Rekal was born on September 16, 1985 in Pine Ridge, SD to Marian Poor Bear and Pete Plenty Wounds, Jr. Rekal is the only son of this union and lived most of his life in Oglala, SD. Rekal made his journey to the Spirit World on June 25, 2022 at the UC Health Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO.
Rekal’s Lakota name was given to him by his Grandfather, Pete Plenty Wounds, Sr. at Wakpamni Lake celebration, and Harold Dean Salway tied his eagle feather. Rekal attended and graduated from Loneman School and then graduated from Red Cloud High School in 2003. Rekal attended Oglala Lakota College and received a one-year certificate in carpentry. Then, Rekal joined the work force in order to provide for his family. Growing up Rekal was surrounded by his loving female cousins and sisters, as he was the only boy relative for many years. As a young boy, Rekal had the most comical, intelligent rhetoric, because he knew about everything, expressed himself well, and those he was talking to often wondered where he learned his information because he was so smart and quiet. Rekal loved music. Rekal loved loud music. He travelled long distances to music concerts to watch his favorite artists perform and sing. Rekal had a kind and quiet demeanor as a man and father. He loved his children Kraygen, Rakeem, Raniah, and George, and wanted the best for them. In his final days, Rekal worked for the Oglala Sioux Tribe and made many friends and acquaintances.
Rekal is survived by his children: Kraygen, Rakeem, and Raniah Plenty Wounds, and George Foote (son: Anthony Charles Foote); mother Marian Poor Bear; father Pete Plenty Wounds, Jr.; Grandfather: Pete Plenty Wounds, Sr.; Sisters: Cinda Plenty Wounds (children: Darrius Keya Witt, Xanthus Poor Bear, Cerrai, Jraden, Jyson, and JCerie Red Cloud); Verlene Rose Plenty Wounds (partner: Jeremiah Moreno, children: Endonnis, Dimari, and Miguel Moreno); Kyra Poor Bear (daughter Vivian Condon); Shania Poor Bear (daughter Daysha LeBeaux); and Mariah Poor Bear; Brother: Jonathan Sounding Side; Hunka Sisters: Samantha Cross and Brandy Marshall; Hunka Brother: Gilbert Hoksila Blacksmith; Aunts: Fedelia (Bob) Cross, Lenora and Kay Blacksmith, Elizabeth (Orin) Morrison, Melissa Blacksmith, Julie Blacksmith, Christine Latjay, Corrine Brave, Vonna and Sage Blacksmith, Aurelia Two Crow, Fleta Two Bulls, Norma Blacksmith, Cindy and Jennifer Plenty Wounds, and Crystal Bush; Uncles: Delane Blacksmith, Hunter Blacksmith, Joan Ryder, Harlo, Corbi, Jodi, and Troy Plenty Wounds, and Virgil Bush; Cousins: Terri, Lin, Corwin, Ron, and Cheryl Blacksmith; Betty and Janet Fast Wolf; Darlene Walks Out; Wilma, Emma, Joanie, Grant, Tommie, and Janet Blacksmith; Larry and Dale Blacksmith; Warren, Kevin, Ann, Lois, and Valeria Cross; Carrie Murdock; Shawn, Shane, Juan, Carly, Adam Jr., and Lorelie Espinosa; Nolan Warrior; Gracie and Ambrosia Long Soldier; Xanthus Arapahoe; Tiaunne, Dakota, Darryl Jr., and Sean Duffy; Eli Jaramillo; Chaylee, Emonee, and Shawnee Pourier; all nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and relatives all over the World.
Rekal is proceeded in death by grandmother’s Louise Blacksmith and Dorothy Plenty Wounds; Cousins: Alvin Iron Cloud, III, Clayton Warrior, Kurt Cross, Allen Long Soldier, Jr., Brent and Shelly Sounding Side, Maria and Christian Espinosa, Enzo Blacksmith-Looks Twice, and Beau Blacksmith; Uncles: Leon, Allen, Sr., and Alton Long Soldier; Al Blacksmith; Verdell White Bear Claws; Robert, Pete Jr., and Stanley Blacksmith; Aunts: Priscilla and Verlene Long Soldier; Eldean Blacksmith; Ina Mae Sounding Side; Lorna Blacksmith; Dorothy White Magpie; Rosalyn White Magpie; Yvonne Standing Crow; Jesse American Bear; Florence Cross Dog; Minerva Blacksmith; and Philomine Lakota. Grandfathers: Henry, Max, Peter, Sr., Kenneth, Tom, Leo, Franklin, and Wilbur Blacksmith; Grandmothers: Rose Blacksmith-White Magpie and Elizabeth Blacksmith-Walks Out.
Pallbearers will be Vernon Short Bull, Monte Eagle Louse, Mike Twiss, sr., Darrell D.J. Yellow Hawk, Howard Little Hawk, Xavier Buckley, Darrell Apple, Andrew Steele, Donovan Steele, and Wade Good Voice Flute.
Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus, Jr., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tupac Shakur, Insane Clown Posse, Tech9, Isaac Lame, Amanda Simmons, Paul Hollow Horn, Jamaal “Gaine” Flowers, Marcia Short Bull, Peter Hill, Wylie Blacksmith, Justin and Dustin Williams, Kay Peoples, Harriet Sharp Fish, Rayandra White Feather, Mark Tilson, Jr., Jason and Jared Cortier, Steven Clarke, Isaac Red Owl, Dani Steele, Tad High Hawk, Jeremy Clyde Blacksmith, Eric Little Hawk, Dakota Mesteth, James Schuh, Tom Swift Bird, Derek Star Comes Out, Tate Locust, Tim TGeorge Buckman, Richard Greenwald, Alkapone White Calf, Patrick Killz, Aric Singing Goose, Phillip Yellow Boy, Sunny White Eagle, Jack Slides Off, Ione Betone, Pete Fills the Pipe, Stephanie Wince, HughJohn and Jewel Blacksmith. Oglala Sioux Tribe: Support Services Staff, Financial Accounting Office, Pine Ridge Justice Center Depts., Secretaries Office, and Executive Committee; Red Cloud Indian School, all Blacksmith families, all Plenty Wounds families, all Short Bull families; all Brings the Horse families, all Cheyenne River Tiwahe, all friends, family, and fans of Rekal “Big Boy” Plenty Wounds, which are too many to list, especially all his female and male cousins who grew up with Big Boy and had many adventures and experiences.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD
Funeral Services: 11:00 AM, Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, SD
Officiating: Sister Barb Bogenschutz
Traditional Lakota Services: Ivan Looking Horse
Burial Services: St. Peters Cemetery, Lakeside-Oglala, SD
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD