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Winston Bruce Spoonhunter

Jul 8, 2012 - Staff

Winston Bruce "Chiefy" Spoonhunter, 32, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at his residence.

Traditional American Indian funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, at the Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie, with Harrison Shoyo Jr. and Arlen Shoyo Sr. officiating.

Interment will be at the Clair cemetery on Engavo Lane. An evening service and wake will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the family home, 47 Engavo Lane, Fort Washakie.

Winston B. "Chiefy" Spoonhunter was born Oct. 31, 1979, in Lander. He is the son of Delta (Clair) Azbill and Martin Spoonhunter.

Mr. Spoonhunter was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. At the time of his passing, he was a self-employed carpenter. He attended schools at Fort Washakie School, Wyoming Indian High School and Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota.

His family said Mr. Spoonhunter enjoyed fishing, traveling, hunting and being with family and friends but mostly being with his daughter, DaeShaun.

Mr. Spoonhunter is survived by his daughter, DaeShaun Nanicia Ryan Spoonhunter; mother Delta (Clair) Azbill; father Martin Spoonhunter and wife Jackie; brothers Jackson Clair Sr., Jarred Bear Comes Out, Kelly, Orrin and Garland Spoonhunter; sisters Claire and Misty Spoonhunter, Utahnna Bear Comes Out, Chanel, Rafina and Janice Azbill and Leta Hill Trosper; grandparents Delphine and Anita Clair; uncles Jason Clair, Mike Muniz and George Spoonhunter Sr. and Leo Goodluck Jr.; aunts Yvonne and Skye Big Knife, Carma and George Redman, Patricia Clair, Marge and Rueben St. Clair, Agnes Logan, Joan Spoonhunter, Charlene Hoover, Delores Cuch; and numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins. Extended families Waddas Neidos, Pingrees, Shoyos, Browns, Warren, Spoonhunters, Ramsdells and other families from Idaho, Utah and Montana.

He was proceeded in death by his great-grandmother, Ida Nocota; great-grandfathers Dan B. Clair and Lee Wayne Wadda; grandparents James and Marqurite Spoonhunter, Harrison and Anna Shoyo Sr.; stepfather Marvin Azbill; uncles Robert Spoonhunter, Ray Logan and Shawn Clair; aunts Marion, Geraldine Spoonhunter; nieces Madison Clair, Kara Guffey, Jamie Guffey and KaiLeigh St. Clair.

Services are in the care of Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander.

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