Sterling J. Howell Sr.Mar 13, 2013 Staff
Riverton native Sterling J. Howell Sr. died on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Riverton Memorial Hospital. He was 36 years old.
Services were Tuesday, March 12, at St Stephen's Catholic Church. Burial followed at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A rosary was recited at Great Plains Hall on Monday, March 11, and a wake followed in Arapahoe at 7 p.m.
Sterling John Howell Sr. was born July 2, 1976, in Riverton, to Gordon Howell and Julia Brown.
He was a member of the Native American Church and practiced the Arapaho traditional ceremonies. He was also of the Catholic faith.
He attended grade schools at Arapahoe and St. Stephen's. He graduated from Wyoming Indian High School in 1994. He then went to Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute for a year on a running scholarship for the cross country team.
While in high school he was a senior class representative for student council and was in the art club.
He was the first student ever to be a part of a presentation in Washington, D.C., called "Chapter II National Conference on Education" for his artwork. He represented the state of Wyoming and Wyoming Indian Schools.
He was Wyoming Indian High School's first cross country state champion in 1992. In 1990 and 1992 his cross country team won the state championship.
He was well known for his running, in the state and nationally, receiving numerous awards, medals and plaques for his achievements. He moved to Albuquerque, N.M., in 2003 and returned to Fremont County in 2011.
On Nov. 20, 2000, he married Sunshine Waquie. They later divorced in August of 2011.
His family said he enjoyed the "cowboy life," riding horses and breaking horses. He was a saddle bronc rider and the arena director for the Joe and Eileen Moss Memorial Rodeo.
He remained involved in track and field, still ran cross country, and loved basketball.
"His passion was art and he enjoyed it every day," the family said.
He is survived by his sons, Sterling John Howell Jr., Brandon Jermayne Howell and Blayne Styles Howell; his parents, Martin Brown Sr., Gordon Howell, and adoptive mother Emily Metoyer Stock; brothers Charles R. Howell Sr., Martin J. Brown Jr., George E. Brown, Jobie Howell, and Francis Brown; his sisters, Marquerite Underwood, Cora L. Brown, and Muriel Howell; his aunts, Ursula Aragon, Maxine Moss, Susanna Oldman and Rosella Moss; his uncles, Leonard Moss, Sr. and Donald Moss.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Julia A Brown; his grandparents, Herman and Eileen Moss; his aunts, Victoria Friday, Tekakwitha SunRhodes, Eileen Joe C'Bearing, Delores Moss; his uncle, Herman Moss Jr.; his niece, Lovetta Barnaby; and numerous grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.