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Thomas Preston Hartico

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Thomas Preston “Jonas” Hartico, former resident of Ponca City, was born on March 14, 1925, in Red Rock to Thomas Hartico and Lena Arkeketa Hartico. He passed from this life on Thursday, June 22, 2006, in Oklahoma City, having reached the age of 81 years, 2 months, and 8 days.

He has lived in Noble and Kay counties most of his life. He served in the United States Army from January 5, 1944, until his honorable discharge on December 17, 1946. He served during World War II, and was severely wounded and he received many medals, including the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans of Ponca City and enjoyed mowing, staying busy with his work, his animals, and helping people. He doted on his son. He was a longtime employee, and retired from Caines Oil Field Service. On April 14, 2005, he married Gail Northrup in Oklahoma City.

Jonas is survived by his wife Gail Hartico of Perry; son, Jonathan Hartico and wife Shawna of Ponca City; stepchildren, Casey Goldman of Perry, Jesse Goldman of Tonkawa, Toby Goldman and wife Natalie of Ponca City and Shawnda Delaney; three grandchildren, Kyle, Nathan and Braden Hartico; six step grandchildren; two sisters Ester Gooden of Red Rock and Thomasin Hartico of Ponca City; plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Jonas was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Lena Hartico; three brothers, Harry Childs, George Childs and Luther McGlaslin; and one sister, Lidia Childs.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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June 26th, 2006 at 12:29 pm

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Claudia Gayle Atkins

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Claudia Gayle “KiKi” Atkins, lifetime Red Rock resident, died Thursday, June 15, 2006, in Oklahoma City. She was 65.

Funeral services were held at on Saturday, June 17 at the Poteet Funeral Chapel, Pawnee, with Rev. Duane Pratt and Randy Whitehorn officiating. Interment followed at the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

Claudia Gayle “KiKi” Atkins was born on July 8, 1936, in Pawnee, to Bill Atkins and Belinda Box Atkins. She was of the Otoe and Pawnee Tribe and was an enrolled member of the Pawnee Tribe. She was a lifetime resident of Red Rock and graduated from Red Rock High School. She retired from Oklahoma State University after 22 years as a service offset operator, and served 10 years as a volunteer for Hospice of Ponca City.

She is survied by her sister, Donna Atkins of Red Rock; one brother, Jim Atkins of Stillwater; plus a number of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Belinda Atkins; two sisters, Norma Lucille Atkins Carson, and Gussie Imogene Atkins; and two brothers, Billy Atkins and Harvey Duane Atkins, Sr.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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June 19th, 2006 at 12:33 pm

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Perry Lee Botone Jr.

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Perry Lee Botone Jr., lifelong Red Rock resident, passed from this life on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. He was 34.

A wake service was held from 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, to 6 a.m. Wednesday at Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center with Steven Littlecook overseeing the service. The traditional funeral feast was held at noon Wednesday at Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center. A committal service will be at 2 p.m. at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery with Toby A. Blackstar, associate pastor of Sure Foundations Ministries of Lawton, and Randy Whitehorn, First Born Church, Otoe Chapter Native American Church, officiating. Burial was under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home of Lawton.

Perry Lee Botone Jr. entered this world on July 22, 1971, in Ponca City, the son of Perry Lee Botone Sr. and Mildred Lucille DeRoin Watson. He was reared in Red Rock and attended Frontier public schools. During his childhood, Perry showed his love for singing at the age of three, and, at the age of five, he was taught the Otoe-Missouria songs by his Otoe-Missouria grandparents, the late Baxter Atkins. Later that same year, his grandpa and grandma Atkins paid for Perry’s right to be seated and sing with other singers. At the age of 12, he began to compose songs and also formed his first drum group, “Whitehawks.”

In Perry’s young adulthood and presently, he became well-known for his unique style of singing and song compositions. He worked for a short time as a tribal police officer for the Otoe-Missouria Police Department and as a security guard for the Seven Clans Paradise Casino. He worked for the Conoco-Phillips refinery plant as a scaffold builder at the time of his death.

