James “Andrew” Yates passed away suddenly on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 after a short bout with cancer. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
He was born on October 6, 1960 to Paul Sr. and Eva Mae (Coshehe) Yates in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. He grew up alongside his siblings in Nelagoney, Oklahoma and graduated from Pawhuska High School in 1978. He went on to graduate from St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee and also attended the University of Oklahoma.
Andrew and his wife Shelly were married for twenty-one years. They owned and operated a small cow/calf operation and he was called a “gentlemen’s rancher.” He loved being involved in his daughters’ activities and watching them grow and progress in showing livestock. He enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible and spending time with family at the lake.
He was known for his even temperament, kindness, sense of humor and knowledge of the oil and gas industry. He was an employee of the Osage Nation for 36 years in the Department of Natural Resources. He also served on the Osage Minerals Council since 2010.
Yates’ Osage roots run deep within the Pawhuska District as he comes from a very respected and large Osage family. He is the great-grandson of Henry and Hope Coshehe and the grandson of John and Josephine Coshehe. He belonged to the Sun Clan from the Wa-Xa-Xo-Li District and served on the dance committee.
He leaves behind his wife, Shelly; three daughters, Katie Yates Free, Annabelle Eva, and Josephine Mae; a granddaughter Maddie; four siblings and a host of nieces and nephews.
Andrew will lay in state at the Coshehe family farm. A Rosary will be held Friday at 7:00PM. Traditional services will be at 8:00AM Saturday followed by a funeral service at 10:00AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholice Church in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A dinner will be held at Wakon Iron Hall in Pawhuska Indian Village after services. Graveside services will not be held.
Powell Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences and memories may be left in the guestbook at PowellFuneralService.com.