ANADARKO - James A. Howlingcrane III, also known as “Jimmy” by family and friends, was born on Sept. 7, 1945, in Hobart to James Howlingcrane Jr. and Enosta Viola Hamilton. He passed from this life on June 19, 2020, after a battle with lung cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam. James was the great-great-great-grandson of the Cheyenne Chief Black Kettle, who was a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre.
He graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Newkirk and attended Oklahoma State University after serving in the United States Marine Corp from 1965 to 1968. James had been retired for many years after his work in the electronics field. He was known for his deep faith and was a long time member of the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church in Anadarko. James was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an outdoorsman, and his life-long hobby was photography.
He is survived by grandchildren of the home: Adrian M., Dakota L., Nadia A. and Nathan J. Howlingcrane and great-grandchildren Aiden K. Howlingcrane and Angelina M. Howlingcrane; four brothers: Timothy Howlingcrane of Fort Scott, Kan.; Bart Williams of Eagan, Minn.; Stacey Howlingcrane of Clinton; and Max Denomie of Anadarko; a sister, Irene Edwards of Santa Fe, N.M. and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katy Ann Karty- Howlingcrane; and daughter, Jeanette Riggs Howlingcrane. Funeral was held at the Virginia Avenue Baptist Church on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Service was under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Anadarko.