09/01/2017 - Marvin Lewis Helper
Funeral services for Marvin Lewis Helper “Ogahta,” age 66, will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Red Shirt Table Sundance Grounds in Red Shirt Table, SD. Traditional services will be provided by Rick Two Dogs.
Burial services are To Be Announced.
A four-night wake service will start at 4:00 PM on Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Red Shirt Table Sundance Grounds in Red Shirt Table.
Marvin was born on April 22, 1951 in Pine Ridge, SD to Jacob Helper Sr. and Evelyn (Poor Thunder) White. He made his journey to the Spirit World on August 23, 2017 in Bartlesville, OK.
Marvin grew up in Red Shirt Table, SD and attended school at the PineRidgeCommunitySchool in Pine Ridge, SD. After school in Pine Ridge, Marvin moved to Santa Fe, NM, where he attended college at the American Indian Arts Institute and later continued his education at the San Francisco School of Arts in San Francisco, CA. Marvin had an art gallery in Portland, OR where many of his works of art were on display, and was a very well known artist throughout the area where many of his paintings were sought after by collectors. Marvin was very talented, not only were his paintings very popular, but he also was a great sculptor and a very talented musician.
Marvin enjoyed boxing and also taught and coached boxing to many youth, which he felt gave the children something positive to do. Marvin worked at LonemanSchool and Prairie Wind Casino as a cultural advisor for many years. Marvin dedicated his life to helping the people through prayer and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and have met him throughout his life.
Marvin is survived by son Morgan Helper of Farmington, NM; daughters Carrie Helper of Shiprock, NM and Leeza Helper and Maureen Helper of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren Katelyn Jim, Shaelyn Jim, Uriah Benally, and Silas Benally, all of Shiprock, NM, Preston Helper of Anchorage, AK, and Matthias Helper of Farmington, NM; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Marvin was preceded in death by parents Jacob Helper Sr. and Evelyn (Poor Thunder) White; brothers Jacob Helper Jr., Noah Moses Helper, Roy Johnson Helper, Delbert Robert Helper, Everett Lee Helper, and David Hollow Horn Bear; and sister Janey Lippincott.
Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Marvin Lewis Helper “Ogahta.”
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