Wolf Point Herald

Ronald "Ronnie" Ricker Jr.



Ronald “Ronnie” Ricker Jr., 52, “Wakandhi Duta,” “Red Lightning” died Dec. 28, 2014, at the Billings Clinic.
He was born to Marion Shields and Ronald “Jiggs” Ricker Sr. April 24, 1962. As the oldest, he was known as the protective big brother.
In 1987, he found his true calling in life as he became a father to his son Griffin. He spent Griffin’s childhood teaching him his favorite pastimes of fishing, hunting, baseball, building model toys, playing video games and watching action movies. He never hesitated to take Griffin anywhere with him. Later, he took in and loved his stepchildren Rhea and Jaylen as his own. Always with them was his oldest grandson Kaniel.
One of the most influential experiences of his life was his position at the Fort Peck Tribes Juvenile Detention Center. He took great pride in his position and care for the youth who walked through the door. He understood them as he recognized much of himself in them. He also made important connections with those he worked with and the guards on staff.
He was a simple man who knew the best thing he had to offer was his love and his time. He had a compassionate heart that left a lasting impression on many people and with the many dogs that he took in throughout his life. He had a strong work ethic no matter what his job title was and he made sure to make meaningful connections with the people with whom he worked. His infectious smile and humor was also a staple characteristic.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Ricker.
He is survived by his father, Ronald “Jiggs” Ricker Sr; children, Griffin Ricker, Rhea Ricker and Jaylen Country; three grandchildren; sisters, Betty Ricker and Angela Ricker; brothers, Brian Riley of Portland, Ore., Jeff Ricker of Cheyenne, Wyo., Albert Ricker of Portland, Johnny Ricker of Austin, Texas, Paul Ricker of Portland, Dakota Christian and Cherokee Christian; and grandmother, Berle Jordison of Assiniboia, Sask., Canada.
A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 2, at the Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment was at the Chelsea Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Lorraine Wakan Stormy

Lorraine Wakan Stormy died Dec. 29, 2014, in Poplar.
A wake will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Poplar Activity Center. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Poplar Activity Center.  Interment will be at Box Elder Cemetery near Poplar.

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Myrna Finley

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Myrna Finley
Myrna Rose Schindler Finley, 58, died Dec. 26, 2014, in Wolf Point.
She was born Oct. 6, 1957, in Poplar to William and Lillian (Robinson) Schindler. She lived most of her life in her hometown of Wolf Point.
She married Roger Robinson of Peoria, Ill., and from this union they had three children — two girls and one boy. She later divorced and married Richard Finley of New Town, N.D. Together, they had one son. He was the apple of her eye.
She was preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Robinson; brothers, Reno Robinson, Albert “Billy” Schindler and Curtis Schindler; and a special friend, Kevin Small.
She is survived by a son, Brandon Finley of Great Falls; two daughters, Monica and Michelle Robinson; brothers, Gerald “Jerry” Schindler of Wolf Point and Kevin Schindler of Poplar; sisters, Sandra St. Germaine and Cecile Schind-ler, both of Wolf Point, and Margaret Schindler of Corpus Christi, Texas; and two grandchildren.
A wake will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at the new Wolf Point Community Hall. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at the new Wolf Point Community Hall. Interment will follow at the Chicken Hill Cemetery in Oswego. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Vera Ironman


Vera Betty (Red Cloud Woman) Roberts Ironman, 82, died Dec. 25, 2014, at home in Poplar.  
She was born Feb. 13, 1932, on the Fort Peck Reservation to Mathew Roberts and Ella Alma Red Boy.  
She married John Henry Ironman Jan. 31, 1983, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and they were together 31 years.  
She worked as a C.A.P. Armorer, at IHS-CHR as a driver, at the Frazer Senior Citizens Center, Spotted Bull Treatment Center, Headstart 1 and 2, Tribal Corrections as a Guard, and at Fort Peck Tribal Enrollment.  
She was a member of the Red Bottom committee, Red Buffalo Society and Poplar Indian Days. She enjoyed Bingo, basketball games, pow-wows, handgames, Sundances and traveling.
She was a Poplar resident and kept ties with the Frazer community as well.  She also raised Gina and was an anchor to the home.
She is survived by her husband, John Henry Ironman; brother, Kenneth Smoker Sr.; children, Ivan Roberts of Poplar, Linda Roberts of Miles City, Agnes Spotted Wolf of Poplar, August Spotted Wolf of Brockton, Austin Spotted Wolf Point, Neva Spotted Wolf of Frazer, Jo Ann Spotted Wolf of Poplar and Lucinda Standing Bear; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  
She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Shirley Smoker, Dale Roberts, Pauline Smoker, Yvonne Smoker and Bernice Big Leggins; children, Lloyd Spotted Wolf and Clarence Spotted Wolf; grandchildren, Nikki Dean, Clarence Spotted Wolf Jr., Ty Spotted Wolf and Jessie Bauer.
A rosary and family service was held Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point.  Cremation will follow.  Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. 

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Roy D.W. Kessler

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Roy D.W. Kessler, 81, of Billings, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare.
The son of Julius and Anna Kessler, he was born on May 17, 1933, in Constance, Sask., Canada.
Roy married Sandra G. Knudson in Peerless, Mont., on Feb. 21, 1955.
He was very proud to have become a U.S. citizen in 1956.
He had been involved with Shaklee Sales for over 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Billings; four children, Chuck A. Kessler (Patti), Debbi L. Hanna (Jim), Sheila K. Kessler and Kandi L. Christophersen (Bill); grandchildren Dustin A. Kessler, Trenton J. Kessler (Melida), Patrick C. Kessler, Jesse W. Hanna (Sasha), Dylan C. Hanna (Sandy) and Jake D.W. Hanna; great-granddaughters, Sofia Kessler and Quincy Kessler. Also surviving is his sister, Lori Waldrup (Bill).
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, with interment in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.
(Paid Obituary)

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