Howard Ray Plunkett was born August 25, 1932 the son of Clyde and Myrtle Plunkett in Gore, OK. He attended Gore schools and graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1950, after which he joined the U. S. Air Force where he served four years during the Korean War.
Howard then attended Hamlin University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He relocated to Houston, TX, where he worked as a tugboat dispatcher for the Intracoastal Towing and Transportation Company for the Port of Houston. In 1969 Howard moved with his family to Porum, OK; working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and raising cattle. Howard founded, built, and operated Cherokee Pottery where he designed and created a wide variety of Indian Art under the artist name of Little Hawk alongside his sister, Colleen.
The fourth of nine children, Howard was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, John, and Jack; and one sister, Colleen Villerreal. He is survived by his children, Pamela and partner, Carrie McClain, of Denison, TX, and Layton of Camarillo, CA; brothers, Charley of Mesquite, NV, Ira of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two sisters, Imogene Lathrop and Etha Tatum both of Warner, OK; several nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services for Howard will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Notchietown Baptist Church with Reverend Tim Bean and Reverend Sam Dunn officiating. Pallbearers will be Leroy Burnett, Jeremy Hobbs, Jeffrey Hobbs, Tim Plunkett, Jack Tatum, Joe Villerreal, and Tom Plunkett. John Hobbs will serve as Honorary Pallbearer. Burial will be in Gore Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home of Muskogee, OK.
Published on February 23, 2017