Legendary Newcastle Football Coach, August Mack Deets, age 70, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 19, 2020. He was born July 25, 1949 in Oil City, Pennsylvania, the 3rd of 4 children born to Mack William Deets Jr. and Eleanor Lucille (Saboska) Deets. Still a young boy, August and his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas as his father followed work. They eventually settled in Mineral Wells where he attended school, graduating with the Ram Class of 1968. Later that same year, on August 30th, August married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ellen Kirkpatrick. They began their life together in Mineral Wells, working, taking classes and starting a family. At this time, August was at Tarleton State University finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree. The young couple welcomed their first child, a son, Chris in 1971. It wasn’t long before August landed his first job in Crowell, TX. After a brief stint there, he and his young family moved to Oklahoma, with stops in Antlers and Commerce, TX. While in Commerce Beth was able to acquire a degree in Home Ec. His first head coaching job led the family to Apache in 1978. In 1981, their son had passed and two years later he and Beth welcomed three more children, son David and daughters, Tracie and Janet through adoption. He then coached in Elgin, turning a relatively new program into a proven winner, before moving to Newcastle. From 1988 to 2005, August led the Racer Football program to unprecedented heights. He coached the 1992 State Championship Team, the 1997 Runner Up and led two teams to the Semi Finals, his 1993 and 2005 teams. Coach Deets loved his football family, both his players and his coaches. He was humble when discussing achievements, and believed the credit belonged to the group. He notched more than 200 wins in a 28-year career, coached in the Oil Bowl and an All State game, was named Little All City Coach of the Year and is a member of both the Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame and the Mineral Wells Hall of Fame honoring the 1967 football team. He won multiple district titles and coached numerous all district and all state players. He was fiercely competitive, and yet understood that there was more to life than football, and he helped shape many young boys into men. He was a devoted family man; he cherished Beth and he leaves his family and friends with so much more than just the championship rings or a plaque on the wall. He will be dearly missed!
Legendary Newcastle Football Coach, August Mack Deets, age 70, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June
Darrell Savage, age 74 of Newcastle, OK, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Darrell was born December 5, 1945 in Duncan, the 5th of 7 children born to Joe and Zora Savage. He was raised in Velma and attended Velma Alma schools, graduating in 1964. Darrell then attended college for a time, before answering the call to serve his country. He served his country proudly during the Vietnam War. Back in the states, Darrell returned home to Oklahoma and received his BS degree from Central State University. Darrell’s life changed forever when he met a young lady named Pat Brown on a blind date and they were married on August 21, 1972. They made their home in Newcastle where together they raised their only son, Joe. Darrell worked for the United States Postal Service as a Clerk and retired after 31 years. Darrell was a gifted musician, loved horse racing, dancing, bird watching, and golf. Darrell faced many challenges the past nine years but remained positive. He attended Woodland Hills Baptist Church in Newcastle. He was a wonderful husband, father, papa man, brother, uncle and friend. He is dearly missed!
Vickie Ragland, age 70 of Oklahoma City, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Integris Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Vickie Carol Keller was born, November 15, 1949, in Hutchinson, KS, the second daughter of Lloyd Duane and Leona (Lies) Keller. She was raised in Hutchinson and attended school there, graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1967. Vickie then attended Springfield Bible College where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies.
Kit Loveless, age 55 of Newcastle, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020. Kristy Lynn Loveless was born April 22, 1965 in Marion, IN, the middle daughter, and one of four children born to Pete and Lou Williams. She was raised primarily in Marion, eventually graduating high school in Gas City in 1983. Kit attended Junior College for a short time, then transferred to Ball State where she received her bachelor’s degree in Science and next, Purdue University for a bachelor’s degree in Art and lastly, earned her final bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma. Kit was inquisitive, loved a good challenge and was always learning. Now a young lady, Kit answered the call to serve her country and joined the United States Air Force. This new and exciting challenge would lead her all over the world, learning new things from this very rewarding career. While in the Air Force, she was stationed in Japan and Travis Air Force Base. Later she went to the OKANG and was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Tabuk, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Panama, Puerto Rico, and so many others. Her last occupational adventure was working for the FAA at Will Rogers Airport. In all these positions she worked as an avionics/aircraft electrician and this vocation suited her well. While in the Air Force, Kit met a young man from Newcastle, OK named Mike Loveless. These two were always friends, and shared many experiences including being deployed together to OIF and OEF. On December 6, 2015, Kit and Mike followed their hearts and got married. They purchased a Lake House on Lake Eufaula, where they enjoyed fishing and swimming. Kit studied different culinary practices in her various stops around the world, and will be forever remembered for her “Nese” dishes. She had a green thumb, and could literally grow anything, and she loved tending to her garden. Her greatest joy was spending time with Mike, their family, friends, and fishing. She will be dearly missed!