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Albert Henry Black

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Albert Henry “Hank” Black, a Ponca City resident left this life to be with his Savior on Thursday, May 5, 2011. He fought a five year and seven month hard battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was 52 years of age. Albert was born May 3, 1959 in Pawnee, the son of James O. Black and Lupe T. Trujillo Black. He was a member of the Otoe-Missouria Elk Clan. He was a graduate of Red Rock High School and attended Okmulgee Tech where he took auto mechanic classes. He was married to Teresa Marlar on Sept. 5, 2005, in Newkirk. Albert had been employed as a crane operator with O.G. &. E. before an injury forced his retirement.

Albert was a member of the Ponca Indian Baptist Church and the American Quarter Horse Association. He was known for his kindness and generosity to others, and for his big smile. His greatest joy in life was being a loving husband and a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed following his children on all occasions, whether softball games, proms or graduations, his love and support knew no limits. He helped cook and tend the fires at many Native American funerals and he loved to attend the pow-wows. He loved riding and raising horses. He loved his beloved dog “Rowdy” who would help him get out of his chair or bed during his illness and lay by his side all day.

Albert is survived by his wife, Teresa, of the home; three daughters, Whitney Killscrow and husband, Brad, of Ponca City, Stephanie Annette Black of Stillwater, and Jamee Lynn Black of Ponca City; his pride and joy was his granddaughter, Kyleigh Ann Bear; a niece, Carol Plumley, who was like a sister to him; a loving mother and father-in-law, Nancy and Clarence “Wahoo” Marlar who devoted themselves to help care for him this last year and were called Mom and Pops by him; many other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lupe Black; one sister, Inez Hollingwolf; aunt, Tomasita Garcia; three uncles, Ted Black Sr., Earnest Black and Emanuel Black; a grandson, George Henry Bear.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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May 11th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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Lolly Robedeaux

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Lolly Robedeaux, 87, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 26, at Poteet Funeral Chapel, Pawnee. Interment will be at Otoe-Missouria Cemetery, Red Rock, under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

Editor’s note: No family history was included in this obituary.

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April 24th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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Dana John Keith Fisher

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Dana John Keith Fisher, resident of Cushing and former resident of Ponca City, passed Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Cushing Regional Hospital. He was 62. Dana was born April 12, 1949, in Ponca City, the son of Harold Fisher Jr. and Fern Thompson Fisher. He was a member of the Buffalo Clan of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe. He had attended schools in Ponca City, Tulsa Rogers High School and in Virginia. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church of Ponca City. Dana was very active in Democratic politics, having served as the Democratic Party vice chairman of Cherokee County, the campaign chairman for David Boren in Cherokee County and a National Democratic Delegate for the State of Oregon. His enjoyments were his involvement in Democratic politics, visiting with his friends and the company of his dog, Cricket.

He is survived by his father, Harold Fisher Jr. and wife Linda of Ponca City; one brother, Bruce Fisher and wife Sharon of Tahlequah; one half-sister, Kym Fisher of Edmond; two nephews, Robert and Ryan Fisher; one niece, Karie Fisher; five great-nephews and one great-niece; and a very special friend, Sharon Linder and daughter Amanda of Cushing. He was preceded in death by his mother, Fern Alexander; his paternal grandparents, Harold and Gladys Fisher; his maternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Thompson; four uncles, Vernon Lee Fisher, Neal E. Fisher, Bruce Thompson and Keith Thompson; and one aunt, Louise DeHaas.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Kenneth Armstrong presiding. Burial will follow in the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Casket bearers will be Jack Thompson, Bill DeHaas, Ryan Fisher and Dewayne Bagwell.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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April 17th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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Julia Butler Sparks

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Julia Mahalia Butler Sparks died March 12, 2011 at Lake Point Nursing Home, Augusta, Kansas, after suffering a stroke. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home, Arkansas City, Kansas. Interment will follow in the Washunga Cemetery in Newkirk. The family received friends on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Julia was born to Thomas Andrew and Mary Anna Butler. She was the eldest of thirteen children. She attended Chilocco Indian School from age 9 until she graduated. While there she played sports and ran track. Julia was married October 1, 1938 to Clarence L. Sparks in Newkirk. They had three children. The couple made their home in Arkansas City, after their marriage until Mr. Sparks purchased a 17 ft. home-made trailer. They followed construction jobs throughout the midwest, settling in the Kansas City area for about five years. They eventually moved to Wichita where Mr. Sparks started their construction business known as Sparks Excavating. Julia did all the clerical work for the company. They returned to Arkansas City in the 1970s, living there until their deaths. Julia was very proud of her Indian heritage and enjoyed attending pow-wows. She was an elder in the Otoe-Missouria tribe at the time of her death. Julia enjoyed dancing, fishing, and hunting.

As her health failed she lived at Lake Point Assisted Living in Augusta. Kansas, where she was affectionately named the “social butterfly.” She was always helping those less capable around her. Julia always said her children were her life. She was surrounded by family and friends in her final days and those times were filled with lots of laughter (and tears). She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include: son, Richard L. Sparks, of Wichita, daughters, Charlene Klein, of Arkansas City, and Beverly Funk, of Wichita, nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence Sparks; brothers, Benny Butler Sr., Carl Butler Sr., and Billy Dale; two infant brothers; sisters, Thomasine Waymire, Etheleen McGlaslin, and Kathleen Marvel; and three great-grandchildren.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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March 17th, 2011 at 11:48 am

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Jeannette Marie Carson Runnels Mitchell

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Jeanette “Jeanie” Marie Carson Runnels Mitchell, resident of Bartlesville, died Saturday, January 29, 2011, at her home. She was 79. Jeanie was born May 18, 1931, to Edith Parks and Jewel Carson at Pawnee Indian Hospital. She grew up in the Copan, Dewey and Bartlesville areas and was raised by her three aunts. At the age of five she attended Pawnee Indian School until her graduation. She later attended the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jeanette worked as a linotype operator at Kansas University. She later married to Tony Mitchell and moved to Hanna, where she was a dormitory aide at Eufaula Boarding School.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by three sisters, Ruthe Blalock Jones, Yvonne Kaulaity and Rosemary Wilson; three children, Cecilia Runnels, Jack Runnels and Reyna Runnels; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Albert Waters; her brothers, Anson Joe and Tudge “George” Blalock; her sisters, Darlene Carson, Elizabeth Brave and Cecilia Brave; and one aunt.

A traditional Otoe-Delaware funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, at the Delaware Tribal Center. Mr. Chink White Cloud will preside over the services. Burial will follow in Delaware Indian Cemetery. A wake will be held until the service at the Delaware Tribal Center. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore Funeral Home.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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February 3rd, 2011 at 11:33 am

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Johnny Whitehorn

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Johnny Whitehorn, resident of Tulsa, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. He was 62. Johnny was born July 25, 1948, in Stillwater to Mark Whitehorn and Elsie Elvina Springer Whitehorn. He attended Enid public schools and graduated from Enid High School in 1966. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. Johnny later attended the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas, and Bacone College in Muskogee. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church and Otoe First Born Native Church. He was also a member of the Eagle Clan. Johnny had a sense of humor that attracted people. He loved laughing and spending time with people. He also enjoyed beadwork.

He is survived by his children, Anna Ramsey and husband Joe, Raylene Berryhill and husband Jim and Toni Whitehorn; grandchildren, Colby Whitehorn, Aleah Sam, Abel Whitehorn, Bobby Sam, Brinae Bearbow, Bretten Bearbow and Angel Whitehorn; great-grandchildren, Alexis Whitehorn and Kaden Whitehorn; brothers, Randy Whitehorn and Mark Whitehorn; several nieces, nephews and other distant relatives; as well as many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mark and Elsie; and one brother, Ronald Whitehorn.

Casket bearers will be Abraham Dent Jr., Ted Grant, Sid Armstrong, Chink Whitecloud, Jimmy Atkins and G.K. Bassett. The service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center with Ted Black presiding. Burial will follow at Otoe-Missouria Tribal Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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December 28th, 2010 at 11:22 am

Elton Burns Ely Sr.

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Elton Burns Ely Sr., resident of Wellington, Kansas and member of the Ponca Nation passed away Friday, December 3, 2010 in Wellington, Kansas. He was 59. Elton was born June 26, 1951in Pawnee, Oklahoma the son of Joe and Mary Ely. His early education was in the Red Rock area schools. He was married to Cheryll Kennedy on July 26, 1974 in Arkansas City. His enjoyments were spending time with his grandchildren, bowling and playing pool.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryll, of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Vogelsang of Arkansas City; four granddaughters, Shayla, Brittnee, Keylee and Gabby; four other grandchildren and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Elton Burns Ely Jr. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 6, 2010 at the Otoe-Missouria Cemetery near Red Rock. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Casket bearers will be Brittnee Vogelsang, Vandel Kent, Bryce Marr, Tyler Manuel, Cody Kent and Larry Freek.

» Originally published in the Wellington Daily News.

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December 9th, 2010 at 9:45 am

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Brenda Gale Burgess

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Brenda Gale Burgess was born on July 3, 1960, in Lawton to Raymond French and Cecelia Hummingbird French. She passed from this life on Friday, October 15, 2010, at her home in Red Rock, having reached the age of 50 years, 3 months and 15 days. She married Benjamin Burgess on April 9, 1980, in Oklahoma City, and they moved to Red Rock from Oklahoma City in April of 1984. She was affiliated with the Otoe Baptist Church, and enjoyed her grandchildren, playing bingo, going to pow-wows and keeping up with housework duties.

Brenda is survived by her father, Raymond French of Oklahoma City; husband, Bennie Burgess of Red Rock; four children, Vestina Burgess, Ben Burgess Jr., Frank Burgess and Georgette Burgess, all of Red Rock; three brothers, Gary Pohleman, Bradley French and Brian French, all of Oklahoma City; three sisters, Vera Pohleman, Raynelle French and Larue French, all of Oklahoma City; and four grandchildren, Allen Jones of Red Rock, Iverson Jones of Red Rock, Seneca Burgess of Tulsa and Morningstar Burgess of Tulsa; as well as a number of other relatives and many friends. Brenda was preceded in death by her mother, Cecelia French.

Services are scheduled for 12 p.m. Monday, October 18, at Otoe-Missouria Cultural Building in Red Rock with Jimmy Kenner and Randy Whitehorn officiating. Interment will be at Cleghorn Cemetery in Red Rock under the direction of Poteet Funeral Home of Pawnee. Casket bearers will be Ben Burgess Jr., Frank Lee Burgess, Ben Burgess Sr., Bradley French, Brian French and Sylvester “Sly” Isaac.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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October 18th, 2010 at 8:54 am

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Charles Owen Tillman

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Charles Owen “Chap” Tillman Sr., Red Rock resident, passed away on Friday, September 24, 2010, at his home. He was 94. Charles was born on April 21, 1916, in Red Rock, the son of Asbarry Tillman and Bertha Arkeketa Tillman. Chap went to school at Red Rock until the 11th grade. He later went to Haskell Institute, an Indian boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas. Chap played sports at Haskell and played basketball and baseball on the varsity (college) teams. He graduated salutatorian in 1934 and was offered two scholarships, one to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Northeastern State College in Tahlequah. He chose Northeastern. After one year at Northeastern he had an offer to continue his education at Central College in Edmond with tuition, room and board paid. He accepted and transferred to Central his second year.

He married Josephine Good, and in 1941, the marriage ended and he married Ella Koshiway Morrell, and they moved to the old homestead east of Red Rock where Chap farmed. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He received a Bachelor Degree, Master Degree and completed all the course work toward a Ph.D. Degree. He was hired as Principal of Red Rock School, with additional duties of teacher and coach of the boys and girls high school basketball team. Chap held numerous positions of employment. He was Superintendent of Orlando High School, Braman High School, Oologah High School, Concho Indian School and Carter Seminary. He served numerous times on the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council and he was elected first tribal chairman after the Otoe-Missouria Constitution was adopted in 1984, the constitution which he helped to write. He served several terms as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, being elected or appointed each time. Chap had succeeded in both the white mans world and his Indian World. His success in the white mans world is all the more remarkable as it was in a period of time when Indians were discriminated against and given very little opportunity to succeed.

Casket bearers for the service will be Stephen Tillman, Timothy Mays, Eli Lauffenburger, Kyle Robedeaux, Charles Kihega and Michael Darnaby. Honorary bearers will be Steve Dummer, Dewey Daily and Harold Kihega.

He is survived by his children, Charles Tillman Jr., of Fairfax, Nancy Kyle of Fairfax, Owen Tillman of Red Rock, Diane Tillman of Broken Arrow, Angela Lauffenburger of Plano, Texas and Stephen Tillman of Yukon, Okla.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Arkeketa Tillman Carson and father, Asbarry Tillman; son, Rodney Tillman; daughter, Denise Tillman; and sister, Ophelia Tillman Overby.

There will be a traditional noon meal before the funeral service. Alberta “Blondie” Atkins will be in charge of the services. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, at the Otoe Baptist Church in Red Rock, with Rev. Jimmy Kinnard officiating. Burial will follow at the Red Rock Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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September 28th, 2010 at 9:01 am

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Adrienne Lanae Littlecrow

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Adrienne Lanae Littlecrow, infant daughter of Jeff and Margie Littlecrow, died on Monday, August 30, 2010, at OU Medical Center. Adrienne is survived by her parents, Jeff and Margie; one sister, Meredith Jones; two brothers, Aiden Littlecrow and Ashton Jones; and her grandparents. Adrienne was preceded in death by her two brothers, Aaron Littlecrow and Richard Jones.

The noon meal will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Otoe-Missouria Cultural Center at Red Rock, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Otoe-Missouria Cemetery under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.

» Originally published in the Ponca City News.

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September 3rd, 2010 at 9:04 am

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