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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 12, 2015 People Mark Stephen Hall 1959-2015 Mark Stephen Hall, 55, passed away at his home on March 4, 2015. Grave- side services and interment, under the direction of Strode Funeral Home, with the assistance of the Payne County Sheriff's Depart- ment will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 2 pan. at Marena Cemetery located on West 44th Street, 1.5 miles east of Coyle Road. Officiat- ing will be Father Stuart Cre- vcoure of St. John University Parish. Mark was born on Octo- ber 21, 1959 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to Heinz and Mar- liese S. Hall. Mark was a 1978 graduate of Stillwater (C. E. Donart) High School and a1984 graduate of Okla- homa State University, with a degree in Sociology. At the time of his passing, Mark was a Deputy with the Payne County Sheriff's Department where he served for 27 years. Mark is survived by his par- ents, his brother Michael Hall and wife Annette of Shreve- port, Louisiana, his niece Stephanie Hall of Dallas, Texas, and his beloved cat Eva. He is also survived by relatives in Oklahoma, Ger- many, and England. Mark was very fond of cars and motorcycles, particularly motorcycles. Throughout most of his life, Mark was never without a motorcy- cle. For him it was more than a hobby, it really was a passion. He loved the sport and the people associated with it. Recently, he became involved' in the restoration of vintage moto-cross bikes. Not only did he restore them, but he rode them with a ven- geance! He firmly believed that they were meant to be ridden and not parked. When not riding, he was involved in establishing and maintaining a place for off- road motorcy- cling (Stillwa- ter 500), and in organizing off-road motor- cycle races. He was the current President of the Stillwater Trail Riders Association, an organization he was actively involved with for many years. Mark really enjoyed life and will be deeply missed by his family and all of his friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sheriff R. B. Haufand the entire Payne County Sheriff's Department for all of their help and support through this difficult time. We can't thank them enough for all that they have done. To Chris Parker for his support, kind words, and stories about Mark, we thank you. To the d'Offay's and the Wicksted's thank you so much. To all of Mark' s motor- cycle and car friends, his friends at Aspen Coffee Shop, and to all of those people whose lives he touched, the family thanks you for your support and kindness. Finally, to the members of our own family, thank you for being with us, your kindness and concerns are deeply appreci- ated. If we forgot tO recognize anyone, please forgive us. Mark always had a love of cats, so if one chooses, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mark's name to Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue, 901 S. Lowry, Stillwater, OklahOma, or to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www. strodefh.com. Richard Wesley Alexander 1941-2015 Richard Wesley Alexander, age 73 a longtime Cushing resident, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at his home in Cushing. Memo- rial services were held at noon on Monday, March 9, 2015 at Greater Vision Church of Perkins. Pastor Richard Wesley Alexander II and Pastor Faye Mote officiating. Arrangements wereentrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK. Richard was born on Sep- tember 5, 1941 in Denver, Colorado to the late James Duey and Myrtle (Bitner) Alexander. He grew up and attended school in Denver. Richard married the love of his life Sebrennia Webb on April 29, 1977 at the Country Mission in Swale Dale, Iowa. They lived in Iowa for a couple of years before making their home in Cushing in 197.. Richard worked as an eqmpment oper- ator for Dolese in Stillwater for a number of years. Rich- ards past time was selling produce all over. He loved visiting and witnessing to others. Richard also enjoyed fishing. Richard is survived by his wife Sebrennia of the home, sons Richard Alexander II and wife Ellen of Perkins, Jesse James Alexander and wife Brenda of Perkins, Loyd Alexander of Cushing, Steve Alexander of Cushing, daughters Gina Griffin of Perkins, Lisa Alexander of San Angelo, Ca.. brothers Pastor John Henry Alexander and wife Nancy of Mason City, Iowa, Louie Alexander of Pueblo, Co.. sisters Ava- nelle Lavinder of Co., Della Lavinder of Co., and sisters- in-taw Sandy Alexander of Pueblo. Co., Dole Alexander of Stillwater, granndchildren Mary, Ricky, Nick, Shan- non, Sarah, Jesse II, Misty, Whitney Alexander, Marissa, Makayla and Michael Lane, Elizabeth, Gracie, Bryson, Kelsie Alexander, Krystal Griffin, Katie Hernandez, Maggie Villanueva, Chris, Cody and Scotty Schillinger, Kyle and Alex Wilson, and numerous great grandchil- dren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Brian Wayne Alexander, brother David Alexander and Frank Alexan- der, sister Deloris Alexander. Condolences and online guest book are available at www.palmermarlerfh.com. Linda Lou Compton 1948-2015 Linda Lou Compton, 67, passed from this life on Thurs- day, March 5 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Her funeral service was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor John Dickey officiating. Interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Linda was born on Janu- ary 26, 1948 to Floyd Allen and Elizabeth Ann Decker in Dallas, Texas. She mar- ried Ronald Dean Compton on September 17, 1966 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She graduated from Norman High School in 1966 and Northern Oklahoma College Nursing School, RN Program in 1988. Linda was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She loved her work, spending time with her children and grandchildren. In her spare time she loved to read, do cross stitch and spend time in her flower garden. While it wasn't her favorite pastime she also painted every home she lived in and was as talented as many profes- sionals. Linda worked in the SMC-Emergency Department for 24 years. She impacted many lives through her ded- icated and compassionate care as a nurse and caregiver throughout her lifetime. As a young girl Linda trav- eled across the United States with her father and sister and loved telling stories about her adventures and exciting experi- ences. Linda came to Stillwater immediately fol- lowing her high school gradua- tion and met her husband of 48 years. Linda and her family lived a few years in Perkins and Tulsa, OK but the remain- der of her life was spent in Stillwater. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Ruth; parents, Floyd Decker, Eliza- beth and Richard Walker; and sister, Catherine Bumgamer. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Stilts (Jim), Homewood, Illinois; sons, Larry Compton, Stillwater, Kevin (Chrissy) Compton, Stillwater; grandchildren, Andrea, Callista, Deondrea, Dray, Kaylee, Trace and Cadence; brother-in-laws, Bob Compton (Carole), Liv- ermore, CA; Keith Compton (Sally), Oklahoma City; and sister-in-law, Teresa Tully (Steve), Stillwater; many nieces and nephews and her SMC family. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Stillwater Medical Center Foundation PO Box 2408 Stillwater, OK 74076-2408. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. Susan Marie Keel 1926-2015 Susan Marie Keel, 88, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Stillwater, OK. Arrange- ments have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Still- water. A grave-, side service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 i, 2015, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Still- water with Pastor Henry Siems officiating. Susan was born in Sunset, Kansas on October 9, 1926 to Joseph and Susan (McCoy) Hejduk. She grew up and started school in Kansas. Susan and her family moved to Perry, OK and later to Stillwater. Susan met the love of her life, James A. Keel, and married him on July 24, 1949 in Stillwater, OK. To this union, they had two daughters. Carolyn and Diana, and a son Ervin. Susan was a loving and caring wife and mother. She was a housewife and worked for the Stillwater School system for a brief period. Susan loved spending time outdoors. She was an avid fisherwoman, catching gigantic catfish on her rod and reel. Susan also enjoyed camping and traveling in her recreational vehicle. She was an active member in the Stillwater Boat Club and the Stillwater Naz- arene Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Susan is preceded in death by her husband of 48 years. James A. Keel; one brother, Andrew Hejduk; one son. Ervin Keel, and one granddaugh- ter, Dana Pour. Susan is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Ropers and husband, Irvin, and Diana Jacobs and hus- band, Eddy; two siblings, Salina Prothe and husband, Leland of Paoli, KS and Jacob Brewer and wife, Effie of Houston, TX; eight grand- children, Jim Ropers, Leann Ropers, Kevin Ropers. Shi- lynn Ropers, Crystal Pour. James Pour, Bradley Keel, and James Ives and one great grandchild, Dustin Bickell. In lieu of flowers, dona- tions can be made in Susan's name to Stillwater Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2408, Stillwater, OK 74076-2408. Condolences may sent to the family via an online guestbook at www.pmcfh. com. David Johnie Pearson 1926-2015 David Johnie "Chief' Pear- son passed away on March 2, 2015 at the age of 88 at Golden Age Nursing Home in Guth- rie, Oklahoma. He was born in Buffalo Valley, Oklahoma on March 16, 1926 to Shelby Virgil Pearson and Daisy May Spring Rowe Pearson. He was a member of the Choctaw tribe. Chief served in the United States Navy during World War ]I. He attended the Oklahoma Farriers College in Sperry, Oklahoma and learned the horseshoeing trade. Chief married Blenda Minshall on March 16, 1977 in Miami, Oklahoma. After their mar- riage, he based his horse- shoeing business in Tryon, Oklahoma, where he also built custom bits and spurs. He retired from horseshoeing at the age of 81, but continued to build bits and spurs. Chief was widely known and respected by those in the horse business. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Poca- hontas "Pokie" Rowe Cloud, Betty Jane Pearson Cloud, Shelby Jean Pearson Shelton, and brother Wayne Joseph Pearson. He is survived by his wife Blenda, of the home in Tryon, Oklahoma; son, John Edwin Pearson and wife Wanda of Holliday, Texas; grandchildren, Jerry David Pearson of Richardson, Texas and Randa Lynn Pearson of Holliday, Texas; sisters, Betty Jewell Hendrix and Husband Joedy of Checo- tah, Oklahoma, Mary Ellen Moberly and husband Tom of Oklahoma City, Okla- homa and brother Danny Pearson and wife Armenda of Moore, Oklahoma; step- children DeAnn Piter of Bixby, Oklahoma and Gary Minshall and wife Sandy of Tryon, Oklahoma and a large number of step grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A memorial service, in loving memory of Chief's life, will be celebrated on Saturday March 14, 2015 at 10:00am at Tryon Christian Union Church in Tryon, Oklahoma. Bruce Lee Steincamp 1952-2005 Bruce Lee Steincamp, 62, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at his home in Newkirk, Oklahoma. His graveside service were held at 11 aan. on Tuesday,March 10, at Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwa- ter. Strode Funeral Home wasin charge of arrangements. Bruce was bom in Slillwater, Oklahoma on September 16, 1952 to Edgar Allan and Shirley Anne Steincamp. He graduated from Stillwater High School. He was a retired Service Tech- nician and part owner of Houser Hardware in Newkirk. Bruce generously shared his consid- erable mechanical and technical skills with family friends and hardware store customers. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing, boating, and tinkering with all things mechanical to learn how they worked. He was preceded in death by his father. Ed Steincarnp; and his brother, Allan Steincamp. He is survived by his mother, Shirley Steincamp; sisters, Linda Moore (Wes), Marsha Odell, Jane Martin (David), and Dawn Levasseur; niece, Mikayla Robin; nephews, Justin Martin and Dwight Prather. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obit- uary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. Billye Ruth Thompson 1946-2015 Billye Ruth Thompson, 68 passed away on Sunday, March 1 in Agra, Okla- homa. Her funeral service was at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Still- water, Oklahoma. Pastor Larry Eslinger officiating. Strode Funeral Home was in charge of arrangement. Billye was born on April 14, 1946 to Herman William and Cora Ester (Miller) Rust in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She attended Ponca City High School. She married Michael S. Thompson in July 1963. Billye collected cook books and was a fan- tastic chef herself, loved crossword and solitaire. She also enjoyed teaching her granddaughters and their friends many life les- sons. She is preceded in death by her son, Michael G. Thompson. She is survived by her hus- band of the home, Michael Thompson; granddaughters. Larana, Katherine Thomp- son; great granddaughter, Brylee Drake; sisters, Juan- ita Hicks, Cheryl Guerin and Sharon Lyons; brother, Gerald Snell, Jr. Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www. strodefh.com. if a