|Birth: ||Nov. 22, 1946|
South Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Nov., 2006|
North Dakota, USA
The funeral for Kermit Wesley Bird Horse, better known as Uncle Kermit by his nieces, nephews and his many good friends, will be Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church near Wakpala. The Rev. Norman Blue Coat, the Very Rev. Leslie Campbell and the Standing Rock lay readers will officiate.
Burial will be in the Long Hill Cemetery in rural Wakpala with the Gilbertson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers are Phillip Bird Horse Sr., Reno White Dress Sr., David Lawrence, Leslie White Dress, Vincent Greyhorn Jr., Ron Yellow Jr., Reginald Bird Horse Jr., Wesley Bird Horse, Colleen Bird Horse, Robert Lawrence and Luther Hinton.
Honorary bearers are Vincent Greyhorn Sr., Donald Belgarde Jr., Chris Johnson, Todd Belgarde, Peter Owlboy Sr., Richard DuBois, Jr., Kenneth Dunn, Linus End of Horn, Timothy DeMarrias, Richard Howard, Ralph Silk, Ron Yellow Sr., Ted Eagle, William Cadotte, Jubal Mellette Sr., Lionel Iron Moccasin, Clyde Walking Elk Sr., Dana Anderson and Robert End of Horn.
Kermit, "Waha Canka Sapa" (Black Shield), 59, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at his home in St. Michael, N.D.
A wake service for Kermit will be held at St. Michael's Tekakwitha Center in St. Michael on Friday, Nov. 10, beginning at 5 p.m. A prayer service will begin at 8 p.m. with Fr. Paul Ruge and the Rev. Reuben C. Schnaidt officiating. The procession to the Tekakwitha Center will leave the Wal-Mart parking lot at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16.
A prayer service will also be held at the Wakpala Community Center in Wakpala on Friday, Nov. 17, beginning at 5 p.m.
Kermit was born Nov. 22, 1946, in Wakpala, the youngest of seven children born to Robert and Alice (Flexible) Bird Horse. He attended the Wakpala Public School from the first grade to the twelfth, graduating in 1967. In 1968, he traveled to Oakland, Calif., where he found employment.
Later, after moving home, he completed the heavy equipment operator's training course through the Standing Rock Indian Action Team Program. He worked for many construction companies building roads on the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Reservations, making this his livelihood, until his retirement. He was also a Wildland Firefighter for several years.
In 1982, he was united in marriage to Monica Owlboy and from this union they had a son and two daughters. They divorced in 1996.
In 1998, Kermit married Jackie Yankton and this marriage ended in divorce in 1999. Thereafter, Kermit resided with his older sisters, Belva Greyhorn and family, over the years until his untimely death.
Family and friends knew Kermit as a quiet man, friendly, hardworking, and having a good sense of humor. "He was young at heart and always treated people with respect," they said.
Kermit leaves his son, Wesley Kermit Bird Horse; daughters, Kami Kay Bird Horse and Kelli Ann Bird Horse, all of St. Michael; stepdaughter, Erica (Lance) Young of Fort Totten, N.D.; grandchildren, Princeton Ironroad-Philbrick, Hansome Bird Horse, Wesley Bird Horse Jr. and Kaylynnzah Ann Bird Horse; sisters, Belva (Vincent) Greyhorn of St. Michael and Roberta Yellow of Bismarck; and by numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alice Bird Horse; three brothers, Reginald Bird Horse Sr., Dallas Bird Horse and Carl Bird Horse; granddaughter, Kayonica Lee Bird Horse; special nephew, Lynn Douglas Lawrence Jr.; and nieces, Valerie Bird Horse and Kay Bird Horse.
Mobridge Tribune November 15, 2006
Long Hill Cemetery
South Dakota, USA
Created by: In memory of Scott
Record added: Nov 16, 2006
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