Franklin J. ArmajoNov 26, 2013 Staff
Franklin J. Armajo, of Arapahoe, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at his home. He was 71 years old.
A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Great Plains Hall followed by a wake at 458 Little Wind River Bottom Road. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, with Father Phil Wagnor officiating. Burial will follow at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's.
Franklin James Armajo was born Feb. 8, 1942, the son of James Trosper and Bertha Agnes Armajo in Fort Washakie. He was an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and his Indian name was Hisiibe'e, meaning Red Sun.
He attended Arapahoe Schools and Haskell Institute. He lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation and spent some time in Casper.
He was married to Myrna (Brooks) Armajo.
He was a bus driver for the Arapahoe school district. He also held other jobs over the years as a baker, janitor and motor home salesman, and he also worked for the Arapaho Ranch.
He was baptized into the Catholic faith and practiced the Native American Church religion.
His family said he enjoyed basketball games, playing at the casino, attending powwows and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Myrna; son Zachery J. Whiteman; daughters Melinda V. Whiteman and Carmen Hanway Oldman; brothers Merton Trosper, Brian Trosper, Milton Trosper, Arron Friday, Rawlin Friday, John Addison and Christopher Sunrodes; sisters Rose Oldman, Carla Geboe, Roberta Eagle, Belle Friday, Valarie Ware, Pam Friday, April Duran, Evelina Blackburn and Connie Brown; numerous grandchildren; and the families of Armajo, Oldman, Shakespeare, Brown, Trosper, Thunder, Friday, Sage, Quiver, Crispin Bell and White.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frances and Alberta SunRodes; mother Bertha Oldman; father James Trosper; sister Harriat Trosper; brothers Hiram Armajo and Glen SunRodes; and other family members Jerome Oldman, Benjaman M. Oldman, Priscilla Vbarra, Ben Friday Jr., Benjamin Friday III, Colin Friday Sr., Glen Nelson Oldman and Mary Kate Behan.