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Dominic Thomas Fighting Bear

Apr 5, 2017 From staff reports

Dominic Thomas Fighting Bear died April 3, 2017, at SageWest Health Care at Riverton. He was 40 years old.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6,at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with a wake to follow at the family home, 311 Great Plains Road.A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father Jim Heiser officiating. Interment will follow at Oldman Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 24, 1976, in Riverton, the son of Homer Fighting Bear Sr. and Mary Elizabeth (Antelope) Fighting Bear.

He attended elementary schools at St. Stephens, Busby, Montana, and Lame Deer, Montana. He then attended Riverton Middle School and St. Stephens High School where he graduated in May of 1995. He received a basketball scholarship from Central Wyoming College where he attended immediately following his high school graduation.

"Dominic was known for his athleticism," loved ones said. "He was an amazing volleyball and basketball player and even coached basketball at St. Stephens."

He also enjoyed playing horseshoe and pool and singing powwow songs with his brothers and son. He was known to be a good mechanic and had a great sense of humor.

Mr. Fighting Bear worked as a chef for Morning Star Restaurant, Sagebrush Grill, Maverik Country Store and 789 Bingo. He was also employed at the casino doing various jobs.

He was the CYO President of St. Stephens Parish, a member of the Eagles Society of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe, Chief Society of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and one of the lead singers of the Riverside Drum Group. He was also a baptized member of the Catholic Church and the Native American Church.

Survivors include his parents, Mary and Homer Fighting Bear Sr.; sons Jeremiah Fighting Bear, Joaquin Pikivitt and Shadow Eagle; daughters Cetera Moss and Annalisa Davis; brothers Leland, Homer Jr., Irvin, Ethan, Dakotah, Darryn, Shane, Shawn, Gary, Ian, Jerry Jr., Donovan, Wesley Jr., Dane, Franklin III, Ashton, Bernie, Sheldon, Alden, Charlie, Ace and PJ; sisters Kelli, Lisa, Shanell, E.T., Florence, Jerilynn, Kristen, Katelynn, Shawntay, Nancy Jean, September, Darcy Bernadette and Gwen; nephews Leland, Ethan Jr., Thaddeus, Treyvon and Tristan; nieces Jaylynn, Kynlee, Braylee, Jolynn, Kylene, Alondra, Maya, Khiara and Makya; and extended families Antelope, Oldman, Sandcrane, Fighting Bear, Little Mouth, Redneck, Standing Elk, Redman, White and Norse.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Franklin and Elizabeth (Oldman) Antelope; paternal grandparents, Herbert and Margaret (Standing Elk) Fighting Bear; maternal great-grandparents, Jesse and Elizabeth (Norse) Oldman and Ralph and Mary (Redman) Antelope; paternal great-grandparents, William and Julia (Looks Behind) Fighting Bear and Alex and Sally (Redneck) Standing Elk; aunt, Elizabeth F. Oldman; and cousins Ivan Pine Sr., Winema Ignacio, Delores Ignacio and Erestine Little Mouth.

Online condolences may be made to the family at TheDavisFuneralHome.com.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.

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