O'Dell R. Shakespeare

Apr 3, 2013 Staff

O'Dell R. Shakespeare, of Arapahoe, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Lander Regional Hospital. He was 69 years old.

A rosary will be Wednesday, April 3, at the St. Stephen's Catholic Mission. A wake will be Wednesday, April 3, starting at Eagle Hall and 31 Great Plains. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at St. Stephen's Catholic Mission. Father David J. Erickson will officiate. Burial will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.

O' Dell Russell Shakespeare was born April 22, 1943, in Fort Washakie, the son of John and Nellie (Friday) Shakespeare. He was given his Indian name, "COYOTE ROBE" --KO'OH HIITOU. He lived his entire life on the Wind River Reservation.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He worked for the Northern Arapaho Tribe Utilities as a heavy equipment operator. He also worked in the construction field.

His family said that in his younger years he liked to ride horses. He also enjoyed watching old Western movies and spending time with his family and friends talking about the "good ol' days." He loved being with his grandchildren and especially cooking eggs with his grandson "Boss."

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Amelia Shakespeare; daughter Nellie Shakespeare; son Gaylen Littleshield and his wife Shawna and their children Shianna, Boss, Cruz and Odell-Shine Littleshield and her son Tyberius Black; son James "Cy" Lee and his children Ciara, Marquel, and Londell Duran and Nicolle Lee and her son Aisen Chee; son Thomas Shakespeare and his wife Chalice and his children Arron, Dana and Thomas "Timmy" Shakespeare; son Dominic Littleshield; son Dallas Littleshield and his daughter LaRae Littleshield and her son Deidray Blackburn; son Brian Littleshield and his children DJ Littleshield and companion Dee Brockie and their daughter Chiara Littleshield; Donelle Littleshield and her children, Donavan and Dominique Littleshield; son Fergie Littleshield and his children Patrick, Dean and Skyler Littleshield and his companion and their daughter MorningSky; grandaughter Tiera Gram and her three siblings; brothers Kenneth "Bobby" Shakespeare, LeRoy Shakespeare and Hugh Ridgley; sisters Bernice Watan, Jessie Spoonhunter, Alene Shakespeare, Amelia "Amy" Underwood and Lettie "June" Spoonhunter; numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren; and the Trosper, Shakespeare and Friday families.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Vicki Mason; and brothers Edd "Turkey" Shakespeare, Richard "Big Rock" Shakespeare, Nickerson Shakespeare, Stanley Spoonhunter, Eugene Ridgley Sr., Carl Headley, Wilbur Headley, Stewart Wallowingbull, Vincent Underwood Sr. and Arnold Headley.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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