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CHANDLER, JEAN  
ChandlerMay 5, 1920 - Jan 23, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Jean Simms Chandler died peacefully, after a short illness, on January 23, 2015. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. She was a classy woman who was affirming and accepting of all. Jean was born in New York City on May 5, 1920, to Carlos Ince & Margot Millar. She attended Classen High School and married James K. Simms on July 3, 1940. What a beautiful marriage it was. They celebrated every anniversary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. To their union were born five children, Mary, Karen, Jim, Mike, and Meg. Jean was a wonderful homemaker, tireless servant and a devoted mother, wife, and Catholic. Her faith was central to her life. She married H.D. Chandler on April 12, 2002, and another happy union was born. She was a member of the Marcelline club, Bridge club, Dig and Hope Garden Club, and a founding member of the "Harem social group." She was preceded in death by her parents; and two daughters, Mary Simms and Karen Simms Ross. She is survived by her children, Jim and wife Jackie Simms, Mike Simms, and Meg Simms Corn; her seven grand- children, and twelve great-grandchildren. A Memorial will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset, Nichols Hills, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics Oklahoma.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
HODGES, DONALD - Dallas  
April 18, 1934 - January 21, 2015 DALLAS, TX Donald Wayne Don Hodges, heralded financial advisor, selfless and dedicated counselor, mentor, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, faithful Christian servant and staunch American business and entrepreneurship advocate, passed away January 21, 2015, from complications related to a blood disorder. Hodges was a man admired and revered by his industry peers and was loved deeply by his family that includes his wife of 59 years, Freddie; and their children, Camille Hodges-Hays, Craig Hodges and Clark Hodges. Don was a mentor and father figure to countless people over the years, including business associates, employees and even his children's friends. Don had a passion for investing in stocks but he had an even bigger passion for investing in people. He always found and appreciated the best qualities in others. Don spent hours listening to stories and often offered some words of wisdom from his personal 40-year collection of favorite quotations saved from dozens of current and historical sources. An attentive listener, Don helped those seeking advice, and he also provided wise counsel and guidance to help friends, clients and many others reach their financial goals. Born in Canadian, Texas, on April 18, 1934, Don grew up under the tutelage of his father, Oliver Lee Hodges, and his mother, Alma Mae Brown Hodges, who both preceded him in death. From his parents, Don learned the importance of faith, family and commitment. After graduation from what was then known as West Texas State at Canyon, Don was a radio announcer at KAMQ. He discovered the investment field and subsequently built a career as an acclaimed investment advisor. Before launching his career, Don married his high school sweetheart Freddie Donaldson whom Don honored and cherished throughout their years together. Most recently, they celebrated the 59-year anniversary of their marriage. The family that now includes nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren personifies love, honor and commitment to each other and their loved ones. In 1960, Don began work at Merrill Lynch in Oklahoma City. Later, in 1983, he moved to Dallas to work at Rauscher Pierce in Dallas (now RBC Wealth Management), and in 1983, he advanced there to become president of the company. In 1989, Don and his son Craig launched their own firm. Early on, the pair decided to create an unprecedented start-up and original mutual fund, the Hodges Fund. That investment vehicle has received numerous awards for its results and the implementation of what is called the "Hodges Process." Since then, Don and Craig launched six other mutual funds that have landed praise from the largest and most important business publications. The company now manages $3.5 billion. After the initial company launch, Don's daughter Camille and his son Clark joined the Hodges enterprise. Although some might label Hodges Capital as a family business, the Hodges family prefers being identified as a business family. From a start-up of only a few, the company has grown to a team of 32 employees. Each one knows that Don considered them to also be members of his family, and he proved that in his actions and words. Don Hodges had a remarkable 55-year career, and it's a model that his children are fully committed to advance even further. He was a trusted steward of other people's money, and he took that job very seriously. He and Freddie also gave back to the community through their long-term support of Trinity Christian Academy, Dallas Baptist University, Criswell College, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Presbyterian Community Foundation. In November, Don received the prestigious Russell H. Perry award. This award honors leaders whose lives are testimonies of achievements in free enterprise and service to the community. Don is survived by his beloved wife, Freddie; daughter, Camille Hodges Hays, her husband Stan Hays and their children, Trey and Maddie; son, Craig Hodges, his wife Jo Ann Ferrell Hodges and their children, Kaki, Haley, and Case; son, Clark Hodges, his wife Kristina