Obituaries

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Larry Dean Boyer

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Funeral services for Larry Dean Boyer were held Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dick Kurtz officiating. Burial followed in the El Reno Cemetery.

Larry passed away Oct. 5, 2020, peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved family. He was born Oct. 30, 1943, in Geary to Lawrence and Marietta (Baker) Boyer.

Larry was a graduate of El Reno High School Class of 1962. He worked at Western Electric Company, which later became AT&T, until his retirement.

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Barbara Malcher

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Dr. Barbara Malcher, 70, of Oklahoma City, passed away Oct. 1, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Dr. Malcher was a longtime resident of El Reno and a physician and clinical director at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno for many years. A devoted mother and grandmother, Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Yukon.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ralph Malcher, and granddaughter, Alexandria Ayres.

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Donnie Lee White

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Services for Donnie Lee White were held Friday at First Baptist Church in Calumet with Pastor David Hardin officiating. Burial was in the Calumet Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Donnie died Oct. 5, 2020, at his home in Calumet. He was born July 19, 1950, in El Reno, the son of Lloyd and Lucille (Nail) White. A lifetime resident of Canadian County, he worked in various industries during his life including Bi-Products and construction. His hobbies were working on hot rods and hunting.

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Timothy Scott Johnson

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Timothy Scott Johnson, 49, of El Reno, was carried to heaven on Oct. 2, 2020.

He was born in Oklahoma City on June 9, 1971.

He is survived by his father, Jerry Johnson of Yukon and his mother, Sandra Coker-Bynum of Norman.

Tim graduated from El Reno High School in 1989 and in 1998 married Brandi Bramlett. They were blessed by two daughters, Taryn and Payten. He worked at Gemini Lacquers and Culligan in El Reno.

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Gregory Eugene Banks

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Memorial services for Gregory Eugene Banks were held Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Fresh Anointing Church with Rev. Chris E. Johnson, Daniel Stalling Sr. and Chris Caldwell officiating. 

Mr. Banks died Sept. 23, 2020, at his home in El Reno. He was born June 6, 1961, in El Reno. He graduated from El Reno High School and served in the U.S. Army. He worked in the oil fields and was a member of the Fresh Anointing Church. He enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, cooking and grilling.

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Matthew Ray Ferguson

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Services for El Reno resident Matthew Ray Ferguson were held Monday at Compassion Church in Oklahoma City with Rev. Steve Ely officiating. Burial followed in the El Reno Cemetery under the direction of Huber-Benson Funeral Home.

Matt died Sept. 29, 2020, at Integris Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon. He was born Dec. 14, 1973, in Morgan City, La. He was a co-owner of Wilds Green Grass Sod Farm and a member of Passion Church in Bethany. He loved his girls very much and would do anything for them. He was their solid rock.

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James H. Smith

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James H. Smith, age 81, passed from this life in his home on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. He was born in Dover, Tenn., to Martin Smith and Birdie Wallace. He was the third of four children. 

James was preceded in death by his spouse, Brownita Smith; his mother and father; three siblings; and one granddaughter.

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Elmo Michael Finnigan

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Elmo Michael “Mike” Finnigan was born June 26, 1946, to Elmo E. and Agnes Finnigan in Oklahoma City. During his childhood, Mike lived in Concho with his parents and six brothers and sister. He passed away on Oct. 2, 2020, at his home in El Reno.

Mike graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in 1965. After high school, he attended college at El Reno Junior College and OU, was drafted by the United States Army and served at Fort Lewis, Wash., then returned home, worked briefly for the Rock Island Railroad and then opened his machine shop.

Eula Clara Lay

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Graveside services for Eula (Pat) Clara Lay of Excelsior Springs, Mo., will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Crown Hill Cemetery, Excelsior Springs. Services are under the direction of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home.

Pat passed away Sept. 26, 2020, at Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehab. She was born Jan. 3, 1929, in Woodbine, Kan. Pat was a server at Liberty Hills Country Club and the Royal Grill. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and having Monday night dinners with her family.

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Rhonda Ann Eden

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Rhonda Ann (Friesen) Eden, age 53, gained her wings peacefully in the arms of her beloved husband on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at their home in El Reno, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Rhonda impacted throughout her memorable life.

Rhonda was born March 10, 1967, in Oklahoma City to Vernon Ray Friesen and Donna “Joyce” Friesen. One of the many life skills that Joyce taught Rhonda was to sew. Rhonda enjoyed sewing and achieved a lifelong career as an interior designer.