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Friday, June 21

Day of Action 2019
Jake Tankersley
Boone Mendenhall & Jake Marlin
FitHappens Book Club - Girl Stop Apologizing
Love Hatbox Post Season Tournament June 17-21 2019
In The Wild 2019 VBS
Noelle's Painting parties and Worshops

Recent deaths

(Death notices and obituaries are taken from area funeral homes and presented here as-is. The respective funeral homes are responsible for their content. They are published here free of charge in chronological order by date of death.)

Rodger Lynn Futhey, 73

Born Sunday, June 9, 1946

Died Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Rodger Lynn Futhey, 73, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. He was born on June 9, 1946 to Jack Futhey and Anna Mae (Adamson) Futhey in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Rodger graduated from Dewy High School with the class of 1964. He later went to Spartan School of Aeronautics.
Rodger served as First Sergeant in the United States Marines Corp during Vietnam and had many awards. He later received an honorable discharge.
Rodger married the love of his life, Bonita Kay Perry, on November 20, 1970 in Stilwell, Oklahoma. They shared over 48 years of life and marriage together.
Rodger worked at Koch Industries as a Lab Technician until his retirement in 2002. He was also a rancher for many years and enjoyed messing with his cows. Rodger also enjoyed going fishing with his brother-in-law, being outdoors, and being on his farm. He loved his family and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Anna Mae Futhey.
Rodger is survived by his wife, Bonita Futhey of the home; sister, Linda Remke of Bartlesville, OK; brother-in-law, Roy Perry of Muskogee, OK; sister-in-law, Marilyn Spencer and husband Jimmy of Tulsa, OK; uncle, Dean Clark of Bartlesville, OK; and several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
A private family service has been set at a later date.

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Deborah “Debbie” Hix, 67

Born Tuesday, November 27, 1951

Died Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Deborah “Debbie” Hix, 67 of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. She was born on November 27, 1951 to Donley Wayne and Mary Alice (Strayhorn) Lowe in Watonga, Oklahoma. Debbie graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1970. She went on to Oklahoma State University and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of science in home economics in 1974. She also went to Northeastern State University and obtained her Master’s Degree of Education and Master’s Degree in School Counseling.
Debbie married the love of her life, Winston Bruce Hix, on December 29, 1972 at Bacone Chapel in Muskogee, Oklahoma. They shared over 46 years of life and marriage together.
She worked at Fort Gibson Public Schools from 1977-1990 as a kindergarten teacher. In 1990, Debbie began her career at Muskogee Public Schools as an elementary school counselor and retired in 2013. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Missions Committee, Muskogee County Cattlewomen’s Association, Oklahoma Education Association, and the Oklahoma Counselors Association.
Debbie enjoyed photography, traveling, fishing and boating. She adored her family especially her grandchildren. Debbie will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Russel and Pat Strayhorn, and Macel McGee; In-laws, Ray and Ruth Hix; uncles, Tom Strayhorn and Stan Lowe; and aunt, Lou Dellah Foster.
Debbie is survived by her loving husband Winston Hix of the home; son, Casey Hix and wife Jamie of Phoenix, AZ; daughter, Lindsey Varner and husband Keegan of Tishomingo, OK; parents, Don and Alice Lowe of Muskogee, OK; grandchildren, Parker, BeBe, Kohen and Kennedy; and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Missions Fund at: 1501 N 43rd St E, Muskogee, OK 74403.
A celebration of Debbie’s life will be 11AM, Monday, June 24, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church with Pastor Don Blankenship and Pastor Sam Dunn officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with members of the New Hope Baptist Adult 3 Sunday School Class serving as honorary pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Scott Wayne Gauntt, 57

Born Monday, October 23, 1961

Died Monday, June 17, 2019

Scott Wayne Gauntt, 57, of Fort Gibson was born October 23, 1961 in Muskogee to Fred and Carol (Lentz) Gauntt and peacefully passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 with his loving family by his side.
Scott received his formal education at Fort Gibson Public Schools, where he met and later married the love of his life, Kelly McGuire on September 25, 1981 in Fort Gibson. Scott grew up working at the Fort Gibson Sale Barn, which his family owned, with his brothers and sister. They would spend their weekends unloading trailers of livestock which had to be checked in and tagged prior to sale, all for $5 a day. After graduation he worked many construction jobs from building houses to working on the big stack at OG&E, then to Tubular Corporation where he later went to work for nearly 20 years. He later went to work at Woodworthy Cabinets Shop where he designed kitchen cabinets. But his time as an Aviation Technician for Davis Field Aviation was his true calling. He took pride in everything he did from working with wood and barn metal to building instrument panels for airplanes. He had a love for OU Football, especially with his lifelong best friend Mark Brawley, Nascar and any type of competitive racing spilling into becoming a competitor himself at Thunderbird Speedway. Scott enjoyed spending time at home working on his homestead, but always found time to go fishing, shooting pool with friends, listening to music and spending time with the grandkids. Scott had the best laugh and could light up the room with his personality. His legacy of love for his family and always doing the right thing will live on through his boys.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Carol Gauntt; brother, Freddy Gauntt; niece, Crystal Gauntt; and brother in law, James Staton.
Scott is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kelly of the home; sons, Nick Gauntt and wife Sarah, Ryan Gauntt and Lindsey Alexander, and Larry Stern and wife Lindsey all of Fort Gibson; sister, Vickie Staton; Sister in law Joyce, brothers, Timmy Gauntt and wife Paula, Darryl Gauntt and wife Mecie; father and mother in law, Bill and Sandy McGuire; brother and sister in laws, Luke and Kim Davidson of Fort Gibson, Mike and Kay Anderson of Muskogee. Uncle and Aunts Jerry and Shirley Aldridge, Chip and Joyce O’Dell and Earlene Gauntt. Grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon and Brooklyn Gauntt, Brooklynn, Lane, Landon and Levi Stern; nieces and nephews, Chris Gauntt, Jennifer Arkison, Kelly Staton, Kim McLain, Khadney Payne, Bailey Goff, Darryn Gauntt, Andrea Gauntt, Blake Anderson, Whitney Llamas and Lindsey Frlekin and special friends Randy Jennings and Jesse Gonzalez.
A visitation will be held Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 5PM to 7PM.
A service celebrating Scott’s life will be held 11AM Friday, June 21, 2019 at First Free Will Baptist Church, Fort Gibson with Pastor Adam Frlekin and Brother Tommy Honeycutt officiating
Committal prayers and interment will follow in Citizens Cemetery in Fort Gibson with Nick Gauntt, Ryan Gauntt, Larry Stern, Darryl Gauntt, Timmy Gauntt and Mark Brawley serving as casket bearers.
The family of Scott Wayne Gauntt has entrusted his care, services and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555
Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Lyle K. Jackson, 65

Born Monday, July 6, 1953

Died Monday, June 17, 2019

Lyle Jackson, 65, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Monday, June 17, 2019. He was born on July 6, 1953 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Bill Jackson and Nina Lieb. He was the husband of Frankie Jackson, they shared 35 years of marriage together. Lyle attended Muskogee public schools and took several college courses to expand his education while he worked 46 years at ACME Engineering.
He is a retired member of Mountain View Volunteer Fire Department, where he was certified as a Level II Fire Instructor, and a member of the York Street Christian Church where he always enjoyed the prime-time luncheons.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents Bill Jackson and Nina Lieb.
He is survived by his wife Frankie Jackson; son Shelby Jackson (Amanda); daughters Randi Cumbey and Kaylynn Tootill (Joshua); 5 grandchildren Colton Jackson, Ashlee Cumbey, Chris Cumbey, Chandler Jackson, and Kaydan Tootill; sister Leeann Smith; nephew Billy Jones; and numerous cousins.
Lyle will be remembered for being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hard worker and enjoyed working in the garden. He had a great love for animals and always enjoyed them. He loved playing the drums and the keyboard, shooting his guns, and fishing trying to catch “Old Blue”.
A celebration of Lyle’s life will be 10:00am Friday, June 21, 2019 at York Street Christian Church with Reverend Gene Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Chris Cumbey, Mike Shamblin, Irven Falwell, Troy Brummett, Lee Buddrus, and Larry Hammack serving as Pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation will be held 9:00am-8:00pm Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Service will be held 10:00am Friday, June 21, 2019 at York Street Christian Church in Muskogee, OK.
Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery.

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Dennis Wayne Baldwin, 60

Born Monday, February 2, 1959

Died Monday, June 17, 2019

Dennis Wayne Baldwin, age 60, a former resident of Okmulgee, transitioned, Monday June 17, 2019 in Norman Regional Hospital.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted, Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. in Conversion Ministries Church, 1330 E. Martin Luther King St. Okmulgee,OK with the pastor Rev. Greg Richardson, eulogizing. Interment will follow in Bald Hill cemetery, Bald Hill, OK.

Visitation, Friday, June 28, 2019, in Precious Memories Chapel-Okmulgee, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Okmulgee.

