Obituaries

Lois Mickle
B: 1927-10-30
D: 2021-01-19
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Mickle, Lois
Ethel Richards
B: 1932-12-21
D: 2021-03-22
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Richards, Ethel
Karl Reid
B: 1934-10-10
D: 2021-04-14
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Reid, Karl
Verlin Luster
B: 1933-09-03
D: 2021-04-16
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Luster, Verlin
Elaynor MacPhee
B: 1930-05-29
D: 2021-03-20
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MacPhee, Elaynor
Robert Childress
B: 1939-07-15
D: 2021-04-07
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Childress, Robert
Emma Hardin
B: 1931-07-11
D: 2021-03-31
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Hardin, Emma
Iris McPherson
B: 1938-11-16
D: 2021-04-04
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McPherson, Iris
Mark Salo
B: 1960-01-18
D: 2021-03-23
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Salo, Mark
Kenneth McFarland
B: 1931-10-03
D: 2021-03-30
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McFarland, Kenneth
Glenn Blakley
B: 1944-04-21
D: 2021-03-19
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Blakley, Glenn
Curtis Battenfield
B: 1958-04-30
D: 2021-03-19
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Battenfield, Curtis
Ralph King
B: 1947-03-29
D: 2021-01-21
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King, Ralph
Christopher Howerton
B: 2002-03-02
D: 2021-03-19
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Howerton, Christopher
Dolores Stevens
B: 1934-05-04
D: 2021-03-11
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Stevens, Dolores
Mary Hall
B: 1941-03-27
D: 2021-03-12
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Hall, Mary
Jackie Downey
B: 1930-09-11
D: 2021-03-18
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Downey, Jackie
Dolores Starling
B: 1943-03-06
D: 2021-03-17
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Starling, Dolores
Joyce Knowles
B: 1969-10-16
D: 2021-03-11
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Knowles, Joyce
Jerry Pinkerton
B: 1948-10-29
D: 2021-03-13
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Pinkerton, Jerry
Lynn Schatz
B: 1956-07-14
D: 2021-03-08
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Schatz, Lynn

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"Everything Strode did was so helpful...thank you so much."
LM 12/2020
 
"All was just great with your services...Ray did not miss a beat...thank you!"
ND 12/2020
 
"So nicely done...thank you!"
MH 11/2020
 
"Mike did a great job...so happy with how Strode handled things!"
LB 11/2020
 
"Ray did a wonderful job for us!"
AT 11/2020
 
"You did such a great job...so pleased."
CG 11/2020
 
"Thanks Ray...you did a fabulous job for us!"
JR 11/2020
 
"Everything on your end made everything go so smoothly...thank you!"
DT 11/2020
 
"So pleased with how Mike helped us!"
LG 11/2020
 
"Thanks for all, Ray...good support all around!"
KB 11/2020
 
"Ray made it all so easy..you are good at what you do!"
LP 11/2020
 
"Mike did a great job for our family at this sad time."
BM 11/2020
 
"I was blown away by the job done by Strode. They made sure everything was done in a professional manner. I walked away from the gravesite very relieved!"
10/2020
 
"Mom's was a prepaid service done in February by Laura. She was professional and excellent. With regard to the service I worked with Ray. Ray is compassionate and professional...attentive to detail."
10/2020
 
"Everything was just what we wanted! The service from you was great."
ML 10/2020
 
"Everyone was the best and wanted to do anything and everything to make the process as easy as possible."
09/2020
 
"Everyone, especially Mike Chace was very compassionate and caring."
09/2020
 
"The staff was extremely professional and made my family and me very comfortable.They were easy to get in touch with and kept us well-informed. Ray was wonderful to work with. He explained everything clearly and did not rush us in our decisions. Very compassionate."
09/2020
 
"Ray May was wonderful, caring, and respectful. He officiated the graveside servcie for mom - not having known her, he listened to the memorial service and did the best graveside service I have ever heard!"
09/2020
 
"Everyone was wonderful. The staff respected our wishes and everything went as planned and expected. Our service for my brother was a little different from traditional. We were allowed to do our own thing. We love and appreciate this. It was perfect. It was exactly the way we wanted it."
09/2020
 
"They were very professional and understanding. Ray May filled in at the service when a family member failed to arrive. Simply stated...excellent!"
09/2020
 
"The staff was great! They handled everything for us. The director was great as well. I know he was listening to what we were saying because he put stuff in the obituary that we were just talking about to each other as a family. It meant a lot that he cared to listen to our stories, and get to know my mom to make her service perfect."
09/2020
 
"Strode was a true blessing to us. You guided my family through!"
SH 09/2020
 
"We were so very happy with the services we received!"
DK 09/2020
 
"Glad we chose Strode, and glad we had the option to dress mom. Ray - so happy with all your help and that you were always available for us."
LH 10/2020
 
"The service was very comforting. The Patriot Riders were a great addition."
TD 10/2020
 
"I so appreciate Strode. This was the first time I experienced a death. Ray was professional and I was impressed."
-SM 09/2020
 
"Strode did an excellent job for us!"
-AJ 09/2020
 
"All wne twell...you are first-class at Strode!"
-KG 09/2020
 
"I just wanted to thank you for your kind attention to the family of (private). The graveside servcie was remarkably touching! It was a cherished memorial to mom as you so aptly described her character, kindness, and perserverance. Thank you for how smoothly you made everything run and the help you gave our family."
-JJ 09/2020
 
"Ray, Mike, and Michelle did a great job. God blessed us with you at Strode!"
-KJ 03/2020
 
"All went so well. You made everything go so smoothly."
-DL 03/2020
 
"We have always used Strode; our entire family has relied on you. Thank you!"
-CD 03/2020
 
"All was great! My parents used Strode to pre-plan, and we go way back with all the people there. We would choose no other!"
NG 02/2020
 
"Everything was just perfect...all went well. Please tell Ray thanks!"
-TS 02/2020
 
"Everything was great. Ray did an amazing job. Strode has been a rock for our family over the years."
-TR 01/2020
 
"We were so pleased. You made a difficult time for us much easier."
-DB 02/2020
 
"We are so happy with Strode. Several people at the funeral comented to me how nicely things went."
-DB 02/2020
 
"Strode has done so much for me! You have helped our family in the past. We are proud of your business...thanks!"
-JB 02/2020
 
"We were so very pleased with your services...please tell Ray thanks!"
-SS 2/2020
 
"You did such a great job; please tell the owners!"
-DP 2/2020
 
"You and your staff are so professional and good at what you do!"
-JB 2/2020
 
"So happy to have the option of gren burial; it helped our family to know that we could choose something different that dad preferred."
LD 2/2020
 
"Everyone at Strode was so nice and helpful".
-BS 02/2020
 
"A very good experience with Strode...many thanks!"
-DS 01/2020
 
"We appreciate all the great help! We have always used Strode and would not consider anyone else for our family."
-DH 11/2019
 
"So very pleased with Strode!"
-JH 11/2019
 
"Made it very easy and comfortable making arrangements. All went very well."
-CD 10/2019
 
"Ray May was wonderful, as was everyone else. Superb attention to detail."
-JS 10/2019
 
"Mike and Shannon did very well, especially with the fact we were so far away."
-JW 10/2019
 
"Ray May who handled our funeral is first-class; could not have been more pleased. Ray is simply a professional at what he does. His voice and mannerisms are soothing. I really believe he has a special calling for this line of work."
-NW 10/2019
 
"Very professional and showed lots of compassion with family. Great at making you feel at ease."
-DP 10/2019
 
"Very timely and notified of things quickly; friendly yet appropriate; very nice. I loved that he wasn't at all pushy. Did not try to upsell me; loved that very much. They did a great job in doing realistic makeup on my husband for my viewing. Could have been very superficial and unrealistic. It could not have been better. Thank you."
-AG 10/2019
 
"They were wonderful. Had answers when we didn't know the answers. So compassionate. Mike Chace was superb. We live in the country and he arrived in a very timely manner upon mom's passing. Had all the answers and guided us so kindly and compassionately. I am truly grateful to him and his staff."
-LM 10/2019
 
"Very thankful for the comassionate care. Thank you! Mike and his staff were amazing at a very difficult time. He and his staff went above and beyond the call of duty. Excellent support!"
-DL 10/2019
 
"Everything with the service went very well. Thanks to both Mike and Ray."
-MH 10/2019
 
"So very helpful! Mike helped with all the big decisions."
-RR 10/2019
 
"The services were so nice. Thanks Ray!"
-JH 09/2019
 
"So pleased...Mike was right there with me. We have so much respect for Strode."
-BO 09/2019
 
"Mike did an awesome job! We are so pleased!"
-JA (7/19)
 
"Dear Strode Funeral Home Staff: There are no words to adequately describe the gratitude our family has towards all your supportive staff, for every answered phone call, question, and just a look of comfort shared with all of us. We truly believe you're an extension of the peace of heaven set here on earth. So blessed'"
-J
 
"Thank you Mike and your staff for helping and doing mom's service. Your whole team did a great job and we will never forget all the extra attention you all did. Thank you and God bless."
-The family of KJ
 
"Raymond: After the death of my daughter (private) you were able to lead the family every step of the way, in the difficult part of a family, grieving, yet needing to make quick and permanent decisions. Thank you for your expertise and sensitivity. Strode did a great job taking care of the (private) family and (private) service. Thank you."
-SW
 
"Dear Mr. May: Thank you so much for your patience and kindness in helping our family through the process in the ending stages of my mom's life. You showed so much respect for my dad and the entire family, spending numerous hours over days answering questions and providing guidance. You are gifted with special talents and we appreciate you greatly."
-GW
 
"Thank you for your kindness and support during the time of (private) passing, interment, and memorial service. You all are consumate professionals."
-WV
 
"To your thoughtful staff: We would like to express our thankfulness for your love and kindness during this difficult time! It means the world to us to be able to bring (private) home!"
-WR
 
"Thank you for thinkg of us and for being such good friends"
-RC 
 
"Please express my gratitude to the entire Strode team for your graciousness to the family of (private). The service itself was uplifting...Mrs. (private) thanked me profusely for recommending Strode."
-LC
 
"Thank you so much for all your help through such a difficult time"
-CS (7/19)
 
"Mike Chace and Staff: Thank you so much for all your help and support as we worked through the process of saying goodbye to (private). It is so nice to have people who care. He would have been very pleased."
-HB
 
"Strode Funral Home and Staff: Thank youso much for the cremation services on our licking bull. I am sure this isn't something brought in too often. He was our baby, and turned a once dream into a relaity for us. I am so thankful I am able to bring him home and lay him to rest under his favorite shade tree. It's the least I can do for him after all he has done for my family and I. Much love"
-CT
"Very happy with how (private) looked and service received from Strode. A hard situation but you helped us through"
-JM (7/19)
 
"Nice job. Very efficient"
-SD (7/19)
 
"Strode is just a shing star! Your staff is just wonderful!"
-MN (7/19)
 
"My mom chose Strode long ago, and are so pleased with all your help!"
-RW (7/19)
 
"We were so pleased with Strode's help."
-RR (7/19)
 
"We were happy with all you did. Ray handled things as requested"
-AB (7/19)
 
"Strode was a wonderful resource...thanks for all your help."
-JC (7/19)
 
"Nothing but class at Strode! Thanks for all you did for our family"
-DR (7/19)
 
"He was very considerate and kind. He listened and let me know the process of how things were usually handled. [Staff are] Very friendly, supportive and sympathetic. It's always been "comfortable". It really doesn't feel like a funeral home. Our ceremony was different. The staff allowed us and guided us through having a heartfelt service. I appreciate the staff's compassion for the family and friends." - Michelle
 
"Went beyond our expectations; very helpful...The questions, suggestions and guiding ideas of what needed done were very helpful." - Ruby
 
"I appreciate 24/7 availability. Super job in every way." - Laura
 
“Strode’s has done business with our family for 67 years, or that’s what I’ve been told!  I’m proud of that, and they are always concerned and very helpful during our difficult times.  It would be easy to take advantage; however, with their integrity and sincerity we don’t have to worry.  They are honest and trustworthy and almost part of my family!  Anyone who needs help could call on Strode Funeral Home.” - Cathy Meberg
 
“A trying time made less difficult by caring people.” - Mrs. Eva Belle Hines
 
“Mother was taken from Oklahoma to Kansas for graveside services.  I was free of concern during this time.  Mr. Bernhardt, Sr., did me an honor by traveling that long trip; he said he wouldn’t have done otherwise.  I was, and am, very grateful -- we even exchanged a warm embrace that truly warmed my heart. My mother was (and still is) the best part of my life.”
- Mrs. Lois Wedel
 
“Their thoughtful attitude was helpful.  This was a trying time, and their kindness was appreciated.” - Mrs. Lucy Daugherty
 
“Everything was great and they do a terrific job -- have known them for years so we expected better than average and we got it.” - Mr. Leon Linton
 
“We have used the services of Strode Funeral Home on several occasions over a period of many years.  I have always found their services provided with a great deal of professionalism and compassion.”  - Mr. Gene Riley
 
“The staff was excellent.  Our family appreciated all the extra services provided by them -- both at the time of the funeral and after the funeral.”  - Mrs. Edna Jungers
 
“Everyone was very friendly and compassionate.  They were willing to arrange anything we wanted without question.  They were prompt with the arrangements and went above and beyond with their service -- Great Job.” - Mrs. Linda Byrd
 
“My husband had known the Bernhardts for a number of years and thought highly of them.  I have been impressed by the counseling services for grief.  Although I have lost older members of my family, this is the first time I have had to plan the service and make the arrangements.” - Mrs. Myrtle Juhlin
 
“John was supportive and helpful during this unexpected venture into funeral planning.  He offered upgrades, but never pushed them.  He expedited the military honors for our WWII Marine mother.  The whole staff was helpful and friendly.  John experienced a loss of his favorite aunt during our planning.  He handed us off to Bill flawlessly upon his departure to be with his grieving family.  All-in-all, they made a difficult time easier allowing us the ability to say good-bye properly.” - Beth Tillman
 
“The loss of our son was unexpected and devastating.  By chance, Bernhardts’ Funeral Home was called and John answered the call.  He knew my son and walked us through every possible step of the way.  He was a Godsend to our hearts and handled the entire process in the most caring and professional way.  My son had a beautiful tribute to his life due to John’s helpfulness and understanding. He gave us ideas but didn’t push us in a way we didn’t want to go.  The rest of the staff was equally kind and professional.  We felt blessed to have called them first -- I cannot say enough about how wonderful they were and have continued to be.” - Mrs. Jacque Lochmiller
 
“I have recommended pre-planning and pre-financing to several people already.  There is security and peacefulness in all the pre-planning.  You’re confident you’re doing what your loved one wanted and agreed to.  It really made such a difficult time easier. The Bible given to us was a nice surprise -- and is being treasured by my son.  Thanks.” - Sandra Gallimore
 
“I really appreciated all the help with Buck’s funeral.  No one else could have known all about Buck’s accomplishments, but his good friends at Strode Funeral Home.  Thanks again.  I felt that I was among friends.” - Mrs. Fayra Dean McCray
 
“The services rendered before and after the funeral were excellent.  My whole family was pleased.” - Mr. Robert Ahring
 
“Strode Funeral Home has served my family since 1918.  Everything was much as I expected them to be.  Since I am a senior citizen, I have prepaid my expenses and have arrangements made.  Thank you.” - Mrs. J. C. Sewell
 
“The staff was excellent, very professional yet personable.” - Donald Johnson
 
“The owners and part of the staff have been family friends for many years.  Their service and response was absolutely flawless and I didn’t expect that it would be anything less than the best. I continue to have strong feelings of friendship and respect for the family owners of Strode.  They are a first class organization and have always served the needs of their community with the utmost professionalism.” - Mr. James Dobson
 
“Strode’s are as good as they come, the Best in Oklahoma”. - Mr. Carl Kinkade
 
“Strode Funeral Home, Inc. is a very, very nice funeral home. They make you feel so comfortable, when one is so very depressed.  I could never say enough about this funeral home.” - Mrs. Katherine Weir
 
“The Bernhardts’ have a sincere attitude during the whole process.  I was greatly impressed with the whole funeral process. I will highly recommend this firm!”  - Mr. Larry Collins
 
“On every occasion which we had to contact Strode we were treated with kindness, courtesy, and helpfulness.”
 - Anonymous
 
“Even their follow up was Super.” - Mr. Sam Aubrey
 
“Our family was very pleased with all funeral arrangements, especially the caring attitude of the staff and owners.”
- Mrs. Helen McWherter
 
“A most excellent, caring, and well-run business.” - Mrs. Mary Decker
 
“They (Strode’s) were very thoughtful, kind and helpful.  Absolutely no force on changing what I wanted, but had helpful suggestions.” - Mrs. Mildred Naff
 
“They were very caring and courteous at Strode Funeral Home -- Stillwater, OK.  They prepare the deceased better than anyone I’ve ever seen in all my 70+ years.” - Mrs. Wanda Friedemann
 
“We got all the information we needed, and they were not “pushy”.  We were very pleased with every aspect of our dealings with Strode Funeral Home.  They were able to help in ways we never expected.  Their recommendations were perfectly in line with what we were interested in doing, and they saw to all the details we were in no state to remember.  You should be proud to have them among your membership.” - Dr. Carla Aldrich
 
“Everything was conducted in a manner I and my family were very pleased and comfortable with.  And the follow up visit was very much appreciated. Also the letters and invitations to different meetings. When I told some friends and acquaintances about this they were surprised and pleased.” - Mrs. Kim Hinkle
 
“They showed us such compassion and love, during this trying time.  I don’t think we could find anything to complain about.”
  - Mrs. Anita Stewart
 
“Strode Funeral home not only provides a service needed, they do it with great compassion and delicate guidance.”
- Mrs. Johnna Hasenfratz
 

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