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Wesley Delmar High Elk Sr.
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EAGLE BUTTE - Wesley Delmar High Elk Sr., 79, Hot Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Hot Springs Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He married Imogene Rose Clown (Raymond and Sarah (Marrowbone) on March 6, 1962 at Gettysburg. They were married for 41 years and had three children: one daughter Leslie, and two sons Eugene and Wesley, Jr. (J.J.), also one adopted daughter Raylene (Sandy) LeCompte and one adopted granddaughter Justine Rae High Elk.

During their marriage they lived in many places including Fort Thompson, Eagle Butte, Thunder Butte, Dupree and back to Eagle Butte where he spent the remainder of his life.
Wesley attended the Thunder Butte Day School, the Cheyenne Agency Boarding School, BYU- Provo, Utah (Special Officer and US Marshall Training), and Police Academy in Artesia, N.M. to further his Law Enforcement Career. He served in the Army from 1945 to 1954 and during this time he took on active duty in the Korean War.

He was awarded The Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze service stars, the United Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal and was then honorably discharged in 1954.

In his lifetime, he worked as a ranch hand for various individuals such as: Elmer Butler, Bob Clark, Sam Tidball, Dale Briscoe, Dutch Perret, Roy Veit, Wally Brahms and Earl Main.

He worked as foreman for the railroad company, dismantling the railroad from Faith, to Eagle Butte.

He was Chief of Police for both Crow Creek and Cheyenne River Agencies, a special officer for the Cheyenne River BIA Agency. He then retired as the Director of the CRST Game, Fish & Parks Department. He served on various Boards for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe: Police Commission, the Personnel Hiring Board and on the Board of Directors for the Pte Hca Ka, Inc. - Buffalo Program.

He survived by daughter Raylene (Sandy) LeCompte of Selfridge, N.D., son Wesley, Jr. (J.J.) of Huron, daughter Justine R. High Elk of Eagle Butte, two brothers Paul (Clara) of Thunder Butte and Floyd (Lucille) of Eagle Butte, one sister Corrine (Earl Red Bird) High Elk of Eagle Butte. Three grandsons Jacob West (Randi Peacock) of Eagle Butte, Duane (Deanne of Eagle Butte) West of Englewood, Colo. and David West, Jr. of Leavenworth, Kan., two great-granddaughters Madisyn Elayne Dubray and McKenzie Rose West of Eagle Butte, and one great-grandson Davyn M. West of Eagle Butte. Along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte, with Mother Marion Rechtenwald and the Rev. Richard Charging Eagle officiating.

Burial will be held at a later date at St. Peter's Episcopal Cemetery in Thunder Butte. Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte was in charge of arrangements.

Velma G. Lame

WOUNDED KNEE - Velma G. Lame, 77, died Sept. 17 at the Crestview Nursing Home, Chadron, Neb. of natural causes.
Survivors include sons Floyd White Eyes, and Russell White Eyes of Porcupine; Roger Lame of Oglala; adopted son Robert McEwen, Chadron, Neb.; daughters Linda "Sandy" White Eyes, Rapid City; Stella White Eyes, Franklin, Ind.; Patricia Craven, Lincoln, Neb.; Rose Marie White Eyes, Mesa, Ariz.; Jill Lame and Sybil Yellow Horse both of Chadon, Neb.; sisters Bernice Brown Eyes, Chadron, Neb.; Pearl Yellow Horse of Hot Springs and 35 grandchildren and number great grandchildren.

A two night wake begins Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Church of God at Wounded Knee.

Funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Church of God with Rev. Stanley Hollow Horn officiating.

Burial will be at Fast Horse Creek Cemetery, Wounded Knee.
Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances M. Clifford "Sissy Bug"

KYLE - Frances M. "Sissy Bug" Clifford, 88, died Sept. 12 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital of natural causes.
Frances was born at home, at the White River north of Kyle, on July 11, 1919 to James and Ellen (Wilson) Clifford. She was the youngest of seven children.

She attended Cain Creek Grade School and graduated valedictorian of her class, from Oglala Boarding School in Pine Ridge in 1937.

Frances moved to Everett Washington in 1943 to help her mother raise her two nieces. Frances' winters were spent in Washington State raising her two nieces, and caring for her mother. While in Washington, she worked at various jobs, including the Shipyard in Everett and the Mount Vernon Poultry CO-OP. Frances' summers were spent at the Ranch with her nieces and mother in South Dakota, assisting her brothers. After her mother passed and her nieces were raised, she returned to her home north of Kyle.

She always made herself available to help whoever was in need. Hers was a life of service and giving. Her generosity touched everybody. She was a devout Catholic and an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows.

She was preceded in death by her parents: James and Ellen Clifford; Brothers: Herbert Clifford, James Clifford Jr., and Fred Clifford; Sisters: Alice Ferguson, Sybil Davidson, and Edith Martinez.

She is survived by her nieces that she raised, Nettie Quinn (Richards), Lenora Hudson (Darrell) and their families of Washington and Alaska. Sister-law-law May Clifford of Pine Ridge.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Nettie and Lenora give special thanks for the loving care provided by her caregivers: Tanya Hunter, Jacey Mesteth, Donna Heathershaw, and Marilyn and John Puckett.

A one night wake was Sunday, Sept. 16 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall at Kyle. Funeral services were Monday, Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall.
Officiating was Fr. Rick Abert, SJ. With burial at St. Barbara's Catholic Cemetery, Kyle.
Sioux Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Veronica Rattler

KYLE - Veronica Rattler, 21, Kyle, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, in an auto accident.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1986 in Lake Tahoe, Calif. to Harold Rattler and Denise King.

Her grandmother is a member of the Washoe Tribe gave her the Indian name Palo'lo' (Butterfly).

She was a graduate of Little Wound High School class of 2003. She was on the cheerleading squad that won the Dakota Oyate challenge in 2003, along with various other awards at the Lakota Invitationals. She was a full time student and the President of the Student Organization at the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include a son Shaun Janis of Kyle and Pine Ridge; her parents Denise Red Owl of Kyle Harold Rattler of Cherokee, N.C.; brothers Presley Red Owl and Archie Red Owl, III of Kyle; eight surviving half-brothers on her father's side living in North Carolina and a sister Wiyaka Red Owl of Kyle.

A two night wake service begins Thursday, Sept. 20 at Little Wound School, Kyle.

Traditonal Lakota Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday at Little Wound School

Officiating will be Mr. Roger Byrd and Mr. Jerome LeBeau with burial at St. Stephen's Catholic Cemetery, Kyle.
Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alan L. Brown Bull-Clifford

MANDERSON - Alan L. Brown Bull-Clifford, stillborn infant, Manderson, died Friday, Sept. 14 at Pine Ridge Hospital.
Survivors include his parents, Karen Brown Bull, Manderson, and Tony Clifford, Pine Ridge; three brothers, Jay Shoulders, Jeffrey Shoulders and Jamie Shoulders, all of Sharps Corner; and two sisters, Jennifer Shoulders, Sharps Corner, and Angela Brown Bull, Sioux Falls.

Funeral services were Sept. 18 at St. Agnes Catholic Hall in Manderson, with the Rev. Chris Collins officiating. Burial was at St. Agnes Catholic Cemetery.

Joan Frances Redfox Sr.

MOBRIDGE - Sr. Catechist Joan Frances Redfox, 63, Mobridge and formerly of Little Eagle, died Thursday, Sept. 13 at Golden Livingcenter in Mobridge.

A wake will be held Friday, Sept. 21, at the Blue Gym in Little Eagle.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the gym, with the Rev. Leslie Campbell, the Rev. Leroy Bobtail Bear, the Rev. Phil Allen, Deacon Beatrice Skinner, the Rev. Webster Two Hawk, the Rev. Lyle Noisy Hawk and the Standing Rock Lay Readers officiating.

Burial will be at St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery in Little Eagle.

Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Howe

MARTIN - Raymond Howe, 91, died Sept. 17 at Martin.
He was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Martin, to John and Angelique Howe of Martin.

He is survived by his sisters Irene Iverson of Sioux Falls and Velma Sasse of Martin.

He is also survived by his three children, Donald Howe of Los Lunas, N.M., Joan and Jerry Smola of Sweetwater, Texas and John and Julie Howe of Windsor, Colo. as well as his grandchildren Jeremy Smola, Sheri Wolkins, James Smola, Richard Smola, Raymond Smola, Cyndee Ababon, Renee Smola, Jenika Howe and Jared Howe. As well, Ray is survived by many beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, and great-grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Angelique (Ross) Howe, and his brothers, Marvin Howe and Ross Howe. Ray attended Bishop Hare School and Mission High School and attended Southern State College in Springfield, on a basketball scholarship arranged by his principal.
He completed his Bachelors degree at Yankton College where he also played basketball.

He earned his masters at the University of South Dakota and his Specialist Degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

He married Joanna DeJong of Springfield and they raised their their children in Merriman, Nebraska, Bellflower California, and Martin.

He worked as a teacher at Gann Valley, and in Nevada, served as superintendent, principal and basketball coach in Merriman Nebraska, and went on to work in a family hardware business in Bellflower, California.

He operated Martin Drug prior to returning to the education profession. "Edu-cation is the people's greatest hope," was the belief that directed his professional life.

He found satisfaction in his work with Native American studies at Black Hill State University and bilingual education with the University of Oklahoma.

He was deeply honored by recognition for his efforts to preserve and teach the Lakota language by the National Association for Bilingual Education and by the Board of Trustees of Oglala Lakota College for his work as a founder and the first president of the college.

Ray also served as principal of Martin Elementary School as well as several schools in Shannon County.

He was fond of young people and he always hoped that his educational leadership directly and indirectly affected many lives.

Funeral services will be held at St. Katherine's Episcopal Church in Martin on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m.
There will be a reception following the service. Private inurnment will be at Inestimatible Gift Episcopal Church at Allen.

Della Mae Starr

OGLALA - Della Mae Starr, 61, died Sept. 18 of natural causes.

Survivors include sons Brian Starr, Pine Ridge; Frank Starr, Jr. Rapid City; Shilo Long Visitor and Chet Crow of Oglala; Curtis Crow of Mobridge; daughters Sheila Pickett, Danelle Two Bulls, Roberta Starr, Juanita Starr and Jennifer Starr all of Oglala, mother Ida Tobacco, Oglala; brothers Tim He Crow and Gary Tobacco of Oglala; sisters Alvina Pickett, Crow Agency, MT; Phyllis Tobacco of Oglala and 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
A one-night wake begins at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept.21 at Loneman School, Oglala.

Funeral services are 10 a.m., Saturday, at Loneman School Rev. Agnes Tyon officiating and traditional Lakota services by Mr. Ivis Long Visitor, Sr.

Burial will be at the Jumping Bull Family Cemetery, Oglala.
Sioux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sidney Hunter

KYLE - Sidney L. Hunter, 75, Kyle, died Monday, Sept. 17 at Custer Regional Senior Care. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Hunter, Kyle; two sons, Ward Hunter, Pine Hill, N.M., and Harold Hunter, Casper, Wyo., one daughter, Tamera Hunter, Sterling, Colo.; one brother, John Hunter Jr., Los Angeles; and two sisters, Colleen Zephier, Kyle, and Patricia Jackson, Rapid City. A two-night wake will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Hall in Kyle. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the hall, with the Rev. Rick Abert and the Rev. Chris Colins officiating. Burial will be at Hunter Family Cemetery, in Kyle. Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

Merrill Ashmore

KYLE - Merrill Ashmore, 41, died Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Rapid City. He is the son of Ramona (Apple) Ashmore.
Arrangements are pending with Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge.

Velma G. Lame

OGLALA - Velma G. Lame, 77, Oglala, died Monday, Sept. 17, at Crestview Nursing Home in Chadron, Neb.

Survivors include three sons, Floyd White Eyes and Russell White Eyes, both of Porcupine, and Roger Lame, Oglala; one adopted son, Robert McEwen, Chadron; six daughters, Linda "Sandy" White Eyes, Rapid City, Stella White Eyes, Franklin, Ind., Patricia Craven, Lincoln, Neb., Rose Marie White Eyes, Mesa, Ariz., and Jill Lame and Sybil Yellow Horse, both of Chadron; two sisters, Bernice Brown Eyes, Chadron, and Pearl Yellow Horse, Hot Springs; 35 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A two-night wake begins Thursday, Sept. 20, at Church of God in Wounded Knee.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church, with the Rev. Stanley Hollow Horn officiating. Burial will be at Fast Horse Creek Cemetery in Wounded Knee.

Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

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