Share |

Willie Stolhand

Willie Adam Stolhand, 95, Towanda, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Lakepoint Nursing Center, El Dorado. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday at Towanda United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family present will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado. Interment will follow the funeral in Towanda Cemetery.
Willie was born on Jan. 7, 1918, in Maize County, Okla., the son of John Austin and Nancy Alifair (Seymour) Stolhand. He was drafted into the Army in 1942. He worked as a Santa Fe Freight agent in Iola, and then in 1951 moved to Towanda where he worked for Boeing and then took a job at Beech Aircraft. He started at Beech at 95 cents an hour. He worked as a tool crib attendant; expediter and tool scheduler. On Feb. 12, 1981, Willie retired after 30 years of working for Beech Aircraft.
He was a member of Towanda Methodist Church and the American Legion Post 406. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and working on his hobbies which included woodworking, leatherwork, bird watching, feeding his birds, fishing, camping, doing crossword puzzles and chewing tobacco.      
On April 15, 1949, Willie and Wilma Wells were united in marriage in Iola.
Survivors include his wife and nine children and their spouses, Lucille Thomas, El Dorado, Frank Schomaker and wife Janice, Humboldt, Mary Young and husband Darrel, Garnett, John Schomaker and wife Betty, El Dorado, Louise Campbell, Bella Vista, Ark., Brenda Dodson and husband Marvin, Towanda, Willey Stolhand and wife Kenetha, El Dorado, Judy Edwards, Ponca City, Okla., Carol Lauver and husband Bill, Ponca City, and two honorary sons and their spouses Gene Thomas and wife Joyce, Towanda, and Don Arnold and wife Vicki, Towanda. In addition they have 34 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren. Willie’s family totaled around 180 counting all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and their spouses.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation and left with Carlson Funeral Home, El Dorado, which is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences to the family can be sent to www.carlsoncolonial.com.

OBITUARIES

Leonard Ford

thumb

Leonard S. Ford, 94, Humboldt, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home. He was born Aug. 19, 1920, in Missouri, the son of Bert and Zona (Stewart) Ford. He graduated from high school in Springfield, Mo. On Aug. 30, 1941, Leonard married Dorothy R. Moffitt. He joined the Signal... [More]

Beth Lundblade

thumb

Beth Illeen Lundblade, Plano, Texas, passed away on Aug. 14, 2014. She was born June 9, 1930 near Iola to Harold and Hazel (Daniels) Remsberg. She graduated from Iola High School in 1948, attended Iola Junior College and later graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas... [More]

Dorrall Jarred

thumb

Dorrall Lee Jarred, 85, rural Humboldt, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at Windsor Place Nursing Center in Iola. He was born June 10, 1929, in Altoona, the son of Roy L. and Nina Mae (Lawson) Jarred. He graduated from Moran High School in 1946 and farmed all his life. On May 22,... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Icy challenge hits Iola High School

thumb

The gauntlet has been thrown.By Friday morning, a large chunk of the Iola High School population had been challenged to get icy wet — all for a good cause.The IHS Marching Mustangs took part Friday morning in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a Facebook-based fundraiser for... [More]

Grassroots effort key to new Garnett school

thumb

GARNETT — A well-heeled grassroots effort — fueled by the realization their old school had become an aging, inaccessible energy hog — led to overwhelming support of a new school here less than four years ago.Don Blome, USD 365 superintendent of schools, spoke... [More]

More than books

thumb

It didn’t take long for Sandy Moore to create a vision for the Allen Community College library.When Moore arrived in January as the new library director she took notes on how to boost students’ interest in the library.First off, Moore started a small DVD collection... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Iola Rec Department in talks to expand summer leagues

thumb

Iola’s Recreation Department has recently reached out to its counterpart in Chanute for preliminary talks about combining the communities’ baseball and softball leagues next summer.“We were touching base with Chanute about playing games with them so that we... [More]

ACC women’s basketball signs new assistant coach

thumb

Rachel Janzen has been hired as an assistant coach for Allen Community College’s women’s basketball team. She comes to the Red Devils after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.“I was looking... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription