PHILIP — Joseph Larry Chief Bear III “Tasunke Luta”, 56, made his journey to the Spirit World on Monday, December 25, 2017 in Philip.
Joseph Larry Chief Bear III was born on May 28, 1961 in Kadoka to Joe Chief Bear II and Mercy High Pipe.
Joseph was raised in Hisle on the family’s land by his Unci, Vina Chief Bear, before attending the ARMY and completing his degree in Environmental Science. He shares his Lakota name, Tasunke Luta (Red Horse), with his father and grandfather.
A special thanks to the Philip Nursing Home Staff, who cared for him in his last days, and also to the Philip Livestock Auction and Martin Sale Barn, where he worked.
Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Chief Bear IV of Wanblee; significant other, Beverly Red Willow of Hisle; and brother, William George Chief Bear of Hisle.
Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Chief Bear II and Mercy High Pipe; maternal grandparents, David High Pipe and Susie Fox; paternal grandparents, Joseph Chief Bear II and Minnie Charging Crow; his beloved grandmother (great aunt), Vina Chief Bear; sister, Susie Chief Bear; and his brothers, John Whipple and Roger LaPointe.
Visitation and funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the LaCreek CAP Office in Martin, with Fr. Ron Seminara officiating.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.