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Richard 'Poncho' Leroy Lone Dog Jr.

Dec 18, 2013 - Staff

Richard "Poncho" Leroy Lone Dog Jr. died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at his home in Riverton. He was 78 years old.

Traditional services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe with a dinner and giveaway to follow. Riders on horseback will meet at 9 a.m. and transport him from Rose Lone Bear's (Ione and William Lone Bear former residence) to Great Plains Hall.

Richard "Poncho" Leroy Lone Dog Jr. was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Rosebud, S.D., the son of Richard Lone Dog Sr. and Ione Hatten. He was a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe but was raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Boarding school and later attended Arapaho School before enlisting in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. After he left the service he toured Europe, Poland, Iceland and saw firsthand the devastation of war.

Mr. Lone Dog held many titles and jobs, and his family said he was always an instrumental leader in making changes happen for his people. For more than 10 years, he worked as an administrator, managing Tribal Land Enterprise of the Rosebud Reservation. He was a council member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a police officer(Rosebud and Wind River) and a game warden in Rosebud, S.D. He established the Tribal Roads Program and TERO for Rosebud Sioux Tribe. At the age of 79, he was still working as a mechanic at Arapaho Ranch.

Ward and Margaret Spoonhunter, Buster and Gerri Brown, Ax Brown and many other families adopted him as their son. Along with his extended families, this brought into his life many brothers and sisters whom he loved and cherished. He was claimed and taken by many as a brother.

His family said he loved the country he grew up in and had lots of memories there.

He is survived by his long-time companion, Judith Roubideaux; sons Richard Lone Dog III, Charles Lone Dog and Danelle William Lone Dog, Stephen Lone Dog Sr., Charlie Lone Dog and Carmella, Joseph Lambert and Beatrice, Richard Brannan and Kathlene, Gordon Brill, Kevin Jenkins, and Tommy Jenkins and Marilyn; grandson Matthew Thunder; daughters Cindy Lone Dog, Mary Lone Dog, Wanda Posey and Elizabeth Antone; brothers Hermus Lone Dog, Darrell Lone Bear Sr., William Lone Bear, David Lone Bear, Moose Brown, Howard Brown, Wendell Ghost Bear, George Smith, Glen Smith, Charlie Boy Manderson, Wayne Felter, Louie Schmidt, Bill Hay, Robert Long, Mick Strain, Louie Young, Tom Wilson, Pard McMath, Tom Fredericks and Chico Her Many Horses; sisters Charolette Lone Dog, Donna Goodman, Violet Lone Dog-Carlson, Lynda Lone Bear, Melody Spoonhunter, Debra Jenkins, Rose Lone Bear, Rebecca Kuka, Theresa Williams, Jodi Brown, Marilyn Brown, Nena Brown, Evie Brown, Alice Moss, Sarah Black, Laura Shakespeare, Barbara Smith-Perea, Alfreda Smith and Geraldine Monroe; nephew Stanley Blackburn; 57 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; adopted parents; children Lisa and Carla Jenkins, and Kenny Riley; brothers Turkey Shakespeare, Alfred Spoonhunter, Lionel Bell, Arvin Felter, Rueben Quiver, Joe Rivera, Don Long Time, Tucker Colombe, Eddie Farmer and Loyd Bones; sister Jenny Foote Lone Dog; grandson Markus Thunder; nephew Leroy Wallowing Bull; and numerous other relatives.

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