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The listings below represent the services of those men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty as a police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical technician. Our Fallen Heroes also include military personnel who died in active service, including members of the Coast Guard, or Army Reserve.

A hero is someone who does what he or she can, despite the personal cost, when it needs to be done. Our Fallen Heroes put themselves in harm's way while protecting and serving a community, and paid the ultimate price. We are honored to be entrusted with their memory.

In this way we know that we help you to remember the courage of those who put their lives on the line defending life, liberty, and the property of others.

If the person you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your Fallen Hero. Names are listed alphabetically.

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Loretta Bettelyoun

January 01, 1937 - - October 26, 2020

Loretta Elizabeth (Young) Bettelyoun was born on January 1, 1937 in Pine Ridge, SD to Louis Young, Sr. and Eva Yellow Horse. Loretta made her journey to the Spirit World on October 26, 2020 at the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nursing Home in White Clay, NE. Loretta is survived by daughters, Francine Buenrostro, Tamara Martinez, Shirldene Moser, Susan Young, Nolean Kocer, Carla Kocer, ...

Jerry Bear Shield Sr

January 04, 1949 - - October 24, 2020

Jerry Jesse Bear Shield, Sr. was born on January 4, 1949 in Pine Ridge, SD to Matthew Bear Shield and Edna (Blue Bird-Grabbing Bear) Apple. Jerry made his journey to the Spirit World on October 24, 2020 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY. Jerry is survived his son, Jerry Bear Shield, Jr.; siblings, Juliana Parra Munoz and Robert Red Shirt; and hunka siblings, Darrell ...

Gwen Bull Bear

March 29, 1958 - - October 23, 2020

Gwen Nita Bull Bear was born on March 29, 1958 in Pine Ridge, SD to John Byrd and Donna (Martin Patrick) Mae Garnette. Nita made her journey to the Spirit World on October 23, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Nita grew up in Kyle, SD and after some time moved with her children, Kathy and Donna Mae to California where she resided for 30 years. Nita had a v ...

Annabelle Brave

March 11, 1943 - - October 20, 2020

Annabelle Between Lodge-Brave was born on March 11, 1943 in Oglala, SD to Walter Between Lodge and Nellie Frogg. Annabelle made her journey to the Spirit World on October 20, 2020 at the Pine Ridge I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD. Annabelle is survived by her children, Albert Brave,Jr., Mona Brave, Donald Brave, Sr., and Nadene Morrison; grandchildren, Brooke, Cyrus, Dylan, ...

John Briggs

February 11, 1964 - - October 19, 2020

John David Briggs was born on February 11, 1964 in Rapid City, SD to Edson Briggs, Sr. and Grace Good Shield. John made his journey to the Spirit World on October 19, 2020 at his home in Slim Buttes, SD. John is survived by his wife, Troy Lynn (Roach) Briggs; children, Andrea Pasichnyk, Gregory Briggs, Edson Briggs, Kenneth (Samantha) Hill, Kimberly (Bradley) Hill, Jonna (Ter ...

Calvin Buckley

March 09, 1959 - - October 19, 2020

Funeral arrangements for Calvin "Ed Burrows" Buckley, age 61 of Casper, WY, are pending with the Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD. Calvin made his journey to the Spirit World on October 19, 2020 in Casper, WY.

Travis Bettelyoun

July 31, 1978 - - October 15, 2020

Travis Wayne Bettelyoun was born on July 31, 1978 in Rapid City, SD to Joseph and Mona (LaMont) Bettelyoun. Travis made his journey to the Spirit World on October 15, 2020 in Rapid City, SD. Travis is survived by his siblings, Joey Bettelyoun, Joel Bettelyoun, and Margaret Sierra; aunts, Sue Bettelyoun, Millie Blue Bird, Buffy Blue Bird, and Theresa Blue Bird; uncles, Marlin ...

Brandon Bettelyoun

September 03, 1982 - - October 12, 2020

Brandon Lee Bettelyoun was born on September 3, 1982 in Pine Ridge, SD to Earlene Rooks and George Bettelyoun, Sr. Brandon made his journey to the Spirit World on October 12, 2020 in Pine Ridge, SD. Brandon is survived by his mother, Earlene Rooks; children, Kellin Short Horn, Heaven Bettelyoun, Justes Poor Bear, Leilani McLaughlin, Josiah, Siri and Kennoy Brave Heart; sibling ...

Nancy Blue Legs

November 02, 1946 - - October 12, 2020

Nancy Blue Legs was born on November 2, 1946 in Sand Creek to Thomas Blue Legs and Mattie Red Elk. Nancy made her journey to the Spirit World on October 12, 2020 at her home in Rapid City, SD. Nancy is survived by her daughters, Lorencia Bartlett and Alice Blue Legs both of Rapid City, SD, Terrilee Milk and LeeAnn Bad Wound both of Martin, SD, , and Deana Milk of Rapid City, ...

Joseph Brown Thunder

February 19, 1933 - - September 23, 2020

Joseph Brown Thunder, Sr. was born on February 19, 1933 in Kyle, SD to Matthew Eagle Heart and Mabel (Thunder Bull) Eagle Heart and was adopted and raised by John Johnson Brown Thunder and Julia (American Horse) Brown Thunder. Joseph made his journey to the Spirit World on September 23, 2020 at the Bennett County Nursing Home in Martin, SD. Joseph is survived by his spouse, R ...

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