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Robert Taylor Thompson
Kennedy Midtown Funeral & Cremation
Scarlett Olivia Zuyus
Robert Taylor Thompson,
age 92, passed away peacefully
on January 16th in The Woodlands, Texas. Robert was born
on November 29, 1921 in Dewar,
Oklahoma. Robert was the
son of William and Grace Ann
Thompson of Stigler, Oklahoma.
Robert was a 1st Lieutenant Forward Observer in a Field Artillery
unit of the 36th Division in World
War Two. Having served in campaigns in Anzio, Italy and southern
France, he was captured by the Germans in
August 1944 near Remiremont, France and
was held as a Prisoner of War in Poland and
Germany until the end of the war in Europe.
He played a prominent role in the ‘Hammelburg Raid” that took place at Oflag XIII-B
in Germany in the closing days of the war.
Upon returning home from Europe in
1945, Robert received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma
State University in 1948. Robert married
Gladys Marie Carter in 1948 in Lubbock,
Texas. After Robert and Gladys were married, they moved to Odessa, Texas and
then Bartlesville, Oklahoma where Robert
worked for Phillips 66 as a process engineer until 1955. He then spent the next 40
years self-employed with businesses ranging from retail gasoline marketing, land
surveying, and consulting engineering.
Robert was the last surviving son from
a family of seven boys raised in Stigler,
Oklahoma. Of the seven sons, three were
West Point graduates and two of those
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were killed in action in World
War Two (Lt Col Paul Thompson
and Major Pershing Thompson).
Robert and Gladys had four
children and lived in Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He lived
the past 42 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Texas to
be near family. After retirement,
he was very active serving as
newsletter editor and attending
annual reunions with friends and
family from the Oflag 64 Ex-POW
Association, which is a group named for
the prison camp where they were held in
Poland during World War Two. He also volunteered for the Tulsa Police Department.
He is survived by his children Marlene McAllister, Peggy (Charles) Marlatt, Nancy (Mark) Wyatt, and Robert
(Theresa)Thompson Jr.; grandchildren
Stacey, Eric, Kendall, Derek, Taylor, Kailey, and great grandson Tanner(Catfish).
A joint burial for Robert and his wife Gladys will be at Fort Gibson National Cemetery
in Fort Gibson Oklahoma January 24th at
10:00am. To honor Robert’s life, the family
requests donations be made to the Oklahoma State University Foundation in lieu of
flowers. Please make checks payable to the
OSU Foundation and mail to OSU Foundation, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK, 740761749. Donations may also be made online
at www.osugiving.com by selecting “GIVE
FUND”. Please note, “in memory of Robert
Thompson” in the “COMMENT” section.
Scarlett Olivia Zuyus of Tulsa,
age 6, peacefully entered eternal life January 16, 2014 at her
home surrounded by loved ones.
She was born December 4, 2007
in Boston, Massachusetts to Jennifer Leigh Nail Zuyus and Peter
Thomas Zuyus, Jr. Scarlett was
incredibly strong and she inspired
many. Her favorite color was
pink. She loved dancing, singing,
butterflies, rainbows, tea parties,
spa baths, baking cookies, fairies
and building all types of castles, especially
sandcastles. She attended Monte Cassino
Early Childhood Learning Center. Scarlett
is survived by her parents: Jennifer Nail
Zuyus and Peter Zuyus, Jr.; sister Marissa
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Thomas Edwin McKee, Ed.D.
Thomas Edwin McKee, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend,
passed away peacefully at home
on Saturday, January 18, 2014. He
was 87 years old. Thomas was
born on January 17, 1927 in Tulsa,
OK to Charles and Estelle McKee.
He graduated from Marquette
High School and spent a semester
at the University of Tulsa before
enlisting in the Navy in 1945. He
received an honorable discharge
in 1946 and returned to school, earning a
Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy in
1950, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree
in 1954, and a Masters of Religious Education in 1955 from Maryknoll Seminary.
Thomas’s work reflected his deep compassion and a strong commitment to service
and social justice. He dedicated himself to
missionary work in Korea through Maryknoll for twelve years. In 1967 he moved to
Honolulu, Hawaii, and married Annetta
Chung. He and Annetta later moved to
Tulsa, OK where he worked at the Children’s
Medical Center before finishing a doctorate in education at the University of Tulsa.
He founded the Christopher Youth Center
in 1980, an inpatient psychiatric treatment
center for boys. He directed the CYC until
his retirement in 2002. He then continued
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his support of various social, political, and religious causes, especially through his volunteer work
at the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
He also devoted himself to his
family and his passion for reading.
Thomas is preceded in death
by his parents and his sister, Gertrude LoVoi. He is survived by
his wife; his daughters, Estelle
(and Steve Paling), Annette (and
Michael Mariani), and Maureen;
his grandchildren, Thomas and
Matthew Mariani, Lucas and Ella Paling, and Amias McKee; and his brothers and sisters, Calvin (and Patti), Margery Kelley, Nancy McKee, Patrick (and
Sally) McKee, and Mae Brandenburg; and
many nephews and nieces. He was an anchor for us, and we will miss him greatly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations to the national Catholic Relief
Services, 228 W. Lexington St. Baltimore,
Maryland 21201 (www.crs.org). Visitation
will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from
5:00-7:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00
p.m. both at Fitzgerald Southwood Colonial
Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be
held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014
at Church of the Resurrection. Fitzgerald
Southwood Colonial Chapel, 918-291-3500.
Kate Cushing
Kate Cushing, 92, longtime Tulsan passed away January 7, 2014.
Kate was born February 7, 1921
in Tahlequah, OK; daughter of
the late William Hugh and Alice
(Martin) Kisner. A graduate of
Northeastern State University in
1941, she enjoyed a 49 year teaching and coaching career, the final
28 years at Monte Cassino where
she also served as Dean of Girls
and tennis coach. Her promotion of tennis and coaching skills
led to her induction into the Hall of Fame
of both the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association and the Missouri Valley Section of
the USTA. Kate was preceded in death by
her husbands, Ronald Ekey and John Cush-
ing and grandson Devin DeJarnette. She is survived by daughter,
Ronda DeJarnette and husband
Don of Augusta, GA; sons Mike
Cushing, Corvallis, OR; Tim Cushing and wife Terri of Stillwater,
OK; 4 grandchildren and 5 great
grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 A.M.,
Thursday, January 23, 2014 at
First United Methodist Church in
Tulsa. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Endowed
Scholarship Fund at Monte Cassino School,
2206 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74114. Freeman Harris (918)749-3333. Condolences
may be left online at freemanharris.com
Ruth Ann (Hicks) Robb
Ruth Ann (Hicks) Robb passed
away Friday, January 17, 2014, in
her home surrounded by her family. Ruth was born October 10,
1920 in Allen, OK, the daughter of
Minnie (Jumper) and Gus Hicks.
The next year her family moved
to Ardmore, OK. She met her future husband, Ernest, at Ardmore
High School and they graduated
together in 1938. They married
in 1939 and had eleven children.
Her deepest loves were her Catholic faith, her husband and her treasured
children. She is survived by sons: Paul,
David, Steve, Mark, Jef and Eric Robb;
daughters: MaryAnn VanVeen, Cecilia Connelly, Kathy Martin, Christina Taylor and
Jane Mullenax; 30 grandchildren and 29
great-grandchildren. She was predeceased
by her beloved Ernest, two grandchildren,
Aaron David Taylor and John Bernard Robb, son-in-law Capt. William “Mike” Connelly, and daughter-in-law Britany Robb, sisters:
Mary Harrell, Opal Hicks, Marie
Lawrence and Jeanne Johns; and
brother Fred B. Hicks. A Rosary
will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday,
January 21, 2014 at Fitzgerald Ivy
Chapel with Mass of Christian
Burial at Holy Family Cathedral
10:30 a.m., Wednesday. Interment will be Thursday, 1:00 p.m.,
at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ardmore, OK. In
lieu of lowers, Mother and our family request donations to Holy Family Cathedral School, 820 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa, OK
74119. Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, 918-585-1151.
Please leave condolences for the family at
Paige Zuyus; brother Nicholas
Quinn Zuyus; grandparents: Ronald and Judy Nail of Sand Springs
and Kathy and Peter Zuyus, Sr. of
Homer, Alaska, Aunt Rhonda Nail,
Uncle Joe and Aunt Emily Zuyus,
Uncle Mike and Aunt Tricia Zuyus,
cousins Sydney, Mollie, Raegan
and Ava and an abundance of extended family and friends. Mass of
Resurrection will be held at 10:00
am, Tuesday, January 21st at Holy
Family Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, friends are donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Benedictine
Sisters at Monte Cassino and Monte Cassino
School. Kennedy-Midtown Funeral & Cremation, 918.599.7799, kennedycares.com
Donald George Gardner
Donald George Gardner was born September 27, 1927 in Henryetta, Oklahoma
the son of Dwight and Betty Hampton
Gardner. Donald passed away January 17,
2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 86.