On December 1, 2004, he married the former Lynda Blackstar in Perry, and the couple made their home in Red Rock. Perry was an avid culturalist who took great pride in singing at the drum at powwows throughout the U.S. and he is an original member of the world renown singing group, Yellowhammer, which is composed of singers from the Otoe-Missouria and Ponca tribes. He is also known for his original compositions of traditional Native American songs which are still being sung throughout the powwow world today. Perry was a lifelong member of the First Born Church, Otoe Chapter Native American Church of Red Rock and a proud member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and was of Otoe-Missouria and Iowa descent.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Lynda Blackstar Botone of the home in Red Rock; four daughters, Ophelia, Angela, Ava and Rebecca Lea Botone, all of the home; one son, Cleve D. Botone of the home; his adopted father, Geary Watson of Red Rock; one sister, Antoinette Hopper of Ponca City; one brother, Norman Bernal of Taos, N.M.; one adopted brother, Oliver Littlecook Sr. of Ponca City; four aunts, Rosella DeRoin and Deloris Wood, both of Red Rock, Patsy Haury and Mattie Tsonetokoy, both of Oklahoma City; one uncle, Buddy Tsonetokoy of Los Angeles, Calif.; one nephew, LittleBear Littlecook of Ponca City; two nieces, Tara Littlecook of Ponca City and Kirsten Thompson of Red Rock; grandmothers, Velma Kemble of Ponca City, Doris Hunter of Shawnee, Florene Washabaugh of Enid and Wanda Stoneroad of Oklahoma City; grandfather, Nelson BigBow of Lawton; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Perry Lee Botone Sr. on Oct. 30, 1990; his mother on June 20, 2003; his maternal grandparents, Cleve J. and Julia White DeRoin; paternal grandparents, Francis and Lillie Botone Tsonetokoy; his great-grandparents, John and Lizzie Faw-Faw DeRoin, Corbett and Ruth Vetter White and Fred Botone; one sister, Ophelia Bernal; and one infant sister.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 27th, 2006 at 12:34 pm

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Marion Phillips

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Marion “Ed” Phillips, 60, died Monday, March 6, 2006, at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs after a sudden illness. Marion was born January 31, 1946, the son of John H. and Bessie Henning Phillips in Oklahoma City. He attended schools in Oklahoma and graduated from Star Spenser High School in Spenser with the class of 1964. He also attended North Central Vo-Tech in Tonkawa.

He married Clarice Pickering on September 18, 1979, in Pawnee. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was employed at Benchmark as a truck driver. He was a member of the Reliance Volunteer Fire Department and was a volunteer with American Red Cross and FEMA. He was also a member of the Baptist Church. His interests included fishing, traveling, and his family.

Survivors include his wife Clarice Phillips of Rock Springs; father, John Phillips of Quartsite, Arizona; one son, Shawn Phillips of Pawnee; two daughters, Leah Hoover and husband Chip of Oklahoma City and Cherise Bakkala of Kentucky; one brother, Roy Phillips and wife Laele of Vernal, Utah; six sisters, Benita Hardinger and husband Orrin of Rock Springs, Gloria Hester and husband Fred of Quartsite, Arizona, Gaile Hemibuch and husband Gordon of Plevna, Montana, Glenda Nadwornick and husband Ron of Bozeman, Montana, Cathy Grywalski of Oklahoma City, Linda Wilson and husband Billy of Orlando, Florida; and five grandchildren, Kyle and Brittney Phillips of Oklahoma City, Bryton Phillips of Muskogee, Kelli Gawhega of Kentucky, and DeNita Leclair of Ponca City. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bessie Phillips; stepmother, Betty Piatt Phillips; and grandparents, Edward Scott and Lula Mae Henning and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Phillips.

The funeral will be held at noon Monday, March 13, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center in Red Rock with Marvin Diamond and Billy Wilson officiating. Interment will be at the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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March 13th, 2006 at 1:28 pm

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Angelo Diaz Rocha Jr.

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Angelo “Angel” Diaz Rocha Jr., former Red Rock resident, died Wednesday morning, January 25, 2006, at the OU Medical Center-Presbyterian Hospital. He was 67.

Funeral was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at the Otoe Baptist Church in Red Rock with Mr. Toby A. Blackstar, former pastor of Otoe Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home of Lawton.

Angelo “Angel” Diaz Rocha Jr. was born on April 4, 1938, in Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Angelo Diaz Rocha Sr. He grew up and attended schools in Chihuahua until coming to the United States at the age of 13, where he went to work as a laborer in construction. In the summer of 1976, he met and married the former Marlene Hall-Zotigh Enloe, and the couple made their home in Red Rock as he worked on the railroad south of town.

