Tornado victim’s family finds valuables in rubble

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office is collecting unclaimed property during debris cleanup, following the destructive tornado that tore through Shawnee and Bethel Acres.

Two people lost their lives during that frightful twister on Sunday, May 19.

Yellow flowers, a white cross and an American flag serve as a memorial where Glen Irish’s home once stood in Bethel Acres.

“He was a wonderful father, wonderful grandfather and wonderful great grandfather,” DeMoss said.

Irish, who was 79-years-old, leaves behind three kids, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

His daughter, Terri DeMoss, said her Dad, who called her “sissy,” was at her place before the tornado hit, but insisted on going home to his trailer in Steelman Estates.

“Sissy, it will be ok, I’m just going to go home, eat and watch tv,” said DeMoss.

However, everything did not turn out ok and now all DeMoss has left to hold onto are her memories and valuables, such as some unique swords, officials dug up from underneath the rubble.

“It was total devastation,” said Palmer.

Undersheriff J.T. Palmer said their collection of unclaimed property consists of things such as medications, guns and pictures.

“We encourage anyone who is missing stuff to call us. We have it here and we’ll keep it in storage until someone comes and asks about it,” Palmer said.

For DeMoss, she said she’s thankful to have her swords back but stressed materialistic things can be replaced.

As for her father, physically he might not be here anymore but his legacy of being kind and big-hearted will last forever.

“Everybody, not just his family, everybody that he came in contact with loved him,” said DeMoss.

The Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s office is sending a big thank you to the sheriff’s office in Oklahoma County for sending a command post and 35 deputies to help after the tornado hit on May 19.