The Woodward News

Obituaries

May 22, 2013

Olen Thomas

Woodward, Okla. — Olen Thomas 69, year old Woodward resident died Friday, May 17, 2013 in Oklahoma City.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday May 23, 2013 in the First Baptist Church with Reverend Guy McGraw officiating.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Olen LeRoy Thomas was born in Woodward, Oklahoma to Charlie LeRoy and Lillie (Winstead) Thomas.  Olen was raised in Woodward, graduating from Woodward High School in 1962.  Olen worked at Otasco for a short time before entering the banking industry in 1964, a career lasting 45 years in various financial institutions in the Woodward area and retired in 2009 while employed at the Bank of Vici. He was united in marriage to Sharon E. Weiss in Enid, Oklahoma on June 2, 1963.  They made their home in Woodward and to this union two children were born.    Olen has always been a dedicated community supporter and actively involved in numerous local civic organizations.

 

Olen has been a member of the Woodward Elks Lodge since 1995 and served several years on the rodeo committee, a lifelong dream.  Olen said “As a kid growing up, Woodward Elks Rodeo was such a big event to me, my Dad always made sure I got to attend at least once and we always attended the parade.  In later years, Dad would load me and my horse up and I would ride in the grand entry, then I could get in to watch the performance every night.  It was a great honor for me to serve as the Grand Marshal.”  Olen also served on the Board of Directors at the Bank of Vici and the Woodward County EMS, and is a member of the Elks Rodeo Committee Old Buckers.

 

After his retirement, Olen enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time at Foss Lake with his wife, and family.

 

Olen is survived by his wife Sherri of the home; son, Jon Thomas of Woodward; grandchildren, Jon Derick Thomas; Jon Dillon Thomas; Ashland Herbst; Kendra McCoy; Freddy McCoy all of Woodward; great-grandchildren, Jon Dayson; Derick Landry; Liam Michael; and soon too arrive Mya Nicole; aunts, Claudia Guthrie of Woodward; Georgia Lee Eubanks of Sallisaw; Esther Graham and husband Brady of Edmond; Faye O’Gorman of Loveland, CO; other family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son Lyn LeRoy Thomas.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodward County EMS with the funeral home accepting.

 

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Preston Tapp

    Preston Tapp, 57 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday April 15, 2014. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 19, 2014 at Crown Heights Baptist Church with Reverend James Steenbergen officiating.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miller, Viola1.jpg V. Joyce (Highfill) Miller

    V. Joyce (Highfill) Miller of St. Cloud, MN, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, after a very strong and positive battle with dementia, cancer, and Parkinson’s.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • MooreGeorge045.jpg George Moore

    George Moore ,77 year old Woodward resident, died Saturday, April 13, 2014 at the Grace Living Center in Woodward. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Reverend Wesley Peterman officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • WatkinsMildred005.jpg Mildred Watkins

    Mildred Watkins, 97 year old Woodward resident, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the Grace Living Center. Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Fargo Cemetery with Gene Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • gibsonwayne004.jpg Wayne Gibson

    Wayne Gibson, 71 year old Woodward resident, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at his home in Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Shannon Davis and Reverend John Gherling officiating._ Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • aaron beisel.jpg Victor Aaron Beisel

    Victor Aaron Beisel, son of Victor and Marie Beisel was born June 28, 1944 in Shattuck, Oklahoma. He was raised on the farm South East of Fargo, Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 16992320880DFF96E5.png JACOB PATRICK HOPPER

    A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Mutual Christian Church with Pastor Lloyd Charles Stovall, officiating. A private family graveside will be held in Dunlap Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to Dunlap Cemetery in lieu of flowers. Redinger Funeral Home-Box 236-Seiling, OK 73663 will serve as custodian of the funds. Personal condolence messages can be sent to the family at www.redingerfuneralhome.com

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thomas Fields.tiff MSgt. Thomas "Tom" Wesley Fields

    MSgt. Thomas "Tom" Wesley Fields, USAF, (Ret) passed from this world at age 81, Wednesday February 12, 2014 from pneumonia at the Clinton Veteran Center, Clinton, OK where he had been residing since Sept 02, 2010.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beers, Matthew pic.jpg Matthew William Beers

    Matthew William Beers was born on February 6, 1917 at Arnett, OK. His mother died when he was a baby, and he was adopted by an aunt and uncle, Mark and Ollie (Allgire) Beers. Matthew grew up in the Harmon community and attended school in Arnett. He married Della Cooper on July 20, 1941 in the home of his parents. Shortly after marriage, Matthew entered the Army during World War II, where he served as a Medic. He returned to the Harmon community after his discharge.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • photo.JPG Roberta Tutt

    Roberta Tutt, 91 year old Woodward resident, died Tuesday April 1, 2014 at the Woodward Regional Hospital. Graveside funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 in the Elmwood Cemetery with Fr. Joe Arledge officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo