Feb. 16 Obituaries

LaDean Rhodes


LaDean Hinds Rhodes, 85, formerly of Snyder, passed through this life to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2018. LaDean was a very beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Funeral service for Mrs. Rhodes will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Clay Giddens officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Memorial Gardens under the direction of Miller Family Funeral Home. 

Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Born on Nov. 18, 1932 in Cross Cut to Robert Granderson  and Ora Belle (Allege) Hinds, she married Coy E. Rhodes. LaDean was an anchor in our family and a prayer warrior for us all. She had the kindest of spirit and was always ready to lift someone else up even when she was in pain. She volunteered at our hospital and logged more than 1,000 hours. She was a very talented artist, active in the local woman’s club and taught Sunday school.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy E. Rhodes, her parents, one brother, Eugene Hinds, and two sons, Coy Dale Rhodes and Garry Mark Rhodes.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Philen and her husband, Bill, and Julie Lawrence and her husband, Charlie; one daughter-in-law, Gina Rhodes; seven grandchildren, Brent Philen, Blake Philen, Barrett Philen, Amanda Shearman and her husband, Danny, Whitney Lorenz and her husband, Josh, Stacey Lawrence and his wife, Melinda, and  Ryan Lawrence and his wife, Leslie; and seven great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be posted at www.millerfamilyfuneralhome.com.


Bill Strom


William “Bill” Larkin Strom made a round in the feed truck with his son John on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. The cattle content, the farm work progressing to his satisfaction, he came home to his fire and family and pulled off his work boots for the last time. At 9 p.m., he gently went to pasture. 

Funeral service Mr. Strom will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bowring School with the Revs. James Hager and Bill Long officiating. Burial will follow at the Pawhuska City Cemetery under the direction of Kendrick McCartney Johnson Funeral Home.

Bill was born in Dickinson to Frank Strom and Zelma Haley Strom on July 26, 1927. He was raised on a cotton farm near Snyder with his brother Hubert and sisters Frankie Beth and Carol. After graduating from high school in Ira, he left to fulfill his duty to the United States by serving in the Army in Korea.

After returning from Korea, Bill left West Texas in search of greener pastures on which to farm and raise cattle. He found what he was looking for in Northeast Osage County, Okla. Bill, along with his father, brother and sisters, purchased the Valley View (VV) Ranch on Hulah Lake in 1952. Soon after he assumed sole ownership.

Bill’s next search ended when he found and married Nancy Nail of Foraker, Okla. in 1953. They made a home on the ranch and had three children, Jeanne Carol, John Larkin and Marcy Lynn. 

Bill and Nancy set about a lifelong commitment to the land, livestock and community. Bill’s service to the community included time on the Bowring school board, the Farm Home Administration and the Soil Conservation Service, including eight years as chairman. He was a member of the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the National Cattlemen’s Association, the Texas and Southwest Cattlemen’s Association and the Bluestem Cattlemen’s Association. He was an honorary and honored member of the Oklahoma and Osage County 4-H clubs and a member of the Bluestem Farm and Ranch Club.

Bill’s livestock and land management practices earned him awards as Osage County’s conservationist of the year, Osage County’s outstanding young farmer of the year in 1969 and the Tulsa World’s farm family of the year in 1976, a certificate of service from the United States Department of Agriculture in 1982 and the Oklahoma Governor’s Conservation Award for Land Management in 1983. Farmer-Stockman magazine named Bill the outstanding farmer of the year in 1963. He’s been cited on numerous occasions for his service to the Osage County 4-H clubs and Osage County Junior Livestock Show. While he came from Texas, in 2002, for his service to the state, Bill was named an honorary “Okie” by the Oklahoma Legislature. In 2009, the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association inducted Bill into its hall of fame.

He was preceded in death by his brother Hubert “Hunky” Strom, and his sisters and brother-in-law, Frankie Beth Nelson and Jim and Eileen Nail.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Nancy, who still lives on the ranch. Also surviving are his sisters, Carol Hodge and Mike of Santa Fe, N.M., Mary Strom of Fort Worth, Don and Nita Nail of Kingfisher, Okla. and Frances and Hugh Griffith of Dothan, Ala.; two daughters, Jeanne Strom of Pawhuska, Okla. and Marcy Smith and Gary of Copan, Okla.; one son, John Strom and Macy of Hulah Lake, Okla.; and three grandchildren, April Strom of Tulsa, Okla., Judd Strom of Hulah Lake, Okla. and Josh Strom of Pawhuska, Okla. Bill had one great-grandson, Cort Strom, and a number nieces, nephews and extended family.

Memorials may be made to the Hulah Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Sharon Lockman, 1861 County Road 3575, Pawhuska, OK 74056, in order that he might continue to lend to the service and protection of his community. 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 949    
Snyder, TX 79550
Phone: (325) 573-5486
Fax: (325) 573-0044