RAPID CITY — Patrick Eugene Nelson, 68, made his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
Patrick Eugene Nelson was born on January 5, 1950 in Alliance, Neb. to Delbert Nelson and Amelia Molly (DuBray) Nelson.
Patrick was a lifelong resident of Rapid City, he attended and graduated high school from Rapid City Central in 1971. Patrick was employed by the Rapid City Ara Schools for 32 years. After retiring from the school, Patrick loved to attend and announce at sundances, pow-wows, family outings, and was an avid fisherman.
During the 9/11 attack, Patrick was asked by the governor to speak at Mount Rushmore, during his speech Patrick told the people, “Anger is short, but that was not the example to give our children.”
Patrick is survived by his children, Eli Nelson of Richmond, Va. and Missy Nelson of Portland, Oreg.; sister, Sally Jane Nelson-Bohdan of Rapid City; hunka children, Joshua Nelson, Louis Iron Cloud, Jamie Prue, and Shawn Mousseaux all of Rapid City; Xavier Buckley of Pine Ridge, David Arguello, Jr. of Denver, Colo., and Donald DuBray and April DuBray both of Allen; hunka brothers, Keith Thomas of Rapid City and Mike McCloud of Switzerland; aunts, Ramona Nelson Tallman of Allen, Gina Arguello of Aurora, Colo., and Marcella Iron Cloud of Rapid City; uncles, Chester Standing Bear of Pine Ridge, Art Zimiga, Bob Zimiga, and Charles Zimiga all of Rapid City, and Sam DuBray of Allen; brother-in-law, Joe Bohdan of Rapid City; nephew, Joshua Nelson whom Patrick helped raised; and relatives of the Tallman Family, Longman Family, Black Horse Family, DuBray Family, Iron Cloud Family, Petes Family, Prue Family, Twiss Family, and the Arguello Family.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Amelia Nelson; sister, Dorrine May Nelson; grandparents, Eugene DuBray, Eva Hawkins, Pat & Sally Little Hoop-Nelson; and great-great-grandfather, Chief Oliver Red Cloud.
A one-night wake service started on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Allen CAP Office in Allen. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Allen CAP Office in Allen. Traditional Lakota services were held with Mr. Steve DuBray and Mr. Alvin Iron Cloud. Burial was at the Inestimable Gift Episcopal Cemetery in Allen.
Arrangements entrusted with Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge.