WOODWARD — Sitting on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom near Woodward is a pink sheet of paper, covered with notes from classmates, decorated with hearts and stars.
“We will miss you” and “Loved by many” are among the messages that students have left for 10-year-old Rose Marie Juul.
Rose Marie was one of three children who were taken from their families by an EF3 tornado that struck Woodward on
Faith Dean Hobbie, 7, and Kelly Marie Hobbie, 4, and their father, Frank Hobbie, 27, all were killed at the Hide-A-Way Mobile Home Park. Steve Peil, 63, died Monday at an Amarillo, Texas, hospital after he and his wife were injured in their home at the mobile home park.
Rose Marie's father, Derrin Juul, also died
So far, six people have died, and 31 people were injured. At least one person remains in critical condition, said Matt Lehenbauer, Woodward emergency management director, on Tuesday.
Lehenbauer said 213 homes were affected by the tornado, with 73 destroyed, 13 with major damage, 19 with minor damage and 108 affected in some way. Eleven businesses were destroyed, and as of noon Tuesday, volunteers had fed 1,600 meals to residents since the storm Sunday.
Emergency officials will soon deliver the results to Gov. Mary Fallin, who is expected to forward the results to the White House. From there, it will be a waiting game until the Obama administration
“We're working as fast as we can on restoring life here on our end, and we're asking the same of the federal government,” Lehenbauer said.
The Juuls' home
When Howard Adams saw the pieces of his neighbors' homes scattered across the field, he feared none of them was alive. Minutes after the tornado struck west of Woodward, Howard Adams and his son Shawn rushed half a mile down the road to see if the Juul family and their relatives were OK.
“I said, ‘We've got to get up there' — I was afraid they'd been hit,” Howard Adams said.
The tornado had leveled the two manufactured homes and Airstream trailer where about eight family members had lived.
There wasn't any electricity or phone reception, and it was hard to decipher what was going on. The Adamses brought generators and lights and soon spotted a few of their neighbors walking among the rubble.
Shawn Adams tried to move Derrin Juul from the wreckage. He soon realized Derrin hadn't made it.
The Adamses were the first to arrive to help the Juuls and their relatives. They had known Derrin Juul about 15 years. They'd enjoyed having him and his family as neighbors.
They remembered Derrin Juul as good provider to his family, someone who took pride in his home.
He had just finished building a back porch onto his home.
“When you get somebody like that for a neighbor, it's worth a lot,” Howard Adams said.
Shawn Adams stayed with the bodies of his neighbors until 4:30 a.m. when they were picked up.
Rose Marie's school
The first day students returned to Fargo Public Schools, a group of children came together at recess and discussed the things they liked and
“A little boy who's in first grade said, ‘I miss seeing her because she was always smiling. Even if she was having the worst day of her entire life, she was always smiling,'” Shawna Adams, Rose Marie's neighbor and close friend, said Tuesday.
Shawna Adams, a sixth-grader at Fargo Public Schools, was one of Rose Marie's first friends in Fargo. The girls' houses were only half a mile apart, and it was exciting when the Juul family moved in because it meant Shawna Adams had other children to play with.
Shawna and Rose Marie sat together on the school bus almost every day.
Rose Marie befriended many children at Fargo who didn't have any friends but her, Shawna Adams said.
The friendly and energetic girl played recorder in band and was a good singer. Her favorite song the kids sang at school was “Yankee Doodle.”
Rose Marie always had an art project. For example, she liked to make books of pictures that she had drawn.
“For her, at her young age, she's a very, very talented little girl,” Shawna Adams said.
On Tuesday, Fargo students wore pink, Rose Marie's favorite color.
“Rose Marie is one of the people I will always miss,” Shawna Adams said. “It's one of the hardest things. She was like my sister.”
Dad was a veteran
Derrin Juul died as he tried to save his two youngest daughters from the tornado speeding toward their home.
Their home sat about 20 feet from a storm shelter with about a dozen steps down to safety.
Derrin Juul was a Marine who had served in Operation Desert Storm, said Shawn Adams. He was from Santa Rosa, Calif.
Derrin Juul worked at an oil services company as a nitrogen pump operator. He had worked in the oil field for about 15 years, his supervisor Jeremy Perron said.
Juul was the first person Perron hired. He soon knew exactly why he hired Juul. Even though Juul's job was as a nitrogen pump operator, Juul was always more than willing to help fix equipment and teach co-workers about how to safely do their jobs. He was always the first guy to arrive and one of the last people to leave.
And his children adored him, Perron said.
“Every time I seen him around his kids, they just latched onto him,” Perron said. “He was always, always very respectful to his wife. A lot of guys out there on location call home and check in at night. You hear some guys get a little snotty or get rude — never him — always ‘I love you, how was your day?'”
Juul knew he wasn't perfect, and he strived to be better. About four months into Juul's time at his job, Perron had to write him up and tell him to take a few days off.
“And he cried in my office,” Perron said.
From that day on, Perron never had an issue with Juul. Because of Juul's hard work over the past year, Perron had recently promoted Juul to a field safety position.
Perron said Juul is one of the reasons the company has been successful.
“There is not a second Derrin Juul that will ever replace him,” Perron said. “Impossible.”