Craig “CJ” Janis Jr

Graveside services for Craig “CJ” Janis Jr are Monday, Oct 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM at St Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery in Kyle, SD, with Father Ron Seminara, S.J., officiating and traditional Lakota Services by Vic Camp

Viewing will precede the services from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, also at St Stephen’s Catholic Cemetery

Craig Roy “CJ” Janis was born August 13, 1993 in Pine Ridge, SD to Jodi Janis and Craig Janis Sr and passed away October, 6, 2020, in Kyle.

 He was a very loving and caring young man with a big heart of gold. CJ loved to help his family and friends, and he opened his home to anyone and everyone. 

CJ was the protector of his cousins and especially his little brother, Mike and sisters, Lauren and Hunter.  

He loved the outdoors and venturing out with his family to the badlands for fishing and swimming in the White River, he also loved the fabulous Cookouts.  

CJ just liked having a good time with all.  He was involved with the Crazy Horse Ride and Big Foot Ride and enjoyed riding horse with his cousins and friends.  

CJ lived life to the fullest.  He and his wife, Eden, created a beautiful family; their sons, Jarel “Popu” and Baby CJ “Craig III” were the joys of his life, he was always an immensely proud father.  

CJ was employed with Little Wound School as a security Guard.  He would venture out on the Little Wound Gatorm as we call it, then follow the bus on meal deliveries making sure there was social distancing and protecting the kitchen crew and the children when needed.  He loved his job and his friends at Little Wound School. 

God gained an angel; he was taken too early from us, but we will always hold a special place in our hearts.  RIP CJ, we love you and God only knows what he has planned for you.      

CJ was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Loyola Jo Janis Sr. and Myrnette Apple Janis; maternal grandparents, Gary Garnette Sr., Aqualynne Garnette, and Lenora Watters; brother, Anthony Janis; cousins, Trevor Iron Cloud, Ryan Janis, and Tea LeBeaux; uncles, Ron Janis, Richard “Butch” Janis Jr. and Joe Shangreaux.

CJ is survived by his spouse, Eden Rodriguez; his sons, Jarel “Popu” Rodriguez and Craig “Baby CJ” Janis III, all of Kyle, SD; his mother, Jodi (Dave) Janis, Kyle, SD; his Father, Craig (Georgia) Janis  Kyle, SD; brother, Michael Janis of Gordon, Neb; sisters, Angel Hernandez, of Kansas, Christian Janis, Adele (Troy) Two Bulls, Hunter (Winston) Janis of Kyle, SD, Lauren (Kyle) Janis of Gordon, Neb, and Mataya Janis of Rapid City, SD;  nephew; Bryer Ghost Bear; grandmother, Ramona Ashmore; Grandfathers, Albert Janis and Tommy Janis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.Pallbearers – Darcy Janis, Tommy Janis, Jack Brown Bull, John Reddy, Ted Little Whiteman, Taylen Garnette, Shadow Red Owl, Gary Garnette III, Paul Apple, Vinnie Makes Good and Rob Janis, Scott Brown Bull, and Cameron Janis.

Honorary Pallbearers – Little Wound School Security, Maintenance Crew, Cooks and All LWS Staff and Board, Little Wound Class of 2013, Eugene and Phyllis Winters, Chris Janis, Clair Blue Thunder, Tony & Jessica Martinez, Angela and Ashley Two Bulls, Edward & Marquita Janis, Farrah Winters & Family, Adam & Lois Shangreaux & Family, Aria Camp & Baby Bryce Red Owl, Raina & Vic Camp, Dorothy Nelson & Family, Jackie Garnette, Elvira Jo Mosqueda, Sissy Garnette, Dwight and Charles Winters, Myles Makes Good, Deondre Mesteth, Amy Rodriquez, Norma Janis, Audrey Kills Straight, Elizabeth One Horn, Fern Red Owl & Family, Greg (Becky) Janis, Mitchell Gay, Monte Donner, GJ Janis,  Rhoda Old Horse, Josie Janis, Lil Jo & Donetta Janis & Family, LeRoy Brown Bull, Leoni Yellow Hawk, Dallas & Becky Chief Eagle & Family, Alan Reddy & Family, Cole Reddy,  Arlen Hunter, Clifford Family of Kyle, SD, Samantha and Rena Hunter, Tristen and Braxton Janis, Tajan Kills In Water, Gary (Vanna) Ferguson & Family, Navada Brave, Robert Janis, Dawson, Tayven Rooks, Kristy (Jeremy) Pourier & Family, January (Charlie) Mathis & Family, Misty Hornbeck, Markie Poor Bear, Jamie Mathis, Robin (Sandra) Janis, Marlon Iron Crow Jr., Myreen Iron Cloud & Ronnie Ferguson & Family, Monique & Dean Two Crow, TD & Tiffany Garnette & Family, Tyrone Pourier, Gary Jr. & Mert Garnette & Family, Friday Garnette & Family, Dawn Iron Cloud, Jon Red Owl & Family, Taylor (Toni) Janis & Family, Marlene Janis & Family, Lynn Cuny-Janis & Family, Joe (Liz) May, Nicklas Janis, Jesse Clausen, Cook Family, Price Family, Charlotte Conroy & Family, Austin & Lisa Watkins & Family, Viola Clifford & Family, Todd Greg & Family, Robin Stadnick & Family, Art Ruff, Tino Bull Bear & Family, Alan Reddy & Family, Daniel Brave Heart, 3 Mile Creek Rodeo Company, AAU Wrestling Team, The Crazy Horse and Big Foot Riders, OST DPS Officers and All Relatives & Friends

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD