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Darwin D. Niedo

Oct 23, 2012 - Staff

Darwin D. "Waffo" Niedo died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in his home in Crowheart. He was 64 years old.

Services will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Big Wind Hall in Crowheart, and a rosary will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Darwin Niedo was born May 23, 1948, the son was Ray Niedo and Jane Pearle Niedo in Lawton, Okla.

He received his theology degree from the Nazarene Indian Bible College and served in the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the Comanche Tribe.

He split his life between Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Wyoming, but it was his love of the Wind River Mountains and Valley that ultimately drew him to call Fort Washakie, and later Crowheart, his home.

An eloquent orator, singer and guitarist, Mr. Niedo preached and played gospel music at churches on the Wind River Indian Reservation and elsewhere. At the time of his death, he was a pastor at the Crowheart Community Church.

Throughout much of his life, Mr. Niedo's guitar accompanied him wherever he went, and he often performed upon request, including songs he had written himself.

He was a member of the American Legion, Richard Pogue Post 81, and served as a Tribal Veterans Representative.

His family said Mr. Niedo was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking in the Wind River Mountains. They said he will be remembered as a witty man with a colorful personality and many talents.

He is survived by Joseph Niedo, Glenda Havlik, Carolyn Nalepinski of Wisconsin, Vivian Hale, Nelda Niedo, Eleanor McDaniels, Gary Niedo of Oklahoma, Alicia Cook, Kay Pingree, Rebecca Pingree, Warren Niedo, Brian Peahrora, Zane Niedo and Whitman Niedo; aunt Rosella Tehah; stepmother Rosa L. Niedo of Fort Washakie; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joe Moafpowat Niedo Sr. and Maggie Wayahyetchy Niedo; mother Jane Peale Niedo; father Ray Niedo; and Willis Niedo, Cheryl G. Hill and Calvin Pingree.

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

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