Tyler Laforge


Funeral services for 19-year old Tyler Laforge are Sat, July 15, 2023 at 1:00 at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson, SD, with Ms Joyce Tibbitts officiating and traditional Lakota Services by Robert Sierra

Burial is at the White Hawk Family Cemetery in Manderson

A one-night wake service starts Friday, July 14, at 3:30 at the Wounded Knee District School in Manderson with evening services at 7:00

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Tyler Jon Laforge was born on May 4, 2004 in Rapid City, SD to Tyler G. Laforge and Tessie Yellow Elk-Laforge. Tyler made his journey to the Spirit World on July 1, 2023 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Tyler is survived by his mother, Tessie Yellow Elk-Laforge; father, Tyler G. Laforge; aunts, Genevieve Yellow Elk, Tanya Cutschall, Lisa Yellow Elk, Tammy Ghost Bear, Grace White Hawk, Justine White Hawk, and Victoria White Hawk; uncles, Edgar Ghost Bear, Edward Ghost Bear, Jesse Luke White Hawk, and Eugenio “Cowboy” White Hawk; brothers, Justin Don Tobacco and Riley Laforge; sisters, Donnie Laforge, Maleeya Bald Eagle, and Aaliyah Spotted Elk; and grandparents, Iva Yellow Elk, Betty Laforge, and Denise and Eugenio White Hawk.

Tyler was preceded in death by his brother, Morgan Laforge; grandparents, Donroy Ghost Bear, Virginia Ghost Bear, Sara Grass-Ghost Bear, Wilbur Ghost Bear, Doris Ghost Bear, Edgar, Edward, and Marvin Ghost Bear, Christine Two Lance, Foster Yellow Elk, Carol Big Boy, Myrna Runnels, Julee Brewer, Jackie Yellow Elk, Tyler Laforge; great grandparents, Theresa “Terry” Hollow Horn-Cabral and Gilbert Cabral; aunts, Cheryl Big Boy, Marlys Runnels, and Tammy Joyce Ghost Bear; uncles, Luke & Johnny Ghost Bear and Derek Brewer; and cousin Haley Morrisette.

Pallbearers will be Lucian Fraser, W.D. Fire Thunder, Justin Don Tobacco, Bryan Apple, Alaric Kelly, Luke Jesse White Hawk, Rodney Runnels, Gerry Runnels, Carly Siers, Miaa Blackburn, and Genio Ray White Hawk.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ghost Bear Families, White Hawk Families, Laforge Families, Jumping Eagle Families, Christina, Carlos, Santavio, & Chloe Yellow Elk, Adrianna & Wanbli Cutschall, Aaliyah Jones, Chino Blackburn, Mayla Blackburn, Emalyssa White Hawk, Robbie Lynn Ghost Bear & Family, Lori White Hawk & Family, Lucas Ghost Bear, Megan Ladeaux, Johnny Shangreaux, Wacin Two Eagle, AV Fire Thunder, Lisa & Gordy Looks Twice, Jodi, Luke, & KC Fraser, Zack & Jesse Runnels, Layla, Shay, & Lani Runnels, Kit Kaline, Ginger Kaline, Kierra Armentrout, Autumn Tall, Kingston Tall, Jordan Dreamer, Linda, Kansas, & Kyanne Ghost Bear, Win & Ward Two Eagle, Marshall & Kym Two Eagle, Jim & Summer Whirlwind Horse & Family, Mariah Black Tail Deer, Iz Janis, Lawrence Janis, Rosalie Janis, Fenisha Romero, Tamera Steele, Charlie Steele, Julian Steele, Tony Tibbitts, Peaches & Family, Garfield Steele & Family, Jimmy White Plume, Nemo Red Elk, Roger Jumping Eagle, Billy Bob Jumping Eagle, Elijah West, Dewey Sierra, Lacey Steele, Eric Kills Enemy, Austin Kelly, Lenny May, Pretty Face Sierra, Joe Sierra, Chris Watters, Mini Kelly, Stephanie Brewer, Bruce Hollow Horn & Family, Maddy Duiker-Ghost Bear, Jimmy YaYa Ophelia Draven, Delia Big Boy, Hoke Ghost Bear & Family, Freida Richards & Family, Tammy Jackson, Earl Tall & Family, Monroe Tall, Romeo Valle, Sonj Tall, Cruz Romero, Duane Cabral & Family, Keith Cabral & Family, Terry Oxley & Family, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD