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1955 Ivan 2021

Ivan Cries For Ribs

December 28, 1955 — March 31, 2021

Ivan Cries For Ribs, 65 years old, resident of Ponca City, OK, reunited with his parents, siblings and granddaughter on March 31, 2021 at his home.

Ivan was the second born to Howard and Lucy (Big Snake) Cries For Ribs. He attended school at Chilocco Indian School where he graduated in 1974. While at Chilocco, Ivan excelled at multiple sports and was an amazing athlete. He helped raise his three daughters Anitra, Desiree and Tara. He enjoyed coaching their youth sports teams. He supported them in anything they did. Along with coaching, he was an avid sports fan and loved to watch OU sports.

Ivan was not only known for being a tremendous athlete but also for his genuine personality. He was very social, loved to tease and talked to everyone. Those that knew him mention his happiness, kindness, generosity and his love for his daughters and grandchildren. He was always willing to helps other in need. Ivan had a knack for getting to know all of his daughters neighbors when visiting them in Nebraska.

He enjoyed spending time with his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His grandchildren know him as "papa".

He is survived by his children, Dr. Anitra Warrior and husband Travis Mallory, Desiree Cries For Ribs and husband Antonio Diaz, Tara Cries For Ribs and husband Matthew Baker all of Lincoln NE; grandchildren, Keli Warrior, Samantha Warrior, Cherish Mallory, Travis Mallory, Kaia Diaz, Zane Diaz, Rocco Diaz, Laken Diaz, Taelyn Cries For Ribs, Nash Baker; great-grandchildren, Logan Warrior, Luna Warrior and Cara Warrior all of Lincoln, NE, brother, Wayne Cries For Ribs, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Cries For Ribs; mother, Lucy (Big Snake) Cries For Ribs; sister, Velda McClellan; brother, Robert Cries For Ribs Sr.; and one granddaughter, Cara Webster.

Casket bearers will be Robert Cries For Ribs Jr., Howard Cries For Ribs, Joseph Factor, Robert McClellan Jr., Bryson Eagle, Travis Mallory, Matt Baker and Antonio Diaz.

Honorary casket bearers will be Nash Baker, Zane Diaz, Rocco Diaz, Travis "Son" Mallory.

A traditional feast will be held at noon on Saturday, April 3, 2021 followed by services at 2 PM at the Ponca Tribal Cultural Center. Burial to follow at Ponca Tribal Cemetery. Due to the pandemic the family kindly asks that masks be worn and practice social distancing.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Ponca Tribal Cultural Center

228 White Eagle Dr, Ponca City, OK 74601

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Graveside Service

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Central time)

Ponca Indian Cemetery


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