Survivors include three sons, James Miner and Angelo Francisco Poncho Zotigh-Rocha, both of Red Rock, and LeRoy Enloe of Tonkawa; two daughters, Velda Rocha of Ponca City and Katherine Enloe of Red Rock; 14 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Honorary casket bearers were Theodore Hall-Zotigh Sr., James Miner, LeRoy Enloe, Toby A. Blackstar, Kyle Enloe, Wilbur Enloe, Angelo Diaz Rocha IV, Antonio Rocha and Adon Rocha.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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January 30th, 2006 at 1:47 pm

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Deborah Lynn Hunter Jackson

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Deborah Lynn Hunter Jackson, resident of Red Rock, died Monday, January 23, 2006, at her home. She was 51.

The funeral will be Thursday at noon at Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center with the Rev. Thomas Morris officiating. Burial will be in Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Strode Funeral Home of Stillwater. Linda Big Soldier and the Big Soldier family of Perkins will be in charge of the traditional funeral service.

Deborah was born July 29, 1954, in Enid, the daughter of Harrison Hunter Jr. and Doris White Hunter. She attended school in McLoud and graduated McLoud High School. She married Charles Ross in August of 1977 in Muskogee. She married Kevin Jackson in April of 2001 in Perkins. She was an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria tribe and a descendent of the Iowa Nation of Oklahoma. She belonged to the Eagle clan of the Otoe-Missouria tribe.

Deborah was employed by the Otoe-Missouria tribe as a caregiver program coordinator. She was a certified medical assistant and elder care giver. She was on the 2005 Otoe-Missouria Encampment committee and also the Sac and Fox Nation powwow committee and was an Otoe-Missouria Housing Authority commissioner. She worked in the home health care field. She was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She was a homemaker and member of Native American Church.

Survivors include her husband, Kevin Jackson; her mother, Doris Hunter of the home; her son, Richard A. Ross of Choctaw; a daughter, Bobbi Lynn Ross Wooten and husband Shawn of Norman; two brothers, Henry Hunter of Shawnee and Warren Hunter of Perkins; four sisters, Rita Monoessy of Shawnee, Annette Rice of Cushing, Harriet Hunter of Eldon, Mo., and Karen Gibson of Shawnee; and one grandchild, Garrett Alan Hayes of Norman.

Casket bearers will be Lloyd Gwin, John C. Eidson, Brian Queton, John Queton, Harrison Rice, Mitchell Watts and Quinn Harragarra. Honorary bearers will be Perry Botone, Will Walking Sky, Preston Walking Sky, Chink White Cloud, Butch Butler and Chad Butler.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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January 26th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

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LaBerta May Brown Smith

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LaBerta May Brown Smith, resident of Red Rock, died Wednesday, January 4, 2006, in Waco, Texas. She was 76.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 7, at Otoe Indian Baptist Church in Red Rock with the Rev. Jimmy Kenner officiating. Burial will be at Otoe-Missouria Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home in Pawnee.

LaBerta May Brown Smith was born May 3, 1929, in Arkansas City, Kansas, the daughter of Bert Brown and Carmel Howell Brown. She attended Pawnee Indian School and Chilocco Indian School. She married Jessie L. Smith. She moved to Red Rock from Corpus Christi, Texas, and was affiliated with the Otoe War Mothers and Otoe Baptist Church, where she played the organ.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda A. Morrison of Gatesville, Texas; a sister, Greta Adams of Stillwater; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; her parents; and a son, Robert Scruggs.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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January 9th, 2006 at 1:59 pm

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Anthony Collins

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Anthony “Big A” Collins, lifelong resident of Ponca City, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He was 33.

The traditional funeral feast will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at noon at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center. The graveside committal service will follow at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

Anthony was born Nov. 17, 1972, in Ponca City. He moved to Texas when he was 11, but returned to Ponca City at age 17. In 1998, he met Jolene Robedeaux and they were married on May 18, 2001, in Pawnee. Anthony was employed as a merchandiser with Mrs. Baird’s Bread Company for a while. Additionally, he enjoyed working as a security guard for local bands and at powwows as well as working with Joe, his father in-law.

Anthony was a kind-hearted man. He loved kids and enjoyed playing with them, letting them crawl all over him. He loved his family and enjoyed family gatherings and never missed one. He also never missed his son’s little league football and baseball games, he was his biggest fan. Anthony was also a fan of OU football and the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoyed going for car rides, attending powwows, and watching America’s Most Wanted on Saturday nights. Anthony was a very giving person and put everyone else first. He would never say “No”. He was a good husband, father, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Jolene of the home; son, Marshall Collins; brother, Kevin Collins and wife Paula of Ponca City; stepfather, Charlie Kitchel of Blackwell; and nine nieces and nephews, Michael Labon, Dylan Labon, Nathan Staggs, Derek Collins, Billy Taylor, Sierra Collins, Damon Collins, Austin Robedeaux and Brandon Cords. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Labon Kitchel in 1992.

