Tomas B. Ybarra

Jan 7, 2014 Staff

Tomas B. Ybarra, of Riverton, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at his home. He was 60 years old.

A rosary and wake will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Wesley Monroe Sr.'s home, 1501 Elmwood Drive. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father Phil Wagner officiating. Burial will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

Tomas B. Ybarra was born Dec. 30, 1953, in Bryan, Texas, the son of Jesus Ybarra and Helen (Oldman) Bear Ybarra. He moved to the Wind River Indian Reservation when he was young and spent his life there. He attended the Fort Sill Indian School, Central Wyoming College and Minneapolis Community College.

In 2003, he married Priscilla Oldman.

He worked as a farm hand on the Arapaho Ranch, as a janitor and maintenance worker at Arapaho School, and as a child care provider. He also worked in entertainment at the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

He was a member of the Catholic faith and the Native American Church.

His family said he enjoyed drawing, watching Western movies, playing cards, cooking, playing the guitar, signing and writing poems. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his sons, Claude Tomas, Tomas Bear Jr. and Norman Ybarra; daughter Melanie (Christopher) McAdams; brothers Mike G. Duran and family, Claude Duran Sr. and family, and Delmer Duran Sr. and family; sisters Ida Monroe and family and Judy Duran and family; families Willow, Oldman, Duran, Flores and Ybarra of Bryan, Texas, Black, Herrara, Roman, Hanway, Thunder, Bear of Montana, Redfield, Headley, Pingree, Littlethunder, Sun Rhodes, Monroe, C'Hair and Littleshield; family and friends from House of Hope; and numerous grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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