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Stuteville-Huitt, Catherine-Cathy

Catherine Sue Stuteville Huitt
May 31, 1938 – January 29, 2023

Catherine “Cathy” Sue Huitt, age 84, died on Sunday, January 29, 2023,
at her home in Midvale, Utah, due to complications related to systemic scleroderma.
Cathy was born on May 31, 1938 to Mattie Stuteville (Jaide) and Dan Stuteville on her family’s farm outside of Seiling, Oklahoma. She married Earl L. Huitt on October 2, 1955 (divorced July 24, 1995). Cathy worked as the Vice President of the Claims Dept at
Pension & Group Services (insurance industry) in Portage, Michigan. She loved to travel, work in the garden, and was an avid reader, having read over 400 novels within the last year. Cathy was a devoted Christian who volunteered at her local food bank, drove senior citizens to doctor appointments, delivered meals on wheels, and valued her family and friends above all else. She also volunteered for the Red Cross and participated in several disaster relief missions. Cathy is survived by her daughter, Sheryl “Sherry” Donohue (Richard), grand-daughter,
Rene’ Smith, grandson, Sean Smith (Alison), and great grandson, August Smith. She is preceded in death by her brothers Mike Stuteville and Mickey Stuteville. At Cathy’s request, there will be no funeral service. However, in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Cathy’s honor to your local food bank.

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Oberlender, James D

James Donald Oberlender passed away peacefully on May 26, 2023 at his home, surrounded by family. James was born on March 14, 1939 in Lucien, OK to the late Roy and Lillie Oberlender. Jim’s early years were spent on their 80-acre farm near Covington before moving to Enid with his brothers, Fred Almon Oberlender and Garold (Gary) Dee Oberlender until finishing high school.

James started working at a Pepsi-Cola bottling company. From there, he worked at several filling stations in the area and S & Q Clothiers. In the summer of ’58, after his freshman year of college, he joined a wheat harvester crew starting in Texas up to Canada with his youngest brother, Gary, who was only 16 at the time. They slept in a school bus and worked their way up the Wheatbelt driving combines. Jim attended a trade school in Oklahoma City for mechanics and then decided to enroll at Oklahoma State University. He graduated in the fall of 1964, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

After college, Jim moved to Texas, and took a sales job with an electrical component manufacturer and designer, Thomas & Betts. He then was transferred to Elizabeth, NJ, where he would eventually become the Executive VP in 1985. After retirement, Jim was recruited as CEO to turnaround Insilco Technologies Group which brought him to NC. Following his success at Insilco, Jim led an investment group that acquired Fulton Bellows in 1999. Fulton was sold in 2003 and Jim went on to start a successful local transportation company, XpressOne Transport, with his son, Kerry Oberlender. Jim was an inspired business strategist and took pride in the many positions he held throughout his career.

Jim had many passions such as cars (especially the fast ones), trout fishing, tractors, boating, riding horses, and trips to his farm in Chase City, VA. He loved nothing more than sharing these experiences with his family and friends. Throughout his life, he made lasting impressions on those around him. He was a charismatic and unforgettable man. He will be truly missed by all.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved oldest brother, Fred Almon Oberlender. He is survived by his younger brother, Gary Oberlender, as well as his children, Kimberly Ann Carrigan and husband Jason Carrigan, Kerry Oberlender and wife Lisa Oberlender, Karen Stark, John Giampolo and wife Diana Giampolo, and Elaina Shipman and husband Cory Shipman. Jim is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

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O’Neill Nelson, Donna Faye

Donna Faye Nelson died on July 25, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was born in Enid, Oklahoma to John O Neill and Mamie Catlett. She met the love of her life, Jim Nelson, early in life, but they lost touch when their families moved around the Midwest. They found each other again and married on June 15, 1957 shortly after her graduation from Enid High School. They eventually settled in Oklahoma City to raise their children, where she was involved with girl scouts, band boosters and school activities.
She loved working with the ladies at Putnam City West High School Cafeteria for many years. She also thoroughly enjoyed her time as a clerk at J.C. Penney, which provided new friends and the chance to visit with her many customers. When Jim retired, they both worked as greeters at J.C. Penney. She always enjoyed the social benefits which came with the job, more than the income she received. She continued working there for many years following Jim s death. She also enjoyed the weekly ladies luncheons until dialysis prevented her from meeting with her cherished friends. She also loved being able to follow the growth and adventures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Facebook.
Donna was an avid reader, and a book was never far from her reach. She also loved cooking. Holiday celebrations were always a special time filled with an abundance of family favorite foods. She loved watching movies and sewing. The thing she enjoyed most, was spending time with Jim, until his death in 2005.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Pat O Neill.
She is survived by her sister, Rose Stursa of Choctaw, Oklahoma; brother, John O Neill (Annekelley) of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Shelly Baggett (Kent) of Katy, Texas; son, Mike Nelson of Oklahoma City; son, David Nelson (Jeana) of McKinney, Texas; nieces and nephews, six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 30, 10:00am in Bethany Cemetery.

