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Rev. John G. Hall, age 97, longtime Assembly of God pastor and prophecy teacher, passed into the arms of Jesus Christ on Sunday August 10, 2014 from his home in Newcastle, OK. He was born August 21, 1916 in St. Paul, VA to Jim and Elizabeth (Robinett) Hall. He grew up and attended school in St. Paul and was a graduate of Zion Bible Institute, Zion, Illinois. The Halls spent most of their adult life in ministry to the Lord, serving churches in Virginia, North Dakota, New York, Illinois and Canada. Rev. Hall worked many years as instructor for the Thomas Staley Foundation at different Bible Colleges throughout the United States, England, Canada and South Korea. The last 50 years of his ministry was spent on the evangelistic field teaching prophecy. He was the author of four books on prophecy and was known worldwide for his famous “Chart of Bible Prophecy”. Brother and Sister Hall moved to Newcastle in 1980. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and sisters and one son Bobby. Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Louise of the home, one daughter Donna Brownell and husband Floyd of Newcastle and one granddaughter Candace Brownell of Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be 1-8pm on Wednesday, with family greeting friends from 5-8pm. Services will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at The Bridge Assembly of God, Mustang, OK with interment following at Heritage Burial Park in Oklahoma City under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com
Kenneth Wayne Jackson, 83, of Yukon, passed away Aug. 8 at his home. Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Seminole to Lattie and Mary (Davidson) Jackson. He had been living in Yukon since 1973, moving from Yale. He served in the U.S. Army while serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, American Legion Post 34 in El Reno, worked for Mustang schools in the maintenance department and enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Jim and Pearl Davidson; brothers, Jerry and Floyd Jackson; and son-in-law, Kenneth Shelton.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline of the home; son, Derreck and wife, Jennifer of Yukon; daughter, Kennita Shelton of Yukon; brother, Jim Jackson and wife, Cherry of Broken Arrow; sisters, Marilyn Wright of Cushing and Virginia Mauser and husband, Kenneth of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Ashley Jackson, Dawson Jackson, Carissa Shelton and husband, Bobby, and Brandon Shelton; great-grandchildren, Payton Shelton and Cort Shelton. Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 13 in the chapel of Smith and Turner Mortuary, with burial following in the Yukon Cemetery.
Wesley Dale Matney, age 66, died Sunday Aug. 10, at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was born March 2, 1948 in Parsons, KS to Jake and Sarah (Bishop) Matney. Wes was drafted in to the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served in the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War, earning 2 Bronze Star Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross. He and his wife Shirley (Moore) moved to the Mustang area in 1976, he served as a volunteer fireman with Mustang and was a diesel mechanic by trade. But the true passion of Wes’ was that for his wife and taking his boys out fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Ronald and Carl. Wes is survived by his wife Shirley, sons; Darrin of Mustang and Kenneth and wife Susanna of Yukon, five grandchildren; Karissa, Jacob, Amanda, Braiden, David and great-grandchild Jordynn. Also by brother Don and sister Sharon Strong. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at McNeil’s Funeral Service with interment to follow at the Mustang Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com
Olga Vesta (Sooter) Button, age 93, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Vista, Calif. with her family by her side.
She was born Jan. 27, 1921 in Weatherford, Texas, to John Franklin Sooter and Hattie Blanche (Tussing) Sooter (Creekmore). Olga grew up in the Choctaw/Harrah/Oklahoma City area. She married Charles Button, and they moved to Mustang in the 1960s. She worked for Western Electric. Olga had a passion for writing and published three novels, plus her own autobiography.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; two sons, Paul and David Burkhalter; a granddaughter, April; two brothers, Rudy and Earl Sooter; and five sisters, Evelyn Morrow, Lavern Wyatt, Lula Burke, Bessie Brewer and Lonita Sooter.
Olga is survived by her son, Charles and wife Jeannie; two grandsons, Shelby and Jeffrey Button; two granddaughters, Helen Fernandez and Laura Nixon; and a sister, Ola Breeding.
Services will held be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, with interment to follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Oklahoma City. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Howard Everett Jensen, born Sept. 20, 1925, died July 31 in Yukon, after a long battle with dementia. He was 88 years old.
Howard was a California native, who spent much of his life in Ventura County. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving his country during World War II. He spent the last 21 years of his life living in Oklahoma with his wife of 53 years, Norma.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Jensen.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; his three sons, Larry Prebble of Oxnard, Calif., Ron Prebble of Mustang and Ken Prebble of Yukon; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
A private military funeral is planned at a later date in Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Howard’s name to the Veterans Administration.
Ronnie Leo Williams, age 72, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, after an extended illness.
He was born Sept. 3, 1941, in Comanche, Okla., to Woodrow and Geneva (Petty) Williams. He grew up in Comanche and was a 1959 graduate of Comanche High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force and attended SWOSU, Cameron State College and Central State College after high school. Ronnie worked several years for Humpty Dumpty Foods, before starting his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1973. He was a letter carrier for over 25 years, before retiring in the late 1990s. He was a member of Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Roy Biffle; five stepbrothers, Roy, Robert, Lee, Jerry and Charlie; and one stepsister, Dovie.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Patsy (Pat) of the home; two daughters, Lorrie Williams of Oklahoma City and Kerri Cole and husband Keith of Mustang. Also by three grandchildren, Ashlea, Kirk and Brady; one sister, Shirley Bush and husband Jerry of Claremore; and by one stepbrother, Price Biffle of Fort Worth.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Chisholm Heights Baptist Church, either the Building Fund or Youth Ministries.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 4 at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Michael Scott Sanders, age 48, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Mike grew up in Moore, Okla., the son of Don and Sue Sanders. He graduated from Moore Christian Academy and attended OCCC for a time. Mike married Brenda Wright on March 15, 2001 in Mustang. Mike worked at Tinker Air Force Base as landscaper/carpenter for 18 years. He attended Clear Springs Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed making others happy, undertaking special projects and generally just family time. Mike’s pride and joy were his wife and girls.
Mike is survived by his wife, Brenda of the home; two daughters, Brooklynn Nicole and Savanna Marie of University of Oklahoma; mother, Anita Sue Sanders; a brother, Gregory Dean and wife Kristi; a sister, Donna Sue and husband Tony Wildman; and several nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Don; grandparents, Bill and Edith Harkins, Earl and Elsie Sanders; and one niece, Morgan Wildman.
Graveside services will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Tuttle on Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. McNeil’s Funeral Services is handling arrangements.
Paula LaKay (Apple) Gilpen, age 67, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.
Paula was born April 14, 1947, in McKinney, Texas, to Clifford and Mabel Irene (Isaacs) Apple. Paula grew up in Frederick, Okla., married Walt “Tom” Gilpen in 1964 and settled in the Mustang/Oklahoma City area in 1968. She was a teacher at the Mustang United Methodist Preschool for many years, as well as a Cub Scout leader and a vacation Bible school and Awana’s teacher at her home church, First Baptist of Mustang. Paula was very involved with her boys’ and grandchildren’s activities, as well as spending time with a special group of ladies. Her time was spent with her grandchildren, doing crafts, and scrapbooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Paula is survived by her husband, Tom, of 49 years and 11 months; two boys, Tommy and wife, Misty of Tuttle and Bruce of Oklahoma City; also by grandchildren, Rebekah Thomas, Bailey Gilpen and Christopher Thomas; and one brother, Jerry Apple and wife, Sandra.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at First Baptist Church of Mustang, with interment to follow in Mustang Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
Douglas John Burkert, Sr. was born Oct. 3, 1932 to Lebo and Annette Burkert in Clinton, Iowa.
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 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.
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.