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BROWN, WILLIAM C. - Oklahoma City  
July 27, 1927 - Aug. 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY William C. Brown passed away peacefully at his home in Oklahoma City August 25. He was born July 27, 1927, in Brooklyn, NY, the only son of Ethel Mae (Ryan) Brown and William J. Brown. Bill attended the University of Notre Dame both before and after an enlistment in the U.S. Navy at the end of WWII. While at Notre Dame, he met his future wife, Carol Morin, and they were married in Chicago in October of 1949. Bill worked for a few years in San Antonio, TX before moving to Oklahoma City with his wife, Carol, in 1952. There, they began to build a successful company, 7-Eleven, and raise a family of eight children. He was an avid golfer and member of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club and a devoted parishioner of Christ the King Catholic Church. Throughout his life, he remained an ardent supporter of Notre Dame and a member of the school's business council. With his wife, Carol, he was a supporter of numerous local, national and international charities, including Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity; Great Expectations Foundation of Tahlequah, OK; and various Catholic Charities nationally and internationally. In 2014, Bill was awarded the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" or the Cross of Honor by Pope Francis, presented by Archbishop Coakley. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Joy; and his wife of over 62 years, Carol. He is survived by his sister, Pat; eight children and spouses, Kathy and Tom Ryan, of Oklahoma City; Bill and Gil Brown, of Chicago, IL; Steve and Sara Brown, of Oklahoma City; Carol Morrissette, of Camarillo, CA; Jim and Jill Brown, of Oklahoma City; Bob Brown, of San Diego, CA; Patti and Eric McGraw, of Charlottesville, VA; and Barbara and Brett Willis, of Oklahoma City; 28 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8005 Dorset Drive, Oklahoma City 73120, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2016. SMITH & KERNKE14624 N. May Ave. www.smithandkernke.com
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Published in The Oklahoman from Aug. 28 to Aug. 31, 2016
COUCH, BEVERLY - Helena  
Aug. 29, 1950 - Aug. 28, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Funeral service for Beverly Jo Couch will be Thursday, September 1, 2016, 1 p.m. at Helena First Christian Church, burial in Good Hope Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc., of Helena. Viewing will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. ( www.lanmanmemorials.com ). Beverly Jo Couch, 65, was born August 29, 1950, in Enid to Leland "Gus" and Glennes Dague Couch and passed from this life on August 28, 2016, following a lengthy illness. She grew up in Helena, OK, where she was a member of the Helena First Christian Church and graduated from Helena High School in 1968. She attended Northwestern State in Alva, OK and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, graduating in 1972. Beverly worked for Cohen and Pluess Law Firm in Oklahoma City. In 1973, she began her career at SWBT, AT&T, Lucent and Celestica in Enid, Shawnee and Oklahoma City. She ended her career, retiring from FAA in 2011. She was active in various business and social organizations and spent time with friends and family and traveling. Beverly is survived by her sister, Pamela Hightower; and close relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Crohn's and breast cancer research.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
EDDLEMAN, WILL - Bethany  
July 14, 1922 - August 27, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY John "Daddy" "PaPa," age 94, was born in Tipton, OK to Fred and Irene Eddleman. He loved that town, participating in Boy Scouts, football, riding his horse Cricket, and playing the trombone. John later moved to the Mead/Durant area to finish school. He joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1942 and spent almost four years aboard the Battleship Texas going on invasions in North Africa, Normandy, Cherbourg, Italy, Iwo Jima and finally, Okinawa. Because John had played the trombone, he was assigned to bugler school, so spent his time on the navigation bridge during the war. It wasn't unusual for him to play the bugle in "swing time." He received numerous medals, especially for his actions after the bridge was hit during the battle of Cherbourg. John remained loyal to "his ship" the rest of his life, going to numerous reunions, raising money for its restoration, and sharing his knowledge with many navy historians. He would describe himself as a Patriot. After the war, John attended Fresno State, but felt the call to come back home, and joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1950, spending 20 years serving the state in Chandler, Pauls Valley, Watonga, Vinita, and finally, OKC, where he was civil defense and communications director, size and weights, and was the liaison director for building the current Oklahoma Highway Patrol building. He took great pride in seeing that project through. Every aspect of being a trooper was important to John, whether it meant working an accident, helping stranded motorists, giving