Maynard Charles Dupris "Wanbli Ohitika" Brave Eagle
Mass of Christian burial for Maynard Dupris, age 64, of Cherry Creek was celebrated Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Cherry Creek Blue Gym.
Burial was at the Maynard Dupris Ranch Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Maynard passed away Thursday, April 14, 2011, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, N.D.
Maynard Charles Dupris was born on October 23, 1946, to Rosalie Straight Head - Dupris at the Old Cheyenne Agency. Maynard was raised by his grandmother, Flora Bear Eagle along with grandparents, Frances and Louise Straight Head, until he was 14 years old, when they passed away. Maynard then entered high school at Cheyenne Eagle Butte and spent his high school years in the dormitory. After graduating high school at Cheyenne Eagle Butte in 1964, he entered the Army from 1965 to 1968. When Maynard returned from the military, he married Lavonne Condon, and to this union of marriage, four children were born, Kristi, Kathryn, Charles and Michael. Maynard and Lavonne divorced and Maynard later married Iris Eagle Chasing. To this union of marriage, four more children were born, Craig, Braden, Branden and Kaitlyn.
Prior to entering the military, Maynard worked for Bob Samuelson and Paul Elshere as a ranch hand. Maynard learned the ranching business from the bottom up. Upon immediate return from the military, Maynard began working for Bob Samuelson and Paul Elshere again to become an expert in his craft of ranching. In 1971, Maynard began his own ranching business with a few head of cattle and a small piece of land. Maynard worked very hard on his ranch and was able to build it into a prosperous ranching business, in which is still active when he passed. Maynard knew his land very well, to the point of knowing every pothole in his pastures and he knew every one of his cows and what they brought to his business. Maynard was a very proud man and he taught each one of his children his very strong work ethic.
Maynard served on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council from 1988 to current, and was very instrumental in starting the Tri-Community Board and fund. Maynard was a strong asset to the communities of Cherry Creek, Bridger, and Takini and will be missed by his constituents. Maynard also worked for the United States Postal Service for many years. Maynard was a very strong influence on the Tribal Council and he will be dearly missed by all his peers.
Preceding Maynard in death is his grandparents, Flora Bear Eagle, Francis and Louise Straight Head; his parents, Millard and Rosalie Dupris; and brother, Bryan Dupris. Maynard has three surviving sisters, Margaret Cruz, Victoria Dupris and Sharon Dupris; three brothers, Marlem "Billy" Dupris, Audie Dupris;and Joseph "Dungee" Dupris and one surviving aunt, Doris Ward.
Maynard is survived by his eight children, Kristi (Tracy) Lawrence; Kathryn (Les) Logg; Charles Dupris, Michael (Lisa O'Neal) Dupris, Craig Dupris, Braden Dupris, Branden Dupris; and Kaitlyn Dupris. Maynard also had four stepchildren, Wade Kingfisher, Billie Kingfisher, Kate Condon and DeeAnn Eagle Chasing.
Maynard was a devout grandfather and had many grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Chase, Nevada, Max, Lathan, Lexus, Rian, Kiana, Kia, Dionne, K'Lea, Blake, Raden, Randen, Bessie, Mckenna, and Kinsey.