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  • Agnes Kellett

    Agnes Kellett

    Born: 8/26/1922

    Died: 3/5/2004

    Maiden Name: Sampson

    Honorific: n/a

    Agnes Kellett, 81, of Antlers, Oklahoma, passed away March 5, 2004. She was born August 26, 1922, in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, to the late Joseph Sampson and Aves (McAlester) Sampson.

    Agnes was a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jacob Sampson; son, Timothy Wayne Jeffus; great-grandson, Steven Shane Rogers, and great-granddaughter, Nicole Lea Cody.

    Survivors include her husband, Leo Kellett, of the home; son, Joseph Morris and wife, Jackie, of Norman, Oklahoma; daughters, Sue Davis of Clayton, Oklahoma, Faye Crawley and husband, Marvin, of Ada, Oklahoma, and Toni Cody and husband, Cleo, of Antlers; daughter-in-law, Frankie Jeffus of Mount Holley, North Carolina; sister, Georgia McKinney of Idabel, Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

    Agnes Kellett

  • Calistia "Christine" Kelly

    Calistia “Christine” Kelly

    Born: 8/26/1913

    Died: 4/6/2003

    Maiden Name: Russell

    Honorific: n/a

    Calistia “Christine” Kelly, 89, passed away April 6, 2003. She was born August 26, 1913, the daughter of John and Calistia Russell.

    Mrs. Kelly loved growing flowers, crochet work and similar hobbies. She and her husband, Vernon B. Kelly, really liked gardening, also. Her husband was a 32nd Degree Mason and she was a member of the Eastern Star. They enjoyed a trip to Hawaii for their 74th wedding anniversary.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 74 years, Vernon B. Kelly, and her brothers, Perry, Matt and John Russell.

    Survivors include a brother, Ernie Russell, 96, and his wife, Nona Russell, 94, of Davis, Oklahoma, and a host of nieces and nephews.

  • Michael Krohn

    Michael Krohn

    Born: 11/8/1984

    Died: 1/9/2000

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Michael Krohn, 15, of Fort Knox, Kentucky passed away July 9, 2000. The son of Tammy and Tony Krohn, he was born November 8, 1984. His grandparents include Hazel Covey of Caney, Oklahoma and Judy Krohn of Evansville, Indiana.

    Michael will be well-missed, often thought of and always in the heart of his uncles, aunts and cousins, Dean, Jeannette and Tina Adkirson of Coalgate, Oklahoma; Dennis, Cindy and Dennis Adkirson of Missouri, and Chris and Tarahn Krohn of Evansville; ROTC friends and more.

    Michael was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Florence Williams; aunt, Tina Adkirson; cousin, Billy Adkirson, and grandfather, Robert William E. Harris.

    Michael Krohn

  • Arthur Ketcheshawno

    Arthur Ketcheshawno

    Born: 8/8/1934

    Died: 3/10/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Arthur Ketcheshawno, 70, of Sawyer, Oklahoma, passed away March 10, 2005, in Hugo, Oklahoma. He was born August 8, 1934, in McCloud, Oklahoma, the son of Ramon Garcia and Abbie Ketcheshawno and had lived in the Sawyer community since 1999.

    He married Betty Frazier on June 5, 1957, in Hugo. A technical systems analyst, he was retired from Rockwell International (Boeing) in Seal Beach, California. He enjoyed going to pow wows, loved singing, reading books, old movies, and spending time with his family, friends, and his animals.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife; four sons, Cedric Ketcheshawno of Sawyer, Tyrone Ketcheshawno of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, Jeffrey Ketcheshawno of California, and Loren J. Ketcheshawno of New Mexico; five sisters, Margie Kirk, Susie Valdez, and Marilyn Garcia, all of McCloud, Oklahoma, Juanita Johnson of Shawnee, Oklahoma, and Adliene Dubouis of Pink, Oklahoma; one grandchild, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

  • Genevieve Greer Kagen

    Genevieve Greer Kagen

    Born: 1/23/1910

    Died: 9/3/2002

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Genevieve Greer Kagen, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 3, 2002 at Burford Manor. She was born January 23, 1910, the daughter of Beatrice and Thomas Greer, and raised in Davis, Oklahoma

    A versatile, artistic woman of Choctaw descent who possessed many gifts in music, writing, theater and art, Genevieve attended Oklahoma City University where she majored in drama and music. Her performing career began when she entered Horner Conservatory of Music, Kansas City, Missouri, where she met Acee Blue Eagle, who later became a renowned American Indian artist in Oklahoma. Under his guidance she learned American Indian songs and dance which she performed on many tours throughout the country. She also studied drama at Rollins College where she successfully performed in a number of theatrical productions. She appeared regularly in 1936 - 1937 on the National Broadcasting Company’s Magic Hour of Speech and was selected for the American Hall of Fame by Maj. Edward S. Bowes.

    After studying at Rollins, she traveled to New York to study voice under Marcella Sembrich, a renowned voice teacher at the Julliard School of Music. It was there that she met and fell in love with her future husband and, Sergius Kagen, who was the accompanist and coach for Sembrich’s students and later became a famous voice teacher, composer and pianist. After their marriage in 1937, the couple continued their artistic pursuits. Mrs. Kagen became the director of the Little Theater group for the New York City central branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association. She completed a novel, The Aristocrat, in 1946 which was published by Vanguard Press. She also enjoyed taking lessons at the Art Student’s League in New York and painting many water colors and oils.

    After her husband’s death in 1964, Mrs. Kagen devoted herself to editing the second edition of his well-known book, Music for the Voice. She successfully contracted Indiana University Press to publish the newer edition. A pioneer in Spirit, very independent and resourceful, Genevieve decided to return to her land in Oklahoma that she loved and cherished. She set up a successful cattle business, which she ran single-handedly until illness forced her to give it up and move into town in her eighties. Her last three years were spent at Burford Manor. She will be remembered for her zest and versatility, her great love for nature, her passion for learning and the arts.

  • Orval Killingsworth

    Orval Killingsworth

    Born: 9/22/1932

    Died: 6/23/1992

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Orval Eugene “Gene” Killingsworth, 59, passed away June 23, 1992 at his home in Talihina, Oklahoma. He was born September 22, 1932 at Pinw Valley to Louise Monroe and Linnie Lavine Williams Killingsworth.

    Gene and Margie Lorene Thompson were married on January 26, 1956 at Archer City, Texas. He was a retired laborer.

    His parents preceded him in death.

    Survivors include his wife, Margie Killingsworth of the home; two sons, David Killingsworth of Bentonville, Arkansas and Randy Killingsworth of Jon

  • Dwight O. Mike Koch

    Dwight O. Mike Koch

    Born: 5/30/1931

    Died: 1/21/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Dwight O. Mike Koch, 74, of Modesto, California, passed away January 21, 2006, at his residence. He was born May 30, 1931. A native of Wilburton, he had lived in Modesto since 1955.

    Mr. Koch was a heavy equipment operator for 25 years. He worked on New Melones, Exchequer, Don Pedro and San Luis dams. He also worked as a driver for Delta Freight, ICX, and Consolidated Freight. He was a member of F&AM #675, Scottish Rite Bodies and Aahmes Shrine. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

    Survivors include his wife, Erma Koch, of Modesto; children, Winona Moore of Ceres, California, Michael Koch of Modesto and Rodney Koch of La Grange, California; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Martha Lou Kenieutubbe

    Martha Lou Kenieutubbe

    Born: 6/4/1950

    Died: 10/12/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Martha Lou Kenieutubbe, 56, of McAlester passed away October 12, 2006, in McAlester. She was born June 4, 1950, in Talihina to Calvin and Gladys Jefferson Hampton.

    She married Osborne L. Kenieutubbe Jr. on June 20, 1978, in McAlester. She was a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.

    Martha was a homemaker. She was active in the Jefferson PTA, serving as past president. She was a member of the Choctaw-Chickasaw Women’s Missionary Union, serving as past president, treasurer and as a board member. Martha enjoyed reading the Bible.

    Martha Lou Kenieutubbe

  • David Lee Kemp

    David Lee Kemp

    Born: n/a

    Died: 8/2/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    David Lee Kemp, age 41, a resident of McAlester Oklahoma passed away on August 2, 1997 at his residence.

    He is survived by his wife, Pamela Dickey Kemp; son, Brandon Lee Kemp of McAlester; his father, David Gardner of McAlester, mother, Hester Gardener of McAlester, step-mother, Glenda Cummins of Cartwright; six brothers, Stu Kemp of Denison, Texas, Danny Kemp and Steven Dale Gardener, both of McAlester, Lynn Cummins of Talihina, Oklahoma, Mark Cummins of Colbert, Oklahoma and Brian Cummins of Platter, Oklahoma; four sisters Kathy Montgomery of Dalton, Georgia, Regina Cummins of Denison , Raylene Robinson and Michelle Nelson, both of Cartwright.

  • Mattie Koonce

    Mattie Koonce

    Born: 8/9/1925

    Died: 8/12/1997

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Mattie Koonce was born August 9, 1925 in Boswell, Oklahoma and passed away August 12, 1997 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    She is survived by her daughter, Karen Jones.

  • Donald Earl Kidd

    Donald Earl Kidd

    Born: 12/20/1936

    Died: 7/17/2007

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Donald Earl Kidd of Edmond passed away July 17, 2007. He was born December 20, 1936, in Poteau and held residence in Durant for 21 years before marrying his beloved wife, Sharon.

    A charter member and deacon of Henderson Hills Baptist Church and Waterloo Road Baptist Church, Don knew his faith and lived a life the way a Christian man should. He was well-respected and loved by many as he used his gift of teaching and his ability to relate Christian principles to everyday life. He taught adult Bible studies, Sunday School, and with his wife, Sharon, mentored boys at the Boys Ranch Town.

    Don was a hard worker and dedicated in supporting his family. His field of expertise was computer systems analysis and marketing. He was a computer pioneer in the State of Oklahoma and trained many companies on IBM and Honeywell Mainframes and Information Systems.

    Pa Pa, as he was commonly called, loved his grandchildren deeply. He spent most of his retirement days as an excellent caregiver playing games, doing crafts, guiding and teaching, gardening, and laughing with them. Many days found him mentoring his grandchildren, whether it was repairing an old lawn mower or teaching them to plant a garden. He had a quick wit and always enjoyed a good joke to bring a smile to those around him. As an avid gardener he loved the outdoors and generously shared his garden fruits and vegetables with family and friends.

    As a proud Choctaw he enjoyed making Indian art with his skilled hands. He enjoyed painting, drawing, crossword puzzles, woodworking, and being with his family. Don and Sharon shared their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He was the most faithful and dedicated husband who loved his wife with all his heart. He shared a close and special relationship with his daughter, Sharyl Brimacombe and her children. He was always there for his family to help in any way. He had a servants heart and honored his Holy Father in heaven. Those who follow Christ will see him again.

    He is survived by his loving wife; loving daughter, Sharyl Brimacombe and son-in-law Thomas Brimacombe; his son Danny Kidd; his foster sons, Rusty Prandy, Mike Prandy, and Stacy Stookey; his brother, Ron Kidd; and 13 grandchildren.

    Donald Earl Kidd

  • Linda Denise Killingsworth-Cloud

    Linda Denise Killingsworth-Cloud

    Born: 7/14/1966

    Died: 8/5/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Linda Denise Killingsworth-Cloud, 42, of Idabel passed away August 5, 2008, at the McCurtain Memorial Hospital. She was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, on July 14, 1966, to the late Delmar Ray and Linda J. Alexander Willis. She was a homemaker and enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother.

    She was preceded in death by her father and sister, Reba Fay Killingsworth.

    She is survived by her husband, Al Cloud; mother, Linda and Jimmie Willis of Paris, Texas; sisters, Mickey and Robert Turney of Talihina, Debbie Jean and Bill Adams of Clinton, Rhonda Charlene and Gary Cate of Sallisaw, Kaye Killingsworth Ellis, and Linda Charlene and Jerry; brothers, Alvie R. and Debbie Sparks Killingsworth of Hartshorne and Paul and Erika Killingsworth of Panola; daughters, Tambra Cloud, Rose Ethridge, Violet Ethridge, Daisy Ethridge and Amanda Cloud; sons, Kenny Cloud, Ronny Cloud and Danny Cloud; grandson, Joe Ray Cloud, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

  • Renae Kemp

    Renae Kemp

    Born: 9/5/1960

    Died: 12/22/1994

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Renae Kemp, age 34, of Hugo, Oklahoma passed away on December 22, 1994 in Hugo.

    She was born on September 5, 1960 in Oklahoma City to Jess and Carol (Tims) Kemp. She had been raised in Oklahoma City and moved to Hugo with her family in May of 1993. She was a member of the Church of God of the First Born in Atoka where she served as a pianist.

    She is survived by her parents, Jess and Carol Kemp of Hugo; two brothers, Rondel Kemp of Hugo and Darren Kemp of Hugo; uncle, Wilmer Kemp of Ft. Townson, Oklahoma and several cousins.

  • Charles 'Denny' Knight

    Charles ‘Denny’ Knight

    Born: 11/16/1950

    Died: 10/19/2008

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Charles ‘Denny’ Knight passed away suddenly of a heart attack on October 19, 2008. He was born in Bakersfield, California, on November 16, 1950.

    Denny was a great teacher and the only wrestling coach Kern Valley High School has ever had. He is the ‘winningest’ coach in the Desert Inyo League in dual matches. Denny was a “man’s man”. He was smart, straight-talking and quick-witted. He was a master crossword player and excellent storyteller.

    His passions, however, were his kids.

    Charles 'Denny' Knight

  • Lisa Marie Klingler-Stewart

    Lisa Marie Klingler-Stewart

    Born: 7/21/1964

    Died: 9/26/2008

    Maiden Name: Klingler

    Honorific: n/a

    Lisa Marie Klingler-Stewart passed away on September 26, 2008, in Bakersfield, California. She was born July 21, 1964, in Ventura, California.

    She is survived by her mother and father, Sharon and Richard Klingler; brothers, Brad and Richie; children, Gina Padgett, Michael Guntermand and adopted son, Jeremy; stepchildren, Charles, Kathy and Sherman; husband, Jack Stewart; grandchildren, Kaylean, Nicole, Tiffany and Cody.

  • A. J. Kirk

    A. J. Kirk

    Born: 2/26/1930

    Died: 6/15/2006

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    A.J. Kirk, 76, of Bennington passed away June 15, 2006, in Durant. He was born February 26, 1930, in Durant to Johnny ‘Shorty’ Kirk and Florence Julia Durant Kirk and was a descendant of Dixon Durant, founder of the city of Durant.

    A.J. attended school in Durant and then went on to graduate from CLEET Law Enforcement Academy.

    He married Doris Helback on April 11, 1950, in Sherman, Texas, and to this union eight wonderful children were born. A.J. served his community as a law enforcement officer for 25 years in many communities in Bryan County. He retired from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the Choctaw Nation Security Department. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed being with family, helping children in need, hunting, fishing and bird-watching. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jackie Lee Kirk; sisters, Ann Sorrels, Janice Meece and Willie Mae Locey; and brothers, Johnny Floyd ‘Son’ Kirk and Melvin Clinton ‘M.C.’Kirk.

    Survivors include his wife of the home; sons, Johnny Kirk and wife Sherry of Durant, Joe Kirk and wife Vickie of Bennington, Gene Kirk and wife Ruth of Durant and Robert Dan Kirk and wife Denise of Wolfe City, Texas; daughters, Kathy Damron and husband Teddie of Caddo, Susan Williams and husband Jackie of Roberta, and Debbie Hunnicutt and husband Tommy of Silo; brothers-in-law, Jake ‘J.E.’ Helback and Morris Lee Helback; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, numerous relatives and a host of friends.

    A. J. Kirk

  • Bessie Sewell King

    Bessie Sewell King

    Born: 2/8/1920

    Died: 9/11/2005

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Bessie Sewell King, 85, passed away September 11, 2005, at the Sullivan Park Care Center in Spokane, Washington. She was born February 8, 1920, in Ringling, Oklahoma, the daughter of James Sampson Sewell and Maisie Bessie Tubbee Sewell, an original enrollee.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert in 1999; three brothers, Clifton, Jack and James R. Sewell; and one sister, Nora Sewell Campbell.

    She was a perfect mom to son Billy Carl King and wife, Debbie, of Waterloo, Illinois, and daughter, Betty King of Spokane.

    Survivors also include three sisters, Marie Moriarty of Castro Valley, California; Inez Seifert of Oklahoma City, and Wanda Billings of Eufaula; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

  • Goldman F. Kyle

    Goldman F. Kyle

    Born: n/a

    Died: 9/21/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Goldman F. Kyle, 77, of Clarksville, Texas, formerly of Charleston, Arkansas, passed away Friday, September 21, 2001 in Clarksville, The Scottish Rite, Dallas, Texas, North Heights Alumni Association of Texarkana, Texas and the Highland Park Babtist Church of Texarkana, Texas.

    Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Berry Kyle of Clarksville, and several nieces and nephews.

  • Herman "Keat" C. Kerns

    Herman “Keat” C. Kerns

    Born: 8/16/1930

    Died: 5/16/2001

    Maiden Name: n/a

    Honorific: n/a

    Herman “Keat” C. Kerns, 70, of Ulan, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2001 at his home. He was born August 16, 1930 in Gould, Oklahoma, the son of Myrl and Leona Beams Kerns.

    He moved to Irving, Texas in 1951, where he worked at Cooper Air Motive for 2 years until his retirement. He moved back to the Indianola, Oklahoma area in 1984 to enjoy his retirement. Mr. Kerns was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Ruth Reagan, and a brother.

  • Elizabeth Grace Kay

    Elizabeth Grace Kay

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    Died: n/a

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    Elizabeth Grace Kay

  • Janice Keleher

    Janice Keleher

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    Janice Keleher

  • Louem Mangrum Leach King

    Louem Mangrum Leach King

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    Louem Mangrum Leach King

  • Reva Estel Holson Knight

    Reva Estel Holson Knight

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    Reva Estel Holson Knight

  • Lola Vern (Potts) Kirkes

    Lola Vern (Potts) Kirkes

    Born:06/06/1927 Died:01/16/2010 Maiden Name: Potts Honorific: n/a

    Lola Vern (Potts) Kirkes was born on June 6, 1927, in Yanush to Eli and Rosie (Sturgeon) Potts. She passed away on Jan. 16, 2010, in Binger at the age of 82. Lola loved quilting, crocheting, sewing, working outside, and shopping. She lived at Swan Lake for 15 years. She was a member of the Swan Lake Baptist Church in Ft. Cobb.
    Survivors include daughters Helen Lenz and husband Thomas of Parkville, Md., Juanita Angel and husband Ellis of Buffalo Valley, Judy Lightle and husband Bill of Hennessy.; sons Harold Kirkes and wife Janet of Atoka, Harvey Kirkes of Perkins, Jerry Kirkes and wife Vera of Hazel Dell, Eddy Kirkes and wife Gloria of Union City; brother, Melford Potts of Tulsa, 18 grandchildren, 32 greatgrandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Eli and Rosie Potts, husband Robert Kirkes, son Mark Kirkes, daughter Kathy Kirkes, sister Leola Anderson, and grandson Nick Kirkes.

  • Amy Rose Keeling

    Amy Rose Keeling

    Born: Died: 01/19/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Amy Rose Keeling, age 3 1/2 , passed away January 19, 1991 in Woodland Hills, California, of Leukemia. She was a great-great granddaughter of the late Samuel L. Wooley (original enrollee), daughter of Barry and Luann Keeling of Reseda, California, sister Alex Keeling, granddaughter of Jack and Rose Wooley of Boulder City, Nevada and George and Virginia Keeling of California, niece of Dawn and Eve and Greg Keeling, Lauren and Bob Koffman and Marina Rolli and cousin to Gina and J.R. Rolli. Amy was a Choctaw Tribal member. She was a tremendous person and will be greatly missed here on earth. She is now at home with the Great Chief in heaven above.

  • Don Knight

    Don Knight

    Born: 07/20/1934 Died: 03/09/1991 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Services for Don Knight, 56, of Durant were held at the First United ethodist Church. Knight, born July 20, 1934 in Durant, died Saturday, March 9, in Ada. He was a life-long area resident. Knight was a school teacher in the Dallas area and member of the First Methodist Church. He was married in Durant on December 15, 1954 to the former Lynda Sue Page. He is survived by his wife Lynda, of the home; mother, Julia Knight of Durant; sister Julia Ann Koerner of Stillwater; four sons, Dean Knight and Jerry Knight both of Stillwater; David Knight of Durant, Bill Knight of Rawlins, Wyoming; and four grandchildren. His father, Amos Knight, preceded him in death. Bearers were Dean Knight, Jerry Knight, David Knight, Bill Knight, Kenneth Yandell and John Wells. Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Dr. J.C. Curry officiated..

