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Duane Edward Mason

April 9, 1931 - January 24, 2015

Duane Edward Mason, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at his home in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was born April 9, 1931 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Harry Livesay Mason and June Marvel (Thompson) Mason. He grew up on a farm and attended schools in Okmulgee, OK and graduated in 1949.

Duane married the love of his life, Nola Inez (Arnold) Mason on February 24, 1951 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and has lived in primarily in the Muskogee area. They shared 63 years of marriage together.

Duane joined the U.S. Air Force in March 1951. After training as an aircraft and jet engine mechanic, Duane was sent to Manston RAF Station in England. The couple lived in England for three years where their son Robert was born.  After his honorable discharge from USAF in 1955, they moved to Tulsa and was employed by Douglas Aircraft Company and attended the University of Tulsa. In 1959, after graduating from TU, the couple moved to Muskogee when he joined Container Corp. of America. During his career, Duane was transferred to Fort Smith, AR; Fort Worth, TX; and Moline, IL for short periods of time, but always transferred back to Muskogee after each move.  Duane retired as General Manager in 1996 from Jefferson Smurfit Corporation (formerly Container Corporation of America) after a 37 year career with the company.

Duane was an active member of Boulevard Christian Church. During his working career, he was a member of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, serving as President in 1984. He also served as an Executive Board Member of the Muskogee Development, Salvation Army, and United Way of Muskogee. After his retirement, he served on the City of Muskogee Merit Board of several years.

Duane loved working in his garage, tinkering on cars, and construction projects around the house. He designed and was instrumental in the building of five family homes that were built in the Muskogee area. He loved snow skiing in his younger days and loved watching his kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren play baseball and softball.

His family kindly remembers Duane’s legacy of love, faith, and happiness he shared with them. They also remember him as a man of integrity.

Duane was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and June Mason; and one sister, Marilyn Mason Chandler.

He is survived by his wife, Nola Mason of the home; two children; Robert Mason and his wife Sandy of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Gemma Mason-Ferren and her husband Loren Ferren of Muskogee, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Joseph Mason and his wife Michelle of Palestine, Texas, Jonathan Mason and his wife April of Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Meagan Ferren and her fiancé John Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; five great-grandchildren, Chase, Caden, and Cohen Mason of Iowa, and Reid and Hunt Mason of Texas; brother, Don Mason and his wife Barbara of Wellsville, Utah; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends. 

Friends may wish to remember Duane by making memorials to the Duane Mason Memorial Fund at Boulevard Christian Church, 1700 W Shawnee, Muskogee, OK.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

A celebration of Duane’s life will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Boulevard Christian Church with Mr. James McCracken and Mr. Steve Moss officiating.  Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with full Military Honors.  Pallbearers will be Robert Mason, Joseph Mason, Jonathan Mason, Loren Ferren, John Smith, Jim Hammons, Vernnon Burkett, and Luke Able.  Honorary Pallbearers will be Carl Pierceall, Gene Day, the late Mack Whitaker, Doug Chandler, Gary Chandler, Glenn Chandler, and Galen Chandler.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, OK.  Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.

Sherri Lee Currin

December 27, 1947 - January 20, 2015

Sherri Lee Currin, 67, a retired Home Health Worker and resident of Boynton, Ok. passed away, Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Eastar Health System, Muskogee, Ok.

A Service of memory will be conducted, Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Precious Memories

Chapel (House of Winn Funeral Home) Okmulgee, Ok. Cremation following the service.

Visitation will be Friday, January 30, 2015 from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The family has been cared for by Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.

Ronnie "Ron" Joe Fitzgerald, Sr., 

November 17, 1949 - January 19, 2015

Ronnie "Ron" Joe Fitzgerald, Sr., was born November 17, 1949 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  He passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 65.  Ronnie enjoyed playing pool, chess and doing auto mechanic work.  He graduated high school in Illinois and attended OSU-IT in Okmulgee.  Ronnie married Darlene Johnson October 19, 1981

    Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, step mother, Wanda Sue Fitzgerald, step father, Vernon Henthorne and a nephew, Leroy Van Antwerp.

    Ronnie is survived by his wife, Darlene of the home, children, John Allen Fitzgerald of Tulsa, Nena Darlene Cole and Dale of Owasso, Christy Dawn Baker and Chris of Broken Arrow, Christopher Eugene Burks of Tulsa, Ronnie Joe Fitzgerald Jr. of Tulsa, Donnie Ray Fitzgerald of Tulsa, Amber Lin Gentry and Brandon of Tulsa, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Mary Johnson of the home, sister, Carolyn Gilstrap of Okmulgee, brothers, Don and Rick Fitzgerald of Tulsa, sister, Janet Brown of Illinois, brother, Delbert J. Fitzgerald, Jr. of Tulsa and 16 grandchildren.

