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James Whitetail

Submitted by Jo Aguirre
© Enid News and Eagle (OK)

Published 03-21-2006


The funeral for James Whitetail, 64, of Watonga, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Union Baptist Church. The Rev. Jim Knowles will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Watonga. Arrangements are by Russworm Funeral Home, Watonga.

He was born Oct. 16, 1941, west of Watonga to Edwin George Whitetail and Ruth Bobtail Wolf and died Saturday, March 18, 2006, at his home.

He graduated from Riverside Indian School, Anadarko. He enlisted in the Army. After an honorable discharge, he re-enlisted as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborn Division, being stationed in Colby, Panama, in the 60s, also training in jungle expertise. He also served in Vietnam.

After returning, he attended Oscar Rose College. He worked for Robinson Steel, Oklahoma City as a welder. He also worked for Flying W. He worked for the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribe Treatment Center, Concho as a counselor.

Surviving are three sisters, Edwina (Gwynn Jim) Whitetail of Durant, Lola Whitetail Charging of Utah and Pauline Whitetail of Watonga; two brothers, Ralph Whitetail of Utah and Jasper Redhat of Watonga.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers.

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