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Downing, Neal E. - Bartlesville  
Neal Earnest Downing, age 60, and resident of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away in St. John Medical Center, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma on May 22, 2015. Neal was born on July 10, 1954 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the son of Joseph Downing and Faye E. Storey. He lived in this area all of his life. He was a resident of Hayes House in Nowata, Oklahoma and in 1990, he moved to Bartlesville to an ARC Group Home. Neal enjoyed working for many years at United Linen in Bartlesville. He attended First Baptist Church in Bartlesville and sang in the Special Needs Choir at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He had many interests such as WWF Wrestling, listening to music and dancing. He also enjoyed playing basketball at the Boys' Club, bowling at Red Apple Sports Center and participating in Special Olympics. Neal is survived by a sister, Beverly Wedel and her husband, Michael Wedel of Bartlesville and a brother, Donald J. Downing and his wife, Mary M. Downing of Raymore, Missouri; an aunt, Ina Marie Smith of Ponca City, Oklahoma and a nephew, Andrew D. Downing and his wife, Ann Downing of Phoenix, Arizona; a great-nephew, Benjamin A. Downing, of Phoenix, Arizona and numerous cousins. He is also survived by his roommate and best friend, Chris Resser, and his beloved dog, Abby. Neal was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Neal's memory to Special Olympics of Oklahoma, 6835 S. Canton Ave., Tulsa, OK 74136, or the ARC Group Homes, P.O. Box 1422, Bartlesville, OK 74005. Visitation was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Services for Neal were held on Tuesday, May 26, at 10:00 AM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed the service in the Dewey City Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 29 to June 28, 2015
Dunkle Sr., Rondall Henry "Ronnie" - Copan  
Mr. Rondall "Ronnie" Henry Dunkle Sr., 73, of Copan, died at 2:49 P.M. on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at his home following an extended illness. Funeral services for Mr. Dunkle will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, May 15, 2015 in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Scott McAfee of the Cowboy Up Cowboy Church at Owasso officiating. Interment will be in the Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the Ceremonial Detail of the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105. Funeral services and interment are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to Rivercross Hospice, 2301 S.E. Washington Blvd., Suite C., Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006. Mr. Dunkle was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on February 13, 1942 the son of Edgar Joseph and Betty Marie (Cobb) Dunkle. He grew up and received his education in Bartlesville and attended College High School. He entered the United States Navy on January 26, 1960 and served on active duty until February 1963. He was then employed by Rig Cementing until 1965 when he was employed with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville. He transferred with Phillips to Houston in 1980 and returned to Oklahoma following his retirement from Phillips in 1987. Mr. Dunkle became active as an independent trucker from 1987 until 1996 when he was employed by Washington County District # 1 until his second retirement in 2002. In 2002 he began his employment as a security guard at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville until his retirement due to ill health in December of 2013. Mr. Dunkle was married to Loretta Marie Johnson at Pawhuska, Oklahoma on May 28, 1962 and they would have celebrated 53 years of marriage on May 28, 2015. Mr. Dunkle was active as a stock car driver at the Dewey Speedway and other area race tracks in the 1960's and has remained active in racing with his sons. He was very devoted to his family. Mr. Dunkle is survived by his wife, Loretta Dunkle of the home, two sons, Ron Dunkle Jr. and wife Rebecca and Allen Dunkle and his wife Kelly all of Copan, three grandchildren, Garret Dunkle, Lauren Bone and her husband Jeremy and Merecedes Bible and her husband Phillip, two great grandchildren, Layton Bone and Ruby Bible, two brothers, Benny Dunkle and Larry Dunkle both of Bartlesville, two sisters, Carolyn Workman and husband George and Edda Ele and husband Lewis all of Bartlesville and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice Liston and a sister-in-law, Carol Ann Dunkle. 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 May 13 to June 12, 2015
Featherston, Ardith Marie (King) - Bartlesville  
