Leon Takes War Bonnett Sr., Inyan Maza, was born to Sophie (Kills In Water) and Leo Takes War Bonnett on December 20, 1957. Leon made his journey to his forever home on February 3, 2022 at Monumental Health in Rapid City, SD.
Leon is survived by his daughters Jennifer (Jeremiah) Young Bull Bear of Kyle, Vanessa Takes War Bonnett of Martin and son Jeremy Takes War Bonnett of Sioux Falls, SD; siblings Marlene Apple of Martin, Lucille (Paul) Mousseau of Rapid City, Cheryl (Marty) Mesteth of Kyle, Ruby (Steven) Smiarowski of Rapid City, SD, brother Leo Takes War Bonnett Sr. of Wounded Knee, SD; his grandchildren he adored, Brittany Poor Bear of Rapid City, SD, Wakinyan Takes War Bonnet, Ember & Ares Young Bull Bear of Kyle, SD, Kieran Sharp of Allen, SD, Miya Takes War Bonnett of Rapid City, SD, Kevin, Jaden, Leon III, ShayLee and LeeShay Takes War Bonnett of Fort Yates, ND, Taela and Oscar Takes War Bonnett and Matthew Shangreau of Martin, SD and Janet Little Thunder.
He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Sophie Takes War Bonnett, his sons Leon ‘Lon’ Takes War Bonnet and Denny Yellow Hawk, his grandparents whom he had fond memories of Oscar and Jennie Takes War Bonnet, his baby sister Carlita Bush and brother Ray Lee Takes War Bonnett, numerous aunties, uncles, nephews and nieces.
Leon married Amanda (Apple) in 1975 and they had four children, Leon Jr, Jennifer, Vanessa and Jeremy. From this union he was gifted with 15 grandchildren. Together they made their homes in Kyle, San Francisco, CA, Martin and Rapid City. After the children were grown, they separated and Leon later met his fiancé Melinda. She made her journey to the spirit world before they were married.
Leon attended Little Wound School in Kyle and graduated with a vocational education degree in carpentry from Oglala Lakota College in 1985. Leon worked for Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Public Safety as a corrections officer at the Kyle Adult Facility. He was committed to this job for many years and had compassion for the inmates. He enjoyed the media business and worked in the newspaper/publishing business for 14 years, starting at the old Lakota Times in Martin, SD and Indian Country Today in Rapid City, SD. He did several jobs including pressman, delivery man and mailer. His last job was assistant pressman at the Bennett County Booster in Martin, SD and retired when he suffered a stroke.
He was a hard-working man and was committed to his jobs. Leon was a humble and patient man, who loved his Lakota language, as it was his first language and when he had a stroke, it was the English words he forgot and was able to still carry on fluently in his first language. Leon was also a self-taught mechanic and taught those skills on to family. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was all around handyman. In his younger days, he played independent softball as a pitcher for many years and also basketball and was involved in leagues. He enjoyed cooking for his family and was considered a skilled gabubu bread maker.
Pallbearers are Wakinayn Takes War Bonnett, Marty Mesteth Jr, Edwin Around Him Jr, Ray Takes War Bonnett Jr, Robert Reddy Jr, Fred Bush Jr, Leo Takes War Bonnett Jr and Joseph Apple Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are: Irving One Horn and family, Kermit Little Bull, Dave Little Bull, Steven Smiarowski, Marty Mesteth Sr., Paul Mousseaux, Robert Apple, Orin Davis, Inez Little Whiteman & family, Pastor John Poff and family, John & Devonna Bush and family, Kill In Water and Featherman families, Robert & Jackie Reddy and family, Kathy Dubray & family, Amanda & Archie Beauvais and Oglala Sioux Tribe Public Safety Corrections.
Wakes services will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 11 at the Activity Center at Martin Grade School with funeral services at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022. Burial will be at the St. Barnubus Cemetery in Kyle, SD.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD.