Wilbur Chebon Gouge
Wilbur Gouge was born and raised in Hanna, Oklahoma and the son of the late Albert and Sally (Spaniard) Gouge.
He graduated from Capital Hill high school in 1969 and went on to Haskell Indian Junior College. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and received an Honorable Discharge in 1974. He was a member of the Deere Clan, a member of the Weogufkee (Muddy Waters) Ceremonial Ground and attended Arbeka Ceremonial Ground. Wilbur Chebon Gouge went home to be with the Lord on December 5, 2008 with his loved ones surrounding him.
He is welcomed into Glory by his parents Albert and Sally Gouge,
two brothers, Ernest and Wilford Gouge and one sister Melissa Gouge.
and one son Stephen Albert Gouge.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl (Whitebuffalo) Gouge of Eufaula, his son Rayburn,
three brothers; William Gouge of Eufaula, Felix Gouge of Oklahoma City, and Cecil Gouge of Tulsa, along with seven sisters: Elizabeth Townsend of Okmulgee, Evelyn Wood of Oklahoma City, Sara Wilson of Tulsa, Helen Gouge of Wetumka, Nancy Deere of Okmulgee, Peggy Gouge of Glenpool and Kristine Gouge of Humble, Texas.
Wilbur is also survived by loves of his life, his grand children; Anthony and Gabe, his grand baby Eliyah, numerous nieces and nephews and three adopted daughters; Mahleah Cindy of Lawrence Kansas, Tashina and Michelle of Tahlequah. Wilbur Gouge served on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s National Council for five sessions serving in the offices of Speaker and Second Speaker along with chairing the Human Development Committee. He was most currently employed by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation as the Grant Compliance Officer in the NAHASDA Program. Wilbur was well known throughout the tribe as someone who got the job done, by his strong and steadfast voice and by his knuckle crunching hand shake. He was the one that people depended upon for an honest and truthful opinion and always willing to share his knowledge from traditional lessons to legislative policy. When asked to assist, his answer was always, “I’ll be there”. While on the National Council, he brought a sense of tradition to the Council floor by reminding the representatives of the foundation our ancestors laid before them. As Speaker of the House, he would greet everyone in the Muscogee language and interpret for the elders what actions were being taken. While on the National Council he became a founding member of the MCN Challenge Bowl Committee. He became the traditional advisor for the games and made sure that the competition didn’t over ride the true spirit of the games – the spirit of learning. His love for the games showed in his commitment to teach the volunteers and students that if you know where you come from and will know where you are going. In 2007, the Challenge Bowl committee official named the sportsmanship award to the “Wilbur Chebon Gouge Honors Teams Award” to honor him for his contribution to the betterment of this Nation. For generations to come, children will know his name, benefit from his knowledge and credit him for teaching them what it truly means to be a good Creek citizen. In 2008, the Muscogee Nation honored him as a Living Legend to acknowledge his years of work and dedication to the Muscogee people. Chebon has been one of the leading forces behind making Creek Nation more accessible to our youth, parents, community members and employees. On every committee that he participated in, he kept them grounded by making the Creek culture the focal point of the program or events Chebon gave his all in his work for even more for his volunteer time. He would come to meetings during his lunch hour, before and after work hours, and many times on weekends. He served as the traditional consultant for the Tobacco Prevention Program, the Traditional advisor for the MCN Scholarship Pageant and a founding member and Chair of the Muscogee Language Program Committee. From the writings of Wilbur Gouge; “As a role model for the next group behind you, how many will you inspire? How many will follow in your footstep? Let’s hope and pray there will be many.” Wilbur’s words are still ringing true – “I’ll be there”, but now he’s waiting for us. Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at the North Fork Baptist Church. A military burial followed at the Gouge Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home.
North Fork Baptist Church."
served on the Muscogee (Creek)
Nation’s National Council