George Thomas EchoHawk II, 59, of Pawnee made his journey on October 25th, 2021, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has taken his place amongst the stars with his ancestors and loved ones who have gone before him. A Prayer service will be held in the Chapel of Poteet’s Funeral Home on Thursday, October 28th, 2021, at 7:00 pm. Funeral Services will be Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at South Indian Cemetery.
George was born on March 29th, 1962, at St. John’s Hospital in Billings, Montana to Myron Duane and Marie Joyce (Tonemah) EchoHawk. He was an enrolled tribal member of the Kit-Ka-Haki Band of the Great Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He married Christine Domeny on October 16, 2014. At the time of his passing, he was an Inspector employed by the Office of Environmental Health at the Pawnee Indian Health Center in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
During his younger years, he attended schools on the Rocky Boy Reservation in Box Elder, MT, Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MT, the Crow Reservation in Crow Agency, MT and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Fort Washakie, WY.
He attended Fort Washakie School and Lander Valley High School in Lander, WY. In 1980, he went to Alaska and fought fires, and while he had been part of the KISS Army since 1974, in 1984 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was part of the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, NC and was honorably discharged in 1987. Throughout his life, he worked for the Pawnee Nation; firefighting, being a caretaker to his father, and as part of the Indian Health Service.
His most memorable moments were attending KISS concerts, dressing up for Halloween, and sneaking up on people to startle them just for kicks. He enjoyed listening to music while he watched tv and loved being at home with his family and welcoming company. He had a great sense of humor, was witty and very intellectual. He liked to math quiz your brain, watch Jeopardy, had his own lingo and had a nickname for everyone.
“Godge”, (what his late father called him) was an avid March Madness spectator every year who faithfully filled out his bracket from the Tulsa World. He enjoyed watching football and other sports. Intellectual interests included science-fiction documentaries, philosophy, astrology, and world religion. Intriguing literature inspired him to write personal poetry works that he kept private.
George was quite an outdoorsman who liked to fish, hunt, camp, hike, climb in the foothills, mountains, rocks, water towers, and water pipelines. He was Out West’s very own “Crocodile Hunter” though technically a snake catcher. He loved animals and cared for many.
He said he was too young to be called Ah-put, followed by, “I’m SO sure!” But he taught his nieces and nephews how to use a slingshot, loved bottle rockets, and loved teasing and joking with everyone, especially giving an “Aw Hail” while playing on a billiard team that gave “Aw Hell” to anyone walking through the door. He was a keen pool shark who enjoyed playing in 8-Ball pool tournaments.
He is survived by his wife, Christine and her son David of the home, and son Travis Riff of Ponca City, Ok., older brother David Duane Echo Hawk (Angela), Aunt Wanda Kanuho (James) all from Pawnee, OK; as well as the EchoHawk, Tonemah, Shunatona, Weeks, and Wildcat extended families, Army buddies and friends near and far.