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SIMON, BOBBY - Moore  
Simon April 4, 1943 - September 28, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Bobby Lee "Butch" Simon, 73, of Oklahoma City, OK, passed away September 28, 2016. He was born April 4, 1943 to Charley and Helen Simon in Salem, IL. Butch enjoyed listening to music and could answer any musical trivia questions. He enjoyed working on electronics, music equipment and fixing old radios. Butch also liked fixing bikes and giving them to children and playing Nintendo games. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and car races. Butch is survived by his wife, Jennie; son, Russell Simon; daughter, Deanna Kievit and husband, Paul; grandchildren, Joe Riley, Quiesha McGoy, Jarred Simon, Eden Ware, Paige Hobby, and JayCee Kievit; great-grandchildren, Kandice, Gracie, and Jamey Riley, Ryan, Brayden and Kobe McGoy, Emily and Evelyn Simon, Ruby Ware and Lane Shackleford; brother, Larry Joe Simon. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Simon; grandparents, Martha Stanley and Robert "Pop" Dickerson. Services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Lynlee Mae Chapel, 507 E. Main, Moore, OK. Interment will be held 3:30 PM, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Wanette Cemetery, Wanette, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home and Chapel, Moore, OK.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 30, 2016

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SULLIVAN, LM - Oklahoma City  
June 11, 1924 - September 27, 2016 EDMOND L M Sullivan, age 92, of Edmond, OK, was born on June 11, 1924, in Crescent, OK. He was the son of Roy & Lillis (Prosser) Sullivan. He left this life on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, in Midwest City, OK. L M graduated from Ringwood High School in 1942. He volunteered and proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was a tail gunner with the 490th Bomb Group, flying his first combat mission June 6, 1944, which was D-Day. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and many others including the French Order of Merit. While on a short leave, he married his high school sweetheart, Peggy Rowley, on March 5, 1945, in Enid, OK. After serving his country, he received his Bachelor's Degree from Northwestern State College and his Master's Degree from Phillips University. He started teaching at Cleo Springs then became the high school principal and then the superintendent of schools. He served as superintendent at Kremlin, Boise City, Coyle, Newkirk and Harrah, all in Oklahoma. He taught one year at Langston University while writing his dissertation. He was awarded his Doctor of Education Degree from Oklahoma State University in 1968. He moved to Harrah and served as superintendent for nine years. L M retired from the State Department of Education in 1985, after spending a total of thirty-nine years in education. L M was a member of the Edmond First United Methodist Church and a former very active member of the Harrah United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Harrah Historical Society, the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County Retired Educators Association, the Oklahoma Anthropological Society, an avid OSU sports fan and member of the Associates of the College of Education and Life Members of the Alumni Association. L M was inducted into the College of Education Hall of Fame in June 2006. He was an avid reader and could recite poems and quotations from many sources. He enjoyed fishing for trout in Colorado, going to his 490th Bomb Group reunions, traveling, gardening, and playing with the great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Faye, Verna, Edith, Wanda, Roy Jr., Velda and Kenneth. Survivors include his wife, Peggy L. Sullivan, Midwest City, OK; 2 sons & daughter-in-law, Mick Sullivan, Ponca City, OK, Steve & Nancy Sullivan, Choctaw, OK; 3 grandchildren, David & Brandi Sullivan, Laura & Oliver Beckers, Blake Sullivan; 3 great-grandchildren, John Sullivan, Michael Sullivan, Sylvia Beckers and many other relatives and a host of friends. Services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, Edmond, OK. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Ringwood, OK, at 2:30 PM. Services are under the direction of Smith~Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on line. Please visit: www.smithparks.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 29, 2016

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SPRINKLE, JOHN - Oklahoma City  
October 11, 1946-September 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY John E. Sprinkle, Jr. "Mike", 69, of OKC passed away on Sept. 25, 2016. He was born in Mobile, AL to John E. Sprinkle, Sr. "Jack" and Sara Walters Sprinkle on October 11, 1946. He lived in many countries as a child and graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone. He served in the Air Force and then he became an OKC Firefighter for over 26 years. He loved this job, helping people and having good friends and good times at the fire stations. He also painted homes and built the most beautiful wood decks that families are still enjoying to this day. As a young adult he enjoyed boating, fishing, and water skiing with his two sons and their many friends. After retirement from the OKC FD, he and his wife fell in love with the sport of scuba diving, traveling anywhere the diving was good. He even took a job at a scuba-shop in OKC to be involved in it on dry land. Mike had a joking personality, and being with him was fun for adults and a little frustrating for all the kids he loved to tease so much! Mike is preceded in death by his father, John E. Sprinkle, Sr. He is survived by his wife Debra Evans and his beloved mother Sara Sprinkle of Oklahoma City. Also his son Chad of Newcastle and son Jason, his wife Joshalyn of Tulsa. He leaves behind grandchildren, Chad's son Joshua and daughter MaKayla. Jason's daughters Jaylen and Journee will also miss their "PaPa". He is also survived by step-daughter Jennifer Baker, her husband Brian and step-son Eric McClintock, his wife Ashley. He considered their children: Chris, Avery, and Parker his grandchildren too. Visitation will be Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. at Bill Eisenhour Southeast Funeral Home in Del City. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 30, 2016, at Sunny Lane Cemetery, 4000 SE 29th St., Del City, OK 73115. Condolences may be offered at www.eisenhourfuneral.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 28, 2016

