Richard E. Roberts Obituary

Richard E. Roberts, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Claremore and Fairfax, departed this life on Friday, December 20, 2019, at his home at the age of 66.

Richard E. Roberts, 66, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, passed from this life into God’s hands on Friday, December 20, 2019. Born on Wednesday, October 28, 1953, to parents James Chakah and Anna Kathryn (Goode) Roberts in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He was of Osage and Pawnee descent. 

Richard was a proud, enrolled member of the Osage tribe and was also from the Pawnee tribe. His maternal grandparents, the late George Roberts and Maggie (Yellowhorse) Goode, Sr. belonged to the Osage Nation, Grayhorse District. His paternal grandparents, the late George H (from the Skidi Band of the Pawnee Nation) and Mary (Smith) Roberts.   

He was raised in Oklahoma City and attended St. Mary’s School in OKC.

He was blessed with three children, Richie, Anna and Mitchell. In the 1980s the family lived in Fairfax where the children attended school. In 1983, John Jake, Richard’s nephew, joined the family.

He worked as a custodian at the City Rescue Mission in Tulsa during his earlier years. Most recently, he worked at the Gilcrease Museum, northwest of downtown Tulsa. 

He was of the Catholic faith and belonged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fairfax, Okla.

He took extreme pride in dancing at the Grayhorse Inlonshka. He participated as a Taildancer for many years until he was physically unable. He loved his Native American heritage as could be seen with his traditional ways. He enjoyed playing golf and attending the horse races.

He will be sorely missed and survived by his sons Richard “Richie” Roberts of Moore, and Mitchell Roberts of Harrah; grandchildren Joe Goode, Anna Grace and Simeon James. Also surviving is his former wife, Loislin Gibson of Harrah.

Richard is reunited with his parents, James (1982) and Anna (1980); his daughter, Anna Kathryn Roberts (2011); one brother, James C. Roberts, Jr. (2015); two sisters, Kathryn Ann (Roberts) Jake (1984) and Amanda K. Roberts; his nephew, John Joseph Jake (2018); two aunts, one uncle and many cousins.  

Richard lied in state at the Grayhorse Chapel. A funeral service was held on December 31, 2019, at the Grayhorse Chapel with Rev. Archie Mason officiating. Burial followed in the Fairfax City Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hunsaker Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax.

Casket bearers were Isaiah Lasley, Stetson Davis, Coleman AmericanHorse, Simeon White, Rock Pipestem and Tim Keil.

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