Retired Aamoco employee. Married Joyce
Russell in July of 1948 who preceded him
in death in 2002. Donald is survived by;
two sons, David G. Gardner and his wife
Barrens, Dorothy M., 83,
department store credit clerk,
died Monday. Services pending. Jack’s.
Beeman, Janette, 96, homemaker, died Monday. Services
pending. Moore’s Memory.
Biggart, Paul Edward Sr., 55,
truck driver, died Wednesday. Private family services.
Button, Allen Ray, 66, retired
Sears appliance salesman,
died Saturday. Visitation 5-7
p.m. Tuesday, Add’Vantage
Funeral Service, and graveside
service 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Chapelwood Cemetery, Nash,
Carr, Mada June, 92, Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
employee, died Thursday.
Private family services.
Core, Russell, 75, died Monday.
Services pending. Dillon &
Smith, Sand Springs.
Desonia, Marilyn Kay, 73,
housekeeper, died Jan. 15. Visitation 7-8 p.m. Wednesday
and service 10 a.m. Thursday,
both at Kennedy-Midtown
Funeral Home.
Downey, Mary Frances, 81,
administrative assistant, died
Sunday. Services pending.
Moore’s Southlawn.
Hayes, Norma L., 99, Army
Corps of Engineers secretary,
died Monday. Services pending. Fitzgerald Southwood
Hernandez, Juan, 75, commercial laundry worker, died
Jan. 13. Funeral Mass 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Thomas More
Catholic Church. Add’Vantage.
Holt, Etta Mae, 84, homemaker,
died Saturday. Service 10
a.m. Thursday, Trinity Baptist
Church. Mark Griith-Westwood.
Johnson, Virginia L., 92, homemaker, died Saturday. Graveside service 10 a.m. Tuesday,
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ninde Brookside.
Maxson, Mary Margaret, 89,
died Sunday. Service 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, First Christian
Church, Parsons, Kan. CarsonWall, Parsons.
McKee, Thomas E., 87, Christopher Youth Center founder
and director, died Saturday.
Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday
and rosary 7 p.m. Tuesday,
both at Fitzgerald Southwood
Colonial Funeral Home, and
funeral Mass 10 a.m. Wednesday, Church of the Resurrection.
Nichols, Anthony George, 54,
painter, died Friday. Private
family services. AdamsCrest
Candy of Norman and Larry K. Gardner of
Tulsa, Daughter, Debbie Bissom of Tulsa
and sister, Juanita Seeger of Oklahoma
City. Visitation 2:00 to 4:00 Tuesday January 21, 2014 at Bixby Funeral Service. Funeral service 10:00 AM Wednesday January
22, 2014, Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 5111 S. Memorial Dr., Tulsa, OK 74145.
Bixby Funeral Service (918) 369-1700
Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel
(Tulsans unless indicated)
Hillcrest Hospital South
Kayla Jackson, Broken Arrow,
Tifany James and David Ford,
Broken Arrow, girl.
Roseann and Matthew Johnson,
Broken Arrow, girl.
Owen, Nicola Dawn, 48,
licensed practical nurse, died
Monday. Services pending.
Paddock, Don L., 49, Tulsa
Beef & Provision Inc. butcher,
died Saturday. Service 2 p.m.
Wednesday, St. Dunstan’s
Episcopal Church. SchaudtTeel.
Pinkstaf, Lawrence E., 84, died
Sunday. Services pending.
Floral Haven, Broken Arrow.
Pouncil, Edmond, 68, Farmers
Insurance salesman, died Sunday. Services pending. Jack’s.
Quinn, Kenneth E., 77, piano
tuner and musician, died
Sunday. Services pending.
Moore’s Rosewood.
Robb, Ruth Ann, 93, homemaker, died Friday. Rosary
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Fitzgerald
Ivy Funeral Home, and funeral
Mass 10:30 a.m. Wednesday,
Holy Family Cathedral.
Rongey, (Miller) Rawnda Pearl,
93, Cities Service employee,
died Monday. Services pending. Mark Griith-Westwood.
