Elmer G. Kingfisher of Wyandotte, Okla., passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., after an illness. He was 63.
Elmer was born Dec. 31, 1943, in Picher, Okla., to Sam and Ollie (Lawhead) Kingfisher. He graduated from Picher High School in 1963 and had lived in the Picher, Wyandotte area all of his life.
He had worked at Seneca Indian School in Wyandotte, Okla., as a counselor and had worked at Bordertown Casino in Seneca, Mo., in the Maintenance Department.
Mr. Kingfisher was very proud of his Native-American heritage. He was of Cherokee descent and of the Wolf Clan. He gave speeches around the country on Native-American knowledge and culture and was a spiritual advisor to many. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and loving family. He was a wonderful person, a loving husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Duke Kingfisher, and a sister, Louise King.
He married Brenda Frost on June 24, 1967, in Afton, Okla. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include one son, Ronnie Glenn Kingfisher and his wife Cyndi of Wyandotte, Okla.; a daughter, Clista Wynea Newman and her husband James of Seneca, Mo.; three sisters, Gladys Thatcher of Claremore, Okla., Lucinda Sveen of Portland, Ore., and Marion Thompson of Miami, Okla., and five grandchildren, Christian Schrader, Kaden Schrader and Greyson Newman of Seneca, Skyleigh Kingfisher of Baxter Springs, Kan., and Kyah Kingfisher of Wyandotte.
Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.
Indian rites will be conducted by Jim and Molly Smith. Interment will be in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.
Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.