Written by The Herald-News
Joseph “Shep” Robert Ferguson died Sept. 19, 2013.
On Dec. 28, 1963, he married Leigh “Arlene“ Johnson.
He loved to rodeo and was a member of the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede. He was a big supporter of sports in Poplar and went to every game. He was named the Poplar Super Fan by the Montana Athletic Association. He loved powwows.
He was known for his kind heart. He was always honoring his grandchildren and their friends with satin quilts. He worked hard at the Sun Dances on Standing Rock. He kept the fire going for the ceremony and taught many young men the duties and responsibilities to keep the fire going for the entire ceremony. He made sure that everyone had sage for the Sun Dance and for their crowns and wreaths.
He talked to many young people on how to prepare for the Sun Dance and what is needed. He had a strong bond with his family and trusted in the “Creator” for guidance and strength.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; infant daughter, Lydia Ferguson; adopted sister, Cheryl Cloud; adopted son, Victor Brave Thunder Sr.; brothers, George, Henry, and Andrew Ferguson; sisters, Birdre and Nora Ferguson; adopted mother, Evangeline LittleHead; and adopted sisters, Amanda Bighorn and Romaine Firemoon.
He is survived by his son, JD Ferguson of Bismarck, N.D.; daughters, Joel Rae Ferguson of Hardin, Colleen Ferguson of Poplar; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; adopted children, Loretta Kidder, Katherine Bailey, Macia Brave Thunder, all of Fort Yates, N.D., Bernadette Dauenhauer of Bismarck, N.D., Marilee Lawrence, Sidney Bailey Jr., Terry Thompson, Charles Bailey, Rhonda White, all of Fort Yates, N.D., Loretta Adams of Poplar, Claudia Thompson, Ivan Small of St. LaBre and Sissy Goodhouse; adopted brothers and sisters, Verna and Sidney Bailey of Fort Yates, N.D., Rusty Stafne, Karen Hamilton and Delphine Lemay, all of Wolf Point; and special grandson, Victor Brave Thunder Jr.
His funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Poplar High School. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.