OGLALA – Owen Joseph Patton Jr. “Wicasa Isnala Najin,” 61, made his journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Sioux Falls.
Owen Joseph Patton Jr. was born on September 2, 1955 in Crawford, Neb. to Sara (Hawk) Forney and Owen Patton Sr. Owen, or OJ as he was known to his family & friends, was the first of his siblings. OJ mostly grew up in Scottsbluff, Neb., where he made many lifelong friends.
Throughout his life, OJ worked as a police officer for Public Safety, and a tribal liaison for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He also worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad and he was an AA counselor for many years. He also worked in Native American Studies for the Neb. school districts, and the governor of Neb. He married Julie Feather and to this union, a daughter, Shauna, was born. He later married Gloria Hernandez in 1999 and they shared their lives until his passing.
OJ was a very kind & loving man who enjoyed life. His favorite past-times were going to the casino and listening to music (especially AC/DC and blues music). OJ was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Owen is survived by his wife, Gloria (Hernandez) Patton of Neb.; mother, Sara (Hawk) Forney of Oglala; his daughter, Shauna Neuman of Boyden, Iowa; siblings, Thomas (Lou Youngman) Patton, Sr. of Oglala, Donald Patton of San Diego, Calif., Sandra Mabin of Oglala, Madonna (Mike) Shepherd of Gurnsey, Wyo., Eldon (Alva) Forney of Wounded Knee, Cheryl Forney of Oglala, Mitzi (Coy) Big Crow of Oglala and Paul (Missie Hudspeth) Forney of Oglala; stepfather, Darold Forney of Oglala; nephews, Thomas Patton Jr., Joshua Williams, Ryan Forney, Tyler Wright, Michael Wright, Eric Mabin, Nathaniel Simpson, Bradley Forney, Derek Young Man, Wakinyan Forney and River Forney; nieces, Melissa Patton, Ashley Forney, Shaina Forney and Samantha Young Man; stepchildren, Rusty West, Kelly West and Kristian Trimble; and grandchildren, Andrew and Cheyenne Neuman, and Jessica Trimble.
Owen was preceded in death by his father, Owen Patton Sr.; sister, Christian Patton; brother, Troy Dean Mabin; stepson, Anthony Hernandez; and grandparents, Talton and Jenny (Hat) Hawk and Thomas and Alice (Bear Robe) Patton.
Two night wake services were held March 29 and 30 at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala. Funeral services were held March 31, at the Brother Rene Hall in Oglala, with Father Joe Daoust, S.J. officiating. Traditional Lakota services were held by Mr. Cornell Conroy. Burial services were held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery in Oglala.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.