Robert Cole Merrival “Oyate C’ante Owicagnaka Hoksila” ~ He Has the People in His Heart Boy ~ 25, of Manderson, S.D., passed away September 25, 2018, in Manderson.
Robert Cole Merrival Poor Bear “Oyate C’ante Owicagnaka Hoksila” He Has The People In His Heart Boy began his sunrise on March 2, 1993, and sunset was September 25, 2018. He was born in Pine Ridge, to Thomas Poor Bear and Letoy Merrival.
Robert Cole is survived by his daughter, Madison Rae and her mother, Maurina Jensen, Pine Ridge; Thomas Poor Bear, Wanblee; Letoy Merrival, White Butte Community; Sister Evangeline Poor Bear, Wanblee; Brothers Pete Felix Poor Bear and Howard Burritt Poor Bear, Rapid City; Christopher Bettelyoun Poor Bear, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Charles Merrival Poor Bear, Wounded Knee; Hunka brother George Ecoffey, Wounded Knee; Hunka sisters Ashley, Adrienne and Alana Means, Potato Creek, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.
Robert was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Enos Poor Bear, Sr. and Mabel Red Shirt; maternal grandparents: Russell “Rusty” Merrival, Sr. and Lillian Janis Merrival; uncles Wilson “Wally” Black Elk Jr., Loren Black Elk, Norman Merrival, Russell “Boo Boo” Merrival, and Webster Poor Bear; aunts Evangeline Poor Bear and Annette Merrival; cousins Shelly Poor Bear, Annie Colhoff, David “RC” Janis and Joe Red Willow.
A one night wake service started at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym in Pine Ridge.
Funeral services began at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 3, at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym in Pine Ridge, with Mr. Mike Merrival officiating and Mr. Guy Dull Knife, Jr., performing the traditional Lakota service.
Burial services were held at the Wounded Knee Cemetery, Wounded Knee.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.