Created on Wednesday, 09 November 2011 23:00 Published Date Hits: 1901
Jack Vance Allison, 62, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the Billings Clinic.
He was born July 22, 1949, in Cherokee, N.C., to Boyce Jack and Sally “Bill” Allison. He was the third of five siblings.
After graduating from Cherokee High School, he moved to Washington, D.C., in 1968 to begin a career with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. While there he met Edna Boggs, who became his wife.
His federal career was interrupted by service in Vietnam. He had worked for the BIA, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Yellowtail Project, and he had worked for Northwest Fixture Co. He was still working for the BIA at the time of his death.
Survivors include his wife; children, Colleena Jo Allison and Eric Hollibaugh, Brandy Jo and Elsworth Goesahead, William Elliot and Cindy Allison, Charlena Jo Allison and Duke Cherpeski, and Jack Edward and Krista Allison; 12 grandchildren; brothers, James and Tad Allison, Terry Allison and John Allison; a sister, Donna Crowe; an adopted sister, Charlene Seidl; and an adopted daughter, Terry Goff.
Visitation was Nov. 7-8 with Vigil Services on Nov. 8 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass was Nov. 9 at St. Charles Mission in Pryor with Committal in Pryor Cemetery.