Bill Merritt Funeral Service

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William "Bill" Daniel Kennedye, II

November 3, 1971June 13, 2020

Norman resident, William “Bill” Daniel Kennedye, II, AKA Dan Deer, a member of the Kiowa Tribe passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020. Bill was born November 3, 1971 in Lawton, OK to David Benton Kennedye and Paula Chritarae (Deer) Dezso. He grew up in Midwest City and then Jones, OK. He attended Mount St. Marys HS and Jones HS, graduating from the latter in 1989. Bill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Arts, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oklahoma. Bill was a gifted and talented artist who drew inspiration from his Kiowa heritage, his grandfather, Ray Deer, his mother, and the late Lois Smokey who was one of the most sought after artists belonging to the world-renowned “Kiowa Five” group of artists. He appreciated and loved the work of his ancestry but also saw the world as an ever-evolving canvas. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond Amos and Vivian Ward Deer, William Daniel and Dora Kennedye; stepfather, Endre Dezso; and uncle, James Deer. He is survived by his parents, his son, William Daniel Kennedye, III; brothers, Dr. James R. Kennedye and wife Samantha and Charles “Boots” Benton Kennedye; nephew, Dr. Patrick Kennedye; nieces, U.S. Navy Lt. Jacqueline McCrory, and Ivy Kennedye; as well as many cousins, relatives and friends.


  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 26, 2020


William "Bill" Daniel Kennedye, II

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Amy Doss

June 20, 2020

bill came into my life shortly after my mom passed away and he stayed by my side through that he was a good man and a good provider helped me with a car and apartment and a storage. He taught me a lot about Indians and what it was to be a Kiowa . he took me to my first powwow ..he got me my first tattoo.... he went with me through a very rough time with my best friend suicide got me through the funeral ...escorted me to my friend's wedding where I was a maid of honor ....I have so many memories of Bill and I really wish that I could see his face again. To his son, BOOTS and his mom and the family my prayers. Love and condolencesI am crushed and I'm going to miss him terribly.

Debra Trevino

June 19, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Bill was one of a kind true friend and roommate. Not a day would go by with out him putting a smile on my face.
Godspeed my friend..see you on the other side.

Sharon Ahpeahtone

June 19, 2020

Such a beautiful guy and so sorry u had to leave everyone. Blessings and prayers and condolences for ur family. God help them get thru this horrible loss. Rip until we all get there. God must have needed a great artist for his walls, he took you home to help. Enjoy Heaven and all your ancestors there. God bless all ur family.

Crissy Kennedye

June 19, 2020

Bill... you are loved and you will be missed.
Jim, Boots, Paula, Sam.. I’m very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

Scott Cornwall

June 19, 2020

Bill was one of the kindest friends I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. When living in Fort Worth we had lots of fun with his mustang's and working on his MG. Had the ability to capture any situation with his artistic ability, I was helping him box things up before he moved back to Oklahoma and he told me some words of advice to go to work everyday and keep doing right and things would work out. He was right! R.I.P old friend...See you on the other side!!!