Casket bearers will be Gilbert Jones, Snap Lieb, Jason Welch, Kyle Robedeaux, Al’De Robedeaux, Mike Cornell, Floyd “Tank” Allen and Jess Robedeaux. Honorary bearers will be his nieces and nephews and Victor Steele.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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December 8th, 2005 at 8:14 pm

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Phyllis Harwell-Dailey

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Phyllis Stanley Harwell-Dailey entered into eternal peace on Friday, November 11, 2005. Mrs. Dailey was born on December 26, 1922, in Wichita, Kansas. Mrs. Harwell-Dailey attended Pawnee Indian School, graduated from High School in California and went to College at Stanford University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She worked from 1974 until 1990 for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe in various capacities.

Mrs. Harwell-Dailey was preceded in death by her parents, Ross Stanley and Ella Pipestem-Stanley, a brother, Arnold Stanley, and a half-brother, Melvin Stanley. Mrs. Harwell-Dailey married Charles Dean Harwell in 1952. Mr. Harwell preceded her in death in 1993.

Mrs. Harwell-Dailey is survived by her husband, Dewey L. Dailey of Red Rock; her son, C. Michael Harwell of Red Rock; her daughter, Michelle Stovall of Arlington, Texas; and two granddaughters, Aimee Stovall and Melissa Stovall, both of Arlington, Texas. She is also survived by nephews, Dennis Stanley of Tulsa, Douglas Stanley of Haysville, Kansas, and Phillip Stanley of Oklahoma City and a niece, Barbara Stanley Thomas of Vernon, Arizona. Additionally, Mrs. Harwell-Dailey is survived by Winfred Lieb of Ponca City, John McIntosh of Lawton, Francis McIntosh of South Dakota, Roberta Henderson of Red Rock and Gerald McIntosh of Ponca City.

A prayer service will be held Sunday evening, November 13 in the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center and the traditional funeral feast will be held Monday at noon. A memorial service will be held in Waxahachie, Texas, at Wayne Boze Funeral home on Friday, November 18.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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November 15th, 2005 at 8:17 pm

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William "Sonny" Burgess

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Funeral services for William “Sonny” Burgess, 67, of Mulhall will be held at Vassar Full Gospel Church in Mulhall at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, with Pastor Ralph Yost of Vassar Full Gospel Church of Mulhall officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Mulhall directed by Smith-Gallo Funeral Home of Guthrie.

Sonny was born March 22, 1938, in Pawnee to Mark and Iola Burgess. He died Sunday, November 6, 2005, in Guthrie.

Sonny was preceded in death by his mother and father; three brothers, Mark, Ralph and Gilbert; two sisters, Jewel and Maggie; two daughters, Gail and Cindy; and one brother-in-law, Leon Price. He is survived by his wife, Delcy, and two brothers and four sisters, Curtis and Shirley Burgess of Red Rock, Bonnie and J.C. Diedrick of Marshall, Joyce Burgess of Scottsdale, Arizona, Jacky Cardanes of Guthrie, Becky Burgess of Fallis, and Jimmy Wayne Burgess of Red Rock.

Also seven sons and eight daughters, Junior Burgess and Trish Turner, Rocky Burgess, Nedra and Josh Fogelman, Kristy Burgess and Steve and Gaynel Mead, all of Guthrie, Gi Gi Burgess, Ricky Burgess, Nathan and Johnna Mead and Kevin Mead, all of Orlando, Rachel, Katrina and Daborian Burgess, all of Mulhall, Terry Mead of Hennessey, Tony Mead of Jefferson City, Missouri, and Billi Jo and Richard Robinson of Mankato, Minnesota.

He served four years in the U.S. Army and two terms in the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council. He was a member of the Otoe Baptist Church of Red Rock and worked for years as a security guard at the Otoe Casino. Sonny enjoyed playing pool, gardening with “brother-in-law,” spoiling the grandkids with Tootsie Rolls, playing and watching his kids play softball and taking his May May fishing. He had numerous close friends from all over and will be missed terribly. You will always be in our hearts. We love you Dad!

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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November 10th, 2005 at 8:20 pm

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