September 4, 2013 • The Faith Idepedet
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Funeral services for TomMason, age 96, longtime Faith,SD area rancher were held at10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Septem-ber 3, 2013 at the Faith Commu-nity Center in Faith, SD withPastor Connie Eichinger officiat-ing. Burial followed at 2:00 p.m.on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 atthe Black Hills National Ceme-tery near Sturgis, SD. MilitaryHonors will be afforded by theRobert O'Shea American LegionPost #106 and the Sturgis Veter-ans Honor Guard.Country music was provided byButch Samuelson and Terri Kis-sack.Serving as casketbearers werehis nephew, Dennis Welter,great-nephew, Skyler Welter,Cody Shuelke, Leon Engle andhis two grandsons, Mike Fitzger-ald and Bob FitzgeraldTom C Mason, 96, well knownFaith rancher passed away Tues-day, August 27, 2013 at the WestRiver Medical Center, Hettinger,NDTom Clifford Mason was bornthe youngest of six children onMarch 31, 1917. He grew up andworked his whole life on his ranchwest of Faith, SD. The only timehe was away for any length of time from the land he grew tolove, was when he served a stintin the Navy during WW II, 1942 -1945. In 1960 Tom married Min-nie Smith Peltz (the girl nextdoor). They eventually added theSmith place to their ranch. Withthe marriage, came a ready-madefamily and eventually grandchil-dren with Minnie's children, Lor-raine Fitzgerald and EllwoodPeltz.Left to mourn his passing arehis stepson, Elwood (April) Peltz,Bremerton, WA; stepdaughter,Lorraine (Don) Fitzgerald, Bis-marck, ND; five step grandchil-dren; eight step great-grandchildren; four nieces, Au-drey Henderson, Mobridge, SD,Barbara Lyon, Meadow, MaryLee Hayden, Oshkosh, WI andJudy Mason, Tacoma, WA; twonephews, Dennis (Noma) Welter,Faith, SD and Roger (Ann)Rohrer, Lead, SD; and numerousgreat nieces and great nephews.Tom was preceded in death byhis parents; his wife, MinnieMason; two nephews, Wade andJerry Mason; three brothers, Ray,William (Billy) and Ron; two sis-ters, Lila Welter and JanetRohrer.In lieu of flowers, memorialsare preferred in Tom's name to acharity of the donor's choice.Memories of the past fromDavid Paul, September 19, 2012;The Faith Independent: "It wasthe summer of 1976...There was alot of stretch between his soiledhat and his work boots. The horsewas attired much as its rider. Thesaddle was well worn with noextra trappings, no rope, singlerigged. The headstall tie-downwas a twine string. No stock rack!Horse and rider were the samecolor. The rider was browned bythe sun, and the horse was allnatural. There was no gleam orshine attached to either...I am just as much today as I was backthen, intrigued with the simplic-ity of this rancher's managementstyle. I had just met my goodneighbor, Tom Mason.
Funeral services for Pat EagleChasing, Sr., 67, of Eagle Butte,will be Friday, Sept 6 at 10:00 AM, MDT, at the Lakota CulturalCenter, Eagle Butte. Burial fol-lows at 3:00 PM Friday at BlackHills National Cemetery, Sturgis.Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:00 PMThursday to process to the cul-tural center for wake services be-ginning at 7:00 PM. Patrickentered the spirit world August27, 2013 in Eagle Butte.Patrick Maurice Eagle ChasingSr. was born on July 9th, 1946 toNarcisse and Bernice (Condon)Eagle Chasing in Ft. Yates, ND.He returned to the Spirit Worldon August 26, 2013.Pat grew up in and aroundCherry Creek, SD. He attendedgrade school in Red Scaffold &high school in Eagle Butte. Tomost he was either "Herk" or"Puggy" and he was known for agood laugh! Whether you werethe person being picked on or theone laughing along – everyonewas laughing.Like his brother, Ron, Pat en-listed in the Vietnam Conflict.But since his brother was alreadyin Vietnam Pat was stationed inThailand. He served 6 years driv-ing heavy machinery equipment. After returning home, Pat workedas dispatch for the tribal policeand later Pat & Ron worked forthe Cheyenne River Sioux Tribeas Surveyors, surveying most of the dams and dug-outs on thereservation. Pat continued towork an occasional surveying jobfor Swan's Construction until afew years ago.Pat made a spiritual commit tohelp his brother, Ron, in theLakota Ways. He followed his be-liefs and helped others to under-stand. He was a part of theHohwoju Drum Group and keptthe vital when he joined them.Beading was Pat's passion. Hecould whip out a checkbook coverin two days if he had to. He had agreat eye for color and made upamazing designs. Pat enjoyed thepeople around him in his specialspot at Bingo. And only when hedidn't show up for Bingo – twonights in a row – did someonethink there was somethingwrong. He had a special bondwith his nieces Rhonda and Ron-ica, they joked and teased eachother and argued but they sharedthat bond. Fishing and huntingwith his brothers was the high-light of the Summer and Fall.Pat leaves behind his oldestson, Troy Eagle Chasing Sr.,Eagle Butte, son, Darwin, WA ,Patrick Eagle Chasing Jr. (JoAnnTwiggs), & daughters, Sarah,Jannon (James) Dog Eagle, WillieJon Eagle Chasing (WayneWright), Rapid City; Adopteddaughter, Jessica Iron Moccasin,Eagle Butte; Step-children, HopeShields, Pierre and Lloyd Thomp-son, Rapid City; Adopted father,Roger Russell; Brothers, RonEagle Chasing, Eagle Butte, &Jim (Charmagne) Lightfield Jr.;Sisters, Virginia White Feather,Dupree, Kay (Jerry) Palmer, Buf-falo, WY, JoEllen Thompson,Eagle Butte, & Angel (David)Kennedy, Faith; adopted son,Clifford Demery, 11 grandchil-dren, numerous aunts & uncles,nieces & nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death byhis father, Narcisse Eagle Chas-ing; mother & step-father, Ber-nice & James Lightfield Sr., bothmaternal & paternal grandpar-ents; twin sister, Patricia EagleChasing and sister, LaVernStaight Head; brothers, GeraldEagle Chasing, Herbie Evans,Dale Lightfield; adopted-mother,Patty Russell; uncles: Pat, An-drew, Chester, Willie John, Geno,& Darryl Condon, Ernie Light-field and Kenneth Jeffries; aunts:Rose Dupris, Angeline Swan,Christine Swan, Julianne Con-don; Nieces: Ronnette EagleChasing & Brittany Buffalo;nephew, Waco Buffalo; sister-in-law, Lillian Eagle Chasing. great-granddaughter, Amiyah Pattan.Condolences may be sent to thefamily at www.stoutfamilyfh.com
Patrick M. Eagle Chasing