Obituaries

Donita Kay Ellison

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Donita Kay Ellison of Eagle City, OK left this world too soon on December 12th, 2020. Donita was born August 1st, 1958 in Thomas, Oklahoma to Kelly and Berna Dean Nordquist. Donita was a teenager when she found the love of her life, Michael. They wed September 3rd, 1976 and were married for 44 years. They raised two daughters together and went on to have five grandchildren. Donita spent the first 3 years of her life in Fay,

John Ross Loewen

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John Ross Loewen was born on April 3, 1947 in Watonga, OK to Victor O. and Elizabeth Loewen and stepped into eternity with Jesus on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at the age of 73. He was a resident of the Watonga community his whole life where he was a farmer/rancher. He graduated from Watonga High School in 1965. After high school he attended OSU and SWOSU. He then enlisted in the United States Marines in 1966. He served in the Vietnam war from 1967-1968. He served as a radio operator and forward observer for the third marine division and fought in numerous battles including the Tet offensive. Upon return he married Jana Rae France on June 19, 1970 at the Watonga Christian Church. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this summer. Ross ran the Loewen and Sons Farm and Ranch, raising cattle and wheat. He accepted Christ as his savior in 1984. His children remember him as a hard working, loving, Christian father with many friends he considered family.

Gary W. Lesperance

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Gary W. Lesperance was born August 2, 1964 at Collinsville, OK to John and Della (Baugh) Lesperance and passed away December 10, 2020 at the age of 56.

Larry Keith “Okie” Daugherty

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Larry Keith Daugherty, son of Byron and Ruby Mae Daugherty, was born on November 24, 1935 in Watonga, OK. He passed away early Saturday morning, December 5, 2020 at the Seiling Municipal Hospital. He was 85 years of age. As a child, Larry attended school in a one room school house in Watonga until the 1st grade. Then his family moved to the Barnitz Creek area and settled in Butler. The rest of his school years were in Arapaho, where he graduated in 1954. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. On December 23, 1954, he and Mary “Carolyn” Hendrix were united in marriage and to this union six children were born: daughters, Cheryl Dawn and Lisa Kay, sons, Mark Alan, Michael Keith, Chris Lynn and Glen Dale. The Daugherty family first lived near Arapaho where they farmed until the spring of 1968, when the family moved to Greensburg, Kansas where Larry worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. They had lived in Greensburg for two years when Larry was transferred to Seiling. He retired in 1990. All the Daugherty children graduated from Seiling Public Schools. During their years in school, Larry was an active parent, helping with numerous FFA and 4-H events and helped with many livestock shows. He was also an All Sports Booster. He was an active member of the First Christian Church and a Custer City Lodge Mason. Larry was named Worshipful Master of Custer City Lodge #255 in 1965. More recently, Larry was inducted into the Dewey County Historical Society Hall of Fame in 2001. Larry enjoyed many hobbies, one of which was his love of horses. The Daughertys raised and sold quarter horses and English Shire draft horses. They enjoyed horse-related activities of all types. They entered their teams in parades all over the state, competed in the state fair, attended field days, and used their hand-made wagons in weddings. They belonged to the Oklahoma Draft Horse and Mule Association and held a draft horse and mule day event for many years. Larry was an active member of the Great Western Cattle Drive and would drive his wagons each year in the Trail of Dreams wagon ride for children with cancer. He was a charter member of the Seiling Round-Up Club and had been a member since its beginning. Larry and Carolyn were honored to be the Parade Marshals for the 1998 rodeo. They have instilled in their grandchildren a love of family and a love of horses. Carolyn passed in January of 2000, after a long illness. Larry married Artie Russell Shuck on August 25, 2000. Larry and Artie shared many good times in their 20 years together. They worked together in the community, church, and family events. They took several trips together: an Alaskan cruise, Madrid, Spain, and also a trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland. They also enjoyed traveling together to visit their kids in Illinois, Florida, Texas, and South Carolina. They also traveled by horse and wagon with several wagon train groups: Great Western Cattle Drive, and the Trail of Dreams. They visited the Amish settlement of Jamesport, Missouri and the Horse Sale in Kingman, KS. They made many friends. He also helped Artie as they worked and hosted many exchange students. In his later years he enjoyed taking care of his cows, horses, Barbado sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, pidgeons, peacocks, etc. He enjoyed going to the chicken sales and also sheep sales. He loved helping young people with their animals at home for the 4H and FFA projects. He helped where he was needed. Larry loved all of his grandchildren and Artie’s grandchildren and considered them his own. He loved all of them very much and they loved him in return. Larry is survived by his wife, Artie of Seiling; four sons: Mark and his wife Lisa of Chester, Mike and his wife Gina of West Fork, Arkansas, Chris and his wife Mary of Longdale, and Glen and his wife Cindy of Glencoe; four stepsons, Chris and Amy Shuck, Rick and Cody Shuck, Chuck Shuck, Robin and Jeanee’ Shuck; 22 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one brother: Wayne and his wife Delores, and one sister: Phyllis. His babies: Itsy and Abby, several exchange students, Tabea Schweiger, Carlos Molinari Garcia, Stefan Roser, Peerapat “Dew” Sriprasert, Felix Moeller, and Juan Garcia He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn, parents, daughters Lisa Kay Daugherty, and Cheryl Davidson, and his brother, Gary Daugherty.

James William “Jim” Pierce

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James William “Jim” Pierce was born November 8, 1936 at Watonga, Oklahoma to James Richard and Frankie Jane (McDaniel) Pierce and passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at the age of 84. Jim was lifetime resident of the Watonga community where he owned and operated Jim’s IGA for 46 years with his wife, Reba.

Oran “Gale” Duncan

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Oran “Gale” Duncan was born January 15, 1937 in Geary, OK to Oran David and Dorothy Ruth (Ames) Duncan. He passed away Saturday December 5, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, OK at the age of 83. Gale graduated from Geary High School. He met and married Doris Mae (Conradi) Shaklee April 5, 1975. The couple made their home in Watonga. Gale worked as a security guard for Hollytex Spinning Mill. He hand-delivered the mail in Geary for many years. After retiring Gale and Doris moved to Enid and he served as a foster grandparent at many elementary schools. Gale loved being around children and cherished time spent with his grandchildren. Gale and Doris loved and served the Lord and both had a passion for volunteering at their churches.

Gary Floyd Daukei

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Gary Floyd Daukei was born April 26, 1969 at Clinton, Oklahoma to Horace Daukei and Erma Whiteagle Blackbear and passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the age of 51. Gary was a resident of the Watonga community his entire life.

Santa's Magical Key

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CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK... “You may go after I call and check with Nana to see if it's okay, but you must be home before dark,” mom admonished.

James William “Jim” Pierce

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James William “Jim” Pierce was born November 8, 1936 at Watonga, Oklahoma to James Richard and Frankie Jane (McDaniel) Pierce and passed away Monday, November 30, 2020 at the age of 84. Jim was lifetime resident of the Watonga community where he owned and operated Jim’s IGA for 46 years with his wife, Reba.