Oklahoma tornadoes: Woodward 10-year-old, dad killed by twister remembered by friends, co-workers

Rose Marie Juul and her father, Derrin Juul, died in the tornado that hit Saturday in Woodward. So far, six people have died, and 31 people were injured.
BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com Modified: April 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm •  Published: April 17, 2012

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 Sunday.

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 Sunday.

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 approves or denies the assistance.

“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.


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