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Corina Wolfe, 84

Born Friday, September 28, 1934

Died Sunday, June 16, 2019

Corina Wolfe, 84, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, June 16, 2019. She was born on September 28, 1934 in Muskogee to Felix and Dora (Lowery) Reese.
She married Joseph L. Wolfe on February 22, 1972 in Durant, Oklahoma. They shared more than 46 years of life and marriage together when Joseph passed in February of 2018.
Corina will always be remembered as a loving wife and mother and loved her family dearly. She loved cooking and eating vegetables from her brother’s garden. She was a talented guitar player and singer. Corina enjoyed singing with her parents and brothers at the family gatherings on Reese Mountain. She also liked her soap operas, going to the horse races, playing nickel ante poker, and taking care of her hummingbirds.
Corina will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; her brothers, Johnny Reese and Fox Sanders.
Corina is survived by her son, Shawn Blair and wife Carah of Muskogee; brothers, Jack Reese, Don Allen Reese, Bobby Joe Reese and wife Christine; grandchildren, Cody Blair, Matthew Blair, and Madison Blair; great-grandchild, Ave Blair and another one due in July; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members; and her special family friend, Peggy Parsons.
Funeral services celebrating Corina’s life will be 10AM, Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Forrest Kirk officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cody Blair, Terry Kennedy, Matt Blair, Jeffery Reese, and Shawn Blair.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Marlayne Thomas, 81

Born Monday, June 14, 1937

Died Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Marlayne (Johnson) Thomas, 81, of Muskogee was born June 14, 1937 to Sam and Jean (Gustavson) Calimeri in Ripley, New York and passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in Muskogee, OK.
Marlayne was in the nursing field for many years. She received her education in Jamestown School and graduated from Vo-Tech Nursing School with the class of 1971. She loved watching Dr. Phil on TV, going to the casino and visiting her family in New York. Marlayne loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Tammy Searcy; sister, Gloria Doolittle; brother, Frank Ross.
She is survived by her sons; David Berg and wife Melinda of New York, David Thomas of Muskogee, Tim Crimmins of New York; daughters, Dee Lipps and her husband Randy of Arizona, Lisa Lehman of Arkansas, Channing Miller of Fort Gibson; brother, Bill Ross of New York; a very special niece, Mary Pezzanite of Florida; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and many friends.
The family of Marlayne Thomas has entrusted her cremation to Cliff and Carmen Garrett of Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, 1224 E. Poplar, Fort Gibson, OK. 918-478-2555 You many share online condolences with the Thomas family @ clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com



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Earl Garrison, 78

Born Saturday, May 24, 1941

Died Monday, June 10, 2019

Former Senator Earl Garrison passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Muskogee to go to his heavenly home on Monday morning, June 10, 2019.
He was born May 24, 1941 to Earl and Alta (Tidwell) Garrison in Muskogee.
Earl married the Light in his Life, Faye, on February 14, 1997 in Muskogee. They shared 22 years of love, laughter, friendship, opinionated discussions (which Earl left thinking he won), and their passion for Education. They were a strong "team".
Earl attended Muskogee Schools his whole life and graduated in 1959. He then went on to attend Bacone College for two years and received his Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in 1963, Master's Degree in Education from NEOSU in 1968, and his PHD in Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1976. He started his Education career in Del City, Oklahoma, became Head Boys Basketball Coach at Rose State College, worked at the Oklahoma State Department of Education for several years in many departments. He went on to move back to Muskogee to become Superintendent of Fort Gibson Public Schools. After several years loving his tenure at Fort Gibson he became the Superintendent of Indian Capital Technology Center where he retired in 2004 after 40+ years in education. Over the years he won many local and state honors in education, and he would always in an humble way say, "I was just doing what I loved with talented teachers who made me look good with one common goal and that was to help every student get the best possible education." He made a difference in thousands of students' lives!
Earl Garrison was not finished. He went on to become State Senator where he could continue to serve the citizens of District 9 from 2004- 2016.
Earl loved God, his family and friends, attending grandchildren events, his ranching and cattle, his country, Public Education and helping the under-privileged. He was a warrior and Champion of the cause when it came to any of these. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Muskogee and co- taught their Sunday School class with Chris Condley.
While Superintendent of Fort Gibson he was one of the founders of Muskogee Area Education Consortium. He was an active member of several civic organizations with the Lion's Club being the most recent. He was a member of the Masonic Shrine Temple in Muskogee. He loved people and greeted everyone with a smile and a hand shake or hug. You always knew when Dr. Garrison entered a room because people just gravitated to him. He was loved and respected by everyone that knew him.
Earl was honored to serve his country in the Air Force Reserves from 1963-1969.
Earl is survived by his wife Faye Garrison of the home; his son, Chad (Candace) Garrison, Oologah; daughter, Jessica Garrison, Owasso; son/nephew, Luke (Amy) Cain and two daughters, Phoenix, Arizona; step-son, Jason(Jackie) Sternberger; step-daughter, Julie Sternberger, Ada; his grandchildren, Kelsey, Grace, Matthew, Josh Garrison, Oologah, Avery, Faith, Jakob Tilley, Jace, Jett, Jax Sternberger, Kingfisher; brothers, John (Sue) Garrison, Eldorado, Arkansas, Larry (Barbara) Garrison, Muskogee; sisters-in-law, Carol Mote, Woodward, Sue (Curtis) Diel, Enid; mother of his children, Jenny Garrison, Oologah; special friend, Suzy (Stan) Harris; along with a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Earl and Alta Garrison; brother, George Garrison; sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Lloyd Young; father and mother-in-law, Manford and Margaret Jenkinson; and brother-in-law, Duane Mote.
Memorials can be made to Alzheimer's Association and First Baptist Church Education Department in Muskogee.
The family will receive friends from 2-4PM, Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Funeral service celebrating Earl’s life will be 10AM, Monday, June 17, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Muskogee with Dr. Johnny Derouen and Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. A private family interment will follow. Pallbearers will be John Parker, Tim Moxley, Dave Howe, Matthew Garrison, Josh Garrison, Jace Sternberger, Jett Sternberger, and Jax Sternberger. Honorary pallbearers will be Kelsey Garrison, Grace Garrison, Avery Tilley, Faith Tilley, and Jakob Tilley.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Visitation:
Thursday, June 13th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Friday, June 14th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Sunday, June 16th, 2019 - 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

