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Richard Pappe (1860-1918)

Kingfisher Daily Free Press, April 17, 1919

Richard Pappe was born in Statterheim [sic], Saxony, Germany December 5, 1860, and died at his home in Kingfisher, Okla., April 12, 1919, of heart failure. He was at the time of his death 58 years, 4 months and 7 days of age.

He came to America in May 1882, and was married to Henrietta Mathilde Louise Kornrumpf at Pekin, Ill., July 20, 1882.
At the opening of Oklahoma in 1889, he filed on a homestead east of Kingfisher. He was engaged in various business[es] here, and at the time of his death, he was in the Real Estate and Insurance business. He has held many prominent city offices and was liked by all who knew him. He was a charter member of the A. O. U. W. Lodge and at the time of his death was a member of the board of directors of the Grand Lodge. He was also a charter member of the Kingfisher Building and Loan Association and has been one of the directors and appraisers of the association ever since its organization.

Eleven children were born to Mr. And Mrs. Pappe, four of whom are living. Five died in infancy, Clara died at the age of nine years and Albert died at the age of twenty-six. All his life he was a member of the Evangelical Church, seldom being absent from his place on the Sabbath day.

He leaves to mourn their loss his beloved widow, one brother, Albert, of Union City, Okla., four children, Richard Jr., Arthur, Mrs. Louise Jersak and Court, all of Kingfisher, and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home on North Eighth Street at 2:30 and at the Evangelical Church at 3:00 o'clock. Rev. J. W. Dickman, pastor of the Church officiated. The A. O. U. W. Lodge attended in a body and had charge of the local service. The remains were laid to rest in Kingfisher cemetery.

Thou art gone to thy rest, husband!
    We will not weep for thee;
For thou are now where oft on earth,
    Thy spirit longed to be.

Thou art gone to thy rest, father!
    Thy toils and cares are o'er;
And sorrow, pain and suffering,
    Shall ne'er distress thee more.

Thou art gone to rest, brother!
    Thy sins are all forgiven;
And saints in light have welcomed thee,
    To share the joys of Heaven.

Thou art gone to rest, loved one!
    Death had no sting for thee;
Thy dear Redeemer might had gained
    For thee the victory.

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Henrietta Mathilda Louise Kornrumpf (1861-1941)

Kingfisher Daily Free Press, July 14, 1941

Mrs. R. Pappe Sr., Pioneer Here Dies

Henrietta Mathilde Louise Kornrumpf was born in Hannover, Germany, June 25, 1861, and died in Wesley hospital, Oklahoma City, on July 11, 1941, at the age of 80 years and 16 days.

She came to America in May, 1882, and was married to Richard Pappe in Pekin, Ill., July 20, 1882.

At the opening of Oklahoma, in 1889, they filed on a homestead east of Kingfisher, which she still owned at the time of her death. They were engaged in various businesses.

To them were born 11 children, four of whom are living. Five died in infancy, a daughter passed away at the age of nine, and a son, Albert, died at the age of 26. Her husband preceded her in death on April 12, 1919.

All her life she was a member of the Evangelical church.
Survivors include: three sons, Richard, Arthur and Court; one daughter, Mrs. Louise Jersak, all of Kingfisher; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the home on North Eighth street, and at the Evangelical church at 3 o'clock. Rev. Ernest F. Nolte, pastor of the church, officiated. The remains were laid to rest in the Kingfisher cemetery.

Kingfisher Daily Free Press, July 14, 1941

Final rites were held Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Richard Pappe, Sr., pioneer Kingfisher resident, who passed away Friday in an Oklahoma City Hospital. A short service was held at 2:45 p.m. at the home on North Eighth street and at 3 p.m. at the Evangelical church, with Rev. Ernest F. Nolte, pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Kingfisher cemetery. Bracken funeral home in charge.

Mrs. Pappe, who was 80 years old at the time of her death, came from Germany to America in 1882, in which year she was married to Mr. Pappe in Pekin, Ill. They filed on a homestead east of Kingfisher in 1889 at the opening of Oklahoma.

