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Lance Howard Cully


Funeral services for Lance Howard Cully, 48 of Gladstone, Missouri will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, Kansas. A wake service will also be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mortuary. The Reverend Julienne Judd will be officiating.
Lance was born on July 18, 1965 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was a member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and also of Comanche, Seminole and Creek descent. Lance worked at KU Medical Center for the Center for American Indian Community Health and held the position of research assistant. He grew up in Oklahoma and attended Concho Indian School, Riverside Indian School and graduated from Carnegie High School in 1983. He also attended Cameron University and Haskell Indian Junior College.

He was given the name T’ain Tha-gyah (Good Heart) by his parents. Lance was an artist and became interested in drawing at an early age. He noted his artistic influences as being prominent Native Artists such as Doc Tate Nevaquaya, Archie Blackowl, Enoch Kelly Haney and Monroe Tsatoke.

Lance enjoyed participating in powwows through singing, dancing and served as master of ceremonies and arena director on several occasions. He was also a huge sports fan and enjoyed following the Denver Broncos, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Lakers and Florida Gators. Lance also enjoyed listening to music and played the guitar. To his close family and friends, he was known for always making people laugh and as the notorious karaoke singer of BoJo’s. Lance did his best to make everyone feel welcomed and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

He was preceded in death by his father Joe Cully, paternal grandparents Marcy and Jenny (Carpitcher) Cully, maternal grandparents Oliver and Melinda (Klinekole) Maynahonah and adopted grandparents Fred and Fern Littlecalf. He is survived by his wife Angel of the home, two children Forrest Kert Cully and Laney Cully of Tahlequah, OK; three stepchildren Marrina Stabler, Isaac Stabler and Lorenzo Stabler; his parents Burgess and Millicent (Maynahonah) Tapedo: his sisters Freda Gipp and Darryl Monteau both from Lawrence, KS; five brothers Rex Cully, Drake Cully, Brady Tapedo and Dean Tapedo of Lawrence, KS; Mike Lewis of Anchorage, AK and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance and me be sent in care of the Mortuary.


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  • Mary says:

    MIZ-ZOU brother.
    I’ll miss you, and all the light and fun you brought to everything.

  • Ruth Thompson says:

    Trivaoake will not be the same without you. Rest in Peace buddy!

  • Cybz says:

    Thank you for being a great guy all around. You have brought so much laughter into my life. Never serious and full of fun you are truly gonna be missed. Hug my BearCloud for me in Heaven.
    Your Sis always,

    ps: my fav quote from you: NOT MY FIRST OR MY LAST!!

  • Leatrice Tsonetokoy-Goombi says:

    Sending our condolences to the Tapedo/Cully families. May The Lord give the family strength in the days to come. Prayers are being sent up.

  • Shelly Bauer says:

    i will miss you my friend. Prayers for the family and all his friends

  • Kristina says:

    My brotha, U will forever be missed but never forgotten.

  • Lisa says:

    My sincerest condolences to the Lance Cully family. You will be missed dearly by all who knew you.

  • Kathy Walsh says:

    The world is little less bright today. But a few more laughs are had in heaven. His smile will always be on my heart. Rest well

  • Karen & Bob Brewer says:

    I’m so sorry to you and your entire family for the sudden loss of Lance. He was a good man and we will never forget him. Anything you need just let us know. We love you!

    You were a truly genuine guy who brought so much fun to our lives. We will truly miss you!! Rest in peace, my brotha!

  • nancy blue says:

    God Bless your family Lance. I guess God needed another good artist and wonderful person with him. You will be missed. Prayers going up for your family and friends. My heart aches for Angel, the kids and your parents.

  • tonilynn soontay says:

    Prayers out to the family.

  • Susan, Timothy, & Georgia says:

    We will Miss you Greatly. Thank you for your friendship and smiles you always gave us. Our Prayers go out to the family. We love you

  • Satepauhoodle, Mikkanen Families says:

    Sending love and strength for you all… deep condolences and sincere sympathies from our family to yours. Love you all and thinking of you all during this difficult time.

  • Darlene Redbird says:

    R.I.P. Lance You will be missed my Friend!

  • charles beaver says:

    condolences and prayers to the cully family ..

  • Pooh Bear says:

    Aho bops, thanks for the memories full of laughter, you never have been or will be forgotten. Prayers for all the family.

  • Pj says:

    My deepest condolences to the Cully Family..thoughts,prayers, and love to you all..Lance u will truely be missed but never forgotten..

  • michelle kaulaity says:

    lance you will greatly be and angel were both very good friends. condolences to angel and the kids/cully/tapedo family

  • Alice says:

    Angel, my heart goes out to you and your family. Lance was a great guy and we are all going to miss him. I am sure Bill and Lance are hanging out in heaven. I guess God needed a guardian angel with amazing talent. If you need to talk call me. Prayers coming your way.

  • Sarah Brokenleg says:

    I will never forget the time we were all in Bemidji and Lance couldn’t stop laughing at Angel and I going in circles in the paddle boat with the broken steering handle. That laugh rings in my mind.
    Angel, my heart and prayers are there with you and Rina, and all of your family. If you need anything, please let me know. We have lost an amazing artist and man. R.I.P. Lance.

  • Alex littlecreek says:

    Sorry to hear you left us. You will be missed. You put a lot of smiles and laughter on many people’s faces and in their hearts. I send my condolences to your family in this time of need.

    Aloha brother.

  • Bessie Horse says:

    Prayers for the Tapedo and Cully family. Dear God, please bless his family with the peace and rest to take them through these upcoming days. In Jesus Christ’s Name, Amen.

  • Ursula Copeland says:


    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness felt when I learned of Lance’s passing. He brought so many gifts to our community through his art and his cultural education. My you find comfort in loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Ursula Copeland and Family

  • Ronald Groves and Dana Tenpenny says:

    We will forever miss your contagious smile and upbeat spirit! Heaven got a good with you man, sure hope they are ready! Love ya easy my brother.

  • Ron says:

    Lance you have have taught me a lot in a short time. You have reminded me the importance of how to treat others – with respect, empathy and understanding. You made an impact while you were here and the world is better for it. I will miss you, my friend.

  • Dusty Murphy & Shirley Thompson says:

    Our hearts go out to Angel, Drake, and the rest of the Cully and Tapedo families. Lance was an incredible guy, and a great friend to Joni when she needed one. He was always quick with a kind word and was so friendly and knew how to make people laugh. The world just won’t be the same without him

  • Tony says:

    Angel sorry for the lost of your husband he was a good friend made a lot of memories when he was here.Spent many,many times playing basketball and football when they lived in Oklahoma. Millicent and Burgess Freda, Rex, Drake, Darryl, BJ, and Dean praying for the LORD to bring PEACE and COMFORT at this time.

    Tony Horse

  • Beth says:

    I know you’ll be saving a seat for me in heaven now, sweet brother. We’ll take care of Angel. Much love.

  • Ben Dave says:

    you will be missed bro it was always good to sit down and sing gourd dance with you n to jam powwow, me and my father randy Dave send are prayers for you n your family.

  • Enoch R. Kaulaity says:

    I miss you so much my brother, I was glad we got to speak little did I know that it would be the last time. I hurt for your family, your sisters, brothers, mom and dad, children, wife, because how much you gave and made people smile! I love you brother!

  • Buck Spotted Tail says:

    Hey Buddy, Thanks for being a Awesome Friend An a Wicked LAKERS FAN with me.. Sure will Miss you Kola.. When the powwows start up here soon, I still Hope your by my side watching over me, an watching over your Family & Frens… Safe travels to that Big Powwow in the Sky… Tell we meet again kola… Hoka Hey!!

  • Elaine Fetters says:

    So very sorry for your loss. May you have the strength of family and friends to handle. Just take one day at a time and lean on family and friends. I wish there was something I could say but I will say love you and my prayers are coming to you and your family.

  • Bill and Becky Welton says:

    To the Cullys and Tapedos, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are sent your way.

  • Imogene Aitson says:

    We here in Carnegie, Lincoln, Amos Jr. Allen,Cora,Jalaine, Honey and Robin are sorry to hear of your great loss. We are sad with you but also trusting in our Father to bring comfort and encouragement to all. We love our Uncle, miles do not seperate our love and respect we have for your family. Our mom loved each one of you. Your family was such a comfort during our loss. We have not forgotten that. We stand by you in prayer. We love each of you. May the holy spirit comfort and guide you in the days to come.

  • julie fryday moore says:

    In sympathy to angel and family and to lance’s family..smoke/prayers going up and wish you all peace.. Lance (you&me) we use to say its a seminole thing they don’t understand and then you’d throw your head back and give that way down laugh come out…(smile)..and makeing mojito’s and laughing…well as you go on your journey enjoy the pow-wow in the sky..i loved you for loving my girl(angel&fam) was the best my friend…RIL= Rest In Love 4 ever…Fryday!! Mvto!!

  • Althea says:

    Sukie and I sending our prayers to the family. As you lay our childhood.
    friend to rest. Big hugs. to you all.

  • Sandra Blackbear-Ramirez says:

    Sorry to hear of my little brothers passing…praying for comfort and strength for his companion and his mom and dad and his sisters and brothers… Love and hugs from me and Mom, Anita Blackbear. Wish we could be there to share the love and prayers. God bless you.

  • Yolanda Reyna says:

    Aunt Millie and family. Prayers for God’s comfort during this time, knowing that Lance is now with the Lord.

  • Terry Lee Medicine Crow Obago says:

    I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Lance Cully. May God give you strength, hope and courage at this most difficult time. Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. God please wrap your arms of comfort around this family.

  • David H. Barnett says:

    Lance – Rest in Peace. My families Prayers go out to all your Family and Friends. Mvto for being a Friend.

  • Heather Viera says:

    Angel, I live you and I’m so sorry you have to go thru this, I went thru it myself but you are surrounded by those who love you. Praying for comfort and peace. Lance, my brotha, you will be missed.

  • Trish Lee says:

    Thinking of you and your family at this time of loss (friend of Leigh Ramierz)

  • Lisa Koomsa says:

    love you, such a shock but GOD’S will, but comfort for your family & friends.

  • Jennifer Attocknie says:

    My heart and my prayers go out to the family. Loss is such a hard thing. A friend of mine once told me, “Grief and love are always intertwined. The sorrow we feel is a reflection of the depth of our love.” Take care.

  • Dianne Yeahquo Reyner says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends suffering this great loss. God grant you his grace during this time. Peace to you all

  • Shawna Longhorn, Joseph Mosquito and Family says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family, we are so glad we had the chance to know Lance. He had a great sense of humor and would stop and chat whenever we saw him. We are keeping the family in our Prayers so that The Creator will continue to comfort and help keep all the family members strong in the sorrowful time.

  • Josette says:

    RIP Lance…gone way too soon! My prayers to your family…may the Lords strength be with them through these hard days to follow.

  • Zeke Ulrey says:

    I recall an evening at a bad, Native themed, hotel in Minnesota with an expansive outdoor area and a fire pit. That was a fun time.

    Someday, we’ll have some more.

    I’ll see you on the flip side.

  • Bucky Little Eagle says:

    Just want to say that my prayers are with you as you make your journey. i am glad i got the chance to meet you. you will be missed greatly. Safe journey Brother

  • Sarge says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and you’re family.

  • Jerry Silverhorn says:

    To Burgess and Millicent Tapedo and family I would like to say that im so sorry to hear the loss of your son/brother Lance. I havent seen Lance in a while but what I remember the most about him was his humor and that he always made us laugh in school. Most of all was our time spent playing basketball and the geat times we had at CHS. My prayers are with you during this time and for his wife and family.

  • Brenda Williams says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and I am praying that the LORD will bring you peace and comfort at this time.

    Brenda Williams

  • Jeanine Seger says:

    Mr. Tapedo, Our hearts go out to you and your family. Janet and I are thinking about you all and praying for you. We regret we couldn’t be there with you today. Janet and Jeanine

  • Lonetree Family says:

    Our sincere condolences to our friends. We are all heartbroken for your loss. You all are in our prayers for strength, comfort and understanding.

  • Kathy and Larry thrasher says:

    Angel, we are so shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Lance. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Beenwar says:

    I am so sorry for your terrible loss. This is an especially difficult time to find comfort from anywhere. I hope you find comfort in what Our Creator promises. He promises we will soon see our loved ones again in paradise on earth. Please try to find a little time to consider the warm thoughts for you from the God of all comfort at Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:3, 4.

  • Sharon Condon says:

    Sincere condolences to the Cully/Tapedo family. May God’s love surround you in this time of sorrow over the loss of your beloved son/brother/husband/father.

  • Joshua M. Felts says:

    Over the last month, I met Lance several times. Each time, we discussed art, work, and life. On the Friday before his passing, he stopped me. He told me he had brought me a t-shirt with some of his artwork on it. I barly knew Lance, he wanted to give me a shirt, a very kind and unusual gesture of kindness. I left right after Lance finished Karoke. In passing, I said I’ll see you soon. I truly wished to see him again. My condolences, he was a good man.

  • Manny Fernandez says:

    I’m very saddened to hear about Lance’s passing,when he was in Fla.he taught me and my family so much about singing and dancing,and we became good friends,he was a great ambassador for the native culture and i’ll never forget all the shows we did and the pow wows we went to,thank you Lance “we’ll never forget you” and my condolences to his family.

  • Kathy says:

    Lance was an amazing person, no matter how stressed you were he could always make you smile! Sometimes it was hard to go on stage without smiling or laughing a little because something silly he did or said would run through your head and you couldn’t help but smile! And amazing artist and amazing friend he will be missed very much! Our prayers go out to his family. Love and miss you Lance!

  • Ken Moore says:

    A great man with a great heart. A man who was an amazing teacher, mentor and friend. A man who was fun and could make you smile. Talented and kind hearted. You will truly be missed. Thank you for all that you have shown me.