Skyhawk passed away in Milton-Freewater. He was born in Browning, Mont., to parents Vera Abraham Shippentower and Richard Evans Sr. He lived in Boston, Massachussets; San Jose, California; Browning, Mont.; New Mexico; Switzerland; France; Geneva, and resided on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
He had a bachelor’s degree in child development. He attended San Jose Bible College on a basketball scholarship in San Jose, Calif., De Anza Community College in Cupertino, Calif., and took art classes in Chicago, Illinois. He was a basketball ambassador to Thailand.
Skyhawk was a renowned international artist; one of his earliest painting is of fancy dancer Joe Standing Elk, Lakota Sioux, in fancy dance regalia on display in a bank in Chicago, Illinois. Skyhawk had many friends in Europe, Paris, France, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Geneva and Denmark. He traveled extensively and performed ceremonies when called upon. He was a sundancer and belonged to the Sundance Society. As an artist he painted pictures of the Native American culture.
Skyhawk enjoyed watching the youth play basketball and lacrosse and he attended games at the Nixyaawii Charter school and Baker City. He participated in Tamakaliks and Chief Joseph Days. He painted the Yellowhawk Prevention Tipi and worked with children in painting the senior mail boxes with their handprints. He told Coyote stories at Tamastklikt. He treasured time spent at the Umatilla Senior Center socializing with the elders, sharing meals and assisting in making crafts for the annual Christmas dinner.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vera Abraham Shippentower, stepfather Alphonse Shippentower and Richard Evans Sr.; sister Rose
Evans; niece Alicia Evans; and brother Jack Abraham. He is survived by his son Gaetan Hummingbird of France: “I missed you all my life and will continue to miss you. Rest in Peace. Your son Gaetan Hummingbird; brother Arnold Evans (Dee) of Newkirk, Okla.; nieces De Arcie Abraham (Alicia, Sennia, Esparanza Apodaca) Walla Walla, Wash., Ramona Schneider, Pendleton, Ore., Sarasa Partida, Seattle, Wash., Izla Gonzalez (Aideen, Rose, Johnny Gonzalez) Walla Walla, and Ariana Selena Gonzalez (Xavier Angulo) Walla Walla; aunts Betsy Showaway, Suzanne Barnett, Leona Smartlowit, Carl Sampson, Bonnie Eloise Baptise.
Special thank you to Yellowhawk staff, Willowbrook Terrace and Golden Age and all friends and family who cared for Richard Skyhawk.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the Misson Longhouse on the Umatilla Indian Reservation November 4, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., lunch at 10:30 a.m.