Eleven children were born to Mr. And Mrs. Pappe, four of whom survive, namely, Richard, Arthur, Court and Mrs. Louise Jersak, all of Kingfisher; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Pappe died in 1919.

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Albert Pappe (1883-1909)

The Kingfisher Times, Thursday, July 18, 1909

Albert Pappe Dead

Albert Pappe, son of Mr. And Mrs. R. Pappe, died at the family home in this city at 4:30 o'clock p.m. Tuesday, aged 25 years, eleven months and seventeen days. The funeral was held from the German Evangelical church, the sermon being preached by Rev. A. Walton. Internment in Kingfisher cemetery.

The young man had been sick for some time, his death being due to kidney and liver complaint.

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Richard Pappe Jr. (1887-1961)

The Kingfisher Times, Thursday, October 12, 1961

R. Pappe Dies; Rites Pending

R. Pappe, about 78, died Wednesday night at Mercy hospital in Oklahoma City.

The funeral will be held here, under direction of the Langley-Mason funeral home but the arrangements have not yet been completed.

Pappe was a retired Kingfisher businessman, having been a grocer here for many years. He was a member of the Federated church here.

A son of the late Mr. And Mrs. R. Pappe who staked a claim southeast of here in the opening of 1889, Pappe was reared in this community. He had moved to Oklahoma City several years ago.

Survivors include his widow of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Allen Greer of Oklahoma City; a son, Richard, who lives in California; a sister, Mrs. Louise Jersak of Springfield, Mo.; two brothers, Art and Court of Kingfisher, and grandchildren.

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Arthur Pappe (1889-1971)

Kingfisher Times, February 4, 1971

Arthur Pappe, 81, died Tuesday at Community hospital after an illness of about one week.

Funeral was held this Thursday afternoon in Langley chapel, with Rev. Leslie Zimmerman officiating. Burial was in Kingfisher cemetery.

Pappe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pappe, was born in Kingfisher September 27, 1889, and is reported to be the second baby boy born in Kingfisher after the opening of Oklahoma for settlement.

Pappe married Miss Violet Major in Kingfisher on July 28, 1909, and they lived on the homestead southeast of Kingfisher until moving into town in 1920.

He was a member of the First Christian church and the Ancient Order of United Workmen (AOUW).

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, two brothers and one sister. Survivors include his wife of the home; one son, Max Pappe of Cathedral City, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Dale (Louise) Altizer of Kingfisher; one brother, Court Pappe Sr. of Kingfisher; one sister, Mrs. Louise Jersak of Springfield, MO; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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Court Albert Pappe (1925-1996)

The Saturday Oklahoman, January 06, 1996

PAPPE Court, Jr., was born November 15, 1925, at Kingfisher, Ok. to Court, Sr. and Mary W. (Drake) Pappe. He passed away January 3, 1996, at Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, Ok., at age 70. Court left high school to serve in the U.S. Navy. He returned and graduated from Kingfisher High School. He attended the University of Oklahoma, Central State College, and graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Court worked as an attorney for the State Highway Department. He then served as Kingfisher County Associate District Judge from 1974 - 1978. In 1976, he began his career as an independent oil and gas operator. Also, during that time, he served as a Kingfisher City Commissioner from 1981-1984. Court was a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Kingfisher County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and Arizona Treasures Unlimited. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and India Temple Shriner. He was an O.U. athletic donor and enjoyed football trips around the country until his health began to fail. He was also very involved with the Shriner's children's programs. He enjoyed his home in Tempe, Arizona and the wonderful Arizona weather and scenery. Most of all, Court was a wonderful husband and father who devoted his life to his loving family. Court married Oteka J. Fanning on February 12, 1955, Maysville, Ok. Survivors include his wife, Oteka Pappe, of the home; 3 daughters, Pamela Sue Pappe, Oklahoma City, Courtney Dianne Pappe, Tempe, Az., Janet Lynne Pappe, Oklahoma City, Ok.; one brother, George Pappe, Kingfisher, Ok.; sister-in-law, Dawn Pappe, Kingfisher, Ok.; brother-in-law, James E. Fanning, Duncanville, Tx.; sister-in-law, Darlene Fanning, and mother-in-law, Florida Nation, Wynnewood, Ok.; 3 nephews and 3 nieces; 3 precious pets, Cassi, Khelsee and Douglas. Preceded in death by parents, Court Pappe, Sr. and Mary Drake Pappe. Services will be Saturday, Jan. 6th, 1996, at 10:30 a.m., Federated Church, with Pastor Tom Devitt conducting the service, under the direction of Sanders Funeral Service, Inc. Memorials may be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, P0 Box 1890, Amarillo, Tx. 79174 or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation-Heart Research, 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, Ok. 73104.

