Funeral services for Larry Fiddler, 54, of Promise, SD, were held Tuesday, July 23, at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte with Ron Black Bird and Dana Dupris officiating. Music was provided by Wakiyan Maza Drum Group. A feed followed, with burial afterward at the Fiddler Ranch Cemetery. Casketbearers were Mike Shaving, Richard Walters, Mike Kennedy, Ted Eagle, Steve Brings Plenty, Tom Carlson, Mike Jewett, Dennis Rousseau, Romey Gunville, Elvis Handboy, Chad Olson, John Garreau, Rick Rousseau and Robert Walters.
Larry Keith Fiddler was born on November 20th, 1958 at the old Cheyenne River Agency to Alta Swimmer Swiftbird and Leonard Moses Fiddler. He entered the Spirit World on July 17th, 2013 at his home in Promise.
Larry was raised by his Grandmother Elsie and Grandfather Alex Garreau down at the old Cottonwood Place and in the community of Swift Bird. When he was school age, he lived in the dorms and attended school in Eagle Butte.
Larry had many hobbies and interests, sang with the drum group, the First Americans, was a Fancy Dancer and then decided he would try out cowboying for a while. Everyone that knew him when he was younger, knew he was hell on wheels until he met his first wife, Darlyn Garreau, and they started their family in 1987. They had two boys, Just and Lucas, who he was very proud of, and who he said changed his life. He suffered the loss of his first wife in 2000 but managed to keep going for his family. He met Tanya Olson later that year and considered himself lucky to gain two more children, Tyler and Larissa. They were married in Timber Lake March 17th 2001, and continued to make a home for their family down in Promise.
Larry worked in many different programs for the Tribe and found his niche in Law Enforcement – he joked that the crime rate dropped when they got him working on the right side of the Law. He also worked for Prairie Management, Game, Fish and Parks and was the Administrative Officer for the Tribe, but he found his true calling as the Executive Director of Okiciyapi Tipi Habitat for Humanity. Larry’s charisma, friendliness and knowledge of the culture was shared with volunteers from across the country who came to help build and renovate houses on the reservation.
He was best known for his contagious laughter and sharp wit, his fearlessness and strength, and for his humble and compassionate dedication to helping everyone and anyone who needed it. His greatest joy was, and always will be, family, friends and gratitude for each day on this earth.
He is survived by his wife Tanya; children Tyler and Jessica Olson, Just and Jordan Lawrence, Lucas and Larissa; two grandchildren Jace Lawrence and Claire Olson; his siblings, Pat Mike, Terry and Marcy Fiddler, Dee and John Hein, Candace LeBeau and Severt Youngbear Jr., Dane LeBeau, Tina and Tom Carlson; aunts, Marita Garreau and Alice Jewett; Uncle Delwin Fiddler; many wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and his adopted family of brothers and sisters who shared his laughter and love.
Arrangements were with Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. www.stoutfamilyfh.com