Gerald “Pawnee” R. Smith was born on June 20, 1959, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Andy Smith and Betty Jane Goings. Pawnee, 59, of Pine Ridge, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his children, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren grandson boy, friends, and also his igmu, Smoke on May 20, 2019. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Pawnee was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2018 and fought it until the end. Pawnee was a lifetime resident of Pine Ridge. He worked various jobs, mostly construction. Pawnee hiked the states to OK. And made many friends; always joking and smiling. Pawnee was on the Longest Walk and joined the Navy and served his country from 1976 to 1977 before being honorably discharged. Pawnee met Rose Dixon in the late 90’s and together they had two children, Andrianna and Alan Smith. Pawnee always worried about his children and they always held a special place in his heart.
Pawnee leaves behind his children, Andrianna and Allan Smith; his cat, Smokey; step-children, Aimy Dixon and Alyce Arcoren; brothers, Ernest Goings, David Rabbit, and Ben Smith; sisters, Kathleen Wilson, Marlys, Daus, and LeAnn Rabbit; and many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
Pawnee was preceded in death by his parents, Andy Smith and Jane Rabbit; step-father, Narcisse Rabbit; spouse, Rose Dixon; and nephews, Jon Red Hawk and Whitney Rabbit.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge, SD
Officiating: Father Ed Hunt and Mother Rhoda Mesteth
Traditional Lakota Services: All Spiritual Leaders Welcome
Burial Services: To Be Announced
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD