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Willieroy Ingawanup

Oct 1, 2013 - Staff

Willieroy Ingawanup died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. He was 29 years old.

Burial was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Sacajawea Cemetery.

Willieroy Ingawanup was born Aug. 22, 1984, in Lander, the son of Roddeen Ingawanup and Aaron C. Big Knife Sr. His Indian name was Eagle Speaking (Chippewa Cree).

His family line was from the Utes (Wyoming), Tetons (Idaho) and Big Knifes (Montana). He was an Eastern Shoshone with direct lineage to the Chippewa Cree and Shoshone-Bannock tribes.

He attended Chemewa Indian School and Central Wyoming College where he studied office management.

He was self-employed and worked for his mother and aunt in the family business. In his teens, he worked for his friend's family.

His family said he was a champion grass dancer in his younger years and recognized and respected the spiritual ceremonies and sweats. They said he had a big heart and was always willing to help others.

He is survived by his parents, Roddeen Ingawanaup and Aaron C. Big Knife Sr.; companion Laneda Thompson of Warm Springs, Ore.; sons Walt J. Ingawanup and Jayden Roy Iron Eyes; stepson Romeo; daughters Elaina and Jor'Reece Ingawanup; stepdaughter Daylin; sister Whitney Wesaw; brothers Aaron "Kolt" Big Knife, Hank Smith, Tristian and Walker Wesaw and baby brother Bubba; grandmothers Yvonne, Minnie, Evelyn, Mary, Ruby Big Knife of Rocky Boy, Mont., and Vina Ingawanup, Zedora Enos and Luida Unger of Idaho; grandfathers Sky Big Knife and Joe Big Knife of Rocky Boy, Mont.; aunts Rachel Ynostrosa, Cathy Ute and Mandy Harding; numerous aunts from Idaho and Rocky Boy, Mont.; uncles Purly, Lex and Hugh Big Knife, Lyle Ute Jr. and George Shongutsie; numerous uncles from Wyoming, Idaho and Rocky Boy, Mont.; and numerous cousins and friends from Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Rocky Boy, Mont..

He was preceded in death by his brother, Justin James Big Knife; sister Joran Willow; grandmothers Vida Stump, Flora Big Knife, Orlean Ute, Nannie Brown and Birdie Aaron; grandfathers Rodrick Ingawanup, John Big Knife and Big Knife Big Knife; and uncle Walt Big Knife.

All funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Ingawanup/Big Knife family.

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