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Stacey Peter LaBlanc

Sisseton, Roberts County, South Dakota, USA
Death 11 Mar 2017 (aged 59)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Lebanon Township, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 177501130 · View Source
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Stacey Peter LaBlanc, “Hokshina Ohitika” (Strong boy) of Minneapolis, MN will return to Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Oyate Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton, SD for a Funeral Mass on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Sisseton, SD with Fr. Jerry Ranek Celebrant. Pallbearers will be Chaske St. John; Edward St. John; Levi St. John; Andrew Eagle; Mike LaBlanc and Jerry Eastman. Honorary Pallbearers will be all of Stacey’s Family and Friends.

Wake Services will be held at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Hall, Sisseton, SD at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 18, 2017 and Sunday, March 19, 2017 All Night Wake. Then he will make his final journey up to Heipa, where he will be buried near his relatives near the head of the Little Minnesota river and the end of the hills in Veblen SD in the land that he loved. Life touches us all and we carry it on with us and it carries us all on with him...Rest in Peace, Strong Boy. Interment will be in St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery, Veblen, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is in charge of Funeral arrangements.

Stacey LaBlanc (age 59) was born at Indian Health Service Hospital in Sisseton SD on November 27, 1957 to mother: Louise LaBlanc; father: Melvin Renville; grandparents: Celeste LaBlanc St. John and Edward St. John and great grandparents Peter LaBlanc and Grace Wanna. Stacey was baptized Catholic and lived 10 years in foster care with his older brother Michael, in homes in Monticello, Waverly and Howard Lake areas of Minnesota; he was foster brother to the Rogers family of White Earth, MN and among many others. Stacey passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM in Minneapolis, MN with his daughters and family near him. Maybe he painted your house or home; he was a super painter for 15 years in Minneapolis. Maybe you knew him on the rez, drove you to IHS or had drink or two with him; maybe saw him fishing or around the Harts’ place in the late 70’s and early 80’s was an EMT driver for Indian Health Services in Sisseton, SD. You might have gone to school with him or played hooky and shot hoops in Peavey Park with him or on the Ave. He attended West High School in Minneapolis. Stacey had received a childhood injury to his arm but this didn’t limit him in participating in basketball at the American Indian Center basketball league and other recreational activities. His Grandfather named him ‘Hokshina Ohitika’ (Strong Boy) family just called him ‘the Boy’; he would mumble at you with a rapid “I ain’t no Boy”, if you weren’t family… Maybe you saw him in Minneapolis, working, driving around or walking; he lived life strong as he could. He was known for being in Dick Bancroft’s Longest Walk photograph: Warriors, an internationally famous photo taken in 1978 as he was standing in front of the FBI building, this was an AIM photo show that traveled the globe. Stacey loved his family and being a Dakota. He loved life and yet had to survive the difficulties that most of us do in the Native community. He tried to do the best he could, he loved to laugh and have a good time and truly appreciated friendship, loyalty and family.

Stacey is survived by his mother: Louise LaBlanc, his brother: Michael LaBlanc as well as 8 children: Danny Blue; Stacey LaBlanc Jr.; Melissa LaBlanc; Nicolle LaBlanc; Eric LaBlanc; Alicia LaBlanc; Cheyenne Eastman; Autumn Eastman and numerous grandchildren. He had many friends and relatives who will miss him.

Obituary from Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD.




  • Created by: Ellen Sherlock
  • Added: 18 Mar 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 177501130
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Stacey Peter LaBlanc (27 Nov 1957–11 Mar 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 177501130, citing Saint Matthews Catholic Church Cemetery, Lebanon Township, Durham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Ellen Sherlock (contributor 47453747) .