Pawnee Chief Newspaper Articles


The following was contributed by Rita Buford:

November 28, 2001
It’s a Girl!
Jeff and Carrie TATUM, of Pawnee, announce the birth of their daughter, Lexie Grace TATUM, born November 13, 2001 at Stillwater Medical Center. Lexie weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 ¼ inches in length. She was welcomed home by her brother Ricky.

Paternal grandparents are Rick and Glenda TATUM of Perry and Diana HARTWICK of Stillwater. Maternal grandparents are Carl and Beverly FUNKHOUSER or Pawnee.
Paternal great grandparents are Junior and Betty Jo TATUM and Helen HARTWICK, all of Pawnee. Maternal great grandparents are RB and Gayle FUNKHOUSER of Pawnee and Anna BRIGHT of Drumright.

Lt. Charlie HANGER Named National Office of the Month
Pawnee native, Charlie HANGER, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper for 25 years, has received national recognition. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has named him as the National Officer of the month.

HANGER stopped and arrested Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVEIGH for not having a license plate an hour after the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

A 1970 graduate of Pawnee High School, HANGER graduated from the 1976 Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy at age 23. He has served the state for 25 years.
He was attached to the local Troop K for most of that time, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. HANGER is now attached to the Special Operations Division of the OHP. The award recognizes federal, state and local officers who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service and devotion to duty.

Lt. HANGER is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie HANGER of Pawnee, and makes his home in Perry.

Art ROBINSON Hosts Family Thanksgiving
Art (A.G.) ROBINSON, of Glencoe, hosted the Thanksgiving dinner for his family. Attending were Ray and Marie ROBINSON, Ronnie, Brandon, Parris ROBINSON, and Jacob MILLER, of Pawnee; Fred and Kathy ROBINSON, rural Glencoe; Lee III and Cheryl BLEDSOE, rural Ralston; Tonya, Christ PRESTON, Destone and Shailbe DORRIS, Jeanie, Amanda and Amber WILSON, Sequoyah High School, Bruce FOSTER, Choctaw; Jackie and Mark DARRAH, Tulsa; and Randy ROBINSON, Tulsa.

Following a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the afternoon was spent visiting and enjoying the outdoors.

Skedee News - by Barbara Walker
Mary Esther BUCHANAN HARRIS DIEKER passed away Thanksgiving day. Her funeral was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Blackburn, with burial at the Blackburn Cemetery. She was one neat lady and will be missed by all. May our Lord comfort her husband, Denis and family.

WALKER Reunion

Jane Walker hosted a family reunion at Ranchburger Sunday at 1 p.m. Family members attending were her dad, Harold WALKER, brother Dennis and wife, Diana; nephew Michael WALKER and wife Abby; niece, Dena WALKER; Aunt Mary WALKER of Stillwater; Uncle Ken WALKER and wife Donna, Uncle Floyd WALKER and wife Barbara, cousins Karen and VANGOLDEN from Dallas, Texas; Shondra and Charlie BOWMAN of Nowata and their daughter Niki and Ron WALKER of Moore. Plans were made for another get together next year about this time.

White Rose H.C.E.

White Rose met at Miss Lillie’s on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. Members attending were Carla EDWARDS, Daisy BERNET, Monee GRUBB, Lillie BOWMAN and Barbara WALKER. Guests were Emily EDWARDS, Juanita VANCE and Frankie FUNKHOUSER.


Lynn and Jessie NUTTLE hosted dinner for their family, Shane, Tony, Wendy, Katie, Justin NUTTLE, Bambi and Ryan WEAVER. Later in the afternoon Tammy and Doug KEELING, Karrie and Ben came over for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving day, Hazel BELL, her son, Jr. BELL and friend enjoyed dinner with Aaron and wife, Denise in Pawnee. Sunday, Jr. BELL and his cousin, Gerald REESE visited Hazel.

Indian News

There will be a house warming for Minnie FIELDS, Saturday, December 1, 1:00 to 4 p.m., 4.5 miles west of Pawnee on Hwy 64. All friends and family are invited to view God’s blessing.

Thursday, November 15, the family of William Taft EAVES had Thanksgiving with him at the Rosewood Nursing Home. We, his family, are very thankful and grateful we have our dad, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather to celebrate Thanksgiving with. We respect him and love him with all of our hearts. Those of us who had dinner with him were Rev. Lynn EAVES and Jo; Beatrice SUNEAGLE; Billie HORSECHIEF, Telly SPRINGER and boys, Adian and Kenden. It was a joyful time for him and he sure did eat. Those of the family who couldn’t be there sent their love and concern.

Blackburn News - By La Rene AKERS

This community wishes to send our deepest sympathy to the DIEKER and HARRIS family in the death of Mary, loving wife and mother. She will be deeply missed. Her funeral was Monday, November 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the Blackburn Methodist Church, with a meal following.

