Fred Afraid of Bear Sr. was born January 29, 1944, at home in Slim Buttes, S.D., to George Afraid of Bear Sr. and Annie (Kills Crow) Afraid of Bear. Fred, 75, made his journey to the Spirit World on August 18, 2019, at his home in Slim Buttes. He served in the United States Marines Corps.
As a child, Fred had always loved the Buttes and the woods behind his home. He enjoyed camping and fishing in the White River. Slim Buttes is the place where he returned home from Rapid City Regional Hospital to spend the last of his days among family.
Fred had worked as a Tribal Police Officer for the Sho-Ban Tribe in Ft. Hall, ID. He had also worked at a lot of different jobs in Idaho including a beef plant called Monfort’s Inc. in Grand Island, NE. When he returned home to South Dakota, he worked as a ranch hand for Reuben and Connee Quinn in Slim Buttes, SD, where he was born and raised.
Fred had an ongoing struggle with his health; the dialysis, heart attacks and pain throughout his body. Going back and forth to VA Hospitals and Clinics in Hot Springs and Rapid City Regional Hospital took a lot out of him. His last wish was to die at home. Fred will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Fred is survived by his wife, Cathleen Afraid of Bear of Slim Buttes, SD; children, Fred Afraid of Bear, Jr., Brandon and Jon Afraid of Bear, all of Slim Buttes, SD; granddaughter, Jasmine Afraid of Bear of the Wolf Creek Community, near Pine Ridge, SD; siblings, Esther Afraid of Bear of Ft. Hall, ID, George Afraid of Bear, Jr. of Slim Buttes, SD and Rose Becenti of North Platte, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, George, Sr. and Annie Afraid of Bear; son, Byron Afraid of Bear; and siblings, Ernest Afraid of Bear, Sr., Larue, Steven, Richard, Robert and Francis Afraid of Bear.
Pallbearers will be Jon Afraid of Bear, Brandon Afraid of Bear, Earl Russell, Cranston Afraid of Bear, Marvin Afraid of Bear, Dale Kills Enemy, Joaquin Janis and Robert Afraid of Bear.
Honorary Pallbearers will be All Friends & Relatives.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 4:00 PM, Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Afraid of Bear residence in Slim Buttes, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 4:00 PM, Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Afraid of Bear residence in Slim Buttes, SD
Officiating: Sister Barb Bogenschutz
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Dave American Horse
Burial Services: Afraid of Bear Family Cemetery, Slim Buttes, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD