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A Celebration of the brave life of "Warrior Kai" Angus Jasper McAlpin was held on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Sequoyah High School Gymnasium with Reverend James Graham III and Ryan Mackey conducting services. Musical selections included pipers and clan songs by live artists. A Viking Farewell was held at Cherokee Landing following services for this valiant warrior, who so bravely fought cancer and never lost his heart to the end. Online condolences for his family may be left at www.reedculver.com.

This warriors tale began on June 27th, 2014 in Muskogee, OK, when he joined his father, Gary L. McAlpin and his loving mother, Mariah Vermeulen-McAlpin. This clan consisted of his brothers, Ian, Liam, Noah, and Blaise, and two sisters, Annika and Kiana. Kai hit the ground running and has blazed a trail all of us should work as hard to complete. He was a Cherokee speaker and attended Cherokee Nation Child Development Center Immersion School, and he was a happy student, loved his class mates and learning.

Kai also held membership in the Squirrel Ridge Ceremonial Stomp Grounds in Kenwood, OK, attended the Unitarian Universalist Church and the First United Methodist Church both of Tahlequah, OK. He was an active member in the Incipient Canton of the Wyldewode SCA Medieval Reenactment Group. He was so proud of being a lifetime member of the Tornado Alley Sea Hawkers and was an Honorary Cherokee Nation Marshal.

He loved every moment he had to be with his family, running and playing, watching football and hockey, and was ready to demonstrate his skills at stomp dancing and sword fighting. Kai came up against his adversary, cancer, and true to his spirit, fought cancer with everything he had. In spite of fatigue, he mustered his famous smile and loved all those who spent time with him. Most importantly, he brought about the awareness and attention to childhood cancer funding and research, because children only receive 4% of cancer funding and research. Kai passed from this life to his eternal life on March 14th, 2017 at his home, surrounded by those who knew and loved him most of all, his clan. Until we meet again Kai, remain strong!

Kai has gone home to join his loved ones waiting there for him, grandmother Rita Wyvonne Guthrie and Great Grandparents Lenard Guthrie, Emery Courtney, and Hendrik and Pietertje Vermeulen.

Kai will live on in the hearts of his family, parents Gary and Mariah McAlpin of Tahlequah, Ok, and his brothers and sisters, Ian McAlpin, Liam McAlpin and Kiana McAlpin of Tahlequah, OK and Noah Hicks, Annika Hicks and Blaise Hicks of Ottumwa, IA. His maternal grandparetns include Gale and Cornelis Vermeulen of Oskaloosa, IA, and Great Grandma Norma Courtney of Oskaloosa, IA, paternal grandparents include Wayne McAlpin of Sheridan, WY and Great Grandma Phyllis Guthrie of Siloam Spring, AR, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones who have seen Kai through his brief journey in life.
Published on March 22, 2017
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