Stanley J. Spoonhunter, Sr.

Stanley J. Spoonhunter, Sr.

Oct 26, 1933 - May 17, 2010
Stanley J. Spoonhunter, Sr., died at his rural Arapahoe home Monday afternoon, May 17, 2010, at the age of 76.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. The Rev. Fathers Robert Hilbert and Ron Seminara will officiate. Burial will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's. Military committal will be by representatives of the U.S. Army.

Stanley Joseph Spoonhunter, Sr., was born on Oct. 26, 1933, in Fort Washakie, the son of Ward James Spoonhunter and Margaret (Gambler) Spoonhunter.

He attended Riverton High School and Ironworker's Union Technical School in Casper.

Mr. Spoonhunter served with the U.S. Army from Dec. 2, 1953, until his honorable discharge of July 31, 1955. He received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal.

He married Jessie L. Shakespeare on March 6, 1956, in Lander.

He was of the Catholic faith and participated in sundances and sweats.

Mr. Spoonhunter was a member of the American Legion Post 84, the Arapaho Entertainment Committee, Christmas Committee, and the Economic Development Committee.

He worked as an ironworker, in construction, as a firefighter, custodian, and basketball coach.

His family said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, basketball and football, watching Western movies, reading Western books, traveling, and being around his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie L. Spoonhunter of Riverton; sons, Alden D. Spoonhunter, Sr., and his wife Rosalie, Allen Spoonhunter, Sr., Brian C'Hair, Sr., William Washington, and Durwin Spoonhunter; daughters, Margaret N. Spoonhunter, Lanette J. (Spoonhunter) Dodge and her husband Albert Dodge, Jr., Theresa C'Hair, and Darlene Spoonhunter, Miranda Hanway; 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; brothers, Alfred M. Spoonhunter, Sr., Adam H. Spoonhunter, Richard "Poncho" LoneDog, Jr., and Charles Manderson; sisters, Laura Shakespeare, Alice Moss, Sarah Black.

Mr. Spoonhunter was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Margaret Spoonhunter; grandparents, John and Annie Gambler, Tom and Tillie Spoonhunter; sons, Darwin J. Spoonhunter, Sr., Stanley J. Spoonhunter, Jr., Jay D. Spoonhunter, aka. Leonard J. Whiteman, and Dean Moss; nephews, Ward M. Spoonhunter, Alvin Spoonhunter, Dale Jerome "Jerry" Moss, Sr. Howard D. Spoonhunter, Alfred "Griz" Shakespeare, Richard "Baby Richie" LoneDog, Jr.; nieces, Annette L. Moss, Nancy Spoonhunter; granddaughters, Kracie Spoonhunter and Elizabeth Dodge; grandson, Mahlon Spoonhunter; cousins, Wendall Spoonhunter, Tommy Spoonhunter, Vaughn Spoonhunter; close friends, Henry Behan Joseph "Joe" Oldman, Philbert Willow and Chuck Potter.

On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: thedavisfuneralhome.com

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.