Jack Ben Williams

September 13, 1941- October 29, 2016

Jack Ben Williams departed this life on Saturday, October 29, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK. Jack was born September 13, 1941 in his family’s house south of Canton, Oklahoma to the late Cheyenne Chief Bill and Amanda (Hoof) Williams and was raised in the Canton community. He is a member of the Southern Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma. His Arapaho name is “Chawa” which means “Swift”. Like his father, who served in WWII, Jack is a Veteran of our Armed Forces. He served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After his service with the military he worked construction and lived in Utah & Wyoming, before moving back to El Reno, Oklahoma in 2010. While in Wyoming, Jack made many friends on the Wind River Reservation. He especially enjoyed when they spoke Arapaho while visiting with him. His hobbies were arts & crafts, his biggest interest was going to benefit dances & powwows. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George Williams, Sr. and Kenneth Williams; sisters Marlene Williams, Verna Mae Williams-Hamilton, Marilyn Rose Williams and Anna Jane Buckman. Jack was survived by nieces Denise Winn Lonelodge, Kathy Williams, Karen Williams, Koreen Gaines, Gail Williams, Ann Jean Williams, Marlene Pratt, Gwendy Williams; nephews Michael Starr, Richard Williams, Seger Williams, Kenny Williams, Robert Buckman, Francis Hamilton, Dale Hamilton, Bill Hamilton and many grandkid’s that knew him as “Grandpa”. A wake service was held on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m., November 3, 2016 at the Canton Native American Gymnasium. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 at the same venue with Rev. Gerald Panana officiating. Interment followed in Canton Cemetery under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Canton, OK. Condolences may be made at www.piercefuneralhomes.com.

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