Willard “Willie” Black Cat


Funeral services for 69-year old Willard “Willie” Black Cat are Sat, March 4, 2023 at 10:00 at the Bill C Bear School Gymnasium in Batesland, SD, wit Mother Michelle Dayton officiating.

Burial is at the Messiah Episcopal Cemetery in Wounded Knee, SD

A one-night wake service starts Friday, March 3, at 5:00 at the Bill C Bear School Gymnasium in Batesland inwith evening services at 7:00.

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Willard Dallas “Willie” Black Cat “Oyate Hoyekyapi” (People Hear Your Voice) was born on May 18, 1953, in the Wakpamni Community near Batesland, SD, to Joseph Black Cat and Angelina Fire Place.  Willard made his journey to the Spirit World on Feb 22, 2023 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.

Willard is survived by Two Lance Tiwahe, Running Shield Tiwahe, Broken Rope Tiwahe, Yellow Hair Tiwahe; siblings Wendy (Kenny) Fire Place, Tammy (Brian), Carlene, Dave (Lynette), and Harold Jr, (Robin) Crow, Burgess Bianas Jr, Pete Plenty Wounds Jr, Corby (Faith) Plenty Wounds, Harlow (Sonja) Plenty Wounds, Troy Plenty Wounds, Jody Plenty Wounds, Cindy Plenty Wounds, Jennifer Plenty Wounds, Randall Tayle, Manuel Tayle Jr, Marsha Tayle, Michelle Tayle, Ruby Tayle, Raelene & Lloyd Bianas, Earlene Tayle, Robert Tayle, Loren Tayle, Randy Tayle, and Elton Tayle; hunka siblings,Cleve Her Many Horses, Janet Kroboth-Weber, Sandy Gola, Marshall DeBruhl, and Walter Fitzsimmons, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Black Cat and Angelina Fire Place; aunts Victoria Fire Place-Bianas and Dorothy Plenty Wounds; uncle Norman Fire Place; brothers Manuel Tayle Sr and Ernest Tayle; maternal grandparents Dallas & Christina (Two Lance) Fire Place; and paternal grandparents John and Bessie (Imitates Dog) Black Cat.

Pallbearers will be Terry Two Lance, Harold Crow Jr, Elgin Head, Steve Her Many Horses, Filmore He Crow Jr, Donnie LeBeau Sr, Wendell Bird Head, Harlow Plenty Wounds, Brian Starr, Frank Starr, Charlie Standing Bear, and Buzi Two Lance.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wilma Standing Bear & Family, Kelly Looking Horse & Family, Milo Yellow Hair & Family, Connie Yellow Hair, Loretta Yellow Hair & Family, Donald Yellow Hair, Rayford Featherman & Family, Ivis Long Visitor & Family, Brian & Tammy Starr, Frank Starr & Family, Gene “Popcorn” Tyon, Pete Fills Pipe, Korn Beane, Emilio Hard Heart, Jim Miller & Family, Ted Hamilton & Family, Harlow Plenty Wounds & Family, Jody Plenty Wounds & Family, Cindy Plenty Wounds & Family, Pete & Troy Plenty Wounds, Robert Two Crow, Bush & Gina Big Crow, Delane Has No Horse & Family, Ruby Tayle & Family, Erlene Tayle & Family, Lloyd & Rae Bianas, TC Cross & Family, Mike Cross & Family, Dwight Black Crow  & Family, Eugene Black Crow, Waylon Black Crow & Family, Rick Grey Grass & Family, Rick Two Dogs & Family, Steve DuBray & Family, Sandy Two Lance, Connie LeBeau & Family, Ben & Alvina Feather Earring, Beverly Two Lance & Family, Wayne Weston, Priscilla Tail, Steve LaMont, Geneva Lone Hill & Family, Harriet & John Wilson, Doug Bissonette, Joseph Yellow Hair, Kenneth “Sonny Gun” Bianas, Vincent Two Lance Jr, Courtney Two Lance, Sidney Has No Horse & Family, Sally O’Rourke & Family, All Spiritual Leaders, All Sundancers, and All Friends & Relatives.

Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD