Freddie Ray Spotted Bear passed away Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center of Bartlesville. He was 75 years old.
Fred was born March 12, 1939 in Pawhuska, Okla., the son of Joseph and Audrey Stibeis Spotted Bear. On Oct. 22, 1968, he married the former Martha Pepper in Miami, Okla.
Fred worked for the City of Pawhuska for almost 30 years as the utilities meter reader. A great baseball and basketball player in his own rite, Fred was also on avid OU Sooners fan. A member of the Ponca and Ogala Sioux Tribes, he enjoyed attending pow-wows and other Native American activities. Fred was a charter member of the Osage Gourd Club, an Honored Elder at Iicot and Caney, and participated in the In-lon-schka Dances. He enjoyed traveling in his RV, wood working , fishing, being with his grandkids and watching their sporting events.
His surviving family includes his wife Martha Spotted Bear; daughters Michele Hyatt and husband Mike, LaRay Brake and husband Aaron, LaVina Clark and husband Jasper, Sheaila Dilbeck and husband Mike, Sons Freddie Pratt and wife Linda, and Bryan Pratt; grandchilden Destanee Donaldson, April Robertson, Clifford Robertson, M.D. Dilbeck, Henry Joe Smith, D. Easley, Valarie Easley, Jeremy Spotted Bear, Bo-D Spotted Bear, Cory Spotted Bear, Chet Brake, Cole Brake, Kelsey Pratt, Morgan Pratt, Taylor Pratt, Myles Pratt, Casey Sics; and 35 great grandchildren, numerous other extended family members and friends.
Rosary will be recited Wednesday, June 18 at 7 p.m, at the Indian Camp Chapel, Pawhuska. Traditional Indian Services will be held Thursday, June 19, 8 a.m., also at the Indian Camp Chapel with Johnny Red Eagle officiating. Mass will follow at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Pawhuska. Father Chris Daigle will officiate. Interment will follow at the Pawhuska City Cemetery.
McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.