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RONALD E. SYLVESTER

Piedmont resident Ronald E. Sylvester died May 22 at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City, after a three-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 70.

He was born to Frank and Dorothy (DeLong) Sylvester on September 1, 1946 in Lancaster, Ohio. He was married to Laura (Meyer) Sylvester, who survives, for 35 years.

In addition to his wife, Laura, Ron is also survived by a son Ron Sylvester (Amy Swanson) of Bexley, OH; a son Tony Sylvester, (Catherine Zupan) of Worthington, OH; a daughter, Sarah Klonowski, (James) of Tecumseh, MI; and Hannah Sylvester, (Clay Trowbridge) of Piedmont, OK; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Frank A. Sylvester Jr. (Carol) of Lancaster and a brother Gary Sylvester (Pam) of Nashville, TN.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ron was a pipefitter with Local 189 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Columbus, Ohio. A talented project estimator and journeyman, he and Laura started a mechanical contracting business in 1982. Progress Mechanical was based in Heath, Ohio and conducted most of its business in the Columbus area and at Newark Air Force Station. Ron was also a marathon runner, cyclist and accomplished outdoorsman.

He was a Vietnam era U.S. Navy veteran who served in Washington, D.C. as a cryptologic technician (CTO3).

Ron and his wife belonged to Gloryland Nazarene Church in Lancaster and then Newark First Church of the Nazarene and are currently members of Piedmont Church of the Nazarene. They dedicated their later years as global missionaries assigned to South America and Mexico as directors of Work & Witness with the Church of the Nazarene. They served a final posting for the Church of the Nazarene in Pineville, KY. For the past five years he was retired and lived in Oklahoma where he remained active in local missions and disaster assistance.

A memorial service for Ron will be held 7 p.m. at Piedmont Church of the Nazarene on Thursday. Interment will be at German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen, Ohio at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ron Sylvester may be made to the Work and Witness Scholarship Fund, Piedmont Church of the Nazarene, 2011 Piedmont Rd. North, Piedmont, OK 73078.

GEOFFREY LOUIS STUTZ

Geoffrey Louis Stutz, 26, of Piedmont, passed away, Friday, May 5, 2017.

He was born in Saratoga Springs, New York to Karen Belch of Boyne City, Michigan and the late Eric Stutz.

He is survived by his sisters, Victoria Fullbright of Battle Creek, MI and Jacqueline Belch of Boyne City, MI.  His maternal grandparents, Henry and Kathleen Moak of Schuylerville, New York, and his paternal grandmother, Helga Stutz-Miller of Kattskill, NY.  Geoffrey was especially close to his maternal uncle, Delbert of Eagle Bridge, New York, and his cousin

Henry J.  Geoffrey who moved to Oklahoma in his early childhood.

He graduated from Piedmont High School in 2008, and from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a major in Power Transmission & Distribution Technology.  He had many close friends in the Piedmont community, who considered him “family.”

Geoffrey was a former member of the Piedmont Fire Department,  and would be there at the drop of a dime to help a friend in need.  Geoffrey found his calling, and it was the sound of a roaring diesel motor.  He took pride in his job at High Pressure Transport where he worked on the diesels he loved so much.  He was known as “Geoff” by his friends, and he loved those Dodge diesel motors.

Geoffrey had a passion for Harley Davidson Motorcycles and enjoyed sharing that passion with his Piedmont family; if it had a motor, Geoffrey loved it!  He enjoyed helping people, keeping things simple, his chocolate lab; Diesel, harleys, tractor-pulls. fishing and riding at Sturgis.

 

A Memorial Service was held at First Methodist Church in Piedmont 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, under the direction of Groves~McNeil Funeral Service.

ROBBY LOUISE JONES

Robbye Louise Jones, age 90, died Tuesday May 2, 2017 at an Oklahoma City care facility.

 

She was born August 3, 1926 in Haskell County, Texas to Riley Terrell and Annie (Harwell) Jeter.  She grew up in rural Haskell County and was a 1941 graduate of Sagerton High School.  She later attended Hardin-Simmons University to attend dietary training.  Robbye and her husband Floyd Ray “Jack” were married on April 17, 1944 and celebrated over 53 years together. She was a housewife well known for her culinary skills, one being homemade from scratch, banana pudding.  Her adult life was spent in Big Springs, Cisco and Lueders, Texas until 2005 when she moved to Piedmont, OK to be near her daughter Gayle. Robbye was the last surviving spouse or sibling of her husband Jack’s 14 brothers and sisters.

 

She was a member of 1st Baptist Church of Lueders.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd Ray “Jack” Jones, one son Douglas Winston Jones and one son in law Edwin Roberts.  Survivors include one son Donald Ray Jones of Lueders, TX, one daughter Gayle Roberts of Piedmont, OK, one brother Rev. Jack Jeter and wife Fran of Rusk, TX.  Also five grandchildren, Jana, Amanda, Todd, Robyn and Samantha and six great grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. A time of visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until service time at the 1st Baptist Church, Stamford.

 

Services will be held at 2pm on Monday, May 8, 2017 in the 1st Baptist Church, Stamford, TX with interment following in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Stamford, TX under the direction of Groves-McNeil Funeral Service, Piedmont, Oklahoma.  Condolences may be made at www.mcneilsfuneral.com