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Marjorie A. Spees, (Jan
17, 1927 - Jan 2, 2011)
Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
piano teacher. Born in
, January 17, 1927, Marjorie A. Bacon, passed away January 2nd, 2011.
for Women, majoring in science and physiology.
TRMS has lost
another long-time member, Marjorie Spees, Marjorie and her
husband, Richard, loved to go out collecting and attending other club
functions. Even after Marjorie was ill, she still would attend
club functions. She talked about her family all the time. She
loved them dearly. The last time I saw Marjorie on a club outing
was on a fieldtrip to
. Some of the guys had to help her across some logs on the beach.
Her awful illness has taken another lovely person. -(JoAnn Mounce)
Chewning Cassity, (March 3, 1917 - Dec 17, 2010)
Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
97, passed away Friday,
December 17, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina.
Born March 3, 1913 on a
farm near Gentry, Missouri, he was the only son of Steven and
Bernice Schaumloeffel Cassity. He grew up in Gentry and nearby Albany,
Missouri, where he completed high school. He attended the University of
Oklahoma where in 1935 he received a BS in mechanical engineering, with
a focus on aeronautics.
During college he began training in field artillery and was commissioned
as a Second Lieutenant into the Army Reserves before graduation. During
WWII he served active duty from 1941-1946 with the 2nd and 4th Infantry
Divisions primarily as a field artillery training officer and unit
commander. Following the war, he continued in a reserve role, retiring
from Army service as a Lieutenant Colonel.
In 1938 he married Odessa Crunk from Paintrock, Texas from whom he was
widowed in 1957. In 1958 he remarried to Elenor Mitchell Bryant of Tulsa
from whom he was widowed in 2006.
For most of his life he called Tulsa his home. His early career was in
Texas and Oklahoma iwth Sinclair Oil and Gas Company in their Gas
Products Division where he did field testing and later designed pipeline
systems. He subsequently worked as a production design engineer for
Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa and was involved in modification programs for
military aircraft. He completed his working life with the U.S. Treasury
as an IRS tax valuation engineer of oil and gas properties. He also
attained a commercial pilots license with a flight instructor's rating
and was a licensed real estate broker in Oklahoma.
Following retirement in 1975, Mr. Cassity and his wife pursued their
common interest in travel and mineralogy. They crisscrossed the
Southwest and Rockies with their travel trailer and friends collecting
minerals and attending rock shows ( of the non-musical variety). they
were members of the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society, where he served as
President and Show Chair.
In his late retirement, Mr. Cassity moved in 1990 to Durham, North
Carolina where he was a member of Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church
an the Sylvan Seniors. He will be be remembered and cherished by family
and friends for his salt-of-the earth nature, his willingness to help on
practical matters and his vast experience and understanding of all
He is survived by his daughter, Diana Bryant Jackson and her husband
Robert of Durham, two grandchildren, Kyle Bryant Jackson of Raleigh and
Genesa Jackson Trogdon and husband Leonard of Summerfield, NC two great
granddaughters, Paige Eleanor and Allison Elizabeth Trogodon.
Max A. Burkhalter (July
1, 1925-Oct 17, 2010)
Oklahoma Mineral & Gem Society
Was born July 1, 1925 to Louis A. Burkhalter and Marguerite Sheeley
. He enlisted in the Army
Air Force in May 1943 and was inducted August 3, 1943 after graduating
from high school. After his basic training, he entered his training as a
pilot and spent the rest of his tour receiving instructions. He was
discharged in October 1945 after the war. He remained in the reserve and
was retired as a Captain in 1963. In 1951, he met and married Arlene
Farrington, also from Blackwell. He is a member of the American Legion
Post No. 127 and the Oklahoma Mineral & Gem Society. Max and his widow Arlene have been very active
members not only in our local OMGS group, but also holding positions in
the Oklahoma State Association, The Rocky Mountain Federation of
Mineralogical Societies, and The American Federation of Mineralogical
Societies, that serves the Seven Regional Federations. -(legacy.com)
Burkhalter, another Air Force veteran of WWII, passed away on Sunday,
Oct. 17th, 2010, after a long decline in his health due to
dementia. Max and his widow Arlene have been very active members not
only in our local OMGS group, but also holding positions in the Oklahoma
State Association, The Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical
Societies, and The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, that
serves the Seven Regional Federations. -(Paul Cinnamon)
Lt. Col. Chester A. (Chet) Hazelwood,
(April 8, 1916 - Oct 16, 2010)
Oklahoma Mineral & Gem Society
October 16th, 2010. He was born on April 8, 1916 in
to Albert Frank Hazelwood and Violet Evelyn Hazelwood (nee Swanson).
Chet was preceded in death by his parents, 4 of his 5 siblings, Lois
Violet Kreamer, Doris Evelyn Draper, Francis Godfrey Hazelwood and Harry
Lee Hazelwood, his beloved wife of 66 years Jackie Hazelwood (nee
Blair), three sons - Baby Hazelwood, George F. Hazelwood and Paul C.
Hazelwood. He is survived by his brother, Richard D. Hazelwood, son
Larry C. Hazelwood and daughter-in-law Farhat Husain, daughter Pamela
Hazelwood Kellogg and son-in-law Calvin Kellogg, four grandchildren
(spouses) - Christopher Stiglets (Jissica), Eric Stiglets (Stacey),
Carol Hazelwood Plemmons (Daryle) and L. Steven Hazelwood; 5
great-grandchildren- Allison Stiglets, Ashley Stiglets, Cy Stiglets,
Keaton Stiglets and Eloise Stiglets. Chet was a graduate of
before enlisting in the US Army Air Corp as a non-flying Aviation Cadet
in early 1941. A 23-year career in the Air Force led to him retiring
back home in Oklahoma City and starting a fifteen year career at Tinker
AFB with the civil service. One of his military accomplishments that he
mentioned many times dealt with his last tour of duty. He was the only
Air Force officer stationed at the
, Johnsville Naval Air Station, Johnsville (Warminster),
. The Navy was gearing up for the TACAMO Project and they could not find
a cable winch big enough for their requirements. He found one that the
Air Force had and secured it for the Navy. Many years later the Navy's
TACAMO would be stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. Upon full
retirement, his life became even busier with travel and his two favorite
past times of Amateur Radio (W5GDL) and Rock Hounding. He loved to teach
young people all about the world of florescent minerals. He and Jackie
would get in their motor home with their cat and be gone for four months
out of the year going to various rock shows around the southwest part of
the country. He was a member of many rock and mineral societies around
. At home, he loved to feed his wild birds and deer and grow wild
flowers on his acreage.
Hazelwood, perhaps the most knowledgeable and active collector of
fluorescent minerals that I have known, passed away Oct. 16th,
2010 after a long decline in his health. Chet was 94 years of age. He
retired as a Colonel in the U S Air Force. Chet and his wife Jackie were
very active in OMGS holding many positions over the years. -(Paul
Meadors-Stratton (Aug, 2010)
The Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society suffered a
terrible loss recently in the passing of long-time member, Gloria
was perhaps not the easiest person to get acquainted with; however,
getting to know her was well worth the effort many times over.
Her knowledge of minerals was probably unparalleled in the club
and perhaps a much larger circle as well.
In fact, when the
needed to have Willard’s incredible mineral collection appraised, they
did not have to look any further than Gloria.
This was not an easy job, even for her.
If memory serves me correctly, she labored for several months on
the project, despite her failing health.
club members will remember her first husband, Vic.
Beginning around 1966, the two of them were regulars at club
meetings, as well as their booth at the Tulsa Flea Market every Saturday
for years. Until Vic’s
passing in 1999, the two of them introduced many kids to rock collecting
at the flea market over the years.
Gloria continued to set up at the flea market, there seemed to be
something missing in her life. That
void was well filled in 2004 when she married Bob Stratton, a rockhound
and flintknapper who also liked setting up at flea markets and shows.
From the time they were married until her passing, Bob and Gloria
were inseparable. Gloria was
very lucky to have found Bob and the club was fortunate in having such
people as members. We will
miss her half of the twosome. -(Harvey Shell)
Leon Neff (March
27, 1928-June 19, 2010)
Mineral & Gem Society
beloved father, Leon Perry Neff, died in Integris
Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, June 19,
2010, at the age of 82. He was born on March 27,
1928 in Ponca City and was raised by his dear aunt
Elsie McQuaid, in Three Sands. Leon married Marilyn
Elizabeth Downing on June 5, 1954, in Guthrie,
Oklahoma. Marilyn died shortly before their
fiftieth wedding anniversary. Leon retired from
the United States Postal Service after working thirty-five
years. He is survived by his four children, sons
Stephen L. Neff and Christopher S. Neff of
Yukon, and daughters Robyn L. Bolt and Beckie A.
Neff of Oklahoma City; four grandchildren Courtney and Lauren
Bolt, and Vance and Rachel Neff; and
his brother Robert E. Neff, Sr., of
Tulsa and his sister Betty J. Abel of Oklahoma City. He was a kind
and gentle man and a friend to many
people, young and old. He dearly loved
his children and grandchildren. The highlight of his days was
spending time with them. Leon enjoyed
metal detecting and collecting rocks
and minerals. He will be greatly missed.
in The Oklahoman on June 23, 2010
has been a member of the Oklahoma Gem and Mineral Society
since November 2001. He always had a ready smile and a gentle manner. I
first got to know Leon when we worked together on the hospitality
committee for the 2007 rock show. He would often come to work nights
with a new specimen or two in his pocket to share with other members of
the club. If you did not know Leon then you missed knowing a true “Gem”
of a man.” You will be missed, my friend.
37 - 2/2010, Stillwater Mineral & Gem Society
in making rock necklaces that were given as gifts; he
to be with people."
- 2/2010, Stillwater
Mineral & Gem Society
Pons passed away in late February. She was cremated and
her ashes were
to her home country, Puerto Rico. She is survived
by her son, Manny Munoz and his wife, Sabrina. Octavia
enjoyed the SMGS programs and craft activities and we
- 2/2010, Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
Mary was our bulletin Editor for several years. She did a wonderful
job and truly enjoyed the camaraderie of rock-hounding. Mary enjoyed
collecting all types of rocks, minerals, and fossils but one of her
special interests was fluorescent minerals.
|Richard Perkins - 2/2010, McCurtain County Gem &
- 12/2009, Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
Jeff was a former TRMS member who had a passion for cutting stones
and for jewelry design.
|Jim Hunt - 2009, Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
|Connie Rowlett - 5/2009, Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
|Carol Bridgewater - 3/2009, Tulsa Rock & Mineral
|Peggy Stewart-Cockrell - 3/2009, Tulsa Rock & Mineral
|John Sanders - 2/2008, Tulsa Rock & Mineral Society
83 - 11/2008, Ada Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club
, 65 - 10/2007, Shawnee Gem & Mineral Club
Robert Lee Halstead,
86 - 1/2007, Shawnee Gem & Mineral Club
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