”1938 - 2001”


    WYANDOTTE, Okla. - Gordon M. Whitetree, 62, Wyandotte, died Monday afternoon, April 13, at his home following a long illness. He was born October 4, 1938 at Wyandotte, the son of Ogal and Clara Jane Whitetree. He was a lifetime area resident. He owned and operated a retail tobacco shop. He served with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1962. He graduated from Chillocco Indian School in Arkansas City, Kan., attended Longbeach City College and earned a degree in drafting. He married Catherine Ann Kish December 11, 1960 and she survives of the home.
    Survivors are: two sons, Gordon A. Whitetree and wife, Suzanne, and their children, Hunter, Cheyenne, Ansley, Leland, and John Tanner, all of Kingsbay, Ga., and Clifton Michael Whitetree of Grove; one daughter, Stephanie M. Whitetree Vice and husband, Kent, and their children, Eva Catherine, Nina Elizabeth, Shannah Renee, and Stephanie Ann, all of Jay; sisters, Hazel Wallace, Christina Stanger, Margaret Dunning and Lenora Sparks, all of Wyandotte, and Becky Whitetree, Glenpool, Okla., Sallie Leaf, Wyandotte; two brothers, Tommy Whitetree, of Miami, and Terry Whitetree of Tulsa.
    He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lind, three brothers, James White Eagle, Jerry D. Whitetree, and Clifton Rex Whitetree; one son, Matthias Schrimpscher Breat It Nail Whitetree, and by his parents.
    Graveside services and Indian Rites will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bassett Grove Cemetery, N.E. of Grove, at the Seneca Cayuga Tribal Grounds. Paul Barton will conduct the service.
    Pallbearers will be Richard Wallace, Craig Stanger, James White Eagle, Jr., Patrick Leaf, Dale Whitetree, Greg Sparks, Tracy Whitetree, and Mike Lane. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Froman, Terry Battenfield, Charlie Logan, Ed Osborn and Rick Stewart. Gordon will lie in state at the family home, 103 E. Broadway, Wyandotte. Services are under the direction of Campbell-Biddlecome Funeral Home, Seneca, Mo.
    Resource: Grove Sun

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