Obituaries

Wed
18
Oct

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his family by his side, according to friend and fellow poet, Dana Gioia. The U.S. poet laureate in 1987-88, Wilbur was often cited as an heir to Robert Frost and other New England writers and was the rare versifier to enjoy a following beyond the poetry community. He was regarded — not always favorably — as a leading "formalist," a master of old-fashioned meter and language who resisted contemporary trends. Wilbur was also known for his translations, especially of Moliere, Racine and other French playwrights. His playful, rhyming couplets of Moliere's "Tartuffe" and "The Misanthrope" were often called the definitive editions of those classic 17th-century satires.

Tue
10
Oct

Tommy J. Schoolcraft 1929~2017

Tommy J. Schoolcraft was born in Eakly, OK on September 28, 1929 to Tom and Myrtle Mae (Montgomery) Schoolcraft. He passed away on October 4, 2017 at the age of 88 at his home on the farm near Eakly, OK with his wife and daughters by his side. He graduated from Eakly High School and attended Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, OK. Tommy was a lifelong farmer. He was innovative at adapting farm equipment as the need arose. He was one of the first Caddo County farmers to use no till farming. He was also a corporal in the Army Reserves. He and his buddy, Terry Black, were famous pranksters. He was athletic. He was a boxer, a fast-pitch softball pitcher, a pretty good golfer, and professional baseball player. He was a Christian, loved the Lord, and shared his testimony freely. Tommy enjoyed following his daughters play sports, but especially liked watching his grandchildren. He and Nadine rarely missed a game. He was an avid fan, following several area teams.

Tue
10
Oct

Kathryn Idella Mae Nordman 1928~2017

Kathryn Idella Mae Nordman, age 89, of Odessa, passed away at Parks Methodist Retirement Village in Odessa on Thursday, October 5, 2017. She was born in Healdton, OK on October 1, 1928 to the late Melvin and Ellar (Smith) Patterson. She was a homemaker. Her parents and husband, Fred Nordman, precede her in death. Survivors are her sons: Mike (Vicki) Nordman, Loyce (Debbie) Nordman, and Kenneth (Gwen) Nordman; three grandchildren: Chris (Rhonda) Nordman, Honey (Kevin) Patterson, and Danny (Sabrina) Nordman; and great-grandchildren: Seth, Nate, and Becca Patterson, Allen Nordman, and Spencer Nordman. Graveside services were at Duncan City Cemetery in Duncan, OK on Monday, October 9, 2017. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel of Odessa and condolences may be sent to the family online at acreswestfuneral.com.

Tue
03
Oct

Tom Petty a Rock Classicist From the Beginning

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,'" "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66. Petty died Monday night at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles a day after he suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California, spokeswoman Carla Sacks said. Petty and his longtime band the Heartbreakers had recently completed a 40th-anniversary tour, one he hinted would be their last. "I'm thinking it may be the last trip around the country," Petty told Rolling Stone last year. "We're all on the backside of our 60s. I have a granddaughter now I'd like to see as much as I can. I don't want to spend my life on the road. This tour will take me away for four months. With a little kid, that's a lot of time." Usually backed by the Heartbreakers, Petty broke through in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 80 million records.

Wed
27
Sep

Katherine Wanzer 1941~2017

In Loving Memory...

Katherine Wanzer was born Febuary 24, 1941 to William and Marjorie Gribben in Grass Valley, California and passed away September 14, 2017 at Thomas, OK surrounded by loved ones.

Wed
27
Sep

David Alex Schimmel 1989~2017

In Loving Memory...

David Alex Schimmel was born on March 29, 1989 in Weatherford, OK to Jerry Dean and Betty Ann (Harrall) Schimmel. He passed away on September 20, 2017 in Lookeba, OK at the age of 28. David graduated from Lookeba-Sickles High School and attended Redlands Community College. He married Stacia Elliott on June 8, 2013 in Hinton, OK. He worked at Schimmel farms before starting work in April 2017 at Braum's Dairy Farm in Tuttle. He was a member and attended Hinton Missionary Baptist Church for the last 20 years. David loved fishing, 4 wheeling, spending time with his girls and family, and loved helping out at the farm.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Victor and Sue Schimmel, and Cecil and Marjorie Harrall, and his uncle, George Harrall.

Wed
27
Sep

Zane Gray Murray 1938~2017

In Loving Memory...

Zane Gray Murray was born on July 10, 1938 in Mars Hill, NC to Guy and Edna (Ammons) Murray. He passed away on September 21, 2017 in Hinton, OK at the age of

Wed
27
Sep

Don Richard Robinson 1934 - 2017

In Memory of

Don was born in Watonga on July 22, 1934 to Clyde and Lillian Robinson. He passed away on September 20, 2017 at home. He was laid to rest in his hometown September 23.

He married Carmilita Harp in 1958 and they began their family in OKC. They were married for 59 years.

He is survived by his wife, 2 children, 5 grandchildren, one great grandson and his brother Roy Stephen Robinson. His love of family is a legacy we look forward to fulfilling.

We would also like to thank the caregivers for their compassion and support.

He was known for his smile and kindness and he will be deeply missed but not forgotten.

Wed
20
Sep

Virginia Marie Van Wey

Virginia Marie Van Wey was born on December 8, 1938 in Drayton, ND to Fred and Anna Exilda (Pearson) Salzman. She passed away on September 5, 2017 at her home in Hinton, OK at the age of 78.

Services: Rock of Restoration, Saturday, 10:00 AM, September 9, 2017, Calumet, OK

Officiating: Rev. Greg Zoschack and Mr. Fred Crick Burial: Hinton Cemetery, Hinton, OK, services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).

Tue
22
Aug

Vern Dale Shipman 1934~2017

Vern Dale Shipman, 82, went home from this life Monday, July 31, at his home in Garland, Texas following a months-long illness. He is ' rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He leaves behind his wife, Shirley (Boston) Shipman; his daughter, Diana Brake (Perry); his son, Dale Shipman; his daughter, Darlene Brooks (Thomas); his daughter Dora Allison (Donald); two step-children, Pam Andrews (Craig) and Jeff Gose (Stacy); his sister, Norma Pickett; 16 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and a large number of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends who cared for him deeply. Born in Oklahoma City on November 9,1934, to Leonard and Dora Shipman, Vern spent most of his youth in Watonga, Oklahoma, where he graduated from Watonga High School in 1952. He first attended Oklahoma State University, then joined the Marines before returning to finish his degree in electrical engineering.

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