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Karl R. Pappe (1887-1955)

El Reno American June 30, 1955

Karl R. Pappe Rites Scheduled Friday

Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the Union City Methodist church for Karl R. Pappe, Union City pioneer, who died Wednesday in an El Reno hospital following a long illness. His death followed that of his wife by just two weeks.

Mr. Pappe was born May 7, 1887 in Nebraska, and came to this county about 50 years ago.

Survivors include a son, Durvard of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Hurst, Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Katherine Hild, Washington, Neb; one brother George of Qunicy, Wash., a half brother, Richard Pappe, Union City; eight nephews and five nieces.

Officiating will be Rev. Bud McDaniels of the Minco Methodist church and interment will be in the Union City cemetery under supervision of the Wilson funeral home.

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Karl R. Pappe and
Rena Lance Pappe

William Richard Emil Jersak (1918-1988)

Springfield News Leader, July 31, 1988

William R. 'Bill' Jersak

REEDS, SPRING -- Dr. William R. "Bill" Jersak, 69, - Reed Spring, died at 4:10 p.m. Friday, July 29, in St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield, after a seven-month bout with cancer.

A native of Kingfisher, Okla., he graduated from the University of Oklahoma and the UMKC School of Dentistry. He served as a Captain in the Army Dental Corps. Upon his discharge, he opened his dental practice in Springfield in 1946 and continued practicing through December of 1987. He was a 35-year member of the Springfield Dental Society and was a lifetime member of the American Dental Association. Prior to moving to his home on Table Rock Lake in 1976, he was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul, in Dec., 1986. In addition to his wife of 40 years, Nell, he is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Louise and Larry Grisham, Phoenix Ariz., and Nancy and Ken Henderson, Kimberling City, his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Wanda Jersak, Nixa, and Paul's widow, Gay Jersak of Webster, Texas; six grandchildren, Margo, Krista, and Christopher Grisham, Sara and Jill Henderson, and Gina Jersak; a sister, Dr. Louise Galloway, Brunswick, Ga.; a brother, Dr. Robert C., Jersak and his wife Betty, Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Klingner Chapel in Springfield. The body has been cremated.

Following the services vices, the family will gather for visitation at, the home of Richard Jersak, west on Highway 14 off of 160 to, Espy School Rd., in Nixa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 30 James River Rd., Kimberling City, Mo., 65686, or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Bill Jersak and
Nell Crosswhite Jersak

Max Major Pappe (1917-2002)

The Kingfisher Times and Free Press, March 3, 2002
The Desert Sun, March 3, 2002

December 28 1917 - February 24, 2002

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA. Max Major Pappe, 84, of Cathedral City died at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at Amdal Residential Care in Rancho Mirage, where he has resided since August of 2001 with his wife of 58 years. He was admired and respected by all who knew him.

A native of Kingfisher, OK, he was born December 28, 1917. He moved to Downey, CA in 1948 with his wife, the former Mildred Wittrock from Okarche, OK, and three children. He retired to Cathedral City in 1971. The Pappe family was well known in Kingfisher, his grandfather, Richard Pappe Sr., being among the first settlers there in the opening of Oklahoma Territory in April 1889. He made his living in the flooring business and was a full partner in Floor Fashions, Inc. in Fullerton, CA. In retirement, he pursued his life's passions as an inventor and ballroom dancer and was an active amateur radio operator, using the call sign KA6EKV. He was a 30-year member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the USA, Lodge No. 1905 in Cathedral City.