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SHACKLETON, MARTIN - Oklahoma City  
Shackleton Dec. 22, 1947 - Sept. 22, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Martin Lynn Shackleton reached his goal of going to heaven on Thursday, September 22, 2016. He passed away peacefully in his sleep and in his home. He was 68 years old. He was born to Frederick G. and Doris (Martin) Shackleton in Shelbyville, Indiana, on December 22, 1947. His family moved to Southern California when he was 6 years old. He graduated from Arlington College, where he met the love of his life, Jean Helbling, and they were married on July 11, 1969. He went on to get his master's degree in music education from Azusa Pacific University. He and Jean served as music ministers in various churches and also had a family ministry with their three children, Aaron, Jeana Early, and Joann Fozard. The Shackleton family moved to OKC in 1991, where Martin and Jean joined the faculty at Mid-America Bible College (now MACU) as chairman of the music department. They worked as a team planning and going on choir tours throughout the United States. He went back into church ministry as the music minister at Shartel Church of God in 2000. Besides his love of music, Martin loved to golf and play racquetball, basketball and baseball. He was known for his fast pitch. He loved spending time with his family and singing together. He could be found reading his Bible every morning and looking for opportunities to share Christ's love with others. He always kept a positive attitude despite his circumstances and was an encouragement to others to the end of his life. He will be greatly missed. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. October 1, 2016, at Shartel Church of God, 11600 S. Western, OKC, OK 73170.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 25, 2016
SHERMAN, DONALD - Purcell  
July 1, 1935 - September 24, 2016 NORMAN Donald Neil "Don" Sherman was born in Lexington, OK on July 1, 1935, to May and Neil Sherman. He died on Sept. 24, 2016, at Norman Regional Hospital. Growing up in Purcell, Don graduated from Purcell High School in 1953. He attended The University of Oklahoma, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and graduated with a BBA in finance in 1957. At OU, he met his wife, Mary. They have been married for fifty-eight years. Don and Mary lived in Purcell until 1992 when they moved to Norman, their current home. They have a daughter, Elizabeth, of Dallas; a son, Donald and his wife Carmel, of Purcell; and two grandchildren, Katelynne Sherman Yow and husband Mike, of Broken Arrow, and Neil Sherman, of Tulsa. He is also survived by three nephews, Steve Sherman and his wife Tracey and James Sherman and his wife Leslie, of South Haven, KS; and Scott Angus, of St. Louis, MO; and a niece, Kristen Best and her husband Steve, of Chevy Chase, MD; and his brother-in-law, Larry Angus and his wife Gloria, of Denver, CO. He was predeceased by his parents, James Neil Sherman and May Mantooth Sherman; and his brother, Jim Sherman. He served on active duty with the United States Army 1958-60 and again in 1961-62 when his Reserve unit was called to active duty due to the construction of the Berlin Wall. A banker for 59 years, Don Sherman was the Chairman of the Board of McClain Bank, a family-owned bank headquartered in Purcell, OK with branches in Norman and Noble. Until his retirement in March of this year, he was CEO. Don was a Past Member of the Purcell School Board and a Board Member of the Purcell Hospital and Past President of the Purcell Chamber of Commerce. He was currently a Trustee of the Norman Regional Hospital Authority and Chaired the Quality and Safety Committee. He was a member of the Sooner Rotary Club, was a past president of the Purcell Rotary Club, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Don was a past president of the Norman Arts Council, Cleveland County YMCA, the Jacobson House Native American Art Center, the OU Alumni Club of Cleveland County, Cleveland County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Mary Abbott House, Brookhaven Square 3&4 Homeowners Association and Junior Achievement of Oklahoma City. He has also served on the boards of the Neighbor Service Organization of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Bankers Association, and Price College of Business Board of Visitors at The University of Oklahoma, and the national Educational Foundation of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was the Co-Chair of the Lambda Chi Alpha Capital Campaign for Gamma Rho Zeta Chapter at OU and a member of the Sigma Phi Building Corporation. Three different times he was been named the outstanding volunteer at the Cleveland County YMCA; received the OU Regent's Alumni Award; and received the Order of Merit from Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, which is the highest honor given nationally. Don was a gifted artist whose paintings were vibrant and colorful. He was a lifelong Methodist with memberships in Trinity UMC of Purcell, Bridge View UMC in Norman, and currently a member of McFarlin United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the OU Foundation, 100 W Timberdell Rd, Norman, OK 73019 for the Lambda Chi Alpha Don Sherman Brotherhood Scholarship. Celebration of Life Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman with a Reception immediately following. Arrangements by Wilson-Little Funeral Home of Purcell. Send online condolences @ wilsonlittle.com @wilsonlittle.com
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Published in The Oklahoman from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2016
SKAGGS, Faye - Oklahoma City  
April 7, 1930 - September 25, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Faye Skaggs passed away peacefully Sunday morning, surrounded by family at the age of 86. She was born in Hobart, OK to Robert & Willie Stiner on April 7, 1930. Faye loved serving others and taking care of her family. Some of her favorite pastimes were gardening, sewing, crocheting and cooking wonderful meals. Faye was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great & great-great grandmother, and she will be forever in our hearts. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill Skaggs, infant son Stephen Skaggs, two brothers, & two sisters. She is survived by her son, Jack Skaggs, her daughter, Carla Cooper, four brothers, three sisters, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandsons, & many other close family & friends. A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Resthaven Memory Gardens (500 SW 104th St.). In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Integris Hospice (4334 NW Expressway Ste. 106, OKC, OK 73116). Leave condolences for the family or share a memory at: vondelsmithmortuary.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 27, 2016
SMITH, DANNY - Oklahoma City  
June 1, 1947 - Sept. 18, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY Danny Lee Smith, Sr. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. He was greatly loved by all who knew him. Danny married his sweetheart, Robbie, in June of 1964, and their family grew quickly. He initially drove trucks for Coca-Cola and NuGrape for several years. Then he served briefly in the Marine Corps, and finally spent over 30 years working as dispatcher at Yellow Cab. He enjoyed music, had a passion for working on automobiles, and took pleasure in bringing laughter to those around him with his quirky sense of humor. Overall, the most important thing to him was his family, whom he loved fiercely. Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Lee Smith & Betty Pokorney; and brother, Leroy Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Robbie Smith; sister, Shirley Craig; brother, Jimmy Ray Smith; children, Danny Smith, Jr., Kimberly McMahon, Brandy Deaver, Robert Smith, April Bradbury, Jonathan Alexander, and their spouses; and eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The Memorial Service for Danny will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Crestwood Vineyard, which is located at 2515 N.W. 16th Street in Oklahoma City.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 25, 2016
SNOWDEN, VICTORIA - Oklahoma City  
Snowden May 15, 1951 - Aug. 27, 2016 NORMAN Victoria's work here is done. Without drama or fanfare, she quietly and peacefully graduated from this Earth School on Aug. 27, 2016, surrounded by people who loved her. She fought a long, courageous battle with multiple myeloma and has moved on to her new assignment on the other side. Victoria lived an amazing life that she loved. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Colorado. She received a M.A. and E.D. in aerospace education from the University of Northern Colorado. She was appointed Director of Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium in 1991. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Director of Education for the United States Space Foundation. Victoria's work was her passion. She loved her job so much she called it a joy and worked very hard, right up until the end. Victoria was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ellen Duca; and sister, Jeannie Duca. She is survived by her sister, Jody Roebuck; niece, Kelly Roebuck; and nephews, Cory Roebuck and Neal Roebuck; as well as a host of friends. We want to let Victoria know that she did an amazing job here. She had that special gift of making everyone she met feel as if they had always known her. We remember her smile, her humor, her love for life, family and friends, but also students, colleagues and clients, many of whom became her dear friends. She made such a positive impact on the many lives she touched every day. Victoria requested we "Pay it Forward" by doing an unexpected act of kindness for someone in need. Let's keep Victoria's giving spirit alive. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation.
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 25, 2016
STANFIELD, DORIS - Norman  
Dec. 16, 1923 - Sept. 21, 2016 MIDWEST CITY Doris Elizabeth Stanfield, 92, of Midwest City, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Brookhaven Extensive Care in Norman. She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in Ada, OK to Eli Thomas and Vera Lucretia (Dawson) Nail. She married John V. Stanfield in Oklahoma City Sept. 8, 1945. Doris graduated from Guthrie High School and furthered her education at Blackwood Business College in Oklahoma City. She worked for the Baptist Book Store in Oklahoma City for 10 years and in the personnel department at Tinker Air Force Base for 20 years until her retirement in 1985. Doris' hobbies included sewing and making unique greeting cards. She loved to travel and visited Israel, Mexico, China, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Egypt, Poland, Canada, just to name a few. Above all, she loved spending time with her family. She especially was invested in the lives of her grandchildren and even was awarded "Grandmother of the Year" at their elementary school. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her children, John M. (Martha) Stanfield, of Edmond; and Lucretia Camacho, of Moore; grandchildren, Krista (Michael) Johnson, of Edmond; Elizabeth (Brian) Wiley, of Moore; Kara (Joshua) Milligan, of Mansfield, TX; Miguel (Kimberly) Camacho, of Midwest City; and Alicia Harmon (1st Lt. Mark Harmon, USAF), of Great Falls, MT; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Eli Thomas "Spike" Nail, Wanda Walker, Edwin Nail, and Dawson "Tack" Nail. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Sooner Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Interment will be at Arlington Memory Gardens. Pastor Bill Spain will officiate. Sign the online guest book at www.primrosefuneralservice.com Arrangements entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service, Norman, OK. www.primrosefuneralservice.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 24, 2016
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