Area Obituaries

Ronald Otis Allison

Ron was born on August 20, 1943 to Otis Allison and Erma Oakley Allison in Cherokee and passed from this life on February 27, 2021 in Alva. Ron graduated from Cherokee High School with the class of 1961. He attended Oklahoma State University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He joined the National Guard in 1965.…

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James (Jimmy) Robert Means Jr

James Robert Means Jr. “Jimmy” was born September 8, 1928 to James Robert Means Sr. and Lois Edna Mann Means. His birth place was rural Carmen on the family farm. He attended first through eighth grade at Prairie Valley. His high school years were at Lambert, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He attended…

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Gilbert Dean Maltbie

Gilbert Dean Maltbie, age 89, passed away December 30 in Buckeye, Ariz. He was born in Cherokee on June 23, 1931 to John William Maltbie and Fanny Lucille Maltbie nee McGlassen. He was raised on the family farm with sister Wanda Irene in Amorita. This was the family homestead farm from the Cherokee Strip Run…

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Dolly Means-Keener

Dolly Means-Keener, 91, of Ponca City, left this life on February 16, 2021. A private, family funeral ceremony took place at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Pastor Sybol Day officiating. Those who wanted to attend the funeral ceremony could view virtually on the Trout Funeral Home website, www.troutfuneralhome.com and click on the live-stream…

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Mary Allen

Funeral services for Mary Allen will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2021, at the Carmen Christian Church with Pastor Kirk Board officiating. Interment will be in the Carmen City Cemetery under the direction of Wentworth Mortuary, LLC. Mary Ann Allen, daughter of the late John and Lydia (Schneider) Rauh, was born May 23,…

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James “Jim” Raymond Frysinger

James “Jim” Raymond Frysinger, Cherokee, age 70, passed from this life on February 4, 2021. Jim was a proud member of the Cherokee High School Class of 1967. Funeral services are pending at this time.

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Ivan Orton

Former Cherokee resident Ivan Orton passed away at home in Seattle in the arms of his family on January 16.  He was 72. He had been fighting a blood infection that reached his heart, on top of a decade-long battle with Parkinson’s. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Liz Valauri, his children…

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Debora Sue Allen-West

Debora (Debbie) Sue Allen-West, departed her loving family on January 29, 2021 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital. Debbie entered this world on October 20, 1956 to Bob Allen and the late Darla Allen. She attended school in Cherokee. Here is where she met and married her husband, Charles. The two became one on June 14, 1975.…

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Davetta “Heidi” Swadley Fesmire

Davetta “Heidi” Swadley Fesmire went to heaven on January 26, 2021. She fought a good fight and in the end she was welcomed to heaven by Jesus. No more pain or sorrow. Heidi was born on October 22, 1980 to David and Jacqueline Swadley. Her big brother, Tim and sister, Chrissie catered to her every…

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Shireen Ann DeMarcus Diller

Shireen Ann DeMarcus Diller was born in Tokyo, Japan, on May 15, 1954. She was abandoned in a department store and rescued, then taken to an orphanage where she was originally given the name Rie Nakagawa. She was adopted by her loving parents, James and Judy DeMarcus while they were serving in the US Air…

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