Family Visitation:
Sunday, June 16th, 2019 - 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory
Service:

Monday, June 17th, 2019 - 10:00 AM - First Baptist Church Muskogee

Cemetery:
Private Interment

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Delois McIntosh Brown, 84

Born Thursday, May 30, 1935

Died Sunday, June 9, 2019

Delois McIntosh Brown, age 84, retired reading resource teacher, a resident of Los Angeles,CA and a former resident of Boynton, OK transitioned, Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

A Service of Memory will be conducted, Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 12 Noon in the Boynton Community Center, Boynton, OK, with interment following in Lee cemetery.

The family has been cared for by, House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee

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Louise Gamble, 91

Born Thursday, May 17, 1928

Died Saturday, June 8, 2019

Louise Gamble, 91, went home to the Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Muskogee, with her loving family at her side. She was born on May 17, 1928 in Checotah, Oklahoma to Jim and Ethel Hilton.
Louise married Alva Lloyd Gamble on November 29, 1946 in Eufaula, Oklahoma and began a life of being a homemaker. She worked on the family farm and raised her kids, which were her life. She always had a passion for gardening and working outside. Later, she would be active in the trucking business alongside her husband.
Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Lloyd Gamble; mother and stepfather, Ethel and Hobart Jessee; her father, Jim Hilton; her sister, Janie Jessee; her brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Roberta Jessee; and her son-in-law, Leon Lackey.
Louise is survived by her children, Dianna Lackey, Rick and Kay Gamble, Linda Plunkett, and Mike and Whitney Gamble, all of Muskogee; her grandchildren, Angie and Jeff Totten, Melissa and Jodi Dement, Brian and Leah Gamble, Kara and Danny Webster, Gary Don Plunkett, Jeff and Amy Plunkett, Zach and Kyrsten Gamble, and Shelby Gamble; along with numerous great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren.
The family will receive visitors and friends from 5:30-7:30PM, Tuesday, June 9, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
Her funeral service will be graveside at Greenlawn Cemetery in Checotah, Oklahoma at 10AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 with Pastor Danny Barks officiating. Pallbearers will be Brian Gamble, Zach Gamble, Gary Don Plunkett, Jeff Plunkett, Bret Terapin, and Jim Fallen. Honorary pallbearer will be Roy Raines.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Ann Louise Drew, 86

Born Monday, September 5, 1932

Died Thursday, June 6, 2019

Ann Louise Drew was born on September 5, 1932, to Elmer and Elnora Hawkins in Okmulgee County. She was the first of five children, she worked as an executive secretary for many years. Ann worked faithfully in the church, as the church secretary. Her favorite hobbies were fishing, sewing, crocheting and anything to make the home pleasant.

She is preceded in death by her mother Elnora Hawkins and husband Sherman Drew.

She leaves to mourn, seven children, Eleanor Bradford, Darlene McKnight, Elmer Whittaker all of Tulsa, OK, Johnnie B. Whittaker Jr. and Robert Lee Whitaker of Texas, Hazel Miller of Grove, OK and Stephanie Pingleton of Catoosa, OK, stepdaughter,Pamela Drew of Houston, TX, stepson, Jory Drew of Houston, TX; two brothers, Jackie and George Hawkins; two sisters, Erma Taylor, Tulsa, OK and Alma Morgan, Haskell, OK. A host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of relative and friends.

