People cleaning up in the neighborhood have seen Randy Smith's dog, Oreo, running around. “But they can't catch the dog,” Terry Smith said.
Randy Smith has a son, Dylan, 19, who lives with his mother. Their home was destroyed, too.
“We're trying to get the dog … so Dylan can have the dog,” Terry Smith said.
Dylan graduates Saturday from Southmoore High School. His father was looking forward to it.
‘Just kind and treated me well'
Sunday evening, Glen Irish, 79, was killed when a tornado tore through Steelman Estates trailer park, just west of Shawnee.
The storm that killed Irish left most of the 80 or so trailers in the park badly damaged or completely so. Mangled cars and trucks were tossed about like children's toys in a sandbox. A day after the twister, a SpongeBob SquarePants blanket hung from a tree, blowing in the wind.
Neighbors found his body when they emerged from a community storm shelter. He'd been thrown about 40 or 50 yards from his home, which was missing from the lot he owned in Steelman Estates.
Pat “Millie” Mitchell, a longtime resident of Steelman Estates, said her grandson was one of the first to find Irish, a grandfather and veteran of the Korean War. He was in her yard.
“My grandson covered him up with a sheet ... It was obvious he was dead,” Mitchell said.
Those who knew Irish described him as a loving family man who was kind and patient. He enjoyed fishing the area's many lakes and ponds.
Irish's longtime girlfriend, Karen Twellman, said she will miss his easygoing way. They were a bit of an odd couple.
Twellman is 56, more than 20 years younger than her longtime boyfriend. They were a couple for 29 years.
The difference in age — and the fact the two lived 50 miles apart — didn't affect the relationship, said Twellman, who lives in Mustang.
“I was married to a man who was my own age who didn't treat me well, and it wasn't good,” she said. “We were both divorced, and I met him at work, so I knew where he was coming from.
“He was just kind and treated me well ... that is definitely what drew me to him in the beginning.
Contributing: Staff Writer Hannah Covington
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