Lawrence Bighorse obituary: A former assistant chief of the Osage tribe

LAWRENCE RUSSELL BIGHORSE passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 in the Jane Phillips Medical Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  He was 80 years old.

Lawrence was born October 6, 1931 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the son of Peter Paul and Florence Elizabeth (Vann) Bighorse.  A member of the Osage Tribe of Indians, Lawrence was a former Assistant Chief of the Osage Tribe.  He was a charter member of America Legion Post 198, serving in the United States Army, 45th Infantry, during the Korean Conflict.  Lawrence was also a member of the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.  An avid OU fan, he enjoyed cruising around town, golfing, playing pool and spending time with his grandchildren in his spare time.  Lawrence was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Pawhuska.

Surviving is: His daughter: Sammie Frost and husband, Steve; His grandchildren: Chelsie Radford, Tyler Frost and Chancey Frost; His great granddaughter: Kyleigh Radford; Siblings: Kenneth, Anthony, Aaron and Walt Bighorse; along with a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.  Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mary Rose Gann, and Paul, Bill and Douglas Bighorse.

Lawrence will lie in state at the Indian Camp Chapel.  Rosary will be recited Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 PM, at the Chapel.  William R. Lynn will officiate.  Traditional Indian services will be Wednesday, March 28, 8:00 AM, at the Chapel.  Mass will follow at 10:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.  Father Chris Daigle will officiate.  Interment will be in the Pierce St. John Cemetery.  Additional honors will be provided by the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.  Military honors will be provided by the American Legion.

McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.