Rita Buckman


A Mass of Christian Burial for 71-year old Rita Buckman will be held  Monday, April 25, 2022 at noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge, SD. 

Burial is at Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

Visitation precedes the mass from 10:00-Noon, also at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Rita Maria Buckman was born on April 16, 1950 in Pine Ridge, SD to Vernon “Babe” Buckman and Nellie Helen Juel Buckman. Rita made her journey to the Spirit World on April 14, 2022 near Oglala, SD.

Rita is survived by her daughters, Emma Brewer and Nancy Big Crow of Pine Ridge, SD; son, Teddy (Joy) Big Crow of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Jolene, Patty & Vernell Buckman, and Francis “Buffy” White; grandchildren, Kierra Lopez, Jacob Standing Bear, & Dakota Big Crow, all of Pine Ridge, SD, and Shyanne, Gabriel, Teddy, Jr., & Michael Big Crow, all of San Antonio, TX; and great grandchildren, Emma Gibbons, Toby Belt, and Kenobi Standing Bear.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon “Babe” & Nellie Helen Juel Buckman; sister, Cheryl Buckman; and brothers, Clifford, Oral, and Larry Buckman.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Big Crow, Jacob Standing Bear, James Oldson, Charles Oldson, Beau Two Two, Walt Cournoyer, Michael “Bam” Thunder Horse, Sr., Charles “Tuna” Oldson, Charlie Standing Bear, and Kierra Lopez. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Wilma Standing Bear, Harriet Wilson, Grace & Gloria Sully, Angie Big Crow, Joe Cournoyer, Melinda Oldson, April Clifford, Susie Shangreaux, Tammy Ghost Bear, Terry Campos, Tom Cottier, Erica & McKenzie Buckman, Vernon Buckman, Billie Jo & Sheech Greenwald, Cayme Big Crow, Marless Big Crow, Ramona Big Crow, Theresa Black Horse, Charlie Eagle Bull, Anne Eagle Bull, Deanna Big Crow, Lisa Iron Cloud, Sauni K. Wilson, Bessie LeBeaux, Kim Cuny, Jesse Brown, Trina Andrews, Davey Brewer, Renee Two Bulls, Denise Clifford, Daus Rabbit, Toni Morton, Cody Morton, Travis Barton, Maxine Grover, Jason Gibbons, Cheryl Bergen-Richards, Allie Brewer, Co Twiss, Maurei Kingi, DR Brewer, Devon Janis, Letoy Tapio, Monica Little, Bessie Dreamer, Diane Standing Soldier, Matt Red Cloud, Geneva Lone Hill, Trina Lone Hill, JL Trueblood, Christy Hamilton, Pine Ridge School & Boys Dorm, All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD