Funeral Services for Miriam Gossen Sallaska, 92, Corn resident will be held 10:00a.m, Monday, April 21, 2014 in the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by Rev. Tim Sandy and Rev. Ken Gardner, burial will follow in the Corn  Cemetery under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


Mariam (Gossen) Sallaska was born February 27, 1922 to Jacob C, and Annie (Vogt) Gossen in Corn, Oklahoma and passed away late Friday, April 18, 2014 in the Integris Southwest Hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.


She was raised in Corn and attended the Pleasant View Grade School, she had to walk 1 and 1/2 miles to school every day.  She also attended Corn Bible Academy for three years and then her senior year she attended Corn High School where she graduated.  She continued her education at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.  She was blessed with a singing talent and was chosen to sing with the College Choir while in Tabor. 


Music was a God given talent to Miriam and it showed when she learned to play the old pedal organ at around 8 years of age.  She and her sister, Edna (Gossen) Duerksen sang duets as 8 and 10 year old.  When their Grandpa and grandma Vogt would stop in on their way home from town, Grandpa sat with a little sack with two pairs of beads which he would give them if they would sing him a song.  When she was 13 years old she received an accordion at Christmas which she played the rest of her life.  Many times she played at C.E. programs, at church functions, Sunday afternoons, for the Ladies Glee Club, hospitals, the Tuberculosis Sanatorium, in the school band, and  many other occasions.


She was converted while at a large Ten Revival in 1935 with the Rev. H.D. Wiebe as Evangelist. Then she was baptized in 1936 and joined the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church.


In 1941 she was united in marriage with James Francis Sallaska.  They lived near Fairview, OK until Francis was drafted into the military and they spent 3 and 1/2 years in Colorado.  After his discharge they lived at Fairview, OK and then to Balko, OK for 10 years.  They finally settled on the farm in Corn, Oklahoma where they raised their four children, dairying and farming.


Mariam was an active member of the Church, she taught Sunday school for many years, sang in the church choir, and also sang in a ladies trio that broadcasted over the radio every 1st Sunday of the month for over 4 years, the trio also sang at many funerals.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Francis in 2003, a son Keith Delton Sallaska in 2004, infant brothers, Willard and Jacob, and brothers Sam and Joel, sisters, Edna Gossen Duerksen, and Annie Lee Gossen Graf.


She is survived by a daughter, Darlene Sallaska, of Corinth, TX, two sons, Aldee Sallaska and wife, Linda, of OKC, OK and Orel Sallaska and wife, Jean, of Corn, OK, daughter in law, Magie Sallaska, of McAlester, OK; one brother, Jacob Gossen


She is also survived by six grandchildren, JoRel Nye, Jordan Sallaska, Cody Graf and wife, Debbie, of Texas, Sonya Sullivan and husband Jeffrey,  of Texas, Kerra Whaley, Moore, OK, Aldee James Sallaska, Jr., Moore, OK, 10 great-grandchildren, many other cousins and friends.






Funeral Services for Eugene Blackbear, Sr., 83, Ceremonial Chief of the Cheyenne Tribe was held last week, 11:00a.m., Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 in the Watonga Community Building, officiated by Floyd Bearing, Mike Burgess and Wallace Ashley, burial will conclude in the IOOF Cemetery in Watonga, OK under the direction of the Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.


A traditional all Night Wake Service was held the day before, 6:00p.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the Watonga Community Building officiated by Kathy Longhat, and Lyman Weasel Bear.


Eugene Blackbear, Sr., was born August 20, 1930 and the only son of Ralph Paul Blackbear and Stella Minnie Red Wolf and the grandson of Old Man Blackbear, Little Yellow Woman, John Red Wolfe and Ida Walker in Watonga, Oklahoma and passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the HIllcrest Hospital in Tulsa, OK.


He was raised in the Watonga area and attended the Enterprise Country School.  He later enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and after he returned back home he was married to Stella "Bessie" Romannose in 1952 in Watonga, OK.


In his younger years he worked on farms helping other, he did construction work and was a truck driver.  He moved to the Dallas and Fort Worth area for several years before moving back to Oklahoma in 2003 and settled back in Watonga.


He was a well-respected Cheyenne Ceremonial Chief, served as the Arrow Priest, Sundance Priest, and a member of the Bow String Society.  He was a long time and faithful member of the Native American Church, serving as a Road man and attended meetings all over the country.  He was an ordained minister and was recognized by the Sioux Nation.  He served as the 13th Business Committee Member for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.


He had a unique opportunity and was honored by playing the role as a Cheyenne Chief in the movie "Last of the Dog Men" a 1995 movie.  He along with two other Cheyenne Sundance Priest revived the Sundance and it has.


He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, two sisters, Imogene Blackbear-Big Machine and Roberta Black, two daughters, Barbara (Blackbear) Lone Elk and Frances Verna Doctor.


He is survived by 8 children, Eugene Blackbear, Jr. and wife, Aurelia, Rex Paul Blackbear and wife, Phyllis, Roberta Ann Blackbear, Wilma Joyce Whitebird and husband, Malcom, Ralph Briscoe Blackbear and wife, Senoria, Ida Parton and husband, Kenneth, Fredrick Blackbear, and Imogene Elizabeth Blackbear all of Watonga.