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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 12, 2012 People Wesley "Wes" Cook 1942-2011 Richard N. Barton 1929-2012 Frank Edwin Ross 1935-2011 Frank Edwin Ross,:76, of years. His passion for music SfiUwater died on December and teaching left an impact 27, 2011 after a brief hospital- on many. He was also an avid ization. A Celebration of Life sports fan and strong supporter for Frank was held Friday, of OSU athletics. Frank also January 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. enjoyed books, family, and in the Stillwater Community friends. Building, the Lowry Activity Frank was pmzeded in death Center. Strode Funeral Home by his parents, his brothers was in charge of the arrange- Wilbur S. Ross, Jr. and Thomas merits Hubbard Ross, his wife Jency Frank was bom December (Hinkle) Ross; and his former 18,1935 to Wilbur S. and Jewel wife and close friend, Jane (Hubbard) Ross in Pawhuska, Gfimsley. Heis survived by his Oklahoma, where he lived daughter, Melissa (Ross) Lewis until leaving to attend college and husband Curtis of Idabel, at Oklahoma A&M in Still- Oklahoma; his son, Mark and water. Frank was a member wife Cristiane of Houston, of the first graduating class of Texas; grandchildren, Jessica Oklahoma State University in (Lewis) Hixson and husband 1958, receiving his bachelors Johnny of Weatherford, Okla- degree in music education, homa, Matthew Lewis of Still- He later received his masters water, and Anthony, Christa, degree from North Texas Uni- and Aaron Ross of California; versity in Denton, TX. Mr. mother-in-law, Jonetta Hinkle Ross began his teaching career of Lindsay, Oklahoma; close in Perkins, Oklahoma and later friends, David and Gaylene taught in Jacksboro, Texas for Hargrove of Stillwater; and many years. In 1967, he moved many friends, former students, his familyto Miami, Oklahoma and colleagues. and taught high school band In lieu of flowers, donations until the early 1980's when may be made to the, American he retired from teaching and Cancer Society, c/o Karen moved to Stillwater. During Ward, 106 E. Marie Dr., Still- his time in Stillwater, Frank water, OK 74075; the, Ameri- was employed by the OSU can Lung Associaton, 1010 Athletics Department as Assis- E. Eighth Street, Tulsa, OK tant Ticket Manager. He retired 74120, or the Stillwater Jazz from OSU in 2006. Group. Frank remained involved in Condolences may be music, playing in the StiUwater viewed and an online obitu- Community Band and Still- ary may be viewed by Visiting water Jazz Group for many www.strodefh.com Elizabeth "Libby" Marie Ives 1983-2012 Elizabeth "Libby" Made (Mulder) Ives passed into the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on January 2, 2012 after sustain- ing injuries in a car accident in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Libby was born April 21, 1983 in Ames, Iowa and moved to Cordell, Okla- homa with her family in 1985. In 1987, the family moved to Duncan, Oklahoma and even- tually settled in Stillwater, where she attended Stillwater Middle School. Libby later attended Stillwater High School, where she graduated in 2001. She also attended Meridian Technology Center where she earned her Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) degree in 2008. Libby's main love in life was her family. She is survived by the love of her life, her hus- band, Cole Ives of Oklahoma City, her Father and Mother, Phillip and Lori Mulder of Stillwater, her brother and sister-in-law, Adam Mulder and Tara Hembrough and their daughter, Adelaide Marie Mulder of CarterviUe, Illinois, Daniel and Kira Mulder of Stillwater, Oklahoma, her Mother-in-law Karen Ives of Buffalo, Oklahoma and her brother-in-law and his wife, Bart and Mandy Ives and their two children (Lanie and Landry) of Jenks, Oklahoma. Outside Okla- homa, Libby is survived by her Grandparents, Jay and Martha Muilenburg of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and several close and loving Aunts, Uncles and cousins located throughout the United States. Libby was deeply loved by all her family and gave so much of her time, love and dedication to them all. We are comforted with the guarantee to spend eternity with her, but life of this earth without her will feel empty and lonely. We love you deeply Libby! A memorial service was held at Countryside Church in Still- water, Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in honor of Elizabeth has been established at Oklahoma State Bank, P.O. Box 70, Buf- falo, OK 73834. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. Wesley'%Ves" Cook was born on Jtme 6,1942 in Stillwater, OK to John and Emma Cook. He went home in the loving arms ofour Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at the age of 69 on December 29, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahorn Wes married Eilene Sart'm on June 19, 1965 in StiUwater, OK and had two children; daughter Shawn and a son David. He was blessed with ten grandchildren, three great- grand children and three more great-grand children all due this SUnlfn~. Wes never met a stranger no matter where he went He was a selfless man and loved to joke around whether he knew you or not. Anyone was welcome in his home andifyou needed anything he was always there to lend a hand or his skill as a ter. While he pulled jokes on others the running joke on him was his house needed painling, when he star xl to paint the house neigh- bors came nmning to him to tell him not to painr the house that was how they gave directions. Wes was known as Gpaw, because many of the adults and children in his neighborhood didn't have a father or grandfa- ther in their life, he became that miss'rag figure. He gave every- one he ever met a nickname and from the time he gave you that name, he never called you by your given name again. He had no formal educa- tion; his education came from life experiences. He told his children and grandchildren how important an education was for their future and celebrated each gvddl~on. He proudly served our country with the 45th Infantry Oklahoma National Guard in Stillwater, OK and was honorably discharged in 1965, SSGT. He was an avid fish- erman, bowler and bingo player. His family, pets and work were his "life". Love was always the rule for his interaction with people and there was never an exception to that rule. Family friends and neighbors lined the street where he lived after he had given his last tneath. It was a titling Iribute to a man who made each and everyone he knew feel "special" by giving them a nickname. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Paul, Ralph and Troy, sisters, Geraldine, Bessie, Elsa, Dortha, Aline and Fem and his grandson Brett Wade Cook. He is survived by his wife, Eilene, daughter Shawn Cook- Hurlbut and husband Ron Hurlbut II of Inola, OK, and son David and wife Tracia Cook of Tulsa, OK. Grandchildren, Brendan Cook, Kyle Cook, Brittany Broad-Ayers, Jennifer Broad, Derek Broad, Shawn Broad, Dakota Swinferd, Ganet Cook and Stephanie Camp- Campbell. His brother Johnnie Cook and wife Victoria O'Day- Cook of Glencoe, OK, sister Imogene Epperly and countless nieces, nephews and friends. Services were held on Sa~rday January 7, 2012 at 10am at Rose Hill 4161 E Admiral P1, Tulsa, OK 74115. Gmveside services were held at the Glencoe IOOF Cemetery at 2prn. Conducted by Strode Funeral Home. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online ob'ltu- ary may be viewed by visiting www.stredefia.com. Ronda Jo Litchenburg Tolliver 1968-2011 Ronda Jo Bradley Litch- enburg Tolliver 43, passed away peacefully at her home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Thurs- day, November 3, 2011, after a two and one half year battle with cancer. She was with family and close friends at the time of her passing. Ronda was born March 11, 1968 in Stillwater, OK. She was the only child of Ronney D. and Patricia Jo Bradley. She is survived by her husband Ed Tolliver, daughter Kelsy Jo L'ltchenburg, step- daughter Felicia Tolliver Andrews and her family. Ronda graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the school of Business at Oklahoma State University in 1989. Ronda worked for the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma. She received [ a Master's Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1992. She was employed by Explorer Pipeline Company for the last fifteen years as an Information Systems Sup- port Specialist. Exploler Pipeline expressed their appreciation for her positive 'and effective attitude and will miss her. Ronda worked with the Oklahoma Special Olympics for thirty years and served on the Green Country Manage- ment Team. Her family, work and the Special Olympics were the driving forces of her life. A Celebration of Life Service for Ronda was held Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at South- wood Baptist Church in Tulsa. She lived in the belief a person should "Dream as ff you will five forever ,-, Live as if you'll die today,', i,i,~!, ~,'r~, ~,",~,'iii,~',~/i,,,,'~"~,'~i'' Richard N. Barton, 82, died on January 8, 2012 in Sfillwa- ter, Oklahoma. Family will greet friends at Strode Funeral Home from 7: 00 p.m. until 8: 30 p.m. on Sat- urday, January 14, 2012. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Born in Rock Island, IL April 27, 1929 to Neal A. and Lucia E. Barton, Dick attended Davenport, IA Public Schools graduating in 1947. Selected as the Most Outstanding Junior ROTC officer in the Midwest- em States, Dick enlisted in the US Almy in 1948. He attended basic W/fining at Fort Ord, CA and Advance Communications Security School at Fort Monmouth, NJ. His first assignment was in Munich, Germany; return- ing to the States and the 2"0 Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, WA. Four hours after the outbreak of the Korean War, he was on the first plane to leave the U.S. for the East, assigned to the Special Security Commu- nication Section of the Eighth (Rear) in Yokonama. Five years later as an instructor at the Special Communication School in Fort Gordon, GA, his life was about to change. There he met and fell in love with a WAC, Rilla Carlisle. Reassigned to the Central Intelligence Agency as Special Communications Instructor, Dick pulled a few strings to have RiUa wansferred to work in the Pentagon. They mar- fled in Virginia on July 8, 1955 having two daughters before remming to Fort Gordon and the Signal Corps Communica- tion School. Commissioned as a warrant officer in 1960, with two sons added to the family; Dick received orders to report to the 17 Signal Battalion in Karlsruhe, Germany as Spe- cial Communication Officer and S-2. Four years, with one daughter more, Dick moved his family from Germany to Fort Hua- chuca, AZ where he assisted in training units for deployment to Vietnam. In 1968 he was reassigned to the 2"d Infantry Division, DMZ, Korea. Rilla and kids' (now 6) returned to Stillwater while Dick com- pleted that tour. Remruing to the States, the Bartons moved to Fort Bliss, TX he worked in G-2 military intelligence. His last overseas tour was to the 1 Signal Brigade in Viemam. Upon retirement he was attached to Schilling Manor, KS. Dick's excellent service for his country was acknowl- edged with the following decorations: the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaves, Good Conduct, Occupation Medal for Germany and Japan, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, U.N. Service Medal, Korea Defense Medal, Almy Reserve Medal with Cluster, Republic of Viemam Campaign Medal, Korean War Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Service Medal, American Defense Medal, Korean and Vietnam Presi- dential Unit Medal and the Cold War Medal. Army retirement opened new doors for Dick. In 1974, he rejoined his family in Stillwa- ter where he worked for Still- water Typewriter Company until his permanent retirement. A member of Stillwater Elks Lodge, American Legion and the 17 Signal Battalion Asso- ciation, Dick enjoyed working in his yard, and all OSU sport activities. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; several aunts and uncles; and one grandson Chad Ryan Barton. Survived by tfis children, Sunny & Jim Snell of Cedar Park, Tx; LeeAnn Barton of Stillwater; Russell and Joanie Barton of Fargo, ND; Randell and Margie Barton of Ab'ilene, Tx; Barbara Barton of Ab'dene, Tx and Bryan and Christie Barton of Coweta, OK. Sur- viving grandchildren include Garrett Torrance, Austin, Tx; Clint Barton, Temple, Tx; Steven A. Torrance, San Anto- nio, Tx; Nicholas R. Barton, Ab'dene, Tx; Brice T. Barton, Abilene, Tx and Lynette and Laura Barton also of Abilene. His family will greatly miss their Poppa. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. BUY A TRANE XLi SYSTEM AND THE FURNACE IS FREE! the best time of the year to replace your old inefficient heating and cooling system with a new Tmne high efficiency home comfort system. Buy a qualifying system this month and the furnace is free. You save up to $1S00 off regular in-season prices. Plus - qualifying buyers can get special 0% APR financing for 36 monlhs. Call m today for details on our best offer of-the year. (405)