Donald Fish

Donald “Curley” Fish, 72, longtime resident of Hanna, passed away from this life in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 5, in Tulsa. Curley was born on May 6, 1945, in Weleetka to Bill Fish and Betty Riley.

Curley grew up in the Dustin area and attended school at Graham. Following his high school graduation, Curley attended Chilocco Indian School in northern Oklahoma. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966 and faithfully served for three years, including a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Curley was an honored and decorated veteran including medals awarded as the Viet Nam Service Medal and two Bronze Stars. He was very proud of his military service.

Curley spent most of his adult life working as a carpenter, and was a member of the local carpenters union. He loved to garden, to tinker with and repair or modify almost anything, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, many of which referred to him as “Candy Man”, as he would always have candy for the children. Most of all Curley was a loving son, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by his many family members and many good friends.

Curley was preceded in death by his mother and father; a twin brother, Ronald “Blackie” Fish; brother, Bill “Junior” Fish; and sister, Linda Patterson.

Curley was survived by his best and closest friend, Kathy Garrison of Hanna; three brothers, Frank Fish, Roy Fish and wife Darla, and Ray Fish; sister, Mary Alred; numerous adopted children, including Ryan Cox, Tori Anderson, Tamara Moran, Cary Odom, Damian Stout, and William Cox; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as many good friends.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Integrity Funeral Service.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at the Apostolic Church of Hanna where Rev. Tim Stacy officiated. Interment followed at the Fish Hill Family Cemetery in Okfuskee County. Military honors were provided by the Creek Nation Honor Guard.


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