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Douglas John Burkert

Douglas John Burkert, Sr. was born Oct. 3, 1932 to Lebo and Annette Burkert in Clinton, Iowa.

Douglas John Burkert, Sr.

Doug was raised in Rock Island, Ill. He was the youngest of five children: William (deceased), Betty Jane Mankoski (deceased), Rosemary Johnson, Moline Ill.; and Norma Jean Pierson, Pueblo, Colo. He was a graduate of Rock Island High School and Black Hawk College.

He married Ruth Wisdom from Geneseo, Ill. on June 5, 1955. They were married 59 years. They have two children, Douglas Burkert, Jr., wife Mary and three daughters – Lauren, Elyse and Brianne, all living  in Richardson, Texas; and daughter, Nancy Rateliff, husband Jeff and their children, Jacob and daughter Jamie, living in Mustang.

Douglas and his wife Ruth were small business owners, running Annette’s Interiors until 1978, when he closed the business and went to work for John Deere, retiring in 1987. To keep busy, he worked for Project Now Community Action Weatherization Program through 1993, then Rock Island Public schools a short time before retiring and moving to Oklahoma to be closer to his kids and grandkids.

Doug loved bowling, golfing, fishing and watching his grandchildren compete in various sports. He attended Mustang United Methodist Church. He also loved traveling, particularly to family reunions.

A memorial service is planned for Thursday, July 24, at Mustang United Methodist Church, at 3 p.m., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, we ask donations be made to Mustang United Methodist Church, in care of Skyline Ministries, or United Methodist Women, for their care and support of other families in their time of need.

Richard Elmer Phillips

Richard Elmer Phillips age 61, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born May 12, 1953 in Portland, Ore. to Richard Edgar and Beulah Marie (Kirkendall) Phillips.

Richard Elmer Phillips

As a young man, Richard enjoyed fishing off the coast of Oregon. He went on to farm for 12 years and worked for Cascade Diesel in Moses Lake, Wash. He received a degree in computer software engineering from Eastern Washington University, and his degree afforded him the opportunity to work in jobs located in Virginia, Arizona, California and Oklahoma. He currently was employed at Boeing as a software engineer. Richard was a very spiritual and thoughtful man who, with his wife Linda, enjoyed serving in their church callings, such as Boy Scouts and Primary.

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Phyllis.

Richard is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda (Duvall); six sons, David and wife Tara, James and wife Melissa and their daughter, Ellie, Thomas and wife Kristen and their children, Kylie, Sariah and Natalie, Peter and wife Rebecca and their children, Pierson, Nathan, Emmett, Felicity (and one on the way), Paul and wife, Eva and their daughter, Carlie, Richard A. and wife Alyssa and their daughter, Ariana; and one daughter, Gina and her fiancé Travis Johnson. He was also survived by his father, Richard Elmer; brothers, Randall and Craig; sisters, Cherie and Patt; as well as many other family and friends.

Public viewing will be held on Friday, July 18, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. at McNeil’s

Mustang Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 19, at the LDS Chapel, located at 925 W. Kentuck Drive in Mustang, with interment in Rexburg, Idaho.

 

Adda Leona Bortz – September 13, 1920 – July 16, 2014

Adda Leona Bortz was born near Wagoner, Okla. to Fitzhugh and Lydia Lancaster.

Adda Leona Bortz

Adda was the oldest of six siblings born of Cherokee Indian decent. Her family lived in the country outside of Wagoner until 1928, when they moved to Oklahoma City for work. Adda married Dick Mauldin and had her daughter, Phyllis, in 1941.  In 1946, Dick died suddenly in an oil field accident. Adda went to work with her dad, Fitzhugh Lancaster, at Lancaster Grocery Store and had lots of great memories of that time. She then went to beauty school in the early 1950s and opened “Adda’s Beauty Shop” on 34th and Byers in the house her brother Pete built for Adda and Phyllis. She beautified lots of neighborhood ladies for many years there.

In 1973, Adda married Alva Bortz, who she had known from church. They enjoyed years of traveling, gardening, doing woodwork, painting and teaching children’s Sunday school at Central Pentecostal Holiness Church. They moved to Mustang in 1990, where they attended The Bridge. After Alva passed away, Adda moved to The Arbor House in 2005, where she was a much loved member of that community.

Adda was preceded in death by her parents, Fitzhugh and Lydia Lancaster; first husband, Dick Mauldin; second husband, Alva Bortz; sister-in-law, Martha Lancaster; favorite and only son-in-law, Lee Holley; and younger sister, Patricia Geurin.

She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Holley of Mustang; her granddaughter, Tammy Bales and husband Brian of Mustang; her great granddaughter, Lindsey Pittman and husband Philip; and great great grandson, Carter Pittman of Fort Gibson, Okla.; siblings, Verona Hunter of LaGrange, Texas, Pete Lancaster of Del City, Faye Mathis and husband Leroy of Oklahoma City and Bev Huston and husband Fred of Edmond; a brother-in-law, Ron Geurin of Oklahoma City; many nieces and nephews whom she adored; and many loving friends and employees of The Arbor House of Mustang, along with many loving friends and employees of Crossroads Hospice.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21 at McNeil’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kenneth McGee of The Bridge Church officiating.  Burial will be in Mustang cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

 

 

Ronnie Lynn Smith

Ronnie Lynn Smith, age 53, of Southlake Texas, passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 of a tragic car accident in Little Rock, Ark.

Ronnie Lynn Smith

Ronnie was born on May 19, 1961 in Bentwaters, England to Homer and Sue Smith. He graduated high school from Western Heights in 1979 and continued his education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in economics and business. He was married to Christine Aragon on July 23, 2000 in Laguna Beach, Calif. He was employed by Gallo Wine for 20 years and continued his career at China Mist Tea. Ron was a chef at heart and loved spending time in the kitchen. He enjoyed entertaining and spending time with friends and family. Ronnie was an incredibly loving, attentive, and supportive husband and dad. He will be remembered as a wonderfully caring son to his parents. His beautiful mind and heart will be missed and remembered forever.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Christine and daughter, Lauren; parents, Homer and Sue Smith; sister, Latrisha Elders and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Elders; and nieces, Lauren and Alexa Elders.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Roy and Flora Willis and Minnie and Homer Smith, Sr.

Funeral arrangements are provided by McNeil’s Funeral Service and will be held at First Baptist Church of Mustang at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 18. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Albert John Cook

Albert John Cook, age 80, died Tuesday July 8, 2014. He was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Tonica, Ill. to Lewis and Anne (Bruch) Cook.

Albert John Cook

Al grew up near LaSalle, IL, where the family farmed. Al joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany during the Korean War, where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany). After fulfilling his military duties, he returned to farming and raising livestock in central Illinois. In 1971, Al moved to Oklahoma and started Gulfco Industries with an Army buddy, manufacturing oil field equipment. After retiring from Gulfco in 1984, he opened Mustang Tire & Auto until his second retirement in 2002.  Al was a 33 degree Freemason and active member of the American Legion for 53 years.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley, and brother Richard.

He is survived by his wife, Paula of 39 years; his children, Cindy Cook, Peggy and husband Steve Byerly, David and wife Beth Cook, Angie and husband Conrad Caldwell and Michael Cook; 11 grandchildren and numerous cousins from central Illinois.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Lenny Wiley Fly II

Leonard “Lenny” Wiley Fly II, age 40, of Mustang, died tragically and too soon on July 6, 2014 in Bryan County, Okla. He was born on May 14, 1974 in Fort Dix, New Jersey to Leonard and Wendy (Nork) Fly.

Lenny Wiley Fly, II

He went to high school at Mustang High. At the time of his death, he was a catastrophe adjuster for Worley Catastrophe, a home inspector with A to Z Inspections, and his true passion, a Women’s NCAA Softball Umpire.

Lenny was an avid outdoorsman, mechanic and self-made “Bob Villa.” Lenny loved music, dancing, inviting everyone in the world over to hang out and softball. But, more than anything else, Lenny’s life was his family. Whether it be cheering his little girls on at gymnastics or coaching his son in multiple sports, Lenny was involved. His gentle spirit, piercing blue eyes and big smile were contagious.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Shelby and Margaret Fly and Humbert and Hazel Vitalone; great uncles, Percy and Virgil Fly, Thomas William Crumpton and Winfield Lewis; great aunts, Vera, Fly, Helen Fly and Margaret Lewis; a brother, Daniel Fly; and sister, Stephanie Fly.

He leaves behind his wife, Heidi Fly, soul mate and love of his life. He also leaves four precious children, his “lil big man”, Karson (9 months); his princess and Daddy’s baby girl, Jayden (4); his “Cupcake”, Kennedy (8); and his “G-man” and sidekick, Garrett (13). He is also survived by his parents, of Mustang, and his sister, Kristen Brogan. He was more than just an uncle to his many nieces and nephews, especially his “lil helper,” McKinley Cliff-Bowie (7), who he loved and adored like his own.

Viewing will be held at McNeil’s Funeral home in Mustang, on Friday July 11, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Services will be held Saturday, July 12, at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

A memorial account in the name of his wife, Heidi Cliff-Fly, has been established at Prosperity Bank for his children. Contact Prosperity Bank for further information.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Jewell Ann Higgins

Jewell Ann Higgins, age 50, died Monday, July 7, 2014.

Jewell Ann Higgins

She was born Nov. 2, 1963 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Paul and Mary (Kennedy) Higgins. She was a graduate of Mustang Public Schools. She had a “green thumb” and loved to work with her plants. She worked for a time at Whispering Springs Garden Nursery in Mustang, but her greatest enjoyment was that of being a caregiver to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne.

Jewell is survived by her daughter, Shali Lynch and husband Jacob; son, Shelby Seabourn; grandchild, Aaron Lynch; parents, Paul and Mary; sister, Trina O’Neal; and numerous other friends and family.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. July 14 at The Vine Church in Mustang. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com

 

Caleb Connor McBride

Caleb Connor McBride, age 14, died Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Caleb Connor McBride

He was born May 5, 2000 in Oklahoma City to Greg and Dana (Carlton) McBride. Caleb was an eighth grader and played football for Mustang North Middle School. He loved playing PlayStation and hanging out with his friends and going hunting with his family.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Gage; grandparents, Earl and Mary McBride and Barbara Carlton; aunts and uncles, Ryan and Amanda McClain, Steven and Michelle McBride and Teresa Carlton and Larry Palin; three great-cousins; nine cousins; and numerous other family and friends.

Caleb was preceded in death by his grandfather, Bill Carlton; great grandparents, Leon and Pearl McBride, Laura Stapp, John and Lois Carlton and Clarence and Ethel Stidham; aunt, Fonda McBride; and great uncle, Ronnie Killmer.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at The Bridge Assembly of God in Mustang with interment to follow at Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at http://www.mcneilsmustangfs.com/.

Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Mae Beisner Marzec

Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Beisner Marzec, aged 90, passed peacefully into everlasting life on June 26, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas, in the presence of two of her sons, Philip and Andy.

Geraldine “Gerry” Mae Beisner Marzec

Geraldine was born in Natoma, Kan., on Sept, 30, 1923 along with twin brother, Gerald ”Jerry” Beisner. They were the last of nine children of their mother Nora Belle Beisner (nee Hogan), who died the day after their birth, and Otto Louis Beisner. Geraldine was raised through childhood on a farm north of Natoma by her father’s sister, Alvena and her husband Henry Pruter.

Gerry attended Marymount Academy and the Marymount College in Salina, Kan. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Medical Technology. Gerry interned at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, La., after graduation. After moving to Tulsa, she met and married Edmond Richard Marzec in 1949, and together they provided clinical laboratory services to the medical community and patients. They were blessed with five sons. After Ed’s retirement in 1982 they moved to Tucson, Ariz., to be near his mother, and became active in the church-based peace and justice community there, becoming active in the Community of Christ of the Desert. Gerry continued to provide medical technology services through urgent care for some years in Tucson, especially preferring the late shift that suited her “night owl” nature. They later moved to Mustang to live near son Jeff and family and became members of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community and joined the prayer network there. Ed passed in 2004, and Geraldine took residence at The Village at Incarnate Word in San Antonio in 2006, where she could be close to sons Philip and Andy and their families. Gerry made many good friends there.

Gerry is survived by brother Gerald of Macon, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Judy Beisner of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Anna Beisner of Lakewood, Colo.; son Mark and wife Mary Ann of Katy, Texas; son, Philip and wife Beate and son Andy and wife Jennifer, of San Antonio; son, Jeff and wife Bernice of Mustang; son, Michael and Paula Huber of Cleveland, Ohio; and Vici Marzec of San Antonio. Gerry is also survived by grandchildren, Mary Clare, Clark, Clint, Alex, Angela, James, Denise, Sean, Julie and Megan; great grandchildren, Van and Vivian and their mother Jessica Marzec; and step granddaughter, Jasmine Levasseur. Gerry is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, and by cousins of the Beisner and Pruter families, including Twilla Wanker and husband Darrell of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas. Gerry and Ed were especially close to nephew, Mitchell Marzec and his wife Rachel of Albuquerque, N.M., and their children Patty, Mitch Jr., Joy and Daniel.

A memorial service for Geraldine will be held at 10 a.m. on July 9 in the St. Joseph’s chapel at The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas. She will also be remembered during a Mass at the chapel commencing the same day at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, 78209.

Randy Dale Smith

Randy Dale Smith, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at his home in Mustang with his loving family by his side.

Randy Dale Smith

He was born June 19, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas to Dale and Doris (Spurgeon) Smith.  Randy grew up in Odessa, Texas and was a 1975 graduate of Permian High School in Odessa. He moved with his family to Mustang in May of 1984 and was an employee of Enterprise Engineering Service, where he was an electrical technician. He was an avid golfer and never turned down a chance to play. His four legged companions, Dollie, Harley and Paris were very important to him. Dollie was by his side to the very end.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, René.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy of the home; his parents, Dale and Doris Smith of Mustang; one son, Brian Ellis of Roundrock, Texas; one daughter, Kerri Weaver and husband Ty of McKinney, Texas; and five grandchildren, Alex, Madison, Brooklynn, Ashlyn and Hunter.

Visitation at the funeral home will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, with the family greeting friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 30 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment following in the Mustang Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.