Obituaries

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08
Aug
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Sardello rites set

Joseph “Joe” Sardello, 84, of Perryton died Aug. 3, 2019 in Oklahoma City, OK

Services will be held Friday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m. at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Chapel with elder Don Martin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

He was born Jan. 23, 1935 in LaVeta, CO. He married Gwendolyn Blackwell on May 30, 1965 in Perryton. He was a postman for the U.S. Postal Service and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; one brother, Richard; and his parents, Joe and Adelaide Sardello.

He is survived by two sons, Joe Sardello of Loveland, OH and Matt Sardello of Perryton; and one daughter, Paula Brown of Norman, OK; and eight grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Ranger Academic Enrichment Foundation, P.O. Box 179, Perryton, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago IL 60601.

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08
Aug
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Bessie Lee Duke

Bessie Lee Fausset Altmiller Duke, 91, of Darrouzett, passed away into the Lord’s loving arms on Aug. 5, 2019, in Booker.

Memorial Celebration of Life services will be Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Darrouzett with Pastor Scott Richards. Services are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.

Bessie Lee was born Aug. 15, 1927, in Darrouzett to Elizabeth and Fred Fausset. She lived in and around Darrouzett all her life, graduating from Darrouzett High School in 1944.

She married Charles Ray Altmiller, Jr. on July 29, 1945. To this union, three children were born; Sherrie Elaine, Coetta Ann and Bradford Ray. Charlie was killed in a pickup accident on May 24, 1953.

Bessie Lee then attended San Jacinto Beauty College in Amarillo and had a beauty shop in her home in Darrouzett for several years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Darrouzett.

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04
Aug
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Rites held for former resident

Elouise Osborne, 85, of Lubbock, formerly of Perryton, died July 31, 2019.

Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1 p.m. at Dreamland Cemetery in Canyon. Arrangements were under the direction of Brooks Funeral Directors.

She was born June 12, 1934 in Direct, and married Landrum Osborne on Feb. 7, 1962. He died in 1995. She and her family lived in Perryton for many years. She was a legal secretary and bookkeeper for her husband’s flying business.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James W. and Mildred Gray Seals; one brother, Robert Seals; and two sisters, Billie Laub and Norma Seals.

She is survived by two sons, Chris Osborne of Jones, OK and Russell Osborne of Pampa; one daughter, Brenda Busch of Lubbock; two brothers, James Seals of Southlake and Billy Seals of Canyon; one sister, Annette Pryor of Reserve, NM; seven grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.

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04
Aug
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Rites held for Frantz

Virginia Kerns Frantz, 95, of Amarillo died July 26, 2019.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, July 31, at United Methodist Church in Guymon, OK. Private burial was that morning at Gray Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors.

She was born in 1924 in Grenada, CO, and grew up in Beaver County, OK. She married C.J. Frantz in 1942.

She graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and received her master’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She was a speech and psychology teacher in the Guymon school system, and had also been a student teacher supervisor for OPSU.

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01
Aug
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Harold Schoenhals

Harold Schoenhals, 93, of Perryton, went to “Glory” on July 26, 2019.

Funeral services for Harold will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Booker Friends Church; interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Lipscomb County under the direction of Good Samaritan Funeral Service Booker.

He was born Dec. 12, 1925 to Henry and Lydia (Bay) Schoenhals in Darrouzett. Harold was raised on their farm and graduated from Darrouzett High School. After his graduation, Harold joined the Navy. Following his service years, he attended Wayland Baptist College in Plainview.

Deciding college wasn’t for him, Harold returned to farming. He bought a farm outside of Follett, where he brought his bride, Dorothy Marie Bruntz, to live after their marriage on June 1, 1949. They lived on that farm until 1965 when he and his family moved to farm in Ochiltree County.

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01
Aug
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George Mehnert, Jr.

George Edward Mehnert, Jr., passed away at 79 on Thursday, May 16, 2019. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at the North Plains Electric Cooperative. Join us for a luncheon following in celebration of George’s life to share stories and remember a life well lived. George will be laid to rest at Sophia Cemetery in Beaver County, OK. You are welcome to join us graveside immediately following lunch.

He was born at home in Logan, OK, April 15, 1940. He was the son of George Edward Mehnert, Sr. and Deborah Ruth (Knowles) Mehnert.

George grew up in the Oklahoma Panhandle and Amarillo. He graduated from high school in Darrouzett in 1958. George started his career as a stocker in a plumbing warehouse and retired from Joplin Supply Company in 2006 as electrical sales manager after 29 years.

George married Gwendolyn Gail Hethcox in Amarillo on Aug. 3, 1963.

Sun
28
Jul
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Merkel rites held

Leroy Merkel, 78, of Perryton, died July 22, 2019 in Dallas.

Private family services were held prior to a public burial on Friday, July 26, at Ochiltree Cemetery, with Rev. Dixie Hargues officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 17, 1940 in Drumright, OK, and moved to the Perryton area in 1958. He married Nina Cudd on Aug. 3, 1961 in Perryton. He worked in the oilfield, trucking for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kasper William and Pearl (O’Kelly) Merkel; and two brothers, Ulys Merkel and Don Merkel.

He is survived by his wife, Nina of Perryton; two sons, Eddy Merkel of Booker and Jeff Merkel of Canyon; one daughter, Kay Merkel of Booker; 10 grandchildren; and 17 greatgrandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to one’s favorite charity.

Thu
25
Jul
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Barbara Ann Kirby

Barbara Ann Kirby, 87, of Perryton, died Friday, July 19, 2019 in Spearman.

Services were held Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Perryton, with Rev. Steffan Hakanson officiating. Burial was in Ochiltree Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Inc. of Perryton.

Mrs. Kirby was born on Dec. 28, 1931 in Rome, Georgia to Taft and Radie Marie Ledford Pruett. Barbara started working at age 16 at Fay’s Department store and worked there while she attended college. She attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she met her husband, Mel Kirby. They were married on Aug. 22, 1953.

They had two children, Danny and Janice. They moved from Georgia to the Texas Panhandle in 1958 and then to Perryton around 1960.

Sun
21
Jul
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Gene Riley

Gene Riley, 78, of Perryton died at home Wednesday, July 17, 2019. There will be a private family service and burial held. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.

He was born on October 6, 1940 in Shattuck, OK to Debs Riley and Margaret (Watson) Riley. He graduated from Perryton High School, and attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Amarillo College and West Texas A & M University.

He was the reporterphotographer at the Perryton Herald. He also had served as director of the Museum of the Plains. He was an accomplished artist and pianist and taught art and piano lessons through the years. He loved music and photographing school activities.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Debs and Margaret Riley.

He is survived by two sisters, Lyndol Taylor of Houston and Marion Guy of Yukon, OK; one brother, Bert Riley and wife Lorraine of Whitefish, MT; and many nieces and nephews.

Thu
18
Jul
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Charlotte Keffer Bussard

Charlotte “Granny” Keffer Bussard, 100, of Glazier, passed away Monday July 15, 2019 in Canadian.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Canadian with Rev. Matthew McCurley, pastor, and Ben Mathers, officiating. Burial will be in Lipscomb Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.

Mrs. Bussard was born Nov. 25, 1918 in Miami to James and Dove Keffer. She attended schools in Lipscomb and graduated from Shattuck High School. After graduating from high school, she went on to nursing school and graduated from Baylor Nursing School in Dallas.

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