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Alan Brauer Anderson

| September 09, 2018

Alan Brauer Anderson, 83, died on Sept. 3, 2018, in Bowling Green, Ky., after a long battle with heart disease.

Alan was born to the late Homer and Margaret Brauer Anderson in Oklahoma City. He attended high school in Ponca City, and graduated from Knox College with a BA in Philosophy. Alan went on to receive a BD in Theology, and an MA and PhD in Social Ethics at the University of Chicago, where he also taught Ethics and Society. Alan later taught at Wilberforce University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before arriving at Western Kentucky University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, where he taught for 27 years.

It was during his years in Chicago that Alan became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In August 1962, at the invitation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alan joined a nonviolent protest to end segregation in Albany, Ga. Upon his return to Chicago, he continued his work in the movement with the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations, and played an important role working again with Dr. King in the Chicago Freedom Movement of 1965-1967.

Together with the late George W. Pickering, Alan wrote Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History in 1988.

In 2008, Alan received the Knox College Alumni Achievement Award and in 2014, he was honored with induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Alan was a friend of Bill W. for 28 years. He was an avid sports fan. He loved music, especially jazz, opera, and bluegrass, and he enjoyed traveling. He and Standard Schnauzer Telly were reigning champions in local dog-owner look-alike contests.

Alan is survived by his wife, Denise, daughters Amy Anderson and Margaret Galloway (Jeff), as well as grandson Matthew Daley (Svetlana) and granddaughters Maeghan Deutsch (Charley), Kylie Galloway, and Lakin Galloway.

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bowling Green. Donations to the American Civil Liberties Union or Cumberland Heights (Nashville, Tenn.) would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Arrangements have been entrusted to J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.

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William Otto Beard

| September 09, 2018

Memorial services for William Otto Beard were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, at Driftwood Christian Church, with Eddy Bob Mathews and Mark Berry officiating. He was cremated at his request.

William Otto Beard, 63, of Ponca City, shed his wheelchair and walked into eternity with his Lord on Sept. 1, 2018, in Oklahoma City. William was born Nov. 8, 1954, in Cherokee, Okla., to the late Billy Virl and Evah Mae Hill Beard of Amorita, Okla. William grew up and attended grade school in Amorita, and graduated from Burlington High School in Burlington, Okla. He married Patti Jo Clark on Aug. 9, 1975, in Byron, Okla.

Bill and Patti started their life together living outside of Byron, and Bill’s life was characterized by a strong work ethic as he provided for his family through demanding jobs as a heavy equipment operator, welder, public utility worker, facility maintenance, and many other jobs where his skill, strength, and ingenuity were put into action. After a couple of years in Byron, Bill and Patti moved to a small farm outside of Cherokee where in addition to his regular employment Bill raised sheep and other animals. After a few years, Bill moved his family to Alva, where he served as a volunteer firefighter and a city councilman.

In 1994, Bill experienced a spiritual transformation in which God led him back to church, where he became extensively involved as a deacon, teacher, and youth group volunteer. In 1999, Bill answered a life-changing call by God to enter into the ministry; by faith he quit his job and moved to Joplin, Mo., to attend Ozark Christian College where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Biblical Literature.

Bill and Patti served several churches in Missouri and Oklahoma until Bill retired from ministry in 2015 in Ponca City. Bill and Patti moved to a small farm north of Ponca City in which they raised goats and other animals. Bill returned to working as a welder, and then as a heavy equipment operator for Kay County where he worked until an automobile accident left him paralyzed in December 2016.

Bill was a multi-talented man who could fix anything that was broken, cook anything in a Dutch oven over an open fire, play any instrument that had strings, and sing any country western song that was worth singing.

Bill provided unmeasurable joy to people by playing music in all sorts of venues; churches, nursing homes, garages and barns echoed with the sounds of his guitar, bass, fiddle, and steel guitar, and countless couples danced the Texas Two Step while Bill bellowed out a classic country song. Bill loved the outdoors a lot and his family a whole lot more, and the highlight of his year was the Beard Family Deer Camp, where Bill served as chief cook and storyteller.

William was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Luanne Boham. William is survived by his beloved wife, Patti; his son, Christopher Beard and his wife, Kerri, from Lumberton, Texas; his daughter, Lindsi Stidham, and her husband, Randy, from Rogers, Ark.; his son, Matthew Beard, and his wife, Sarah, from Brandenburg, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Laney, Riley, and Joslynn Beard, Zane and Leia Garner, and Aaron and Patrick Beard, all who will miss their PaPa very much. William is also survived by two loving sisters, Marsha Carothers and her husband, Ken; Ronda Eslinger and her husband, Dan; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles and Phyllis Clark; three brothers-in-law, Loyd Boham; C.T. Clark and his wife, Brenda; and Randy Clark; his sister-in-law, Julie Wilkinson and her husband, Keith; and other loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ozark Christian College in memory of William Beard at occ.edu/donate or by mail to: Ozark Christian College, 1111 N Main Street, Joplin, MO 64801. Donations will be used towards a scholarship fund for non-traditional ministry students, who like Bill, are answering a life-changing call into ministry.

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Cletus J. Brown

| September 09, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cletus J. Brown, age 92, on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was laid to rest at the IOOF Cemetery in Ponca City under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Cletus “Buck” was born on February 9, 1926 at home near Chelsea, Okla. to Ivan Cecil and Ida Fern Sutherland Brown. He grew up in the Alluwe/Chelsea area of Rogers County and attended school there. Cletus was a 1943 graduate of Alluwe High School. In May of 1944 he joined the US Army and served as a member of the 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, Golden Acorn. In April of 1946, after the end of World War II, he came back home.

It was then, on September 4, 1948, he married Mary Helen Webster in Jay, Okla. The couple had two children, Patricia Sue and Gerald “Jerry” Lee. Although he was told that he would never be called up to serve again, he was again called to active service for the Korean War. Master Sergeant Cletus Brown was honorably discharged in October of 1951.

In May of 1956 he began a long fulfilling career with Phillips 66. He was hired to work on a drilling rig and retired in August of 1985 at the Shidler Area Well Service. The 29 years working for Phillips afforded his family the opportunity to live an adventurous life and travel to many places.

In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, traveling with family and friends as well as spending time with his grandchildren. His grandchildren were the pride of his life.

Cletus leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter Patricia Sue Ginger, Ponca City; daughter-in-law Shirley Brown, Webb City; sister Rita Mae Graves, Chelsea; grandchildren: Chad and wife Tamara Brown; Christopher Brown; Victoria and husband Darren Courtney; and Meagan and husband Ryan Zulauf; great granddaughters: Mackenzie, Madilene, and Emma Brown; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Cletus was reunited with his parents, wife Mary, son Gerald Brown, son-in-law Lester Ginger and brothers Dale and Kenneth Brown.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of North Central Oklahoma and Ponca City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the care and compassion they provided during his last days.

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Gary Curtis Hughes

| September 09, 2018

Gary Curtis Hughes passed away on the evening of Aug. 26, 2018, in Ponca City. His death was a result of extensive complications and repeated infections secondary to a hip replacement surgery.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Janet Moore Hughes, of Ponca City, his older daughter, Dr. Donna G. Hughes, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist of Houston, Texas, and his younger daughter, The Rev. Dr. and Air Force Colonel Jennifer L. Hughes, of Williamsburg, Va. He is also survived by his father, Paul C. Hughes, of Tulsa, and his brother, Larry V. Hughes, of Sachse, Texas. He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Dr. Robert A. Hughes and his mother, Genevieve Vernon Hughes.

Gary was born on April 24, 1945, to Paul and Genevieve Hughes in Tulsa. He was older brother to Larry Hughes and Robert Hughes. Gary grew up in Tulsa, graduating from East Central High School in 1963. While at East Central, Gary and Janet went on their first date to the 9th grade dance. They started going steady during high school and were later married on Aug. 14, 1965, in Tulsa. Gary played football for the University of Tulsa during his freshman year of college and then transferred to Oklahoma State University his sophomore year to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. He went on to graduate from OSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in August 1967.

Straight out of college, Gary and Janet moved to Ponca City with their first baby just born, and Gary started his career with Conoco as a Process Engineer. Gary went on to have an over 45-year career with Conoco (later Conoco-Phillips), and then ended his last few years of his career with Bechtel, after they acquired his technology group. Over the course of his career, Gary’s various jobs with Conoco took the family to Tokyo, Japan; London, England; Louth, England; Billings, Mont.; and back full circle to Ponca City. In the last couple decades of his career, Gary became known as a worldwide expert in Coking Technology. Due his expertise, he consulted around the world in Russia, Brazil, Croatia, Malaysia, India, and Germany as well as many other places. Throughout his life, Gary worked hard and played hard. He loved his wife and family, and he was ever a dedicated provider. Gary always enjoyed movies/concerts with Janet, OSU sporting events with his friends, hunting bobwhite quail with his English Pointers, and world travel.

A memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ponca City. A reception will follow the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gary’s name to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1904 N Pecan Rd, Ponca City, OK 74604.

Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

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Bonnie Jean Jueschke

| September 09, 2018

Bonnie Jean McDaniel Jueschke was born to Virgil and Bonnie McDaniel on Dec. 9th, 1934 in Ponca City. During high school in Marland she met her sweetheart William Joseph Jueschke (Billy Joe). They were married a year after their high school graduation on Sept. 16th, 1954 in Ponca City. Over the years they lived in Borger, Texas, Bartlesville, Stavanger, Norway, and Tulsa. When living close to Ponca City, Bill and Bonnie were actively involved with both of their family farms. Bonnie loved farming, traveling and activities with the grandchildren, bible study classes and her church family at The Park Plaza Church of Christ. She was very active until a few months before her death on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 in Tulsa.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, two children, four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Viewing will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9 at Moore’s Southlawn, 9350 E. 51st, Tulsa. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at The Park Church of Christ, 9610 S. Garnett, Tulsa. Graveside service will be in Ponca City at IOOF Cemetery, 1200 Block of South Waverly at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. See full obituary at www.moorefuneral.com where you can share your memories with the family.

Bonnie was the true Matriarch of her family and enjoyed family time, starting MANY family traditions. She leaves us with a big hole in our family BUT with many strong binds and fond memories. Moore’s Southlawn 918-663-2233

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Lloyd Lewis Leslie

| September 09, 2018

Lloyd Lewis Leslie of Blackwell, died Wednesday evening, Sept. 5, 2018, in the AllianceHealth – Ponca City, at the age of 89 years.

Lloyd Lewis Leslie was born in Blackwell, on Dec. 2, 1928, to Lewis Franklin and Dortha Epperly Leslie. He began his work ethic at the early age of three when he began picking potato bugs for a penny a piece to earn money for a tricycle. At the age of seven, he helped his older brothers, Clyde and Lee, deliver the Daily Oklahoman. The older boys delivered the paper to the entire town and hired Lloyd to deliver to the Larkin and Denton Hotels. At the same time, the three brothers were janitors at the United Brethren Church.

During World War II he worked for the Art Bringham Tire Shop. Lloyd attended Blackwell Public Schools graduating in 1946. He worked for Turvey Packing Plant his senior year of high school and also for Hazel Atlas Glass Company. After graduating high school, he attended Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College for a year and a half before returning to Blackwell and working at the Acme Foundry.

In 1949, Lloyd married the love of his life, Glenda Frances Eckert, in the First Baptist Church in Blackwell. They had three children, Gary Max, Cynthia Rae, and Janie Lea. In 1953 Lloyd began working for the United States Postal Service in Blackwell and worked there until his retirement in 1989. During this time he also worked part-time for Baxa Pattern Works. Following retirement, he worked for DeWitt Farms for several years.

Lloyd loved attending his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events and various extracurricular activities. He was well known as the Grandad that took pictures and gave them to all the kids on the team.

Lloyd loved the outdoors and spent almost every summer camping with his family. His favorite camping place was Sizemore Landing on Lake Tenkiller where there were often four generations of his family vacationing together. He loved fishing and deer hunting, and continued to hunt until last year when he shot a deer while bow hunting. Lloyd passed his love of nature on to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and they shared many hours enjoying the outdoors with him. Glenda introduced Lloyd to birdwatching and they spent many years enjoying it together. His love of photography was expressed in the thousands of pictures of birds and nature he shared with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Glenda Leslie, of the home; his son, Gary Max Leslie, and wife, Nancy, of Blackwell; daughters, Cynthia Rae Oder of Blackwell, and Janie Lea DeWitt and husband, Steve, of Braman; his brother, Dale Leslie, of Enid; sister-in-laws, JoAnn Leslie of Tulsa, Virginia Brewer and Carol Mullins of Blackwell; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Donald Oder; sisters, Lenora Terrill and Delores Miller; brothers, Clyde Leslie, Lee Leslie, and Harmon Leslie; and brothers-in-law, Jack Miller, Ted Terrell, Don Brewer, and Ray Mullins; and sisters-in-law, Ina Mae Leslie, Lillian Leslie, and Jackie Leslie.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the First Baptist Church in Blackwell with Rev. Randy Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in the Blackwell Cemetery.

Casketbearers will be Paul Stokesberry, Scott Oder, Dane DeWitt, Drew DeWitt, Trenton Leslie and Dustin McCarty. Serving as honorary casketbearers will be Barry Stafford, David Miller, David Kice, Larry Purdy, Gary Jenkins, Garold DeWitt, Garrett Haskins, Earl Webb, Ronnie Porter, Mike Creech, Raymond Robinson and Bob Noblett.

A memorial has been established in his honor with the First Baptist Church in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.

On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com

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Michael Lawrence Welch

| September 09, 2018

Michael Lawrence Welch lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Integris Hospice House in Oklahoma City.

Friends and loved ones may pay their respects on Monday, Sept. 10, from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. with the family present to greet friends from 5-6 p.m. at the funeral home. A funeral ceremony to gratefully celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the chapel at Trout Funeral Home. Following the ceremony, Michael will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

Michael L. Welch was born on July 2, 1950, to Orville Sylvester (Skee) Welch and Katheryn Opal Bailey Welch. Michael grew up and received his education in Blackwell, attending Washington Elementary, Blackwell Middle School and Blackwell High School, graduating in 1968. He was very proud to participate on the livestock, soil, and meat judging teams with the Blackwell FFA.

Michael and Jaretta Thomas were married in January, 1971. To this union, one daughter, Brandy Welch, was born. Michael was married to Mary Kline in June, 1986. Michael and Natalie McCoy were united in marriage in October, 2005.

Michael is survived by his spouse, Natalie, of the home; daughters, Brandy Welch of Ponca City, Meghan Stafford and husband, Brad Stafford of Ponca City and grandchildren Breleigh Welch and Gunnar Stafford of Ponca City; brother, Randy Welch and wife, Delores Welch of Edmond; niece, Stephanie Owens and husband, Mark Owens of Wichita, Kan., and their two children.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Orville A. and Vesta Welch, and Issac G. and Effie Bailey; two brothers, Raymond and Paul Welch; one sister, Mary Beth Welch; and wife, Mary Kline.

Michael was raised on the family farm west of Blackwell. He worked many different jobs including Blackwell Smelter from 1968-1973; OICC of Blackwell for 7-8 years; he worked in construction around Blackwell and at OG & E Sooner Plant. Michael retired from Kay County District #3 in 2007 due to health issues after 24 years of service. Michael was proud of completing Auctioneer School in 1984 and operated his own auction service from 1985-2004. In 1985, he obtained his Oklahoma Real Estate License and began working for JB Smith in Ponca City, later transferring his license to Oklahoma Real Estate working for Robert O. Whitlock after Mr. Smith sold his business. Michael continued to work as Office Manager for Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock at North Country MHP. Michael being the workaholic he was would not slow down even after his retirement from Kay County District #3 in 2007. Michael and Natalie formed Vesta V. Miller, Inc. Process Service in 2013 after being given an established processing service from Irene Czaplinski upon her retirement in 2009.

Michael continued to work as Office manager at North Country MHP and his process service until his death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to help with the education expenses of Michael’s grandchildren may be made to the Michael Welch Memorial Fund c/o Trout Funeral Home & Crematory. Friends are welcome to leave the condolences at www.troutfuneralhome.com

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Funerals

| September 09, 2018

Sunday, September 9

Louise LeClair Jackson — A memorial service will be held at Ponca Indian United Methodist Church at White Eagle, with supper at 5 p.m. and the service at 7 p.m.

David Tyler — Memorial service at Guthrie Gospel Chapel, 424 E. Oklahoma.

Monday, September 10

Louise E. Trout — A funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Trout Funeral Home & Crematory. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Ponca City. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory.

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