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Harrison A. 'Bunny' Shoyo

Dec 27, 2013 - Staff

Harrison A. "Bunny" Shoyo, of Fort Washakie, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at his home. He was 68 years old.

A visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., visitation will be moved from the hall to the family home, 130 Stewart Lane, for the rest of the night. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Rocky Mountain Hall. Burial will follow in the Sacajawea Cemetery.

Harrison "Bunny" Shoyo Jr. was born Aug. 25, 1945, the son of Harrison and Anna (Pingree) Shoyo.

On Sept. 24, 1965, he married Angeletta Ute. The couple had five children, Bonnie, P. Kelly, Jerome, Carolyn and Tana. The couple also raised their grandsons, Montey and Chisum Moon.

Mr. Shoyo worked as a lifeguard, a carpenter and a maintenance worker. Most recently he was co-chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. He also was in a Glad commercial in the 1980s and posed for a statue by Richard Greeves. His family said he danced for President Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in 1965 and sang in an inauguration parade for President Barack Obama.

He was a sundance chief, dancer, road man and a member of the Native American Church. He was the Spiritual Leader of the Eagle Staff Runners, a consultant for the Wounded Warriors Odyssey Project, a member of the bishop's committee for the Shoshone Episcopal Mission, and the lead dancer for the War Bonnet Dance.

He also was a war dancer, a fancy bustle dancer, a roper, basketball player and a singer for the Native American Church. He sang at Sundance and powwows.

His family said he supported the youth and tried to do anything to help and teach them.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Angie; daughters Bonnie, Carolyn and Tanna; grandsons Montey and Chisum Moon; brother Arlen Shoyo and his wife Francine; sisters Anita Clair, Bernie Shoyo and Cathy Standing Rock and her husband Brian; aunts Rose Niedo, Chester Pingree, Mary Wagon and Rose Murphy; adopted sons Bily and Ed Eastman; adopted daughter Shanna Keeswood; adoptive parents Charley and Amy Peshlakai, Ruth Goggles and Leora Knight; and many other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Anna Shoyo; daughter P. Kelly; son Jerome; brothers Dean and Randy; and sisters Marilyn and Lavonne.

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