Leroy Shakespeare

Feb 15, 2014 Staff

Leroy Shakespeare died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. He was 75 years old.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father Phil Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at the Arapahoe Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with a wake to follow at Eagle Hall then at the family home, 101 Goes In Lodge Road.

Leroy Shakespeare was born March 13, 1938, in Fort Washakie, the son of John and Nellie (Friday) Shakespeare.

He was an active member of the Catholic church and celebrated the traditional ways and ceremonies.

His family said he had many talents and was a hand drum maker, artist, cartoonist and guitar player. He liked to tell jokes, stories and enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash songs. They said he also liked to run around, even though he had only one leg. He enjoyed bingo, basketball, riding horses, rodeo, boxing, training people for boxing, and animals, especially dogs. He liked to watch Westerns, cruise around, help others, fish and camp. He was known as "Cowboy Lee" to his family and friends. They said he was known for giving crazy nicknames to his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed speaking in his Native language but also knew how to speak Sioux, Spanish and Crow.

He is survived by his children, Rhonda Fae Headley and her husband Leo Headley Jr., Glenda Mona Moss, Germaine Susan Shakespeare and Lonny P. Shakespeare; sisters Bernice Watan, Jessie L. Spoonhunter, Alene Shakespeare, Amy Underwood, Lettie J. Spoonhunter, Ruth Mary Goggles and Delight O'Neil; brothers Kenneth Bobby Shakespeare, George West and Hugh Ridgely; close nephew Cedric Shakespeare Sr.; grandchildren Jaqouia Headley, Leigh Marie Headley, Lekeshia Headley, Jennifer Rose Shakespeare, Kenneth D. Shakespeare Jr., Mitchell Moss, Deidre Moss, Kaylo Moss, Tessa Killsontop, Kendall Moss III, Shilo Simon John Shakespeare, Lashelle Shakespeare, Laquan Shakespeare and Lamont Shakespeare; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Nellie Shakespeare; wife Joyce Marie Blackmann; infant daughter Germaine Susie Shakespeare; sons Kenneth Dewayne Shakespeare Sr. and Leroy Curtis Shakespeare Jr.; brothers O'Dell Russell Shakespeare, Nickerson, Shakespeare and Glenn Irvin "Big Rock" Shakespeare; grandsons Sterling Blackburn, Shane Derek Moss and Jay D. Spoonhunter; nephews Darwin Spoonhunter Sr., Stoney P. Blackburn and Stanley Spoonhunter Jr.; grandchildren Kraci and Mahlon Spoonhunter, Theron Spoonhunter, Stanley West Shakespeare and Elizabeth Dodge; close son-in-law Kendall J. Moss Jr.; brothers-in-law Stanley Spoonhunter Sr., Vincent Underwood Sr., Jesse Birdshead, Herman Norse and Simon Blackman, and sisters-in-law Anastacia Blackburn, Lucy Blackburn, Martina Bull and Mae Norse.

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

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