Lester Allen Walking was born July 14, 1971, in Pine Ridge, S.D., to Richard M. Walking and Lula Red Feather. Lester, 48, made his journey to the Spirit World on February 19, 2020, at his home in Rapid City.
Lester is survived by his children, Lester “Baby Lester” Walking, Jr. and Billy Joe Haas; mother, Lula Walking; special friend, Patricia Johnson; grandson, Jonathan Haas; brothers, Darrell (Wanda) Walking, Stanley Walking, Tony Walking, Cyrus (Rochelle) Walking, Paul Walking, Joe (P.J.) Walking, Larry Walking, Cody Walking, and Richard Walking, Jr.; sisters, Linda (Robert) McClung, Mary Walking, and Katie (Paul) Returns From Scout; father-in-law, Floyd Running Hawk; brother and sister in laws, Louis (Maxine) Janis; nephews, Louis (Emily) Janis, Jr., Charles (Dawn) Janis, Franklin (Doris) Janis, Thomas (Mahpiya) Janis, Vern (Sheree) Janis, Nick (Deshea) Janis, Raymond Janis, Hermus Janis, A. Kobe Janis; and nieces, Meghan (Ray) Janis, Alexandria Janis, Antoinette Janis, and Marguerite Janis.
Lester was preceded in death by his father, Richard Walking, Sr.; spouse, Karen Running Hawk; daughter, Gilmanita Haas; son, John Haas; maternal grandparents, Flint & Katherine (Janis) Red Feather; paternal grandmother, Katie Walking; mother-in-law, Lenora Bear Robe Running Hawk; and father-in-law, Dennis Running Hawk.
Pallbearers will be Joey Walking, Michael Walking, Sam Bear Robe, Donovan Running Hawk, Vern Janis, Louis Janis, Jr., Raymond Janis, Louis Trey Janis, III, Paul Returns From Scout, Bryan Walking, Sr., and Trey Walking.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 3:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD with evening services starting at 7:00 PM.
Funeral Services: 1:00 PM, Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD
Officiating: Rev. Rhoda Mesteth
Traditional Lakota Services: Mr. Floyd Running Hawk, Mr. John Red Feather, and Mr. James Red Cloud
Burial Services: Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery, Pine Ridge, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD