A Celebration of Life for 50-year old Vance Blacksmith will Saturday, Dec 12, 2020 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Rockyford Elementary-Middle School Campus in Rockyford, SD.
A funeral procession to the school will leave the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge, SD, at 1:00 PM.
Vance Wade Blacksmith “Pte Ole Hoksila” was born to Philomene (Blacksmith) Lakota on March 4, 1970 in Pine Ridge, SD. Vance made his journey to the Spirit World on December 2, 2020 at the Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.
Vance is survived by his son, NuVassie “Danger” Blacksmith of Rockyford, SD; daughter, Samaya Blacksmith of Rockyford, SD; siblings, Muriel Lakota & Family, Teton Lakota & Family, and Aaron Lakota; and grandchildren, Prasayus Lakota and Michaela Hawk.
Vance was preceded in death by his grandparents, Max & Hazel Blacksmith; mother, Philomene (Blacksmith) Lakota; step-father, Zack Lakota; aunts, Vestana Red Ear Horse and Melvina Backs; brother, Alvin Slow Bear; uncle, Wilmer Mesteth; brother, Nason Backs, Jr.; grandpa/uncle, Pete Blacksmith; and hunka mother, Roselyn (Jumping Bull) Holy Rock.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donna Red Ear Horse & Family, Christine Blacksmith-Lajtay & Family, The Late Lorna Blacksmith & Family, Perle & Judy O’Daniel, Georg & Marianne Riedler, Sandra, Joe, & Dorothy French, The Late Stacy Shedeed-DeWolfe & Family, Wendy Backs, Nason Backs, Sr., Roger White Eyes & Family, Hinhan Loud Hawk & Family, Alexandro Garcia, Danny Two Bulls & Family, Billy Jumping Eagle & Family, Jr. Jumping Eagle & Family, Quiltman Sahme, 3-Mile Creek Rodeo Company & Family, Mike Carlow & the Pine Ridge Thorpe School Family, Rosie Freier, Janet & Dave Kelly & Family, Family from Oglala, Manderson, Wounded Knee, Eagle Butte, Montana, Pine Ridge, and Rapid City, SD; and All Hunka Relatives & Friends.
A special thank you to the hospital staff at Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD and Darrell Hunter for making his urn.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD