Fred Crittenden

Fred Crittenden passed away October 8, 2012, in Tulsa Oklahoma at his home. Survivors include his wife, Norma Bluebird Crittenden, Tulsa; son, Jason Crittenden and his wife Shana and children Trent and Kyla; step-daughters, Angela Cordier and her daughter Amber Inman, Joy Jensen and her husband Mike and daughter Jensi; sister, Jeri Mongold and her husband Kent McDonald; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Carrie Crittenden; brothers, Jimmy and Eddie Crittenden.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 12, at Reynolds/Rose Hill Funeral Home in Tulsa and a Native American Purification Ceremony by Roger Whipple and Joe Chamberlain. Officiates were Reverend Judy Aaron, Reverend Jerry Byrd, Reverend Paul Fixico and Reverend Don Jones.

Fred was born in Adair, Okla., graduating high school there. He worked in Hi-Line Construction, welding, and as an iron worker. He joined I.B.E.W. Local Electrical Union 1002 working in Kansas and Oklahoma.

He was a Cherokee Indian.

He married Norma Bluebird Cordier, June 1978, in Claremore, Okla., where Norma worked for PHS Claremore Indian Hospital. She had two daughters, Angela and Joy Cordier. He raised his step-daughters. On July 11, 1979, Fred and Norma had a baby boy, Jason Crittenden. In 1985 they moved to Norma’s parent’s ranch (Philip and Lydia Bluebird) in Allen, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He joined Inestimable Gift Episcopal church in Allen. They made him their Church Treasurer. He was elected to be a Bennett County Commissioner representing Allen. He also joined the Pioneer Lodge Masons in Martin and was a 32nd Degree Mason.

They moved back to Sand Springs, Okla. after Norma retired from the BIA. In 2006 they joined the Tulsa Indian United Methodist Church in Tulsa. Fred became the Director of the Food Pantry feeding over 100 hungry people at a time. He was president of the United Methodist Mens’ Organization and was a fry bread cook at the church which he enjoyed.

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