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Nov 8, 2012 - Staff
Derick Meeks died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Denver Children's Hospital in Denver. He was 18 months old.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete. An evening service and wake will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the Melody Spoonhunter Residence, 89 Gas Hills Road, Riverton. Interment will be in the Chief Washakie Cemetery.
Derick Meeks was born May 5, 2011, in Lander, the son of Derick Meeks Sr. and Stafanie Big Medicine.
His Indian name was Chief Eagle.
His family said he enjoyed dancing whistling, making sounds with his cars, watching TV and cartoons and being outside. They said he was a very smart kid who figured out everything.
He is survived by his grandparents, Wanda Spoonhunter, Victoria Quiver, Archie Big Medicine Jr., William Carpenter Sr., Melody Spoonhunter, Darrell and Pam, William, Crockey and Frannie, Leah, David Jr., Chiefy and Brittany, Marie, Charlotte Lone Bear, Ruby and Burnette Whiteplume, John and Becky Kuka, Debra Jenkins, Violet Carlson, Rose Geurue, Leslie Six Toes, Stephanie Spoonhunter, Al Whiteplume, Victor Addison, Catherine Underwood, Ben Brown Jr., Irene, David, Denny and Wanda and Ivan Posey, Elk, Allsion Sr., Nelson and Gaylee Sage, Donna, Jimmy, Buddy, Arlen, Brenda and Liz Goodman, Cherokee and Steven Siminole, Maggie and Earl Haukaas, lone Groesbeck, Poncho, Charlie, Steve and William Lone Dog, Gerald Headley Jr., Gloria and Basil Tanner, Quinn Phillips, Rosie, Pauline, Ruby and Alice Posey, Arlen, Harrison Jr., and Bernie Shoyo, LaVonne and Johnson Roanhorse and Cathy Standing Rock; other family members, Jenice and Tyrone Stiffarm, Louie and Perline Meeks, Devon Meeks, Aaron, Shaylee and Tiesha Underwood, Dustin, Stefan and Doug Big Medicine, Alex and Abbey Posey, Darion and Daylynn SunRhodes, Dantee Six Toes, Nathan Yellow Bear, Trevon Chippewa, Michelle Shoyo, Lorry J. SunRhodes, Garrett Shoyo, Carolyn Shoyo, Kristy Brunner, Kristy and Kimberly Potter, Tammy Lynn and Bundy Standing Rock, Katera Jenkins, Steven and Desiree Isis, Kristy Big Medicine, Nicole and Sparky Goodman, Tashina and Shane Spoonhunter, Adam and Corey and Nicole Aragon, Leah Porter, Kendall and Lindsey Van Duesen.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Louis Meeks; great-grandparents Dune and Irene Tillman; and uncles Tommy Durgin and Eric Porter.
Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.