Kenneth Kay Karty
Kenneth Kay Karty, 88, completed his journey here on earth with his loving family by his side on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at Norman Veteran's Center.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Watchetaker Hall, Comanche Nation Complex, north of Lawton, with the Rev. Willie Jack Doyeto and Lay Speaker Tina Baker officating.
Burial with military honors will follow at Highland Cemetery Lawton, under direction of Comanche Nation Funeral Home.
Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at Watchetaker Hall.
Kenneth was born Feb. 18, 1929, to George Sr. and Kate Botone Karty at the Kiowa Indian Hospital, Lawton. He was an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, and he was proud of his Comanche and Kiowa heritage. He was raised in the Lawton area with his brothers and sisters. After graduating from high school he joined the Navy for a few short months and was honorably discharged. Shortly after he was called to duty and drafted into the U.S. Army on April 19, 1951, and served until April 10, 1952. He enlisted for a second time from Dec.12, 1958, and served until Nov. 7, 1962, earning the rank of specialist 4.
Kenneth was the second to the oldest living Korean War Era Comanche Veteran. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Cameron University and Oklahoma University, where he obtained his Master's in Sociology. After obtaining his Master's from OU he became a licensed counselor. Kenneth also served as a member of the Comanche Nation Business Committee. Kenneth was a member and deacon of Indian Memorial Baptist Church Lawton.
Kenneth enjoyed running, and watching his favorite teams: Oklahoma Thunder and His OU Sooners. He also enjoyed spending time with his family especially his great-grandson, Joaquin Pequeno, who he named Tama Tekwaru meaning Talks a lot, and attending many indoor and outdoor sporting activities for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Kenneth leaves behind his loving wife, Cornelia of the home; brother, George Karty Jr. and wife Betty of Lawton; sister, Glenda Dennis and husband Dale of Lawton; daughters: Laura Heminokeky and husband Eddie of Lawton, and Happie Olcsvary and husband David of Cleveland, Ga.; sons: Virgil Karty of Anadarko, Robert Karty and companion Tanya Banderas of Apache, and Arvo Mikkanen and wife Tracy of Norman; 15 grandchildren: John Preciado, Anna Kay Brox, Summer Pequeno and husband Saul, Alyssa Karty, Amber Karty, Jill Maynard, Jeri Foster, George Harrison, Greg Harrison, Abby Silverhorn, Misti Berrgy, Christi Haumpy, Chrystel Guoladdle, Brandon Mikkanen and Julia Mikkanen; 26 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Everett Scott Guoladdle; daughter, Karen Harrison; siblings: Virgil Karty, Bill Karty, Dennis Karty, Rita Jewel Karty, Randy Karty, Katie Howlingcrane and Lois Ruth Gonzales; and nieces: Donna Karty, Mona Herrera, Janette Howlingcrane and Dayle Tanequodle.