A Home Going celebration will be conducted, Saturday, June 15,2019 at 11 a.m. in the Cane Creek Baptist Church, Boynton, OK with the pastor Rev. Martin Lang, officiating. Interment will follow in Cane Creek Cemetery.

Visitation, Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Precious Memories Chapel-Okmulgee.

The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Homes.

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Frank C. Borovetz Jr., 79

Born Friday, August 4, 1939

Died Sunday, June 2, 2019

Frank Charles Borovetz, Jr., 79, retired educator, passed away on June 2, 2019. He was born to Frank Charles Borovetz, Sr., and Margaret (O’Keefe) Borovetz, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on August 4, 1939. He was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Muskogee.
Frank graduated from Muskogee Central High School in 1957. He received an associate degree in arts in 1959 from Connors College, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern State College in 1961, a Master of Arts in 1964 from Colorado State College, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Tulsa in 1975.
Frank had a passion for education. He started his teaching career as an elementary teacher at Franklin School and later became principal at Pershing Elementary. After leaving the classroom, he began a long career in public school administration with Muskogee Public Schools. He worked briefly as assistant superintendent of Catoosa Public Schools. Wanting to return to the classroom, Frank began teaching classes at Connors State College in 1979, where he eventually became Vice President for Fiscal Services, serving from 1990 until 2001.
Outside the classroom, Frank maintained a strong desire to help his home community of Muskogee. He served four terms as an elected city councilman and was a member of numerous financial and public committees for the City. Frank was on the board of MARC and was a tireless volunteer coach and bus driver with Special Olympics for many years, traveling to the state competitions and staying in the dorms with the athletes.
After retiring entirely from the field of education, Frank went to work at the Veterans Administration for several years. Frank enjoyed doing anything outdoors and woodworking and was very proud of his MG Midget (the Barbie car) and his 1946 Datsun convertible. His zest for life and new experiences never ended and was contagious.
Frank is survived by his wife, Kay; daughters, Kandee Borovetz, Muskogee/Karee Pyatt and Dustin, OKC/Cyndi Larimer and Mike, Claremore; son, Steve White and Kathy; brother, Danny, Muskogee; niece, Jennifer Williams; sister-in-law, Kathy Hall, Dallas; nephew, Matt Hall; grandchildren, Stephanie White, Tulsa, Mandie Hankins, Tulsa, Amber Melton, Ft. Gibson, Meghan Thompson, Porter, Hunter White, Ft. Gibson, Sam Larimer, Claremore; seven great-grandchildren; and beloved cousins, and many friends.
He was preceded by his parents, Frank Sr. and Margaret Borovetz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Special Olympics.
Funeral services celebrating Frank’s life will be 2PM, Friday, June 7, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Crow officiating. A private family interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Hunter White, Sam Larimar, Matthew Hall, Russell Engman, Henry Wheeler, and Jack Gilbreath
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.



Visitation
Thursday, June 6th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Visitation
Friday, June 7th, 2019 - 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory - Muskogee
1830 North York Street - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Service
Friday, June 7th, 2019 - 02:00 PM - Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel - Muskogee
1830 N. York St. - Muskogee, OK - 74403

Private interment

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematory

Melvin Gene Ireland, 54

Born Wednesday, March 3, 1965

Died Saturday, June 1, 2019

Melvin Gene Ireland, 54, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was born March 3, 1965 to Emerson Wade and Norma Jean Ireland in Joplin, Missouri. Melvin worked as an OTR Truck Driver for many years. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.
Melvin loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by mother, Norma Bray; father, Emerson Ireland; brothers, Danny Ireland and Dennis Ireland.
Melvin is survived by his children, Krystal Toney, Jacob Ireland, Carolyn Comrey, Jenny Treat and Britney Ireland; grandchildren, Brandon, Skylar, Famous, John, Marcus, Riot, Jensen, Kensley, Artemis, and Akira.

