Melvin Dean Black Feather was born October 30, 1978, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Vincent Black Feather and Dorothy White Magpie. Melvin, 41, of Spokane, Wash., made his journey to the Spirit World on November 1, 2019, in Sagle, Idaho. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Melvin is survived by his father, Vincent Black Feather of Kyle, SD; brothers, Harvey Little Brave of Ashville, NC, Quentin Little Brave of Sagle, ID, Mark Bear Dog, Jr. of Spokane, WA, Virgil Black Feather of Pine Ridge, SD, Vincent Black Feather, Jr. of Rapid City, SD, Viron Black Feather of Pine Ridge, SD, and Vine Black Feather of Belcourt, ND; sisters, Ruby Bear Dog of Spokane, WA and Cheryl Lynn Black Feather of Wanblee, SD; hunka mother, Faye Charging Thunder of #6 Community, Oglala, SD; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, & grandchildren.
Melvin was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy White Magpie; brothers, Dusty Black Feather and Leo Black Feather; and grandparents, George and Rose (Blacksmith) White Magpie, and Pete & Jessie Blacksmith.
Pallbearers will be Teton Lakota, Brian Kindle, William Makers Him First, Clay Leonard, BJ Brave Heart, Thomas Blacksmith, Dee Blacksmith, and Elgin Bad Heart Bull.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Little Brave Family, Bear Dog Family, Weston Family, Yellow Horse Family, White Magpie Family, Morrison Family, Blacksmith Family, Fedelia Cross & Family, Mary Ann Poor Bear, Philomene Lakota, American Legion Post 281, and All Friends & Relatives.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 10:30 AM, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD
Officiating: Apostle Pedro Sharpfish
Graveside Services: White Magpie Family Cemetery, Oglala, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD