Albert Louis Apple Sr.

Albert Louis Apple Sr., 48, died Thursday, November 8 at Martin. He was born December 15, 1963 to Joseph Apple Sr. and Rebecca (Cottier) Apple.

Albert spent most of his life in the community of Martin, living a short time in Rapid City. He attended schools in Martin and Northwest Indian Bible School near Missoula, Mont. He is most remembered by his lively conversations and views on politics and community. His career included working as a police officer for the Oglala Sioux Public Safety, he worked many years in various newspapers, old Lakota Times via Indian Country Today, Lakota Journal, starting since he was a teenager and briefly at Lakota Country Times. He was a young man that brought a sense of humor to the job and often had everybody at the newspaper laughing. He did many jobs at the paper and he did all of them well. Albert had a sense of community involvement and used that to help his community by numerous projects. He worked for the Oglala Sioux Tribe under one of John Steele’s administration in public relations, including publishing a tribal newspaper called the Eyahapa. In the 1980s he organized Martin Proper, a native organization in the town of Martin to offer assistance to the homeless and some services to the town people. He worked on many building projects on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in Bennett County, and while living in Rapid City he worked for the Native American Heritage Association in maintenance. In 1992, he was one of the founders for developing a youth center in Martin on main street BeeJees Fun Center.

He married Claudia High Horse on March 18, 1982. They had six children together four daughters, Lena, Paulette and Raven Apple of Wounded Knee and Rhonda Jean Apple of Martin; sons, Albert Jr. and Carlos Apple, both of Martin and a son from a previous relationship, Jeremy Bordeaux, Rosebud. He is also survived by 16 beautiful grandchildren.

He is also survived by six sisters Alvina Dubray, Devonna Bush, Jacqueline Reddy and Amanda Takes War Bonnett, all of Martin; Phyllis White Bear, Madison, and Ramona Ashmore, Salt Lake City, Utah; and a brother, William Lawrence Apple, Martin.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tasha Apple; his mother and father, Joseph Apple and Rebecca Cottier Apple, his brothers, Ronald V. Cottier and Joseph Apple Jr.; sisters, Myrnette Janis and Charlene White Horse; and grandmother, Lizzie Marshall.

Wake service: A two night wake service will be held starting 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, at the Martin CAP Office, Martin.

Funeral services: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, at the Martin CAP Office, Martin.  

Officiating: Reverend Jeff Siscoe and Reverend John Bush, both of Martin, and Robert J. Conroy, Sioux Falls

Burial: Martin Community Cemetery, Martin.

Sioux Funeral Home, Pine Ridge is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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