Rush, Mayetta, 88, administrator, died Friday. Service 2 p.m.
Thursday, Immanuel Baptist
Church. Floral Haven, Broken
Taylor, Doris Lee, 82, homemaker, died Monday. Services
pending. Jack’s.
Walters, Ava, age unavailable,
died Friday in Montgomery,
Ala. Service noon Wednesday, Cummins Funeral Home,
Ziesmer, Judy A., 67, Heritage
Medical Clinic administrator,
died Sunday in Collinsville.
Service 11 a.m. Wednesday,
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church. Freeman Harris.
Funeral home, church and
cemetery locations are in the city
under which the death notice is
listed unless otherwise noted.
Barnsdall — Larry Wayne Swan,
70, died Sunday. Graveside
service 1 p.m. Thursday, Ethel
Reece Cemetery. Stumpf.
Bartlesville — Geneva May
“Reese” Grey, 73, factory
worker, died Monday. Services
pending. Mark Griith-Westwood, Tulsa.
— Cleva B. Knode, 86, died
Saturday. Visitation 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday and service 2 p.m.
Thursday, both at Stumpf
Funeral Home.
— Laura Leigh Murphy, 49,
died Friday. Services pending.
Arnold Moore & Neekamp.
— Allison Daria Spitz, 54, Sitel
Co. customer service representative, died Sunday. Services pending. Add’Vantage,
— Mary Ann Walls, 84, retired
J.C. Penney Co. salesclerk,
died Sunday. Memorial service
10 a.m. Saturday, Arnold
Moore & Neekamp Funeral
Home Chapel.
Bixby — Betty Lucile Savage,
87, draftswoman, died Jan.
12. Graveside service 1 p.m.
Saturday, Rolston Cemetery,
Monkey Island. Bixby Funeral
— J. Guadalupe Rodriguez
Zamarripa, 58, Easton Sod
Co. employee, died Friday.
Visitation 5-8 p.m. Tuesday,
RiverCrest Chapel. Services
pending. Bixby Funeral Service.
Broken Arrow — Wanda Pauline Morgan, 84, Ambassador
Shoe Rebuilder owner, died
Friday. Visitation noon-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Floral Haven Funeral
Home, and service 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
— John Ricardo Perez, 60, truck
driver, died Sunday. Visitation
6-8 p.m. Thursday, ButlerStumpf Funeral Home, Tulsa,
and service 2 p.m. Friday,
Memorial Park Cemetery
Chapel, Tulsa.
— Velia “Sis” Pitchford, 96,
seamstress, died Thursday.
Visitation 9 a.m.-noon.
Tuesday and service 1 p.m.
Tuesday, both at Hayhurst
Funeral Home.
— Mitchell Hall Rogers, 47,
former Tulsa World employee,
died Saturday. Service 1
p.m. Wednesday, Moore’s
Southlawn Funeral Home
Chapel, Tulsa.
Chelsea — Reda Joyce Prather,
72, homemaker, died Sunday.
Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Chelsea Funeral Home,
and service 2 p.m. Friday,
Washington Baptist Church,
Chouteau — Arlin Detweiler,
infant son of Marianna and
Larry Detweiler, died Monday
in Tulsa. Services pending.
Key, Pryor.
Claremore — Daisy I. Moreield,
95, registered nurse, died
Friday. Services pending. Floral
Haven, Broken Arrow.
— Douglas W. Price Sr., 71, civil
engineer, died Friday. Services
pending. Floral Haven, Broken
— Valentine “Eddie” Simmons,
56, retired Air Force jet engineer, died Saturday. Services
pending. AdamsCrest Cremation, Tulsa.
Cleveland — James Ray Boyd,
67, electrician, died Thursday.
Service 11 a.m. Wednesday,
First Christian Church. Reynolds, Tulsa.
Gina and Daren Main, Broken
Arrow, girl.
Tracey and Robert Sams Jr., girl.
Cristina Walker and Wesley
Rainbolt, girl.
Christina Morin, boy.
Vanessa Rodgers, boy.
Jaimie and David Shirley, boy.
Beth and Tony Wysocki, Broken
Arrow, girl.
St. John Medical Center
St. John Owasso
Rebecca and Kevin Drouillard,
Catherine Howard, Sperry, boy.
Lauren and James Marshall, girl.
Amanda and Joshua Henry,
Owasso, boy.
Courtney and Andrew Tomlinson, Owasso, girl.