safety talks, or teaching lessons to new cadets. After retirement from the Patrol, John worked for P.C. Schools as the Transportation Director, and as Chief of Police. Anyone who knew John would most likely tell you that he was a great storyteller. His attention to details was amazing. John's stories were funny, heartwarming, and often life lessons. He became a Christian as a young boy and put his trust in The Sermon on the Mount. John also had a passion for boats, and owned too many to count. Many fun weekends were spent at Lake Eufaula, where he put to practice his building skills. John knew how to make memories with his family. He first married Vera during the war, and daughter, Linda, was born. He later married Bea, and had daughters Johnita and Nancy. After Bea's death, John was reunited with and married his childhood sweetheart from Tipton, Kathryn. Kathryn had two daughters, Jill and Ann. He was predeceased by wives, Bea and Kathryn; his parents; brothers, Rineheart, Lee Roy, and Gene; and sister, Fredoline. Perhaps John would say his biggest source of pride was his family, whom he loved so much. He is survived by daughters, Linda and Tim Osborn, Johnita Smith, Nancy and Pat Ruby, Ann and Mark Bowman, and Jill and Randy Johnson; grandchildren, Jason and Dyann Allen, Chris and Kelly Allen, Cody and Kelsey Ruby, Sara and Aaron Clute, Adrienne Bowman, Trevor Bowman, Lee and Leslie Johnson, and Taylor Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jaylea and Jensyn Allen, Luka and Linnea Clute, Korlynn Allen, Annabel Leigh and Ethan Johnson. John also is survived by brother-in-law, Warren Arthur; nephews, John and Linda Eddleman, Sandy and Paula Whittaker, and Danny Arthur; as well as a host of extended family and friends. Our peace comes from knowing Daddy "Papa" has been reunited in eternity with many loved ones; we know he's whistling a happy tune; he can see; he can hear; he can breathe; and he knelt at the feet of Jesus without pain. "Love you, love you, love you!" Services will be held at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Burial will be that day at 3 p.m. at the Tipton, OK Cemetery. Viewing will be both Tuesday and Wednesday. Memorials may be made to Tipton Public Schools, P.O. Box 340, Tipton, OK 73570, Attn: Kathy Gray. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
FIELD, RUTH - Glenpool  
Oct. 20, 1949 - Aug. 28, 2016 TULSA Ruth Ann Field passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at her home in Tulsa, OK. Ruth was born Oct. 20, 1949, in Stroud, OK to Howard C. & Vera O. (Walter) Williams. Ruth graduated from Stroud High School in 1967 and OSU, earning a degree in home economics. Ruth worked as an administrator of a Nursing Home and DHS for more than thirty years. She was a member of New Haven United Methodist Church. Ruth is survived by her husband, Jerry, of the home; daughter, Whitney Gragg & her husband, Christopher, of Denver; grandchildren, Garrett and Giuliana Gragg; brother, Don Williams, of Dunwoody, GA; sister, Sue Goldston, of New York, NY; sister-in-law, Harrietta Barrows; numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at the New Haven United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Interment will follow at the Stroud Cemetery, Stroud, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ruth Ann Field to MD Anderson ( gifts.mdanderson.org ). Arrangements have been entrusted to Schaudt's Tulsa Funeral Service, 5757 S. Memorial Drive, Tulsa, OK, schaudtfuneralservice.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
HOWELLS, DAVID (Memoriam)  
12/29/22 - 8/30/14 It's hard to believe you have been gone two years; yet we have daily reminders of you and are comforted by so many of those great memories. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. We know you are free from pain and are sharing many great moments in Heaven with Mom, David, Jr., and of course, your dog Chin. Love, Your Family
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
MINOR, JAMES - Oklahoma City  
Aug. 31, 1940 - Aug. 24, 2016 HOT SPRINGS, AR James Boyd Minor, 75, of Hot Springs, AR, died on Aug. 24, 2016. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Beth Minor; three sons, Scott and Karen Minor, Jay and Traci Minor, and David and Sarah Minor; sister, Mary and Roger King; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Caring Place scholarship fund, 101 Quapaw Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901.For service information, visit www.caruth-hale.com www.caruth-hale.com
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ROGERS, CAROL - Yukon  
Jan. 16, 1936 - Aug. 27, 2016 YUKON Carol was born and raised in St. Joseph, MO to Leslie & Bobbie Morin. After high school, she attended University of Missouri before marrying her first husband and having four children. After his sudden death, she married George F. Rogers (Lt Col, USMC, Ret.) in 1971 and traveled throughout the U.S. while raising the kids and working as a legal specialist for the U.S. Government. Carol and George retired in Jacksonville, FL, where she actively bred show dogs. After her husband's death, she moved to Yukon, OK. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2013 and younger son, Patrick, in 2005. Carol is survived by her children, Hugh O'Donnell, of Phoenix, AZ; Karri O'Donnell, of Davis, CA; and Diana Mathia, of Yukon, OK; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She also leaves behind three faithful dogs she loved so much, Jaxon, Patchez, and Carmen. Memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. in the Smith & Turner Chapel in Yukon. Friends may sign our online guest book at smith-turnermortuary.com smith-turnermortuary.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
