Kelly Hobart Schenk
Kelly Hobart Schenk
October 31, 1940 - May 13, 2021
Kelly Hobart Schenk was born October 31st, 1940, in Watonga, Oklahoma, to Lloyd and Beryl
Schenk, and passed away May 13th, 2021, at the age of 80. He was a resident of the Watonga
community for over 50 years, where he was an x-ray and lab technician at the Watonga
Municipal Hospital. After graduating from Hitchcock High School in May 1958, he attended
Oklahoma State University for three years and then completed his studies in radiological
technology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. On a sultry
August 4th, in 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Beatrice Winters, in the
Okeene Methodist Church. Kelly and Mary Bea continued living in Oklahoma City, both working
at the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. In 1967 they relocated to Watonga, where he continued
his career at Watonga Hospital until retirement in 2002.
Kelly grew up farming and ranching on his family land near Hitchcock, where he spent countless
hours working ground, planting, and harvesting wheat. He also enjoyed owning cattle and
looked forward to calving season every spring. After retiring, he enjoyed the simple life and
getting to spend more hours on the tractor at the farm.
Known as “Papa” to his family, he loved traveling to ballgames all over the state and could tell
you where any gym is located in the five-county area. He also attended countless school
events with Mary Bea cheering on the grandkids. Married 56 years, he was a true testament of
love and devotion to his family.
Kelly is preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Beryl Schenk, and his wife Mary Bea
Schenk of Watonga, OK. He is survived by his brother Dr. Curtis Schenk and wife Liz of
Watonga, OK. His children: son Thad and Bobbi Schenk of Watonga, son Travis and Alicia
Schenk of Edmond, Oklahoma, daughter Maryl and Dr. Justin McCrary of Watonga.
Grandchildren Bradi Gibson and husband Ryan of Hitchcock, Oklahoma, Riley Schenk, Marin
McCrary and Wade McCrary of Watonga, Oklahoma, Abby Schenk, and Trevor Schenk,
Edmond, Oklahoma as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services for Kelly Hobart Schenk will be held on Monday, May 17th, 2021, 2:00 pm at
the First United Methodist Church in Watonga, Oklahoma, with Reverend Dianna Matli officiating.
Burial will follow in the Cottonwood Cemetery at Hitchcock, Oklahoma, with Wilkinson Mortuary
in charge of arrangements.
MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS MAY BE MADE TO: First United Methodist Church Watonga,