Hodges and their children, Freddie Anne, Fernando, Kristian, and Chanley; brother, Robert Hodges and his wife Janice; brother, Gary Hodges and his wife Deborah; sister, Mary McCaffree-Simmers and her husband David; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, William "Bill" Hodges; sister-in-law, Theresia; brother, James Hodges; and brother-in-law, Robert McCaffree. Services by Sparkman Hillcrest, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX. Memorial Service Monday, January 26, 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church Historic Sanctuary, 1707 San Jacinto, Dallas, TX. Delivery of flowers can be coordinated through Sparkman Hillcrest or First Baptist Church, Dallas. Donations in Don's honor may be made to: Trinity Christian Academy - Student Tuition Aid, 17001 Addison Rd, Addison, TX 75001; or Don Hodges Endowed Scholarship Fund, c/o Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2015
MARKWELL, EDWARD  
Markwell, Jr. May 16, 1931 - Jan 22, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Edward Lee Markwell Jr., 83, of Oklahoma City, died on January 22, 2015, peacefully at home after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born May 16, 1931, in Oklahoma City to Edward L. Markwell, Sr. & Marguerite Dancy Markwell. Ed was raised on a dairy farm near Northeast 63rd and Eastern and attended Millwood Grade School before attending Northeast High School. He then went on to attend Oklahoma A&M University. Ed played basketball his freshman year and pledged Beta Theta Pi fraternity, where he formed many lifelong friendships. At Oklahoma A&M, he met Joan Zaloudek, and they were married on June 5, 1955. Ed began a lifelong career in oil and gas industry in 1962 when he and Ray Dawson formed Dawson-Markwell Exploration Company. He served on the boards of Directors of The Oklahoma Zoological Society, Mercy Hospital, First Western Bank, Heritage Hall School and the Bank of Kremlin. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 50 years. He loved his OSU Cowboys! Ed is survived by his wife of 59 years and his three children, Madalyn Hawes, Edmond; Melanie Edelmaier and her husband David, of The Woodlands, TX; and his son, Edward L. "Tripp" Markwell, III and his wife Robin, of Edmond. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Claire Edelmaier, Caroline Edelmaier, Katherine Hawes, Grace Markwell, and Edward L. "Drew" Markwell, IV. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Barbara Avery. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 27 at Christ the King Catholic Church. The family wishes that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mercy Health Foundation, P.O. Box 3266, Oklahoma City, OK 73101. A special thanks to his caregivers, Anitra Fleeks, April Littleton, and Michael Elsworth.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
OWNBEY, DOLORES  
Ownbey Oct 5, 1932 - Jan 24, 2015 NEWALLA Dolores Pauline Ownbey, age 82, of Newalla, OK, was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Newalla. She was the daughter of Steven Joseph & Ira (Patrick) Bessinger. She left this life Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Oklahoma City. Dolores married Charles W. Ownbey on Sept. 9, 1949, in Oklahoma City. She was a member of Choctaw Road Baptist Church. Dolores loved to cook and make candy. She dearly loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and attending their sporting events and other activities. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; two sisters; and son-in-law, Dwayne Troutt. Survivors include her three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy & Ronnie Kudrna, Newalla, OK; Peggy Troutt, McLoud, OK; and Nancy & Patrick Drew, Harrah, OK; loving nephew, Kenny Ownbey & wife Patti, Oklahoma City, OK; adopted family, Rita & Robert Mahan, Choctaw, OK; brother, Bill Bessinger & wife Mary Jane, Crescent, OK; eight grandchildren, Brandon & Shawna Troutt, April & Scott, Hatchell, Brooke, Brayden, Breanna & Brock Drew, Amy & Pat Tate, Zachary & Chasity Kudrna; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the Choctaw Road Baptist Church in Choctaw, OK. Interment will follow at the Dale Cemetery in Dale, OK. Services are under direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories online. Please visit www.smithparks.com www.smithparks.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
QUALLS, JACK  
Dec 7, 1923 - Jan 19, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Jack Dee Qualls passed away peacefully Monday, January 19, 2015. He was born to Tom and Ada Qualls on December 7, 1923, in Ralls,Texas. He served in the Marines in WW II and went to Korea with the 45th National Guard when they were activated for that conflict. He received a bachelor and master's degrees in architectural engineering from Oklahoma State University. Jack was highly respected in architectural design engineering here in the Oklahoma City area. He also taught in the Architectural Drafting department at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City campus, where he retired. He was preceded in death by his adopted son, Dennis; his wife, Evelyn; and his sister, Janice Qualls. He is survived by his sister, Rosemary Myers, of Centralia IL; his brother, Tom Qualls, of Oklahoma City; his stepdaughter, Donna Webb, of Oklahoma City; and his step-granddaughter, Amber Mondalek and her husband Fadee, Hoover, AL. Jack resided at Fidelity One assisted living for the past few years. A staff member said that Jack was always joking and kidding with staff members, making them laugh and making their days brighter. I want to thank the staff for the care and love they gave Jack. I also want to thank Mission Hospice for the guidance, help and care they have provided over the last couple of months. A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Crown Heights Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Mission Hospice or to a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
ROGERS, JEFFRY (Memoriam)  
1-26-84 to 11-16-05Happy Birthday Jeff, you are missed every day. We are so proud and know you are a true American Hero. Thank you for "making a difference" in so many people's lives. Semper Fi & Love Mom & Dad
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
ROZIN, ZEL  
Sept 26, 1932 - Jan 24, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Zelda Lynn "Zel" Rozin, with her family around her, passed away on January 24, 2015, at the age of 82. She was born in Cisco, TX in 1932 and was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Leonard Rozin; her parents, Charles and Netta Sandler; and her brother, Melvin Sandler. Zel Rozin is survived by her sons, Mitchell, Spencer (Nora), and Randall (Christa) Rozin; and by her daughters, Janiece (Rick) Gratch and Sharna Rozin; as well by as her eleven grandchildren; and a large and loving extended family that stretches worldwide. A real tomboy, she grew up reading books in trees and riding her horses. Zel broke many barriers as a female percussionist, becoming an award-winning drummer in her high school band and continuing to pursue music at Southern Methodist University. She was part of the pioneering first group of females admitted to the SMU marching band, band orchestra and regular orchestra. Her percussion recital, playing all percussion instruments, was the first in SMU's history. She put her musical expertise to use teaching in a special home for mentally challenged children, then upon graduation, went to the University of Kansas to pursue a master's degree in music, receiving her master's degree in music education. While there, she met her soul mate, Leonard Rozin. Zel spent the next several years in education, first in a rural Kansas town teaching music 2nd through 12th grades as well as P.E. and civics. After the birth of her first child, the couple moved to Kansas City, KS, and Zel taught special ed in an inner-city elementary school. Zel moved to Brooklyn, NY after her husband's graduation from medical school. She and her growing family moved to Oklahoma City for good in 1960. Zel became very active in the Medical Auxiliary and worked on or chaired many committees, eventually rising to the state level, where she served two terms as State Treasurer. Zel and her family attended Emanuel Synagogue. She was very active in the Sisterhood and other committee work. She had many loves in her life: her husband, children, their spouses, her grandchildren, horses, classical music and environmental causes. Services for Zel Rozin will be held at the Emanuel Synagogue, 900 N.W. 47th Street in Oklahoma City at 10 a.m. on January 26 with burial to follow at Emanuel Hebrew Cemetery, located just south of the intersection of S.W. 104th and Western. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the "Rozin-Funk Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund" at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
STEEN, BEN  
September 2, 1932 - January 21, 2015 OKLAHOMA CITY Ben D. Steen was born September 2, 1932, in Ada, Oklahoma, to W.D. and Willie Mae Parker Steen. He was a 1950 graduate of Ada High School. He attended East Central University and The University of Oklahoma, graduating with a B.S. degree from the OU College of Pharmacy in 1954. He married the love of his life, Betsy Marilyn Shockley, in August of 1952. Ben began his pharmacy career in Ballinger, Texas, but it was cut short by service in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. In 1957, Ben and Marilyn established their home in Ada, Oklahoma, started their family, and began his partnership with his mentor, M.F. Bayless, of Bayless Drug Company. They resided in Ada until 1965 when they moved their growing family to Dallas, Texas. Ben opened Steen Pharmacies in the Dallas area, eventually owning eight pharmacies and five Hallmark Card Shops. Throughout Ben's career, he enjoyed mentoring young pharmacists, sharing his wisdom and knowledge. In the fall of 1975, Ben had the opportunity to purchase the childhood home of his dreams at 823 S. Townsend in Ada, Oklahoma. He and Marilyn decided that they wanted to give their children the same opportunity they had -- growing up in a small town. Their family spent many joyous years in the wonderful old house on Townsend. They were longtime members of First Baptist Church Ada. Along with retail pharmacy, Ben was involved in real estate and auctioneering, owning Big Ben Realty, and earned his CAI certification from The University of Indiana. He served as President of the Ada Board of Realtors and was a member of the Ada Planning and Zoning Board. He served as Vice-President on the founding board of the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. In 1986, they purchased Bryan's Rx Center on Arlington and operated it as Steen Super Saver Pharmacy until selling it in 1994. Marilyn helped Ben in the family businesses, and following the sale of the pharmacy, their love of antiques led them to open Treasures in Time antique shop in downtown Ada. They enjoyed hunting for treasures to sell in the shop. In June of 2007, they relocated to Oklahoma City to be near a daughter. Ben was so beloved by his family. He was our rock. His positive spirit and love of life inspired us all. He was a wonderful father and devoted husband. He will be so missed by his family and dear friends. Ben is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betsy Marilyn Steen; daughters, Stephanie Holden, husband Mason, of Dallas, TX; Becky Corlee, husband Mark, of Oklahoma City; Laura Hofmann, husband Todd, of Tulsa; and Nancy Steen Richards, of McKinney, TX; his grandchildren, Braden Barnes, Brennan Barnes Burnett, Corbin Carter, Caroline Hofmann, Ryan Hofmann, and Railey Richards; great-grandchildren, Eben Barnes, Raef Barnes, and Ren Braxton Burnett; and his sister, Betty Bray, of Plano, TX. Ben was preceded in death by his two sons, Brad Fenton Steen and Jeff Braxton Steen; and his parents, W.D. and Willie Mae Steen. Family Visitation is on January 26, 2015, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Criswell Funeral Home, Ada. Graveside Service will be January 26, 2015, 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Dennis Heath.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
STOREMSKI, DORIS  
May 11, 1940 - Jan 23, 2015 HARRAH Doris Mae Storemski, age 74, of Harrah, OK, was born May 11, 1940, in Oklahoma City. She was the daughter of Homer and Dorothy (McDonald) Harman. She left this life Friday, January 23, 2015, in Midwest City, OK. Doris proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps. She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Harrah, OK, Altar Society, Catholic Daughters and the DAV. Doris supported her son in Scouts and sports while he was in school. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Leo P. Storemski, Harrah, OK; son and daughter-in-law, Michael & Rose Storemski, Harrah, OK; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie & Merle Heath, Harrah, OK; brother, Robert Harman, California; four grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. Rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Smith-Parks Funeral Service, Harrah, OK. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Harrah, OK. Interment will follow at St. Teresa Catholic Cemetery in Harrah, OK. Services are under direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories online. Please visit www.smithparks.com www.smithparks.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 26, 2015
TUCKER, KENNETH  
September 4, 1925 - January 22, 2015 PAWNEE Dr. Kenneth M. Tucker passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015, in Oklahoma City at the age of 89. Ken was born in Huntington, WV on September 4, 1925, to Henry Thomas Tucker and Zelda Wellman Tucker. He was the youngest of four children. After graduating from high school, Ken joined the United States Air Force. He was active duty for three years during World War II. At the end of World War II, Ken attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He married Phyllis Burchett in 1948 in Huntington. He went on to attend the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore and then practiced general dentistry in Logan, WV. He and his family later moved to Portsmouth, VA, where he joined the Public Health Department. From Portsmouth, he moved to Hampton, VA, where he joined the Veterans Administration. He then moved to Leavenworth, KS, where he completed a residency in prosthetic dentistry at the University of Missouri Dental School in Kansas City. Upon completion, he was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City, where he worked until his retirement in 1986. After the death of his first wife, he married June Brensing, whom he met at the Veterans Administration Hospital. They married in Oklahoma City on February 6, 1971, at Village United Methodist Church, where they remained members. After he joined the Army Reserve, he attended Command General Staff and two years of Army War College in Carlisle, PA and attained the rank of full bird colonel. He enjoyed many things in his life. He loved to travel with his wife and enjoyed many cruises with their friends. He also made time to golf with his friends, hunt and fish with his grandson and read books. He was a sports enthusiast and loved watching any sport. Ken was an avid rose grower and was a member of the Oklahoma Rose Society for many years. Ken enjoyed being a member of the Northwest Lions Club in Oklahoma City and later transferred his membership to Pawnee, OK when he and June built their home there in 2008. One of his favorite trips was a mission to Rio Bravo, Mexico, over Christmas vacation, where he and members of his church built homes. Upon moving to Pawnee, Ken and June joined the First Methodist Church of Pawnee, where he lived until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three siblings and his first wife. He is survived by his wife, June, of the home; son, Michael Thomas Tucker, of Kyle, TX; daughter, Susan Tucker Carruth and her husband David Carruth, of Norman, OK; grandchildren, Jonathan and Stephanie Tucker, Andrew and Amy Carruth; great-grandson, Matthew Tucker; and many other loving friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to First United Methodist Church in Pawnee, United Methodist Circle of Care or a charity of your choice. Those who knew and loved Ken found him to be the ultimate gentleman. We are grateful for your love and support. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church, Pawnee, OK. Officiating will be the Rev. Susan Ross. Interment will be at the Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, OK, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Pawnee, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2015
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