Donald Anderson Duffus Sr., 94

Born April 13, 1925

Died November 19, 2019

Thema Maxine Collins, 86

Born December 26, 1932

Died November 13, 2019

Carolyn Elaine LaBounty-Goats, 80

Born September 7, 1939

Died November 12, 2019


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


Thursday, November 14

Book Discussion Events
Rib Sale
Future Soldier Training
Responsible Beverage Service & Sales Training (RBSS) - Muskogee
The Janway Holiday Party Challenge November Version

Friday, November 15

Rib Sale
The Janway Holiday Party Challenge November Version
Dueling in the Depot with ‘The FUN Piano Show’

Saturday, November 16

Expungement Workshop + Clinic
Expungement Workshop + Clinic
Fall Minis

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 7:25 AM

Muskogee Fire Chief Mike O’Dell announced his retirement late yesterday after serving more than 30 years.

O’Dell joined the force in 1989 after deciding to “just give it a try.”

O’Dell received a host of certifications that helped push him up the ranks over the years from rope rescue and HazMat operations to becoming a certified Emergency Medical Services instructor. In 2012, O’Dell advanced to Captain and shortly thereafter became the department’s training officer. He was ultimately selected as chief in 2016, a position he said he never dreamed he would have when he took his job all those years ago.

O’Dell, reflecting on his career, said the most significant event for him was one of his first fires – a 1990 fire at the OG&E plant in Muskogee.

“I was burned and spent some time in the burn unit and had to have skin graft surgery,” he said. “As I leave, it is my hope that the MFD continues the tradition of excellence they and the men who came before them established, continue to perfect their craft, and never take this job for granted.”

The city is set to choose a new chief before O’Dell’s last day.