In Loving Memory,
Anthony “Tony” V. Tecumseh, age 71, made his journey home Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Klamath Falls, Ore., with his family by his side.
He was born to Lester and Angie Tecumseh on Oct. 27, 1940, at the Klamath Agency. He was raised in Beatty, Ore., and graduated from Bly High School. He attended Oregon Tech Institute, now known as O.I.T.
Tony was very gifted in music and arts and received the Native American Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. March 15th, 2011, marked a great day of long over-due recognition for Tony, where at a small ceremony in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Mr. Tecumseh was presented with the prestigious Native American Lifetime Achievement Music Award for his contributions to music since 1960 with his band Afterglow. Tony was a founding member, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the long, lost rock band Afterglow. He may have been one of the very first Native American rock and roll composers in history. One of his songs, “Riding Home Again” written in 1964, seemed to sum up parts of Klamath Country.
In 2011, Klamath Tribal Chairman, Gary Frost and Vice-Chairman, Don Gentry were honored to assist Klamath Falls, Mayor, Todd Kellstrom, in presenting Tony with his recognition award.
He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his brothers Jeff and Stan Tecumseh; sister Rose Tecumseh; daughters Leslie Shirley-Tecumseh and her husband Phil and their daughter Kaitlin Shirley, Audema Tecumseh and her son Dominic Gresham; nephews Stan Tecumseh and Jerry Mellentine; nieces Stacy Lake, Amanda Mellentine and Jennifer Tecumseh; aunt Christine Allen; and many great-nephews, great-nieces, and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Angie Tecumseh, grandchildren Lil Tony and Shastina, and nephew Stewart.
A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at 235 S. Laguna St. at the Klamath Assembly of God with Richard Tupper officiating. Concluding graveside service will be at Chief Schonchin Cemetery with food and fellowship to follow at Beatty Community Center. Davenport’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd, funeral directors are in charge of the arrangements.