Chauncey Loafer was born December 11, 1931, in Kyle, S.D., to William Loafer and Katie (Little Whiteman) Loafer. Chauncey, 88, made his journey to the Spirit World on January 4, 2020, at his home in Kyle. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Chauncey attended school at Holy Rosary in Pine Ridge. In 1951 through1954 Chauncey joined the Army where he was stationed in Germany. On May 18th, 1954 he married Marie (Cross) Loafer, in which they had three children, Al, Danny, and Nancy. After being honorably discharged from the Army, Chauncy was hired as a form laborer in Wyoming and Nebraska until 1984. He then later moved back to Kyle, South Dakota where he went back to school at Oglala Lakota College and in 1997 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Lakota Language. While he was attending college, he was a bus driver for Little Wound and Wounded Knee District School. Chauncy also became an advocate lawyer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He enjoyed attending pow-wows as a traditional dancer, a sun dancer, or as a pow-wow announcer.
Grateful to share Chauncey’s life are his wife of 65 years, Marie (Cross) Loafer; children, Aloyious R. Loafer, Nancy M. Loafer; foster daughter Suzanne M. Grasmick, and sisters, Bernice (Loafer) Goodro, Loretta (Cross) Hawk, Rosaline (Cross) Haffner.
Chauncey was preceded in death by his parents, William and Katie Loafer; brothers, Jake Loafer, Francis Loafer, Acey Loafer; sister, Alice Loafer; son, Danny Loafer; grandson, Adam Hawk; uncle, Louie Little Whiteman; aunt, Betty Little Whiteman; and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Pallbearers will be George Apple, Perry Jephien, Joey Cross, Danny Spotted Eagle, Lloyd Beanas Sr., Billy Clifford, Richard Loafer, and Jose Mares.
Honorary pallbearers will be all bus drivers, Naca members, friends from college, Mercy Iron Crow & family, Collette, Daina, Iris, and Gladys Gay, Evelyn Gregg & family, Everette Little White Man & family, Alberta Mesteth & family, Inez Little White Man & family, Emmaline Ferguson & family, Charlene Featherman & family, Alvon Little White Man & family, Wilber Witt & family, Sterline Rooks & family, Lorrainne Eagle Elk & family, Margie Few Tails & family, Connie Whirlwind Horse & family, Darlene Rosane & family, Austin Watkins & family, Matilda Montileaux & family, Cecilia Fire Thunder & family, Avery May & family, Alicia & Venessa Zephier, Amber Bettelyon & family, Alice Mora & family, Charlene Swalberg & family, Bonnie Iron Horse & family, Haroldene Rodrigues & family, Robin Carreon & family, Pete Plenty Wounds Sr. & family, Rosetta Baker & family, Elizabeth Leftwick & family, Tommi Young Bull Bear & family, Eva Wounded Head & family, Anna Young Bull Bear & family, Jerry Young Bull Bear & family, Lydall Young Bull Bear & family, Victor Young Bull Bear & family, Karen Lone Hill & family, Molby Martting & family, Lavina Red Owl & family, Jerry Cross, Vernal Cross Jr., Cross family, Delbert Loafer, Daryl Loafer & family, EMT’s, and Police.
Wake Services: Two night wake service starting at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle, SD
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church Hall in Kyle, SD
Officiating: Father Ron Seminara and Father Ed Hunt
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. George Apple
Burial Services: St. Barnabas Kyle, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD