Barton Paul Merrival was born on May 5, 1966, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Barton Steven Merrival and Evangeline (Goes In Center) Merrival. Barton, 53, of Pine Ridge, made his journey to the Spirit World on February 15, 2020 in Rapid City, SD.
Bart lived his life by his own terms. He was a talented, friendly, and hardworking man. Bart enjoyed spending his time curiously and quietly figuring out mechanical problems with patience and a lot of attention to detail. He seemed to have a relentless enthusiasm, always needing to have a project or job, always showing his gentle sense of humor which was needed to accomplish getting the job done. Bart had a unique unassuming, calming, and generous presence that children, animals, and friends gravitated to. He was an excellent auto mechanic and earned his A.S.E. Certification from Western Dakota Technical Institute. Bart peacefully passed in his sleep at home on February 15, 2020 surrounded by his family and will be sadly missed.
Barton is survived by his mother, Evangeline Merrival of Rapid City, SD; sons, Jason Cutshall and Michael Cutshall both of Tacoma, WA; siblings, Leonard Merrival of Pine Ridge, SD, Victor Merrival of Marysville, WA, Joan Mader of Lynwood, WA, Susan Allan of Marysville, WA, and Carla Merrival of Martin, SD; aunts, Judith Merdanian of Oglala, SD, Iris Wilson of Porcupine, SD, and Agnes Picotte of Chamberlain, SD; uncle, Poker Joe Merrival of Pine Ridge, SD; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Barton was preceded in death by his father, Barton S. Merrival; brother, Timothy; cousins, Bart and Crocket Merdanian; grandmothers, Ethel Merrival, Mabel Goes In Center, and Sophia Romero; and grandfathers, Pedro Merrival and Oliver Goes In Center
Pallbearers will be Randolph Merrival, Austin Merrival, Albert Yellow Bull, Jeffrey Merrill, Waylon Gaddie, Aaron Running Shield, Brian Running Horse, and Tom Merrival.
Honorary pallbearers will be all friends & relatives
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 4:00 PM, Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD with evening Rosary services starting at 7:00 PM.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD
Officiating: Father Brad Held, S.J. and Mr. Charles McGaa
Traditional Lakota Services: Waylon Gaddie
Burial Services: To Be Announced
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD