Funeral Services for Eugene Blackbear, Sr., 83, Ceremonial Chief of the Cheyenne Tribe was held last week, 11:00a.m., Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 in the Watonga Community Building, officiated by Floyd Bearing, Mike Burgess and Wallace Ashley, burial will conclude in the IOOF Cemetery in Watonga, OK under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.
A traditional all Night Wake Service was held the day before, 6:00p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the Watonga Community Building officiated by Kathy Longhat, and Lyman Weasel Bear.
Eugene Blackbear, Sr., was born August 20, 1930 and the only son of Ralph Paul Blackbear and Stella Minnie Red Wolf and the grandson of Old Man Blackbear, Little Yellow Woman, John Red Wolfe and Ida Walker in Watonga, Oklahoma and passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the HIllcrest Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
He was raised in the Watonga area and attended the Enterprise Country School. He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and after he returned back home he was married to Stella "Bessie" Romannose in 1952 in Watonga, OK.
In his younger years he worked on farms helping other, he did construction work and was a truck driver. He moved to the Dallas and Fort Worth area for several years before moving back to Oklahoma in 2003 and settled back in Watonga.
He was a well-respected Cheyenne Ceremonial Chief, served as the Arrow Priest, Sundance Priest, and a member of the Bow String Society. He was a long time and faithful member of the Native American Church, serving as a Road man and attended meetings all over the country. He was an ordained minister and was recognized by the Sioux Nation. He served as the 13th Business Committee Member for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.
He had a unique opportunity and was honored by playing the role as a Cheyenne Chief in the movie "Last of the Dog Men" a 1995 movie. He along with two other Cheyenne Sundance Priest revived the Sundance and it has.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, two sisters, Imogene Blackbear-Big Machine and Roberta Black, two daughters, Barbara (Blackbear) Lone Elk and Frances Verna Doctor.
He is survived by 8 children, Eugene Blackbear, Jr. and wife, Aurelia, Rex Paul Blackbear and wife, Phyllis, Roberta Ann Blackbear, Wilma Joyce Whitebird and husband, Malcom, Ralph Briscoe Blackbear and wife, Senoria, Ida Parton and husband, Kenneth, Fredrick Blackbear, and Imogene Elizabeth Blackbear all of Watonga.