Mrs. Ardith Marie Featherston, 89, of Bartlesville, died at 2:10 A.M. on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Bartlesville Health & Rehab Community. Funeral services for Mrs. Featherston will be held at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 with Pastor Mark Wright of the First Baptist Church in Dewey officiating. Interment will be in the Dewey Cemetery directed by the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Casket escorts will include James Featherston, Josh Featherston, Jim Tipps, Dakota Atterberry, Mike Perry and Gary Anno. Mrs. Featherston was born at Checotah, Oklahoma on February 5, 1926 the daughter of Perry L. and Dessie May (Hogan) King. She grew up and received her education in Checotah and graduated from Checotah High School. She taught school for one year at the Prairie View School at Onapa, Oklahoma and was then employed at the Kress's 5 & 10 Cent Store in Muskogee. She was married to Jack Preston Featherston at Van Buren, Arkansas on February 10, 1951. They moved to Bartlesville to make their home in 1951 and lived in Bartlesville all of their married life. Mrs. Featherston began her career as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone in Muskogee which she continued after moving to Bartlesville. She retired from Southwestern Bell with over 30 years of service. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, was an active walker, loved to cross-stitch and and was a "Grandma" to a lot of kids Mrs. Featherston is survived by two sisters, Judy Springer of Dewey, and Ann Tipps of Pasadena, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Preston Featherson on August 9, 2009, her parents and one brother, Henry Clay King. 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 May 4 to June 3, 2015
Fitzsimmons, Gloria Ann (Goodson) - Wann  
Mrs. Gloria Ann Fitzsimmons, 81, of Wann, died at 2:10 P.M. on Wednesday May 13, 2015 in Tulsa. Graveside Services will be held for Mrs. Fitzsimmons at 1:00 P.M. on Monday May 18, 2015 at the Robbins Cemetery, near Coffeyville, Kansas, with Rev. Willard Lyons officiating. Interment will be in the Robbins Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Mrs. Fitzsimmons was born June 6, 1933 at Little Texas, Arkansas, to William Oscar and Frankie Bernice (Cornelius) Goodson. She was raised and received her early education at Gravelly, Arkansas, graduating from High School at Fourche Valley High School, at Briggsville, Arkansas in 1952. She was married to Marvin Floyd Fitzsimmons on April 17, 1954 at Claremore, Oklahoma. They made their home in Tulsa for a short time and then later settled in the Wann, Oklahoma area in 1967, to pursue farming and ranching, which they did for over forty years. She enjoyed her gardening, cooking and baking for her family. She was very proud of her grandchildren and enjoyed cooking and baking for them. Mrs. Fitzsimmons is survived by her two sons; Robert Fitzsimmons and wife Pat of Wann, OK., Randy Fitzsimmons and wife Debbie of Copan, Oklahoma, a daughter Nancy Trevathan of Tulsa, by three sisters Betty & Gus Lewis of Broken Arrow, Bonnie and Lanny Ashlock of Conway, Arkansas, and JoAnn and Ken Westby of Seattle Washington, by seven grandchildren; Justin Fitzsimmons and wife Julie of Copan, Julie Fitzsimmons of Wann, and Jeff Fitzsimmons also of Wann, Matthew Fitzsimmons and wife Tiffany of Bartlesville, Kristen Crane and husband Jason of Copan, Nichole Fielder and husband Vance of Dewey, and Natalie Trevathan of Broken Arrow, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Marvin Floyd Fitzsimmons in 2010, and by three brothers, Jake, Fred and Pat Goodson. 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 May 17 to June 16, 2015
Fox, Sara Jane (Wheeler)  
On April 22, 2015, Sara Jane Wheeler Fox passed on to her beloved maker. Sara Jane Wheeler was born in Cushing, Oklahoma, where she married Billy L. Fox. They had three daughters, Sandra Peyton (Marvin), Oklahoma City, Susan Creekmore (Joe), Dallas, and Vicci Fox, Tucson, Arizona. Over the years they lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Lake Texoma, and Oklahoma City. She most recently resided at Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City. She was blessed with four grandchildren: Lane, Tyler and Laura Peyton and Taylor Jacobs and four great grandchildren: Carter and Clara Peyton and Charlie and Carson Jacobs. Sara fully lived 93 years fostering a close relationship to God, family and friends. She lived her life as a loyal servant to God. Friends and family remember her as kind, ready to help and supportive. She was non-judgmental, honest when expressing her thoughts and sought to do the right thing., Sara left a special legacy of independence taught by example. åShe wholeheartedly embraced the responsibility to take the best care of herself and blessed those she knew with her positivity, incredible energy and spunk. And Sara was fun. She was courted and sparked by Billy on the dance floor by dancing the fox trot. She loved to play bridge and take road trips. She was beloved as a great cook and she was a master knitter. She created apparel and gifts in her younger years and knitted for charity in her later years. She and Billy loved their RV and traveled the country in their retirement. She loved fashion and could be counted on to arrive as a vision of color, complete with matching accessories. She loved ice cream, a good joke or story and a tall bourbon. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73103. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Skyline Urban Ministries, 500 SE 15th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129. We love her very much and will miss her greatly. God speed momma.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Apr. 29 to May 28, 2015
Griffin, Ralph Bunyan - Nowata  
