Donald J. Richmond Jr. (Tekawerente), 81, Altoona, formerly of Akwesasne, N.Y., died Wednesday at his residence.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., son of the late Donald J. and Irene (Ransom) Richmond. He was twice married, first to Julia Mitchell, who preceded him in death, then to Angi Peacetree on Sept. 3, 1978.
Surviving are his wife; 12 children: John Mitchell, Roy Mitchell and Daniel Mitchell, all in Oklahoma, David Richmond of Akwesasne, N.Y., Darryl Richmond in New York, Alton Richmond in Oklahoma, Sarah Gilpin in Oklahoma, Mary Baker in New York, Lisa Richmond in New York, Veronika Long in Michigan, Stasia Lemanski in Texas and Jennina Pratt of Altoona; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters: Theresa Wagner and Joan Calcagno, both in New York.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David; a son, Chester Mitchell; and a grandson, Garrett Ransom.
Donald was a high steel iron worker for 32 years and later became the first Native American AA Treatment Center director in the U.S. and Canada. He was of the Baha'i faith. He was a Native American civil rights activist and led the first civil rights march on Washington, D.C., for Indian rights in 1957. He was a member of AA for 44 years.
Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.