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Robert J. Goggles

Nov 4, 2012 Staff

Robert J. Goggles of Mill Creek died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at Lander Regional Hospital. He was 73 years old.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 29, at the Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. Burial was in the Yellow Calf Cemetery. A Native American Church service was held Sunday, Oct. 28, at his residence.

Robert Joseph Goggles was born March 1, 1939, in Crow Creek, the son of Benedict White Otter Goggles and Angela (Monroe) Goggles. He grew up in Fort Washakie, Arapahoe and the Mill Creek areas.

His adoptive parents were Albert and Ethel Tillman, Daniel Oldman Sr. and Esther Oldman, George and Alberta Quiver, Gregory and Jane Blackburn, as well as his godmothers Victoria Monroe, Jane Warren and Ethel Potter.

He attended St. Stephen's, Flandreau Indian School, Lander High School and later received his GED. He also attended CWC. He lived in Worland and Rigby, Idaho.

He married Ruth Mary Ridgley in April 1964.

He was an active member of the Native American Church throughout his life, dealing with both business and ceremonial aspects of the church.

He was a delegate at large for the State of Wyoming for the National Native American Church. He adopted and was adopted by many members of the NAC throughout his lifetime.

In his younger days, he was a firefighter. He worked in a sugar factory in Worland, he picked potatoes in Idaho and later worked for schools -- including Wyoming Indian, Arapaho and St. Stephens -- as a language and culture instructor. He worked for the With Eagles Wings Program.

He was a consultant for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, he served on the council of elders, he worked for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act which took him to places such as the Smithsonian Institute and the Chicago Field Museum.

He helped bring home remains from the Sand Creek Massacre site to put his Arapaho ancestors to rest. Colorado State University, The Wyoming National Guard and the Air Force consulted with him to help protect sites. Colorado State University returned items, and possibly remains, to the Tribe. The BLM and the U.S. Forest Service also consulted with him for protection of sacred sites.

He had been employed at the Wind River Hotel and Casino in the Arapaho Experience Room.

His family said he dedicated his life to helping his Tribe. They said he enjoyed going to the casino and cookouts and hunting and traveling. He traveled to many places in the United States, including Puerto Rico and Alaska. His travels outside the United States included Canada, Mexico, Germany and France. He enjoyed visiting his great-granddaughter, Janessa, and the rest of his grandchildren, singing Sundance songs and other big drum songs, teaching the language and cultural arts and crafts, and socializing and laughing.

His family said he touched many many lives and will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Mary Goggles; brother Eugene Goggles Mildred and family; son Bill Goggles and Serena Gardner and family; daughters Annie Sage and Gerald Sage Jr. and Ethel J. Goggles; grandsons Nate Denny, Robert Iron Eyes and Jacob Goggles; granddaughters Janelle Denny, Karalyn Goggles and Jacinta Goggles; great-granddaughter Janessa Kyra White-plume; and extended families of the Goggles, Monroe, Dodge, Whiteplume, Potter, Oldman, Shoyo, Spoonhunter, Underwood, Duran, Redman, Engavo, He Crow, Chase in Winter, Good Voice Flute, Weaselbear, Blake, Ridgely, Shakespeare, Yellowplume, Hutchinson and White, as well as numerous other relatives and friends among the Eastern Shoshone, Navajo Nation, Crow, Cree, Shoshone Paiute, Lakota, Northern and Southern Cheyenne, Kiowa, Shoshone Bannock, Ute and Flathead tribes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Chris, Whitey, Jimmy and Pete Goggles; sisters Irene Warren, Ursula Brown and Bernadine Friday; son Herman George Goggles; granddaughter Amber Rose Iron Eyes; and great-grandson August Dreams Whiteplume.

The family regrets not being able to name all of Mr. Goggles' family and friends, both living and passed.

Services are under the direction of the Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander.

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