Ralph Bunyan Griffin age 79, a resident of Nowata, Oklahoma, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St John's Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ralph was born on March 24, 1936, to Van Buren Clifton Griffin and Roxie Ann (Holt) Griffin. He was born and raised at Copan, Oklahoma. Ralph's dream in life was to see the world. Immediately after his graduation from Copan High School in 1954 he joined the U.S. Navy, attending boot camp in San Diego. He spent the remainder of his four years of service aboard the U.S.S. Cabildo, LSD 16, with numerous ports of call throughout the Pacific including Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Honolulu. Upon his discharge from the Navy, Ralph attended Coffeyville Junior College, then worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Later he attended Tulsa Technical College, and afterward worked for several years as a television repair man in Tulsa and Dallas. He began working for Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville in August of 1966, and then upon the formation of Applied Automation, Inc., was officially transferred to that unit as a chromatograph field service engineer. He traveled extensively throughout the United States and to approximately 30 foreign countries. He had walked a portion of the Great Wall in China; seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, seen Nagasaki, where the second A-Bomb was dropped; Mt. Fuji in Japan; the windmills of Holland and many more exciting and interesting places. On August 11, 1982, he married the love of his life, Judy Gail (Stanart-Carter). They lived in Bartlesville, and then in 1985 he was transferred and worked at Phillips Pipeline in Paola, Kansas. He retired in 1996, moving back to Bartlesville for a time, then to Nowata. He and his wife continued his longing to travel and have been to all 50 of the United States and throughout Canada. Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Judy, of the home; by two step-sons, Randy Lee Carter and his wife Jennifer, Rusty Lynn Carter and his wife, Charee, all of Nowata, as well as by eight grandchildren, Amber, Darrell, Randall, Courtney, Nicolas, Brandon, Ty and Chesnee; seven great-grandchildren, Rheagan, Adalyn, Della, Cash, Elliette, Allison and Davon. He is also survived by his sister Thelma Clayton and her husband, Hadwen of Bartlesville; by one sister-in-law, Greta Griffin; one brother-in-law, Calvin Lucas. He is remembered and survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Adeline and Haris Lee Stanart, and a large number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Grace Lucas and Lavonne Stefanopoulos; two brothers, Earl (and his wife Norma), and Ray Griffin. Arrangements are under the direction of Benjamin Funeral Home, Nowata, Oklahoma. Ralph attended the First Baptist Church of Nowata, 433 North Mississippi. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday May 26 at the funeral home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the First Baptist Church of Nowata with Pastor Wayne Clayton officiating. Interment will follow at the Winganon Cemetery, Winganon, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Nowata. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 26 to June 25, 2015
Grimes, Douglas W. - Edmonton  
Douglas W. Grimes We wish to express our great sadness over the passing of our son and brother, Douglas Grimes who passed away May 17, 2015. Born February 15, 1947, in Edmonton and raised in Alberta and Oklahoma. After completing high school in Bartlesville, during which time he sang in various choirs, Douglas went on to receive a B.Sc. (Ecology) and M.Sc. (Natural Sc.) while attending Oklahoma State University, obtaining a PhD from the University of Phoenix. He served with distinction in the U.S. Marines and while in combat in Vietnam, received three purple hearts and earned a Silver Star. Survived by his mother, F. Jean Grimes of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; his sister, Suzan E. Stone (Jim) of Edmond, Oklahoma; and brother, Norman (Marsha) of St. Albert, Alberta; his uncle, Steve McEachern (Mary) of Edmonton, Alberta; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Simon Lester (Buddy) Grimes. A creative and productive person of considerable talent, involved in writing poetry and plays, he was also an avid outdoorsman, backpacking, canoeing and camping throughout North America. He taught wilderness survival courses while in the U.S. Marines and gave many public lectures on outdoor arts and recreation. He owned and operated several companies including a canoe manufacturing company and sporting goods store. He was an honest, hardworking, creative person and a seeker of truth. He always said his claim to fame was he could "tie lots of knots". A Private Family Memorial will be held. We thank the staff of Copper Sky Lodge, Spruce Grove, and especially Valeria, Debbie and Meho, for their excellent care of our son and brother. We also thank the Edmonton Alzheimer's Society for their considerable support. Memorial Donations in Douglas's name may be made to the Alzheimer Society Alberta and NWT, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1. To send condolences please visit: www.connelly-mckinley.com
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 21 to June 20, 2015
Harris, James Robert - Bartlesville  
Mr. James Robert Harris, 86, of Bartlesville, died at 6:01 A.M. on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at his home. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Harris will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the White Rose Cemetery with Mr. Dan Snider of the Memorial Christian Church officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the Ceremonial Detail of the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105 and services are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Mr. Harris was born at Bartlesville, Oklahoma on September 11, 1928 the son of Julian and Helen (Hawes) Harris. He grew up and received his education in Bartlesville and entered the U.S. Army in October of 1945. He returned to Bartlesville and was employed with J & S Foundry until being recalled to the Army in September of 1950. After serving eleven months in Korea he received his Honorable Discharge in July 1951. He again returned to Bartlesville and was married to Karleen Mae Harris in Bartlesville on June 1, 1950 and they have made their home in Bartlesville since that time. He was employed by J & S Foundry and also delivered freight for the Santa Fe Railroad at Pawhuska. He then owned and operated Jim's Sanitation in Bartlesville until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Memorial Christian Church in Bartlesville, the American Legion and he VFW. Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Karleen Harris of Bartlesville, one daughter, Linda Gray and husband Harley of Kimberling City, Missouri, two sisters, Carolyn Key of Dewey and Barbara Helms and husband Russ of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, three grandsons, Jimmy Gray and wife Beth of Bartlesville, Harley Gray Jr. and wife Sherry of Bartlesville and Steve Gray of Dewey, ten great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Charles Harris in infancy and Roy Harris and a sister, Betty Vaden. 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 May 7 to June 6, 2015
Hastings, Donald Eugene "Gene"  
Gene Hastings passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #105 Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Folds of Honor Foundation, 5800 N. Patriot Drive, Owasso, OK 74055. Donald Eugene Hastings was born August 24, 1916 in Snyder, CO to Warren and Bessie (Potts) Hastings. Gene proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-1945. He married Maxine Enloe on November 15, 1941 in Golden, CO. Gene enjoyed volunteering at his home church, The Fellowship Community, where he helped with upkeep and mowing. Gene was the St. Louis Cardinals #1 all time baseball fan. He was an avid golfer and also worked at Sunset Country Club and many years at National Zinc, Inc. as a Foreman. Gene is survived by his three daughters: Joyce Maxine Gold and husband James of Tulsa, Barbara Jean Fugate and husband George of Bixby and Benna Kay Winn of Port Aransas, TX. He was blessed with five grandchildren: Joe Don Gold, Kim Owen, Michael Fugate, Kelsey Winn, Holly McBlane, twelve great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He is also survived by his sister, Laurel Evans, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Maxine Hastings and ten siblings. Online condolences for the family may be sent to www.walkerbrownfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from May 27 to June 26, 2015
Heil, Robert Paul "Bob" - Bartlesville  
Mr. Robert (Bob) Paul Heil, 65, retired Heil Photography owner, of Bartlesville, died at 10:56 A.M. on Sunday May 10, 2015 in Bartlesville. The Family will receive friends and have a Visitation on Thursday evening May 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday May 15, 2015, at the Bluestem Baptist Church in Dewey with Rev. Bruce Almy, pastor of the Church, and Pastor Ed Gordon of Trinity Baptist Church assisting. Interment will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to the Washington County S.P.C.A. 16620 S. State Highway #123 Bartlesville, OK. 74003. Mr. Heil was born January 8, 1950 at White Pines, New York to John Christian and Ida Virginia (Cook) Heil. He came to Bartlesville as a child with his parents, and was raised and received his education here in Bartlesville Public Schools, graduating from College High School in 1968, and worked at Griggs Studio while in school, which began his interest in the photography field that would later be his life's work. He later attended and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1972, where he was a hard core Jawhawk, and a Phi Betta Kappa fraternity member of which he was very proud of and quoted often. He returned to Bartlesville in the early 1970's following his graduation from KU, and started his Heil Photography Business, which he operated until 2012 when he retired. He was an active member of Bluestem Baptist Church, where he had served as a Deacon for the past three years, and also was a member at Trinity Baptist Church for many years. Bob had served on the Board of the Washington County S.P.C.A. for over 20 years from 1987 to 2007, and was very active with the Boy Scouts of America in the Veterinary Post training of young men, was a member of the Noon Rotary Club of Bartlesville. He and Amelia Ann Baeza were married on September 30, 1995 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Bartlesville, and they had made their home in Bartlesville, until moving to Dewey in 2010. "Bob" as most people knew him was a loving, caring and gentle man that always had a smile on his face, and loved his grandchildren, and great grandchild very much- and he LOVED to Talk. Mr. Heil is survived by his wife Amelia Ann (Alford) Heil of the home in Dewey, and by two daughters; Lori Parrish of Cedar Hill, Texas and Michelle Dingman of Dewey, Oklahoma, by four grandchildren and one great grandchild, by one brother John Christian Heil, Jr. and wife Karen, and by one niece and three nephews, and by 2 great nieces and one great nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister Virginia Heil Mansour and her husband Effat Mansour in 1999. 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 May 13 to June 12, 2015
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