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Abel, Brandon Boyd - Eucha  
Brandon Boyd Abel, 21, of Eucha, Oklahoma, died from injuries in an automobile accident earlier in the day, near grove on August 19, 2015, at the Freeman Hospital in Joplin Missouri. Memorial Services for Brandon will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at the Disney Assembly of God Church 313 Wall Street, Disney, Oklahoma with Pastor Daryl Lee and Pastor Isreal Darnell officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Memorial contributions may be sent in Brandon's Memory to the M.A.D.D P.O. Box 891556 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73189. Brandon was born July 15, 1994 at Springfield, Missouri to Alan Boyd and Ida Dawn (Keithley) Abel. He was raised and received his early education in Bartlesville Schools, until moving with his family to Eucha, and completed his education at Jay Schools, receiving his GED from the Thunderbird Academy at Pryor, Oklahoma. He was married to Stacey Jo Summerfield on February 14, 2014 at Miami, Oklahoma. They made their home at Eucha,, Oklahoma near his parents. Brandon is survived by his wife Stacey Jo (Summerfield) Abel of the home, his parents Alan and Ida Abel of Eucha,, OK. by three children; a step son Roman Allen King, of Eucha,, Sons; Ryder Josiah Summerfield, and Braden Boyd Abel, both of the home, one brother, Nathan Alan Abel and wife Dena of Ochelata, Oklahoma, two sisters, Kelsey Harjo, and husband Joshua of Grove, Brianna Abel of Eucha,, his paternal grandmother, Ruth Collett of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his maternal grandparents James & Elaine Keithley of Afton, Oklahoma and by a Host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. 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 Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2015
Alexander, Paul Lavern - Dewey  
Mr. Paul Lavern Alexander, 88, of Dewey, died at 10:45 A.M. on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the Forrest Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services for Mr. Alexander will be held at 2 P.M. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny G. Workman of the First Church of God in Dewey officiating. Interment will be in the 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. Visitation will be held at the Stumpff Funeral Home from 9 A.M. until 9 P.M. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. on Thursday as the casket will remain closed at the services. A memorial fund has been established and those who wish may send their contributions to the Youth Group of the First Church of God, 222 S. Osage, Dewey, Oklahoma, 74029. Mr. Alexander was born west of Bartlesville in Osage County on November 17, 1926 the son of Freddie Leroy Alexander and Hazel Mae (Brantley) Alexander. He grew up in the Bartlesville area attending Labadie Heights Elementary School, Central Junior High and then College High School. He served with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II and then in the Army of Occupation in Korea following the war. Following his Honorable Discharge he returned to Oklahoma and was employed with a foundry in Tonkawa for a year until his employment with National Zinc Company in Bartlesville in the early 1950's. While working at National Zinc he attended the McFarland Technical School in Coffeyville, Kansas and later retired from the smelter as a machinist in 1989. Mr. Alexander was married to Audrey Mae Bonham on January 21, 1945 at her parent's home in Dewey. Following his military service they made their home at Tonkawa for one year until returning to Dewey to build their home in 1952, and have continued their home in Dewey since that time. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander loved to travel and had visited the 48 states in their travel trailer and had also been to Hawaii. He was a member of the First Church of God in Dewey, a proud member of the Dewey V.F.W., a past member of the Dewey Lion's Club, was a volunteer and had served on the Board of Directors of the Concern Center for a number of years and was active in the Senior Nutrition Project (Meals on Wheels) at the Dewey Senior Center for 11 years. Mr. Alexander is survived by his wife of 70 years, Audrey Alexander of the home, one son, Fred Alexander and wife Diane of Merced, California, one daughter, Paula Alexander of Wichita, Kansas one granddaughter, Jennifer Huffman and husband Dustin of Dewey and three great grandchildren, Joshua Huffman, Emily Huffman and Caleb Huffman. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, J.C. Alexander and Earl Alexander. 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 July 29 to Aug. 28, 2015
Allbright, Charles Mark - Davenport  
Charles Mark Allbright, 68, died unexpectedly in his home in Davenport, OK, on July 6, 2015. Mark is survived by Mitzi Caldwell, son Chris Allbright (wife Sarah) of Broken Arrow, mother Marjorie Allbright of Colorado Springs, CO, sister Lola Fuhrmann (husband Steve) of Monument, CO, Mitzi's children, several grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Mark was preceded in death by father Charles Allbright and stepson Sean McIntosh. Mark was born March 20, 1947, in Muskogee, OK, and grew up in Dewey, OK, where he graduated from Dewey High School in 1965. Mark attended the University of Tulsa. He retired December 31, 2014, from Crane Carrier Corporation of Tulsa where he worked for 45 years as database administrator. Mark enjoyed online courses from Hillsdale College and family activities. He loved both Chris and Mitzi's children and grandchildren. Mark's sense of humor, accepting and loving nature, patriotism and intellect will be missed. The family held a memorial service for Mark on Thursday, July 23, in Edmond, OK. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences and memories may be posted on obituaries at www.matthewsfuneralhome.com or www.legacy.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 24 to Aug. 23, 2015
Ballew, Curtis Owen  
Curtis Owen Ballew, 86, of Osage County died Wednesday at his home. Curtis, a lifelong resident of Osage County, was born the son of Curtis F. and Josephine (Gardiner) Ballew on July 5, 1929, at Charlie Creek just outside of Burbank, OK. At a young age, Curtis's family moved to the east side of Osage county where he attended Phillipsburg Grade School before transferring to Barnsdall High School, where he graduated in 1946. After graduation, he split his time between working on the family ranch and competing in rodeos. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served one year overseas in Korea. Once honorably discharged in 1951, Curtis returned to the rodeo and ranch before meeting the love of his life, Shirley Ann Jenkins. They were married on Nov. 17, 1956, in Bartlesville where they raised three children at the family ranch which they have shared for the past 51 years. Curtis started his 22-year career with the Bartlesville Fire Dept. and retired in 1980 as Assistant Fire Chief. Curtis was a true cowboy who held a passion for calf-roping, quail hunting, fishing and poker. He was a strong family man and shared the thrill of hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. Curtis loved his hunting dogs and horses. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Curtis is survived by his wife Shirley of the home; one son Joe Curtis Ballew and Ronda of Elk City, KS; one sister Jo Ann Allee and Paul of Dewey, OK; five grandchildren, Lloyd Magnauck and Kati of Conroe, TX, Courtney Baumer and Mike of Franklin, TN, J.C. Ballew of Owasso, OK, Hunter Ballew of Elk City, KS, and Autumn Kahler Ballew of Chanute, KS; and three great grandchildren, Ella Mae Baumer, Benjamin Curtis Baumer and Woodlyn White. He is preceded in death by his children Kathy Magnauck and (Jim) James Ballew, and his parents. Visitation will be Friday from 12-8pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 22, at the Adams Boulevard Church of Christ in Bartlesville, with Dave Hammonds officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at the New Ethel Reece cemetery in Barnsdall Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations be made to the Hope Harbor Children's Home, PO BOX 1047, Claremore, OK 74018. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared with Curtis's family at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Aug. 21 to Sept. 20, 2015
Barkley, Vernon Ray - Barnsdall  
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday in the Barnsdall First Assembly of God Church. Interment will be in the Ethel Reece Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff-Barnsdall Funeral Home Vernon Ray Barkley, age 72, passed away at his home in Barnsdall, Oklahoma on August 27, 2015. Born July 6, 1943, to Lonnie and Velva Barkley, Vernon was a lifelong resident of Barnsdall. He leaves behind beloved wife Denise E. Barkley; Sister, Eunice Watson; In-laws, Claude and Janie Rice; Son, Barry Barkley & Donna Taylor of Johnson City, NY; Son Kevin Barkley & Heather Barkley of Dewey, OK; Son Kyle Barkley of Moore, OK; Step-Daughter, Shawna and Chris Hailey of Neosho, MO; Step-Son, Matt Burrow of Barnsdall, OK; 13 Grandchildren, 4 Great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends who were blessed to know him. Vernon is preceded in Death by Infant Daughter, Lonetta Dawn Barkley, Father Lonnie Samuel Barkley, and Mother Velva Marie Copeland; Sister Wanda Aultz, Brother Bob Barkley, Brother Ivan Barkley, and Sister Janice Swift. Vernon graduated from Barnsdall High School in 1962. After graduation, he worked in Osage County, Oklahoma, and Kansas until he joined the Army and proudly served in Korea from 1965-1967; he was honorably discharged as an E-5 Buck Sergeant. After his service in the Army, Vernon returned to Barnsdall where he started a family and his 33-year career at Bareco/Petrolite. While at Bareco, he served as Union President for over 10 years. Vernon married Denise E. Rice on August 11, 1989. Retiring in 2003, Vernon continued to generously serve his community by being elected as City Councilman and appointed a Deacon of the Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed cooking at his Church's Dawg House café which helped raise money for various Church and Youth activities. He also enjoyed working with and attending ball games with his 'adopted' family, the Hatfields. Vernon was a member of the American Legion and a lifelong OU Sooner fan. He was quick with a joke and a smile. He will be greatly missed as he was greatly loved. BOOMER. SOONER!
