Obituaries

Tommy R. Ferrell

Funeral service for Tommy Ferrell will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Kiowa Congregational Church with burial at Riverview Cemetery.  Viewing will be Friday, August 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Kiowa.  www.lanmanmemorials.com

Tommy R. Ferrell went to take the hand of his Lord on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Kiowa District Manor.  Tommy was born on September 6, 1930 in rural Alfalfa County Oklahoma to Leon and Maude Winans Ferrell, the sixth of ten children.  He grew up around the Driftwood, Oklahoma area, attending the Riverside Country School and Driftwood High School.

Growing up he worked on the family farm along with his six brothers and three sisters.  While attending Driftwood High School he met Alyce LaVaun Miller who had moved to Driftwood from Laramie, Wyoming.  Tommy and Alyce were married September 18, 1949 in Driftwood and were married nearly 69 years.  Tommy and Alyce established Kiowa as their home in 1950.  They have two daughters, Vickie and Beckie.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Alyce of the home; daughters, Vickie Snapp and husband, John and Beckie Miller and husband, Ron; granddaughters, Melissa Edwards and husband, Jeremy, Julie Hicks and husband, Darren; great grandchildren, Madison, Mason, Miles Edwards and Avery and Allie Hicks all of Wichita; two brothers, Teddy Ferrell and wife, Margie of Wichita and Benny Ferrell and wife, Adele of Denton, Texas; sisters-in-law, Ruth Ferrell of Burlington, Oklahoma and Alta Michaelis of Hays, Kansas and numerous nephews and nieces.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Maude Ferrell; his “parents-in-law”, Vern and Velma Miller; brothers, Bobby, Billy, Jimmy and Henry Ferrell; sisters, Rosalie Morgan, Pauline Collings, Dolly Daniels and infant son, Vernon Leon Ferrell.

Tommy was a wonderful husband, dad, granddad, brother, uncle and friend.  His love of family and friends, getting on his tractor and working the land were always a very important part of his life.  His smile, laughter and sense of fun will be missed.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Kiowa Congregational Church through the funeral home.

 

Larry Dean Coontz

A Celebration of Life for Larry Dean Coontz, age 68, of Lahoma, is 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Oakwood Christian Church with Rev. Eric Keller and Rev. Alan Seibel to officiate, with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation and viewing will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

Larry was born January 31, 1950 in Enid, to John and Hazel (Phillips) Coontz, and passed away Friday, July 27, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family.

Larry graduated from Kiowa High School graduating in 1969. He attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor’s in Business degree. He married Janet Allen on June 7, 1970 in Cherokee, Oklahoma. They had two children, Scott and Patricia. In 1978, while he and Janet were living in Byron, Oklahoma, he founded Coontz Roofing. The business was relocated to Enid in 1991 so Janet could begin her teaching career at Glenwood Elementary School, where she worked for twenty-one years. He sold the business to his son Scott in 2015, and remained active in the business until his health prevented him from working. Larry was very proud that Coontz Roofing had just celebrated its 40th Anniversary and is successfully thriving as a second generation company with three generations involved in operations. He and Janet were active members of Oakwood Christian Church where he served as Sunday school superintendent, as an elder, and as a trustee. Church and family were the most important things to Larry. He was able to take his grandchildren to Disney World and Branson just this spring. He and Janet loved to travel; he treated her to three cruises, one to Alaska, and to the Western Caribbean twice; however his favorite destination was Estes Park, Colorado.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hazel Coontz. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet Coontz, of the home in Lahoma; two children, Scott Coontz and wife Sheila, of Enid; Patricia Ledford and husband Rusty, of Enid; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Cody, and Brandon Coontz, of Enid; Rylee Schnaithman and husband Travis, of Garber; Kacie Mack, of Edmond; Mackenna Mack, of Stillwater; Ethan and Emma Ledford, of Enid; one great-grandson, Mack Schnaithman, of Garber; three sisters, Glenda Moore, of Enid; Nancy Coontz, of Enid; Carolyn Mathis, of Cherokee; as well as numerous other family and friends.

