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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, June 21,2012 People Gary Pat Strickler 1953-2012 Gary Pat Strickler, 59, of Stillwater, passed from this life on June 14, 2012 at his home. Services have been entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home of Stillwater. Vis- itation will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednes- day, June 20, 2012. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a:ml at the Hillcrest Baptist Church on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Burial will be at 1: 00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Rush Springs Cemetery. Gary, was born on June 4, 1953 in Sikeston, Mis- souri and adopted by loving parents A.C. Strickler and Virginia E. Strickler . He grew up as a military brat and lived in many places during his youth. He gradu- ated from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia and then began attending Geor- gia Southern College where he played trumpet with the college band. It was here he met the "sunshine of his life" Jan McElveen who became his wife on January 12, 1974 in the parsonage of Elder Spencer Moore, a marriage of 38 years. He worked at various locations in Oklahoma as an Emergency Medical Techni- cian and Paramedic before settling in Stillwater. Gary was a police officer with the Stillwater Police Depart- ment until his retirement in 1999. He went by many names: son, husband, father, grandpa, and friend as well as diligent worker. Gary accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 17. He served as a youth leader at Fellowship Primitive Baptist Church in Georgia, led adult Bible studies in Stillwater, and has been a member of Hillcrest Bap- tist Church in Stillwater for 27 years. He had com- passion for unwed moth- ers, the poor, and the state of Israel. He regularly con- tributed to many Christian causes. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police. In his spare time he enjoyed going to the firing range, building aircraft models, reading, and watch- ing the History Channel. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Jan, a retired teacher; three children, Maj James Strickler USMC and wife Anita of Oceanside, CA, Melissa Skaggs and husband Matt of McKin- ney, TX, and John Strickler of Stillwater; grandchildren Lana Strickler, Linley Strickler, Karlie Skaggs, and Hunter Skaggs; mother in law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; as well as a great many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Albert Carol "A.C." Strickler mother Virginia Evans Strickler, infant brother Paul Michael Strickler, paternal grandpar- ents Benjamin and Susan Strickler, and maternal grandparents John and Ida Evans. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Gary to the Hillcrest Bap- tist Church Building Fund for the new gym or to the charity of your choice. Minnie Tracy 1917-2012 Minnie Tracy, 94, died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Her funeral ser- vice will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Minnie was born on July 13, 1917 in Guthrie, Okla- homa to Clifford and Minnie (Leach) McCubbin. She was the youngest of five children. She graduated from Guthrie High School, married Ray- mond Charles Tracy in November 1963, and moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1937. Minnie became a dental assistant, working for Dr. Lionel Bair for 25 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Still- water, and she participated in the Sarah Sunday School Class. After her retirement, Minnie began playing golf, and she was a member of the Stillwater Women's Golf Association at the Lakeside Golf Course. In 2003, she moved to Colo- rado to be near her family. She is pre- ceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Minnie McCub- bin; husband, Raymond C. Tracy; two brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Patti Brown- Johnston, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; daugh- ter, Beverly Brown-Lin- denberger, and her husband, Jerry, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; stepson, Richard Tracy, of California; step- daughter, Charlotte Head of Alaska; stepdaughter, Phyllis Reigel of Washington; eight grandchildren, fifteen great- grandchildren, and three great great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the hospice of your choice. Condolences may be emailed and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.stodefh.com. Darlene S. Ashlock-Maner 1934-2012 Nancy Pappas 1926-2012 DarleneS. Ashlock-Maner, and husband, Noel, of Nancy Pappas, 86, of Stillwa- Scout leader, Den leader and longtime, happy homemaker Stillwater, OK; daughter, ter went to be with the Lord on officer and head timer for the and mother of three, went to LaVerne Brandt, of Mor- June 17, 2012 in Harrah, OK. Stillwater Aquatic Club. For be with the Lord ris0n, OK; son, Services have a period of lime, on May 30, 2012 Vemon Maner, been entrusted to she was the with family by of Fairfax, the care of Palmer bookkeeper for her side at the OK; gr-andchil- Marler Funeral the NAPA stores age of 78. A dren: Anthony".home and will be Pete owned. memorial ser- Alfonso of held at 10:00am Nancy was a life- vice will be held Morrison, OK, Friday, June long Methodist at 1:30 p.m. on Michael A. 22, 2012 at the and attended First Thursday, June Hannah and Palmer Marier UnitedMethodist 21, 2012 at the wife of Cla- Funeral Home Church of Still- Strode Funeral remore, OK, Chapel at 5106 N. water until her Home Chapel in Johnny D. Washington in Slillwater, OK. health deteriorated. Stillwater, Oklahoma. Strode Davis and wife of Pawnee, Public visitation will be held Additionally, Nancy had a keen Funeral Home is in charge of OK, Rhoda A. Davis of from 8am-8pm on Thursday, interest in genealogy, farnilyhis- arrangements. Tulsa, OK, and Jennifer June21,2012 tory and American history. She Darlene was born to Virgil L. Davis of Tulsa, OK; ten Mary Nancy Owen Pappas was widely read and had traced and Opal Ashlock on January great-grandchildren; four was bom May 21, 1926 in Little her roots back to Pre-Revolu- 24, 1934 in the Turley area brothers, Don, Clarence, RocLAR, the only daughter of tionary War Scotland, England, of Tulsa. She married John- Leslie and Ervin Ashlock; C.amm'aOwenandl_xtluHellums Ireland and Italy. She was a nie G. Maner, and together sister, W anita Wilkins; and Owen. Her father was aninsur- lifelong member and served as they had three children in a number of other relatives, ance executive so she grew up anofticerintheDaughtersofthe the Davidson area of Tulsa, Donations to the family having lived all over the United American Revolution, Cimar- Oklahoma. may be mailed to LaVerne States, including Pine Bluff, AR; mn Chapter; Chapter U of the Darlene was preceded in Brandtat46015S. 3400Rd., Forest Hills, NY;Atlanta, GA; P.E.O.; the Dames 0f Colonial death by her parents; hus- Morrison, OK 73061. Alexandria, LA; and Kansas America; and the Daughters of band, Johnny G. Maner; and Condolences may be City, KS. She graduated high the Confederacy. an infant daughter, Wanda emailed to the family and school from Classen High Nancy was a lifelong Repub- M. Maner.. an online obituary may School, Oklahoma City, OK. lican who worked many years She is survived by her be viewed by visiting She graduated from Linden- 'in Stillwater as a poll watcher. daughter, Sondra Alfonso www.strodefh.com, wood College and attended the She served as a Bellmon Belle University of Missouri. While and was also an acfive volunteer in college, she met the love of in many of Governor Bartlett's Kenneth Leroy Amess her life, Pete C. Pappas who campaigns. 1924-2012 also attended the University Nancy loved camping, water of Missouri. She made many sports and family Irips. As her Kenneth Leroy Amess, short time at Kansas Uni- life-long friendships from her kids got older, these interests 87, of Lawrence, Kansas, versity and then decided to college years, especially Jim were transferred to her grand- passed away June 16, 2012, become a barber. Heopened and Jean Wilbur, She married kids and she had rnany precious in Stillwater, a barber shop Pete on August12,1950. Their memoriesoflongsumrnerdays Oklahoma. A with his partner early marriage was very full with spem with the four older grand- visitation will be Roger Evers wo and family,. The first two sons at the lake house outside of at Strode Funeral and worked years of her married life were Bentonville, Arkansas. Nancy Home, Stillwa- there until he spent in Indianapolis, Indiana was a special person who gave ter, Oklahoma, retired. He while Pete was serving in the generously of her time and on Thursday, loved playing Army during the Korean War. had a special gift for listening June 21 st from golf, working After Pete finished his Army to grieving and ailing people. 6 - 7:30 p.m. on their home service, he and Nancy moved to Although her flnal months were He will be laid and woodwork- Kansas City. There they Started cult, she goes to a peaceful to rest in the ing projects. In a family and bought their first reunion with her husband Pete Abilene, Kansas Cemetery, January 2011, they moved home. They had four children and daughter Lisa. on Monday, June 25 'h at 1:00 to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to Laurie Suzan Pappas, Glenn Nancy is survived by her three p.m. Strode Funeral Home is be close to their niece and Owen Pappas, Lisa Pappas, olderchildrenLaurie, Glennand in charge of arrangements, her husband, Jim and Carol and Tom Pappas. Lisa was bom Tom and their spoases Charley, Kenneth was born December Wicksted. with a defective heart and most Deborah Scott and Michele; her 8, 1924, in Kansas City, Mis- He is preceded in death of Nancy'sdrnewasspentcaring grandchildren, Owen, Anthony, souri, to Irene Lancaster and by his wife, Colleen, and forher, f.amily, particularlyLi Jessica, Matti.P..h,li p Alex- T. R. Amess. He graduated survived by his nieces, and taking Lisa for medical stays andra, Daniel and Lillian; two from Abilene, Kansas High great nieces, great,great at the Mayo  inMinnesota, .great-graaddaildxen, ddamand School and enlisted in the U. nieces, great-great nephews, Lisa passed away in March of Mia; her first cousin Mary Lou S. Army. He later joined the and many dear friends. In 1963. The family moved to Johnson; her brother-in-law United States Air Force and remembrance of Kenneth, Kirkwood, MO and lived there and his wife, Greg and Adrian remained in the military until donations can be made to the until the Spring of 1966 when Pappas; and her sisterin-law he retired on June 30, 1965,as Alzheimer's Association, they came to Stillwater, OK. and her husband, Tenia and a Technical Sergeant. Ken- Oklahoma and Arkansas Nancy has lived there until Alexis Christopoulos; as well as neth married Colleen Lois Chapter, 6465 S. Yale Ave., shortly before her death on June extended family and friends. Clark on March 22, 1947. #312, Tulsa, OK 74136, or 17,2012. In Lieu of flowers, thefamily They traveled to Greenland, the American Heart Asso- Nancy was a loving mother, has asked for donations to be England and numerous places ciation, Oklahoma Affiliate, devoted wife and loyal friend made to The Girl Scouts of in the United States, whilehe P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX who wore many different hats America or Judith Karman was in the Air Force. 75284-1125. for Pete and the kids. In India- Hospice. Upon retiring from the Air Condolencesmaybeemailed napolis and Kansas City, she Condolences may be sent to the Force, Ken and Colleen made to the family and an online worked for Greybar Electric. family via an online guestbook at their home in Lawrence, obituary may be viewed by In St. Louis and Sdllwater, she www.pmcfh.cornoronfacebook Kansas. 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