Nowata County, Oklahoma
Obituaries and Death Notices

Daniel Alspach
Dec. 18, 1887 –
September 3, 1949
Funeral services for Daniel “Clyde” Alspach, 62, were held at
, at the Benjamin Funeral Home, last Wednesday, September 7, 1949.  Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Skiatook.
Clyde was born in
Bluffton, Indiana on December 18, 1887 to Daniel Alspach & Henrietta Bevington Alspach.  In 1910 he married Laura “Eva” Beekman of Grant County Indiana.  She is the daughter of Stephan Beekman & Margaret E. Brown.  The Alspach’s moved to Avant in late 1920, where he worked in the oil field.  After retiring, he moved to the community of Delaware.
> Mr. Alspach had been ill for the past few months and passed away Saturday, September 3rd. His wife, who died
January 10, 1933 and is buried at the Hillside Cemetery in Skiatook, precedes him in death.
> Survivors are two sons and three daughters, Howard Alspach,
Chanute, Kansas.; Floyd Everett Alspach, Delaware; Irene Highfield, Delaware; Rachel “Dean” Goetz, Wichita, Kansas; Patricia Marie Alspach, Wichita, Kansas.; three brothers, Orville Alspach, St. Louis, Mo.; John Alspach, Indiana, Asa Alspach, Indiana; and fourteen grandchildren.
[Submitted by Kristy Fox]

William M. Hare
died: February 8, 1962
The following Obituary was found in a Nowata, OK newspaper, by Jacque Dean Linnebur:
William Hare, 76 is dead
Nowata - William M. Hare, 76. died this morning in a Nowata Hospital. Born at Neodesha, he moved from there to the Nowata-Bartlesville community where he had lived for 30 years. He was a retired farmer. In 1906, he was married at Fedonia to Mamie Robertson. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Stella Beyen, Nowata; three sons, Albert William, Nowata, Claude, Lansing, Kan., Robert, Garden City; five brothers, Henry, Elk City, Frank, Neodesha, Jake, Cassville, MO., Jim and Fred, Neodesha, seven grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Benjamin Funeral Service. (Feb. 8, 1962)
[From: Dick Hare & Jacque Dean Linnebur, Submitted by Sara Hemp]

Audrey B. (Welliver) Kennedy

Audrey Kennedy

Audrey B. (Welliver) Kennedy, 90, a Nowata resident, died Thursday evening at her home east of Nowata.
Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Monday in Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Winslow officiating. Interment will be in Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Benjamin Funeral Service, Nowata.

Mrs. Kennedy was born on Oct. 30, 1903, in Appleton City, Mo., to John Clinton and Martha Jane Cluck Welliver. She married DeWitt T. Kennedy on March 11, 1928, in Butler. Mo.
Mr. Kennedy was the son of R. Y. Kennedy, former mayor of Coffeyville, Kan. After their marriage. they moved to a farm ½ mile east of Nowata, where they have lived since that time. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Nowata and Loyal Neighbors Home Extension Club (now Twin Bridges), where she served in several offices, including president. She was a recipient of the 55 year plaque. She was past president of Nowata City Council; volunteer librarian at Nowata City-County Library for 25 years and treasurer of the committee that created the Nowata County Historical Society, which created the Historical Museum. She gathered information and artifacts for and created the Extension Homemakers' Room at the museum in 1980.
Survivors include a daughter. Jayne Sweger, of Nowata: three grandchildren: Mrs. Terry J. (Gretchen) Collins of Tulsa, Tsgt. Dale L. Sweger, USAF, of Great Falls, Mont., and Mrs. James Richard (Loretta) Sweger Graham of Bartlesville.
She was preceded in death by her husband in October 1971; three brothers: Clyde Welliver, Carl Welliver and Fred Welliver, and two sisters: Nellie Fleming and Susan Woods.
Bartlesville Oklahoma Examiner-Enterprise, Friday, June 17, 1994 - Submitted by Jane Sweger, Transcribed by K. Torp
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DeWitt T. Kennedy

D.T. Kennedy
Dies at 77
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Benjamin Funeral Chapel for DeWitt Talmage Kennedy, 77, of Route 2, who died early Monday morning at the Nowata General Hospital.

Rev. LaVern Draper will officiate with interment in Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery.
Kennedy was born Oct 11, 1893 near Coffeyville, Kan. to R.Y. and Axaphia Brown Wink Kennedy. He was married to Audrey Welliver in Butler, Mo., March 11, 1928. They moved from Kansas to Nowata in 1928.
He was a member of the Coffeyville Presbyterian Church and was a veteran of World War I, serving with the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and had worked for Parkersburg Company at Coffeyville for 15 years.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey, of the home one daughter, Mrs. Lloyd (Jayne) Sweger of Talala; one brother, Maxon Kennedy of Eldorado, Kan.; three sisters, Mr.s W.J. McCoy, Coffeyville; Mrs. W.J. McCoy, Coffeyville; Mrs. Leah Patterson, Pittsburg, Kan.; Mrs. Charles Brooks, Newport News, Va; three grandchildren.
Monday October 4, 1971 - Submitted by Jane Sweger, Transcribed by K. Torp -
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Monica Suzanne Little

Monica Suzanne Little, of Thornton, Colorado passed away in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, January 6, 2008. Monica was born on February 2, 1981 to Wade Little and Dianna Lynn (Lilburn) Pennywell.

Monica is survived by her parents, Wade and Kay Little and Kenneth B. and Dianna Lynn Pennywell; her brother Adam Wade Little and the love of her Life, Ken Whitten. Monica is also survived by her grandparents, Sidney and Deanie Little of Delaware, Oklahoma; Jun and Linda Lilburn of
Nowata, Oklahoma and Marvin and Marla Welch of Wagoner, Oklahoma.

Monica will always be remembered for her beautiful, loving spirit and her gentle ways. She fought a long, valiant fight for many years and her determination and will to live never wavered.

Monica graduated from Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado in 1999. At the time of her death, Monica had been waiting for a
double lung transplant, but unfortunately the call never came. Monica was active in various donor awareness programs and support groups.

Memorial services will be held on January 11, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at North Metro Church in Thornton, Colorado and on January 14, 2008 at 11 a.m. at The First Church of God, in Nowata, Oklahoma.

Submitted by Kristy Fox

Charles T. Mabe

Obit: Charles T. Mabe, 62-year-old Nowata resident, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2009 at the Jane Phillips
Nowata Hospital Center, Nowata, Oklahoma.

Charles was born January 10, 1947 in
Tulsa, Oklahoma to Charles Edward and Rose (Goad) Mabe. On February 7, 1968, he married Nancy Bunner in Higginsville, Missouri.  He worked as a laborer for the Oklahoma State Highway Department.

Charles is survived by his wife, Nancy of
Nowata, OK; two daughters, Dana and her husband Michael P. Patton, Sand Springs, OK and Tammy and her husband Bryan B. Bailey of Pryor, OK; two sisters, Stella Reed of Midwest City, OK and Glenda Hull, Chelsea, OK; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Polly Silman.

Submitted by Kristy Fox


Joe Kenneth McGrew

Joe Kenneth McGrew, 54 of Delaware, OK passed away, January 1, 2010 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

He was born May 6, 1955 in Nowata Country to Roy E. and Donna Crooks-McGrew. He attended school in Delaware, Oklahoma

He had been employed at the Depot Café as a dishwasher. Joe had also worked as a bus driver for the Delaware School.

He is survived by his mother, Donna McGrew; and his brother Lynn and sister-in-law Dee McGrew, all of Delaware, Oklahoma. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Roy E. McGrew.

Submitted by Kristy Fox


Floyd Allen Alspach

Floyd Allen Alspach, 39, of Delaware, died Sunday night , December 20, 1998, at his residence.

Graveside services will be
10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ball Cemetery in the Childers community with the Rev. Weldon Foster officiating. Interment will
follow under the direction of the Benjamin Funeral Service.

Alspach was born March 26, 1959 in Nowata to Floyd Michael and Sherry (Cox) Alspach. He married Cula
May Hansen on Sept. 14, 1990 at Forsythe, Mo. He lived all of his life in the Delaware community and received his education and the Delaware schools and Tri County Tech at Bartlesville. Alspach was an
employee of District Three of Nowata. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Cula M., of the Delaware home; a son, Thomas Allen of the home; a daughter, Cherice Yvonne of the home; his mother,
Sherry Plemons of Bartlesville; his step-mother, Betty J. "
Angel" of Nowata; four brothers, Loddie of Westminster, Colo., Ricky of Bartlesville, James of
Delaware and Michael of
Nowata; his paternal grandmother, Imogene of Nowata; and his maternal grandmother, Alta Tucker of Bartlesville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Alspach  on July 11, 1997.

Submitted by Kristy Fox

Sedgwick Drake

NOWATA, Okla., Sept. 25. – Sedgwick Drake, aged 70, a pioneer of the local oil field, died suddenly of heart disease today while driving with a friend about three miles north of Nowata. The Drakes are prominent in the oil fields, having drilled the first well in the district.

Tulsa World (26 Sept. 1912) transcribed by FoFG MZ

P. E. Smith

NOWATA, July 20. – P. E. Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., 69, a conductor employed by the Missouri Pacific, and stationed at this city on a work train, died early Wednesday at a hotel here of ptomaine poisoning after an illness of 20 minutes. He was a Knight Templar. The body is being taken to Van Buren, Ark., where he resided. He had been in the service of the Missouri Pacific 33 years.

Tulsa World (21 July 1922) transcribed by FoFG MZ

J. S. Lewis
J. S. Lewis, aged 68, died at his home at Nowata. He was a union veteran.

Daily Oklahoman (30 Jan. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Frank Cooney

Frank Cooney, died at his parents’ home in Nowata four days after an operation for tonsillitis.

Daily Oklahoman (29 Jan. 1911) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Michael McGee
Obit: Michael McGee, 42, of Delaware, Okla., died Monday (Oct. 9, 2000) at Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa.
Mr. McGee was born Aug. 31, 1958, at Nowata, to William and Juanita Eliza (O'Connor) McGee. He was a resident of Delaware all his life. He was a graduate of Delaware High School. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Bartlesville.
He married Judy Renfroe in 1978 at Delaware, Okla. He started Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1977. It later became Union Pacific. He was a foreman and retired after 20 years of service. He was a Methodist.
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and he was an excellent pool player.
Survivors include his former wife, Judy McGee of Nowata; one son, Clinton Michael William McGee of Nowata; one daughter, Lacee Lea McGee of Nowata; two brothers, Jerry and John, both of Delaware, Larry of Nowata; one sister, Doris Walton of Nowata.
He is preceded in death by his father, William; his mother, Juanita.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery.
Burial will be at the Nowata Memorial Park Cemetery.
(Submitted by Kristy Fox)

Starla Bowman Tole
Obit: Starla was born on September 01, 1969 in Nowata, Oklahoma to Roger Lee Bowman and Kay Inman Bowman. She passed away on May 3, 2009. She attended NEO where she graduated with her associate's degree. Starla has three children; they were her world and her three greatest achievements in life. Starla worked as a medical lab technician at various different hospitals. She was a member of the Hillside Christian Church in Nowata. Starla enjoyed her children, planting flowers, and spending time with her family and friends.
Starla is survived by her three children Garrett Wayne Tole, Brycen Mackenzie Tole, and Madison Grace Tole all of Collinsville, her mother and step-father Kay and Gary Thorpe of Grove, her father and step-mother Roger and Debbie Bowman of Adair, 2 brothers Tim and his wife Luann Bowman of Stillwater, and Mike and his wife Maria Bowman of Amarillo, Texas, 1 sister Sherry Irons of Adair, 2 step-sisters Sherrie Lloyd and Christine Lively, a special aunt and uncle Evelyn and Lloyd Jordan, and her ex husband Chris Tole of Collinsville, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Graveside services for Starla are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009 in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Nowata, Oklahoma with Ben Killion officiating. Honorary casket bearers will be Kelsey Winnie, Craig Sampson, Leland Chilton, Tyler Bowman, Caleb Bowman, and Heath Bowman.
(Submitted by Kristy Fox)

Josephine Maynard Allen
Nowata woman dies in accident on Hwy. 169

CLAREMORE — A Nowata woman died Monday evening, May 23, 2011, after the vehicle she was riding in was struck head-on on Highway 169 in Rogers County, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Wendell Brooks, 77, of Tulsa was driving a 1994 Buick Roadmaster southbound on Highway 169 when it crossed the center line for unknown reasons striking a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo, driven by Brenda Stroud, 49, of Dewey, with passenger Josephine Allen, 77, of Nowata, according to the OHP report.
Allen was pinned for 36 minutes before being extricated by the Northwest Fire Department with the Jaws of Life and transported by Oologah-Talala EMS with head, external trunk, internal trunk, arm and leg injuries to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa, where she died from massive injuries, according to the trooper's report.
Brooks was transported by transported by Oologah-Talala EMS to St. Francis Hospital with head, external trunk, and arm injuries.
Stroud was transported to St. Johns Tulsa by the Oologah-Talala EMS where she was admitted in stable condition with head, external trunk, arm and leg injuries.
The road conditions were wet. OHP Trooper Russell Stripling of Rogers County Detachment, assisted by Andy Floyd, also of Rogers County Detachment, investigated the accident.

(Submitted by Kristy Fox)

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