John Sixkiller Jr., 54, of Colcord, Okla., formerly of Marshall, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, in Colcord.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Greenleaf Cemetery. Rev. L.B. Wildcat will officiate. Pallbearers will be Sam Bass, Keith Cooley, John Kerr Jr., Henry Sapp, Woody Henson and Dennis Sixkiller. Services are under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home in Tahlequah, Okla.
Born Oct. 19, 1950, in Colcord, he was the son of the late John Sixkiller and Leona Sapsucker Sixkiller. He grew up in Colcord and attended Oaks Elementary School and graduated from Anadarko High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He spent the latter part of the 1990s living in Marshall, managing an apartment complex. He had been teaching the Cherokee language for the past five years. Recently, he had worked for the Cherokee Nation and Northeast Tech Center. He was the sole designer of the Cherokee Alphabet Distance Acuity Chart, accepted by the American Optometric Association and used in most of North America's American Indian hospitals.
Survivors include two sisters, Sara Jane Sixkiller Clemmer of Choctaw and Myrtle Sue Sixkiller Wildcat of Gore; one brother, John A. Parker of Colcord; four nieces and one nephew and several greatnieces and greatnephews.