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Weigel, Henry S.  
Henry S. Weigel soared into the heavens on his final flight on February 13, 2015 at age 95 years. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey on September 14, 1919 to Henry and Julia Lena Weigel. He attended Princeton NJ public schools and graduated from Princeton High School in 1937. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1935. He worked for his father at the Princeton Dairy through high school and assisted in the processing, bottling and delivery of milk to Princeton customers. He attended Rutgers University in the summer of 1937 taking a course in dairy processing and manufacturing. However, he had a chance in the summer of 1935 to take a ride at the Mercer County airport from an exhibition pilot by carrying gas cans for refueling. His desire to fly simply grew year after year. In the fall of 1937, he decided to go to work for Luscombe Aircraft Corporation in West Trenton, NJ. He received his Airplane and Engine Maintenance Rating certificate in 1939. In 1940 he went to work for Cape Aircraft at Hatchville, MA County Airport as an aircraft mechanic. Henry enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 15, 1941 in Boston, MA. He applied for and was accepted into the Army Air Corps and was assigned as an aviation trainee cadet in January, 1942. He completed preflight, primary, basic, advanced and B-17 Transition schools in Maxwell Airfield in Montgomery, AL; Bainbridge Airfield, Decatur, GA; Blytheville Airfield, Blytheville, AR; Kaye Airfield in Columbus, MS; Hendricks Field in Sebring, FL and Randolph Airfield near San Antonio, TX. In Feb. 1943, he was assigned to four-engine B-17 and B-24 bomber training and was stationed at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho but in April, 1943 he was transferred to Wendover Army Air Field in Utah. At Gowen Field, he was assigned to a 10-man crew to train for assignment to England but before he could complete training, he was assigned to Wendover Air Field as a Maintenance Test Pilot as part of field operations. In December, 1943 he and his maintenance test crew were assigned to the 399th Bomber Operations Group, 607th Squadron at March Air Field near Riverside, Calif. He served as a B-24 Instructor Pilot, Flight Test Maintenance Officer, Test Pilot, Test Flight Engineer and directed the flight testing of all repaired aircraft at March Field including not only B-17 and B-24 aircraft but also the B-18, B-25, B-26, P38, P39, P40, P47, P63, C45, C47. He flew many of the repaired and re-fitted fighters and bombers before they were released back to their respective units. Also at March Air Field, he met and married Violet Griffith on June 23, 1945 in Riverside, CA. Vi worked in March Field Air Operations. They were married for 59 years. In March, 1946 he became a co-pilot for Penn Central Airlines in Washington, D.C. Penn Central merged into Capitol Airlines by 1950. Capitol Airlines then merged into United Airlines in the early 1960's. He flew east coast routes with Penn Central, Capitol and United Airlines primarily out of National Airport (now Reagan National) in Washington, D.C. In 1968, he was transferred to Denver, CO and became Manager of Flight Standards for United Airlines. Henry flew commercial aircraft for 34 years and retired in 1979. He flew many different types of commercial aircraft. His last plane was the DC-10. He and family lived in Alexandria, VA while flying out of National Airport. They were active in small sailboat racing on the Potomac River. They were active in Pohick Church in Lorton, VA. The family moved to Littleton, CO in 1968 when he was transferred to Stapleton Airport in Denver, CO. In 1996, he and Vi moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They loved to travel, camping, boating and fishing. He was very active in the Oak Park United Methodist Church and in 2009 at the age of 90 he received the Pat McGarrity Award for Excellence in Volunteerism by City of Bartlesville Project Transformation. This award was given for helping young children in the 10-week summer reading program. Lastly, he was been able to drive, mow his yard and do car repairs until July, 2014. He is proceeded in death by his wife Vi, his oldest son Stephen Russel Weigel and oldest daughter Julie Kathleen Blackstone. He is survived by his sister, Barbara L. Weigel of Newport News, VA, son Bruce Weigel of Aurora, CO; daughter Sue Troeger of Centennial, CO and Barbara Kelley of Bartlesville, OK. He has seven grandchildren; Brandon Blackstone, Brie Blackstone, Capt. Shaun Kelley, Maggie Kelley, Andy Troeger, Grant Troeger and Travis Weigel. He has ten great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Walker-Brown Funeral Home Chapel in Bartlesville, OK and graveside services will be held at Dewey Cemetery in Dewey, OK. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #105 Honor Guard and a motorcycle escort will be provided by the Patriot Guard Riders. The family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers be given to either: Journey Home Hospice Care House, 3406 SE Kentucky Ave, Bartlesville, OK 74006 or Oak Park United Methodist Church, 601 NW Brentwood Dr., Bartlesville, OK 74003. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.walkerbrownfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 18 to Mar. 18, 2015
White, Georgia Marie (Davis) - Bartlesville  
Georgia Marie White, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2 P.M. at the age of 86 surrounded by her loving family. Marie was born on June 16, 1928 in Tishomingo, Oklahoma the daughter of Clarence and Lena (Emmons) Davis. She was united in marriage to Delbert (Dee) White on December 27, 1946 in Atoka, Oklahoma after Dee returned from the Army. They were blessed with four children Louise, Ted, Bruce and Bonnie. Dee and Marie moved their family to Bartlesville in 1955. Marie went to work for Memorial Hospital and later Jane Phillips Hospital, retiring after 40 years. Following their retirement, Mr. and Mrs. White moved to Copan to make their home. Following the death of her husband she moved to Skiatook to make her home with her daughters. Marie filled her time cooking for family get togethers, camping, fishing, quilting and bowling in the winter. She was also known as the all time "Washoo Champ" of this family. She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Dee White on December 18, 2007, both parents Clarence and Lena Davis, son-in-law, Robert Juliano, one sister, Florene Camp and one brother, Jess (Bud) Davis. She is survived by four children, Louise Juliano of Bartlesville, Bruce White and wife Julia of Skiatook, Ted White and wife Kathy of Bartlesville, and Bonnie Gay and husband Terry of Skiatook. Also 11 grandkids, 23 great grandkids and three sisters, Irene Merritt, Edna Sheffield and Thelma Woolf all of Atoka. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the New Life Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. James White and Rev. Connie McCray officiating. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, 2448 East 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74137. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 9 to Mar. 9, 2015
Wood, Rhame Paul  
Rhame Paul Wood, 89, was born Sept. 17, 1925 in Okemah, OK to William Paul and Marette Aetna (Rhame) Wood. He passed from this life on Mar. 3, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Rhame attended school in Okemah and in December, 1942 entered the Oklahoma Military Academy. In December, 1943, he joined the United States Navy and served until the spring of 1946. He spent most of his service time in the South Pacific. Upon discharge from the Navy, he attended East Central University in Ada, OK. In the fall of 1947, he entered dental school at The University of Kansas City School of Dentistry in Kansas City, MO. Upon graduation in 1951, he entered private practice in Nowata, OK. In 1962 the family moved to Bartlesville, OK. Dr. Wood continued to practice in Bartlesville until his retirement in 1991. He was a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville and served as Chairman of the Building Committee for many years. Rhame was also a member of the American Dental Assoc. and the Oklahoma Dental Assoc. serving in various leadership roles. He served three terms as a Dental Examiner and served as President. He married Betty Ruth on July 1, 2005. Rhame was preceded in death by his parents and 1 granddaughter: Shelby Kidwell. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Ann Wood, of the home, 4 children: Dr. Carol Caraway of Indiana, PA, Mark Wood of Los Angeles, CA, Rhande Wood of Weatherford, TX & Dr. Khem Wood of Miami, OK. 2 step-children: Jesse Ruth and Angela Ruth, 1 brother: Joe T. Wood of Anchorage, AK, 1 sister: Mary June Cashman of Okemah, OK, 3 grandchildren: Robert Wood, Leigh Wood & William Wood and 2 step-grandchildren: Taylor Ruth and Kyle Kidwell. Visitation hours will be from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Thursday, Mar. 5 in the Leonard & Marker Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, Mar. 6 in the Leonard & Marker Chapel officiated by Dr. William C. Cook. Interment services will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday in the Parkhill Cemetery of Tahlequah, OK. Online tributes and condolences may be left for the family at www.leonardmarkerfunerals.com. Leonard & Marker, 918-366-8288.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Mar. 5 to Apr. 4, 2015
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