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Robert "Bob" Dockendorf   W5BTO
May 4, 1937 - May 19, 2017


Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Dockendorf, 80 of Palestine, will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at First United Methodist Church Palestine, with Rev. Alex Lupo. Burial will follow in Roselawn Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey & Foster Palestine.   

Mr. Dockendorf passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, in Tyler. He was born May 4, 1937, in Joliet, Illinois, to Edward Christopher Dockendorf and Cora Mae Wightman Dockendorf.   

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1959. He was an insurance salesman, and a member of the First United Methodist Church, and was active in the Lions Club, Anderson County Ham Radio Club, and the Boy Scouts of America.   

Mr. Dockendorf was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister Loretta Presnell. He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Carolyn Crawford Dockendorf of Palestine, two sons; William Dockendorf and wife Elizabeth of Garland, and Dr. Brian Lee Dockendorf and wife Noreen of Shreveport, two grandchildren; Matthew Dockendorf and wife Caitlyn and Kyle Dockendorf.  

Condolence calls will be received one hour prior to service at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Music Department, 422 S. Magnolia, Palestine, Tx. 75801. 


Bailey and Foster Funeral Home
Palestine, TX  

Thanks to K5BMR for informing us

George 'Ed' Higganbotham N5AUK
May 29, 1924 – July 16, 2017

Funeral for George "Ed" Higganbotham, 93, of Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Cameron Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Teel officiating.

Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery following his funeral, under direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home. 

Mr. Higganbotham passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, in Lawton. 

Ed was born in Oklahoma City, on May 29, 1924, to Louis Ernest and Agnes Monica (Mosley) Higganbotham. He grew up in Oklahoma City, where he attended school. 

In 1942, Ed entered the Army Air Force as a airplane engine mechanic. During his time in the service he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. For his service he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, a Good Conduct medal, and an Army Service Ribbon. 

In 1943, while on weekend pass, Ed was traveling by bus from Wichita Falls, Texas, to Oklahoma City. The bus stopped in Lawton to pick up passengers to take to Marlow.  Several passengers boarded the bus and this is when Ed met the love of his life, Mable Riley. Mable was on her way from Lawton to Marlow to visit her family. On Sept. 16, 1944, they married at the Baptist Church in Troy, Kan. Throughout their 72 years of marriage; they  lived in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. Then in 1964, they settled in Lawton.  

After leaving the Army Air Force in 1946, Ed began college. In 1953, he  graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Oklahoma City University. He was a Certified Public Accountant. From 1953 to 1956 Ed worked for the Oklahoma Transportation Company, and from 1956 to 1962 he for worked for Halliburton as an accountant. In 1962, he went to work at Fort Sill for the Federal Government as an auditor. Ed worked his way up to being the post's chief of accounting, a position he held until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1988.  

In his leisure time Ed was an amateur radio operator who had obtained the highest FCC radio operator license, the amateur extra. His call sign was N5AUK. At the age of 19, he joined the national amateur radio organization, the American radio relay league. When Ed was not on the radio he could be found bicycling. He was an avid bike rider and enjoyed participating in local road rallies. 

Ed volunteered with the Oklahoma Southern Baptist  Disaster Relief Organization; he also helped prepare taxes for the public free of charge through the AARP tax aide.   

Ed is survived by his son, Tom Higganbotham of Magnolia, Texas; his daughter, Nancy Ann and son-in-law Billy Paul Eakins of Elgin; his grandchildren: Billie Anne and Bob Whipp of Lawton, Robert and Lisa Eakins of Elgin, Janet and Nick Wiley of Elgin, Clint and Melani Higganbotham of Longmont, Colo., and Tara and Eddie Mayes of Magnolia, Texas. He also has 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also leaves behind his dear friend, Erica Messer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mable; two sisters: Dorothy King and Marie Davis; and two brothers: John Higganbotham and Alfred Higganbotham. 

