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Jan 10, 2013 - Staff
Benny Tillman died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 77 years old.
Traditional Indian funeral services will be at noon Saturday, Jan. 12, at Rocky Mountain Hall with Harrison Shoyo Jr. and Arlen Shoyo officiating. An evening service will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Rocky Mountain Hall with a wake to follow at the family residence, 12 Sundance Road, Fort Washakie. Interment will be in the Sacajawea Cemetery.
Benny Tillman was born Oct. 24, 1935, in Fort Washakie, the son of the late Effie and Frank Tillman Sr.
He was raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation. He attended Flandreau Indian School and schools in Fort Washakie. Before retiring he was a plumber for the Shoshone Tribe.
His family said he enjoyed going to and watching rodeos, Western movies, wrestling on TV and going to the casino and being with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his daughters, June Tillman and Cathy Lucas; sisters Sandy St. Clair, Patricia Tillman and Zelda Tillman; brothers Vernon Hill, Darrell Ferris, Meldon Hill, Delmar Haukaas and Leland Tillman; seven grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth Sun Goes Slow Jr.; sister Louise Tillman, Mary Tillman, Pauline Tillman, Velma Tillman, Henrietta Tillman and Adrienne Tillman; brothers Lee Tillman, Frank Tillman Jr., Rueben Tillman, Wilfred Ferris Sr., Richard "Dick" Ferris, Herman Ferris, Ed St. Clair and Leland St. Clair; grandfather Ben St. Clair Sr.; aunts Gladys Hill and Ruth Metz; and uncles Lynn St. Clair and Ben St. Clair Jr.
Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.