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Walters Dierksen, Sandra L.

Sandra Lee Walters Dierksen
January 5, 1939 – August 5, 2022

A Memorial Service for Sandra Dierksen will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Enid First Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Bruce Johnson officiating. Cremation arrangements and services are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.
Sandra was born January 5, 1939, in Enid to Lester and Genevieve (Ludwick) Walters, and passed away August 5, 2022. She loved flowers, canning and gardening. Sandra took great pride in her yard and enjoyed being outside tending to God’s creation. She was an exceptional cake decorator, cookie-maker, and cook. Most of all, Sandra was a DEVOTED mom and wife. She loved Jesus and her church family. Sandra dedicated her life to activities involving the church.
Sandra is survived by her husband of 60 years, Donovan; daughter, Carrie Rudd and husband Chad; son, Casey Dierksen; siblings, Rose Marie Bectold, Gary (Butch) Walters, Karen Kay Curtis, Patricia Griffin; and a host of nieces, nephews and loving friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Doris Quarve.
Memorial donations may be made to Enid First Church of the Nazarene, with Ladusau-Evans serving as custodian of the funds.

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Pierce, Donald A. (Don)

After graduate school at OSU, I have made my home in Oregon where I was a statistics professor at another OSU (with the same team colors). More about such things later. After one year in Corvallis, Oregon, I married Susan who was a senior then at Oregon State. She is a remarkable woman who, among other accomplishments, went on to impressive career things, including: high school girls tennis coach with 2 state championships, a busy travel agent, and finally a flight attendant for American Airlines starting at an unusually mature age. We had 2 children who are now in their mid-30s (update: now around 40) and both married recently. Brad is a high-school math teacher in NYC and Cindy has done property management and related sales work in Portland (update 2013: she is now a dental hygienist). We also did considerable travel, and continue that in our retirement.

I first studied engineering through an MS and then changed to statistics, mainly at Stillwater. At Oregon State I was in the Statistics Department for about 25 years. Following that I stumbled onto a second career as statistician at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, which follows up the A-bomb survivors for health effects — most importantly excess cancer (these data provide the primary information for cancer risks of radiation in medicine and the environment). We started this gradually while at OSU, with two 2-year visits there, when the children were in elementary and later middle/high school at international schools in Hiroshima and Kobe. Sue had a great time with expat and Japanese friends during those years, as did I, and it was a terrific experience for our children — a most wonderful chapter in our lives. When I returned to work there for the third time in 1992, I just never returned to my OSU position as planned, and lived in Hiroshima for about 12 more years. The children were in university in the US by then, and after a few years Sue lived mainly in the US so she could work — then taking up the flight attendant positions. We both traveled a lot and spent about half our time together someplace or other. In 2005 we fully returned to Oregon, Portland this time, where I wanted no real job any more but spend time at the medical university OHSU there. We also spend 3-4 months each year in Denmark and Italy, where I collaborate on research and Sue enjoys relaxing in the cultures there.  Sad ending — Don died on 7 July 2022 in Portland OR trying to defend an older person being attacked at a bus stop on 26 June 2022. 

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Faulkner, James

After graduating in 1957, attended Phillips University for one year then I transferred to Oklahoma State for the remaining time graduating in 1962 with a bachelors degree in chemistry. In the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at OSU with Jim Butts, Don Pierce and Tom Sailors. In 1962 I started training at James Connally AFB (Waco) TX as a Navigator. As a navigator I flew the T-29, KC 135 and B-52 aircraft. Applied for pilot training and assigned to Vance AFB, OK. After pilot training I was assigned to the new F-111A at Nellis AFB NV, but when the aircraft was grounded we returned to Vance and flew in the T-38. Next went to Florida to train on the A-1 “Skyraider”  with end assignment at Pleiku Vietnam. After one year in Southeast Asia returned to Webb AFB in TX and flew the T-38. At Webb also served as the Executive Officer to the Operations Commander. Next selected to attend school at Maxwell AFB, AL and also completed work on my Masters degree from Auburn University. Next was a move to Sheppard AFB, TX where I was the Director of Stan Eval and a squadron commander. In 1978 we moved to Elmendorf AFB AK and I was the Director of Safety for Alaskan Air Command. I was attached to the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron (F-4E and T-33) for flying while stationed in AK. Recall flying several sorties where we could see Russia airspace. In 1981 reassigned to Vance (after pilot instructor training in San Antonio TX) where I flew in the T-37 aircraft again and served as the Deputy Commander for Operations. In 1984 moved to Keesler as a Group commander and later the Wing Vice Commander. In 1988 we moved to Randolph AFB, TX as the Director of Training Programs. Retired from the Air Force in 1991 and went to work for Northrop Grumman as a T-37 simulator instructor pilot at Vance AFB, OK . In 1995 the company changed to LSI, but work stayed the same–in 2005, I converted to the new T-6 Texan II. In January 2016 retired from civil service and started working as a volunteer at Vance AFB in the retired activity office. Married to my wife Sharon since 1961. While in the Air Force, we lived in 25 different homes in 29 years. Sharon took care of our two kids when I was on temporary duty assignment or on a remote overseas assignment. Our son (also and OSU Grad) is an architectural engineer and runs his own business in San Antonio TX area. Our daughter (also and OSU Grad & OU certified legal assistant)) works for the Law Firm in Enid OK.

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Bondurant Barnow, Loiuse

Some of you may remember me from elementary school, or junior high…..Unfortunately, I have not kept up with any classmates since moving during my Sophomore year from Enid to Great Bend Kansas……In Enid I attended a couple of grade schools (plus a country grade school in the 3rd grade), and both junior high schools (at that time we only had two…you may have more by now)
Jim reached me by phone the evening we returned to Topeka after both Bill’s and my high school 50th reunions. I had not been aware of any communication within our class until then. Such a happy coincidence to have had all 50th reunions on that same weekend.

So I will try to do a quick overview of these last 60+ years….I finished high school in Great Bend and attended Emporia State Teachers College…never really intending to teach… I just wanted to go to a school with my new friends and I did not know much about Kansas colleges….Bill and I met in our freshman year at Emporia and were married 2 years later. We have one daughter and one son…..happily we all ended up coming back to Overland Park/Leawood /Mission Hills, Kansas. Each of our children and their spouses have 4 kids….the last two just now leaving for college in August. It’s been a great ride…

Bill went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad in Emporia and I started out doing ‘babies’. Within 2 years he began to be transferred and I pretty much loved all of it. We lived in Iowa, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, back to Kansas. The Midwest is a very nice place to raise children…in our book!

My job was to do the kids, run our social life and find friends…I jumped right on that assignment!…Along the way in our moves I was a Welcome Wagon Hostess, American Lung Association of Kansas special event fund raiser, Freedom from Smoking non-smoking program…. American Heart Association of Kansas special event fund raiser, Naperville Heritage Society special event fund raiser. I have put on 5K runs, 10K runs, Civil Wars, Cider Days arts and crafts festivals, Nations Fest, a Victorian Christmas & misc. I was a Secretary during 4 Kansas State Legislative sessions (annual 3 month sessions at that time). I used to love politics and I learned a lot with every job/event/activity I ever took part in.
I recently realized I had been too deeply involved in Duplicate Bridge for the last 30 years…since downsizing/rightsizing into our new home a couple of years ago I pretty much gave up bridge and I am making new friends, learning about flowers, going through ‘stuff…..etc. We have been richly blessed with family, good friends and our faith!

I fear I have rambled on way too long…..You may have to shorten this…..

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Silver, John

Short JHSilver Bio for EHS Alum Site I was born in Enid, OK on February 9, 1939 at about 2:30PM on a Thursday. However, being very small at the time, I don’t remember very much about that day or the first year or so. But, there are some vague memories of when I was about two or maybe three. Anyway, most of my early memories take place not in Enid, but in Columbus, OH, where my family spent most of WW II. My dad worked for Failings and was liaison with the Army Corps of Engineers. One of the things my brothers and I like to do, that you couldn’t do in Enid, was walk two blocks to the Columbus Army Depot and watch the German prisoners on the other side of the fence. After the war, we returned to Enid where I remained until high school graduation. And since many who might read this were part of my experience from grade 1 to grade 12, no need to go into details. In fact, in the interest of keeping this short than the reader’s attention span, I will only mention a few episodes from the last 60 years… Just one week after graduation, I was off to Marine boot camp in San Diego, which was a different experience for an 18-year-old, and, especially for a relatively undisciplined 18-year-old. As it turned out, I had many interesting experiences as a Marine including time in Southeast Asia where some guys in black pajamas had a bad habit of shooting at us… Anyway, after leaving the Marines, I returned to OK, eventually got my math degree from OU and settled down to working in the real world. Over the years, I was fortunate enough to have a number of interesting jobs. Here are some in no particular order. These included working for the National Sever Storms Lab in Norman where I was somewhat involved in helping build the world’s first doppler weather RADAR, providing computer programming support for weather research, and building circuits for the proto-type of what eventually became the rainbow weather RADAR that you now see on every TV weather report. One of the more interesting jobs was working for North American Rockwell in Anaheim, CA, where I ran a test and development lab for the Minuteman III ICBM guidance system. This was very interesting and very classified. Mostly, over the decades, I worked on large mainframe computers. This included working for IBM, Intel, Sun Microsystems, and consulting for the State of California in Sacramento. After retiring from IBM and Intel, I retired for the third time in 2010. This time I stayed retired, and in 2015 my wife and I moved from Sacramento to Santa Rosa, CA to be near our grandchildren. Mostly, I spend a lot of my time reading and writing, with an occasional round of golf. Currently, I am working on my second book, and my first book is out there on Amazon and few other places. On a more personal and emotional level, I have to say that the 60 years since high school graduation went way too fast, but overall it has been a good life, and like many, if not most, sometimes tempered by tragedy, but always blessed.

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Scott, Larry

After graduating in 1957, I went to school back east for one year. ( Phillips
University ) Then I transferred to Oklahoma State for the remaining time
graduating in 1962 with a business degree. ( I guess I just ‘thought’ I wanted
to be some sort of engineer or dentist ) With the Vietnam War starting and my
student deferment running out, I applied for Air Force OTS. ( Officer Training
School ) I became a 90 day wonder and went directly to pilot training at Vance
AFB. I joined the Air Force to see the world and wound up in my home town.
After pilot training I got married to a local girl, Sondra Hadley Hawk.I spent
six years in the Air Force flying C-130s, the last three years stationed at
Tachikawa AB, Japan. My son, Ryan, was born at Tachikawa. ( Made in Japan )
Most of my time at Tachi was deployed to Cam Rhan Bay, Vietnam. It was the Air
Force way of getting two years of ‘ in country time ‘ with a three year peripheral
permanent duty assignment. ( Mar 1963 to Feb 1969 ) After returning to the
states in 1969 and leaving the Air Force I joined Continental Airlines
flying B-707s and later B-727s until 1983 when Continental Airlines went
into bankruptcy. ( Thanks to the old leveraged buyout days ) Oh, during
the Continental days I managed to get a divorce. I did not go back to work
for Continental as I got a job with USAir in Pittsburg, PA. I flew DC-9
and MD-80 aircraft until I retired at age sixty on Dec 31, 1999. ( Y2K )
I got remarried in 1982 to a wonderful girl from El Paso, TX as I was starting
anew with USAir. I had met her in El Paso while with Continental. Anyway, we
have been retired since 2000 and have a wonderful home in Prescott, AZ for the
past sixteen years. We both are in good health and we love to travel. We have
done 27 cruises and about 15 country tours either by bus or on our own. We
travel the world. ( I wish I had paid more attention in history class ) I
do my three mile walk everyday and a few years ago I did a Grand Canyon Rim
to Rim hike. ( 26 miles ) Both of us are staying on the right side of the
grass. We are blessed. I have been very fortunate. I have enjoyed a great
career in the military and airlines flying their aircraft. I can not think
of anything I would have rather done. Now it is time to enjoy our Golden
Years with our spoiled miniature Schnauzer. ( The daughter we never had )

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Smith, Royal C.

ROYAL C. SMITH was born June 28, 1939, to Reva Prince Smith and Arthur Cliff Smith, in Enid, Oklahoma.

The Smiths divorced in 1942, and in 1955 when Reva married Harold L. Edwards of Crescent, OK., she and Royal moved to Crescent with him.

Royal had attended Enid High School, but graduated from Crescent High, where he was on the football team. In 1957 he married Kveta Royce Yenzer of Crescent. He attended the University of Colorado, and received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Wyoming. He spent 21 years in the United States Air Force, and the couple lived in or visited many countries during that time. He was a navigator on C-141 and C-5 planes, and served in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force as a Major, they settled in Guthrie, and he became Kveta’s caregiver until her death in 2012. He was active in veterans’ organizations and the church.

He is survived by one sister, Shirley Meech of Los Angeles, and two brothers, Barrie Smith of Fairway, Kansas, and James Gauldin of Oklahoma City.

Services were held Monday, October 20, 2014 at the First Christian Church, Guthrie, OK.