Leonard Yankton

Funeral services for 54-year old Leonard Yankton are Wed, August 3, 2022 at 2:30 at the Lakota Mennonite Church in Porcupine, SD, with traditional Lakota services by Milton Mesteth & Darla Black

Burial is at the Lakota Mennonite Cemetery in Kyle, SD

Visitation precedes the funeral from 1:00-2:00, also at the Lakota Mennonite Church in Porcupine

Leonard James Yankton “Sunkmanitu Chokanyan Sabic’iye” was born on July 6, 1968 in Pine Ridge, SD, to Albert Yankton Jr and Vernona Kills Right. Leonard made his journey to the Spirit World on July 28, 2022, at his home in Porcupine.

Leonard attended grade school at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Porcupine and attended high school at Little Wound High School in Kyle until the 11th grade. 

Leonard was always helping out whoever needed help, whether it was taking care of livestock, building a house, or cutting wood. He was a generous person who would always help his nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. He would give the shirt off his back if he had to.

Leonard is survived by his mother Vernona Kills Right; siblings Christopher Kills Right, Lester (Lori) Running Hawk, & Missy (BJ) Kills Right, all of Porcupine, and Danielle Kills Rights of Rapid City, SD; aunts Mari Kills Right of Porcupine and Alberta Kills Right of Rapid City; uncles Lavern Yankton of Manderson, SD, and Dominic Running Hawk of Porcupine; grandchildren Ebony, Elijah, Jonathan Jr, Aliana, Anthony and Sarina; nieces Donna Yankton, Katana Running Hawk, and Roxanne Yankton; nephews Eugene Running Hawk, Jalen Mesteth, and Benny Sherman; and cousins Britton Kills Right, Darshann Mesteth, Milton James Mesteth, and Ryan Sherman,

Leonard is being welcomed by his grandparents Joseph & Anna (Lone Hill) Kills Right, Albert Sr & Josephine (LaDeaux) Yankton; father Albert Yankton Jr; brother Donovan Yankton Sr; aunts Phoebe “Big Momma” Running Hawk, Donna (Hudspeth) Kills Right, Gertie (Yankton) Swain, Vina (Yankton) Colhoff, and Nazaria (MaJorada) Kills Right; uncles Lloyd Yankton Sr, Francis Red Wolf, Albert Kills Right Sr, and Donroy Kills Right Sr; and nephew DJ Yankton Jr.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Bianas Sr, James Cedar Face, Eldon Black Bull, BJ Feather Earring, Rick Swain, Hobart Yankton, Joey Yankton, and Lester Flying Hawk.

Honorary pallbearers will be Orland Iron Cloud, Zeno Little, Pat Little, Ed Little, Quentin Two Crow, Rod Two Eagle, Louis “Iggy” Jealous Sr, Jerry Iron Cloud, Ed “Buzz” Iron Cloud, Conrad Thunder Hawk, Nathan Ghost Sr, Sam Locke, Mel Feather Earring, Horse Brothers, Yankton Family, Reginald Cedar Face, Jocelyn Colhoff & Family, Jenn Yankton & Family, Julie Cedar Face, Clement Locke, Darrell Locke, Lone Hill Family, Sharon Martin, Dominic Running Hawk, Howard Little Hawk, Heather White Hawk & Family, Ernest White Hawk, Sr. & Family, Marletta Soldier Wolf & Family, Hornbeck Family, Bianas Family, Chelsea Tobacco & Kids, Lou Brings Plenty, Cora Spotted Eagle & Family, Jaimie Lewis, Kills Right Clan in NYC, Betty Fox & Family, Dennis Kills Right Sr & family, Vina Yankton & Family, Michelle Kills Right & Family, Albert Kills Right, Jr. & Family, Duane Yellow Cloud & Family, Betty Angel, Diggo White Face, Lester Running Hawk & Family, Margaret Iron Cloud, Ross Family, Jonathan Sandoval Sr, Jonathan Sandoval Jr, Anthony Sandoval, Allianah Sandoval, Calipso Under Baggage, Deb Mousseau, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD