PINE RIDGE – Clifford Wayne Black Elk, 49, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clifford Wayne Black Elk was born on May 8, 1969 in Pine Ridge, to Wilson Black Elk, Sr. and Sharon Lee Monroe.
Clifford loved to do mechanic work, hunt, fish, riding motorcycle, gambling, and taking care of his son’s various animals. Clifford also enjoyed spending time outdoors, having family outings, and was a strong A.I.M. and Sundance supporter.
Clifford worked various jobs throughout his career. He started out working as a bus driver at the St. Stephen’s Indian School from 1987 to 1989, during this time he was also a Wild Land Fire Fighter and worked at the meat packing plant in Gordon, Neb. In 1989 Clifford starting working for Big Bat’s for about ten years and then started working for I.H.S. as a custodian from 1999 until the time of his passing putting in 20 years of service.
Clifford is survived by his wife, Jeanette Black Elk; children, Lawayne Black Elk, Tara Black Elk, Lillian Black Elk, Clifford Black Elk, Jr., Jenny (Ed) Stover, Bert “BJ” Montileaux; Stella (Dave) Rogers, Kimberly Janis, Danielle Janis, Elizabeth Richards, Justine Carlow, Kaitlin Little Moon and Lovetta Little Moon; grandchildren, Katie Black Elk, Raiden Red Shirt, Marques Two Lance, Colleen Black Elk, Little Ed Stover, Sadie Rogers, Emlee Two Lance, McKenzie Stover, Chloe Rogers, Adam Trejo, Jr., and Baby Dave Rogers; brothers, Ben (Marla) Black Elk, Calvin (Therese) Monroe, Own (Dawn) Black Elk, and Tom Poor Bear; sisters, Loretta Running Hawk, Avis Monroe, and Iva Black Elk; and hunka father, Francis “Chubbs” Thunder Hawk.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson Black Elk, Sr. and Sharon Monroe-Black Elk; son, “Baby Boy” Black Elk; brothers, Wilson “Wally” Black Elk, Jr., Loren Black Elk, and Webster Poor Bear; cousin, Abraham Tobacco; nephew, David “RC” Janis; niece, Mariah Montileaux; and god parents, Donnie Chavez, Lillian Chavez, and Iris Oldman.
Pallbearers were Bandido Dan, Bandido Shawn, Bandido Amp, Cecil Apple, Jr., Rodney “OD” Janis, Chili White Dress, Kenneth Black Elk, Edward Stover III, Kristen Black Elk, BJ Montileaux, Bert Montileaux, Jr., and David Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers were Black Hills Chapter, Rapid City Chapter, East River Chapter, Boot Hill Chapter, Rest of Bandido Nation, Ghost Dance, Soldiers from Jesus, Hell Fighters, Twisted Misfits, Bond Slaves, Black Elk Family, Monroe Family, Bad Yellow Hair Family, Stover Family, Ogle Luta Sundance Family, A.I.M. Family, Red Hawk Family, Blue Bird Family, Cheyenne Family, Wyoming Family, Richards Family, Tobacco Family, Two Lance Family, Eagle Hawk Family, Red Cloud Family, Trejo Family, Poor Bear Family, I.H.S. Staff, Big Bats Staff, and All Friends & Relatives.
A two night wake service started on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Billy Mills Hall in pine Ridge. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge, with Pastor Craig Wexler officiating. Traditional Lakota services were held with Mr. Cecile Apple. Burial was at the Black Elk Family Cemetery in Oglala.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.
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