Thomas Edward 'Ed' Underwood

Aug 5, 2012 Staff

Thomas Edward "Ed" Underwood III, 66, of Mill Creek, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at the Blue Sky Hall at Ethete with Father John Gaffney from the St. Stephens Mission officiating. Interment will follow at Friday Cemetery. A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Blue Sky Hall. Following the rosary, Mr. Underwood will be taken to Alvena Oldman's residence for an all-night wake.

Thomas Edward Underwood III was born Oct. 12, 1945, in Fort Washakie, the son of Thomas Louis Underwood Jr. and Christina Pine Underwood. His Indian name was Woxuuyein, meaning Four Bears.

His mother died when he was a young child and his father raised him and his brothers. Upon the death of his father, he lived with and was raised by his aunt and uncle, Josephine and Elk Redman.

Mr. Underwood married Mary Catherine Behan on Aug. 2,1988. He was a cowboy all of his life. He lived and worked at the Arapaho Ranch for many years. He worked as an Arapaho Language teacher for the Arapaho Immersion School. Most recently, he began assisting the Wind River Tribal College as an Arapaho Language Consultant.

His family said he enjoyed going to the Arapaho and Ethete senior citizens centers to eat and visit with friends and relatives. He occasionally went to the casino, and he enjoyed watching the local rodeos and the Indian relay races, playing hand games and going to birthday dinners and picnics. His family said he and his wife enjoyed traveling and attending the Denver March PowWow, and both were involved with the Sand Creek descendency activities. He was a team roper, and he owned many horses during his lifetime. Lately he got his grandchildren into rodeos and watched them dance in powwows.

His survivors include his daughter, Myrtle Underwood; brothers Ray Underwood, Floyd Willow, Alfred and Hubert Redman, Harley Hungary, Bobby, Big Rock and George West Shakespeare, Leo, Richard and Edward Willow, Marty, Pat, John Sr. and Jerome Underwood; sisters Matilda Bushyhead, Lucy Willow, Alvena Oldman, Anita Hungary, Flora and Cora Willow, Audrey, Jody, Tish, Kay, Becky, Alicia and Gerri Underwood and Karen Trosper; grandchildren Adrina Duran, Taiyah Duran, Janie Duran, Kalissa Underwood, Kayden Underwood, Rodrea Watt, Kimberly Watt, Donald Watt Jr., Marial Watt, Neeko Watt, Aaron Underwood, Shaylee Underwood, Teisha Underwood, Joaquin Trosper, Ivan Thomas, Rainelle Jenkins, Alaura Jenkins, Amanda Bushyhead, Katelyn and Dane Antelope, Clara and Fontessa Bushyhead, Aaron Hill, JaJuan and Jade Bushyhead; stepdaughters Catherine (Joe) Manzanares, Melvena Sanchez, Augusta (Robert) C'Bearing, Marita (Ben) Warren, Felicia Whiteman and Julie Mae Whiteman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers Vincent Underwood, Wesley Underwood Sr., Lawrence Underwood and an unnamed brother; stepson Justin Whiteman; stepdaughter Elizabeth "Betty Lou" Whiteman; grandsons Daniel C'Bearing Jr., Baby Boy Whiteman and Baby Boy Spoonhunter; aunts and Uncles Josephine and Elk Redman, Mary and Otto Hungary, Elizabeth and Nickerson Shakespeare, Nickerson John, Maria Martinez, Lydia Friday, Madonna, Michael and Clement Friday, and Martin and Philomena Underwood.

His numerous relations include: Underwood, Redman, Shakespeare, Hungary, Willow, Oldman, Goggles, Dodge, Blake, Bushyhead, Whiteman, Arthur, HeCrow, Brings Them Back and RunningHawk families.

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