Herman Buck Ballew
Sequoyah High School ~ Teacher 1965-1980
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Herman Buck Ballew was born Jan. 10, 1917, at Moodys, to George and Carrie (RattlingGourd) Ballew. He died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, peacefully, at home with his family by his side at 90 years of age.
Buck graduated from Tahlequah High School and went on to earn a BS in education from Northeastern State University. He was teaching in Bluejacket when he was drafted in the service during World War II. He proudly served his country in northern France and central Europe during WWII. His infantry division and attached units captured the strongly fortified city of Metz after 14 days of continuos attack against a strong and aggressive enemy during a 26-mile front. The mission was accomplished in terrain favorable to the enemy and under almost intolerable weather conditions of rain, flood, and bitter cold. His unit and others involved in the Battle of the Bulge were recognized for their success.
After an honorable discharge in 1945, Buck continued his education at the North Texas State College and earned a MB in education. He was a teacher, basketball and baseball coach, and administrator in several Oklahoma public schools before returning to Tahlequah and a teaching position at Sequoyah High School . He retired from SHS in 1980 and spent his retirement years enjoying fishing and attending college football and basketball games. Buck was a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and Cherokee was his first Language.
His parents, George and Carrie, and his beloved sister Georgia Ballew (Seq. Teacher 1952-1969) preceded him in death.
His surviving family includes his three special cousins, Barbara Martens, Cookson, and Polly Boyer and Sherryl Dawes of Tahlequah, who were his caretakers in his final years. He is also survived by his cousin, Blanche Gourd, Tulsa, and other cousins and friends.
His family extends a special thanks to the Cherokee Home Health and Hospice for their help and support in making Buck comfortable at home in his final days.
Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at Reed-Culver Chapel in Tahlequah. Burial will follow at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W Delaware St, Tahlequah, OK 74464 ~ Phone: (918) 456-2551.