Lee Alvin Slape, 95

Born August 19, 1923

Died December 11, 2018

Joyce E. Eller, 85

Born August 10, 1933

Died December 8, 2018

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Born December 16, 1922

Died December 8, 2018


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Monday, July 23, 2018, 10:33 AM

A Vian man and a woman were hurt in a boating accident caused by alcohol, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Michael J. Vanwyk, 68, of Vian was drinking and operating a 1984 Webcraft with Linda Vanwyk, 67, as a passenger a mile south of Burnt Cabin Cove on Lake Tenkiller, according to the Patrol, around midnight yesterday.

His craft was following a 2006 Fourwinns boat with six people out of Tulsa on it, traveling northeast. Vanwyk’s boat slammed into the rear of the Fourwinns boat. None of the Fourwinns passengers were hurt.

Michael Vanwyk was transported to Northeastern Health Systems Hospital in Tahlequah, where he was admitted with a head injury. Linda Vanwyk was also admitted with a head injury.

No one in either vessel was using a personal flotation device.