Jeffery C. Lunsford, 64, was called to heaven Friday afternoon, October 26, 2018, while a passenger in an auto accident near his home in Fairfax, Oklahoma.
Jeff was born on July 16, 1954 to parents Marvin and Mildred Ann (Bear) Lunsford at the Hamil Hospital in Fairfax, Okla. but was raised in southern California. He is the grandson of the late Charlie and Susie (Bigpond) Lunsford and William and Helen (Morton) Bear. He was a proud member of the Osage and Creek Tribes, and a member of the Ponca clan.
After graduating High School at Bell, California in 1972, he continued his education at Haskell Indian Nations University. A few years later Jeff moved to Fairfax and from then on, he always considered Fairfax his hometown. He has two children, Anna Sioux Lunsford and Jonathan Lunsford as well as eight grandchildren.
Through the years, Jeff worked for the tribe and most recently had assisted at the Mounts Texaco in Fairfax. Friends enjoyed visiting with him at Texaco and affectionately referred to him as “Lunchmeat.”
Jeff spent several years on the Powwow trail, with Gathering of the Nations in Albuquerque, N.M., being one of his favorites. He participated in In-Lon-Schka at Grayhorse for many, many years. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to others when he could. Jeff was quite the prankster and jokester.
In later years, Jeff was physically unable to dance, but his heart was always in the “circle.” Due to his unusual “regalia,” Jeff was featured on the front cover of the Cowboy & Indian Mag in the 1990s. When someone lost a family member, Jeff was the first one to arrive, spending tireless days and nights sitting up with the body for the grieving families of local tribal members and also often time the last to leave. He loved his Indian Heritage as could be seen with his traditional ways.
Jeff leaves behind to treasure his memory his mother, Mildred “Midge” Lunsford; daughter, Anna Sioux Lunsford; son, Jonathan Lunsford; eight grandchildren, Elijah, Jeremey Jr., Soleil, Moses, Marvin, Emilio, Maribel, and Rita; two sisters, Cidney Wolfvoice and friend Huey Wolfvoice, Helen Brumley and husband Johnnie Sands; brother, Jonathan “Pete” Lunsford and wife Wanita; one nephew, Hawk Bledsoe; one niece, Raven Brumley; numerous other extended family and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Lunsford; sister, Tracy Lunsford; brother, Teddy Lunsford; and brother-in-law, Ron Brumley.
He will lie in state at the Grayhorse Chapel in the Grayhorse Indian Village, east of Fairfax. Funeral Service will be held 10 AM Thursday, November 1st, 2018, at the First Osage Baptist Church in Fairfax with Rev. Dennis Wildman of the Burbank Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Grayhorse Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fairfax, Okla.
Pall bearers are Bob Couch, Elijah Bear, Thomas Goodeagle, Ted Moore, Jr., Joe Hall and Billy Gene Lunsford. Honorary pall bearers are Huey Wolfvoice, Johnnie Sands, Ronnie Goodeagle, Mike Anson and Ron Money.
Jeff’s online guestbook may be signed at: www.hunsakerwootenfuneralhome.com
The irreplaceable Lunsford will forever be remembered.
He was always joking & laughing. I will miss seeing him around town. Rest in Peace, Lunsford!
Irene Heath-GibsonFairfax, OK
Very good man "Lunch"...
We had only been friends for short time... Yet we were Kindred Spirits. I'll see you again brother Jeff.
Rest in Peace Jeff. I'll never forget you sir.
Joe TillmanPawhuska, OK
I have known you my whole life it seems. I will never forget the crazy Halloween pranks that you and my dad Tim Drebenstedt played on my kids and neither will they. You always made us laugh and were a very sweet man. You will be greatly missed.
Bobbie DrebenstedtLovington, NM
The world is going to be a little bit dimmer without your shine. You were such a nice guy. I am sorry I am going to miss your services but I am there in spirit. To Midge & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was truly 1 of a kind.
Stacey CarrFairfax, OK
This world won’t be the same without you, Jeff. Thank you for all the laughter and memories, the kindnesses you showed me, the wonderful people you introduced me to, and the years of loyal friendship you gave me. I will never forget you, and have no doubt that one day, our paths will cross again. My heart and prayers are with you on your journey, and with your family, whom I deeply cherish. Rest in peace ‘til we meet again, dear friend.
LaRue (Wilkerson) QuarveOsage, OK
My condolence's to the family and friends of Jeff. He seemed to alway's be around when needed, and had a very good heart. God Bless you all.
James HarrisTulsa, OK