnie was born Dec. 9, 1940 in Hominy, the daughter of Ray and Ora (Harris) Swan. She had three sisters, Barbara (Swan) Duede, Donna (Swan) Shepherd and Sharon (Swan) Roland. She graduated from […]


David Faatz obituary: He was a commercial pilot

David Lee Faatz was born June 6, 1937 and passed away November 24, 2014. He was 77 years old. Dave was born in Fort Collins, Colo., and later graduated from Colorado State University. He piloted B-52’s in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and was a pilot for TWA. In 1992, Dave retired to […]


Cora Jean Gilkey Brown obituary: She loved ministering God’s word through music

Mrs. Cora Jean (Gilkey) Brown passed away Oct. 28, 2014 after a short battle with cancer in Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, OK.  She was 72 years of age. Mrs. Cora Jean (Gilkey) Brown was born Jan. 16, 1942 to Benjamin and Alice Gilkey.  Mrs. Brown came to the Lord at an early age and […]


Mark McCartney obituary: A lifelong wrestling loyalist who announced the Huskie matches

Lifelong Pawhuska resident Mark William McCartney, 57, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the Caney Nursing Home, Caney, Kansas. Mark was born Oct. 31, 1957 in Pawhuska, the son of George William “Buddy” and Clara Louise (Hazen) McCartney.  He graduated Pawhuska High School with the Class of 1975, where he was a member of […]


Edna Blue obituary: A spectacular gardener

Edna Mae Blue, Pawhuska, age 87, went to heaven to join in grandpa’s 90th celebration.  She passed at her residence in Pawhuska. Edna was born September 6, 1927 in Wynona to Roy Edward Gould and Laura Rachel Gould.  She married James Franklin Blue on July 13, 1944 in Pawhuska.  They were married for 66 years […]


Roy Thomas obituary: 45 and a veteran, he worked in the oilfield.

Roy Lee Thomas, born December 31, 1968, to Tommy and Linda Kay Bookout Thomas in Pawhuska. He died October 22, 2014 at his home in Wynona. He grew up in the Wynona/Pawhuska area and graduated from Wynona in 1987. He joined the Oklahoma National Guard his senior year of high school and was Honorably Discharged […]


Mabel Mayola Waggoner obituary

Funeral services for Mabel Mayola Waggoner, 74, of Pawhuska will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Pawhuska, with Pastor Jeff Laughlin of the First Baptist Church officiating. Services and cremation are under the direction of McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home of Pawhuska. A dinner will be provided […]


Mikey Lynn obituary: A young man known for his humor and love of the outdoors

Michael “Mikey” Kelly Lynn Jr. was born April 13, 1998, in Bartlesville to Michael and Tina Lynn. Mikey lived in Pawhuska, where he was raised. Mikey passed away October 18, 2014. He attended Pawhuska schools where was active in wrestling and cross country. Mikey was known for his smirk of a smile, humor, and always […]