  • John Griffin Leake

    John Griffin Leake

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    John Griffin Leake, 44, former Vice PResidnet and General Manager for KATV Channel 7 and recently the administrator of the John G. Leake Charitable Foundation, has died. Mr. Leake was a member o fthe College Station and Downtown YMCA Clubs, a member of Grace Fellowship Church of Little Rock, Pleasant Valley Contry Club and Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity. “He started the Foundation over a year ago,” his wife, Beth Phillips Leake, said. “He had a huge heart that knew there was a great need for those less fortunate than himself. He was very anonymous about his contributions. Arkansas Children’s Hospital was his favorite charity.” He sponsored children with cancer in the Med Camp, the AIDS Foundation and many other charities in Little Rock, Mrs. Leake said. “He touch a lot of families’ hearts,” she added. “He overcame many troubles in his life through Christ. He was the most humane, humble, rich man I ever knew. He gave anything he had. He was full of unconditional love.” “He loved life with a zest and lived it with zest. He was a fighter.” His wife concluded. Survivors, in addition to his wife, are a son, Michael Leake of Little Rock; two daughters, Michelle Leake and Jacquelyn Compton of Little Rock; his parents, James and Marjory Leake of Muskogee, Oklahoma; a brother, James Leake Jr. of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and a sister, Nancy Sevenoaks of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • Ivan Kelly

    Ivan Kelly

    Born: 06/10/1943 Died: 10/06/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

    Ivan Noel Kelly, 68, passed away on Oct. 6, 2011, at his home in Durant. He was born on June 10, 1943, in Durant, born to Jack Drake and Mary Catherine (Crowder) Kelly. He attended Russell Elementary School, Durant Middle School, graduated from Durant High School and attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He married Carolyn Wells on March 22, 1965, and to this union was born two children, Cynthia and Brian. He loved helping others in need and had a strong commitment to serving the people of Durant and Bryan County. He was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bail Bonding Commission and was a devoted basketball official and baseball umpire in the surrounding area from 1970 to 1983. He deeply cherished his family and treasured his time with his friends drinking coffee at Wright’s Drive Inn. He enjoyed playing dominos, building and mowing. Ivan will be deeply missed by his family, friends and the people of Durant and Bryan County. Ivan is survived by his caring and devoted wife of over 46 years, Carolyn Kelly of the home; children, Cynthia Kelly and Brian Kelly of Durant; brother Morris Kelly and companion Betty of Durant; sister Barbara Gantt with husband Solomon of Ada; grandchildren, Caleb Spence of Durant, Chloe Spence Kendrick with husband Jordan of Kingston, and Dal Kelly of Pottsboro; mother-in-law Laverne Wells Maddox of Durant; and other relatives and friends. Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Kelly; sisters, Mary D. Kelly Thompson, formerly of Red Bluff, Calif., and Lorene Frances Melton, formerly of Waco, Texas; and brother Richard “Dick” Kelly of Bakersfield, Calif.

  • Silas Lamar Kaneubbe

    Silas Lamar Kaneubbe

    Born: Died: 05/16/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Sergeant

    Silas Lamar Kaneubbe, 90, passed away May 16, 2009, in Santa Ana, California. He was born in Goodland to Hampton and Sue Kaneubbe, employees of the Goodland Orphanage. He attended high school in Okmulgee and graduated from Bacone College where he studied art under Woodrow Crumbo and has had his artwork displayed at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. He was attending the University of Wichita in Kansas when Pearl Harbor happened. He had been a member of the Army’s 45th Division, but as war broke out through odd circumstances he became a Marine Master Sergeant serving in the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. He came back to the El Toro Marine Station in California where he met a female Marine and they married in Los Angeles in January 1945. After the war, he stayed at El Toro for 37 years in a Navy Supply government job. On retiring, he devoted his time to his church and neighborhood. He often gave presentations at elementary schools to teach students the culture and pride of the American Indian. He leaves many beloved friends and was a good husband, father and grandfather. He leaves his wife, Doris; four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rosemary Anderson Joseph Kauffman

    Rosemary Anderson Joseph Kauffman

    Born: 11/17/1933 Died: 03/03/2009 Maiden Name: Anderson Honorific: n/a

    Rosemary Anderson Joseph Kauffman passed away March 3, 2009, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born November 17, 1933, in Pittsburg to original enrollee Osborne B. Anderson and Iva Peal Weathers Anderson. She was a very lovely person and enjoyed life to its fullest. She shared with family and friends an incredible adventure. She will always be remembered and missed dearly. She was the youngest member of a family of eight children. She worked 25 years with Hughes Aircraft as Production Layout Coordinator in Fullerton and Los Angeles, California. After retireing she and husband Bernard Kauffman moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, a place they both loved. They both were members of the Elks Lodge and traveled across the United States and Canada. After her husband’s death in 1998, she moved to Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Osborne Lee, Otis Roy, Ben Bernie Anderson and husband, Bernard Kauffman. She is survived by sisters, Ruby May Layne of South Carolina, Rosetta Jean Staley of Morena Valley, California, Ruth Joan Crain of Henderson, Nevada, and Rowena Patsy Meder, Westminister, California; husband, Robert Joseph; son, James Joseph of San Antonio, Texas; daughters, Vickie Miller of Solvang, California, Robin Gwin of Hemet, California, Shelley Pittman of Little River, California; stepson, Adam Kauffman of Japan; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Margaret Anita Crabtree Keplar

    Margaret Anita Crabtree Keplar

    Born: 04/18/1921 Died: 07/24/1995 Maiden Name: Crabtree Honorific: n/a

    Margaret Anita Crabtree Keplar, 74, of Raleigh, North Carolina died on July 24, 1995. She was born to the late Ernest and Mable Crabtree on April 18, 1921 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Her father Ernest and is mother, Georgia Ann Barnett Crabtree, wife of David Carlton Crabtree, were original Choctaw enrollees. She grew up in Oklahoma and Texas graduating from East Central College in Ada, Oklahoma. Her life was dedicated to her family and music and art as a painter, sculptor, poet and mother. She celebrated 50 years of marriage this year to her husband Kenneth W. Keplar. Margaret was proud of her Choctw Heritage Sh was a descendant of Louis Durant, Syllen Durant Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor Airington, Elizabeth Airington, Barnett and Georgia Barnett Crabtree. The Durants and Taylors removed to Indian territory from Mississippi along the Trail of Tears in 1845. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth W. Keplar of Raleigh, North Carolina; son Kenneth Wyler Keplar ad wife, Connie of Raleigh, daughters, Kathryn Km Chambers of Athens, Ohio, Anne-Lynn K. Samole and husband Dr. Yale M Samole of Miami Beach, Florida, Frank Crabtree,

  • Rudy Jewell (Miller) Kerr

    Kevin Don “Babe” Aaron


    Born: 11/09/1923

    Died: 8/03/2012

    Maiden Name: Miller

    Honorific: n/a

    Ruby Jewell (Miller) Kerr, 88, a Caney resident, passed away on Aug. 3, 2012, in Durant. She was born on Nov. 9, 1923, to Burt and Florence (Fullton) Miller, in Clayton.

    She attended school in Clayton and Talihina. Ruby was a housewife and homemaker. She worked many years in grocery stores and for Diaper Jeans Mfg. in Atoka. She married Marvin Lee “Bud” Kerr on Oct. 10, 1941, in Le Feria, Texas. Ruby was a lifelong Baptist. She loved animals, sewing and quilting, but most of all, making all her kids and grandkids quilts.

    Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Jackie Kerr; daughter-in-law Maya Kerr; brothers, Cecil Ray, Jimmy, Jack, Ed and Joe Miller; infant sister, Gracie Irene Miller; and grandson Wade Kerr. Ruby is survived by her children, Raymond Lee Kerr Sr. of Stringtown, Cathy Musgrave with husband Aaron of Caney; siblings, Elizabeth Harkins, Nellie Hunter and Henry Miller with wife Minnie, all of Tupelo; grandchildren, Mathew Kerr with wife Laura, Raymond Lee Kerr Jr. with wife Lisa, Cody Woolf, all of Caney, Burt Kerr with wife Tammy, Kevin Kerr with wife Kathy, Shelia “Punky” Kerr, all of George West, Texas, Marvin Lee Kerr with wife Sylvia of Corpus Christie, Texas, Crystal Nichols with husband James of Atoka, Luke Kerr of Stringtown, and J.T. Wallace with wife Carrie of Durant; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Matt Kerr, Stephanie Quanginilla, Sabrina, Jessica, Robert, Shelton and Orrin Kerr, Brooke and Wyatt Schroeder, Caleb and Zack Kerr, Jamie Nichols, Samantha, Heather and Alesha Kerr, Walt Cook, Ryan Robinson, Rylee Wallace, Alanna, Kaitlyn and Luke Jr. Kerr; great-great-grandchildren, Amelie Quanginilla, Khylie and Jaxson Kerr; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.