Date of Passing: August 16, 2021
Place of Death: Rapid City, SD
Veteran: Yes – Marine
Theodore Arthur Big Crow was born on July 24, 1947 in Pine Ridge, SD to Lloyd Big Crow and Nancy Holy Elk-Big Crow. Theodore made his journey to the Spirit World on August 16, 2021 at the Monument Health Hospital in Rapid City, SD.
Theodore is survived by his spouse, Rita Buckman; daughters, Emma Brewer and Nancy Big Crow, both of Pine Ridge, SD; son, Teddy Wayne (Joy) Big Crow, Sr., of San Antonio, TX; siblings, Ivalee “Itsy” Big Crow, Marless Big Crow, and Ramona “Totsy” Big Crow; grandchildren, Kierra Lopez, Jacob Standing Bear, Dakota Big Crow, Shyanne, Gabriel, Teddy, Jr., and Michael Big Crow; and great-grandchildren, Emma Rose Gibbons and Toby Belt.
Theodore was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Big Crow and Nancy Holy Elk-Big Crow; and siblings, Wallace “Grease” Big Crow, Herbert Big Crow, Sharon Big Crow, Lloydell Big Crow, and Noella “Bangy” Big Crow.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Standing, Walter Cournoyer III, Joseph Cournoyer, James Oldson, Dakota Big Crow, Kyle Morrison, Jason Two Two, and Richard Smallwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Brewer, Rusty Merdanian, Melinda & Tuna Oldson, Erica Buckman, April Clifford, Anne Eagle Bull, Joy Parton, Tammy Ghost Bear, Cissy Kills Small, Susie Shangreaux, Troy Briggs, Paul Cedar Face, Tally Plume, Maxine Grover, Mark Booth, Jason Gibbons, Devon Janis, Terrance Looking Elk, Lena & Mato Abourezk, Lucy Bettelyoun, Pat Yellow Hair, Wilma Standing Bear, Charlie Standing Bear, Post 281, Nellie Oldson, Syrup Big Crow, Tiny DeCory, Doni DeCory, Jane Harroway, Melvin Young Bear, Carol Young, Ronnie Elk, Greg Elk, Victor Elk, Lewis Belt, Lyle Jack, Shelby Puckett, All Veterans, OST Rural Water, OST Dept. of Public Safety, and All Friends & Relatives.
Wake Services: One night wake service starting at 1:00 PM, Sunday, August 22, 2021 at the Big Crow Residence located 3.5 miles east of Pine Ridge, SD.
Funeral Services: 10:00 AM, Monday, August 23, 2021 at the Big Crow Residence located 3.5 miles east of Pine Ridge, SD.
Officiating: Father Edmund Yainao, S.J.
Traditional Lakota Services: To Be Announced.
Burial Services: 2:30 PM, Monday, August 23, 2021, Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, SD.