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In Loving Memory... Brandon Kalicki

Brandon Kalicki was born on February 6, 1977 in Yuma, Arizona to Douglas Wayne and Susan Annette (Smith) Kalicki. He went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2020, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the age of 43. Brandon spent most of his years growing up in Seminole, Oklahoma, graduating from Seminole High School in 1995. He then attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business. It was during this time Brandon met and fell in love with Shanna Marie Payne. The couple was wed on December 12, 1998 in Seminole, Oklahoma. They made their first home in Norman while Brandon and Shanna completed their education. It was during his college years that Brandon knew he was called to minister to youth. Brandon was ordained into the gospel ministry in 2004. He accepted his first ministry position at Alameda Baptist Church in Norman. It was in Norman that they became parents to their two children, Kaitlynn and Joseph. Brandon, Shanna and family lived for a few years in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where Brandon was youth minister at Northeast Baptist Church. In 2008 Brandon accepted a fulltime youth ministry position at the First Baptist Church in Watonga, Oklahoma. He was recently appointed to the position of Associate Pastor. Brandon loved OU football and attended many other athletic events at the University of Oklahoma. The OU-Texas games became an annual trip for several years with his dad, brothers and families. Brandon loved to laugh and tell jokes and was always the center of any friend or family gathering. He enjoyed time spent with his dad and brothers, whether it be golfing, family get togethers, or encouraging family to begin the dangerous hobby of turkey frying. Brandon was a huge Rocky Balboa fan to the point he wrote a sermon series based on the Rocky Balboa movies. Brandon also loved super-heroes and collected comic books for many years. Brandon’s family was his pride and joy; he could often be found supporting his wife and children at school functions, sporting events and theatrical productions. Brandon was involved in the community of Watonga and served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Brandon announced the players at the Watonga High School Basketball games and was the emcee at the Watonga All-Sports Association’s Annual Cornhole Tournament. Brandon will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He touched the lives of so many through his ministry, mission trips and his love of the Lord.

Joyce Louise Rohling Lorenz

Joyce Louise Rohling Lorenz

Joyce Louise Rohling Lorenz was born on January 30, 1943, in Watonga, Oklahoma, to Deak and Louise Rohling and passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of May 12, 2020, at the age of 77. Joyce was a lifelong resident of Watonga and member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. She attended Watonga Public Schools and graduated from WHS in 1961. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for many years at Opportunities, Inc. while raising her family in Watonga. Joyce then courageously returned to college later in life to finish her degree and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1991, after which she worked as a Registered Nurse until her retirement.

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