Alex Sixkiller passed away October 18, 2011, in Medford, Ore. A full blooded Cherokee, Alex was born on January 19, 1915, in Stilwell, Okla., and was raised on his family's farm. He attended Haskell Indian School, where he discovered a skill for baking that friends and family enjoyed the rest of his life.

Alex served eight years in the U.S. Army as a drill sergeant during World War II before moving his family to Ashland, Ore., in 1953. He worked in lumber mills in the Rogue Valley for many years.

Alex loved his flower and vegetable gardens, but his real passion was sports. He could be seen at Ashland High School games well after his own children had graduated, and he made a point of attending his grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's games, wherever they were along the West Coast. He followed the Washington Huskies with a passion and could recall great plays and games as if they happened yesterday.

Alex was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Stella, in 1999; his parents, George and Annie (Doublehead); a sister, Sadie; and brothers, Gano, Ray and Allen.

He is survived by his family, Peggy Farrar (Richard), of Cottonwood, Calif.; John Rhodes, of Grants Pass, Ore.; George Anne Counts (Bob), of Phoenix, Ore.; Sonny Sixkiller (Denise), of Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nephews and nieces; and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Oregon Chapter of the Autism Society of Oregon.

There will be a viewing on Monday, October 24, 2011, from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m., and a funeral service on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1:00 p.m., at the Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, 1811 Ashland Street, Ashland, Ore. Interment will follow at Scenic Hills Memorial Park in Ashland.