Aug 1, 2012 - StaffAlfred Spoonhunter Sr., "White Chief," 68, of Arapahoe, died July 29, 2012, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with Father John Gaffney officiating. Interment will follow at Arapahoe Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at Davis Funeral Home. Another rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at Great Plains Hall.
He was born Dec. 30, 1943, in Fort Washakie, the son of Ward and Margaret (Gambler) Spoonhunter.
Mr. Spoonhunter worked for the Economic Development Commission.
His family said he enjoyed going to the casino, watching western movies and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In his earlier years he liked boxing and participating in rodeos.
Mr. Spoonhunter was inducted into the Wyoming Basketball Hall of Fame for playing for St. Stephens Eagles in '59, '60 and '61.
Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Arthur; sons Alfred and Lori Spoonhunter Jr., Jude and Elsie Charging Crow Sr., and Ray Spoonhunter; sisters Alice and Leonard R. Moss Sr., Sarah and Lyle T. Black Sr., Laura Shakespeare, Shanna Lessert, Florence Trosper, Bernice Miller, Marge St.Clair, Agnes Logan, Dee Cuch, Charlene Hoover, Joan Spoonhunter, Tillie Jenkins, Alrita TalksDifferent, Angie Hanway, Karen Spoonhunter, Jean Watt and Billie Ann Spoonhunter; brothers Poncho Lonedog, Marlon Spoonhunter, Harvey Spoonhunter, Theron Spoonhunter, Charles Manderson, Howard Brown Sr., Ron Spoonhunter, Garrett Spoonhunter, Lyle Spoonhunter, Terry Spoonhunter, Burton Hutchinson, George Spoonhunter and Martin Spoonhunter; grandparent Saul Birdshead; grandchildren Brittany Spoonhunter, Young Chief Lone Bear, Sterling Spoonhunter, Bliss Spoonhunter, Ophelia WhiteSinger, Ashley Norse, Clayton Wallowingbull, Amaya Lone Bear, Good Lance Lone Bear, Devon Wallowingbull, Devonna Wallowingbull, Clayton Wallowingbull Jr., Jude Charging Crow Jr., Sharon Charging Crow, Shawna Charging Crow, Stanley Shakespeare, Jori Lamebull, Summer Spoonhunter, Angel Spoonhunter, Reiley Spoonhunter and Brytan Spoonhunter; godmother Geraldine Brown; nieces Alvinita Lamebull, Josephine Spoonhunter, Peggy Spoonhunter, Lanette Dodge, Madonna Oldman, Wardeena Moss, Angel Bell, Karen Black, Karena Black, Kathryn Black, Kristina Wallowingbull and Charlene Gambler-Brown; nephews Loren Shakespeare, Edd Shakespeare Jr., Leonard R. Moss Jr., Gary Moss, David Black, Chris Black, Alden Spoonhunter and Stanford Washington; sisters-in-law Dorothy Gambler, Jessie Spoonhunter and Sarah Belt; special friend Lynda Noah; and close friends Tom Atwood and Chuck Wilson.
Mr. Spoonhunter was preceded in death by his parents; brother Stanley Spoonhunter; brother Adam H. Spoonhunter; sons Howard Spoonhunter and Rhea Spoonhunter; brother-in-law Edd M. Shakespeare Sr.; nephews Alfred "Griz" Shakespeare, Dean Moss, Jerry Moss, Alvin Spoonhunter, Darwin Spoonhunter Sr., Stanley Spoonhunter Jr. and Lyle T. Black Jr.; nieces Luci Moss, Nancy Spoonhunter, Jay Dean Spoonhunter aka Leonard Jay Whiteman and Wardina Spoonhunter.
Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.