Obituaries

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William Thrailkill Jr.

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William “Harvey” Thrailkill Jr. was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 25, 2020, in Fayetteville, Ark. Harvey was born March 8, 1947, in El Reno to William Harvey Thrailkill Sr. and Carol Pauline (Reed) Thrailkill.

Harvey graduated from El Reno High School in 1965. Then by September of that year, he joined the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam from January 1968 to January 1969. He was proud to be a veteran and loved his country.

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Nancy Jean Herberger

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Nancy Jean Herberger went to be with her Lord, husband and son on March 28, 2020. Nancy was born in Lawrence, Kan., on June 21, 1930. Her family came to El Reno where Nancy graduated from El Reno High School and continued her education at Oklahoma State University. 

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James Mapes

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Memorial services for James Ralph Mapes of El Reno will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Oklahoma City Cremations.

Mr. Mapes passed away March 25, 2020, at his home. He was born Oct. 29, 1934, in Tuttle. James was a lifelong El Reno resident. He was a retired brick mason from Oklahoma Brick in Union City.

James is survived by his son, James D. Mapes, and daughter, Amanda Mapes, both of El Reno; four grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

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Lex H. Hedgecock

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In 1901, the Oklahoma Land Lottery was held to distribute the No Man’s Land in central Oklahoma. 

Two brothers, John and Tom Hedgecock, came from Wellington, Kan., and registered at Fort Reno for the drawing. They received 160 acres near what is today Hinton. In keeping with the requirements, they had three years to clear the land, plant a crop and build a livable structure. They met the requirements. They dug a well and cellar as well. By the time of statehood, they had added five rooms around the perimeter of the large room and had planted fruit and nut trees.

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Cade Worthen

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Cade Robert Jameson Worthen was born June 4, 1997, in Oklahoma City to Robert and Melodee Higdon Worthen. He died March 22, 2020, in El Reno. Cade grew up in El Reno where he graduated from El Reno High School and Canadian Valley Technology Center as a diesel mechanic.

If you knew Cade, you knew that he was the light of the room with a big “class clown” personality, a great laugh and a contagious smile. He absolutely loved life.

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William Braum

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William Howard Braum of Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores died March 23, 2020, at his home near Tuttle. Bill was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Newton, Kan. He graduated from Emporia High School and the University of Kansas.

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MaryAnn Benoit Stout

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MaryAnn Charolette Benoit Stout of Yukon passed from this life on March 22, 2020, at the age of 86. She was born July 25, 1933, in Tracadie, Nova Scotia, Canada. She worked for 30 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant and scrub tech at Bethany General Hospital. She continued her medical career with Dr. Parkhurst and then the Yukon Mercy Clinic.

MaryAnn loved the country life, spending time with family and holding hands with her beloved husband, Jim Stout. An avid quilter, she also loved to bake, with her specialty being banana nut bread.

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Minnie Davis

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Graveside services for Minnie Lea Davis of Minco were held Monday in the Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Reynolds Funeral Home.

Minnie died March 18, 2020, at her home in Minco. She was born May 23, 1931, in Minco and was raised in the Minco community.

Minnie worked at the Super Café in Minco as well as in wheat harvesting for many years. She retired from Tinker Air Force Base as a plating unit supervisor. Minnie was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.

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Lindalee Payton

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Lindalee Catherine “Linda” Payton was born Jan. 4, 1943, in El Reno to Harold Glenn and La Verna Isabele Heaston Elkins. She died in Oklahoma City on March 22, 2020.

Linda had a heart of compassion and would always look out for the needs of others. Although Linda and her family had moved around for a period following her husband’s career, El Reno was home and she was happy to be here. Her friends and family were her world.

She had been a member of El Reno First Baptist Church for many years as it was at a revival in the old downtown church where she accepted Christ.