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Roger William Richter Sr., 85

Born Friday, August 4, 1933

Died Friday, May 31, 2019

Roger William Richter was born on August 4, 1933 in Gillett, AR to Ruben Christian Herman Richter and Milda Estelle (Fuerstenberg) Richter; and passed away May 31st, 2019 at his home in Muskogee, OK at the age of 85.
Roger attended St. Paul’s Lutheran parochial school through 8th grade, graduating from Gillett High School in 1951. He attended the University of Arkansas majoring in Architecture, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 1956 and a Bachelor of Architecture
Degree in January of 1957.
He married Darlene Rae Dorsch on January 3, 1958 prior to reporting for active duty for training in the US Army at Fort Chaffee, AR and Ft. Jackson, SC. He was assigned to the US Army Reserves and was commissioned as a 1st Lt., retiring from the US Army Reserves in 1963 as a Captain.
He was employed after graduation at Haralson & Mott Architects in Muskogee, OK and with offices also in Ft. Smith AR, completing his required 3 years practice under a licensed architectural firm and his Architect License examination in 1962. He was a practicing partner in successive named firms until 1978 when he purchased his interest in the firm and began his solo Architectural practice, retiring from active corporate practice in 1988. He was a member of both state and national American Institute of Architects (AIA) and held a National Council of Architectural Boards (NCARB) certificate. He held licenses in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Colorado. He was a member of the National Institute of Justice Committee and the American Corrections Association.
He helped design and build the original Muskogee General Hospital (now St. Francis-Muskogee) and its subsequent eight additions, Hilldale Schools and Muskogee Schools multiple projects, Muskogee Civic Assembly Center, local banks, factories, and the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. He also worked on University of Arkansas projects of high-rise dormitories, Health/Physical Education/Recreation (HPER), and the UA’s Basketball Arena. Awards of Excellence were issued for two of Muskogee Public Schools elementary buildings and for the Muskogee County/City Detention Facility. Roger also designed numerous custom private homes around the Muskogee area.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years, and his son-in-law Jerome Janssen. He is survived by his son Roger Richter II and his wife Margaret of Muskogee; son Randall Richter of Muskogee; daughter Renee Janssen of Overland Park, KS; grandsons Roger Richter III and wife Tammy of Muskogee, OK and Alexander Richter of Norman, OK; grand-daughters Emily Janssen and Rachel Janssen of Overland Park, KS; great grand-daughter Adelaide Rutherford of Muskogee; sister Patricia Meinecke and husband Henry of Brasstown, NC, and Aunt Gertrude Rogers of Cabot, Arkansas.
Roger, along with his friends Larry Rooney, Carl Pierceall, and Jim Caywood started the original Muskogee Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in 1963. An avid duck/goose and big game hunter, he enjoyed all hunting, fishing, travel, and building projects. Over the last 45 years he organized annual pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota. He helped develop Mallard Farms for himself, partners and family to enjoy several species of hunting, but especially duck hunting. He and his wife Darlene enjoyed numerous trips to Mexico, Canada, the Far East and Europe. Roger made several hunting and fishing trips to Alaska, to New Zealand, and to Africa.
Later life pastimes were spent restoring and re-building several antique classic cars.
A lifetime Lutheran from St. Paul’s in Gillett, AR, to St. Johns in Fayetteville, AR , to First Lutheran Church in Muskogee, OK, he held many positions within the churches as well as participating in work with Lutheran Church-Oklahoma and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in St. Louis, MO where he was a member of the Architectural Committee.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8th, 2019 at First Lutheran Church Muskogee with the Reverends Tim Dorsch and Wayne Schuett officiating.

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Leslie B. Bunch, 40

Born Friday, July 14, 1978

Died Friday, May 31, 2019

Leslie Brooke (Owen) Bunch, 40, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Friday, May 31, 2019. She was born on July 14, 1978 in Muskogee to Paul L. and Sharon Sue (Jenkins) Owen. Leslie attended Hilldale School until the 11th grade and then she transferred to Muskogee High School graduating in 1996. During high school, she participated in Drama and Indian Art. She won an art show at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum; an accomplishment she was extremely proud of.
Leslie worked at Lowe’s for several years but most recently as support personnel for Muskogee Public Schools until her health began to fail.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jenkins Jr.; and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Owen.
Leslie is survived by her husband, Robie Bunch; daughters, Aiyana Reynolds and Addison Reynolds; parents, Paul and Sharon Owen, all of Muskogee; siblings, Ben Blakeman and wife Mary, Casey Stewart and husband Craig; nephews, Asher Stewart and Schaffer Stewart; cousins, Justine Thompson (Tom), Stuart Thompson, Justin Thompson, Sarah Turner (John), Matt Turner, Emily Colburn (Tad) and their children, Charlie and Maggie, Jane DeGroot, Lee DeGroot (Sharon) and their children, Alisha DeGroot and Josh DeGroot; along with many friends.
Leslie was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Funeral services celebrating Leslie’s life will be 11AM, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eric Goodman officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Cemetery with Alphus Raper, Herschel Vann, Robert Fletcher, Craig Stewart, Sean Tiger, and Benji Hotema serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Fletcher, Robert Bunch, Leroy Vann, and Ben Blakeman. McKenzie Doyle and Kadence Vann will be serving as flower girls.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.


