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Joseph C. Bushyhead

Jun 22, 2012 - Staff

Joseph C. Bushyhead, 57, of Fort Washakie, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Lander Regional Hospital.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with interment following at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at Arapahoe.

A rosary is at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton with a second rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at the family home, 704 Tinebea, Fort Washakie. A wake follows that rosary.

Joseph Charles Bushyhead was born Feb. 19, 1955, in Riverton the son of James Joseph Bushyhead and Theresa (Goodman) Bushyhead. He attended the Arapahoe School.

He made his home in the Arapahoe and Fort Washakie areas of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

He married Cecelia N. Washington on Aug. 4, 1985, in Lander.

Mr. Bushyhead was a custodian at the Arapahoe School.

He was of the Catholic faith and practiced American Indian ways.

His family said he enjoyed going to the casino, beading, riding around, spending time with his grandchildren, playing bingo, playing basketball, listening to music and watching movies.

Mr. Bushyhead is survived by his wife, Cecelia N. Bushyhead of Fort Washakie; sons Charles Norman Bushyhead and Lynn Edward Smith; daughter Natasha Rose Ynostrosa; grandchildren Carter Hillan, Jacilyn Smith, Tracy Jon Sky Preacher, Snow Angel Ynostrosa, Unborn Ynostrosa, Courtney LaFranier, Alonzo Hanaweeke, Vinton Hanaweeke Jr., Bradon Hanaweeke, Marcelen Tinno, Dwight Tinno, Byron Nipwater and Kyle Nipwater; great-grandchildren; Quiles Tinno and Naveah Tinno; brothers John Bushyhead Sr. and his wife Matilda, Mervin Bushyhead and Stanford Bushyhead Sr.; sisters Margaret Washington and her husband Francis, Frances Dewey and Madeline Spoonhunter; brothers-in-law Tim Tyler, Eddie Rodrigous, Bruce Alvarez, Darrell Hutchinson and family, and Wayne Perdash; sisters-in-law Myra Washington and family, Eula Tyler and family, Anita Alvarez and family; aunts Helen Talksdifferent and family, Katherine LongKnife and family, Bernadette Lodge and family, Roberta Werk and family, Liz Whitecow and family, and Helen Hanway and family; nephews Mitchell Stacey and daughters, James Gardner Sr. and family, Marcus Gardner Sr. and family, Tom Bushyhead and family, John Bushyhead Jr. and Cheryl and family, Stanford Bushyhead Jr. and family, and Steven Bushyhead; nieces Serena Gardner and family, Teresa Bushyhead and children, Kristina Bushyhead and family, Jessica and Lonnie Stewart and family, Tashena and Jaron and Terran and family, GoodRider Ynostrosa, Normalee Tinno and family, Maiden and Bam Sequints and family, Roxanne Rose Tinno, Felicia Alvarez and son Bryson Alvarez, and Patty Alvarez and family; close friends, Lonnie Stewart Jr., Joe Addison and Alfred Norah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Theresa Bushyhead; a brother, Peter C. Bushyhead; a sister, Sara J. Bushyhead; a daughter, Ilona Foote; aunts Flora Dewey, Elizabeth C'Bearing and Susie Addison; uncle Charles Goodman; niece Jolene M Bushyhead; nephew Michael J. Bushyhead; grandson Michael Stacy; granddaughter Alexis Gardner; in-laws Lilly and Frank Norah and Charles G. Washington.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.

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