Picher, Okla.- Alexander Squirrel (Seq-Class of 1936), of Miami, Okla., died Monday, March 8, 2004 at Leigh Manor Nursing Center of Picher, Okla. after an illness. He was 91 years of age.
Alex was born March 7, 1913 on his father's Cherokee allotment near Afton, Okla. on Horse Creek Branch to Jack and Ann (Cox) Squirrel. He had lived in the Miami area since 1938. He attended the Wyandotte Indian School, the Sequoyah Indian School and Bacone College. He worked as a miner for several mines in the Picher area, the Eagle-Picher Mill for over twelve years and the Natural Gas Service Company retiring in 1975.
He was the 1936 Golden Glove Featherweight boxing champion and worked with the Miami Boxing Club assisting and teaching Golden Glove boxers. He was a talented musician, singer and songwriter and played with several bands.
He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II on the troop transport USS Colbert. The Cherokee Nation presented him with their Community Service Award, April 21, 1988. Chief Joe Byrd presented the award to him.
Alex married Birdie May Morgan, November 4, 1939 at Miami, Okla. She preceded him in death in 2000. His parents and several brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Survivors include five daughters: Martha Fansler and husband Leon of Welch, Okla.; Doris Williams and husband Don of Miami, Okla.; Delores Valdez and husband Mike of Denver, Colo.; Jacqueline Mapes and Elaine Martin, both of Miami, Okla. Fourteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, Okla. Rev. Harold Neal will officiate. Pallbearers will be Sid Hackwell, Bill Fansler, John Fansler, Nathan Fansler, Jacob Fansler, and Josh Fansler. Honorary pallbearers will be Duane Thomas and Charles Thomas. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, 2004 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami. Interment will be at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, Okla. Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Okla.