Leon Yellowhair, Navajo Code Talker

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Leon Yellowhair, Navajo Code Talker

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Steamboat, Besh Bito, AZ, USA
Death: October 16, 2001 (85)
Payson, AZ, USA
Place of Burial: Fort Defiance, AZ, USA
Managed by: Danny Franklin Drollinger
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About Leon Yellowhair, Navajo Code Talker

Birth: Nov. 25, 1915

Death: Oct. 16, 2001

BESH BITO, Ariz. — Graveside services for Leon Yellowhair, 85, will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Veterans Cemetery, Fort Defiance, Ariz.

Yellowhair died Oct. 16 in Payson, Ariz. He was born Nov. 25, 1915 in Steamboat, Besh Bito into the Red Streak Running into the Water People Clan for the Honey Combed People Clan.

Yellowhair attended Keams Canyon Boarding School. He was employed with the Navajo Ordinance Army Depot in Belmont, Ariz., Navajo Tribe O.N.E.O. as a community development worker, carpenter in Steamboat and for the railroad with Union Pacific and Santa Fe. He served in the U.S. Marines as a Code Talker.

Survivor include his sons, Roy Yellowhair of Steamboat, Ariz. and Larry Yellowhair of Page, Ariz.; daughters, Lutricia Yellowhair and Anita Hildreth both of Steamboat; brother, Bahe Yellowhair of Steamboat; sisters, Mary Dempsey, Juanita Begay, Irene Archie all of Beshbito/Steamboat; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Yellowhair was preceded in death by his sons, Harry Yellowhair, Thomas J. Yellowhair and Leonard Yellowhair; parents, Peter Yellowhair and Mae Begay and brother, Zuni Yellowhair.

Pallbearers will be family members.

The family will receive friends and relatives after the burial services at Lutricia Yellowhair, 15 miles north of Steamboat Chapter.

Tse Bonito Mortuary is in charge of arrangements


Burial: Fort Defiance Veterans Memorial Cemetery Fort Defiance Apache County Arizona, USA

Created by: Spyrose Record added: Jul 19, 2006 Find A Grave Memorial# 14980877


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Leon Yellowhair, Navajo Code Talker's Timeline

November 25, 1915
Steamboat, Besh Bito, AZ, USA
October 16, 2001
Age 85
Payson, AZ, USA
October 23, 2001
Age 85
Fort Defiance, AZ, USA