A former chairman of the Comanche Nation has passed away.
Bernard Kahrahrah, 84, died Monday. A former Air Force Airman First Class and tribal leader, he was known as a tireless advocate for his people.
Kahrahrah served a single term as the Comanche Nation Chairman from 1984 to 1987. His legacy was the modernization of the Comanche Nation’s infrastructure as well as spearheading numerous initiatives promoting economic development, education and cultural preservation.
Current Comanche Nation Chairman Mark Woommavovah issued a statement recognizing Kahrahrah’s impacts and offered throughts and prayers to his family.
“This Comanche warrior’s soul is now at peace,” he said. “May our condolences bring his family comfort, and may our prayers ease the pain of our loss. What an amazing person and what a remarkable life Bernard shared with us. We feel so lucky that Chairman Kahrahrah was a part of our Comanche family.”
Woomavovah ordered that the Comanche Nation flag be blown at half-staff at the tribal complex and on all tribal buildings and grounds.
Kahrahrah’s services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Tribal Complex, 9 miles north of Lawton.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday with burial at 7 p.m. that evening at Deyo Mission Cemetery.