Johnny LaFalier of Miami, OK, formerly of Picher, died Monday, October 20, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO. He was 80.

Johnny was born July 27, 1934 in Cardin, OK to John and Emma (Mills) LaFalier. He had lived in Picher, Cardin and Miami all of his life. He was a 1952 graduate of Picher High School. He worked for B.F. Goodrich in Miami for 32 years and served two times as Interim Second Chief of the Miami Tribe. Johnny attended First Baptist Church in Picher for many years and later Green Acres Baptist Church in Miami.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Billie Barbee and Jean Meek.

Johnny married Patty Johnson on July 11, 1954 in Picher. She survives of the home. Additional survivors include his son Johnny Giles LaFalier of Miami, OK and his daughter, Jana Lynn Nixon of Miami, OK. He is also survived by a granddaughter Gretchen Sill and her husband Scott and two great-grandchildren, Natalyn Sill and Eliana Sill.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. Rev. Geoff Buffalo and Rev. Fred Von Moss will officiate. Pallbearers will be Joel Thompson, John Sparkman, Larry Linthicum, Jerry Lankford, Tom Crawford and Tom Gamble. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Miami Tribe Business Development Authority, John Kelly, Ron Harris, Nelson Johnson, Neil Watson and Jerry Danforth. Native American Rites will be conducted by Chief Doug Lankford. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the Miami Tribal Complex on P Street Northwest in Miami. Services have been placed in the care of Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK.