Matthew Robert Elliott, 34

Born October 18, 1984

Died January 17, 2019

Alice Jean Ricketts-Culp, 91

Born July 15, 1927

Died January 16, 2019

Charlotte Jackson, 75

Born September 21, 1943

Died January 16, 2019


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.


Sunday, January 20

Painting with Gwyn 3rd Sunday
Vision Board Workshop
Christian Life Class - Jonah - You Can't Outrun Grace

Monday, January 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Parade & Celebration
Georgia-Pacific Playground - Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Antioch, The Temple of Hope
MIN 4523: American Indian Ministry Internship 2019
PS Academy Oklahoma Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale
Act Like Men Study - Don't Waste Your Life

Tuesday, January 22

The Real Okie Movie Night Presents, Pretty in Pink!
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week®- Awareness Campaign
LiveLoveCycle Indoor Training
Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 9:55 AM

Richard Guse

In 1977, three girls were pulled from their tents near Locust Grove, bludgeoned, strangled and sexually assaulted, then left on a trail, two buried in their sleeping bags and the third left partially clothed nearby. The victims were Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Denise Miller, 10, and Michele Guse, 9. They were Girl Scouts, camping at Camp Scott.

This barn was used for Girl Scout activities until 1977.

The murders were never solved, but the father of Michele Guse, Richard Guse, spent the rest of his life making sure his daughter’s death didn’t end up being for nothing. In 1981, when the family was interviewed by former Muskogee Phoenix reporter Betty Smith, the impact became clear.

“They still kept Michele’s room exactly as it was the day she left for camp,” Smith, whose last name is now Ridge, said yesterday, “complete with her Girl Scout calendar marked ‘leave for camp today.'”

Dick Guse served as the first chairman of the Oklahoma Victims’ Compensation Committee afterward, and later, he was recognized for serving on that board for 22 years, from its inception in 1981 to 2003, tirelessly working to make sure no other family members had to go through what he did, from finding out via television that his daughter had been murdered, to struggling with getting her body back for a funeral.

Guse died last Saturday, Feb. 3, at age 83. Services for him will be held at the Fort Gibson National Cemetery on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m.

You can read his obituary here.