"Dignity without compromise"
Reuben Chalakee of Okmulgee passed away Saturday, August 23, 2003 at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 91 years. Mr. Chalakee was born January 1, 1912 in Broken Arrow, OK to Thomas and Mulsie (Chisum) Chalakee. He attended the historical Nuyaka Mission, Euchee Mission and Haskell institute in Lawrence, KS. He worked at the Ball Brothers Glass Plant Factory for over thirty years as a shift foreman.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Peggy (Sunny) Chalakee, two daughters Helena (Chalakee) Allen and Mary Chalakee, three sons; PVT Rudy York Chalakee, Reuben Chalakee Jr. and a Baby Boy Chalakee; and seven brothers.
Survivors include two daughters Susie Seawright and husband Mike of Donalds South Carolina and Pearl Thomas and husband Velvin of Okmulgee, a very dear friend, Jim Storey, also from Okmulgee. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives.
There will be a wake service held at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee on Monday, August 25, 2003 at 7:00 pm with Reverend Lynn Eaves and Reverend Newman Frank Jr. officiating.
Funeral Services are Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 2:00 pm at the Honey Creek Methodist Church with the Reverend Joe Lowe Jr. and Reverend Kelly Tiger officiating. Interment will follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
Casketbearers will be David Bible, Bunky Chalakee, Bennie Hardridge, Walter Sunny, Thomas Dunn and Steve Woodfield.
Honorary Casketbears will be Bobby Hardridge, Billy Chalakee, Tommy Chalakee and Daniel Chalakee.