Special visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers; memorial contributions can be made to Cameron Baptist Church of Lawton, Senior Adult Department.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at


Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home
632 SW C Avenue
Lawton, OK 73501

Thanks to Mike WD5USA for informing us

Frank B. Ridlon Jr. K5LVU

March 2, 1933 - July 13, 2017

The obituary for Frank is long.  You may read the entire obituary by clicking here.

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Meinhardus “Mike” Klaas Schenkel  W5VXU
November 11, 1933 - April 13, 2017  

Meinhardus “Mike” Klaas Schenkel passed away peacefully at his home in Hobart, OK on 13 April, 2017 at the age of 83. 

He was born on November 11, 1933 in Wildervank, Groningen, The Netherlands. Mike came to the US from the Netherlands with his family in 1950. After graduating from high school, he joined the US Air Force and retired in 1973 as a MSgt, serving in Communications for over twenty years in Germany, Turkey, Greece and various places in the US. 

His passions were Ham Radio (he was a life member and in 2016 Ham Man of the Year of OK DX Association) as W5VXU, a Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) member and was Librarian for the Radio Tube Library, family genealogy and soccer. He excelled in anything he tried, could build and fix anything, even raising the roof and adding a 2nd story to his home. He was also an Altus School Bus Driver for over 13 years. He will be missed by many. 

Mike is survived by his wife of 64 years Annie (Pryor) Schenkel, children: Barbara (Tom) Diehl of St. Louis, MO, Susan (David) Colston of Kansas City, KS, and Rieks “Rick” Schenkel of Altus, OK, a sister Jeanne (Dick) Olson of Pittsboro, NC, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren across the US. 

He was preceded in death by a son Michael Henry Schenkel, his parents Hinderikus “Rieks” and Nantje “Nancy” (Niemeijer) Schenkel of Escondido,CA and brother Klaas “Nick” Schenkel.

Services for Mike are scheduled for Thursday, 3:00 P.M., April 20, 2017 at the Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home Chapel in Lone Wolf, located at 1400 West Main, 580-846-9018.

Viewing for Mike will begin Wednesday, from 12:00 until 8:00 P.M. On-line condolences can be made by visiting


People's Co-Operative Funeral Home
1400 West Main
Box 146
Lone Wolf, OK 73655
Telephone: (580) 846-9018

Thanks to George K5BMR for letting us know  

Howard Ocie Wise Jr.  WD5IDB
August 22, 1941 - July 14, 2017  

Howard, of Edmond, lost his 13 month battle with cancer on Friday. He loved his family, his friends, and his dogs. He touched many lives and everyone who knew him will feel his absence.  

He was born in Oklahoma City, raised in Edmond, and attended Edmond High School. He pursued his higher education at both Cameron University and the University of Central Oklahoma. Howard was a Sergeant in the US Army and completed two tours in the Vietnam War. He was a licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Wise Electric in Edmond until his retirement. He was a member of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ.   

Howard has been active in several community groups including: Lions Club, Board of Directors of the Lions Boys Ranch, Edmond Amateur Radio Society, Secretary Treasurer of the QCWA, Oklahoma City Triumph Club, Boy Scouts of America and its honor society Order of the Arrow, as well as playing Santa for the residents of Oklahoma Christian Home for 25 years.  

His parents Clara Wise and Howard O. Wise Sr., and his son Michael W. Wise preceded Howard in death. Howard is survived by his wife, Nancy of Edmond; son, Mark Wise and wife Beth of Edmond; daughter-in-law, Sheri Wise of Edmond; son, Frank of Germany; brother, Lawrence Wise of Guthrie; sister, Frances Coffee of Edmond; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017   10:00 am


Memorial Service
Baggerley Funeral Home 
930 S. Broadway, Edmond, Oklahoma   (405) 341-3737


Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 11:30 am
Memorial Park Cemetery 
13313 N Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   (405) 755-1111

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Baggerley Funeral Home
930 South Broadway, Edmond, OK  73034  405-341-3737 

Thanks to Sam W5CU for informing us

  Robert Melvin Lathrop  W5ROE  

November 28, 1940 - May 9, 2017 

 Robert Melvin Lathrop, age 76 of Garland, TX, passed away on May 9, 2017. He was born on November 28, 1940 in New London, CT to Melvin and Grace (Everett) Lathrop. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in Norwich, CT in 1959. The following year, in 1960, Robert joined the military, and he served in the U.S. Air Force until 1968. During that time, he married Peggy Gill. They were married on May 5, 1962 in Haines City, FL. Robert was sent to Okinawa, Japan that same year, and they lived there until 1964.  

Robert was a resident of Garland for 40 years, and he attended Northlake Baptist Church and Lavon Drive Baptist Church. He worked for the Department of Defense as a Quality Assurance Specialist and was a member of the Amateur Radio Club in Garland. After he retired, Robert had many hobbies to keep himself occupied. He enjoyed flying remote controlled airplanes, and he spent a lot of time repairing computers for friends and family. His rates for computer repairs were quite reasonable at the cost of "only one shiny quarter." Robert loved taking his family to Colorado for some quality time. They would go camping, fishing, and biking. His family was the most important thing to him, and he loved each of them dearly. Robert will be sorely missed by his family and friends, but they will always remember him with love, smiles, and laughter.  

Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Peggy Lathrop; daughter, Carol Peterson; granddaughter, Sophia Peterson; and four brothers and their families, Earl Lathrop, Jabez Lathrop, William Lathrop, and Donald Lathrop. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Lathrop and Grace Brown, and one sister, Roberta.  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 12, 2017 at Charles W. Smith and Sons Chapel in Sachse with Bob Duckworth and Alan Walraven officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL at a future date.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center at 


Charles W. Smith and Sons Chapel 
Sachse, TX 75048 
(972) 414-5050 

Thanks to Alan N5MSE for the obituary

Joe F. Honovich WJ5H
December 20, 1929 – June 29, 2017

Joe F.  Honovich of Austin, Texas was born December 20, 1929 and passed away June 29, 2017. 

He was an American Maritime Radio Officer for 20 years, a Korean War Veteran and worked on the Japan signal battalion. Joe loved his Catholic faith, family and dogs, ham radios, pick-up trucks, BMW motorcycle and seeing the world aboard tanker ships. 

Services will be held at St Vincent De Paul Church , 9500 Neenah Ave, Round Rock, Tx at 10:30 am on July 10, 2017.


Cook Walden Funeral Home
6100 North Lamar 
Austin, TX  78752
512 454 5611
Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 9, 2017  

Thanks to K2HAT for informing us   

Sam Roy Morgan K5OAI

1947 – March 31, 2017  

Sam K5OAI, 70, became a Silent Key on Friday March 31, 2017 at a local hospital.    

A private memorial service will be held at a later date under the direction of the 

Robert Massie Funeral home in San Angelo Texas.     


 Jerry "Jay" Lane Smith  W5DN

March 6, 1946 –  April 9, 2017

Jerry "Jay" Lane Smith, 71, of Conroe, Texas, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017.   

He was born on Wednesday, March 6, 1946, in Flynn, Texas, to Henry Lane Smith and Lois Raye (Warner) Smith, both of whom have preceded him in death. Jerry "Jay" was also preceded in death by his sons, Jerry Vincent Smith and Kelly R. Smith; brother, Kenneth Ray Smith.   

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Carol Sue Smith; daughter, Joy Faye Gray and husband Rodney; sons, David Michael Frame and wife Cathleen, Wesley Smith and wife, Steven Clyde Baxter and wife Trista; brother, Danny Joe Smith and wife Theresa; 12 loving grandchildren; along with numerous other loving family and treasured friends.  

All services were handled under the trusted care of Neal Funeral Home.  

Thanks to Sam N5AF for informing us



The first memorial service will be at 4 PM, Sunday April 23, 2017 
at the Channelview Tabernacle Church 15809 Ave C in Channelview TX.   
Church phone 281-452-1494.


The second will be at 11 AM, Saturday, April 29, 2017 
at the First Baptist Church 25980 FM 2090 in Splendora TX

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