Walter died unexpectedly of a heart attack on April 19, 2018, in Martin, S.D.
Walter Hardy was born November 23, 1985, to Kathleen Renee Smith in St. Paul, Minn. His spirit name was Pte San Tokaheya which means Leading White Buffalo. He was an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe and lived most of his life in western South Dakota among Lakota people.
He is survived by his sisters Geraldine Hardy and Paula Hare, Cass Lake, Minn., nieces Shania Buck, Davie Lynn Hare, Miley Hare; nephews Lordez Hardy, Joel Hardy, and David Hare, Jr., all of Cass Lake; fast friend and fishing buddy Pete Janis, Martin; his father of 30 years Mark Butterbrodt; aunts Gerri Howard, Inger, Minn., Clarice Cloud, Beverly Smith, Vicky Smith, Marilyn Smith, Tracy Smith, Alberta Smith, Patricia Smith and Diane Smith; uncles Ejay Smith and Herb Smith, all of Red Lake, Minn.; aunts Mary Ann Jackson, St. Paul, Minn., and Lynn Hublou, Brookings; uncles Bob Butterbrodt, St. Paul, and John Butterbrodt, Granite Falls, Minn.; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his biologic father Walter Hardy Jr., his mother Kathleen Smith, his maternal grandparents Herb and Delores Smith, aunts Thelma “Rosie” Smith and Marjorie Smith, uncles Gary Smith and Clinton “Cootie” Smith, and cousins Curtis Cloud, Roxianna Cloud, Gary Smith and James Smith.
Traditional Lakota ceremonies were conducted by Guy Red Owl, Richard Two Dogs, and Richard Broken Nose. His Anishinaabe family in Minnesota kept a spirit fire going for four days, followed by a feast. Funeral services were conducted May 1, 2018, by Father Ed Hunt, assisted by lay reader Janet Speidel, at St. Katharine’s Episcopal Church of Martin. His ashes will be interred next to his mother in Redby Community Cemetery in Red Lake, Minn. at a later date.
Walter graduated with a G.E.D. from Oglala Lakota College. He was a voracious reader, an excellent self taught golfer, and an avid fisherman. He enjoyed a wide circle of friends through his love of video gaming. He was a meticulous and hard working gardener and landscaper.
A scholarship has been established in his memory in Red Lake, Minnesota.
Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements and condolences may be conveyed to the family through their website.