Chris Vanbuskirk

November 28, 1981May 12, 2018
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Funeral services for Christopher Allen Vanbuskirk will be held on Thursday, May 17th, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel with Brother David Scott officiating. His family and friends will gather for a visitation on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 beginning at noon until 6:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. His final resting place will be at Bill Batt Cemetery in the Rocky Ford Community. Online condolences for his family may be left at Pallbearers for Chris include Bobby Garcia, DJ Hamby, Tracy Bluebird, Anthony Pritchett, Wade Duncan, and Tony Butler. His honorary pallbearers include Daryll Crittenden, Dean Turtle, and Robert Channel. Christopher Allen Vanbuskirk, or Chris to his many family and friends, was born on November 28th, 1981 in Tahlequah, OK, the son of Perry and Kathy (Dew) Vanbuskirk. He grew up with his sister, Melissa Nicole and attended school in Tahlequah and graduated from school there. He began his working career at Cherokee Nation as a electrical maintenance specialist at Cherokee Nation Health Facilities. He met and married his best friend and the light of his life, Darla Washington in June of 2005. Together they raised three daughters, Leah Jae, Kylee Rae, and Natalie Lynn. Chris was a hard working man, who never hesitated to do what was needed to support and care for the family he loved. When he wasn’t working, there was nothing he loved more than time spent with his wife and their daughters, from coaching softball to working as a shade tree mechanic on the cars. He loved get togethers with his friends from cook outs to just hanging out and talking. He had the most wonderful laugh and made everyone around him happy. Chris was the kind of husband, father, brother, son and friend that made everyone happy by just being there when you needed him. He knew how to make everyone feel included and was always ready to liven the place up with a joke or two. He was kind, considerate, helpful and loved people. He was so very proud of his daughters and all the activities they participated in. Chris was a Christian by faith. The Lord called this kind and loving man home from his labors all too soon on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 in Tahlequah, OK. He was 36 years young and has left a void that will be impossible to fill. He is preceded in death by his grandparents. Those he leaves to cherish his memory include his loving wife Darla of the home in Tahlequah. He leaves his daughters, Leah, Kylee, and Natalie also of the home. He also leaves his parents, Perry Vanbuskirk of Moodys, OK and his mother, Kathy Dew also of Moodys, OK. He has a sister, Melissa Nicole dew of Moodys, OK, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends and loved ones too numerous to mention. We will see you again someday, until then we hold you in our hearts. We Love You.


  • Bobby Garcia
  • DJ Hamby
  • Tracy Bluebird
  • Anthony Pritchett
  • Wade Duncan
  • Tony Butler
  • Daryll Crittenden, HPB
  • Dean Turtle, HPB
  • Robert Channel, HPB


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chris Vanbuskirk

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Robyn Flud

May 17, 2018

Darla, My heart aches for you and your sweet babies. I will be praying for you and the girls.

Tammy Ritchie

May 17, 2018

Darla, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my prayers.

Mike Dart

May 17, 2018

I remember Chris from the Heritage Center but didnt know him other than acknowledging each other. I do know his parents. Good people. Very sad to hear of his passing. Condolences and prayers for the family.

James Pathkiller

May 17, 2018

Praying for GOD'S touch and comfort over the family. Gonna miss seeing him around the Nation as we worked around each other for seven years. I still remember him back at his heritage center days.

Todd Enlow

May 16, 2018

I knew Chris through mutual work at the Cherokee Nation. Much like the great respect I have for his parents, I grew to trust and rely on Chris for hard work and the truth. He was a great man, and I am saddened to know that I will not see his smile nor hear his laugh again. I am sorry to see him go.

Stephen Leach

May 16, 2018

I grew up with Chris, he was always laughing and having a good time. It was hard not to smile or chuckle when you was around him. He was a strong willed and caring individual that I'm honored to have known. Miss you brother

Melissa Whitekiller

May 16, 2018

I worked a few summers at the Heritage Center when I was about 8 or so and man was it hot, I remember my big cousin who I was working with telling me no matter how hot it was that I could NOT get my buckskin wet and DO NOT jump in the muddy pond. All day I walked around that pond and Chris noticed and said just jump in. I told him i’d get in trouble, and he kept on. Finally, after splashing me and getting me soaked he said now you’re already wet, just do it... well I did it and boy was it fun! I got my butt busted and he laughed about it but felt bad. He was a nice and fun guy, i feel horrible for his girls and wife and family! I know he’ll be forever missed!

Taumi Hogner

May 16, 2018

Chris, helped me decide that I wanted to coach softball. He helped me as much as he could when he had time. I admired his bond with his girls pushing them and supporting as they pursued thier sport interest. I will miss seeing him at the ball fields...

Chris Russell

May 16, 2018

Chris Vanbuskirk was one of my best friends back in elementary school. Everyday after school and even in the summer time, a group of friends, would meet up and and play basketball or football until there was not more light to see. Chris was 5 years older than most of us so we looked up to him as a leader and role model and he gladly accepted that. He was very protective of his group of friends. I remember the Michael Jordan jersey he always wore and that was his childhood hero. I know, speaking for all of us (group of friends), we remember him and will miss him. The Russell family Will be praying for Darla and her family.

Cecily Hix

May 16, 2018

Chris was an amazing man. You could look at chris and see love, love for darla, and those girls. He coached my daughter and made her feel special he coached her didn't yell at her or make her feel small he would coach her with a smile and make her feel confident. Chris would always joke with me about little inside jokes and we would just laugh and laugh. I am blessed to have known him. It's not goodbye it's see ya later. Darla hooter and I love you and are praying hard for you and the girls.