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Silas Lamar Kaneubbe

Born: Died: 05/16/2009 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: Sergeant

Silas Lamar Kaneubbe, 90, passed away May 16, 2009, in Santa Ana, California. He was born in Goodland to Hampton and Sue Kaneubbe, employees of the Goodland Orphanage. He attended high school in Okmulgee and graduated from Bacone College where he studied art under Woodrow Crumbo and has had his artwork displayed at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. He was attending the University of Wichita in Kansas when Pearl Harbor happened. He had been a member of the Army’s 45th Division, but as war broke out through odd circumstances he became a Marine Master Sergeant serving in the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. He came back to the El Toro Marine Station in California where he met a female Marine and they married in Los Angeles in January 1945. After the war, he stayed at El Toro for 37 years in a Navy Supply government job. On retiring, he devoted his time to his church and neighborhood. He often gave presentations at elementary schools to teach students the culture and pride of the American Indian. He leaves many beloved friends and was a good husband, father and grandfather. He leaves his wife, Doris; four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.