    A funeral service was held 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at the First Assembly of God with Reverend Raymond Doke officiating.  Interment followed in the Okmulgee Cemetery.  Viewing was Friday, January 23, 2015 at the First Assembly of God from 10 A.M. to service time.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Ronnie's Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com

Laurel Behn 

October 5, 1951 - January 22, 2015

Laurel Mae Behn, 63, died January 22, 2015 in Henryetta, OK.  She was a library assistant at OSUIT. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at the Biglow’s Chapel of Peace in Okmulgee. Arrangements were under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc.-Okmulgee Chapel

Bonnie Robbins

December 1, 1935  -  January 22, 2015 

Mary Bonita "Bonnie" Robbins, 79 year old resident of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, died January 22, 2015 in Okmulgee. Bonnie was a homemaker. The family will hold a private memorial service. Arrangements were under the direction of Gary Kelley’s  Add'Vantage Funeral and Cremation Service - Tulsa, OK.

Wenzell Lee Williams 

June 24, 1949 - January 26, 2015

Wenzell Lee Williams, 65, a resident of Muskogee,died Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in Eaststar Health System.

Arrangements are pending with Granger-House of Winn Funeral Home.

Willie Roberson 

December 9, 1923 - January 24, 2015 

Willie Roberson, 92, laborer, a resident of Okmulgee, OK died Saturday, January 24, 2015. Arrangements are pending with House of Winn Funeral Home.

Charlene Carpenter

January 24, 2015

Charlene Carpenter, 58, of Okmulgee, died Saturday morning, January 24, 2015 at Rebold Manor.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.

David Leon Blackwell

February 4, 1963 - January 27, 2015

David Leon Blackwell, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the age of 51.

 Memorial Services will be planned at a later date.

 Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.

Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Sylvia Mae White Peters

November 6, 1926 - January 23, 2015

Sylvia Mae White Peters, a resident of Muskogee, formerly of Okmulgee, Oklahoma passed away Friday, January 23, 2015 in Muskogee, OK at the age of 88. She was born on November 6, 1926 in Morris, OK. Her parents were Harrison and Jessie White. 

She graduated from Springhill School, Pharoah, OK in 1944.  She attended Connors Junior College and Northeastern State.  Her work history includes TG&Y, Globe Life, Eagle Pitcher Smelter, City Service Oil Company, and CITGO Petroleum. 

Sylvia attended the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Henryetta and also attended Crosstown Pentecostal Church in Okmulgee.

Sylvia is preceded in death by her birth parents, Sylvester and Maggie Peters, her mother and father, Jessie and Harrison White, brother Lysan White, sister Mildred Henley, and sister Barbara Shahan.  

“Aunt Sylvia” is survived by her sister Vera Brown of Henryetta, niece Terral Shahan Graybill & husband B. Todd Graybill of Muskogee, niece Diane Warkentine of Tip City, OH, niece Paula Henry of Beaver, OK, nephew Ira Brown Jr. of Gilbert, AZ, niece Rhonda Wolverton of Lawton, nephew Kim Shahan of Lawton, niece Glenna Jean Inman of Skiatook, nephew Harold Henley of Seminole, and many great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. She dearly loved all her nieces and nephews as her own.

Viewing was held  from 5-8pm, Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service. 

Funeral Services were held at 2pm, Monday, January 26, 2015 at Integrity Chapel (410 E. Trudgeon St.) in Henryetta with Rev. Greg Boyd, Associate Minister of St. Paul UMC of Muskogee officiating. Interment will follow at Okmulgee Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta. 

Pallbearers will be Bill Shahan, Kim Shahan, Todd Graybill, Harold Henley, Brendan Wolverton, Ira Brown Jr., and Mitch Inman.

The Family would like to say a special thank you to caregivers at East Gate Village Health Care Center and Hometown Hospice of Muskogee for their compassionate care. 

An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.

James Allen “Buddy” Morris

September 30, 1932 - January 23, 2015

James Allen "Buddy" Morris, a resident of Henryetta, died Friday, January 23, 2015 in Tulsa, OK at the age of 82.

Viewing will be from 8am-8pm on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service. A funeral is scheduled for 2pm, Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Integrity Chapel (410 East Trudgeon St.) in Henryetta. Interment will follow at Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.

John Edward Endres

August 26, 1943 - January 21, 2015

John Edward "Johnny" Endres, 71, of Okmulgee passed away at home Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Funeral Mass for John will be held Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 11:00AM at Saint Anthony Catholic Church. Interment will follow later in the afternoon at Liberty-Morris cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Okmulgee.

Geraldine Murdock

May 3, 1946 - January 18, 2015

Geraldine Murdock, 68, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Tulsa. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saaturday, January 31st at the First Baptist Church, 5th and Seminole. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Biglow Funeral Home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Okmulgee Chapel.