Ernest (Ernie) Ray Tiger
TAHLEQUAH, Ok -- Ernest (Ernie) Ray Tiger Sr. (Seq. ~ Class of 1966) , 58, of Tahlequah, passed from this life on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007.
Ernie was born in Claremore, Aug. 6, 1948.
Ernie was a proud Marine of the 3rd Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, and a Vietnam veteran. While serving in Vietnam, he received the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He graduated from Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, and the University of Tulsa. Ernie married Leona Wickson (Seq.~ Class of 1965) on Sept. 7, 1966. Ernie loved to serve the community and was an active volunteer for disabled veterans. He was an avid pow-wow dancer and a natural entertainer. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed dearly.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Leona; son, Ernie Tiger Jr. and wife Ellen; daughter, Carmen Hastey and husband Reed; daughter, Yonne Tiger; four grandchildren, Ernie Tiger III, Ashley Willson, Kyle Willson and Jaden Hastey; sisters, Doris Unap, Delores Unap, Ruth Green and Carlene Barrett; and brothers, Jerry Bales and Floyd Bales.
Services will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, at Green Country Funeral Home Chapel, with burial services to follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bank First in Tahlequah.
Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, Tahlequah ~ 918-458-5055.
Ernest attended the 2006 Alumni Reunion
Ernie with '66 classmates Gloria Tubby and Mike White.