Melvin Lee Featherman was born on August 26, 1959 in Rapid City, to Everett Featherman and Theresa (One Horn) Featherman.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Darmalee Tail; daughter, Marissa Featherman and Melissa Featherman; son, Shawn Tail; grandchildren, Zoey Tail and Thaileigh Williams; siblings, Vicki Brown Bull, Terry Featherman, Ardean Featherman, Roberta Featherman, Devonna Good Voice Elk, Linda Featherman, and Leland Featherman; children, Marissa & Melissa Featherman, and Shawn Tail; grandchildren, Zoey Tail and Thaileigh Williams; and Hunka daughter, Rhiannon Richards.
Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Featherman and Theresa One Horn-Featherman; and nephew, Marlon Featherman.
Pallbearers were Adrian Yellow Boy, Isaac “Ike” Lays Bad, Garrell Little, Teddy “Stu” Two Eagle, Irvin One Horn, Elwyn Broken Rope, Charles “Chuck” Good Voice Elk, Jr., Jackson Mesteth, Donnie Mesteth, Jordan Spotted Eagle, and Mike Mesteth.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kristin DuBray and Tyler Lone Elk & Family, Georgia Tail & Family, Eli Tail, Sr. & Family, Margaret Steele & Family, Zeno Little & Family, Aaron Two Crow & Family, Elliot Kills In Water & Family, Sam One Horn & Family, Weldon, Trevon & Latrice Spotted Eagle & Family, Clyde Squirrel Coat & Family, Paul Cedar Face & Family, Dwight Ponca, Sr. & Family, Psific Pretty Him & Family, Garrell & Yvette (Jealous) Little & Family, Sam & Patty White Face & Family, Cheryle Locke & Family, Donald Sharpfish, Roberta Means & Family, Jeremy, Theresa, & Meghan Rousseau, Marla Two Crow & Family, Will He Crow & Family, Jasmine Fast Wolf, Geneva Cuny & Family, Diamond Bad Heart Bull & Family, Lacey Colhoff & Family, Jackson Mesteth & Family, Ronald Richards & Family, Francis Red Wolf, Belleron Blue Bird, Jr. & Family, Sylvia Yellow Boy & Family, Jeanie & Sean Lone Hill, Bob Lone Elk, Sidney Lone Hill, Margaret Steele & Family, Carol Peneaux & Family, Lacey Colhoff & Family, Jim & Julie Cedar Face, All Reservation Fastpitch Teams, Ron, & Family, Bill Richards, Francis Red Willow, Eric Brown Bull, Bonita Bear Robe & Family, Sam Bear Robe & Family, Daryl & Gloria No Neck, Karen Red Elk & Family, Eva Mesteth & Family, Mona Mesteth & Family, Erna Shepard & Family, Sonny Tail & Family, Devonna Good Voice Elk & Family, Arlean Featherman & Family, Linda Featherman & Family, Vicky Brown Bull & Family, Terry Featherman, Leland Featherman, Hobe Locke, Delbert Tail, Jr., Elvis & Debbie Tail, Marlon Iron Crow, Steve Ross, Davey McBride, and All Relatives & Friends.
A two night wake service started on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the Body of Christ Church in Porcupine. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the Body of Christ Church, with Pastor David Lays Bad and Senior Catechist Ben Conquering Bear officiating. Traditional Lakota services were held with Mr. Harold Salway. Burial was at the St. Alban’s Episcopal Cemetery in Porcupine.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.