Per Leslie's request no public viewing

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Theresa Allison, 80

Born Tuesday, May 23, 1939

Died Thursday, May 30, 2019

Theresa (Andrasik) Allison, 80, of Fort Gibson was born May 23, 1939 in Tatabanya, Hungary to Albert and Theresa (Bohm) Andrasik and peacefully passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 4:35PM, in McAlester, Oklahoma. At 17 years of age she traveled to America with her family to chase the “American Dream”. Theresa later met and married Stanislaw Smiatek and together they had three children. She was a faithful member of Muskogee Seventh-Day Adventist Church for many years where she had a passion for Jesus and for serving others. Theresa’s hobbies included cooking, crocheting, traveling, and making friends. Her greatest passion was her grandchildren; Adam, Andrew, Zachary, Brooke, Jarrod, Morgan, and seven great grandchildren.
She leaves behind her husband of seven years Bill Allison of Fort Gibson, OK; brothers, Steve and Johnny Szalay, both of Muskogee, OK; daughter, Joann and husband Joe Short of Siloam Springs, AR; sons, Stan Smiatek of Tahlequah, OK; and Tom and wife Shannon Smiatek of North Little Rock, AR; extended family and many friends.
A memorial service celebrating Theresa’s life will be held at 4:00PM Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Muskogee Seventh Day Adventist Church at 170 North Country Club Road, Muskogee, OK.
The family of Theresa Allison has entrusted her care and cremation to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home in Fort Gibson. 918-478-2555. Online condolences may be left at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

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Alice M. Leahey, 83

Born Friday, January 17, 1936

Died Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Alice Marlene Leahey, 83, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was born on January 17, 1936 in Oklahoma City, OK to George Osteen and Ethel (Henry) Osteen. She was a Capitol Hill High School graduate in 1954, Oklahoma City University graduate in 1959, and Central State University graduate in 1973.
She worked at the Veterans Administration as an Adjudicator for many years. She retired in 2000. She also served as an Information Officer in the United States Air Force. Alice married the love of her life, Robert Leahey, on February 6, 1962 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Some of Alice’s favorite hobbies were studying genealogy, traveling, and reading. She was a loyal member of First Baptist Church. She was also a part of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Confederacy clubs.
Alice is preceded in death by her parents George and Ethel Osteen.
She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Leahey; daughter Donna A. Leahey; son Robert Leahey; grandson Alexander S. Wright; granddaughters Rebekah Leahey and Brogan Leahey; and great-granddaughter Celeste Wright.
A celebration of Alice’s life will be 11:00am Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Johnny Derouen officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with Kent Osteen, Robert Leahey, and Alex Wright serving as pallbearers.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. You can donate online at https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en&_ga=2.145361917.858951321.1559327023-433812392.1559327023.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Visitation will be held:
1:00pm-5:00pm Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.
9:00am-5:00pm Monday, June 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home
9:00am-8:00pm Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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Kenneth “Ken” Barkley, 75

Born Wednesday, October 27, 1943

Died Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Kenneth (Ken) Barkley passed away at his home in Muskogee on May 28, 2019, he was 75. He was born on October 27, 1943 in California to Lance and Neva Barkley. Soon after, his family relocated to Oklahoma, where he graduated from Will Rogers High School in Tulsa in 1961, with his parents settling in Council Hill, Oklahoma. Ken attended Tulsa University and received two Bachelor of Science degrees; one in Geology and one in Petrol Engineering. In 1973, he received a Master’s Degree in Petrol Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
After graduation, he worked for Sunray Oil Company, and then later for Amoco Oil. He traveled the world working in the oil industry until his retirement in 1989. After retiring, Ken assisted his future wife, Dee, with her store, All Time Records. He relocated from Council Hill to Muskogee permanently, and married his wife, Dee, on March 16, 2013.
Ken enjoyed collecting baseball cards, metal detecting, and playing cards. He was a civil war buff and a fan of OU football. He attended church at Assembly of God and loved reading his Bible.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lance and Neva Barkley.
Ken is survived by his wife, Delores; stepsons, Robert Neuzil and wife Diana, and Matt Neuzil; stepdaughter, Becky Duke; three step grandchildren; and one step great-grandson, all of Muskogee; uncle, Arthur Watson; cousins, Gary Watson, Dana Watson, and Dona (Charlene) Jones; along with many friends.
Funeral services celebrating Ken’s life will be at 10AM, Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Council Hill Cemetery in Council Hill, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Hometown Hospice in Muskogee.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Arthur Lester, 90

