Orland Big Owl Sr

Graveside services for 79-year old Orland Big Owl Sr are Sunday, Dec 6, 2020 at 1:30 PM at the Big Owl Family Cemetery in Porcupine, SD, with Deacon Bill White officiating.

Viewing services precede the burial from 11:30 – 12:30 PM at the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD, with a prayer by Alton Mousseau

Orland A. Big Owl Sr “Hehaka Hoksila” was born on Jan 14, 1941, in Porcupine to Ernest and Evelyn (Badger) Big Owl.  Orland made his journey to the Spirit World on Nov 27, 2020 at the Lutheran Hospice in Wheatridge, CO.  

While growing up, Orland loved horseback riding and playing his guitar.  Later in life, he enjoyed fixing family vehicles, playing family bingo with candy bars as prizes, baseball, horse shoes, board games, and traveling but he never missed his football games.

Orland graduated from Oglala Community School in Pine Ridge and graduated from Parks School of Business in Denver, CO, in Business and Accounting. He also attended Oglala Lakota College.  

He married Eleanor (Iron Teeth) Big Owl on September 1, 1962 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Porcupine.  He and his family also resided in San Francisco, CA, and Denver.  

Orland served on various tribal boards and held many tribal government jobs during his life. He was a tribal council representative for Porcupine District from 1972 to 1974, spent 8 years on the Oglala Sioux Housing Board in the early 70s, and 6 years on the OST Public Safety Review Board.

Orlando was also a Porcupine Day School Board member for 4 years, was on the Oglala Lakota College Board of Trustees for 8 years, and was the Porcupine District Chairman for 4 years.

He served as Director of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Property and Supply Department and Burial Insurance Director, worked in the OST Treasurer’s and District Coordinator’s offices, and OST Planning Commission. 

He also served on the tribally-controlled school board coalition and worked diligently in the area of educational improvement. 

Orland is survived by his daughter, Germaine (Big Owl) McArdle; son-in-law, Jim McArdle; grandchildren, Bo, James, Will (Nicole), Lana (Chris), Eamon (Sarah) and Journey (Jake) McArdle all of Pennsylvania; sister, Rhonda Two Eagle and all family and relatives.  

Orland was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; sons, Orland, Jr. and Greggory; granddaughter Baby Jade McArdle; parents, Ernest and Evelyn Big Owl; sisters, Greta Big Owl and Fern (Big Owl) Mousseau; Nephew, Robert Price Jr, Niece, Thomacina Spotted Bear; paternal grandparents, Thomas Big Owl and Bessie (Little Elk) Big Owl; and maternal grandparents, Dave Badger and Mary (Mousseau) Badger.  

Pallbearers will be Bo McArdle, James McArdle, Eamon McArdle, Ted Pedregon, Joshua Mousseau, Virgil Two Eagle, and Mark Cottier.

Honorary pallbearers will be William McArdle, Rudy Thunder Hawk, Enoch Brings Plenty, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD

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