John Williams Tiger, Xi-da-ska-na-zhi (White Eagle Standing), began his journey to the spirit world on Oct. 31, 2020. John was born on March 24, 1943, in Tulsa, Okla.
He was the eldest child of Billie Louise Williams Webster and William Earl “Bill” Tiger. He was a kind and loving father, grandfather, uncle, and brother. He was a graduate of Cascia Hall and was a welder by trade and later became an instructor at Tulsa Community College. In his younger years, he was a fancy dancer and later participated in the Osage Inlonshka as a member of the Hominy District. He enlisted in the Navy as a Seabee in 1966, served in Vietnam based in Danang as well as a boxer. He received medals for the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign medal.
He is survived by his children, Roman Tiger, Pennah Tiger Proctor, John Nathaniel Tiger, Sevena Tiger; and Diane Conner. Brothers, Joe Beeton, Chiefy Tiger; sisters, Norma Tiger, Billie Tiger, Roberta Coon, Nicki Thomas, Karen Tiger, and Cindy Tiger. Grandchildren, Haiden, Ahnawake, Emersyn, Lincoln; Corey, Caitlyn, Presley, Alex; Mason, Jakob, Nathaniel; Nathan, Mikayla, and AJ. Great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Jaxon, Kendall, Isabella; Rylie and Rylan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents Mary T. Williams and Estol N. Williams; paternal grandmother, Sillar and John Lynch Tiger; daughter Brandy Tiger, brother Nick Webster, and niece Martina Thomas.
Native American Rites were given by Jeremy Olsen. Graveside services were held on Nov. 3, 2020, and interment was in the Tall Chief Cemetery in Quapaw, Okla.