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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 27, 2014 People Olive Fay Dawes 1919-2014 Ralph Edward Friend 1929-2014 Cale Wayne Drumm 1975-2014 Cale Wayne Drumm, age 39, of Stillwater, OK passed away on March 21, 2014 in Oklahoma City, OK. Funeral ser- vices have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Still- water, OK and will be held at l pm on Thurs- day, March 27 at Life Church in Stillwater, OK. Interment will follow at Sunset Memo- rial Gardens. Public visitation will be held from 8am to 8pm on Wednesday, March 26 at the funeral home with family greeting friends from 6pm to 8pm. Cale Drumm always dreamed of being a soldier. He served in the Army National Guard through two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He went to heaven Friday night following an accident in the 1967 Mus- tang he had worked on for more than 20 years. Cale was born to Jim Drumm and Lois (Drumm) Friede- mann on February 3, 1975 in Stillwater, OK. He married Angie Harper (Lindley), whom he had known since grade school, on August 1, 2010. He was currently employed with Knight Medical Supply and worked for Audio Innovations for 13 years. Sgt. Drumm was loved by all who knew him through his passion for his family, his country and his integrity. Cale Wayne Drumm was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and Rachel Drumm, and Robert and Dora May Gunter; one uncle, Sam Gunter; and cousin, Mike Devlin. Survivors include his wife, Angie; one son, Matthew Winchester Drumm; one step- daughter, Christian Lindley all of the home; his parents of Stillwater plus step-par- ents John Friedemann, Lisa Drumm, and Bryan Heid; sisters, Abby Drumm, Brandy Heid; one brother, Vincent Heid all of Stillwater; nieces Bailey, Kelsey and Haylee; nephews, Caden, Brayden, and Giles; and numerous cousins. Donations may be made to the family at any Bank SNB loca- tion or to the Wounded War- rior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Condolences can be sent to the family via an online guest- book at www.pmcfh.com Dr. David Linn Reinecke 1951-2014 " Dr. David Linn Reinecke, a longtime Cushing physician, passed away on Monday eve- ning in Oklahoma City at the age of 62. A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Cushing. Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK. David was born on June 1, 1951 in Manhattan, Kansas to Marvin and Alice (Herr) Reinecke. He grew up in Bartlesville, graduating from Bartlesville High School in 1969. David attended Oklahoma State University, graduating with a Bachelor's in Biology in 1973. He then went on to Medical School at O.U., graduafingin 1977. Davidmar- ried the love of his life Cathy Amberg on February 13, 1982 in Oklahoma City, OK. They lived in Osawatomie, Kansas where he worked in Public Health for a few years before moving to Cushing in 1984. In Cushing, David began his career in Internal Medicine Practice. He was a member of the First United Method- ist Church, the O.S.M.A., A.M.A. and a Rotarian. David had many hobbies. One that his is most remembered for was his love for wine and fine food. He began collecting wine in 1975. He and Cathy have traveled to Napa, France and Italy to experience how the wine was made and sample the local cuisine. He had amazing hand written journals, ledgers and notes to chronicle his collection. He liked to cook for close family and friends and plan the wine to accompany the meal. Some of the best Saturday's and holidays were spent enjoying these meal that David prepared. David also enjoyed hunting and nature in general. David loved spend- ing time with his family. Survivors include his wife Cathy of the home, daughter Jill Clark and husband Ryan of Chicago, I11., sons Brad Reinecke of Cushing and Jeff Reinecke of Stillwater, mother Alice Reinecke of Bartlesville, sisters Maria James and hus- band George of Cincinnati, Ohio, Ruth Birgeles and hus- band Tom of New York City, Lilli Lessinger and husband Ray of Lorena, TX, brother John Reinecke, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Condolences and online guest book are available at http: //www.palmermarlerfh.com/. Olive Fay (Austin) Dawes was bom September 2, 1919 to Oren and Inez (Emde) Austin in Chan- dler. She passed away March 24 in the Drumright Nursing Home at the Age of 94. She was pre- ceded in death by her parents, a son Ronald, a brother Oren Austin, and two sisters, Violet Rule and Ramona Lef- fingwell. She is survived by her hus- band, Gene, two sons, Phil Fowler of Talihina and Thel- don Fowler and wife Janice of Cushing. Seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Graveside services were Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, located 4 miles north and 3 1/4 miles west of Chandler, OK. Arrange- ments were entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing. Condolences and online guest book are available at http: //www.palmermarlerfh.com/. LeRoy Henry Fischer 1917-2014 LeRoy Henry Fischer was bom May 19, 1917 in Hoff- man, Illinois, the son of Dr. Andrew Leroy and Effie Risby Fischer. He died March 11, 2014 at age 96 in Stillwater, Okla- homa. LeRoy attended a one room school in Hoff- man and gradu- ated from Centralia, Illinois High School. He developed a life-long interest in history when he accompanied his parents to his father's medical conventions which were held in historic American cities. After earning a PhD in his- tory from the University of Illinois, he immediately went into the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. He worked as a crypto-analysis in Operation Ultra Secret. He helped decode wireless German Enigma messages for the Allies at Bletchley, England for two years, four months and twenty one days. Following the war, he taught at Ithaca College in New York state before coming to Okla- homa State University in 1946. He taught at OSU for 38 years specializing in American His- tory and the Civil War in the Indian Territory. His graduate students were very special to him. He retired as the Oppen- heim Professor of History. He was an early champion for historic preservation, espe- cially for his beloved Old Cen- tral.and Honey Springs Battle Field. The Honey Spring Battle Field Park visitor's center is named in his honor. LeRoy was active in the Oklahoma Historical Society, serving on the Board of Direc- tors for 43 years. He was Chair- man of the Board at Stillwater First United Meth- odist Church, served on the YMCA Board and was active on the Okla- homa Historic Preservation Committee. Among his honors were OSU teacher of the Year, Centralia, Illinois Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Higher Edu- cation hall of Fame, Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma Heritage Association. On June 20, 1948, LeRoy married Martha Gwendolyn Anderson in Stanton, Iowa. Martha and LeRoy's mar- riage was blessed with three children, Barbara, Jim and wife Vickie and John. They are reported to be the most won- derful children in the whole wide world. Five exceptionally brilliant grandchildren survive LeRoy; David, Andrew and Elizabeth McCrary along with Rob and Brent Fischer. Services were held March 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwa- ter, Oklahoma. If desired, memorials can be directed to: LeRoy H. Fischer Endowed Graduate Research Paper Fund OSU Foundation , Attn: Gift Processing P.O. Box 1749 Stillwater, OK 74076-1749 Reynolds Services Friday Doris Ruth Reynolds, a former Perkins resident, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Enid, OK at the age of 83 years. Funeral services have been entrusted to the care of the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Perkins and will be held at I0:00 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 in The Christian Church of Perkins. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gar- dens, Stillwater, OK. The family will be greeting friends on Thursday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Palmer Marler Funeral Home in Perkins. Condolences and an online guestbook are available at www.PMCFH.com. Legendary Sfillwater boxing coach Ralph Edward Friend won his" final round on earth and went to be with his Lord in that big boxing ring in the sky. Services have been 'entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service cel- ebrating Ralph's amazing life was held at lpm on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Palmer Marler Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater, OK. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens where Ralph was laid to rest beside one of his most promis- ing fighters, Martin Pinney. Ralph was bom on June 1, 1929 in Ventura, CA to Asa Ashford Friend and Flo (Herd) Friend. He attended schools in Ontario, OR where he boxed on his high school boxing team. Following his graduation, Ralph spent a year coaching his high school team and began a lifelong passion for shaping the lives of young men by training them to become the best fighter they could be. Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served 2 years in Germany as a jeep driver and personal guitar player for a high ranking Army Colonel. He also boxed and coached other boxers in the Army's boxing league. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Ralph returned to Oregon and purchased a gas station. In 1956, he married Helga Lehmann. To make extra money, Ralph would play the guitar on the local radio sta- tion and he also did live skits on the radio with Larry from The Three Stooges. In the early 1960's the Friend family moved to Oklahoma and purchased a farm in the Glencoe area. He ran the grain elevator in Lela (Noble County), managed the Ahrberg Mill in Stillwater, and he also owned Rite-Way Laundry in Stillwater for several years. Ralph owned and operated R&R Grain and Feed in Mor- rison from 1969-1973. In the mid 1970's, he accepted a posi- tion at Moore Business Forms, a job he enjoyed for nearly 20 years. Ralph enjoyed his busy life. Although his business career kept him on his feet, he still had time to raise cattle and pigs and enjoy a successful career as a professional boxing coach and boxing official. There were few things in life that Ralph Friend was more passionate about than boxing. He was appointed to the Okla- homa Boxing Commission by a former Governor and served the Commission for many years and he served as chair- man of the Heartland Regional Boxing Tournament. In the early 1970's, Ralph founded the Stillwater Boxing Club, a sheet metal building in his back yard that has produced a number of Golden Glove champions. Above the hand- made ring is a board that lists the Stillwater Boxing Club Honor Roll, 13 names of an elite class of Golden Glove 'l' 'lrll champions Friend has trained. Friend never turned someone away from his gym as long as they are will- ing to work, no matter their age or size. In 1971, he led 34-year-old Brian Kelly to the ring for the Light Heavy- weight World Championship against Bob Foster. During his six decades in the profession, Ralph trained many local and regional fighters such as Martin Pinney, Jimmy Fairbanks, Don Christiano, Joel Spitler, Kirk Christiano, and Johnny Blaiser with the help of his assistant coach Fred Causley, Sr., whom Ralph had lured out of his office job. Ralph also received many awards and accolades as a fighter. He amassed a collec- tion of wins from fights all over the West Coast before returning to his coaching roots. In 1979, Ralph founded the Martin Pinney Memorial Boxing Tournament and the Ralph Friend Tournament is held in Oklahoma City each year. Ralph was the coach for the Regional Golden Gloves boxers and was the National Golden Gloves Coach of the Year in the 70's and also the Golden Gloves Coach of the Decade. He was inducted into the Nation Golden Gloves Hall of Fame. June 1, 2009 was deemed Ralph Friend Day by the City of Stillwater. Ralph Friend was a strong- willed, hardworking man who truly believed that at the age of 84, he "could still go 10 rounds with Joe Lewis." Although Ralph loved the sport of boxing and the many boxers he coached, his first love was always his family. He taught his two sons Joey and Danny to be respectful, loyal, and to always put their families first. Ralph's legacy of respect and dedication to excellence in all you do will live on through the lives of his sons, as well as through the lives of the many fighters he coached during his inspiring 84 years of life. Ralph is survived' by his two sons: Joey Friend and wife Teena, of StiUwater, OK and Danny Friend and wife Beth, of Belton, SC. Grandchildren: Wesley Ziegelmeier and Nicole Currant and husband Chad. Great grandchildren: Treytn and Harper Currant and a brother Warren Friend. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents: Asa and Flo Friend; two sisters: Freda Patton and Gladys Tyner; and two brothers: Williard and Arnold Friend. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made in Ralph's name to the Kansas/Oklahoma Boxing Association in care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home 5106 N. Washington. Stillwater, OK 74075 Condolences can be sent to the family via an online guest- book at www.pmcfh.com , ,,,, ,uLL L---J