Clifford Richards Sr.
Clifford Wayne Richards, Sr. “Akicita Blehiciya”, was born on April 26, 1934 in Pine Ridge, SD to Agatha Richard-Jones. Clifford made his journey to the Spirit World on March 13, 2018 at the Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Rapid City, SD.
Clifford was raised by his grandparents, Alfred and Loretta Richards in Tuthill, SD where he spent the majority of his childhood years. Clifford attended Oglala Community School until his 10th year and completed his GED a few years later. Clifford enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 23, 1952. During his time in the Marine Corps, Clifford received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and the National Defense Medal. Clifford transferred from the USMC to MCR with obligated service and was later honorably discharged on February 19, 1955. Clifford retired from government services after working in the areas of maintenance, a bus driver for Pine Ridge School, patient transportation for the Kyle and Wanblee Health Clinics, and RS Construction building homes on the reservation.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Lorraine Yellow Boy-Richards; children, Willie (Angie) Richards of Pine Ridge, SD, Joseph (Brandi) Richards, Sr. of Box Elder, SD, Jessica Richards of Rapid City, SD, Anita (Reed) Brown-Clifford of Wanblee, SD, Wayne “Beaver” (Brenna) Richards, Jr. of Rapid City, SD, Alfreda (Dean) Patton of Pine Ridge, SD, Jennifer Richards of Rapid City, SD, James “Jimo” (Dee) Richards of Wanblee, SD, Stephanie (Darrell) Apple of Kyle, SD, Filmore Richards of Pine Ridge, SD, and Tyonnia Richards of Pine Ridge, SD; grandchildren, Sidney Richards of Durango, CO, Garrett and Allie Jo Richards of Pine Ridge, SD, Joe, Jr., Adonis, & Noah Richards all of Box Elder, SD, Lariah Richards of Pine Ridge, SD, and Sophia & Bella Mike both of Rapid City, SD; sisters, Irene McDaniels of Mission, SD, Sandra Richards of Rapid City, SD, Gwendolyn Richards-Clifford, and Theresa Richards; 38 Grandchildren; 52 Great Grandchildren, and 11 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Clifford was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Richards; parents, Alfred and Loretta Richards; sons, Lyle, Rodney, and Casey Richards; grandsons, Shawn Brown and Stephan Lyle Patton; great grandson, Stephen Wayne Patton; brothers, Darrell Richards and Dean Richards; and sisters, Violet Richards-Church and Marjorie Lunderman.
Pallbearers will be Rich Patton, Orren Janis, Garrett Richards, Kevin Bettelyoun, Rodney Richards, Chance Winters, Chris Yellow Boy, Eric Yellow Boy, Corey Yellow Boy and Tom Yellow Boy.
Wake Services: 1:00 PM, Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD with Rosary services starting at 7:00 PM and Military Roll Call immediately following the Rosary Services Sunday Evening
Mass of Christian Burial Services: 10:00 AM, Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD
Officiating: Father Peter Klink, S.J.
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Sam Moves Camp and Mr. Clifford Wayne Richards, Jr.
Burial Services: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Pine Ridge, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD