George “Pokey” Valliere of Fairland died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Integris Grove General Hospital in Grove. He was 80.
Mr. Valliere was born Oct. 19, 1929, in Miami to James and Audra (Flanner) Valliere. He lived most of his life in Northeastern Oklahoma. He attended Oklahoma Military Academy, Tulsa Central High School and Wichita University.
He was a Korean War veteran of the Army, serving in the Oklahoma 45th Infantry.
He was a retired postal carrier. He was a member of the Quapaw Tribe, a life member of B.P.O.E. “Elks” Crippled Children Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Miami Lodge No. 140 A.F.&A.M. for 56 years, Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory, Akdar Shrine Temple in Tulsa and Grand Lake Shrine Club.
He married Sue Branstetter in September, 1963, in Commerce. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include one son and his wife, George and Elaine Valliere of Claremore; one daughter, Sue Valliere of Tulsa; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, his parents, one brother and one sister.
Services will be 9 a.m. Thursday at Quapaw Tribal Building, east of Quapaw. Lee Lawhead will officiate. Burial will be in the Ottawa Indian Cemetery, east of Miami.
Indian rites will be conducted by Leonard Smith.
He will lie in state at the Quapaw Tribal Building.
Arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami.
The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to the Grand Lake Shrine Club in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com.