Gideon Wade Bison
August 11, 1947 - February 28, 2009


Gideon Wade Bison was born November 11, 1947 in Clinton, Oklahoma to Jennie and Theodore Pete Bison. He passed away February 28, 2009 at El Reno, Oklahoma at the age of 61 years, 3 months and 17 days.

Gideon grew up at Hammon. Garth Russell and Bill Spence discovered the Bison family at the 1964 World's Fair in New York City, New York. They talked Gideon's parents into moving to Sayre in 1965 and opening a trading post at their gas station. They had the trading post and conducted ceremonial dancing for travelers on Route 66. Gideon attended Sayre High School where he met and married Violet Brewer and three children were born to this union; Rena, Lucinda and Chuck. He later worked for the City of Sayre and then began traveling with the Great Lightening Indian Dance Troupe where he was a champion Fancy Dancer. He became a Chief of both the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes. Gideon, through his mother and father was a descendant of both Sitting Bull and Black Kettle. He enjoyed sharing his culture and history with those around him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Charlie and Ronnie.

He is survived by his 2 daughters and their spouses, Rena and Marlin Poole, Elk City, OK, Lucinda and Darin Hamilton, Grapevine, TX; 1 son, Chuck Bison, Grapevine, TX; his companion, Violet Bison, Elk City, OK; 5 grandchildren, Wayne Poole & wife, Stephanie, Chris Poole & wife, Michelle, Jennie Olavson & husband, Michael, Kaili Hamilton, and Drake Hamilton, 5 great grandchildren, Saxon, Cale and Corbin Poole, Hope Jackson, Tristan Olavson, 1 brother, Roy Bison and wife, Carla, Canada; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Service

Wednesday March 4, 2009, 02:00 - PM at Whinery-Savage Chapel
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