Russell T. CaldwellJun 11, 2013 Staff
Russell T. Caldwell died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was 53 years old.
Traditional Indian funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Blue Sky Hall with Scotty Brown Eyes and Lessert Moore officiating. Evening services will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Blue Sky Hall with a wake to follow at the family residence, 160 17 Mile Road, Ethete. Interment will be in the Yellow Calf Cemetery.
Russell Thomas Caldwell was born June 10, 1960, in Pine Ridge, S.D., the son of the late Harrison and Jeanette Caldwell.
He lived in Pine Ridge, S.D., Omaha, Neb., and the Wind River Indian Reservation. He attended the Arapahoe School and later attended the Kicking Horse Job Corp Center in Ronan, Mont.
He was married to Arliss Harlen.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator and as a construction and farm worker.
His family said he enjoyed his grandchildren and had two special granddaughters, Russellina Ridgley and Angel Behan. He also enjoyed watching movies, walking and being with family and friends.
He is survived by wife, Arliss Harlen; daughter Donna and Almeda Caldwell; son Rusty Caldwell; sisters Myra (Augistine) Ridgley, Bernice Bluebird, Lena (Willie) Peters, Marlene Piper, Belva (Leon) Matthews, Jenny, Priscilla and Chamblis He Crow, Rose Oldman, Roberta Eagle and Susan and Vicky Sitting Eagle; brothers Euwin Caldwell, Ora Little, Loren Durgin, Gary and Lance Oldman, Wilbur Antelope, Mervin Black, Phillip and Mike Piper and Bill Charging Sr.; uncles Scotty Brown Eyes and Lessert Moore; nieces Veronica Spotted Elk, Juanita Broken Leg, Karry, Kelly and Kessa Peters and Jessica Redman; nephews Selam and Clarence Behan, Joe and Bill Charging, Jesse and Justin Peters, Danny Peck, Jason and Jerome Piper, Garrett, Jarret, Isaac and Billy Bob Caldwell; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son William Caldwell; sisters Ruby Chingman and Stella Caldwell; grandparents Harry Caldwell, Maude Little, Phillip and Lucy Brown Eyes; aunts Anita, Bertha, Mary Lou and Virginia Caldwell, Shirley Red Cloud and Louella Brown Eyes; and uncles Herman Caldwell and Joe Brown Eyes.
Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.