Billy Arthur Mashunkashey passed away on May 22, 2013 of natural causes. Bill, born April 10, 1923, lived a long and full life for 90 years. He leaves behind 7 children, 13 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and a wife.
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As a child, Bill lived in Phoenix, Arizona with his parents, Charlie and Opal Mashunkashey until he entered the Military Academy in Mexico, Missouri. Prior to his high school graduation, he enlisted in the service where he fought in the Pacific, more specifically, Iowa Jima.
Upon his return to the states, he made his home Pawhuska and remained in Pawhuska the rest of his life. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the First Christian Church and the Osage Tribe of Indians.
Bill was known and loved by many and he will truly be missed. He was a teacher of life and was compelled to help all who were willing to listen and learn. He touched the hearts of young and old. He was indeed an icon.
"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." Albert Pike
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 4 to July 3, 2013