Born Friday, February 8, 1929

Died Monday, May 27, 2019

Arthur Lester, 90, of Muskogee, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019. He was born February 8, 1929 to Erma Lillian (Parker) and Edgar Jasper Lester. He leaves behind a wife of 70 years, Evalene Haddock Lester.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Myrtle Thomason, Faydean Birdsell, Nadine Warner Henson, and Charles Lester; son, David Arthur Lester; and son-in-law, Gary Hardage.
Survivors include in wife; brother, Wilburn Kenneth Lester; sister-in-law, June Lester; brother-in-law, John David Birdsell; daughter, Elaine Hardage; daughter-in-law, Kathy Grogan Lester; four grandchildren, Mel (Marcie) Hardage, Shira (Kevien) Kelley, David Allen (Brandy) Lester, and Jennifer Lester; four great-grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, and Micaiah Hardage, and Kinlee Lester.
Arthur was a longtime newspaper typesetter and minister in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Alaska. He enjoyed writing poems and songs, and journaling about his life. He also enjoyed being with his family, and he always had a story or a memory to share. He loved people and will be remembered by many whose lives he influenced.
Funeral services celebrating Arthur’s life will be 1PM, Monday, June 3, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Max Brashears officiating. Interment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Park Hill, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be David Lester, Mel Hardage, Kevien Kelley, Michael Deffebaugh, J.C. Warner, and Brad Campbell.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, OK. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

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Susan Kay ( Naumann) Wolfenbarger, 49

Born Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Died Monday, May 27, 2019

Obituary for Susan Kay (Naumann) Wolfenbarger

Susan Kay Wolfenbarger passed from this life on May 27th, 2019 at her home in Porter, Oklahoma at the age of 71. She was born on August 22nd, 1947, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Carl Heinrich Peter and Juanita (Shinn) Naumann. She and her brother Richard were raised in Sand Springs where she was active in the school band. She graduated from Sand Springs in the class of 1965. She married David Lee Wolfenbarger on July 14th, 1967. They had two children, Todd and Sarah. They lived in the Tulsa area before moving to Tahlequah in 1979. They later lived in Hulbert, before moving to Porter in 2009. She worked for Arco in Tulsa, Briggs School in Tahlequah and ultimately retired from Oklahoma United Methodist Camp Egan after 26 years of employment. She was a sweet wife to David, her husband of over 51 years. They worked together building their homes, hunting, fishing, golfing and raising their children. She was an amazing cook and prolific baker. She made the best cinnamon rolls and bread you’ve ever tasted! She was an active part of New Community Church in Muskogee. You could count on seeing her there, serving coffee, sharing a smile, kind words and a hug. If you met her, you knew her heart for you and everyone she met. God made her to serve others and she was exceptional at it! She inherited her mother’s comedic side and loved to text corny jokes to her granddaughter Allison. She loved when her grandson Alex made her a grandmother and continued spoiling him until the day, she left this earth. She and David started playing golf at the young age of 50. Their children got them golf clubs and lessons for the their 50th birthdays. Within a month, they had bought their own golf cart and were playing every chance they could. She loved golf! (Not many son-in-law’s get to have their mother-in-law make him take her to the World Golf Hall of Fame on a family vacation.) She loved her son Todd and took great advantage of his many building and computer skills. She always knew what to say to get him to come home to work on her favorite projects. She took great pride in his creations and loved to share pictures of them with her family and friends. She loved to exercise, but not indoors. She would have her daughter Sarah walking at the crack of dawn, six days a week, rain, snow, cold, it didn’t matter. Everyone knew the walks were just an excuse to enjoy nature and spend time with her daughter. She left this life suddenly but was completely at peace with where she would spend eternity. She loved God, loved her family, loved her friends, and showed that love in how she lived each day.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Carl and Juanita and her brother Richard. She is survived by her husband David Lee Wolfenbarger, of the home, son Todd Wolfenbarger and wife Tatyana of Friant, California, daughter Sarah Spencer and husband Curtis of Porter, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Kristina Beck and husband Stone of Fresno, California, Arthur Kosteniuk of Friant, California, Alex Spencer of Porter, Oklahoma, Allison Spencer of Porter, Oklahoma, great-grandson Nathan Sullivan of Fresno, California and many beloved nieces, nephews, brother and sisters-in-law, cousins, and friends.

There will be a family conducted Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 9th, 2019. You are welcome to come by anytime from 2-4 p.m. at New Community Church, 3600 E. Shawnee in Muskogee, Oklahoma. It will be a time to share stories and bring comfort to those who loved her. Susan had a servant heart and loved helping those in need. In lieu of flowers, we know she would appreciate any donations to the many flood victims in her community. Donations can be made to New Community Church in honor of her memory to support those affected by the recent flooding.

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