Patrick M. Eagle Chasing__________________________
Funeral services for Pat Eagle Chasing, Sr., 67, of Eagle Butte, will be Friday, Sept 6 at 10:00 AM, MDT, at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. Burial follows at 3:00 PM Friday at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. Meet at the 4-mile Jct. at 4:00 PM Thursday to process to the cultural center for wake services beginning at 7:00 PM. Patrick entered the spirit world August 27, 2013 in Eagle Butte. Patrick Maurice Eagle Chasing Sr. was born on July 9th, 1946 to Narcisse and Bernice (Condon) Eagle Chasing in Ft. Yates, ND. He returned to the Spirit World on August 26, 2013.
Pat grew up in and around Cherry Creek, SD. He attended grade school in Red Scaffold & high school in Eagle Butte. To most he was either "Herk" or "Puggy" and he was known for a good laugh! Whether you were the person being picked on or the one laughing along – everyone was laughing.
Like his brother, Ron, Pat enlisted in the Vietnam Conflict. But since his brother was already in Vietnam Pat was stationed in Thailand. He served 6 years driving heavy machinery equipment. After returning home, Pat worked as dispatch for the tribal police and later Pat & Ron worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe as Surveyors, surveying most of the dams and dug-outs on the reservation. Pat continued to work an occasional surveying job for Swan's Construction until a few years ago.
Pat made a spiritual commit to help his brother, Ron, in the Lakota Ways. He followed his beliefs and helped others to understand. He was a part of the Hohwoju Drum Group and kept the vital when he joined them.
Beading was Pat's passion. He could whip out a checkbook cover in two days if he had to. He had a great eye for color and made up amazing designs. Pat enjoyed the people around him in his special spot at Bingo. And only when he didn't show up for Bingo – two nights in a row – did someone think there was something wrong. He had a special bond with his nieces Rhonda and Ronica, they joked and teased each other and argued but they shared that bond. Fishing and hunting with his brothers was the highlight of the Summer and Fall.
Pat leaves behind his oldest son, Troy Eagle Chasing Sr., Eagle Butte, son, Darwin, WA , Patrick Eagle Chasing Jr. (JoAnn Twiggs), & daughters, Sarah, Jannon (James) Dog Eagle, Willie Jon Eagle Chasing (Wayne Wright), Rapid City; Adopted daughter, Jessica Iron Moccasin, Eagle Butte; Step-children, Hope Shields, Pierre and Lloyd Thompson, Rapid City; Adopted father, Roger Russell; Brothers, Ron Eagle Chasing, Eagle Butte, & Jim (Charmagne) Lightfield Jr.; Sisters, Virginia White Feather, Dupree, Kay (Jerry) Palmer, Buffalo, WY, JoEllen Thompson, Eagle Butte, & Angel (David) Kennedy, Faith; adopted son, Clifford Demery, 11 grandchildren, numerous aunts & uncles, nieces & nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Narcisse Eagle Chasing; mother & step-father, Bernice & James Lightfield Sr., both maternal & paternal grandparents; twin sister, Patricia Eagle Chasing and sister, LaVern Staight Head; brothers, Gerald Eagle Chasing, Herbie Evans, Dale Lightfield; adopted-mother, Patty Russell; uncles: Pat, Andrew, Chester, Willie John, Geno, & Darryl Condon, Ernie Lightfield and Kenneth Jeffries; aunts: Rose Dupris, Angeline Swan, Christine Swan, Julianne Condon; Nieces: Ronnette Eagle Chasing & Brittany Buffalo; nephew, Waco Buffalo; sister-in-law, Lillian Eagle Chasing. great-granddaughter, Amiyah Pattan.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stoutfamilyfh.com