Mr. Myron D. Clute “Te Ka Nia Ta Re Kwon”, 69, of 111 Pyke Road, passed away early Tuesday Morning, August 23, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family after battling cancer for the past two years.
Myron was born January 8, 1942 in Rooseveltown, the son of Anna Peters. He went to Seymour Elementary School in Syracuse. He received his teachers’ certificate after taking native study courses at Mater Dei College in Ogdensburg. On December 31, 1965, he married Elizabeth Mitchell in Chittenango.
Myron worked for forty years as a roofer for a sheet metal company in Syracuse. He worked for HUD for twenty five years and taught native studies for three years at Salmon River School. Myron was an artist at making wampum and taught classes on how to make them so other people could carry on the tradition. He was also an activist for the NATIVE Rights. Myron belonged to Kanienkehaka Kanonsesneh Longhouse in Hogansburg. He was a typical outdoors man, loving gardening, fishing and hunting. He was an astrologist and practiced traditional medicines. He enjoyed traveling; Florida was always his favorite destination.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth; six children, Darrow and Tonya Clute, Myra and Jonathon Maracle, Lori and Aaron Benedict, Lorne and Denise Clute, Peter Clute and William and Danielle Clute, all of Akwesasne; twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; his sister, Olivia Redeye of Cornwall, Island; his brother, Alexander Clute of Baldwinsville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased two brothers, Domonick Tarbell and Noah Point; and five sisters, Ida Hall, Georgia Thomas, Phoebe Clute, Marion Jones, and Padoeskia Clute.
Friends may call the Kanienkehaka Kanonsesneh Longhouse in Hogansburg beginning at 7:00 p.m. Thursday August 25, 2011, until the time of the service. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday August 27, 2011 at Kanienkehaka Kanonsesneh Longhouse, with Loran Thompson, presiding.
At Myron’s request in lieu of flowers please donate to the Hope foundation in Burlington Vermont or Hospice of Franklin County.
Arrangements are with Donaldson Funeral Home where online condolences can be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.