Monday Mrs. Howard MARLOW attended a P.E.O. meeting in the home of Mrs. Don SHIRREL, Fairfax. Thursday, Louise was among 20 guests at the Thanksgiving family reunion in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darrel HEPPEL, Stillwater; Mr. and Mrs. Joe PLUMMER, son and wife and granddaughter, Katie, Dallas, Texas were also present.
Rosa and Arvilla GRANTHAM’S guest for the weekend were Carol, Ronnie, Michelle, and Christina MALLORY.

Thursday, Jeannie and Oda BURGER went to Robin SCOTT’S for Thanksgiving dinner.

Glencoe News - By Leslie Torres

Mr. and Mrs. Jake SHARPTON, Glencoe; and Mr. and Mrs. Melburn HUFF, Haysville, Kansas, spent Thanksgiving in Abilene, Texas with Mr. and Mrs. Rick HUFF and boys.
Ed and Loretta SAWYER, New Orleans; came to Glencoe Friday evening for a few days visit with Mary SAWYER, family and friends. The couple also came to attend the Glencoe Alumni and Former Students Banquet. This year is the 50th anniversary for his graduation. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis CAMPBELL, Anita and Russell ANDREW joined Mary and other family members at the home Saturday evening.

Henry DICKENS took his son to the doctor Monday.

Carl and Thelma BAUCOM had company Saturday and they helped them get their Christmas decorations up.

Marriages, Divorces

Marriages: Keith Eric BUNTIN, 18, and Jamie Lynn ROBERTS, 14, both of Cleveland.


CaTrina Le’Shaun STEVENS vs. Jason Lee STEVENS.
Deborah Louise SESSIONS vs. Scott Edward SESSIONS.
Justin Ray DAVIS vs. Shanna Michelle DAVIS.
Doyle Wayne WHITTENBURG, Jr. vs. Jennifer Ann WHITTENBURG.
Lester O. SKINNER, Sr. vs. Vivian F. SKINNER


Mary Esther DIEKER, 72, passed away at her home in Skedee on Thursday, November 22, 2001, after a lengthy illness and her services were held at Blackburn on Monday. She was born on July 25, 1929, at Red Rock, Oklahoma, to Hobart Lawrence BUCHANAN and Mary Claire (CODFELTER) BUCHANAN.

She married Richard HARRIS on May 24, 1947 and he preceded her in death on December 27, 1971. Denis DIEKER became her husband on December 9, 1974, at Durant, Oklahoma. Mary graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma Stat University in 1976 and became an ordained United Methodist minister. Her husband, Denis DIEKER, is also an ordained United Methodist minister.

Mary served Acheley and Durant United Methodist churches. With her husband, she served the following United Methodist churches: Caddo, Lone Wolf, Cleveland-Blackburn, Leedy-Camargo, Braman-Prairie Chapel, Forgan-Gate and Yale-Maramec. She was recognized for her sweet, caring, compassionate spirit which touched the lives of many.
Rev. Mary is survived by her husband, the Rev. Denis DIEKER of the home in Skedee and 2 daughters and 2 sons: Joyce DINGS and husband, Minton, Havana, Illinois; Patricia GILLAND and husband, George, Yukon, Oklahoma; George HARRIS and wife, Sharon, Glencoe, Oklahoma; and Denis KIEKER, Jr. and his wife, Shirley, Wichita, Kansas; plus 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 2 brothers: Don “Buck” BUCHANAN, Pawnee; and Vernon BUCHANAN of Tulsa; plus a number of other relatives.

Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Hobart and Mary BUCHANAN, plus a daughter, Frances RICENBAW and 2 brothers - Lawrence and Erwin BUCHANAN.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2001, at the Blackburn United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Baumann of Stratford, Oklahoma officiating. Interment was in the Blackburn Cemetery under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee. (photo)
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Patricia M. ROUGHFACE, 60, passed away in Bethany, Oklahoma on Ghursday, November 22, 2001 and funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma City. She was born on June 10, 1941 at Lawton, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma City public schools then earned degrees in nursing and served as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Ponca City, and at Midwest Regional Medical Center, in Midwest City, where she retired after fifteen years of service.

She was married to the Rev. Dr. Thomas ROUGHFACE for 43 years and was a long time member of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and supported the ministry of her husband, who is district superintendent of Indian Methodist Churches and pastured the local Indian Methodist Church at one time.

Surviving is her husband, and 3 daughters and 2 sons: Jacqueline HARRISON and husband, George, Choctaw, Oklahoma; Diana FITZPATRICK and husband, Richard, Norman, Oklahoma; Lisa ROUGHFACE of Bethany, Oklahoma; Thomas ROUGHFACE, Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M. and James ROUGHFACE and wife, Diane of Ponca City, a number of grandchildren plus a brother, Robert GREENWOOD and wife, Joyce, Del City and several other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Tyubby GREENWOOD. Mrs. ROUGHFACE was a member of the Chickasaw tribe.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2001, at the Bill Eisenhour Southeast Chapel with the Rev. David WILSON officiating. Interment followed in the Sunny Lane Cemetery at Oklahoma City.
Virginia Eaton COOPER-POLING, 87, Oklahoma City, native of Skedee, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Oklahoma City, and funeral services were held at Skedee, Oklahoma, on Friday.

She was born on May 4, 1914 in Skedee, to Eugene Harold EATON and Mary Margaret (LEABO) EATON. She earned hr teaching certificate from Oklahoma A&M then taught at Stillwater and was a LPN for many years. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
Surviving is a son, Perry Eaton POLING and his wife, Roberta, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Eugene and Mary EATON and husbands, Lester M. COOPER of Cheyenne, Wyoming who died in 1976, and Daniel Jacob POLING who died in 1985, plus 5 brothers - Charles, Vernon, Howard, Warren and Buford EATON and 2 sisters Edna WILSON and Laveda MILLER-CUNNINGHAM, and a grandson, Daniel POLING.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 23, 2001 at the Skedee Cemetery under direction of the Bill Merritt Funeral Service of Oklahoma City.
Betty Jo (COLVIN) WHALEY, 80, passed away in Oklahoma City on Friday, November 23, 2001 and funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 27. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed COLVIN, she graduated from Pawnee High School with the class of 1939.

She joined the WACS in 1941 then after WWII, worked in Ft. Worth, Texas for the government, retiring after 27 years of service. She enjoyed many years with the Alpha Nu Chapter of Phi Tau Omega sorority.

Surviving are 3 sisters: Maxine MAYNOR and Birdie SOWDAL, both of Oklahoma City, and Jean ATKINS of Strong, Kansas, plus a number of nephews, nieces and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and other relatives.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, at the Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Oklahoma City. (photo)
Vicki Lyunn MALTSBERGER O’KEEFE, 51, passed away in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 16, 2001, and memorial services were held on November 18, 2001.

She was born in Pawnee on September 25, 1950, to Jarrett and Carolyn MALTSBERGER and attended and graduated from Pawnee High school with the class of 1968. She then graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS degree in Housing and Interior Design. In 1980, she became a court reporter in Cleveland County at Norman, and later became president and co-owner of the Merit Reporters, Inc., a court reporting business in Oklahoma City. After the Oklahoma City bombing tragedy, Vicki volunteered her massage services to the rescue workers and law enforcement at the scene. It was there that she met her future husband, Patrick O’KEEFE. They were married in Oklahoma City on April 21, 1996 and moved to Dallas, Texas, where she attended the Dallas Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She became a licensed acupuncturist.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick O’KEEFE of the home in Dallas; her father, Jarret MALTSBERGER and wife, Charlotte, Pawnee; a brother, David MALTSBERGER and wife, Elaine of Lewisville, Texas, plus 2 nephews and a niece and many relatives.
Her memorial service was held on Sunday, November 18, 2001, at the Castle Hills Community Center at Lewisville, Texas. Read at the service was the following: “Vicki will be remembered for her courageous spirit, generous heart and ready smile. Her sense of adventure and willingness to try the new and improved were her hallmarks. Her strength of character, kindness, compassionand wisdom were unparalleled. While those she left behind will miss her sorely, we celebrate her life for the light and laughter she brought to each of us.” (photo)
Amanda Kay ROBERTS WHITE, 41, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at a Bartlesville hospital and funeral services were held in Fairfax on Thursday and Friday. She was born on October 8, 1960, to James Chakah ROBERTS, Sr. and Anna Kathryn GOODE. Amanda was of Osage and Pawnee descent having been the great-great granddaughter of Governor Joe “Pah-theno-pah-she” and Rush ROBERTS, Sr., who was the last of the Pawnee Scouts (Fancy Eagle).

She was reared and attended schools in Anadarko and as a teenager moved to Fairfax and attended the Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from the St. Mary Catholic School in Oklahoma City. Amanda went to work for the government in the Indian Health Service and worked for the White Eagle Health Center and most recently for the Pawhuska Indian Health Center.

In August of 1988 she married Frank WHITE in Claremore and they made their home in Pawhuska. Due to failing health Amanda retired from the Pawhuska Indian Health Center. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Fairfax and enjoyed powwows, going to art shows and visiting and laughing with her family.
Surviving her is a daughter, Kathryn WHITE and a son, Simean WHITE, both of the home in Pawhuska and 2 brothers: James Chakah ROBERTS, Jr., Pawhuska; and Richard E. ROBERTS of Tulsa; plus a number of other relatives. Her parents, grandparents and a sister, Kathryn Ann JAKE, preceded her in death.

A rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 22 in the sacred Heart church followed by the traditional Osage Wake with Archie MASON as overseer. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2001 with the rev. Bruce BROSNAHAN, pastor of the Sacred Heart Church, as Celebrant. Burial followed in the Fairfax Cemetery under direction of the Hundaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.
Frank REED service set

Funeral services for City Councilman, Frank Reed, have been set for tomorrow, Thursday, November 29, at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church. He passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 27. A native of Pawnee, he was the senior member of the City Council. A full obituary will appear next week.

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