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Jerry Max Maynard of Mustang, age 80, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
He was born Dec. 2, 1933 in Pauls Valley, Okla. to Herschel and Florence (Duke) Maynard. Jerry was a graduate of Cordell High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was an educator and taught in the Dill City and Mountain View school districts, before becoming an elementary principal serving the districts of Mountain View, Putnam City, Yukon and Mustang. Jerry was the Mustang Elementary School principal from 1973-1988. He enjoyed traveling, golfing, camping and spectator sports, but his greatest love in life was his wife of 60 years, Yvonne, and his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Herschel and Robert W. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne of the home; son, Bobby Maynard and wife Nancy of Great Falls, MT; daughter, Kathy Patterson and husband Larry of Naples, Fla.; daughter, Jill Vaverka and husband Brian of Midwest City; and son, Max Maynard and wife Suzie of Friendswood, Texas. Also survived by six grandchildren, Kate Kalanick, Stacy Maynard, Jenny Patterson, Sara Patterson, Kolby Vaverka and Kanton Vaverka.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang, with interment to follow in the Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Thurman J. “TJ” Hunker, age 93 died peacefully at the Veterans Center in Norman, OK on Wednesday March 5, 2014.
He was born Dec. 3, 1920 in Wheatland, Okla. to Thurman Joshua and Lucille M. (Weiche) Hunker and lived his entire life in Wheatland. He was a graduate of Capitol Hill High School and had a degree in business from Oklahoma City University. He proudly served his country in World War II serving in Italy, Africa and France. He was in the 45th Division, 645th Tank Destroyer Unit. After his service he returned to Wheatland where for many years was in business with his father at The Hunker Agency. He serviced the surrounding community with insurance, tax accounting and was the local tag agent. He was a lifetime member of Wheatland United Methodist Church and served many years on the cemetery board of Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where he also served as cemetery sexton. TJ was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dollie; and stepson Eddie. He is survived by two nieces, Janice Low of Oklahoma City and Sharon Trogdon of Broken Arrow; several great-nieces and nephews and three step-grandchildren, Brandy, Byron and Kevin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any veteran’s service organization or the American Cancer Society.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Interment with military honors will be held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Wheatland, Okla. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Joyce Ann Rice, age 76, surrounded by her loving husband and children, went to meet her Lord and Savior on March 3, 2014.
She was born June 13, 1937 in Cambridge, Oklahoma to Oscar Clinton and Maggie Dezzy (Abston) Richey. Growing up in southwest Oklahoma, the daughter of a wheat farmer, she graduated from Lone Wolf High School in 1955. It was there she met Jerry, the love of her life, married and dedicated herself to making a Christian home for her husband and three children. Over the next 14 years, Joyce and the family moved several times, following better job opportunities, until finally settling in Mustang in 1969. Joyce was an active member of the Lakehoma Church of Christ. She worked at various jobs throughout her life and spent the last several years of her working life partnering with her husband in operating EC Paving Company, a family owned business.
Preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, she is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Jerry of the home; one son, Clendon Rice and wife Julie of Mustang; two daughters, Jan Guthrie of Mustang and Cathy Bowles and husband Larry of Ft. Gibson, Okla. Also by nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one sister Linda Cornwell of Mustang.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at Lakehoma Church of Christ in Mustang, with internment following in the Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
In memory of Joyce, donations can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, http://donate.jdrf.org/info/jdrf/
Virgil Lee Gurley, age 76, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 in an Oklahoma City hospital after a short illness.
He was born December 15, 1937 in Chickasha to Ernest V. and Katherine Marie (Bozarth) Gurley. He grew up in the Minco/Mustang area and was a 1956 graduate of Mustang High School. He had lived most of his adult life in the Oklahoma City/Moore area where he was a truck driver. He worked many years for Bernie Mathes Trucking. He enjoyed his grandchildren and loved to play the guitar and sing.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Roberta.
He is survived by three sons, Gene, Randy and Kenny Gurley all of Oklahoma City; two daughters, Ramona Gurley of Oklahoma City and Kathy McBride of Frisco, Texas. Also by six grandchildren, Sarah, Evan, Brian, Samantha, Colton and Chase; four great grandchildren, Halie, Dylan, Katelyn and Bryant; one brother, Ray Gurley of Mustang; and one sister, Darla Wood of Oklahoma City.
Graveside rites will be held at noon on Thursday, March 6 at Evergreen Cemetery in Minco under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Donald Floyd Layne of Yukon passed from this life on March 3, 2014.
He was born Sept. 12, 1945 in Gorman, Texas. Donald married the love of his life, Sharon Brown, on July 26, 1968 in Fresno, Calif. After attending Texas Bible College, he became an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal church International, pastoring churches in Texas and Oklahoma. Donald was an avid fan of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, gospel music, old time radio and westerns.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Dorothy Layne; brothers Garvin “Scoper” Dean and Rev. Murray Layne; nephew and best friend Rev. Keith Layne; and sister-in-law Lila Pound Layne.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sharon Layne of Yukon; children LaVonda Snelling and husband Glenn of El Reno; Daryle Layne of Yukon and Sharla Layne of Mustang; and only grandchild, Michael Reynolds of Mustang, as well as several nieces.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at Life Tabernacle, 601 E. state Highway 152 in Mustang.
Donald Leroy Segler was born March 18, 1935 in Duncan, Okla. to Granville Matthew and Nettie Mae (Pinson) Segler. He passed away March 2, 2014 in Mustang, Oklahoma.
When he was one year old the family moved to Oklahoma City. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in 1953 and attended Oklahoma City University. He was passionate about his country and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On June 22, 1956, he married the love of his life, Carole Ruth Becker. In 1966, he joined Chisholm Heights Baptist Church by letter. Don worked for 33 years as a civilian employee at Tinker Air Force Base. In 1988, he retired as computer operations supervisor.
In 2013, Don humbly received his 50-year service pin at the Masonic Lodge in Mustang. He was active in his lodge, having quickly received his 32nd degree and loved his lodge brothers. Don also joined and participated in the Shriners. Among other things, he was intrigued with games and puzzles of all kinds. Don routinely completed the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. On special occasions, there would be a jigsaw puzzle spread out on a folding table where the family could sit around and enjoy company and conversation. Sometimes you had to look in his pocket for the last piece. Don was a man of few words with a quick wit, he loved to tease. He and Carole were fortunate enough to travel domestically and to many foreign countries. Among other places, they went to the Baltic, England, New Zealand, Canada and Panama. Don was, to say the least, outspoken about politics. Although strong in mind, Don died March 2 after a valiant and poignant struggle with health issues.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Granville and Nettie Mae Segler; son, Gary Mark Segler; and a sister, Christa Mae Vaughan.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carole Ruth Segler; children, Linda Gayle (Mike) Herron and Mike (Sherri) Segler; brother, Troy (Billie) Segler; sister, Carolyn (Jim) Bruza; brother-in-law, Jerry (Christa) Vaughan; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang. Interment will follow at Mustang Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com.
Funeral services for Jesse Don Gorbet will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Jenks Simmons Field House with Pastor Jason Smith of Westgate Christian Assembly in Yukon officiating. Burial will be in the El Reno Cemetery under direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.
Jesse died March 2, 2014, at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He was born Nov. 12, 1997, in Oklahoma City. Jesse lived all of his life in El Reno and was a member of Westgate Christian Assembly in Yukon. He was a sophomore at El Reno High School where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams and participated in FFA and 4-H. He was an avid 4-wheeler, enjoyed shooting, music, going to the river, weightlifting, and was a health and fitness enthusiast. Jesse also enjoyed watching his dad race cars and was a member of his pit crew. Jesse worked at the El Reno Tribune and Cutting Edge Signs.
Jesse is survived by his parents, Travis Gorbet of El Reno and Denise Gorbet and Chris Bromlow of El Reno; brothers, Ryan Gorbet of Mustang and Austin Gorbet of El Reno; grandparents, Jim and Pam Roberts of Yukon,
Sean and Donna Dyer of El Reno and Larry and JaVonna Gorbet of Moore; great-grandparents, Ruth Reusser, Derald Miller and Pat Dyer, all of El Reno; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Jesse Gorbet Memorial Fund, c/o Rock Island Credit Union, 320 S. Rock Island, El Reno, Okla. 73036.
Linda Elaine Anderson-Burnett passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body Disease.
Linda was born April 12, 1947 to Lee Anderson and Helen Anderson. Linda was a very sweet and loving wife, mom, grandma, daughter and sister. She leaves behind many good memories, friends and loved ones.
