Marcus S. Gardner Sr.

Jul 6, 2017 From staff reports

Marcus S. Gardner Sr. of Arapahoe died Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Riverton. He was 47 years old.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2017, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, with a wake to follow at 412 Left Hand Ditch Road. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with interment at Bushyhead Cemetery.

Marcus Stephen Gardner Sr. was born Oct. 14, 1969, in Riverton, to Isaac and Margaret (Washington) Jenkins. He was given his Indian name of "Rising Sun."

He grew up in the Arapahoe area and attended schools at St. Stephen's. He lived his entire life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

He was baptized into the Catholic faith and attended St. Stephen's Catholic Church.

He was a journeyman electrician for Hoffman Electric in Riverton. He also had worked for Northern Arapaho Tribal Housing as a laborer.

He enjoyed attending pow wows, hanging out with family and friends, traveling, going on trips, and spending time with his sons, daughter and granddaughters.

He is survived by his best friend, Francinda Wallowingbull; sons Marcus Gardner Jr., Tristan Gardner and Maurice Gardner; grandchildren Aiyana Spoonhunter and Tehya Spoonhunter; brothers Mitchell Stacey, James Gardner Sr. and Arapaho Oldman; sisters Serena Gardner, Tina Jenkins, Irene Jenkins, Katherine Jenkins and Veronica Jenkins; aunt, Frances Dewey; uncle, John Bushyhead Sr.; god parent, Melvin Littleshield; and extended familes of Bushyheads, Jenkins, Goodmans, Littleshields, Fridays, Deweys, C'Bearings, Seminoles, Addisons, Wallowingbull, and Gardners.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Margaret Jenkins; daughter, Marcinda Gardner; brother, Ernest "Baby Son" Jenkins; grandparents James Joseph and Theresa Bushyhead, George Jenkins, and Clarice Smith; godmother, Margaret Littleshield; stepfather, Francis Washington; uncles Joseph Bushyhead, Mervin Bushyhead and Peter Bushyhead; cousins Jolene Bushyhead and Michael Bushyhead; niece, Elyxis Gardner; and nephew, Michael Stacy.

Service are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home (

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