Tahlequah Daily Press

February 7, 2014

Joseph Thomas Fishinghawk


FORT GIBSON — Services for Joseph Thomas Fishinghawk, 80, of Park Hill will be 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Joe passed away in Tahlequah on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the age of 80. He was born July 30, 1933, in Adair County to Chickilla Lee Fishinghawk and Ada (Neff) Fishinghawk.

Joe was a graduate of Enid High School. He was such an outstanding baseball player in high school that he was drafted by two professional baseball teams.

Joe played ball during his military service time in the Army. Joe would enlist in the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and would serve for over 27 years, retiring as a master sergeant. Included in his military tours was being part of the Occupation Force in Germany, serving during the Korean Conflict, and completing four tours in Vietnam. Joe received several medals and ribbons during his military career.

Joe was awarded the Army Occupation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medals, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Joe began working in the law enforcement and served as a Deputy Sheriff under Darrell Scott and Les Steely. He would later work as a Cherokee Nation Marshal and serve under Chiefs Mankiller, Byrd, and Smith.

Joe is survived by his wife, Diana of the home; two sons, Joe Fishinghawk and Jim Fishinghawk; and daughter, Jennifer Fishinghawk Ennis; two stepchildren, Ernest Dry, and Loren Church; eight grandchildren, Mason Penell, Sammy Penell, Gracy Dry, Henry Gray, Hannah Church, Zoe Church and Chyenne Fishinghawk.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.