She is survived by her husband Ron Burnett; daughters, Rhonda Magruder and Lora Sides; four grandchildren, Pierce, Alina, Elara and Dresden; her mother, Helen Anderson; her sisters, Lillian and Bonnie; and her brother, Jim.
A private family service was held at the graveside.
By Traci Chapman
Crews are busy on concrete and steel work as they look to a December completion date for Mustang’s St. Anthony Healthplex.
Darin Miller with Miller Neff Development said Tuesday the 80,000-square-foot building was on track. With a target completing date of Dec. 15, officials hoped to open the complex in early 2015, Miller said.
Located at state Highway 152 and Sara Road, the healthplex will include a full-service emergency room, diagnostic imaging, breast center and suites for medical procedures. A second floor will house primary care and specialist physicians with St. Anthony Physicians Group, and additional space will be available for commercial lease, officials said.
Mustang’s complex will look similar to projects built by Miller Neff in east and south Oklahoma City, Miller said. His firm has worked with St. Anthony’s for several years but just became involved with the firm’s healthplex construction about five years ago, he said.
The healthplex design differs from traditional medical and hospital accommodations, Miller said.
“It gives a feeling more of a hotel than a clinical setting,” he said. “It really is a very updated kind of design, compared to an ordinary medical office or emergency room.”
The healthplex will be operated by SSM Health Care Oklahoma, which administers all of St. Anthony’s operations. The project was the culmination of several months of discussion and negotiation between SSM and Mustang city officials, they said.
“We have enjoyed working in collaboration with the visionary city officials in Mustang to develop a medical campus model that will provide accessible health care with attention to high levels of customer service to the community,” SSM regional president Joe Hodges said last year.
For their part, Mustang officials said they were excited about the services the healthplex would offer and appreciated the smooth progress of construction.
“A facility of this nature will have a significant impact on the quality of life and Mustang’s economy,” Mayor Jay Adams said. “It’s a very positive development for all of us.”
Miller and his partner, David Neff, worked from design stage to development on the project, and Jason Givens has worked as project manager for Miller Architects on the healthplex. Once concrete and steel work is complete, crews will turn next to the building’s plumbing and electrical components.
“For us it’s a project moving through its phases, but for the people in Mustang, the important thing to know is everything is going as planned,” Miller said.
By Traci Chapman
Mustang residents who have suffered the loss of their home will now have the opportunity to stay on their property while repairs are completed.
The city ordinance change goes into immediate effect, thanks to a unanimous vote by city council Feb. 18. The new ordinance allows a resident who has suffered significant damage – such as fire, storm or other issues – to stay in temporary housing on their property while repairs or replacement of the original home are completed.
Ordinance No.1100 allows residents to permit a travel trailer for a limited amount of time, which would allow them to stay on their property – something that could help residents both financially and emotionally, City Manager Tim Rooney said.
The ordinance came about after Ward 6 Councilman Donal Mount was approached by Dale and Kim Duncan, whose house was damaged in a January fire. The couple attempted to stay in a travel trailer on their property, then learned it was against Mustang ordinances.
“These people are hurting and need some help,” Mount said. “I see a real need for something like this.”
Rooney said his staff and City Attorney Jonathan Miller looked at ordinances in Piedmont and El Reno. Robert Coleman, Mustang community development director, said El Reno passed a similar ordinance after a structure fire.
In the past, Mustang residents had to go through the city Board of Adjustment to put a travel trailer on their property.
“That can take a lot of time,” Rooney said.
Temporary occupancy permits are valid for up to a year, and city officials may extend the permit another six months, if needed. City council must approve any extension beyond that time, to a maximum of two years. Residents must fill out an application and provide site plans, photos of the travel trailer and a statement stating residents intend to rebuild a permanent home on the site, Miller said.
While the ordinance includes RVs, travel trailers – such as fifth-wheels and pop-up campers – it does not include mobile homes, the city attorney said.
The ordinance, which was passed with an emergency clause allowing it to go into effect immediately, would help people who need help after a disaster.
“This is a good thing, it’s a way for people to remain with their home and oversee the rebuilding effort, as well as defraying the expense of having to stay somewhere else,” Mayor Jay Adams said last week. “It’s difficult enough to deal with a situation like this – whether it’s a tornado, a fire or anything else like that.
“It’s good that we can help give our citizens some relief,” he said.