William Wayne Red Hat Jr. March 21, 1949 - April 12, 2017
William Wayne Red Hat, Jr., 68, of Longdale, Oklahoma departed from this life on April 12, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City. William was born on March 21, 1949 in Clinton, Oklahoma to William Wayne Red Hat, Sr. and Emma Annie Curtis. William (grandson to the late Southern Cheyenne Arrow Keeper Edward Red Hat and Minnie Red Hat) was raised and taught in the traditional Southern Cheyenne ways from a very young age. During his practice, he attended school in Longdale. At the age of 16 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He completed his combat training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California and recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, soon followed by his fight in the Vietnam War. William served his country and the corps with distinction, earning numerous awards including: Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device, and Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm). After being wounded he returned to the states, and reunited with his family. On March 15, 1973 he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. When he returned home he followed in the footsteps of his Grandfather, Edward Red Hat and father, William Wayne Red Hat, Sr., both of whom were Southern Cheyenne Arrow Keepers. He met Nellie Belly Mule in 1972, and soon after began a traditional loving marriage that followed with their family. In 1989, he became a Southern Cheyenne Blue Sky Keeper. In 1993, after the passing of his father, William Wayne Red Hat, Jr., was appointed and served the last twenty-four years as Keeper of the Sacred Arrows to the Southern Cheyenne. William is survived by wife, Nellie Red Hat; daughter Marsha Shannon Yellow Horse and husband Paul Yellow Horse, granddaughters Caitlyn and Cori; son Brian Edward Red Hat and wife Norene Red Hat, grandchildren Ryan, Alicia, Lauryn, Brianna, Stella, Kiara, Kiana, Alyse and Alysia; son Luther Rondeau Red Hat and grandchildren Shiloh, Nellie, Bethany, Bill, and Curtis; daughter Ona Sybil Red Hat; daughter Emily Denise Red Hat and grandchildren Calvin, Harry, Isabella, BJ, Jackson, and Kingston; daughter Eva Marlene Red Hat and grandchildren Daymein, Emilia, and Sophie; daughter Dorothy Mae Red Hat and grandchildren Dominic, Liliana, and Cameron; daughter Minnie Mae Mickle and husband Nick Mickle; and three great grandchildren; four sisters, Eva Big Medicine and husband Joe, Zola Old Bear and husband Ronald, Pat Whiteeagle and husband George and Pam Red Hat; one brother, Steve Red Hat and wife Monica; numerous other extended family. He was preceded in death by father William Wayne Red Hat Sr.; mother Emma Annie Curtis; brother Luther Red Hat; sister Marilyn Red Hat; brother Edward Red Hat; sister Minoma Koshiway and brother Albert Red Hat Sr. A traditional all-night wake service began at 7:00 p.m., Saturday evening, April 15, 2017 at the Red Hat residence southwest of Longdale, OK. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Canton Native American Gymnasium with Reverend Gerald Panana officiating. Interment with military honors followed in the Canton Reinterment Cemetery near Canton Lake under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Canton, OK. Condolences may be made online at www.piercefuneralhomes.com.
“I’ll see you again- Stahot’sewo’oms.”
William Wayne Red Hat, Jr. (One Elk)