Franklin Edward Bighorse
”1934 - 2017”
Well, you know I... I never got to bat in the major leagues.
I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once.
To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down,
and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think
you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for.
Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes
just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you
connect with the ball. To run the bases - stretch a double
into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms
around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish.
And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight
to make this dream come true?
Franklin Edward Bighorse,
of LOCUST GROVE, Ok. (Seq. Student 1970s), was born October 28, 1934 in
Pawhuska, Ok. to George and Frances (Davis) Bighorse. He departed this life
on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 15 days.
As a child, Frank grew up and attended school in the Pawhuska area. At the age of 10,
the family moved and Frank attended Sequoyah Vocational School in Tahlequah, 6th grade
in 1947 to a Junior in 1952. While in high school, he and Juanita Louise Osage
(Seq. Class of 1955) met and fell in love. The couple were united in marriage in
Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 7, 1959. Louise preceded Frank in death earlier this
year on February 3, 2017. They had been married for over 57 years.
Frank enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on June 16, 1952. He served during
the Korean War and was honorably discharged on June 15, 1961. Frank lived in CA for
some time. He also lived in Tulsa and Pryor before making Locust Grove his home in 1974.
Frank worked as a fitter welder for many years. He also worked as custodian for
Salina Schools. He was a very devoted Christian and member of Country Baptist Church
in Locust Grove, Oklahoma. Frank devoted much time and effort for his church where
he had served as deacon for some time. He spent many hours reading his bible studying
the Word of God.
Frank had a love for baseball. When he was younger, he had thought about trying out for
his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. He worked hard to provide for and take care
of his family. He treasured the time he spent with his family and will be missed dearly
by all that knew and loved him.
Frank is survived by: 3 sons: Mark Bighorse and wife Clara of Stilwell, Oklahoma,
Randy Bighorse and wife Stacey of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and Terry Bighorse of
Locust Grove, Oklahoma; 9 grandchildren: Amanda, Kyle, Jennifer, Anthony, Broc,
Jerah, Brooke, Jerek, and Francie; 13 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Charlie Bighorse
(Seq. 1950s) and wife Beverly of Wagoner, Oklahoma; 1 sister: Laura Bighorse Johnson
(Seq.Class of 1957) of California; 2 brothers-in-law: Johnny Osage (Seq. Jr 1958) and
wife Sue of Locust Grove, Oklahoma and Steve Osage of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; 2
sisters-in-law: Phyllis Osage Doty (Seq Class of 1956) of Locust Grove, Oklahoma
Annabella O'Canas of Pryor, Oklahoma; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; 1 son: Edward Bighorse; 2 brothers:
George Bighorse and Bob Bighorse; and 3 brothers-in-law: John Doty, Dan O'Canas,
and Frankie Osage.
Wake services will be held 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Sunday, July 16, 2017 at
the Locust Grove Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 17, 2017 at Country Baptist Church
east of Locust Grove, Oklahoma.
Reverend Keith Marler will officiate.
Interment will follow at McClain Cemetery in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.
Resource: Sequoyah web site
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