ROWLAN, ALAN - Oklahoma City  
Dec. 1, 1967 - Aug. 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Alan Ray Rowlan, M.D., F.A.C.S., a much loved father and skilled surgeon dedicated to the service of others, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25 at his home in Oklahoma City at the age of 48. Born to Patricia and Orvel Rowlan on Dec. 1, 1967, in Enid, OK he was a graduate of Mannford High School, active in wrestling and football. Alan attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and finished his undergraduate education at Oklahoma State University. He completed medical school at The University of Oklahoma in 1996 and went on to become a General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgery. He practiced in the Oklahoma City area starting in 2001. Alan touched the lives of countless people. His commitment to healing those he served was his sole focus. His other greatest love was his four beautiful and amazing children: Jordan, 25; Kaitlin, 23; Madelyn, 13; and Sullivan, 11. He found joy in sharing his adventurous spirit, love of the outdoors and his value of family. Alan is survived by his parents; children; sisters, Debora, Pamella, and Shelly; brothers, Lynn and Dan; and many cherished nieces, nephews, friends, colleagues and the community in which he served. All will miss him dearly. Alan was a member of Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Rosary will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Home, 6600 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City. A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 11 a.m. Aug. 31, 2016, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1901 N.W. 18th Street. Graveside service will be held in Mannford, OK at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the American Cancer Society. Hahn-Cook/ Street & Draper Funeral Home, 405-848-3744.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
VALLERAND, DAVID - El Reno  
April 6, 1973 - Aug. 26, 2016 OKARCHE David Paul Vallerand was born in Simi Valley, CA on April 6, 1973, but grew up in Blanchard, OK. David graduated Blanchard High School in 1991. He went on to graduate from USAO with a bachelor degree in education in 1997. David married Tonya Buller on Aug. 5, 1995, and they initially lived in Blanchard. David's first teaching position was as a history teacher and head baseball coach in Amber-Pocasset. He then taught at Westmoore and was an assistant baseball coach there. David and family moved to Washington, where he taught and coached for 12 years. He led the Washington baseball team to the Oklahoma state tournament multiple times, and he was an assistant coach on the softball team that won several state championships. After receiving his master's degree in education administration from SWOSU, he accepted a new position as Elementary School Principal at Okarche, where the family was welcomed into the community with open arms. David passed away on Aug. 26, 2016.David was an avid hunter and fisher. He enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors with his children. David's family was a very important part of his life, and he made time to spend with his kids in all their many activities. He was very involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout his career. David and his family volunteered at the Oklahoma Special Olympics games every year. He also enjoyed coaching with the OKC Ambassadors baseball team as well as being chaplain for the OU Sooners baseball team. Most importantly though, through all of these activities, he shared his love for Jesus Christ with everyone he taught or coached. His faith led him to participate in mission trips to Africa, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. David was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Vallerand. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Tonya Vallerand; children, Addison, Jaxon, and Karsyn; parents, Del & Gerri Barrow; brother, Matthew Vallerand & wife Jessica; niece, Olivia Vallerand; and many other family members and friends. Celebration of David's life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Council Road Baptist Church, 2900 N. Council Road in Bethany, OK. Burial will be at the Okarche Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home, El Reno, OK. Memorials may be made in David's honor to Special Olympics of Oklahoma or Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or to the Vallerand Family Benefit fund at First Bank of Okarche.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
WATERS, DAVID (Memoriam)  
DAVID I. WATERS Aug. 30, 1959 - Sept. 11, 2011 Happy Birthday My Son
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Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 30, 2016
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