Written by The Herald-News
Richard Robert Cantrell Sr., “Hehaka Wambdi,” 55, of Poplar, died Aug. 29, 2013.
He was born in Poplar, May 9, 1958, to Otto and Nida Cantrell. He attended schools in Poplar, Wolf Point, Rocky Boy and Box Elder. He attended Fort Peck Community College. He also attended Iron Workers in Tulsa, Okla., and was a journeyman welder, as well as a carpenter, and was certified as a master oil rigger driller this year.
On Feb. 14, 2003, he married Cheryl Shields, having been together for 22 years prior. This union brought forth Michele Cantrell Standing Rock, (Sundance) and Jonathan Cantrell, (Ashley). He also fathered Nina Prichard (Bill) and Richard Cantrell, Jr. from a previous relationship.
He was known for his kind heart, generous nature and humble ways. He was a loving “dad” to those who didn’t have that fatherly figure in their lives. He was a master in all he did, but most of all he was a wonderful and very loving grandpa to his many grandchildren.
He was a jack-of-all-trades and loved to fix things. Most of all he loved being around his family.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Wayne “Jiggs” Cantrell, Llewellyn “Rusty” Cantrell, Milty Cantrell, Franky Birdsbill, Courtney Cantrell, Merle Lucas and Tommy Cantrell; and sister, Emily Cantrell.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Cantrell; daughters, Michele Stand-ing Rock and Nina Pritchard; sons, Jonathan Cantrell and Richard Cantrell Jr.; brothers, Otto, Leonard, David, Arthur, Virgil and Steve; sisters, Ida, Sylvia, Vivian, Emma and Rose; and numerous grandchildren, including Jeremy, whom he was raising.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Poplar Cultural Center in Poplar. Interment was in the Chicken Hill Cemetery, west of Wolf Point. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.