Reno Red Leaf, 31, our beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, was called home, to his eternal resting place on March 10, 2021, while living in Seattle Washington, just 1 week shy of his 32nd birthday. He entered this world on March 17, 1989, St. Patrick's Day, in Ponca City, OK, born to Tony Red Leaf and Lynne Kitchell and he had 2 older brothers at the time of his birth, Toby and Roman.
Reno will be truly missed by all who loved him and by those who have met him. He never knew a stranger and would give you a big bear hug even if he didn't know you. He loved people. He loved the outdoors, loved his family and friends, loved children and animals and just loved life. Reno would take up for the underdog and was a protector of his friends and family or anyone that was being bullied. Reno was a wonderful, kind spirited young man and a joy to be around. He was very polite, always laughing and smiling. He was definitely a talker and had the gift of gab and would talk to anyone who would take the time to listen. He was good at just about anything he put his mind to and his brothers wanted me to note that he was good at a unicycling too. He loved to play disc golf and he was a very good cook and just loved hanging out with people.
Reno was a championship wrestler at a very young age and had a natural gift for wrestling. He was very strong and knew how to use the Snake move in his wrestling matches at 8 years old, which allowed him to pin his opponent in the first few seconds. Maybe that was because he had 2 older brothers practicing on him and teaching him their moves. He was a Jr High State championship wrestler in the 9th grade with an undefeated record, a High School State Wrestling Champ at 18 yrs old and Collegiate All American wrestler. He also played baseball at a young age and was very good at being a catcher and he could hit that ball over the fence. He played baseball through high school. He was also a football player at a young age. He loved all sports and excelled at anything he did.
He graduated from Ponca City High School in 2008.
Recently Reno was living in Seattle Washington working as a commercial fisherman out of Sitka, Alaska and Dutch Harbor during his untimely death.
He is survived by his father Tony Red Leaf (Tanya Lemons of Tulsa) of Ponca City, mother Lynne Kitchell (Larry) of Ponca City, OK, 5 brothers, Toby Red Leaf (Julie) of Chesapeake, VA, Roman Red Leaf (Shanae) of Marland, OK, Tate Red Leaf (Rebekah) of Ponca City, OK, Dylan Kitchell (Taylor) of Emporia, KS and Christian Kitchell (Lynda) of Wichita, KS . Grandmothers Cheryl Seward of Perry, OK, Andrea Kitchell Clinton of Marland, OK. Uncles and Aunts Heidi Dillon (Chris) of Perry, OK, Sheila Jackson (Randy) of Ponca City, OK, Russell Staggs (Christina) of Ponca City, OK, Nick Nichols of Garfield, AR, Terry Red Leaf (Monica) of Sand Springs, OK, Julie A. Red Leaf of Ponca City, OK, Ace Red Leaf of Colorado Springs, CO, also lots of cousins, nephews and nieces.
Reno was preceded in death by his grandparents, Randy Red Leaf of Ponca City, OK and Tom and June Red Leaf Price of Ponca City, OK. Ray Staggs of Ponca City, OK, Jack Seward of Perry, OK. Also his best friend Jared Hall of Ponca City, OK.
Pallbearers Toby Red Leaf, Roman Red Leaf, Tate Red Leaf, Dylan Kitchell, Christian Kitchell, Joey Newman, Keaton Red Leaf, Jett Red Leaf, Mikie Keating, Simon Yaffe, Ryan Murphy, Matt Lambert, Chad Wright and Trey Clapp. Honorary pallbearer is Brian West.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on March 20th, 2021, Saturday @ 2:00 pm at Life Center, 1300 W. Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK with Pastor Larry Kitchell officiating.
Please make any charitable contributions on Reno's behalf to Hope Is Alive- 14401 N. May, Oklahoma City, OK 73134
or Central Oklahoma Adult and Teen Challenge, 3014 S. Main St, Stillwater, OK 74074.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers through this very difficult time. Reno loved you all!!