06/12/2017 - Stacy DeWolfe-Shedeed
Funeral services for Stacy Glen DeWolfe-Shedeed, age 59, will be at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Rockyford School Gymnasium in Rockyford, SD with Father Peter Klink, S.J., and Bill White officiating. A lunch will follow.
Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Cuny Table, SD.
Wake services will begin at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 12, 2017 at the Rockyford School Gym in Rockyford, SD with Rosary services starting at 7:00 PM.
Stacy was born March 26, 1958 in Rushville, NE to Donna Armstrong and James Harry DeWolfe. He began his journey to the spirit world on June 6, 2017 in Hot Springs, SD.
Stacy’s early days were filled with rodeo and country life, which set the stage for the rest of his life. Stacy rodeoed as a teen and young adult, trying his hand at bareback riding, saddle broncs and then switching to bull riding as his “cup of tea.” He qualified for the College National Finals in 1979. He was an Oglala Sioux Indian Rodeo Association champion. He won the bull riding at Oglala Nation Rodeo two times, Rosebud Fair three times, Eagle Butte Fair five times, and was a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe champion.
During these early years, Stacy started his family by having a daughter, Shea Shedeed. Later he divorced and met a beautiful cowgirl named Debbie Swallow. He married her at the Crazy Horse Rodeo in 1992. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on May 23 with many family and friends attending. Debbie and Stacy were blessed with four children: Steven, Carlee, Jimi Dawn, and Natalia. He was a great father figure to his children, but also called dad by many, including Lyle Tibbits, Todd Janis, Chauncey Jean and Swayzie Clifford, and Myron and Tony Johnson to name a few.
Stacy continued to rodeo and had much success in the rodeo world and even announced a few rodeos, which fit his natural gift of gab. He created and produced the first rodeo, style show, and art show at Crazy Horse Monument in 1991 with Kellie Powers and Deb Yellow Rose. Later he was involved with many different rodeos, coaching young cowboys and cowgirls and promoting the sport of rodeo.
Stacy attended the National Business College in Rapid City on a Rodeo Scholarship. He ended up finishing his business degree at Oglala Lakota College, where he worked toward his Master’s in Business, getting within one credit of finishing before he stopped. Stacy worked in construction for many years before he became manager of the Day’s Inn in Rapid City, SD. He then started managing the Cedar Pass Lodge in Interior, SD before starting his career at the Oglala Sioux Tribe as the Director of Parks and Recreation, and later as business accountant for 15 years. He enjoyed his job and loved his co-workers as his second family.
Stacy is preceded in death by father James Harry DeWolfe; maternal and paternal grandparents Harry and Cora DeWolfe and Alice and Melvin Armstrong; best friend C.L. Johnson; brother-in-law Kevin Swallow; and Bud Swallow, another young man that they had taken in as one of their own.
Stacy will be forever cherished by wife Debbie; daughter Shea (Shedeed) Vankeuren and her twin daughters, Collette and Vivian of Denver CO; son Steven; daughters Carlee, Jimi Dawn, and Natalia of Cuny Table, SD; mother and stepfather Bob and Donna Shedeed; sister Denelle Ashley of Valentine, NE; brothers Cory Shedeed of Gretna, NE, Gerald DeWolfe from Austin, TX, and Troy Shedeed and (foster brother) David Dunn of Marietta, CA; sisters Mitzi DeWolfe of Austin, TX and Kyla DeWolfe Johnson from Poplar, WI; beloved aunties Vera DeWolfe Faulk, Frances Walton, Alice Brewer, and Vesta Strasburger; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Stacy will be remembered for a host of exceptional accomplishments and personal qualities, but most will remember his amazing smile, his infectious giggle, and his gentle nature. He often provided lots of love, an open door to fill your tummy, “a ring of red and a loaf of bread,” and words of encouragement to anyone in need. He would give the shirt off his back and literally did at several rodeos.
Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Stacy Glen DeWolfe-Shedeed.
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