Gebo Black Bear

Graveside services for 76-year old Gebo William “Bill” Black Bear are Thurs, Dec 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Native American Church Cemetery near Allen, SD, with Pastor Ken Trivette

Gebo William Black Bear was born on Sept 14, 1944 in Marsland, NE, to Jacob Black Bear and Alice Red Shirt.  Gebo made his journey to the Spirit World on Nov 6, 2020, at his home in Salt Lake City, UT.  

Gebo William Black Bear was raised in Allen, SD.  Gebo, Larry, and Maryann hung around together growing up.  

He had many friends that he also hung around with, to name a few, his cousin, Robert Red Shirt, Russell Whirlwind Horse, Blutch Whirlwind Horse, Stuart Makes Good, Slee Blue Bird, Noah Little Bull, Malcolm Thunder Bull, Cephas Blue Bird, Raymond Richards, Victor Araphoe, Emery Arapahoe, Mac & Douglas Poor Bear, Tilden White Face, Charles Bettelyoun, Joe Bettelyoun, Elgin Bad Wound, Gary Runnels, David Brings Plenty, Taylor Bald Eagle, Austin Means, and others.  

Most of his friends have already made their journey to the Spirit World.  

Gebo joined the Army in 1964.  After he completed his tour of duty with the Army, he moved to Dallas, TX, where he went to school to be an engineer.  He then moved to Salt Lake City, UT, where he lived for 40+ years and earned a Culinary Arts degree and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah.  He also earned a Culinary Arts Degree.  

Gebo, who also went by the name “Bill,” will be missed by his friends and neighbors in Salt Lake City. They liked him and had nothing but good things to say about him. He did all their gardening and chores outside. 

He was well fit, exercised daily by walking, swimming, and going to the gym.  He fed the homeless and those that came around his place.  Gebo liked candy; he had bags of candy everywhere.  He decorated his front porch for Halloween and had a plastic jack-o-lantern bucket with candy in it for the trick or treaters. 

 Although Gebo has not been home for many years, we missed him and will continue to miss him.  We have good memories of our brother, Toksa ache wanchiyankin kte.

Gebo is survived by his sisters, Sharlene May and Annabelle Black Bear both of Martin, SD, and Violet (Tim) Easter of Spokane, WA; brother, Seth (Donna) Ruff, Jr. of Pittsburgh, PA; nephews & nieces, Lowry Black Bear, Lawanda Clifford, Jim Nelson, Nadine Nelson, Suzanna, Jeanette Nelson, Jennifer Nelson-Haight, Dorothy Nelson, Maria Nelson, Alicia Stolley, Rick May, Angela Zah, Tim Easter, Monica Jackson, Warlance Ruff, Collette Ruff, Felicia Ruff, Rose Ruff, Cornell Ruff, Jr., and Marcus Ruff; and all of the grandchildren.

Gebo was preceded in death by his father, Jake Black Bear; mother, Alice (Red Shirt) Ruff; brothers, Lyman Larry Black Bear and Cornell Ruff, Sr.; sister, Maryann Nelson; nephews, John Nelson, Lee Black Bear, Sherwood Black Bear, Bryan May, Roy Black Bear, and Trevor Easter; niece, Lois Gotheridge; brother-in-laws, Dick May & Narcis Nelson; and sister-in-law, Darlene Young Bull Bear.  

Pallbearers will be Robert Red Shirt and Russell Whirlwind Horse.

Honorary pallbearers will be all Relatives & Friends

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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