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A2 .- THE JOURNAL, Thursday, December 10, 2020. t People In Remerni’bran e Everett Leroy Gunkel 1947-2020 ' Everett Leroy Gunkel, 73 passed on Monday, November 30, 2020 at his home. Funeral services were ' held at 2 pm. on Friday, Decem? ber 4, 2020, at L o s t C r e elk United Meth— odist ChurCh in . Stillwater, OK. Interment fol- lowed at Oak Grove Cemetery. Strode Flmeral Home is in care of the arrangements. ,1 Leroy was born on April 24, 1947, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Wallace (Pete) Gunkel and Viola T0wle. He was married to Ruth Bridenstine on April 1 , 2000atLostCreekandlaterto Ruby Disney on May 23 , 2090. Leroy graduated from Coer High School. He served in the US. Army and is a Vietnam War veteran. He went on to work as a home builder in the Stillwater and Coyle area. He later worked for Payne County District 3 until his retirement in 2014. He enjoyed fishing,camping, and completing woodw01king projects. He loved his family and'spending time with his family- especially his grand- children. He was an acu've member ‘ of Lost Creek United Method- ist Church, and he enjoyed par- ticipating in the Alaska Mission. He is preceded in death by. his parents and wife, Ruth Gunkel. ' He is survived by his wife Ruby'Disney Gunkel; daugh— ter, Lara Brooks and husband Jeremy Brooks; grandchil- dren Luke and Blaire Brooks; Ruby’s children, Don and Vickie Disney of Chandler, Walt and Leigh Disney of Norman, Linda and Jack Bowyer of Perkins, Sharonand David Kinzie of Perkins, Billy and Kathy Disney of Garber, and Keith and Terri Disney of Stillwater, and a host of grand and great-grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obitu— ary may be viewed by visiting wwwstrodeflrcom. Josephine Olandese Bays 1941-2020 I Josephine Olandese Bays was born in the family home in Krebs, Oklahoma on January 7 , 1941 to grant parents from Italy, Car— melo and Filippa Rizzo Olandese. She passed away unexpectedly ,on, December '4, 2020 at ’Jane Phillips Medical , Center in Bartlesville, Okla- homawith herdaughtersather sideatthe age of79 years, 11 months and 27 days. Funeral services were held at 2 pm. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Bays Family Memorial section of Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater, Okla- homa. Josephine attended ele- ' mentary and middle school in Krebs and graduated from McAlester High School in 1960. She was a member of Future Nurses of America and the Literary Reviewer’s club. She moved to Tulsa after graduation and worked at the Denver Grill Restaurant where on April 30, 1966 she met Gene Bays. Two and a half months later on July 16, 1966 Josephine andGene were mar- ried at the home of her cousins Antonetta and Dale Jacobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After they were married Gene and Josephine moved to Stillwater where their first daughter Theresa Diana was born. They then moved to Ponca City where their second daughter Patricia Annette was born. Josephine worked in customer service roles and was a homemaker. She loved play— . ing bingo, doing embroidery, and word searches. ' Josephine had a unique gift. She could remember everyone’sbhflrday,tlreir age, and even their anniversary and how long they had been married. Her memory was incredible. She loved her chil— ' dren, her grand- V_ ' children, and her great-grandsons. Josephine bat- , tled MS for over 30 years but it , never affected her sunny dis- position. She always cared about people instead of her- self. Because MS made her need full time care,Josephine had resided at Medicalodges care center in Dewey for three years. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Medicalodges Dewey for the care & compassion they showed Jo the last 3 years. She is Survived by her hus- band of 54 years Gene Bays of Perkins, Oklahoma; her daughters Theresa Bays and Patty Bays, both of Battles— Ville, Oklahoma; her grand- daughters Ashley Wingender . and husband Alex of Stillwa- ter, Casey Busch of Tulsa, Katrina McEnany and hus— band John of Ponca City, and Alyssa DeHeer of Belgrade, Minnesota; her great-grand— sons Atreyu Scott, Aydrion Lloyd, JMichael Dean, and Alexander Gene, and one great-granddaughterexpected to be born February 2021; and her sister Jennie Cinocca of McAlester, Oklahoma. She is also survived by many nieces , nephews, other family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Carmelo and Frlippa; herbrothers Joe Olan- dese, Frank Olandese, Carlo Olandese, Orland Olandese, and Philip Olandese; and one sister Antoinette Liner. Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com. Melvin Lee Fry 1928-2020 Melvin Lee Fry, 92, passed aWay on Monday, Novem- ber 30, 2020 at his home in Perkins, Okla- homa. Graveside services were held On Monday, December 7 , 2020 at 2:30 pm. at Sunset Memo- rial Garden Cem- eteryinStillwater. Dighton Marler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Melvin was born on January 5, 1928 to Eugene Melvin and Addie Berdina (Caldwell) Fry in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He attended Stillwater High School. He married Diana Fry on April 19, 2008 at Solid Rock Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Melvin is survived by his wife Diana, his son David FryandwifeLisa, his grandchil- dren Trevor Fry, Tara Fry—Webb and Whitley Fry-Campbell as well as his great grandchildren Easton Andrew and Lucas James Fry, Cooper and Carly Webb, Sympho- nie, Lyrik, Kanon and Kohen Campbe11. He is also survived by his siblings, Bennie Ber— niece Fry and Beverly Groe. ‘ Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guest— book at www.dightonmarler. com. ' I George Thomas Bickell 1934-2020 3’ George Thomas Bickell passed away unexpectedly at his home in Perkins. He was 85. Services have been entrusted ’ to the care of Dighton-Marle Funeral Home of Stillwater. George was night, Oklahoma to Asa and Mabel (Ridpath) Bickell. He grew up in the Tryon/Perkins area most of his life. He graduated from Tryon High School in 1953.1n 1957 he joined the United States Army to serve his country. Through the years he worked for the City of Perkins and the . Perkins—Tryon Public Schools. He was very supportive and involved with the Perkins and Olshing VFW and the Amer- ican Légion. He loved college sports, especially 0U football. In his latteryears you could find him most days playing dom- inoes at the Perkins Domino Parlor and telling old stories. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter, Sharyl Pickens and husband Brent of Oklahoma City, OK; three grandchildren, Westin Younger and husband Geno, Colt Pickens, and Will Pickens and Fiance’ Tori Shockley all of Yukon, OK; two sisters, Georgia Doreen Roe of Puyallup, WA, and SharonBurch and husband Ron Of Silver City, TX; several nieces, nepheWs, and old friends; and we must not forget his canine companion, L.B. “Little Bud.” , Funeral Services were held at 1 prn.Friday,December4,2020 at Dighton-Marler Funeral HomeinStillwaterofliciatedby ChadPickens,nephewofBrent and Sharyl. Interment followed at Tryon Cemetery in Tryon. Condolences may\be.sent to the family Via an online guest- book at www.dightonmarler. com Memorial contributions may be made in George’s honor to the Cushing VFW in do Dighton-MarlerFuneral Home, 5106 N. Washington, Stillwa- ter, OK, 74075. Anthony John DeGeorge 1932-2020 Anthony John “Skip” DeGeorge Jr., of Stillwater passed away on Saturday, November 28 2020. There will be a private funeral and burial for immediate . family. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Skip was born in Erie , PA , the son of Lenora (Cherry) and Anthony John “Tony” DeGeorge. He was a grad— uate of the Class of 1950 at Cathedral Prep High School in Erie, PA, where he was a cheerleader. He received a bachelor’s degree in econom— ics from the Wharton! School of Finance and Commerce, University of Pennsylvania. He served 2 years in the US. Army. On June 30, 1956, Skip mariied Eleanor “ and together they raised seven children. He was devoted to his family and his Catholic faith. For 34 years he worked at Moore Business Forms in various positions in seven dif- ferent states. He started in their Manufacturing Operations and retired as a Plant Manager. After retirement, he and Ellie enjoyed traveling with her sister, Mary Ann and her husband Jerry throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He and Ellie were Mobile Meals volunteers and did meal delivery to the Adult Day Life Center. They_Were also charter members of the Total Health Fitness Center since 'e” Bulo I 2002. He attended daily Mass and was a lector at St. Francis Church in Stillwater. Skip was , always a perfect gentleman and his kindness towards every- one was genuine. He made friends with everyone wherever he went and he always kept in touch whether it was friends, family or even extended family. He was also a big OSU sports fan and loved watching his beloved Cowboys. He is survived by his seven loving children — Dr. Michael (Colby) of Flourtown, PA; Suzanne and fiancée John Haworth of Newburyport, MA; Gregory of Edmond; Steven (Cynthia) of Owasso; John (Lori) of Stillwater; David of Oklahoma City and Jennifer of Northglenn, CO; and seven grandchildren —— Dr. Joan (Sam ,Nordberg), Dr. Antonia McClune (Kyle), Christopher(Rachael), Jamie, Liberty, Zachary and Gabri- e11a.He is also survived by his four great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellie and his sister Nancy Fallert. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzhei- mer’s Association by visiting www.alz.org/donate or St. Francis Catholic Church in Stillwater. ,. ‘ Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting wwwstrodeflrcom. Meldine “Mel” Boyles Henry 1927 -2020 Meldine “Mel” Boyles Henry, Nan,.to so many, wants us to know that after 93 well—lived years, her work here is done. On Sunday, Novem- ber 29, 2020, she was reunited with her husband, as well as family and friends, whom she has not seen in a while. She left > detailed instructionstocelebrate her mission here, which was so generously completed. Mel was born on January 24, 1927, in rural Payne County to Nelson (Nels) Miles Boylesand Thelrna Irene (Rene) Stratton Boyles. The tenth of fourteen siblings, she would tell you they didn’t have a lot of money growing up,buttheyhadalot of love. They were a family of doers and there was 'never a dull Mel’s life was a testament to this as she loved beyond measure, delighted in helping others, and found joy in every moment. While attending school in Ralsto'n, Mel met her high school sweetheart, Raymond “Doc” Henry, and on June 8, 1946, they were married. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Stillwater where Doc was enrolled at Oklahoma A&M College as a member of thefirstclass ofveterinaryrnedi— cine.Dminghisfirstsetoffina]s, they welcomed their daughter, AvaRae.In1951,Doc,andby extension Mel, graduated from veterinary school. After gradu- ation, they moved to Pawnee, and a year later they welcomed their son, Matthew Dean. For35 years,DocandMelran a successful veterinary practice. WhileDoccaptmedeveryone’s attention With his storytelling, care for animals, and musi— cal talents, Mel perfected the art of suturing, quilting and sand plum jelly, maintained the clinic’s books, ranched with the cowboys in Ralston, and made sure everything and everyone was taken care of and running on'tirne. Throughout their work and life, they found opportunities to travel and were blessed with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and numerous lifelong friends.‘ Doe and Mel enjoyed 65 years together until his passing in 2012. Pawnee was home and Mel wasanintegralpartof the com- munity and the Frrst Christian Church, both of which she loved dearly. Always willing to volunteer, cook meals, and give ofhertime,Meltrulycared aboutthe lives of others,and she was deeply committed to her faith. The Pawnee Chamber of Commerce once Judy Hull Steve Norman 424 s. rm Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 372-7437 ‘ 1507 S Senate Rd Straw-m, OK 74074 (405) 377-1990 Pm Hm OFF Kevin Clark 4093M , 1120NDuck,Ste.J Stillwater, OK 74074 Stillwater, OK 74075 (405) 780-7233 (405) 3727437 Mel as the Citizen of the Year, and when noted for her volun- teer efforts in the local newspa— per, The Pawnee Chief, Mel said if she could live any place in the world it would be “right here”. Mel’ 5 contributions extended beyond the Pawnee com— munity through her past service on the Board of Directors for Judith Karman Hospice, a non-profit agency based in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mel loved nothing more than to gather on “the back porch” at their home east of Pawnee with family, including hersix grandchildren andfifteen great-grandchildren. She also cherished time spent with her siblings. If a family gathering wasn’t being held, then you could almost always find her teaching a loved one how to quilt or sharing homemade pie. Wherever she was, there was always a cup of hot coffee and good conversation. Mel is survived by daughter and husband, Ava and Lynn Osborn of Stillwater; son, Matthew Henry and Laura Kenny of Tulsa; grandchil- dren, spouses, and great-grand- children, Jason and Roma .Osbom, Ben, Sam and Drew; Jamie andIanceTroester,Lilli; Julie Osborn and Matt Hollrah, Sadie Bea and Simon; John and Lori Henry, Laney, Haley and Lawson; Lacy and Shawn Henry-Fournier, Penelope, Aniston, Atticus and Wilder, Tyler and Nicole Henry, Jack and Emma; brother and wife, Clifford and Fonda Boyles of Broken Anow; sister, Lois Furgason of Chickasha; nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to list but not forgotten. Mel is reunited with her hus- band, Raymond “Doc” Henry; parents Nels and Rene Boyles; brothers and sisters, Nelson Boyles, Helen Hilbert, Jack Boyles, Joe Boyles, Virginia Sikes Cole, Opal Nugent, Ken- neth Boyles, Edith Hill, Norma Brown and Mel’s twin sister, Maxine. Mel will be greatly missed, but her 10Ve and gracious spirit willliveoninallwhoknewher. DretoCovid,thefamilyhopes to gather with loved ones at a laterdate to celebrate Mel’s life. Memorial contributions may be made to The Frrst Christian Church of Pawnee Building Fund, PO. Box 207, Pawnee, OK 74058._ Services were entrusted to the Poteet Funeral Home and Cremation Services, friends can leave a memory for the family at www.poteetfuner— alhomemm Judy Stevlsun Matt Hull. CFP 4m W. em, Ste. 150 1507 s Sangre Rd Stillwater. OK 74074 suirwam, OK 74074 [405) 372—8472 (405) 377-1990 www.cdward]ones.com Member swc Edna rd Jones MAKING SENSE OF INVESTING