Leona Evelyn Weasel Bear-Young Bull Bear was born on June 21, 1941 in Corn Creek, SD to Jefferson Weasel Bear and Melvina (New Holy) Weasel Bear. Leona made her journey to the Spirit World on June 28, 2019 at the I.H.S. Hospital in Pine Ridge, SD.
Leona is survived by her sons, Victor Young Bull Bear, Jr., Lydell (Noreen) Young Bull Bear, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Young Bull Bear, Aleandreaux Shay Peters and Micah Lamar Peters all of Kyle, SD; daughters, Harriette and Mariette Sharpfish, both of Oglala, SD, Anastasia Young Bull Bear of Kyle, SD, Thomasadia (Ron) Young Bull Bear of Rapid City, SD, and Evarista (Reuben) Wounded Head of Busby, MT; hunka daughters, Cherish In The Woods of Cherry Creek, SD and Anita Polland of California; brother, Lester M. Weasel Bear of Oglala, SD; hunka brother,Dennis Ballard of Edam, SK, Canada; sisters, Paulette Nancy Weasel Bear of Oglala, SD, Connie Weasel Bear-Small Bear of Spring Creek, SD, Beaulah Matson and Arlette Weasel Bear of Rapid City, SD; hunka sisters, Phyllis Wilcox of Wanblee, SD, Mary Loafer of Kyle, SD, Gloria Wilkinson of Browning, MT and Pearl Capoeman Beller of Taholah, WA; grandchildren, Terrilynn, Sundance, Cameron, Jonathan, Delonnie, Natasha, Lakeshia, Jacey, Shantasia, Brant, Tristan, Ember, and Ares Young Bull Bear, Jalen, Keane and Alyssa Pretty Weasel, Erela, Soraya, and Solara Wounded Head, Reagan Jr., Jessica, Marcia, and Aric Short Bull, Carlita, Devin, Vernon, Jewels, Monte, Tory, Misty, and Juan Lakota, Jason, Jefferson, Alexander, and Paula Weasel Bear, Jack, Deidre, Shania, Donald, Terren Mills, Waylon and Jesse Plenty Holes; nieces, Francy Weasel Bear, Florence Black Feather, Olivia Plenty Holes, Xaviera Long Soldier, Jade Marie New Holy and Nancy Loafer; and numerous great grandchildren.
Leona was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Young Bull Bear, Sr.; son, Jason Young Bull Bear; hunka son, Burt Kaline; father, Jefferson Weasel Bear; mother, Melvina New Holy-Weasel Bear; brothers, Clifford Weasel Bear and Duane Brewer, Sr.; sister, Regina Plenty Holes; uncles, Owen Weasel Bear and Amil Bull Legs; aunties, Alice New Holy, Alice Weasel Bear-Chief Eagle and Nancy Weasel Bear-Martin; cousins, Margaret Chief Eagle and Deloris Yellow Bull; niece, Delilah Plenty Holes; and nephew: Melvin Plenty Holes, Jr.
Pallbearers will be: Jefferson Weasel Bear, James Two Crow, Ashley Weasel Bear, Dennis Ballard, Isaiah Weasel Bear, Julian Bear Runner, Michael Weasel Bear-Baker and Reagan Short Bull, Jr.
Wake Services: Two night wake service starting at 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle, SD with rosary services starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday evening and prayer services at 7:00 PM on Sunday evening..
Funeral Services: 1:00 PM, Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle, SD
Officiating: Fr. Ron Seminara, S.J. and Mr. Harold Condon
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Richard Moves Camp and Mr. Francis “Chubbz” Thunder Hawk
Burial Services: St. Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery, Kyle, SD
Riders Escort: Saturday, July 6, 2019 – Riders will meet at the Top of Kyle Hill at 3:00 PM, to escort Leona’s family/friends to the Catholic Hall.
Monday, July 8, 2019 – Riders will meet at Leona’s Residence, 3 miles North of Kyle, SD in North Route Housing, on Hehaka Drive (2nd turn off, first blue house) at 6:30 PM to escort Leona’s family to the St. Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery for a sunset burial. Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD