Rodney “OD” Janis


Funeral services for 56-year old Rodney “OD” Janis are Friday, Dec 30, 2022 at 11:00 at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym in Pine Ridge, SD, with Pastor Dan Johnson officiating.

Burial is at the Holy Cross Episcopal Cemetery in Pine Ridge. 

A one-night wake service starts Thurs, Dec 29, at 3:00 at the Pine Ridge Elementary School Gym with evening services at 5:00

He was a veteran of the U-S Marine Corps.

Rodney “OD” Delane Janis was born on July 9, 1966 in Pine Ridge, SD to Kenneth Charles Janis Sr and Bertha (Bettelyoun) Yellow Hawk. Rodney made his journey to the Spirit World on December 16, 2022 at his home in Pine Ridge, SD. 

Rodney is survived by his son Brent Janis; daughters Lorna Clifford and Donnelle Watters; brothers Garry Janis, Robert Janis, Mike Merrival, and Darrin Merrival; sisters Patricia Janis, Norma Rendon, Wilma Colhoff, Connie Ten Fingers, Brenda Youngman, Dee Two Bulls, Letoy Merrival, Eileen Merrival, and Pamela Clifford; nieces & nephews, Derek Janis, Rodney Janis, Coby Janis Sr, Kristen Black Elk, Kenneth Black Elk, Krissy Janis, Destiny Janis, Andrew Watters, Charles Merrival, Waylon Janis, Martia Janis-Ciccia, Daneen Martin, Amber Mesteth, Creedence Janis, Tanya Janis, Carrie Black Elk, Jessica Black Elk, Red Fawn Janis, Charli Jo Janis, Kennedy Janis, Trace Janis, Dena Colhoff, Helene Bagola, Cynthia Bark, Ryan Bark, Mike Merrival Jr, Thomas Merrival, Sonya Merrival. 

Rodney is also survived by his grandchildren Gabriella Spider, Devon Janis, Deanna Janis, Terrell Janis, Dorian Janis, Giovanni Ciccia Jr, Ayden Ciccia, Donnelle Watters, Rodney James T Janis Jr, Timothy Lee G Janis, Marsha Janis, Sariya Janis, Cassius Janis, Aries Janis, Letty Jo Janis, Azalea Janis, Coby Janis Jr, Artemis James Janis, Connor, Cadence, and Katie Janis, Chayton Yankton, Olivia Little Hawk, Pamela Little Hawk, Lucian Bear Runner, Gracelynn Janis, Jazmine Janis, Alannys Janis, Andrelazane DuBray, Francis Bagola, Damon Watters, David Watters, Diane Watters, Janis Lone, Diana, Steven, and Robert Jr Lopez, Robert Red Eagle Jr, John, Jordan “Binks”, Marcus “Yamni”, Brad, and Monique Mesteth, Correy, Jr., Christopher, and Meadow Clifford, Hunter and Mato Zaitz, Davida Black Elk, Betty Janis, Cole Cash Watters, Reicie Colhoff, Timohni and Timoraa Janis, Timmy and Tinsley Janis; great-grandchildren Pierston Janis and Bryson Janis. numerous other great-grandchildren and special friend Betty Watters.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth Charles Janis, Sr and Bertha (Bettelyoun) Yellow Hawk; hunka son Nathaniel Bad Milk; sisters Charlene Janis, Arlette Janis, Darla Rae Janis, and Marci Janis; brothers Kenneth Janis Jr, Clifford “CW” Twiss, and Michael Tyon; nephews Marquis Mesteth, Correy Clifford Sr, Robert Troy Janis Jr, Timmy Janis, David “RC” Janis, Robert Merrival, Cody & Cole Two Bulls; nieces Mandy Janis, and Shelly Espinosa; and grandchildren Darla Rae Janis and Shawn Clifford. 

Pallbearers will be Troy Perkins, Trevor Bettelyoun, Kristan Black Elk, Kenneth Black Elk, Terrell Janis, Devon Janis, Marcus McBride, Giovanni Ciccia Sr, Rod Janis, Coby Janis, Jimbo Colhoff, and Chili White Dress. 

Honorary pallbearers Mona & Ted Pedregon & Family, Rhonda Akers & Family, Mike Akers & Family, Robin Akers & Family, Shawn Weller & Family, Troylynn Bordeaux & Family, Tammy Rousey & Family, Roberta Rodriguez & Family, Iris Wilson & Family, Poker Joe Merrival & Family, Troy Perkins & Family, Dave Rabbit & Family, Lucky Returns & Family, Dave Two Two & Family, April Two Two & Family, Cecil Apple & Family, Marge Whirlwind Horse & Family, Justine Lamont-Hill & Family, Alvin Janis, Russell “Jr” Whalen Sr & Family, Dan Bad Milk, Anna White Bull & Family, Evelyn Ten Fingers & Family, Alvin Janis & Family, Red Shirt Tyon Family, Garnier Family, Bettelyoun Family, Colhoff Family, Merrival Family, Bark Family, Matthews Family, Watters Family, Gibbons Family, Two Bulls Family, Winters Family, Schrader Family, Red Cloud Family, Clifford Family, Dowty Family, Lafferty Family, Olson Family, Shangreaux Family, Cournoyer Family, Brave Heart Family, Pond Family, Frazier Family, Pettigrew Family, Weston Family, Crazy Thunder Family, Sitting Holy Family, Steele Family, Poor Bear Family, Whalen Family, Brewer Family, Twiss Family, Merdanian Family, Oglala Sioux Lakota Nursing Home Staff, All Marines, Bikers, Family, Friends, & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD