Dewey County, Oklahoma
Obituaries and Death Notices


Bliss Bulldogger
Sooner Cowboy Gored by Steer Bliss Bulldogger Dies from Injuries at Dewey Roundup
Sooner Cowboy Gored By Steer
Bliss Bulldogger Dies From Injuries at Dewey Roundup
Bartlesville, Okla, July 6. – Fifteen thousand spectators held their breaths yesterday afternoon at the Dewey roundup when J.M. Smith of Bliss, Okla., lost his hold on a steer that he was bulldogging and slipped to the ground. The enraged steer charged Smith and tossed him on its horns, goring him in the back and side, inflicting injuries which he died from a minutes later. The ambulance was summoned but the man died before medical aid could be administered.
[Tulsa World, 07 July 1920 - Submitted by Dawn Minard]



Billy Edwards
Billy Edwards Dead -- Billy Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Edwards, residing northwest of the city, died Sunday evening in St. Anthony's hospital in Oklahoma City. His wife, Annabelle Edwards, is under arrest, charged with his murder. A dying statement made by Edwards Sunday afternoon three hours before his death, will be introduced in the prosecution. Edwards charged in the statement that his wife shot, him without provocation. Edwards, is alleged to, have been shot by his wife at their apartments, 910 ½ North Dewey, Monday afternoon, March 28th, following an argument. Edwards was reported to have gone to his home in an effort to make final settlement with his wife preparatory to securing a divorce when he was shot. Death came at 8:50 o'clock Sunday night. In addition to the dying statement made by Edwards at St. Anthony's hospital Sunday afternoon, a will leaving the majority of his property to his mother, was signed and witnessed, it is authoritatively reported. Edwards' mother, Mrs. Cora Edwards lives on a farm just south of the Catholic cemetery, adjoining Perry on the southwest. She has been in Oklahoma City at the bedside of her son since the shooting occurred March 28th. W. L Edwards was born at Lamar, Iowa, June 8th, 1889, and died in Oklahoma City, April 3, 1925. He came to Oklahoma with his parents when a young lad and resided with them on a farm just southwest of Perry. About ten or twelve years ago Billy Edwards moved to Oklahoma City and resided there until the time of his death. He served one year in the army during the late war, and was stationed at Camp Logan. Funeral services were conducted by Rev.Beers in the Methodist church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 and burial had in Grace Hill cemetery.
[Tulsa World, April 1925- Submitted by Dawn Minard]

John C. Murphy
Pioneer Hobart Citizen Passes Away
John C. Murphy, Ex-Union Soldier, Dies after Several Weeks Illness – Funeral Friday
John C. Murphy, age seventy-five years and four months, a pioneer citizen of Hobart, died at his home, 301 Hitchcock street, this morning at 2 o'clock , of complication of diseases incident to old age. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence and will be conducted by Rev. Sumner T. Martin, pastor of the First Christian church, and interment will be made in the city cemetery.
The deceased was born June 4, 1842, in Platt county, Mo and in consequence was seventy-two years and four months old at the time of his death. When the Civil War broke out he volunteered as a private in Company C Third Regiment, Missouri Militia, and served throughout that memorable struggle in behalf of the Union. After the war he moved to Kansas, where he resided until the spring of 1902, when he moved to Hobart. In February, 1862, he married Miss Lucy Jackson, to which union were born nine children, five of whom survive him, as follows:
E.C. Murphy of Hobart; Mrs. J. D. Swisher, grand Fork, ND; Mrs. W. P. Green, Dewey Oklahoma; Charley (Put) and J.D. Murphy of this city. He is also survived by two brothers and one sister. The brothers are :Dr. George Murphy, Addington, Okla., and James Murphy of Missouri. The sister is Mrs. Leah Endicott of Pawnee, Okla.
Mrs. Swisher came in last Saturday and Mrs. Green is expected in tonight or tomorrow. Charley is in the hospital at Lexington , KY, having recently submitted to an operation, and will not be able to attend the funeral. Dr. Murphy, one of the brothers, is expected in tonight, but the other brother and sister will not be able to come.

[Tulsa World, - Submitted by Dawn Minard]



Henry Starr
Bury Henry Starr Today -- Funeral to be Held at Dewey This Afternoon
Dewey, Feb 24- The funeral of Henry Starr, the bandit, who died at Harrison, Ark., from a gunshot wound sustained in raiding a bank, will take place from the First Baptist Church of Dewey at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, Emmett Daugherty, a neighbor of Starr, said today. The services will be conducted by the Rev J.D. Aldridge, a pastor of the church.
Daugherty was also authority for the statement that Tony Starr, aged *, who accompanied the funeral party from Harrison, is the son of the dead bandit. Tony Starr was known only to a few close relatives of Henry Starr, although he had made Oklahoma his home for some years.
Of late he had been living in Louisiana, Daugherty said he started for Harrison as soon as he heard his father was in danger of dying. Tony Starr's mother is dead, according to Daugherty.
[Tulsa World, 25 Feb 1921 - Submitted by Dawn Minard]


Fred Warner
Dewey Man Suicide
Bartlesville, OK., Nov 4 - After engaging in a fight with a friend last night and being worsted, Fred Warner, a Dewey, Okla. liveryman, went home brooding over his trouble, and today committed suicide by firing a revolver shot into his brain. His wife, standing on the porch, witnessed the tragedy.
[Tulsa World, 05 Nov 1914; Submitted by Dawn Minard]


Alfred Vanlandingham
Alfred Vanlandingham died on the farm of E. C. Boudinot Jr. farm four miles east of here last Thursday afternoon, after a brief illness.

[Cherokee Advocate 15 Dec 1886 - Submitted by Dawn Minard]


Esther Lucille Blackketter
Esther Lucille Blackketter Bailey, a homemaker and mother of nine children, died on July 10, 2002, at Southwestern Memorial Hospital, Weatherford, Oklahoma. She succumbed to congestive heart failure, complicated by pneumonia. Esther was born April 12, 1921, to Koert Charles and Nellie Studebaker Blackketter near Leedey, Oklahoma. She grew up in the Red Star community west of Leedey. Esther attended and graduated from Jubbok Bible School near Thomas, Oklahoma. It was there that she met Fred K. Bailey of the school community of Parallel near Putnam, Oklahoma. In the fall of 1939, Esther went to Upland, California, and enrolled at Beulah College where Fred was also a student. During their college years, Esther and Fred's relationship flourished. They were married in Upland, CA, September 13, 1941. Soon after their marriage; the young Baileys returned to Oklahoma and took over the operation of Fred's parents' farm in the Parallel community. While living at Parallel, four children were born to Esther and Fred. In 1952, The Bailey family moved to Jabbok Bible School where Fred took the job of farm supervisor and school business manager. Two more children joined the family while they were at Jabbok. In 1955, having sold their Dewey County property, the Baileys moved to a farm northeast of Weatherford where they established a Grade 'A' dairy and irrigated-farming business. They became especially well know in Registered Milking Shorthorn circles. From April of 1974 through June of 1978 the Baileys ventured into a dairying operation near Siloam Springs, Arkansas. While there, Esther particularly enjoyed gardening, both vegetables and flowers. She took great pleasure in preparing meals from produce raised in her own garden and always had plenty to serve any unexpected guests and the farm workers. Mr. And Mrs. Bailey gave up their dairy operation and returned to a home near Weatherford where they resided at the time of Esther's death. Esther was, first and foremost a full-time wife and mother. Active in the family's business, she was hands on knowledgeable with the dairy and farming operation. She enjoyed the times any of the family came home and hated to leave the room because she 'might miss something!!' Having a great love of music, she particularly enjoyed hearing and watching the impromptu singing and instrumental numbers by her family. One of the hallmarks of Mrs. Bailey's life was her Christian faith. She received Jesus Christ as her personal Savior early in life and joined the Brethren in Christ Church. For a number of years, she was active in the Pleasant View Mennonite Church. Preceding Esther in death were daughter, Carmen Sue Bailey; parents, Koert and Nellie Blackketter, and infant sister, Nellie Janice Blackketter. Ester leaves to mourn her passing: a beloved husband of more than 61 years, Fred K. of the home; children, Kathryn Anne Rains, Highland, CA; Kenneth Fred Bailey, Cary, NC; Celeste Lucille Davis and husband John, Lafayette, LA; Jean Marie Sallaska and husband Orel, Corn, OK; Karen Esther Bailey, Sacramento, CA; David Lee Bailey and wife Marcy, Hydro, OK; Carl Ernest Bailey and wife Cecil, Weatherford, OK, and Marilyn Fern Jackson and husband Dwight Siloam Springs, AR. Also surviving her are 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. She also leaves three brothers, Dr. Don Blackketter and wife Leoda, Shamrock, TX; Eugene Blackketter and wife Ruth, Leedey, OK; and Lewis Blackketter, McLemoresville, TN; and one sister, Betty Noel and husband Eldon, Abilene; KS. In addition uncle Wendell Blackketter, Bartlesville, OK, sister in-law Fern Bailey, Apple Valley, CA, plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Her family has graciously donated her organs that could potentially benefit up to thirty recipients. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Corn Bible Academy, Gideon's International, or a charity of you choice.
(Published in the Oklahoman on 7/14/2002 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Murphy, Betty Jean
Betty Jean, 80, of Midwest City passed away Saturday, September 14, 2002. She was born on Dec. 21, 1921 in Leedy, OK to Gray & Roxie Arthur. She was a long time resident of MWC, and member of 1st Baptist Church of MWC. She is survived by her husband of 54 years Oscar Murphy, son Michael Hunter Murphy & his wife Arlene, 3 grandchildren, Ben H. Murphy, Lara Murphy, & Erin Garcia, a sister Alta Mudd, a brother Glen Arthur, 4 nephews, 3 nieces, & numerous other relatives & friends. Her parents & a sister Pauline preceded her in death. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Arlington Memory Gardens. Barnes & Johnson F.H. 1820 S. Douglas Blvd Midwest City 733-2991
(Published in the Oklahoman on 9/16/2002 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Billie E. Fiegener
DEL CITY — Billie E. Fiegener, 75, of Del City died Wednesday, June 26, 2002,
A mass of Christian burial will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church in Del City.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home S.E. Chapel.
Mrs. Fiegener was born May 26, 1927, in Sand Springs. She married Eldon Fiegener on Jan. 27, 1947, after the Great War.
She also resided in Camargo and moved to Del City in August 1968.
She worked in the accounting department for Halliburton from 1950 to 1968. She also managed and operated La Rhesa Apartments in Del City from 1968 to 1997.
Mrs. Fiegener was a member of the Del City Chamber of Commerce.
As an ex-player, she enjoyed women’s basketball, especially the University of Oklahoma.
She was loved and will be missed by a very large immediate and extended family as well as a multitude of friends.
Survivors include her husband, Eldon, of the home; her children, Dale and Linda Fiegener of Lake Jackson, Texas, Bill and Rachel Fiegener of Lewisville, Texas, Glennis and Dale Armstrong of Muskogee and Echo and Dick Stubblefield of Oklahoma City; 11 grandchildren, Farrah, Gabe, Kynzi and Reed Fiegener, Roger and Jason Harper, Ashley and Tyler Armstrong, Michelle Nevez, Adam and Katie Stubblefield; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Christian Harper.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research or Hospice Quality Care of Midwest City.
(Duncan Banner 30 Jun 2002 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Burns, Mary Lee
*Mary Lee, 92, of Edmond, OK went to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 01, 2003. Born November 7th, 1910 to William David and Alfie Lee Tomlinson near Vici, OK. Mary attended various country schools as a child and then attended Vici High School where she met and married Floyd Everett Burns. They were blessed with three children, Betty, Lonnie and Hyland. After many years of farming in Vici, they moved to Edmond, where Mary received her degree in teaching from Central State College. Mary loved teaching and had a special gift for helping others. Mary was always busy doing crafts, sewing, knitting and playing the piano and organ. Mary and Floyd were active members of Edmond Road Baptist Church. After retirement from teaching, Mary and Floyd enjoyed traveling, going to the lake and spending time with family and friends. Mary was very blessed with a long and good life! Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, her loving husband of 72 years Floyd Everett Burns, and her brother Jim Tomlinson. She is survived by her daughter Betty Hixon and son in-law Paul of Kansas, son Lonnie Burns and daughter in-law Beverly of Idaho, and son Hyland Burns and daughter in-law Merna of Edmond, sisters in-law Beula Tomlinson and Leora Burns, 2 uncles Bill and Hal O'hair, 7 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren. We the family are very grateful of the many blessings Mary was given in her life. We would also like to thank the staff of the Oklahoma Christian Retirement Community for all of their love and care. Services will be held Wednesday, June 4th 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in the Gracelawn Cemetery, Edmond, Oklahoma. Memorials may be made in her name to the Oklahoma Christian Home in Edmond. Services are under the direction of the Matthews Funeral Home of Edmond. Matthews Funeral Home Locally Owned 601 S. Kelly, Edmond 341-2787*
(Published in the Oklahoman on 6/3/2003 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Jewel Bowers
TALOGA, Okla. - Services for Jewel Bowers, 60, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Christian Church of Taloga. Arrangements are by Shaw Funeral Home.
(
Amarillo Globe News 10 Nov 1998 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Bowman, Sherrill O.
Memorial services for Sherrill O. Bowman, of Yuma, will be 10 a.m. Friday at GraceWay Fellowship Ministries, 7875 E. 24th St.
Born Oct. 17, 1939, in Putnam, Okla., he died Nov. 5, 2007, in Yuma. He was a general manager for an automobile dealership.
Yuma Mortuary and Crematory is handling arrangements and cremation.
(Published in the Sun on 11/8/2007 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

MEININGER, CHARLES "CHARLIE"
MEININGER, Charles "Charlie" Passed away on January 26, 2002 at the age of 71. Born in Vici, Oklahoma, Charlie served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Alaska. He spent many years in the Bay Area, settling in his later years in Guerneville. He moved to Glen Ellen in 1998. Charlie enjoyed gardening, strolling with his longtime companion, his dog Chrissy and sharing stories with friends over coffee. When his sight was impaired by a stroke, Charlie was fortunate to find the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, where he learned to adapt to his low vision and made many friends. He is survived by two sisters, Louise and Ruth Ann, his five sons and their wives, Ray and Laurie Meininger of Tucson, Rick and Fran Meininger of Colorado Springs, and Tom and Debbie Meininger of Cotati, as well as 12 grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for February 2, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at Duggan's Mission Chapel, Sonoma. Memorial contributions may be made to the Earle Baum Center of the Blind, 4539 Occidental Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95401.
(Published on January 31, 2002 - The Santa Rosa Press Democratt - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Charlie Clayton Gee
Charlie Clayton Gee, 63, of Amarillo, died Monday, March 31, 1997.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors Ivy Chapel, 2820 Virginia Circle, with the Rev. Alan Ford, pastor of Southwest Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Llano Cemetery.
Mr. Gee was born in Camargo, Okla., and moved to Dumas at the age of 7. He grew up in Dumas and worked for the city for 10 1/2 years. He then moved to Pampa and worked for Con Kemco Weed Control for eight years.
He had lived in Amarillo since 1992. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a shop foreman.
He married Stella Thompson in 1981 at Pampa.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Anita Casous of Amarillo, Barbra Smith of Plains, Kan., and Lita Knapp of Abilene; two stepsons, Rickie Swendall of Fort Worth and Jerry Carper of Florence, Ore.; a sister, Billie Moore of Amarillo; a stepsister, Carlon Cooper of Dalhart; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
(Amarillo Globe News 1 Apr 1997 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Clingenpeel, Arthur
A graveside inurnment service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene for Arthur Ronald "Art" Clingenpeel of Eugene, who died May 11 of complications of cancer at age 77. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today, May 16, at West Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Countryside Lounge in Springfield.
Clingenpeel was born June 26, 1929, in Aledo, Okla., to Howard and Mary Spencer Clingenpeel. He married Nancy Hines on Sept. 14, 1951, in Seattle.
He attended elementary and junior high schools in Cottage Grove, and Springfield High School. He served in the Navy for 20 years as an analyst forecaster and meteorologist, then worked as a car inspector for Southern Pacific Railroad for 25 years. He had owned and operated My World Karaoke in the Eugene area since 1991.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Roxanne Cole of Eugene, Teresa Thompson of Lansing, Kan., Cheryl Pimentel of Springfield and Gayle King of Junction City; a son, Richard of Springfield; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Remembrances to the American Cancer Society.
(Eugene Register Guard 16 May 2007 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)

Davena Kaye Dryden,
59, AlvaDavena Kaye Dryden was born July 30, 1946 to Dave and Velta Dryden. Davena was raised in the Vici area and attended school at Vici Public Schools graduating with the class of 1964. After graduating, Davena made her home in the states of Wyoming, New Mexico and Arkansas, before returning to Oklahoma.
Davena was preceded in death by her daughter, Melanie Adele Brosh; her parents, Dave and Velta Dryden; two sisters, Velda (Judy) Pauls and Deloris Hutchins; a niece, Marla Kaye Pauls; and a nephew, Peter Pauls.
She is survived by three daughters: Melodie Evon Callaway of Guymon, Melissa Patrice Kimball of Edgewood, N.M., Johna Kaye Lockhart of Alva; one son, Joseph Chesley Brosh of Alva; two brothers, Frank Walter Dryden of Oklahoma City and Richard Ray Dryden of Vici; two sisters, Phyllis Hixon of Woodward and Patricia Ann Clements of Alva; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, in the First Christian Church, Vici, Oklahoma. Services arranged by Shaw Funeral Home, Vici.
(Alva Review Courier 23 NOV 2005 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)


Dan Clifford Collier
Services for Dan Clifford Collier, 72, will be 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Medford. The Rev. Bobby Smith will officiate.
Graveside service will be 3:30 p.m. at Resthaven Cemetery in Shawnee. Military honors will be given by the U.S. Army from Fort Sill.
Collier died Monday in his home northeast of Medford.
He was born March 4, 1929, in Leedey, Okla., the son of Everett Roy Collier and Eula Mary Lee Collier.
Collier moved to Shawnee with his family at the age of 5. He graduated from Shawnee High School.
He entered the U.S. Army in January 1949, and spent three years in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged in June 1952.
He and Norma Lee Roberts were married in Tecumseh on Oct. 31, 1952. They had lived in several places, including Shawnee, before their 1974 move to Medford.
Collier worked for Koch Hydrocarbon Company for 29 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Cherokee and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His parents and one brother, Eugene, preceded Collier in death.
Survivors include his wife of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Ronnie Morrison of Laverne, Okla.; sons and daughter-in-law, Vernon of Longdale, and Don and Sherry of Perry; grandchildren, Jessica and Tristan Collier of Alva, Mandy Morrison of Laverne, Todd Ralston and Genny Dunlap of Fairview and Danielle Stallings and Bailey Collier of Perry; brothers and sisters-in-law, LeRoy and Verna Collier of Odessa, Texas, and Virgil Collier and Charles and Carol Collier, all of Shawnee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruby and Warren Wright, Rosa and Bill Fogle, and Lorene and Jim Buckmaster, all of Shawnee; and many other relatives.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hills-Ely Funeral Home, Medford.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice-Circle of Love or the First Baptist Church of Medford. The funeral home will serve as custodian of the funds.
(Shawnee Online Shawnee Oklahoma August 23, 2001 - Submitted by Gene Phillips)





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