William J. Spoonhunter
Oct 16, 1958 - Nov 22, 2010
William J. Spoonhunter, Sr., died on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at Mountain View Hospital in Casper. He was 52.
Funeral Mass is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Catholic clergy will officiate.
Interment will be at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's with military rites by the American Legion Post 84.
Rosary at Davis Funeral Home, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, with a second rosary and wake at the family home, 22 Red Crow Road, Arapahoe, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26.
William James "Billy Boy" Spoonhunter was born in Riverton on Oct. 16, 1958, the son of William and Elma (Smith) Spoonhunter. His Indian name was Red Turtle. He lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Mr. Spoonhunter served with the U.S. Air Force during peace time and also worked as a fire fighter.
He was confirmed into the Catholic faith and was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church.
His family said Mr. Spoonhunter enjoyed playing pool, basketball, enjoyed the casino, playing horseshoes, softball, was an accomplished pool player winning several tournaments, enjoyed his grandchildren and family, enjoyed watching his children play basketball, and going golfing with his nephews.
He is survived by his children, Danielle Pingree, Chase, Son, Jamie, Slade, Mary, Alvin, Meleta, and Marleto Spoonhunter, and Antonia Hall; grandchildren, Terissa Underwood, Seth, Cordell, and Feather Spoonhunter, Ryder Northcott, Allison and Troy Tidzump; numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Jean and Bill Watt, Karen and Howard Brown, Billie Ann Spoonhunter, Angie Hanway, Dawn Michele Spoonhunter, Kaye Gould, Reva Doctor, and Mary Jean Day; a favorite niece "Pixie;" a brother, Gerald Smith, Sr.; numerous nieces and nephews; adopted parents, Felix and Irma Groesbeck. God daughters, Melissa Brown, and Taneshia Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Elma (Smith Spoonhunter; sisters, Mary and Anita Spoonhunter, and Irene Warren, and Deanna Deernose; a brother, Roy Spoonhunter, Sr.
On-line obituaries are available and condolences for the family may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.