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Aug. 30 to Sept. 29, 2015
Barnes, Billy Allen - Bartlesville  
Mr. Billy Allen Barnes, 84, of Bartlesville and formerly of Independence, Kansas, died at 8:45 P.M. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at his home in Bartlesville. Memorial services for Mr. Barnes will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel in Bartlesville with Chaplain Mike McDougan of Comforting Hands Hospice officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the Ceremonial Detail of the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105 and memorial services and cremation are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Mr. Barnes was born at Elk City, Kansas on March 19, 1931 the son of Ira and May Agnes (Bertenshaw) Barnes. He grew up on the family farm near Elk City and received his education at Independence, Kansas where he graduated from high school. He entered the United States Navy in 1951 and served aboard the USS Essex during the Korean Conflict until receiving his Honorable Discharge in 1954. He then returned to the Independence area and was employed at Starcraft Boats in Neodesha, Kansas. He later owned and operated the ambulance service in Independence as well as operating a Fina Gasoline Station there. In 1975 he became self employed in the ditching and backhoe service in Independence until his retirement. He was married to Jeannie Carole Sweet on January 24, 1967 in Bartlesville. They made their home in Independence until moving to Bartlesville to make their home in 2005. He was a life member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion at Independence, Kansas. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending his time fishing and hunting and he also loved bowling. Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife, Jeannie Barnes of the home in Bartlesville, four children including his twin sons, Rick Barnes and Randy Barnes and wife Ruby all of Independence, Kansas, son, Stephen Barnes of Bartlesville and daughter, Melissa Craig and husband Bill of Bartlesville, six grandchildren, Danielle Martin and husband Kyle, Kimberly Craig, Destinee Frank, Summer Barnes, Stevie Barnes and Davin Barnes and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Kenneth Barnes. 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 Aug. 14 to Sept. 13, 2015
Bennett, Paul - Bartlesville  
Paul Bennett (1920 – 2015) A member of the "Greatest Generation." The B-17 Bomber Pilot has "slipped the surly bonds of earth", and now has "… put out (his) hand, and touched the face of God." Paul Bennett was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on April 3rd, 1920. He was the sixth of seven children born to Samuel Augustus Bennett and Blanche Deborah Forrester. In 1896, before statehood, Blanche at age 16 came with her sister, Florence by covered wagon to Bartlesville from Illinois to teach at a school financed by the Cherokee Nation. Samuel was a farmer from Illinois who came to Bartlesville seeking employment. Blanche's uncle, Frank Overlees, had urged her to come to Bartlesville, where he served as Mayor, a delegate to the pre-state convention, published the first newspaper, and was one of the first promoters of the Bartlesville Oil District. Blanche served on the school board and started an organization to promote education of women. One of her students was Bill Keeler, later President of Phillips and a Chief of the Cherokee Indians. Samuel and Blanche were married in 1907. He died on July 23, 2015 and is now reunited with his war-time bride, Mary Charlene Wiggins Bennett who preceded him in death on September 21, 2014. This December they would have been married 72 years. Those siblings who preceded him in death include Charles Gerald, William Forrester, Donald Samuel, and Margaret Esther. He is survived by his older sister Florence Jeannette Bennett Harkin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and by his younger brother, Richard Jay Bennett and his wife, Joanne Riney Bennett of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Paul graduated from Bartlesville High School in 1937, and then attended Oklahoma State University where he majored in industrial engineering. At OSU, he was a member of several prestigious engineering organizations and graduated in 1942, the same year as he enlisted in the United States Army. In the Army, he was sent to New Haven, Connecticut to study aeronautical engineering at Yale. During 1943, he volunteered for pilot training and was sent to the Army Air Base at Santa Ana, California. 1943 was also the year he met Charlene Wiggins on a blind date that his sister, Florence Harkin and Charlene's sister Annie Wiggins Wells arranged. Three months later they were married on December 18, 1943 at the Army Chapel Santa Ana Air Base. He completed his training as a pilot on the B-17 Flying Fortress and was assigned to various bases in the United States, and requested to be sent overseas. The war ended before he was deployed to Europe. He remained in the active reserves until July 28, 1955 and was discharged as a First Lieutenant. Paul returned to his home town and started to work for Phillips Petroleum Company. In 1952, Paul decided to work for Vinson Supply Company in Amarillo, Texas. He spent the next two decades in management positions in Amarillo, New Orleans, Houston and London. His last years with Vinson were spent as the Company's Senior Vice President in London England. After more than 2 decades with Vinson, Paul retired but for the next six years, was the office manager for Bennett, Broocks, Baker and Lange Law Firm in Houston, Texas. After his retirement Paul and Shawn continued their world travels, with trips spanning the globe. During the years in Amarillo, New Orleans, and finally Houston, Paul was involved in church and community activities. He grew up in the First Christian Church of Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he was baptized and developed a deep love for Christian community. He held the position of Elder in their churches in Amarillo, New Orleans and Houston. He and Shawn were amongst the founding members of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. Paul and Shawn hosted a weekly Bible study at their home and greatly enjoyed all who came and the lessons learned. Paul and Shawn found their greatest joy and pleasure with their family. For many years they lived at on Blue Bonnet Street, Houston; Shawn called it the "Happy House", where the door was always open for family gatherings on every holiday. Their enjoyment in entertaining encompassed many groups. It was a rare weekend that some special dinner or party was not held at their home where no one was ever a stranger. It was clear that after 70 years of marriage, the last year for Paul was difficult after Shawn passed. He was surrounded by his devoted children and other family members, as well as his church family. He is survived by his children: Paul Jr. and Judy Bennett of Denver, Colorado and their children: Holly Bennett Horner and her spouse, Dr. Peder Horner, and Dr. Paul Martin (Marty) Bennett and his spouse, Jennie Rebecca of Denver, Colorado; Robert "Bob" Bennett of Houston, TX and his children : Sarah Bennett Hawkins and her spouse David Hawkins of New York City, NY, and Andrew Bennett of Austin, Texas; Jenny Bennett of Houston, TX and her daughter Kalimba Bennett Tuck and her spouse Nate Tuck of Los Angeles, CA. Great grandchildren include Hannah Horner, Bennett Horner, Jackson Bennett, Lucas Bennett, Emily Bennett, Atlas Tuck and Johnny Hawkins. The family also wishes to thank Mrs. Melba Brown who has been a constant companion to Paul and Shawn for the last 5 years. He will be buried with full military funeral honors at United States National Cemetery, Houston, Texas, next to his wife. A memorial service will be held Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas, on August 1st, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, all donations should be directed to Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 30 to Aug. 29, 2015
Bounds, Reuann Shelton  
Reuann Shelton Bounds, 93, youngest of the four daughters of Reuel Mortimer Shelton and Anna Estelle Allen Shelton, died July 31, 2015. Memorial services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Bartlesville's East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 S. Madison Blvd., and Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Burress will officiate. Reuann was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Hobart, OK. She died in a rehabilitation center in Bowie, TX, where she went to recuperate after a recent stroke. She graduated from Hobart High School and attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, where she met her husband, Bland David Bounds. Bland worked at many locations as a geologist for Phillips Petroleum Co., and the couple established homes in Las Vegas, NM; Jackson, MS; Evansville, IN; Oklahoma City; and the last years in Bartlesville. Reuann was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She was an avid golfer and with her husband played courses all over the world. She enjoyed duplicate bridge and travelling and was always ready for the next excursion. She was a proficient seamstress and chef and a connoisseur of fine foods. Throughout her life, she enjoyed the companionship of various special pet dogs. Special friends in Bartlesville include Lois Hudson, best friend and golfing companion; Flo Messal, who drank morning coffee with her daily; and Ron D. Crain, next-door neighbor and dear friend who in her latter years watched after her so she could remain in her own home. Crain included Reuann in his family's gatherings and took her on trips to visit his children, also on tours abroad. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Bland; and her sisters, Edna Fischer, Ruth Straw and Mildred Shelton. Survivors include nieces and nephews: Sondra Nichols, Lubbock, TX; Robert Straw and wife, Joy, Memphis, TN; Jack Roye Straw and wife, Linda, Friona, TX; Jerry Fischer and wife, Rose, Hobart, OK; Carol Pendergraft and husband, Tom, Miami, OK; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Aug. 9 to Sept. 8, 2015
Bullen, Romona B (Monie)  
Romona (Monie) Bullen passed quietly to her heavenly home on the morning of August 5th with family and friends at her side after a strong courageous battle with failing health over the last 2 years. She was born March 24th 1949 at Pampa, Texas. Romona was a graduate of Wesleyan College with an Associate Degree, attended Tri County Tech graduating in 1972 from the Licensed Practical Nursing program. She began her professional career working for Dr. Wolfe DO of Skiatook. She then began working at Jane Phillips Medical Center from 1972 until her retirement in 2000. Monie as she was affectionately called by her family and friends was small in stature but mighty in everything she did. With a wonderful sense of humor, never meeting a stranger, was giving of herself to all she met. She had a great passion for many things, but the lake and fishing were at the top of her list. She leaves behind sisters Virginia Miller and Frances Stumpff both of the Bartlesville, brother, Jim Miller of Somerville, Texas 7 nieces and nephews as well as several great nieces and nephews. In addition to her family she leaves behind several friends. If you were one of the lucky people she called friend, then she told you "you are my friend, but you are also my family," all of her special friends know who they are because she made a point to tell you she loved you and she treated you like her family A Memorial Service and Celebration of her life will be Saturday August 8th 10:00am at Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials in her memory can be made to Rivercross Hospice 2301 SE Washington Blvd. Suite C Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006. Friends who wish may sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6, 2015
Casto, Paul Boyd  
Paul Boyd Casto, 65, formerly of Bartlesville, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Topeka, Kansas. Paul was born in Worland, Washakie County, Wyoming on January 1, 1950 to John Lewis Casto and Rosalee (Buckley) Casto. He lived in Alaska, Texas and Oklahoma. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked on the Alaskan Pipeline after graduating from the first Bartlesville Sooner High School Class. Later he attended Oklahoma State University graduating with Bachelor Degrees in Marketing and Management. He was a member of the Elks. In November 1974 he married Jean Fulton and had two sons. While working in Bartlesville, he managed Long John Silver's, Arby's, and Rib Crib. Since 2006 Paul and Jean together managed Independent Senior Living communities for Holiday Retirement Corporation. Paul enjoyed traveling and his latest hobby of lathe-turning writing pens. He dearly loved his family and friends and enjoyed being with them. He will be missed by all. Survivors include: his wife, Jean; sons Shane and Jeremy Casto of Bartlesville; sister Pat Milford of Bartlesville; seven grandchildren, Reme, Lizzie, Alex, Hailey, Cameron, Alexis and Carson; and one great-grandchild Teagan. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Oklahoma and California. He is predeceased in death by his parents. A wake for family and friends will be held at the Hitchin Post, 815 North Delaware St., Dewey, OK, on Saturday between 101 AM and 2 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4110 S. 100th East Avenue, Suite 101, Tulsa, OK 74146, for those who wish to donate in his memory. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Dove Cremation and Funeral Service of Topeka, Kansas.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27, 2015
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