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Gerald Schmitz

Sep 04, 1951 - Nov 14, 2023

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Bartlesville , OK

Gerald "Jerry" Elmon Schmitz passed away Tuesday November 14, 2023. Jerry was born September 4, 1951, in Enid, Oklahoma to Lawrence and Frances (Mitchell) Schmitz. He was raised in Wakita, Oklahoma on a wheat and cattle farm.Jerry went into the Army after High School. He served his country in Vietnam. Jerry worked in construction after his honorable discharge from the Army. He met his future wife, Sue, and they were joined in marriage on Feb 12, 1982. They made their home in Green River Wyoming...Read More

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Billy (Bill) Jim Weintz

Dec 02, 1938 - Feb 28, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

"Surrounded by family, Billy (Bill) Jim Weintz, age 85, passed away on February 28, 2024. A humble man, Bill penned the following obituary: Bill was born in an upstairs apartment above the main street of Coffeyville, KS on December 2, 1938. He moved to Bartlesville, OK in March of 1963 after graduating from Pittsburg (KS) University to go to work for Cities Service Oil Company. He also graduated from Tulsa University Graduate School of Business while attending night school. Bill worked for several large corporations in Bartlesville and Tulsa. He also worked at Adams Investment Company in Bartlesville for 27 years and retired as Secretary-Treasurer. After retirement he worked at various other jobs to experience some of the other types of jobs he hadn’t previously worked. In 1967 he met and married the love of his life. Bill was married to Barbara Ruth (Oestmann) Weintz for 56 years. He is survived by his wife and their three sons: Michael and his family of St. Louis, Matthew of Dewey, and Mark of Tulsa. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, six half-brothers and a half-sister. During his children’s youth, Bill coached his boys in various sports, including flag football, little league baseball, soccer, and wrestling. Bill loved old cars and showed his vehicles in over 125 car shows. Bill had also worked as a volunteer for Concern, Mary Martha Outreach and served on the Street and Traffic Committee for the City of Bartlesville. His family added the following: Bill was a great man who chose to spend his time supporting his family and others. He helped his wife pursue her passions of quilting and antiquing by opening Kountry Kupboard Quilt Shop in Bartlesville. Retiring early and being an avid camper, he travelled to all 48 contiguous US states with Barbara. We remember with joy the annual summer vacations and many camping trips he took us on. He also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Michelle, granddaughters Darya and Kristina, his bonus son Jack Hailey, Jr., and grand dog Margo. He will be missed by many. Visitation will be held Monday, March 4, from 11am until 1pm at Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville. A graveside will be held Monday, March 4, at 1pm at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville and is under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home and Crematory."

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Linda Jean Thomas

Jan 31, 1952 - Feb 28, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

"Linda Jean Thomas, age 72, of Bartlesville, passed away early Wednesday morning, February 28, 2024, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, surrounded by her family. Linda was born on January 31, 1952 in Oakland, California to George and Laura Sheward. As the daughter of a career Navy man, she was raised in various places in California, Kansas, Illinois, and Florida before the family settled in Pittsburg, Kansas. On December 14, 1974, Linda and Donald Wayne Thomas were united in marriage in Pittsburg. After their marriage, they lived in Caney, Kansas before moving to Dewey in 1982 and then Bartlesville in 1996. Linda was a cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and homemaker. She particularly loved animals of all kinds including various cats and dogs she shared her home and recliner with over the many years. She was a creative and talented spirit who enjoyed making clothes, quilts, and holiday decorations for herself, family, and friends. She was gracious and kind to everyone she met and had a smile that could brighten anyone’s day. She provided her family with compassion, support, joy, and inspiration. Diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome in her early 40s, she courageously fought the disease and its associated health challenges for over three decades, sustained by an unyielding spirit and the unwavering support of her husband, whose strength and devotion sustained her during the toughest times. Those that survive and hold many treasured memories of Linda are her husband - Don; daughter - Kelly Thomas of Dallas Texas; son and daughter-in-law - Shawn and Maura Thomas of Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in-law - Darby Thomas and Melisa McCelvey of Tulsa; three grandsons, Devon, Morgan, and Mason, two granddaughters Sierra and Ariana; one great-grandson - Kian, and two brothers Mike Sheward of Weir, KS; and Dennis Sheward of Fischer Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents. There will be visitation for family and friends Monday evening, March 4, from 5 to 7pm at the Stumpff Funeral Home in Bartlesville. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Journey Home through their website."

