Ponca City, OK


David E. Bush

March 04, 2018

David E. Bush, born March 25, 1944, in Washington, Ind., got his wings on Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2018.

He is survived by his daughters, Nicole Breining and family Brent and Joshua of Alexandria, Va. and Kirsten Bush and son, Tony Thornton, of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are his stepsons, George Meinhardt, of Ponca City/Salina, Kan., and Adam Meinhardt and family Jeanette, Sam and Charlie Altevogt, of American Fork, Utah.

Along with his wife of 24 years, Lou Ann Bush, he is survived by and will be missed by numerous friends and extended family. His parents and only brother greeted him on the other side along with his heavenly Father and Savior.

He was a member of Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ponca City and had been retired from Phillips Pipeline for many years after a career of 33 years working his way up to maintenance supervisor.

His career began in Illinois and took him to Norway, Texas and finally to Kansas where he retired. He left behind good friends all along the way. Besides his love of God, family and country he loved anything with wheels — the more power the better — and enjoyed camping, working on old cars, shooting targets, spending time with friends and family, reading books on wide-ranging topics, listening to oldies music and riding his motorcycles.

We who loved him will miss his loving, generous presence but we know he is now in God’s tender care after 10 years fighting cancer. There will be a small remembrance scattering ceremony — date to be decided later — along with a keepsake album available for signing and leaving a note of your memories of him either at the church (after Sunday School in the narthex) on March 18, at the scattering, or at the family’s home.

As requested by Dave, there will be no formal funeral. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to Community Christian Church, 2109 W. Grand, Ponca City or to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview, Ponca City.

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Chris L. Caldwell

March 04, 2018

Chris L. Caldwell, beloved son, brother, husband, dad, papa and uncle, went to heaven on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, after a long disability and illness. His wife, Shelli, was with him when he passed. Chris was born in Stillwater, on April 2, 1966, the son of Johnny L. Caldwell Jr. and Barbara L. Caldwell. He lived in Stillwater, Altus and Lawrence, Kan., before moving to the Ponca City area in 1974. He attended school at Marland Public schools and graduated in 1984. He was in FFA and showed pigs during his school years. He played basketball and baseball. On Friday, June 13, 1986, he married the love of his life Shelli Payne in Ponca City. They had 31 beautiful years of marriage. For many years, he worked for UPS and then became a storm chaser for Channel 5 News and did newsworthy reporting from the Ponca City area. He enjoyed NASCAR, RC race cars, OU football, Thunder basketball and was very computer savvy. He loved watching American Pickers, Flea Market Flip, Fixer Upper and storm chasing channels! He was a self-taught photographer getting his start on the yearbook staff in high school. He and Shelli were in the first Citizen Fire Academy in Ponca City. He did videography for the Ponca City Fire Department, Ponca City Police Department, Kay County Sheriff’s Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He was a member of St. Luke’s Church of the Nazarene.

He is survived by his parents Johnny and Barbara, of Ponca City; his wife; daughters, Sabrina (Fell) Wiley, of Ponca City, Kayla (Jeremy) Ewing, of Arkansas City, Kan. and Kelsey (Zach) Kolber, of Oklahoma City; son, Michael Caldwell, of Stillwater; grandchildren, Kaden, Kaje, Kell and Kwinn Wiley, JoJo Caldwell, Kory and Riplee Ewing; sisters, Jeanne (Neil) Gory, of Ponca City and Dianna (Travis) Jones, of Ponca City.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and brother, John Caldwell III, formerly of Ponca City.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, with David Frees, pastor of St. Luke’s Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Casket bearers for the service will be, Michael Caldwell, Andrew Caldwell, Stephen Gory, Blake Gory, Dodger Monks and Neil Gory. Honorary casket bearers are, Matthew Caldwell, Zach Kolber, Jeremy Ewing and the Channel 5 storm chasers.

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Nadine Chambers Crabtree

March 04, 2018

Nadine Chambers Crabtree was born Jan. 6, 1935 in Ralston. She was the daughter of Agie Burl and Mary McKinney Chambers. Nadine’s early years were spent around the Pawnee area. She attended Lone Jack and Pawnee schools, graduating from Pawnee High School in 1953.

In the early 1950s she met a handsome young farmer from The Big Bend area. They started dating not long before he became a soldier for the U.S. Army serving in Korea. After his discharge she and Billy Crabtree were married on Dec. 24, 1955 and were married for 57 years until his death on April 4, 2013.

The couple made their first home in Pawhuska, where she worked as a telephone operator. Later they moved to the Fairfax area as Bill continued to be engaged in farming and ranching. She was a very good seamstress and worked for Munsingwear in Pawnee. She was an excellent cook and served many delicious meals, pies and cobblers to her family. She mainly will be remembered as the owner of the Fairfax Tastee Freeze. From 1979-89 she and Bill ran the Tastee Freeze business serving and feeding the citizens of Fairfax and many surrounding areas, providing employment for numerous young people, most time being the first job they ever had. A former employee once stated that not only did Nadine teach them how to cook and clean, she also taught them a great work ethic. Not long after selling their business, she went to work for Walmart in Ponca City. She worked in the clothing department and answered the phones for over 20 years before retiring at age 78. She was a very hard worker and did so her whole life.

She enjoyed growing flowers in her flower beds, sewing and cooking for her family. She adored her children and grandchildren, who fondly referred to her as Grandma Na.

With family by her side, she passed peacefully on March 1, 2018, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City. She is survived by her son, David Crabtree and wife Shella, of the Big Bend; daughter, Karen Smith and husband Dean, of Perry; grandchildren, D.C. Crabtree and wife Cara, of Webb City, Scott Crabtree and wife Jordan, of Pawnee, Dylan Crabtree and Breonna Lujan, of Ralston and Haley, Ryan and Logan Smith, of Perry; great-grandchildren, Harli Jane, David Calvin, Kendyl Lynn and Colby Cruz Crabtree; sister, Wanda Stiles and husband Jerry, of Richardson, Texas; two brothers, Ray Chambers and wife Mary, of Crosby, Texas and Bob Chambers and wife Carole, of Humble, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Jo Ruth Chambers, of Deer Park, Texas, Juanita Logsdon and Edith Crabtree, both of Fairfax; brother-in-law, Donald Crabtree and wife Mary Lou, of Fairfax; special friend, Margaret Kline, of Pawnee and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, JD Gant, William Chambers and John Chambers; daughter, Theda Jan Crabtree and husband, Bill.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Assembly of God Church in Fairfax with Jay Clapp officiating and family dinner being served at 12 p.m. Serving as casket bearers are grandsons, D.C. Crabtree, Scott Crabtree, Dylan Crabtree, Ryan Smith, Logan Smith and family friend, Travis Shields. Burial will follow in Fairfax Cemetery following the service under the direction of Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home, Fairfax. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Online condolences may be done at www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com.

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Darlene Annette Hollis

March 04, 2018

RED ROCK — Darlene Annette Hollis, of Red Rock, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was 81 years old. She was born on April 19, 1937, in Black Bear, Okla., the daughter of Mike Simms and Annie Mae Burgess. She passed from this life to her eternal home with her family and God.

She is survived by five daughters, Reva Neal, Donnita (Fred) Ramsey, Doretta (Rudy) Ramirez, Janette (Robert) Evans, Kathy White and three sons Darrell Jackson, Dennis Jackson and David (Karen) Shaffer. She was blessed with a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Belle Burgess, her parents, her husband, two sons, Kenneth Neal and Gerald Shaffer and a few grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A traditional tribal feast will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, with service to follow both at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Complex. Burial will follow in Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

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Peggy D. Rhoades Mauk

March 04, 2018

Peggy D. Rhoades Mauk, a resident of Ponca City, passed away on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at Integris Hospital in Enid. She was 79 years old.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1938 in Ponca City, the daughter of Windy Daniel Rhoades Sr. and Frances Hindes Rhoades. She married Donald Lewis Mauk on Jan. 14, 1956, in Ponca City. She worked as a lab technician at Conoco. Peggy loved to catch fish. The little ones she would throw back but if they were eatin’ size she would fry them up for her boys. She just had one stipulation, they had to clean the fish. Her favorite was catfish. She liked to crochet and work in the garden. She enjoyed cooking for her family on Sundays. She would spend time setting on her patio watching the birds and squirrels she fed. She also fed rabbits and had two beloved dogs. She spent time with her grandkids, they were the apple of her eye.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Terry Dale Mauk; brother, Danny Rhoades; brother-in-law, Dwaine Vernon and nephew, Ricky Vernon. She is survived by her sons, Donald Mauk, David Mauk and Timmy Mauk, all of Ponca City; a host of grandchildren; several nieces and nephew; a sister, Verna Vernon, of Kansas and a brother, Jimmy Rhoades, of Marland.

At her request there will not be a public funeral or memorial service held. There will be no public visitation held. The family has chosen to hold a private service under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. The family appreciates all of your kind words and condolences.

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Services Pending

Alverna Engle

BLACKWELL — Alverna Engle, died Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2018, at her home in Blackwell. She was 81.
Arrangements are pending with Roberts and Son Funeral Home, Blackwell.

Kennis Headman

Kennis Headman, died Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was 68.
Arrangements are pending with Grace Memorial Chapel.

Janice Combest Williamson

BLACKWELL — Janice Combest Williamson, resident of Blackwell, died Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was 70.
Arrangements are pending with Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.



Monday – March 05, 2018

Douglas Flynn Hutchins — A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Newkirk. Burial will follow in Newkirk Cemetery under the direction of Miller-Stahl Funeral Service, Newkirk.


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