Clarence Victor Koop

Funeral services for Clerance Victor Koop will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, offiated by Pastor Tim Sandy and burial will follow in the Corn Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.

 Clerance Victor Koop was born on January 19, 1923 to the late Ben & Olga Koop in Fairview, OK. Money was scarce at the time so the family moved around some. At age 11, Clarence was hired out to Henry & Marie Penner to work for room and board to make it easier for the family as he had 5 siblings by then. At age 6, he started school at the rural school east of Fairview, but because of chores and work he missed many days of school. After he went to Valley Center he dropped out of school after 7th grade to work and help with the care of children. There were 11 children, 6 boys and 5 girls. Times were hard during the depression so everyone who could had to work. Clerance picked up work where he could when old enough including Waymon Cornelson on his ranch working land & trucking.

In 1942 during World War II Clerance opted to serve his country in Alternate service and went Conscientous Objector and was sent to Ft. Collins, CO. to work in government projects such as building fences and roads. This was an interesting time for these young men. There were 12 in one building and there were lots of company for sharing and playing tricks. He was also sent up in forestry to Camp Buckhorn where it was cold. Three years later on March 10 the war came to an end and the CPS camps were disassembled. Clerance went back to work for Waymond Cornelson and later for David Martens. During this time he was good friends with cousin Roy Flaming. As time went on Roy found a girlfriend whom he wanted to marry, and asked Clarence to be his best man. As fate would have it,  Roy's fiancee asked her cousin Ella Mae Reimer to be her Maid of Honor, and that's how Clerance met his wife to be.

After a 1 year courtship, Clerance and Ella Mae became husband and wife on May 21, 1950. They moved into an upstairs apartment in David Martens house as he continued to work for the Martens. Three months later they moved into a house nearby.

In Feruary of 1951 they moved to the country outside of Corn to take over Ella Mae's parents farm. It was not an easy feat as the farm was somewhat run down and the equipment was not the newest. Their first was also on the way. In April a tornado touched down in Corn doing tremendous damage to the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church and to the rest of the town.

In August of that year Ella Mae's parents moved into town and Clarence and Ella Mae were on their own. Finally got the land worked, which consisted of the 'home place' of 160 acres and 40 acres northwest, with a B John Deere tractor and a 2 bottom plow. The house was old and had no running water but they had a stove and refridgerator. Ella Mae's folks had given them a bedroom suite. Laundry was done in a wash house where they carried in the water and heated it in an iron kettle.

Going to the doctor was not always an easy task for the young couple as their vehicle, an old Ford, did not always want to run properly. But the Lord blessed them with a healthy son after a somewhat difficult delivery on October 15, 1951. Clarence was happy to have a future helper on the farm.Their live now consisted of raising their son, Ernie Dean, chickens, cows, crops and tending a large garden.



Elsie Caroline Willson

Funeral services for Elsie Caroline Willson will be held August 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the Kiesau Memorial Chapel in Clinton, OK. Burial will follow in the Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas, OK. under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.



Lonnie Grady Chance

A funeral service for Lonnie Grady Chance, 92, Arapaho resident will be held in the Arapaho Assembly of God Church on Thursday August 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Gilbert Johnson. Burial will follow in the Arapaho Cemetery. Burial will follow in the Arapaho Cemetary under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.

Lonnie Grady Chance was born September 15, 1922 to John William Chance and Rosa Belle (Pearson) Chance in Bee Branch, AR. and passed away Sunday August 24, 2014 in his Arapaho home.

Mr. Chance was raised in Morrilton, AR. where he attended scholl. He joined the Navy on August 15, 1950 in Little Rock, AR. He served in the Pacific, serving in the Korean War and WWII. After his discharge he worked in the shipyards for National Steele in Santiago, CA. for about three years. He was married to Martha Marie Roberts on February 2, 1946 in Morrilton, AR. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1955 where he was employed with Oklahoma General Electric (OG&E). They moved to Thomas, OK. for three years and to Tulsa for a short time where he worked for Douglas Aviation. In 1964 they moved to Clinton where both Lonnie and Marie became beauty operators and owned and operated The 66 Beauty Shop for several years. They retired in 1990 and made their home in Arapaho.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Marie, a son David Grady in 1951, four brothers, Leo, Marlin, Clifton, and Darrel and sister, Dorotha Little and a grandson, Kenneth Chance.

He was a devoted and faithful member of the Arapaho Assembly of God Church, his passion was doting over his grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie Chance and wife, Vickil, of Kemper, TX. and a daughter, Wanda Denley and husband, Buddy, of Grand Saline, TX. and a brother, Wilburn Chance of Whittington, TX.

He is also survived by his six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.



 Dale Thomas Taylor

A chapel service for Dale Thomas Taylor, 65, is planned for Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Stanley Lee Funeral Home, officiating will be Jesse Musick. Burial will follow at Parkersburg Cemetery.

Dale passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Clinton Regional Hospital. He was born July 19, 1949 in Clinton, Oklahoma to Curtis Taylor and Beulah Shoop Taylor. He was raised and attended school in Clinton. He had worked in the Coca Cola Factory when it was in Clinton and in the maintenance department at Best Western Motel in Clinton.

Dale loved walking down by the river and spending time with his four children and fourteen grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, one son: Tony Taylor; four daughters: Kristy Taylor, Lisa Taylor, Lacu Taylor Urbina, Tina Lynn Taylor; one sister: Charlene Cantrell of Locust Grove, OK. one brother: Frank Taylor of Granite and nine grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents: Curtis and Beulah Taylor; two sisters: Martha Ray Graybill and Ida Marie Moore and one brother: Leland Stonecipher.