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Margie Lou (Thompson) Henson

Sep 12, 1926 - Feb 24, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

"Margie Lou (Thompson)Henson, 97 of Barnsdall, OK., passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in Bartlesville, OK. At The Journey Home. Born to Jess W. and Eula Faye (Nuckols)Thompson on September 12, 1926, in Kansas City, MO. Margie graduated from high school and moved on to start her career as a loan manager where she was able to work for SIC and Beneficial. Margie met and married her best friend and love Robert Lee Henson and the two began a wonderful life together raising a family. Margie had several hobbies in life including sewing, painting, and fishing. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Eula Thompson; Her husband, Robert Lee Henson; One brother, Donald Ray Thompson; her son, Robert Bruce Henson and grandson Robert Wayne Brown. Margie is survived by her daughter, Patsy Brown, and husband Herschel W. Brown, Jr., and many nieces and nephews."

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Joe William Griggs, Jr.

Jul 04, 1954 - Feb 23, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

"Joe William Griggs, Jr. age 70, lost his battle with Cancer on Friday, February 23, 2024, at his home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Joe was born July 4,1954 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the son of Joe William Griggs, Sr. and Pearl June (Hall) Griggs. Joe attended Dewey High School. Joe married Samilee (Rumple) Griggs and settled in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Joe later married Terri Griggs on July 10, 2000, and they celebrated 23 years of marriage in 2023. Joe was employed with the City of Bartlesville at a young age then went to Superior Casting in the Foundry in Dewey, Oklahoma. He was later employed with PM Company then left to work for Hillcrest Country Club. Joe retired from the Hillcrest Country Club where he was the groundskeeper for over 20 years. Joe loved his landscaping and gardening. Joe was respected by the many friends he met at the Country Club during his tenor there. Joe also loved fishing and hunting with their coonhounds and spending time with his Grandchildren and his brother Robert. Joe was a man of few words but could tell you some of the best stories. In thinking of Joe, he will be best remembered by his loved ones for his willingness and love he showed his family and helping them with anything they needed. Joe was a loving, giving and caring person and such is evidenced by the deep sorrow and pain in the family’s hearts from his passing. Joe led a good life and slipped away peacefully in his home with his wife, Terri, by his side. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by one daughter, Crystal Young, brothers, Mike Eugene Digney and Freddie Griggs, one sister, Alta Griggs (Bond) and granddaughter, Sara Marsh. Joe is survived by his wife, Terri Griggs, one son, George Griggs and his wife, Heather of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, daughters, Lilly McChesney, and her husband, Jeff of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Kelly Leeson of Louisiana, One Brother, Robert Griggs of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Granddaughters, Samilee Dobbs, Leslie Griggs, Mirriam Chyuka Griggs, Chastity Leeson, Brittanie Marsh, Addy and Aubri Hawk, and Grandsons, Walker Griggs, William Leeson and Ryan McChesney, and many nieces and nephews. A private family remembrance will be held in honor of Joe."

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Ronald Joe Sires

Oct 14, 1941 - Feb 29, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

"Ronald Joe Sires, age 82, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away February 29, from complications of pneumonia. Joe was born on October 14, 1941, and was the son of Jim and Bea Sires. Joe attended Wynnewood High School and served in the United States Air Force. In 1962, Joe married Tracy Huitt and raised their two children together. After working for OG\u0026amp;E for two years, Joe was then employed by Public Service Co. of Oklahoma in 1965. After retiring from PSO, he and Tracy continued to operate the local favorite gathering place, Joe’s Drive-In, in Shidler, Oklahoma, for many years. After Joe was finally able to convince Tracy to retire and sell the drive-in, they moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where they briefly operated Fat Bubba’s eatery, and currently reside. Joe is survived by his wife of the home, Tracy Sires; their two children, Vickie Hall (Jammie) of Urbandale, Iowa, and Kelly Sires (Marci) of Sun City Center, Florida; grandsons, Jason Hall (Aimee) of Bartlesville , Brandon Hall (Lindsey) of Overland Park, Kansas, Jacob Story and granddaughter Rachel Story, both of Sun City Center, Fla.; great-granddaughters, Lola, Layla and Lily Bloom, Emerson and Skye Hall and Athena Story. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leon and James Sires; and sister, Pat Smith. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to The Journey Home, 900 N.E. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, 2024, at Davis Family Funeral Home \u0026amp; Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel, 4201 Nowata Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006, 918-333-7665. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at East Cross United Methodist Church in Bartlesville with Pastor Chad Perceful officiating. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and Davis Family Funeral Home \u0026amp; Crematory – Walker Brown Chapel. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com."

