OGLALA –– Our beloved uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and U.S. Armu Veteran Hoover Running Eagle “Mato Ptechela” (Short Bear) went home to the Lord on Oct.14, 2015 at Rapid City Regional Hospital surrounded by family.
Hoover Running Eagle was born on Aug. 29, 1929 in Oglala to Susie Chief Eagle-Running Eagle and Mark Running Eagle. He grew up in Oglala. He attended Loneman School and Oglala Community School. At age 18, Hoover was drafted by the United States Army and fought in two wars; World War II and Korea. The Army gave Hoover his Military Horse after his service in the Korean War. Hoover was a proud veteran and a Chaplain for the Local Post.
Hoover was a kind, generous, humble and quiet man. He had a strong faith and belief and often read his Bible.
Hoover is survived by nieces; Bernadette Red Ear Horse of Bremerton, Wash, Bernadine Noble (Jorge Ramirez), Irma Red Ear Horse, Karen Red Ear Horse all of Oglala. Nephews; Gaylord Red Ear Horse of Oglala and Harris Red Ear Horse(Violet Catches) of Pierre, grandchildren; Joy and Jordan Noble both of Rapid City; Dustin and Kevin Howtopat Jr. both of Bremerton, Blaine Wilson, Isaac and Curtis Red Owl, Denae Yellow Boy all of Oglala, Florence and Katrina Romero both #of Pierre, and great grandchildren; Adrian Noble of Oglala, Aiyana, Accalia, Anthony, Achilles and Adrina Boker all of Rapid City. Hoover is also survived by his adopted brother; Don Belile of Pine Ridge.
Hoover was preceded in death by his sisters; Florine Red Ear Horse and Josephine Running Eagle, brothers; John Running Eagle, Samuel Running Eagle, Timus Running Eagle and Thomas Running Eagle.
A one night wake service was held Oct. 22, at the Makasan Presbyterian Church Hall in Oglala.Funeral Services was held Oct. 23,at the Makasan Presbyterian Church Hall in Oglala. Burial Services was held at the Makasan Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Oglala with Rev. Simon Looking Elk officiating. Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.