Ernest Chanate

July 18, 1951 - January 4, 2018
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Ernest “Jai” Chanate, Jr. was born on July 18, 1951 and made his journey onward on the morning of January 4, 2018. Known as Jai (or Junior) to many relatives, friends and acquaintances, he spent most of his life in his family’s (Satepauhoodle) traditional land outside of Carnegie, where he had his house built.

Ernest graduated from Carnegie High School in 1969 and was an All-District Defensive football player on one of the most successful Carnegie Wildcat Football teams.

For many years, Jai made his living as a beadworker and often got requests from visitors from other parts of the countries who liked his work. He also used this skill to create gifts for family and friends.

Ernest gifts to his family weren’t just physical but also ones that demonstrated his love for his Kiowa people which he passed onto his children and grandchildren. He also passed along a love for culture, acquiring knowledge and remaining dedicated to one’s goals. Jai was known to open his house to long time friends and strangers alike, welcoming visitors and offering to share whatever he had. Ernest advised his children and grandchildren to show compassion for people less fortunate, to stand up for what they believe is right and to try to remain in good relations with other Kiowa people even when it was difficult.

Ernest followed the Traditional Native ways as his spiritual path. He attended many ceremonies and was a helper at Sundances. He had a special affinity for this way of life and respected the beliefs and ways of life of other tribes, often sharing stories he learned from other places. Ernest also enjoyed movies, music and books, all of which he shared with those who came to visit him.

Although Ernest encouraged us not to dwell in sadness and to continue on, he will be deeply and forever missed by his family.

Ernest is survived by long time companion Winnie Mouseaux, Carnegie, and some of his remaining family are sister Clara Chanate Littlelight in Carnegie; daughter Ginny Chanate Oldbear & husband Robert Oldbear of Elgin and son Robert Chanate in Denver; step-son O.J. Mouseaux of the home. Grandaughters Sienna, Margaret and Mary Chanate in Elgin. Ashley Mouseaux from New York. Adopted brother, Robert Bigfoot Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Adopted father, Ed Littlelight of Crow Agency, Hardin, Montana. Special friend, Stephen Truelove of Ashland, Oregon.
Ernest also has numerous relatives and friends throughout the area.

Ernest’s family who passed on include parents Ernest Chanate Sr and Kathleen Boyiddle Chanate of Carnegie; brother Daryl Lynn Chanate of Carnegie and Grandson Daryl Jai Chanate in Carnegie.

Funeral service: 12:00 PM, Monday, January 8, 2018
Cedar Creek United Methodist Church, Carnegie, Oklahoma.

Wake Service: 7:00, Sunday, January 7, 2018
Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home, Carnegie, Oklahoma

Visitation: Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 7, 2018 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Ray & Martha’s Funeral Home, Carnegie, Oklahoma.

Interment Carnegie Cemetery Carnegie, Oklahoma.

Under the direction of Ray and Martha’s Funeral Home, Carnegie


Service Information

Visitation
Date: January 6, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitation
Date: January 7, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Funeral
Date: January 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm
Interment
Date: January 8, 2018
Time: 2:30 pm

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Angela Chaddlesone McCarthy
Anadarko, OK
I'm going to miss you Saygee. Your smile will always be in my heart as a think of you and so know you are truly free from pain, sickness and confinement from your disabilities. We won't mourn you, but will rejoice in your journey to be with your sncestirs. Until we meet again ??????
Dora (Belly Mule) Smith
Pocatello, ID
Oh Ginny, my heart hurts for you. So sorry to hear. Prayers for you and your family in this tough time.
Ruby Sanchez
Denver, CO
My Sincere Condolences ?? to the Family ?????? in the LOSS of your Precious Father ??
Margaret (Beebe) Roman Nose
OKC, OK
I give my utmost prayers and condolences to the family.  Jai is one of my most precious P’ahbs.  He has always opened his home to me and my family.  He always treated me with great respect.  People use to say he was a quiet person but to me he was the most talkative guy.  We would have so many conversations some were serious but most of them were hilarious.  I remember when he first showed me his twin granddaughters.  He was so proud, as he said, “ My heart is soaring. “. He just couldn’t take that big grin off his face.  It was an honor to be with my P’ahbs at that moment ...to share a precious moment in his life.  Then I remember when we were out at Jai’s and Robert came out there and asked his dad if he could have his car.  The car had donuts but Robert got in that car and it started up.  We were all surprised about that.  Jai felt so good and happy that he was able to give Robert his car.  I remember before Ginny had her twins we use to tell Jai that his dogs were Clara’s grandkids.  He would just put that smile on his face.  Jai gave me a personal nickname that he would call me, “ Big Tease “ because I would terrorized them NDN guys and they would want to snag and I would give them H! Jai would say, “ Big Tease “.  I would tell Jai that I couldn’t help it if they took my terrorizing the wrong way.  But I am truly going to miss my P’ahbs.  Even though I quit visiting him I would say a prayer for him each time I thought about him.  He is a truly amazing man that loved his family deeply and was very proud to be Kiowa.  Another memory..he had a picture of the Dala Lama on his wall.  He asked everyone if we knew who he was.  Everyone started naming names and Jai would say, “ No.” Dang he had everyone thinking hard finally he said, “ That’s the Dala Lama”. I bust out laughing because some of them guys didn’t even know what or who was the Dala Lama.  I could go on and on.  I thank GOD that we all have precious memories of him.
Clouse Ahtone
Elgin, OK
My condolences to you and your family.
Les Haunpo
Butler, OK
Very sad to hear about my pahbe condolences to the family . Lot of good memories I have of the times I had with him
Franklin E. Akoneto
Walters, OK
Ginny, Robert, and Clara:
Heartfelt condolences to the family.  Jr. was always a devoted proud Kiowa family man.  He very much resembled Uncle Ernest in his knowledge of cultural and world events.  How I too cherish those many talks.  I am thankful that Robert is continuing that legacy in his writing career.  As you face the days ahead, know that many relatives, family, and friends will be lifting your needs to our Heavenly Father to surround each of you with His Peace.  God Bless you all.
Bill Reedy
Carnegie, OK
R.I.P. Jai!!! I will never forget the Times and Stories You Shared With Me!!! My Love, Thoughts and Prayers to Your Family!!!
Bill Reedy
jr.toehay
lawton, OK
rest in peace jai say hello to my brother Daryl god bless your family in their time of need jr.toehay
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