Richard D. 'Dick' Ferris Sr.

Jun 27, 2012 Staff

Richard D. "Dick" Ferris Sr., 73, died Thursday, June 14, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

Traditional Indian funeral services were Monday, June 18, at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie with Harrison Shoyo Jr. and Arlen Shoyo officiating. Interment was at the LeClair Family Cemetery at Kinnear.

An evening service and wake were Sunday at the family home, No. 7 South Fork Road on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Richard D. Ferris was born May 24, 1939, in Fort Washakie the son of Wilford J. Ferris Sr. and Gladys St. Clair Hill.

Mr. Ferris was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. At the time of his death, he was a tribal judge and a cultural spiritual representative.

He attended school at Fort Washakie, Flandreau in South Dakota, and many colleges and training centers, attaining degrees to further his career in law enforcement. He was said to be one of the few American Indians to graduate from the FBI Academy on March 24, 1978.

Mr. Ferris served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1966.

He served 18 years on the Board of Education for Fremont County School District 21 and was the Wyoming School Board Member of the Year in 2001.

He retired from the Wind River Police Department as an investigator, served as the acting superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wind River Agency, was a Wyoming Drug Court Association member, was appointed to the Governor's Advisory Council for substance abuse and violent crime along with the State Impaired Council, and received several awards while in law enforcement.

His family said Mr. Ferris enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, gambling, spending time with his family and friends and watching his grandchildren play sports. They said he was a father figure to many.

Mr. Ferris is survived by his wife, Alice Ferris; daughters Raelynn Gail, Kristine Thompson and Lynelle Bianas-Sloss; sons Richard Preston Ferris and Shawn Patric Ferris; brothers Daryl Ferris, Vernon Hill Sr., David Ferris Sr., Delmar Haukaas, Donavan Archambul, Meldon Hill and Benny Tillman; grandchildren Adam Johnson, Peyton Richard Ferris and Keidis Roy Ferris; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Ben Lee Ferris, Richard Dale Ferris Jr.; two sisters; brothers Wilford Ferris Jr., Herman Ferris Sr., Edwin St. Clair Sr., Leland St. Clair, Raymond Ferris Sr.; Ferris and St. Clair grandparents; numerous traditional grandparents, and a grandson, Preston Charles Ferris.

Services were provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home of Fort Washakie.

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