Lyle Keith Deere
Friend of Sequoyah High School
MUSKOGEE, Ok -- Lyle keith Deere (Friend of Sequoyah) was born on September 19, 1958 to the Rev. Kenneth and Joann (Chalakee) Deere in Claremore, OK. He departed this life on Sunday, January 30, 2011.
Lyle was employed as the Transportation Planner for the Osage Nation in Pawhuska, OK. He previously worked for the Cherokee Nation and for 24 years with the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Lyle was a 1976 graduate of Muskogee High School where he excelled in football, being named Honorable Mention All State; his leadership potential was also recognized as he was chosen to participate in Boys State. At age 17, he enlisted and became a brother in the United States Marine Corps.
Lyle was a full-blood Muscogee (Creek) citizen and, while he was proud of his heritage and tribal culture, he respected all other tribes, their culture, and traditions. He was an outspoken advocate for the People. He was a member of the Salt Creek United Methodist Church in Holdenville, OK; the Muscogee Indian Community, and the Native American Marine Corps Veterans Association. He served as a Commissioner to the Muscogee (Creek) Nationís Constitutional Convention in 2009, and had recently been re-elected as Vice-President of the Intertribal Transportation Association (ITA), a National tribal organization which served as an advocate for tribal transportation needs and funding.
Lyle was an avid sports fan, but particularly enjoyed football and basketball. He loved OU football and also supported the Muskogee Indian Nations Football League; his love of basketball called him to coach many high school basketball players in the annual Madness in March Native American Basketball Tournament. He also had been honored by the Sequoyah High School Alumni Association for his tireless support to the athletic programs and players of Sequoyah High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents Rev. Kenneth and Joann F. Deere, his paternal grandparents, Melissa (Long) and Eli Roy Deer, and his maternal grandparents, John and Fannie (Berryhill) Chalakee.
He is survived by his wife Joyce C. Deere of the home; daughters: Taryn Allen (Seq. Cls.98') of Muskogee, and Maria Todd and husband Richard Todd of Oklahoma City, sons: Mark Allen and wife Cheron of Wagoner, and Acee Allen (Seq. Stud. 1995-96) , Muskogee; five grandchildren: Robert Allen, Bailee Allen (Seq. 7grd 2011) , Blayne Allen, Sarah Allen, and Joseph Coachman, and one expected in April; his sister, Lisa Deere, of Muskogee, nephews: Tenetke Deer, Kosa Deere, Paskova Deere, and niece, Sukey Deere (Seq. Cls. 2009) ; and two great nephews, Aiden Ray Deere of Muskogee, and Tvco Kvlece Willie-Deere, of Wadsworth, Nevada .
Lyle was a beloved husband, father, and friend whose loss is felt by many people throughout the country.
A wake service for Lyle will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at the Bradley Belltower Chapel with Reverend Eli McHenry officiating. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 3rd at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Alvin Deer and Rev. Paul Fixico officiating. Interment will follow in Vernon Cemetery with Greg Reece, Joel Don Reece, David (Chebon) Long, III, Gary Long, Woxie Wacoche (Seq. Jr.'73) , and Wilmon Wilson serving as pallbearers. Ushers are Merle Berryhill, Kenny Allen, and Junior McGeely.