Gary Dean Baker, 67, of Oologah, Okla. passed away on Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 in Tulsa.
Theodore (Ted) L. Jones, longtime Claremore businessman, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021. He was 89 years old. Ted Jones was born on December 21, 1931, in Parrish, Alabama, to Floyd and Rilla Jones. He joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in the last squadron of B-29s at Lowry Air Force Base near Denver, Colorado. It was while in Denver that he met Corrinne “Corky” Jones, marrying on June 20, 1953. Following his enlistment, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with a degree in accounting. They adopted their first child, Jeff, in Kansas City, MO in Jan 1960 and adopted their second child, Dixie, in Colorado in 1963. Ted eventually moved the family to Tucson where Tad was born in 1972. In 1973, Ted seized the opportunity to purchase a regional oil company, based in Chelsea, that he renamed Green Country Oil & Gas, and the family settled in Claremore. Ted and Corky quickly immersed themselves in supporting the community. Over the years, Ted became a member of the Claremore Lion’s Club, the Booster Club in Oologah, joined the boards of the Claremore Hospital, Claremore Chamber of Commerce, the Rogers State University Foundation, and served as a Will Rogers Memorial Commissioner. He served as president of the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the Chelsea School Foundation. He dedicated significant time and energy in developing and supporting Hope Harbor Children’s Home and various improvements to the City of Claremore, to include the building of the new Rogers County Courthouse. Ted also loved coaching kids and coached several little league baseball teams in Claremore. His central focus in life was always his family, primarily his children, but also fostering and maintaining close relations with a broad extended family of siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a growing brood of grandchildren. Ted was a dedicated storyteller, loving nothing more than traveling, collecting experiences, meeting new people, and telling stories about all of it! A high point for him and Corky was attending the inaugural ball for President Ronald Reagan. Ted is survived by his children and their spouses, Jeff and Shirley Jones of Arizona, Dixie and Dakota Wood of Virginia, and Tad and Sammi Jones of Claremore, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife and four siblings. A Reception in honor of Ted will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial on Tuesday, January 12th from 2-4 pm and a graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 3pm at Floral Haven in Broken Arrow. www. floralhaven.com for more information. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Harbor Children’s Home, 2104 S. Highway 66, Claremore, OK 74017.
Thelma Erlene Hicks, formerly of Oologah, Okla. passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 in Alvin, Texas. She was born May 19, 1932 in Sperry, Okla. to Phillip Isaac Sligar and the former Odessa Florence Catlett. Mrs. Hicks had lived in Oologah since 1982 before moving to Alvin, Texas in 2013. She was a member of the A Healing Touch Ministry for many years. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at A Healing Touch Ministry with Rev. Jerry Moore officiating. Interment will follow at the high heels and silver jewelry. An animal lover, she never hesitated to help an animal in need, resulting in multiple animals being adopted into the family. She was a singer-songwriter from an early age, performing with her sister Earlene Atchley as the Atchley Sisters. Jo shared her lifelong love of music with her children, family and friends. Ridgelawn Cemetery. She is survived by 2 children: Jimmy Charles Hicks of Palmdale, Calif. and Kacina Spruell and her husband Charles Gorby of Alvin, Texas, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 brothers: G.H. Sligar of Talala and Bobby Joe Sligar and his wife Debbie of Talala and a host of nieces and nephews. Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton.
July 10, 1936 - January 5, 2021 Irene Kay Jones, the widow of George Willis Jones, of Oologah died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 at St. John’s Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Sapulpa on July 10, 1936, the daughter of Irene Emma Atchley (Wortman) and Earl Atchley. Irene, also known as Jo, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Jo was a Sapulpa High School Majorette who loved dancing, high heels and silver jewelry. An animal lover, she never hesitated to help an animal in need, resulting in multiple animals being adopted into the family. She was a singer-songwriter from an early age, performing with her sister Earlene Atchley as the Atchley Sisters. Jo shared her lifelong love of music with her children, family and friends. The lyrics from one of the beautiful songs she wrote is particularly poignant in this moment: “See that moon shining through the trees up there? Maybe a breeze somewhere will blow it straight to you. See those stars? Yes, I’m wondering where you are. And if maybe you are thinking of me, too.” She is preceded in death by her parents Irene and Earl Atchley, her sister Earlene Atchley, and her son Willis Jones. She is survived by her brother Guy Atchley; daughter Ilene “Dindy” Frank; son Tony Jones; granddaughters Summer Frank-Pearce, Lela VanOver, and Candice McCoy; grandsons Travis Jones and Tyler Jones; niece Jami Good and nephew Neil Atchley, as well as many cousins, great nieces and nephews, great granddaughters and great grandsons and beloved friends. Jo will be missed for her youthful, playful spirit and her infectious laugh. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home of Collinsville. In lieu of a funeral service, family members plan to hold a bonfire in her honor at the home of her son Tony Jones sometime in late 2021. The bonfire will also honor Jo’s son Willis “Juny” Jones who died on April 15 of 2020.
Ray Monroe McMillen was born Feb. 14, 1939 to Reverend Raymond and Elsie (Thomason) McMillen in Oologah, Okla. He had an older sister Darlene and a younger sister Eva McMillen Maynor. He also had two younger brothers, Leonard and Kenneth. He entered eternal rest on Jan. 8, 2021. Monroe grew up in Oologah, Okla. as the son of a preacher. He attended Snarr school until the 9th grade and then went to Oologah High School where he graduated in 1957. While in high school he took a class in drawing and engineering from Mr. Swandall. This would later lead to his career in drafting. He also played basketball, softball, rode horses, and worked local ranchers and dairies in the area. One of those ranchers was Carson Mendell who he helped with farming and milking. He also worked for Fred Bryson on his dairy. Monroe would start milking at 4:00 am and finish up in time to walk to school for basketball practice. Then he would go back in the evening to do chores. He then worked for Whitey Crose on his ranch. After high school he attended Okmulgee Tech where learned auto body repair. He married the love of his life, Norma Lou Penner, on June 30, 1960, where they enjoyed 58 beautiful years together. Monroe was Drafted into the Army in 1962 and was stationed at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington. He and Norma welcomed their first son, Kip Monroe into the world on December 16, 1964. They also took in Norma's niece and nephew, Paula and Kenny while stationed in Washington. After discharge, Monroe moved the family back to Oologah where they would welcome a second son Daren Lee on April 8, 1967. In 1969 Monroe purchased land and built their forever home. He was ordained as a deacon in August 1969 at Zion Hill Free Will Baptist Church. He loved to sing for the Lord. The church was very important to Monroe. He was very instrumental in building the present Zion Hill Church building. Monroe worked as draftsman for Davy-McKee for over 30 years and Holly Frontier for 26 years until he was forced to retire in October 2020. Through the years Monroe drew many blueprints for homes for families to build in the community. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed team roping. He partnered with Jerry McMillen to raise longhorn cattle and raise good roping stock. They built an arena and started putting on jackpot ropings every Tuesday and Friday night. Monroe was a passionate man. He loved the Lord, He loved his family, He loved the church, He loved to work, he loved his horses, he loved his cows and still loved to team rope. He loved to paint, he loved to whittle, do leather work and build stuff. But nothing beat watching his grandkids participate in their activities. He was a proud PaPa! Monroe is survived by his sons Kip McMillen and his wife Karen, of Paden, Okla.; Daren McMillen and wife Laura, of Prairie Grove, Ark.. His grandchildren Kelton McMillen and wife Summer of Paden, Okla.; Mikayla Owens and her husband Blakemore of Prairie Grove, Ark.; Kyler McMillen and wife Megan of Claremore, Okla. Great grandchildren Sonora McMillen and Wesley McMillen, of Paden, Okla.; Leighton Owens and Ryker Owens of Prairie Grove, Ark. nroe is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Darlene, 2 infant brothers Leonard and Kenneth and his grandson Labrier Kade McMillen.Visitation will be 2-8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at the Zion Hill Church with Rev. Wendell Ban officiating. Interment will follow at the Wann Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home.
Irene Kay Jones, the widow of George Willis Jones, of Oologah die
A memorial service celebrating and remembering the life of Lori Anne Lambert Jolley was 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in the chapel at DeLozier Funeral Service.
Richard Allen Buchfink Sr., 75, of Howe, Okla. passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 at his home.
Janalee Windle of Oologah, passed away on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 72.
Linda Mae Buckley, 73, of Oologah, OK passed away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 in Oologah. She was born July 4, 1947 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. to William E. Pearce and the former Dorothy Storm. She had lived in Oologah for the last 24 years having moved from Turley. She retired from nursing.
Robert Allen Newton, 83, of Talala, Okla. passed away Dec. 22, 2020 in Muskogee, Okla. He was born Aug. 6, 1937 in Muskogee, Okla. to Charles Othel and Ruth Elisabeth (Adams) Newton. He served in The United States Navy where he was a mechanic for the Blue Angels. He had lived in Talala since 1974 where he was a rancher.
Shari Lynn Todd, 59, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. She was born in Nowata, Okla. on Oct. 23, 1961, to Jimbo and Mary Ann (Neff) Todd. She graduated from Oologah High School with the Class of 1980. Shari was a member of the Life Church in Tulsa, Okla. In her spare time, she tended to her hobbies of cooking, taking long drives, socializing, and making people laugh. She loved to travel and meet new people. Shari never met a stranger, anywhere she went she would find someone to talk to. The most important thing to her was spending time with her family, friends, and spoiling the grandchildren. She loved her family unconditionally and will be missed by all who knew her.