Memorials in Larry’s name may be made to Vision for Missions – Philippines or American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Rochester, MN with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

Condolences may be made and services viewed online at www.ladusauevans.com.

Janice R. Forsyth
Janice Ruth (Nattier) Forsyth, 93, died Tuesday night surrounded by her family on July 17, 2018 at Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital, Medicine Lodge, KS.  She was born June 20, 1925 in Concordia, KS to Frank and Irene (Acre) Nattier.
Jan attended Carlton followed by KU where she met the love of her life.  On June 22, 1947, she married Bill Forsyth in Concordia, KS.  Her compassion for people was demonstrated by pouring her heart into the community and her family.  “She truly was a woman of God, clothed in HIS strength and dignity.  Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31.
Surviving are her children: two sons, Drew Forsyth (Nancy) of Ottawa, Canada and Brad Forsyth (Liz) of Medicine Lodge, KS; one daughter, Paula Hill of San Antonio, TX; one brother, Clayton Nattier of Lakewood, CO; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 4-6 p.m. at Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Medicine Lodge, KS with Pastor Paul Stephens officiating. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge.
Memorials may be made to the Medicine Lodge Memorial Hospital Long-term Care, Lincoln Library, or United Methodist Church. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com
CECIL IVAN TUCKER, JR.
Graveside services for Cecil Ivan Tucker, Jr. will be Friday, July 20th, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery east of Kiowa, Kansas. Viewing will be Thursday, July 19th, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Schupbach Haus, 405 South 7th, St., Kiowa, Kansas, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.
Cecil Ivan Tucker, Jr. was born November 3, 1924, at Byron, Oklahoma, to Cecil Ivan Tucker, Sr. and Clara Edna Polson Tucker. Cecil passed away on July 16, 2018, at Kiowa, Kansas, at the age of 93 years, 8 months, and 5 days.
Cecil was raised in his family business in Byron, Oklahoma. He attended Byron Schools until 1940 when the family moved to a farm south of Kiowa, Kansas. He graduated from Kiowa High School in 1942 and in the fall of 1942, he entered the University of Oklahoma.
During his high school days, he met Verna Merryman and they were married on April 16th, 1944. Two children were born of this union Cynthia and Mark. In March of 1946 he was called to service with the Army and was stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
During his childhood he and his brother were avid trapper’s and did whatever else they could do to earn money. They were known for hay hauling abilities and were taught by their parents to be business traders. Some of his early jobs were at the Mary Griffith Hatchery, Kiowa Sales Co and many other jobs such as threshing crews. He also worked for his parents in the Tucker Motor Co in Kiowa and bought it from them in 1952 and The Tucker Company evolved. He took his brother into the business in 1955 and together they formed several business enterprises which let them invest in land. Upon retirement he kept busy with his salvage business until he was age 89 1/2 years old donating the profits to charity.
On Nov 16, 2013 Verna passed lacking 5 months before their 70th wedding anniversary. He and Verna traveled extensively making all the continents except Antarctica. He was an avid bowler and water skier. He enjoyed watching sports, but University of Oklahoma was his football team. He supported and appreciated the Kiowa community.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Verna; his brother, Dale Tucker; and his son-in-law, Bruce Bryan.
He is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Bryan of Kiowa; his son, Mark Tucker and wife, Karen, of Burlington; three grandchildren, Lacey Schofield and David of Ellinwood, Kansas, Jeff Bryan of Kiowa, and Barbara Baird and Alan of Pflugerville, Texas; 12 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Marie Tucker of Kiowa and Betty Merryman of Topeka, Kansas; many nieces, nephews and many other family members.
Memorials contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Kiowa District Hospital, Shriners and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Remembrances may be shared with the family at www.marshallfuneralhomes.com.