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  • "Moon" Atauvich - Comanche Elder, Vet, Handgame Pro

    with love - we'll miss you.

    Vandal 'Moon' Atauvich
    CACHE Funeral for Vandal "Moon" Atauvich, 77, Cache, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cahoma Building, Cache, with Chaplain Sue Long officiating.

    Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cahoma Building with Chaplain Sue Long and Wallace Coffey officiating.

    Vandal Atauvich went to be with the Lord Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at his home with his family by his side.

    Burial will follow at Cache KCA Intertribal Cemetery under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.

    Mr. Atauvich was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Lawton, to Lee Atauvich and Rose Yokesuite. He graduated from Fort Sill Indian School in 1951 and enlisted in the Navy. He served in the U.S. Navy from Nov. 10, 1952, to Nov. 10, 1956, earning the rank of boilerman. He took his basic training at the Naval Training Center and Advanced Training Camp Elliot, both in San Diego. He served aboard the USS Kaskaskie, Cimarron-class fleet, the USS Mauna Loa. He toured numerous countries including China, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Australia, New Guinea, the Midway Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Iwo Jima, Formosa, the Panama Canal, Morocco, Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Cuba, Africa, Vietnam, Shangri-La, and Portugal. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the China Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Naval Occupational Medal.

    He worked at the Lawton Country Club as the greens keeper for 20 years; he worked with civil service at Fort Sill in cold storage and also worked for AJ Fowler as a tractor driver cutting grass. He enjoyed beadwork which has been sold all over the world. He also helped to bring back the handgame, and his handgame team was "Twelve Pack." He was a championship softball pitcher and a boxer and won numerous Golden Gloves tournaments. He was a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and a great-great-great-grandson of Chief Whitewolf, Chief Iron Mountain, Chief Wild Horse, and Chief Little Raven.

    He is survived by a special daughter of the home, Jerri Locklear; two brothers: Carl Atauvich, of Cache; and Willis Nauni, of Carnegie; two sisters: Eleanor McDaniel and Arlene Kemp, both of Cache; special friends: Helen Sanchez and Linda Ecker, and Victor McCarthy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents: Lee Atauvich and Rose Yokesuite; grandparents: Tineahbitten and Phillip Atauvich; Ella Poafpybitty and Baldwin Yokesuite; aunts: Lilly Yokesuite, Pearl Atauvich, Delores Kawaykla, Marie Haumpy, Agnes Wermy, Myrtle Atauvich and Rachel Atauvich; uncles: Lewellyn Atauvich and Robert Atauvich; great-grandparents: David and Chappy Poafpybitty and Tit-tah-per and Yokesuite; a brother, Vernon Atauvich; and a sister, Barbara Hoyt.

  • #2
    My condolences to all the family, and our thoughts and prayers are with you all there.


    • #3
      My sympathy pours out for a fallen brother and serviceman. May he never be forgotten. In loving memory.


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