Thomas E. “Gene” Jones, 97 year old resident of Seiling, passed from this life on November 20, 2020 in Seiling. Gene was born on February 14, 1923 to Tom Earnest and Cora Frances (Parsley) Jones in Togo, OK as the 7th child of 14. He grew up in the Cheyenne Valley area, where he graduated from Cheyenne Valley High School, Class of 1941. Gene enlisted in the United States Army on February 2, 1944. He served European Theater of WWII in Northern France and was awarded the Army of Occupation Ribbon (Germany). Gene was honorably discharged as a Corporal in May of 1946. Then on December 2, 1946, he married Audry Pauline Butler in Anthony, KS. To this union four children were born: Lois, Wanda, Paul, and Roy. They made their home in the Chester/ Seiling community.
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Lavona Joyce (Witzke) Gaylord was born on February 28, 1932 in Bessie, OK (near Clinton) to Leonard and Miriam Witzke. She passed from this life into the next on November 13, 2020 in Seiling, OK at the age of 88 years, 8 months, and 16 days.
Delma Jacob “Del” Cline was born on February 11, 1935 on the family homestead near Putnam, OK to Robert “Bob” and Gladys (Hughes) Cline. Del’s family moved a lot and so he grew up in Putnam, Clinton, and Aledo, OK as well as Idaho and California. He attended many schools, but eventually settled at the Independence School North of Custer, OK where he met the love of his life Clara “Eileen” (Butcher) and would push her on the swings and giant strides. They later attended Putnam High School where they dated, and Del graduated with the Class of 1953. After graduation, Del played baseball in the minor leagues for a Yankees organization team in Kansas. He then moved to work at a saw mill in northern California. Del joined the United States Air Force in 1954, being stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio and Keesler AFB in Biloxi during his training. While on leave he married Eileen Butcher on March 12, 1956. The couple moved around as he was assigned to different posts, residing at times in Massachusetts, Bermuda, and North Carolina. During this time the couples four children were born Ann Christine, Mark Anthony, Brian Lee, and Becky Joy Cline. He then served during Vietnam on search and rescue as part of a Black Op Squad that would retrieve downed pilots behind enemy lines. Del even survived being shot down himself and was hospitalized before returning stateside. He then worked in TAC missile defense before being honorably discharged (retired) in 1975 after 20 years of service with two distinguished flying crosses. The couple resided in Taloga for 18 years and Putnam for 3 years. When the LORD called Del into the ministry, he pastored at McCook Baptist Church in North Sioux, SD for 17 years where he was also the Chaplain for the American Legion. Upon returning to Putnam, he pastored at the Rhea Baptist Church from 2007-2014. With his health failing, he retired to the Clinton Veteran’s Center where he resided until his death. He went to see JESUS on Saturday, November 7, 2020 with a smile on his face.
James E. “Jimmy” Campbell was born September 14, 1937 to W.F. “Garney” and Inez Campbell on the family farm southeast of Chester. He departed this life on November 13, 2020 at the age of 83 years. James attended Tiviola Country School through the 8th grade and finished his high school years at Seiling graduating with the Class of 1955. In July of 1958, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Hoffman. They made their home in Canton for a year before moving to Cheyenne Valley for 11 years. While in Cheyenne Valley, he worked for the railroad in Waynoka and built stock tanks for many area farmers while starting his own farming operation. In July of 1960 their only child Steve was born. In 1971, the couple built and moved into their current home near Orion. In the mid 1970’s James began his construction business building metal buildings. Farming was always his passion though, and he continued to farm until late last year. James was a member of the Orion Baptist Church. Over the years, he served as Sunday School Superintendent and taught various Sunday School classes. He enjoyed many years of hunting with his brothers in Colorado. Another favorite pastime of his was checking his cattle and buying farm equipment. The joys of his life were his two granddaughters and two great grandsons. He encouraged their love of animals by buying them almost any kind they wanted, even going to a horse auction in the freezing cold because, the girls “needed a horse.”
Minerva Joyce Limpy, 30, passed from this life on October 22, 2020 in Billings, Montana. Minerva was born to Mike and Edwina Limpy in Crow Agency, Montana on August 17, 1990. She graduated Lame Deer High School in Montana, and then attended South Dakota State University and later Dull Knife College on a basketball scholarship. She worked as a pharmacy technician and had recently obtained her C.D.L. as well. She loved basketball, traveling, cruising, and listening to music. She could also be found fishing, hiking, or swimming, especially with her friends. She was a proud member of the Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.