Dominic J. 'D.J.' Gardner

Dominic J. "D.J." Gardner

Apr 21, 1979 - Jan 3, 2012
Native American Church funeral services for Dominic J. "D.J." Gardner, Sr., His Indian Name was Iilapaache Ahush 'Many Friends' of Beaver Creek Housing south of Riverton are at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Great Plains Hall at Arapahoe. Interment follows at the Oldman Cemetery.

A viewing is at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Great Plains Hall, followed by a wake at the home of Ben Gardner, 1513 Bitteroot, Great Plains Hall.

Mr. Gardner died at the home of his brother on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. He was 35.

Dominic Joseph Gardner was born in Riverton on April 21, 1976, the son of William P. Gardner, Jr., and Phyllis M. (Oldman) Gardner. His Indian name was "Many Friends."

His companion of 18 years was Latoya Felter.

He was of the Catholic faith and member of, and active in the Native American Church.

He belonged to the Big Lodge Clan and Ties the Bundle Child. He was also an enrolled member of Crow Tribe and a member of the Arapaho Tribe.

Mr. Gardner was engaged in law enforcement and security, working as a BIA officer at Crow Agency Mont., for three years and as a police officer for the Moapa Tribal Police Department for two years, and for casino security at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, Nev., for two years.

Most recently he worked in security at the Little Wind Casino.

He has lived most of his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation but had also made his home in Las Vegas, Nev., Crow Agency, Mont., and in California for a short period of time. He was a 2001 graduate of the American Indian Police Academy in Artesia, N.M.

His family said Mr. Gardner enjoyed fishing, hunting, feather work, crafts, spending time in the mountains, traveling, being a father to his children, and practicing the ways of the Native American Church.

Survivors include his companion, Latoya Felter of California; sons, Jaeson Charles Gardner and Dominic Joseph Gardner, Jr.; a daughter, Shadessa Nicole Gardner; his parents, William and Christina Gardner, Bobby Jo and Ruth Mary Goggles, William and Nora Pauline C'Hair, Daniel Oldman, Jr. and Lujuana Antelope; brothers, Thomas Gardner, Benjamin Gardner, Thomas Goggles, Billie Joe Goggles, Lance, Gary, Ronnie, Joseph "Pumpkin," Melvin Oldman, Brent, Brandon Gould, James Blackburn, Peter Blackburn, Dale, Andrew, and Stuart C'Hair, Damien Blackbear, Curtis OldBull, C.P. and Buckskin OldDwarf, Franklin Jay, Marion Oldman, Buster Gardner and Waylon Limpy, Lawrence OldBull; sisters, Nicole Gardner, Andrea, Alvena, and Melvena Oldman, Rebecca and LaDeena Bell, Regina Blackbear, Melinda Whiteman, Velinda Swallow, Bridgette and Alberta Oldman, Roberta "Robbie" Behan, Sandra Oldman, Annie Sage, Ethel Goggles, Sophie and Valarie OldBull, Crystal and Nellie Gardner, Ethel Gardner, and Susan Villa, Lucy Harris, Magdalyn Gardner, and Yolanda OldDwarf; Aunt, Bertha Gardner OldBull; Adoptive parents, Bertha and Lawrence OldBull, Sr., Mr. And Mrs. Eugene Limpy and Thomas and Donna Gardner; great grandparents, James and Doris Coriz; numerous nieces, nephews and extend members of the Flatmouth, Birdhat, Bellrock, Littleowl, OldDarwf, Oldman, and Headley families.

The family says they have a large family and apologize if they have accidently forgot anyone.

He was preceded in death by his mother; uncles, Dewey, Joseph and Benjamin Oldman, James Oldman, Nathan OldDwarf; brothers, Daniel Oldman III, and Billie John Gardner; grandparents, Daniel and Frances, Esther Oldman, Leonard and Frances OldDwarf; great grandmother, Priscella Stewart; God Parents, William Littleowl and Davine Littleowl.

On-line condolences may be made at: theDavisFuneralHome.com

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