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Obituaries

Obituaries

Scotty Harjo 1928 - 2006 Lawrence

Services for Scotty Harjo, 78, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Southern Baptist Church. Burial with full military honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Harjo died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.He was born Jan. 15, 1928, in Bowlegs, Okla., the son of Willie and Jenny Narcomey Harjo. He graduated from Bacone High School in Muskogee, Okla., and attended Bacone College in Muskogee and Northeast State University in Tahlequah, Okla.Mr. Harjo served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and attained the rank of master sergeant. He received two Bronze Stars and was a member of Chosin Few.He worked at Haskell Indian Nations University from 1957 to 1994 as a residential assistant. He also did student counseling and maintenance. He coached Haskell's baseball, basketball, football and softball teams and started its wrestling program. He was also a football scout.Mr. Harjo was instrumental in the All-Indian Fast-Pitch Softball Tourney in Oklahoma City, and at its 50th anniversary he was voted all-time MVP. He was a member of First Southern Baptist Church.He married Esther L. Colbert on Jan. 31, 1962, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two sons, Scott Nevius, La Palma, Calif., and John Scott Harjo, Lawrence; a daughter, Patricia Nevius, Oak Grove, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.The family suggests memorials to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, sent in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.rumsey-yost.com">www.rumsey-yost.com</a>.