August 4, 1954 – September 7, 2019
Funeral services for Mike Gourd will be held on Thursday September 12 2019 at Reed-Culver Chapel with Pastors Larry Joe Carney and Prentiss Robinson officiating. His visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 1PM until 7:00 PM at Reed-Culver Chapel. He will be laid to rest at Gourd Cemetery in Moodys, OK. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.
Pallbearers for Mike include Stephen Gourd, Jacob Gourd, TJ Gourd, Andy Gourd, Steve Gourd, and Jonathan Lacy. Honorary Pallbearers include Phineas Gourd, James Gourd, Elijah Echohawk and Manuel Anaya Jr.
Mike Gourd was born on Wednesday, August 4th, 1954, in Tahlequah, OK at Hastings Hospital, the son of Tandy R. and Emma Lee (Downing) Gourd. It was a large and happy household, boasting seven son and one daughter total. He attended and graduated from Sequoyah High School in 1972. While he was there, he played football and wrestling for the Sequoyah Indians. Mike worked as a wood craftsman for several companies including Keller-Williams. He had the fun of designing a bed for Tom Cruise to use in the making of “The Outsiders”. When the day was done, he wanted to go home to his family of five daughters and one son. He was a genuine people person, and he had a wicked sense of humor, and loved to joke around. He loved packing up his children and the neighborhood kids and grabbing up the fishing poles. He coached basketball and softball for his daughters, and helped coach football at Cleveland Middle School. He could shoot a game of pool with the best of them, was an avid OU football fan, and had a knack for entering contests and actually winning prizes! He would take trips with his brother and visit Shriners Hospitals in Houston, Shreveport, and St. Louis. He was a member of the Son of the American Legion, and even found time for a second job as a surveyor. That which made him the happiest was his wonderful family. Every holiday found him gathering with his brothers, sister, and his children and grandchildren. He loved taking his children and their children out for a meal, just to talk and share their day. He had a servant's heart, volunteering at the Rehabilitation Center in Tulsa. Mike attended church at the Bowen Indian Baptist Church when he had the chance. The Lord called this kind and thoughtful man home from his labors on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 in Tulsa, OK with his loved ones by his side. Mike was 65 years old.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Henry Rattlinggourd and wife Callie Christie-Rattlinggourd, William Downing and wife Owatti Summerfield-Downing, his mother and father, Tandy R. and Emma Lee(Downing) Gourd, three brothers, Henry Gourd, Tandy Gourd Jr., and Johnny Gourd, Aunt Bessie Dawes, Aunt Blanche Gourd who lived to 108, Aunt Annabelle Downing-Fallingpotstar, Uncle Martin Gourd, Uncle John Gourd, Uncle Morgan gourd and one grandson, Joseph Michael Gourd Botello.
Those left to celebrate his life include his children, Nesha Gourd-Buck and husband Jason Buck of Tulsa, OK, Michelle Gourd-Carey and husband Charles Jr of Muskogee, OK, Nora Gourd of Claremore, Stephen Michael Gourd of Tulsa, OK, Emilee Gourd of Tulsa ,OK, and Kari Ann gourd of Tulsa, OK. He leaves his brothers and sister, James Leon Gourd and wife Lou of Skiatook, OK, Eugene Gourd of Tulsa, OK, Elizabeth Louise Killion of Poteau, OK, and Ralph Edward Gourd and companion Glenda Downing of Tahlequah, OK. He lives on in his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Jacob Gourd, Mia Gourd, Steve Gourd, Justus Gourd, Jayse Buck, TJ Gourd, Nick Gourd, Andy Gourd, Waylon Gourd, Haylea Gourd, Jonathan Lacy, Ciara Wallace, Joshua Green, Jeremiah Gourd, Alyssa Diaz, Brianna Diaz, Justyn Mares, Elijah Echohawk, Danny Joseph, Moses Joseph and Alejandro Faz.
His great grandchildren include Phineas Gourd, James Gourd, Haydea Anaya, Manuel Anaya Jr., Koda Yona Osceola-Gourd, Lataeveon Wallace, Natalie Green, Joshua Green Jr., Aiden Gourd, and Jeremiah Gourd Jr., as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.
- Stephen Gourd
- Jacob Gourd
- TJ Gourd
- Andy Gourd
- Steve Gourd
- Jonathan Lacy
- Phineas Gourd, Honorary
- James Gourd, Honorary
- Elijah Echohawk, Honorary
- Manuel Anaya Jr, Honorary
- Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
September 12, 2019
He was a great neighbor and all around good guy. Please accept my condolences and know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
September 11, 2019
Mike served as a volunteer with The Center for Individuals w/ Physical Challenges. He was the nicest guy I've ever known, always offering a kind smile and a gentle thought. I'll miss seeing him travel through and wave on his way to our computer lab. The world is minus a good man; he will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers for all his family; he spoke of you often.