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Passing On
Dennis Lee Whipple, May 31, 1987 - Aug. 24, 2013
Thursday, September 05 2013
 
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Dennis Lee Whipple, 26, from the Lower Sioux Community passed away Saturday, Aug. 24 at his home.

Dennis Lee Whipple was born May 31, 1987 in Rhinelander, WI to Vincent Columbus, Sr. and Sylvia Whipple. He was raised in Rhinelander, WI and baptized at Mazakute Church in St. Paul. Dennis’ godparents were Jeannie Huberty and Dennis Whipple Sr. Dennis attended Mound Park School, Battle Creek Middle School and Arlington High School in St. Paul. Dennis was always smiling and outgoing. He enjoyed snowboarding and watching the Minnesota Vikings. Dennis enjoyed having bonfires with relatives and friends and having cookouts; he loved to cook and share his recipes. He spent time playing games with his X-Box and watching movies. Dennis especially liked giving Alianna popsicles to share with other nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his mother Sylvia Whipple of St. Paul; father Vince Columbus, Sr. of the Lower Sioux Community; siblings: Vince Columbus, Jr. and Joseph Columbus; nephew Josiah Caske Casiano Columbus; aunts and uncles: Joyce Whitted of CA, Betty Tebo of Kansas City, MO, Verna Warren, and Leslie Whipple both of St. Paul, Tim Columbus of CA, Roland Columbus of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson, LaVonne Swenson, Sandra Geshick, Mairlyn Hisday, Dan GreyEagle, all of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa Chee of the Lower Sioux Community; and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Demis and Evelyn Whipple, Thomas and Iola Columbus and many other relatives.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 28 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center along with a final viewing. Visitation was held on Aug. 27 at the Lower Sioux Recreation Center with a prayer service, continuing until time of services. The burial was in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.

Online condolences: www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service - Redwood Valley Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Nonprofit leader Ron McKinley killed in motorcycle accident
Friday, August 02 2013
 
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passing_on_ron_mckinley.jpgRon McKinley, a philanthropic leader who campaigned for education for minorities was killed in a road accident July 21. He was 64.

McKinley, of St. Paul, was riding a motorcycle in Washington state when he and a passenger, St. Paul resident Ann K. Johnson, were killed.
Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, said McKinley worked to make sure people of color were included in foundation decision-making.

“He made our institutions more fair, and he made them much more inclusive places,” she said, “so everywhere that he was, he was making sure that the table was set in a way where we could get the most perspective and we could make thoughtful decisions.”
Ernest Wabasha -September 2, 1929 - March 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
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passing_on_wabasha.jpgErnest “Ernie” Wabasha (age 83) of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Redwood Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton. Visitation was held April 2 and 3rd at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Place online condolences at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  

Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens “little frenchman”
Wednesday, November 21 2012
 
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passing_on_leonard_stately.jpgSeptember 22, 1952 - October 15, 2012.

Leonard (Robin) Alvin Stately Jr. Wiimitigoozens, age 60, of Redby, Minnesota journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, October 15, 2012. He was born on September 22, 1952 in Red Lake to Leonard Alvin Stately Sr. and Vivian Frances Thunder. He was joined in marriage to Robyn Lynn Isham. They were marriaged by Native American custom for thirty six years. Leonard was a heavy equipment operator and teacher. He was a member of AIM. He was an avid hunter and fisher. He was a proud dad and grandfather. He liked spending time with his children and hunting with his sons. He liked going for rides around the horn, and he was known for driving slow around the community. He loved taking slow rides with the love of his life. He loved to make his babies smile. Survived by his wife Robyn Lynn Stately; sons: Robin John, Golden Eagle, Rain and Zachary Stately; daughters: Angel, Billie Jo, Rachelle, Leader, Bear, Sky, Antasia, Money and Terynn Stately, Star Taylor, an honorary daughter: Kathryn Fisher; thirty three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; brothers: Guy and Bruce Stately, Theodore Graves, Gordon Johnson, Keith Defoe, Gary Thunder and Keith Lussier Sr.; sisters: Marlene Stately, Diane Roy, Tina Stately, Angela Hernandez and Suzanne Northbird; many other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his mother and father: Vivian and Leonard Stately, brothers: David, Maurice and Alvin, an infant set of twins and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Leonard were held October 19 at The Redby Community Center in Redby, Minnesota. An all night wake was held October 17-18 at The Redby Community Center. Interment is at The Family Cemetery in Redby, Minnesota

Glenford Columbus (July 11, 1949 - September 19, 2012)
Wednesday, October 17 2012
 
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obituary_glenford_columbus.jpgGlenford Thomas "Dodo" (Eagle Warrior) Columbus, age 63 of the Lower Sioux, entered the spirit world peacefully on September 19 at his home.   
Columbus was born July 11, 1949 in Pipestone, MN to Thomas and Iola Jean (Mireau) Columbus. He attended Morton Public School and welding school in Kansas City, MO. Dodo was a very good artist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pool, and having cookouts grilling steaks. He also enjoyed music, art, his German Shepherd dogs, and sports, especially watching boxing and the Minnesota Vikings. Dodo loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren.
Glenford is survived by his daughters: Malinda Fennern, Christina Fennern, Angela Schaffer, and Amber Schaffer; brothers and sisters: Tim Columbus of La Mesa, CA, Rolland (Fawn) of Redwood Falls, Lillian Wilson of the Lower Sioux, LaVonne (Dan) Swenson of the Lower Sioux, Sandra (Ray) Geshick of the Lower Sioux, Marilyn His Day of the Lower Sioux, Vincent Columbus of the Lower Sioux, Dan Grey Eagle of the Lower Sioux, Chris Columbus of Redwood Falls, and Melissa (Chris) Chee of the Lower Sioux; uncle Joe Mireau of Prairie Island; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Violet; brothers Alvin, Delano, Clyde, Leon, and Kevin; sister Ramona; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Sept. 24 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

Ronald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (February 13, 1963- August 24, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_norcross_photo.jpgRonald "Tony" Anthony Norcross (To i'ci owa - Paints Himself Blue) age 49 of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the spirit world on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Morton, MN.  Funeral services were Aug. 29 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  
Tony was born in St. Paul, MN to Victor and Ramona (Columbus) Norcross.  He was married Terese "Terri" Kratzer in 2009. Tony was a great artist; he loved drawing and doing crafts. He was a Rockstar musician, had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed being around children. Tony loved his children Tara, Sheena, and Anthony, and was a good grandfather to his grandchildren
Tony is survived by his wife Terri; children: Tara, Sheena, Anthony, Crista, Jamie, Nicole, Jessica, and Robert; grandchildren: Jose, Isaac-Santino, Nevaeh, Jerrod, Levi, Mariah, Taylor, Aubrey, Haley, Ari, Tyler, Elliana, and Aliyah; siblings: David, Pamela Jean, Doris Marie, Richard Duane, Vicki Lea, Lorna Louise, Calvin Kenneth, Jeffrey Scott, Bruce Wayne, and Curtis Michael; and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. He is
preceded in death by his grandparents, parents Victor, Ramona, and Shirley Ruth Schlie.

Gene Artishon (November 1, 1947 - August 19, 2012)
Monday, September 17 2012
 
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passing_on_gene_artishon.jpgGene was a Vietnam Veteran and worked for the Unites States Postal service for over 20 years, retiring 5 years ago. Something dear to his heart was helping veterans, whether that was through talking, encouragement, listening or the sweat lodge.
Gene Artishon, Red Cliff tribal member, was a teacher, mentor, spiritual leader, activist and father. Gene is survived by (Karen Nomeland) and children Gina, Kara and Kristin; (Candace Aldun) and children Katherine, Eli, and Victoria. Gene is also survived by wife Nancy Campbell and four stepchildren. Gene is survived by sisters Mary Casey, Eva (Jim) Newbert, Rose Scott, Muriel (Crash) Krogman, Ruth (Gary) Pfeffer, Dorothy (Dan) Gage, Grace (Ron) Artishon, Vicy Artishon and brothers John "Jack" Artishon and Bart Artishon. He leaves behind 9 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by parents George (Red Cliff tribal member) and Grace (White Earth tribal member) Artishon.
Marie Antonette Fasthorse June 16, 1963 to April 21, 2012
Thursday, May 17 2012
 
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Marie Antonette Fasthorse, age 48, passed away on April 21, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born June 16, 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Trinidad Gamboa Gardea and the late Pauline Fasthorse. Marie loved spending time with her family and friends; she enjoyed cooking, playing pool, bead working, doing puzzle books and riding motorcycles. She was funny, generous, easygoing, and always had a smile on her face.
Preceded by mother Pauline Fasthorse and Brothers Michael T. Fasthorse Sr and Lorin Stone. She is survived by her life-long partner, Kevin Schantzen; 4 daughters, Jeri Fasthorse (Larry Colquit Sr.), Savonni Aguilar (Scotty), Kristel Schantzen (Nate Jacques), and Stephanie Schantzen; 5 sisters, Rachel Gardea, Lori Gellings, Lorina Campbell, Corrina Gardea-Cervantes, Anna Gardea-Dezern ; 4 brothers, Joseph Fasthorse, Moses Gardea, John Stone, John Gardea; 4 grandchildren; Josiah Jacques, Isaiah Jacques, Elijah Aguilar, and Larry Colquit Jr. Visitation was April 27, 2012. Funeral Services were held at Blunt Mortuary 2229 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Online condolences at: www.bluntmortuary.org.
Willis Swenson June 25, 1987 - April 22, 2012
Thursday, May 17 2012
 
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Willis A. Swenson, age 24, of the Lower Sioux Community unexpectedly entered the spirit world Sunday, April 22, 2012. Willis Swenson was born June 25, 1987 in Redwood Falls, MN to Dan and LaVonne (Columbus) Swenson.  He was baptized at St. Cornelia's Episcopal Church. He attended school at Redwood Falls, Morton Charter, and Sisseton. Willis was a Powwow dancer when he was younger. He loved family gatherings and picnics, and spending time with his friends. Willis enjoyed the children and all his relatives. He was a great story teller and remembered all the details of the past. Willis made you feel like you were in the story. He enjoyed a variety of music, the outdoors, fishing, and camping. He also loved traveling, cooking, and watching TV.
Willis is survived by his parents Dan and LaVonne Swenson of Morton; Siblings: Regina (Tony) Stacy, Dean R. Peterson, and Aaron Swenson, all of the Lower Sioux; godparents: Chris Columbus, Leon Columbus, and Joan Pendleton, all of the Lower Sioux; aunts and uncles: Tim, Trulo, Lillian, Dodo, Sandee, Dixie, Yuker, Dan, Gus, and Melissa; cousins: Willard, Mary Ellen, Dale, Virgil, Collette, Richard Dean, Tom, Duane, Michelle, Cindy, Stevie, Tony, Eileen, Dion, Tim, Donovan, Caesar, Stacy, Tony, Pam, Dory, Richard, Vicki, Angel, Amber, Mindy, Christina, Tamica, Wishbone, Scootie, Raquel, Eleanor, Dennis, Vinnie, Joe, Deb, Val, Danielle, Deedee, Lydia, Trisha, Jason, Vernon Jr., Brandon, Felicia, and April; nieces and nephews: Americis, Dean, Arianna, Chad, Velecia, Xavia, and Marquese Morris; his dog Murphy; and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held April 26 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com.
Vincent "Bean" Leith February 21, 1956 - May 11, 2011
Friday, June 10 2011
 
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Obit Vincent Leith photo.jpgVincent "Bean" Leith, age 55, of the Lower Sioux Community journeyed to the spirit world on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Wood Dale Nursing Home. Vincent was born February 21, 1956 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Clarence and Clara (Green) Leith. On June 2, 2005 he was united in marriage to Lisa Miner in Sioux Falls, SD. Bean worked for Minnesota Department of Transportation in the twin cities area, and drove bus for Iyanka Dakota Bus Lines. Bean was a Traditional Fancy Dancer in his younger years. He loved singing and dancing, laughing and
having fun, and visiting with people. Bean also enjoyed playing pool, going to the Casino, and was a good cook.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 16 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Visitation was at the Lower Sioux Community Center on Sunday with a pipe ceremony and prayer service. Services were on Monday with interment at Spring Grove Cemetery, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Online condolences may be sent at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  
Vincent is survived by his children: Michael Leith and Duane Leith; grandchildren: Angela, Justina, Cory, Hope, and Leah; siblings: Ron (Loretta) Leith, Mike (Shelly) Leith, John (Beverly) Leith, all of Redwood Falls, Sherman (Mary) Leith of St. Paul, Rose Norcross of St. Paul, Audrey Hoff, Yvonne Leith, Clarence Leith, Jr. all of Morton, and many relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Clara, wife Lisa, nephew Waylon Chance Leith, aunts and uncles James, Pete, Levi, Alfred, Warren, Jackson, and Bernice Leith, Pauline Crow, and John and Michael Green.
Autumn Rose Jones December 11, 1986 - April 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 10 2011
 
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jonesAutumn Rose Jones, age 24 of the Lower Sioux Community journeyed to the Spirit World Thursday, April 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.  Services were held April 14 at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Visitation was on Wednesday at the Lower Sioux Community Center.  Interment is in St. Cornelia's Episcopal Cemetery.
Autumn Rose Jones was born December 11, 1986 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, to Vernon Jones Sr. and Melissa (Columbus) Chee. She attended school in Woodbury, Burnsville, and Redwood Falls. Autumn enjoyed horseback riding, including competition barrel racing; trapping and skinning gophers, camping, and fishing. She was a Fancy Shawl Dancer, and loved dancing at Powwows. Autumn had a heart of gold and was always willing to help others. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, and riding around listening to music.
 Autumn is survived by her mother Melissa & Christopher Chee of the Lower Sioux; father Vernon "Bush" Jones Sr. of Red Lake; siblings: Vernon Jones Jr., Brandon Jones, Felicia Jones, April Jones, Travis Jones, Alexa Jones, Monique Chee, and Kristy Chee; nieces and nephews: Shania Jones, Camron Jones, Dante Garcia, Tiara Thompson, Audrina Jones, and Jazzmin Tsosi; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by Joe Briseno, grandparents: Tom & Iola Columbus, and Kenneth Jones and Lillian Kingbird Jones, and cousins: Salina Eller, Monique Wilson, and Chad Gruendemann. Online condolences may be sent at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.

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