At the age of 16 he enlisted in the National Guard in Oklahoma, serving for six years. In 1940 he entered the regular Army, serving six more years in Panama and the Philippines as Unit Commander, Field Artillery, and rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant after completing Officers Candidate School and was later promoted to First Lieutenant upon his honorable discharge in 1946.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Pappe and Violet Major Pappe of Kingfisher and one brother, Charles Pappe of Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to his widow, Mildred, of the home, he is survived by three children and their spouses, Donald and Judy Pappe of Whittier, Marilyn and Don Davis of Cathedral City, and Elaine and Robert Lawson of Laguna Beach, CA; five grandchildren, Kimberly Cheney, Robert Willis, Angela and Jessica Lawson; and five great grandchildren; a sister, Louise Altizer of Kingfisher and a nephew, Charles Altizer of Oklahoma City, OK; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private memorial services will be held on Saturday March 9th in Cathedral City.

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Richard Herman Pappe (1908-1957)

El Reno American, June 1957

Richard Pappe Is Buried Sunday

Funeral rites were Sunday afternoon in the Union City Methodist church for Richard H. Pappe, 49, Union City farmer, who died in a local hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Pappe was born May 6, 1908, at Union City, and was a life-long resident of the community.

Survivors include the wife, Letress of the home; two sons, Albert of Union City, and Raymond of Stillwater; a sister, Mrs. Emma Hurst of Long Beach, Calif.; a brother, George Pappe of Quincy, Wash.

Rev. G.F. Statser officiated and burial was in Union City, under supervision of the Wilson funeral home.


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Richard H. Pappe with
Letress Needham Pappe and
sons, Raymond and Albert Pappe

Albert Wesley Pappe (1933-1998)

Sunday, December 20, 1998

Albert Wesley 'Ab' Pappe

Funeral services for Albert Wesley "Ab" Pappe were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, in the United Methodist Church in Union City Rev. Perry Williams, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Union City Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.

Mr. Pappe left this world to live with the Lord on Dec. 16, following a lengthy and suffering illness. He was born on the family farm west of Union City on March 25, 1933, and lived in that area his entire lifetime. AB was a retired farmer-rancher and in his early years was also engaged in carpentry.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Union City and had served on various committees of the church. He was also a member of Canadian County Mineral Association, serving in the past on this board.
Mr. Pappe also served on the Union City Cemetery Board for over 40 years, having served as president of this association for a number of years. He also had served on the Union City School Board, was an honorary FFA chapter member and also participated in many other community and county activities.

He was preceded in death by his father, Richard H. Pappe.

Ab is survived by his wife of 46 years, Martha of the home; son, Michael Pappe of Union City; grandson, James Albert Pappe of Yukon; his mother, Letress Pappe of El Reno; brother, Raymond Pappe and wife, Shirley of Oklahoma City; cousins, Durward Pappe of Oklahoma City and Omabelle Akers of El Reno; also, several out-of-state relatives and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church of Union City Building Fund c/o P .O. Box 105, Union City, Okla. 73090.


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Albert Wesley Pappe

Albert Ludwig Pappe (1854-1924)

El Reno American, Thursday, September 11, 1924

Albert Pappe Dies

Albert L. Pappe, prominent Canadian county farmer, passed away on Monday evening at his home ten miles southwest of El Reno. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters. He came to this country from Germany at the age of 17 years and was 69 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Oklahoma 20 years ago. Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon from the Methodist church at Union City by Rev. A. B. Hickman, and interment was made in the Union Cemetery.

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Margaret Lena Pappe (1890-1909)

El Reno American, Friday, February 26, 1909

The home of Albert Pappe was saddened by the death of his daughter, Margaret, Saturday, February 20, pneumonia being the cause of her death.


Died, at the home of her parents near Union City, Miss Margaret Pappe, aged 18 years 6 months and 3 days. The sad intelligence of the death of Miss Pappe came as a shock to many friends and relatives, when at 5:30 Saturday evening, February 20th, news came over the wires that death had claimed the bright and beautiful life.

Miss Pappe was born August 17, 1890 in Nebraska. Her early life was spent in Cass County, Nebraska and from there she moved to Oklahoma with her parents, where they have resided near Union City, and where Margaret was a favorite among her associates. Her sunny, cheerful disposition won the admiration of the young and the commendation of the old

.Her sickness and death was the result of a severe attack of pneumonia. Margaret enjoyed the best of health, until one week ago, and her case was not thought to be serious until two days prior to her death.

She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted father and mother, three brothers and two loving sisters, in whom we extend our sympathy.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. church at Union, Rev. Phillips officiating.

About eighty carriages of relatives and friends made up the funeral train that followed the remains of Miss Pappe to her final resting place in the Union City cemetery.

The neighborhood wishes to extend their sincere sympathy to the relatives and friends of Margaret Pappe, whose early home going has saddened the hearts of so many lives.

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Court Pappe Sr. (1901-1972)

The Kingfisher Free Press, Monday, August 21, 1972

Pappe Funeral Held Saturday

Funeral for Court Pappe Sr., 71 of 720 North Court Street, was held Saturday afternoon in Langley Funeral chapel, with Rev. Harlan Beckemeyer officiating. Burial was in Kingfisher cemetery.

Pappe died Thursday, August 17, at Community hospital after a four-month illness.

He was born June 21, 1901 at Kingfisher to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pappe and attended Kingfisher schools. He married Mary Drake in 1925. He was a retail-wholesaler and a member of AOUW.

Pappe was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, three bothers and one sister.

Survivors include two sons, Court Jr. and George Pappe of Kingfisher; one sister, Mrs. Louise Jersak of Springfield, Mo., seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Charles Woodrow Pappe (1915-1967)

Kingfisher Free Press, Monday, July 1967

Charles Pappe Dies Saturday At Okla. City

Charles W. Pappe, 52, of Oklahoma City, a native of Kingfisher, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial hospital at Oklahoma City.

Funeral was held this Monday morning at Oklahoma City, followed by a graveside service in the afternoon in the Woodward cemetery.

Pappe was born June 16, 1915, in Kingfisher, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Pappe. He attended Kingfisher schools.

He had lived in Woodward a number of years before moving to Oklahoma City.

Pappe was a veteran of World war II.

Survivors include the wife of the home; his parents; a son Keith with the Air Force in Vietnam; a daughter Kay of Woodward; a sister, Mrs. Dale Altizer of Kingfisher, and a brother, Max Pappe of Downey, Calif.

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Richard Pappe III (1915-1969)

The Kingfisher Free Press, Monday, September 15, 1969

Funeral Held On Sunday For R. Pappe, Jr.

Funeral for Richard Pappe Jr., 54, was held Sunday afternoon in the Langley chapel, with Rev. Harlan Beckemeyer officiating. Interment was in Kingfisher cemetery, under direction of Langley Funeral service.

Pappe died Thursday in Oklahoma City.

He was born July 29, 1915, in Kingfisher, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pappe Sr. He attended schools in Kingfisher, Oklahoma University at Norman and Oklahoma State University at Stillwater

Pappe lived most of his life in Kingfisher, except for 11 years he served as a mail clerk in California. The family had returned to Oklahoma about two years ago.

Pappe was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Florence, of the home here; three daughters, Mrs. Sandra Sedwrick of Tahlequah, Mrs. Sharon Carman of Dover, and Mrs. Juanita Evanoff of Kingfisher; his mother, Mrs. Richard Pappe sr., and a sister, Mrs. Allen E. Greer, both of Oklahoma City, and nine grandchildren.

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Emma Louise Pappe (1893-1973 )

El Reno Tribune, Oklahoma, July 23, 1973

Mrs. Hurst's Rites Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Pappe Hurst, Long Beach, Calif., formerly of El Reno, were held there Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Hurst was born Jan. 10, 1893 in Nebraska.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Duard Barnes, of Ardmore; one son, Raymond J. Smith, San Jose, Calif.; four grandchildren, including Mrs. Richard N. Rose, 2400 South Dille; and two great grandchildren.

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