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Mary May Bailey Spivey

May 15, 1930 - Feb 19, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

Mary May Bailey Spivey, 93, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024, at Journey Home in Bartlesville. Mary was born in May 15, 1930, in Mehan, Oklahoma, to the late John Alexander and Florence Caton Thornbrue. She graduated from high school in 1948 and started to Draughon's Business School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She met the love of her life, Ed Bailey, in Tulsa, and were united in marriage on February 18, 1950. They lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma three times, Bristow, Oklahoma and Pampa, Texas, where their two children grew up and graduated from high school. While living there, they built a beautiful lake home on Lake Tenkiller and went almost every weekend. They lived in Alaska for several years and when retired, they moved to their lake home. Mary was an excellent hostess, immaculate homemaker, and a fabulous cook. She loved to dance and loved all genres of music. She enjoyed her family gatherings, traveling, and weekends at the lake. She also sewed beautiful garments. Mary was a faithful Christian and lived her testimony. She was easy to love and loved unconditionally. Mary is survived by her son, Bobby Wayne and wife, Michele of Lubbock, Texas; daughter, Charmayne Cornsilk and husband, Larry of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Meagan (Perry) Crafton, Brandon Bailey, Kimberly Costilow, Raymond (Zedeana) Cornsilk, and Shannon Cornsilk; great-grandchildren, Jeremy Felts, Cole Cornsilk, Charles Cornsilk, Camden and Cason Johnson; great-great grandsons, Benjamin and Brady Redden; great-great granddaughters, Lauren (Tyler) Redden, Bailey Cornsilk, Treena Cornsilk, and Mallori Clark; and one great great great granddaughter, Ariah Hubbard. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Edward Bailey, and a brother, John. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 22, 2024, 1:00 PM, in the Chapel of Hart Funeral Home in Tahlequah with a visitation starting at 11:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Cookson Cemetery in Cookson, Oklahoma.

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Larry Joe Henry

Mar 01, 1941 - Feb 18, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

Larry Joe Henry, 82 of Independence, Kansas passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at the Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.Larry was born on March 1, 1941 in Cherryvale, Kansas to Robert and Leora (Adams) Henry. Larry attended the Labette County schools. On August 14, 1959, Larry married Esther Smith in Cherryvale, Kansas at the Nazarene Church parsonage. Through the years Larry and Esther welcomed two children, Cindy and Kevin. Larry worked as a draftsman for 20 plus years before opening his own small engine repair shop in the mid-1990s, Henry’s Small Engines. Larry devoted 20 plus years to helping numerous people all over southeast Kansas with their small engines. In 2010 Larry retired and closed the shop. Larry was a member of the Lions Club and loved to spend his free time fishing, helping others with the small engines, cutting wood and reading western novels. Most of all he loved the time he spent with his family, especially his four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.Larry is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Leora Henry.Larry’s legacy will live on with his wife, Esther of Independence, daughter, Cindy Thompson and husband Steve of Caney, son, Kevin Henry and wife Amy of Independence, four grandchildren, Tyler Henry and wife Ashley, Alex Henry and wife Emily, and Micheal and Megan Henry, six great grandchildren, Ryker, McKinley, Olivia, Rylan, Kaison, and Kolby Henry, and one sister.A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held at Potts Chapel in Independence on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions can be made in Larry’s name to the Journey Home, 900 Washington Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74006.

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Barbara Ellen Ellison

Jan 12, 1934 - Jan 30, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

Barbara Ellen Ellison, 90, of Nowata, Oklahoma, passed away on January 30, 2024, at The Journey Home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with her loving family by her side. She was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, on January 12, 1934, to Dero Vinita Jr. and Elsie (Page) Vinita.Barbara grew up in the Alluwe area. She had four children: Mary, Debbie, Carla, and Ernest. While her children were young, she worked as a homemaker, tending to the needs of the home and family. She was a special lady that had various talents. In her free time, she enjoyed working in her flower gardens and fishpond, cooking, and sewing. She loved making candy and people loved eating Barbara’s candy. She made the best peanut brittle and had many Blue Ribbons from the county fair to prove its taste! Barbara loved children and babysitted for several Nowata area families’ children throughout the years. She also sewed and made many quilts for everyone’s children. In Barbara’s later years, she enjoyed shopping, working at the Cherokee Nation, and running around with Mike and Cathy Bryant. Barbara will truly be missed by her family and everyone that knew her.Barbara is preceded in death by her parents: Dero and Elsie Vinita; her first husband: J.D. King; her second husband: Ralph Ellison; and her sister: Rosella May King.Those left to cherish the memory of Barbara include her children: Mary Short and husband, Rick, of Dewey, Oklahoma, Debbie King of Dewey, Oklahoma, Carla Meason of Dewey, Oklahoma, and Ernest Ellison of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; her grandchildren: Mistie Pollard, Shawn Short, Jack Short, Jeana Boyd, Wendy King, Shelby King, Taylor King, Athena Beams, Sage Ellison, Maddyson Ellison, and Jaci Thompson; her 11 great grandchildren; her 10 great-great grandchildren, her sisters: Ruth Wood of Nowata, Oklahoma and Mary Wilson of Nowata, Oklahoma, along with other family members and many friends.A memorial service is planned for Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the Nowata Re-located Cemetery at 2:00 PM with Pastor Traven Pollard officiating.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the loving staff of Benjamin Funeral Service. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemoriesnowata.com.

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Jimmy Allen Walls

Oct 23, 1957 - Feb 06, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

Jimmy Allen Walls, 66, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, passed away on February 6, 2024, at Ascension St. John Jane Phillips in Bartlesville. Jimmy was born on October 23, 1957, to James Allen Walls and Betty Marie (Jenkins) Walls in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.At a young age, Jimmy and his family moved to California, where he spent his formative years, before the family moved back to the Dewey area. Jimmy worked in the oil fields for several years before retiring. Jimmy was definitely "the life of the party" and enjoyed having a good time. He enjoyed going to the casino and gambling, playing BINGO, and socializing with friends. In his free time, he liked to go fishing and go back roading. Jimmy also loved spending time with family and will be missed by all who knew him.Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents: James and Betty Walls; his sisters: Judy Lee Robinson and Beverly Gorham; his brother-in-law: Jim Robinson, and his significant other: Trudie Hollingshead.Those left to cherish the memory of Jimmy include his daughter: Leanne Griffin of Nowata, OK; his grandson: Trevor Griffin of Nowata, OK; his brothers: Roger Dale Walls of Bartlesville, OK, and Matthew Walls of Foyil, OK; his niece: Lisa Dawn Bush of Tahlequah, OK; and his friend: Christina Johnson of Bartlesville, OK, along with other family members and friends.A visitation for Jimmy has been planned for Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at the Benjamin Funeral Service Chapel from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the loving staff of Benjamin Funeral Service. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemoriesnowata.com.

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Max Wilhelm Legatski

Jul 29, 1939 - Jan 27, 2024

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Bartlesville, OK

Max Wilhelm Legatski (84) passed away January 27, 2024 in Bartlesville, OK. Max was born July 29, 1939, in Bartlesville, OK to Harold and Louesa (Lester) Legatski. Max attended College High School in Bartlesville, and went on to earn a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. After college, Max went to work for Atlantic Richfield in their research division until he left to work as an independent consultant. Max is survived by his wife, Patricia, brother Karl and his wife Lynn, brother Richard and his wife Laurie, son Scott Legatski, son Dean Legatski and his wife Lorie, granddaughter Rebecca and her husband Eliott, granddaughter Emily and her husband Breckten, and 2 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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