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May 29, 2013 - Staff
Stan Friday died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital from injuries he sustained in a car accident. He was 52 years old.
There will be a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. The wake will be at the residence of Elizabeth Friday at 154 17 Mile Road. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, at Blue Sky Hall. Interment will follow at Friday Cemetery.
Stanford Friday was born July 6, 1960, the son of the late Bernadine Friday and Duane Friday. His Northern Arapaho name was Niicihii niitee, and he was named after the late Stanford St. Clair.
He grew up and worked at the Arapaho Ranch. He was raised a traditional Arapaho man and cowboy. He danced and participated in the Sundance in Ethete. He attended school at Mill Creek Elementary School, Thermopolis High School, Hamilton Dome School, Fort Sill Indian School in Oklahoma and Wyoming Indian High School.
He worked at the Arapaho Ranch for many years as a cowboy, and then followed in his father's footsteps and became the Arapaho Ranch foreman. He also worked in the oil fields.
His family said he loved being with his family and having fun with friends. Mr. Friday enjoyed outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing, he was know as the "Arapaho Noodler." He loved working with horses. He was known as a "horse whisper" but sometimes whispered the wrong things. He also was known for his sense of humor and how he could get anyone out of a sad or bad mood. His family said he touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor.
He is survived by his brothers, Sanford Friday, Nolan Friday, Solo Friday, Eugene Goggles and Lawrence Birdshead; sisters Aleta Whitman, Angela Friday, Elizabeth Friday, Terry Garrow, Jolene Makeshine, Lowayne Friday, Colleen Friday, Christina Friday and Wanda Birdshead; daughter Muriel Friday and family; sons Terrance Jenkins and Dennis Posey; godchildren Joey and Baby Sandy Friday, Garrett Wells, and Hollis C. and Caleb S. Braten; aunts Zetta Underwood and Linda Hurtado; uncles Hubert Friday and Albert Dodge Sr.; and numerous other adopted brothers, sisters, friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Wade and Dean Alan Friday; mother Bernadine Friday; grandmothers Angels Goggles and Effie Friday; grandfathers White O. Goggles and Chester O. Friday; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.