Joseph Fourkiller, was born March 20, 1925 and passed away early Sunday morning on July 30, 2017. He was born to Grant Fourkiller and Mary Hogner Fourkiller in Stilwell, OK. where he was raised.
After turning 18 years old March 20, 1943, Joe enlisted in the Navy on April 1st and remained in the Navy until January 1946 when he was honorably discharged. Joe served all of his time in the South Pacific Ocean in an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S Altamaha CVE 18. They operated with the 3rd Fleet and Task Group 38. They went to all of the islands where the fighting took place. The China Sea was their longest trip. Joe received a handful of awards while serving his country.
Joe worked for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita, KS for 6 years. Later on, he worked for Oklahoma Communications and TDS (Telephone Data System) for 34 years.
Joe was of the Baptist faith and was baptized in 1972. Joe enjoyed Cherokee hymns and scriptures as well as telling stories about his life. He loved hunting and fishing and being outdoors. He was handy with tools and proved himself as a true craftsman with the knives he created.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Louella (Christie) Fourkiller and Betty (Stevens) Fourkiller, five sisters, Margaret Fourkiller, Anna Ketcher, Janie Fourkiller, Betty Hummingbird, Georgia Glass, and one daughter, Margaret Fourkiller.
He leaves behind a loving family which includes, his children, Joseph and Marcy Fourkiller, of Tahlequah, OK, Henry Fourkiller, of Cyril, OK, Marty and Lea Fourkiller, of Albion, OK, Sam and Stephanie Hale, of Mangum, OK and sister, Lucille Wilson, of Stilwell, 14 grandchildren, Brandon Fourkiller, Bryan Fourkiller, Caleb Fourkiller, Casey Fourkiller, Jake Fourkiller, Cal Luquette, Sam Hale, Kristy Sheets, Kelee Wright, Kaela Azbill, LeAnne Hall, Rachel Chapman, Neda Meyers and Raelee Fourkiller and 27 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Fairfield Baptist Church with Bro. Marty Jones, Bro. Chuck Glass and Bro. Donnie Sanders officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Cemetery under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home of Stilwell.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss of loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, family and friends. Rev 21:4.
Jackie HopperSherwood, AR
Sending all our love. Shellie and I are so very sorry for your loss. Love y'all.
Sam NealFt Cobb, OK
Joe,Marcy,Casey,Jake,Raelee Fourkiller,we are so very sorry for the loss of Joe's dad,he was a great man,may he rest in peace,until your family is reunited with him again
Dave and Donna TaylorBridgecreek, OK
Sorry for your loss may God comfort your family. Sending prayers.
Robert and Oleta St PierreStilwell, OK
Sorry to hear about your grandpa, I know he meant the world to you. Keeping you and your family in prayer.
So sorry to hear of your loss, he was a true hero and fought for my freedom, RIP Joseph Fourkiller, you are my hero, thanks for fighting for my freedom foundly Helen Hrbacek
Helen Hrbacek9091 county road 1470 apache, OK
Please know how saddened I am for the loss of your father. I send you my deepest condolences for you and for your family. Having lost someone is a difficult moment of life. May God provide you and your family the strength you need to cope with your loss over the days, months and years to come.
May your Father rest in peace,
Dan LarringtonHouston, TX
I am sorry for your loss. I am happy you got to spend so much time with him, enjoying life. May God bless you with peace, comfort & happy memories with your grandfather.
Rhonda kittleMt pleasant, TX