LOWER BRULE — Scott D. Jones, 54, made his journey to the Spirit World on March 20, 2016 at Sanford Medical Center in Chamberlain.
Scott was born on August 11, 1961 at the hospital in Pierre to David Jones and Dorothy Belva (Langdeau) Jandreau Jones.
Scott was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Lottie Langdeau; his brothers, Jerauld, Michael and sister-in-law Jackie; his uncles, Joseph Langdeau and Orville Langdeau Sr.; his aunts, Lucille Thompson, Violet Rekow, Hilda, Mary and Grace Langdeau; and his uncle, baby Henry; cousins Arlen and Alvin; nephew, Romeo; cousin Brian James; and his adopted relatives, Joseph Noah and Altwin Grassrope; his paternal grandparents, the Rev. William and Helen Jones; his aunt Margaret Wyllys Cousins; and nephew John Hopper.
He is survived by his father, David Jones; sisters, Karen, Janice and Barbara; brothers, Vance and Terry; his beloved Aunt Rose; his paternal aunts, Gweyneth Erlandson and husband David of College Station, Texas, Laurel and Donald Hopper of Ossing, N.Y., and Helen Jones of Wayne, Penn.; and his adopted daughter Tara White. He leaves many nieces and nephews: Janelle, Randy, Roddy, Timmy and Jason; Rhonda, Michael L., Amy, Patrick, Jerauld, Jeffrey and Mary Jo; Kelly, Kevin, Kirby; Jory, Jill, Joel, Jera, Joshua, Jacob, Jimmy and Jana; Teresa and Trevor; Jerome, Sofia, Vance Jr., William, Drew and Sara; Tyler; and his beloved grandchildren, Lanah and Carter.
He is also survived by his many cousins: maternal cousins Ella, Jean, Phyllis, Kim, Carla, Delores, Bernard, Sharon, Renee, Cheryll, Desine, Skip, Butch, Veronica, Eyvonne, Vernon Fr., Bettina, Keith, Loye Lee, Diane, Red, Darla, Joey, Stuart, Steven, Sandy, Helen, Ted, Leo, Jimmy, Johnny and special cousin Patti; and special friends Clair Green, Pemina Yellowbird, Marla Spears, Eleanor Baxter, Cora Saunsoci, Michael Bercier, Adonis Lone Elk and Brian Molyneaux. And by his paternal cousins: Scott Cousins, Karen (Cousins) Bolger, Paul, Charlie, Danny Erlandson, and Linda (Erlandson) Bendiksen (whom while growing up he had the nerve to call “pale face”!), David and Jeff Hopper and Joy (Hopper) Becker. He had many other relatives that were near and dear to his heart but are too numerous to mention here.
Scott graduated from the Lower Brule High School in 1978 and studied at the University of Neb. in Lincoln and at Black Hills University in Spearfish. He was a devoted student of history and government, learning the laws, rules and guidelines of many of the non-Indian institutions and the federal government. He knew that this knowledge, together with his deep belief in the values of traditional teachings, would help defend his people against further government intrusion. Scott was a voice for Lower Brule that will be missed, not only locally but regionally and nationally.
Wake services were held March 22 and 23 at the Lower Brule Community Center at Lower Brule. Traditional funeral services were held March 24 at the Lower Brule Community Center in Lower Brule with burial at the Fort George Cemetery at Fort George. .
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain.