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Wind Thunder Delphine 'Del' Tarness

Wind Thunder Delphine "Del" Tarness

Jun 28, 1987 - Nov 16, 2010
Funeral services for Wind Thunder Delphine "Del" Tarness of Crowheart are at noon on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Rocky Mountain Hall at Fort Washakie. Pastor Don Nemec officiates.

Interment will be at the Sacajawea Cemetery in Fort Washakie.

A wake will be held at the family home, 8262 US Hwy. 26/287 beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, followed by a service at 7 p.m.

Mr. Tarness, also known as "Little Dad," died in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. He was 23.

Wind Thunder Delphine Tarness was born in Lander on June 28, 1987, the son of Julius Tarness, Sr., and Pamela (Pogue) Hereford. He was a life-long resident of the Crowheart area.

He was graduated from Wind River High School at Pavillion with the Class of 2006. He was baptized and confirmed in the Wind River Lutheran Church at Fort Washakie.

Mr. Tarness worked as a laborer in road construction for the Shoshone/Arapaho Transportation and ranched with his family at Crowheart.

His family said Mr. Tarness' main interest was taking care of his mother and enjoyed logging, was an avid horseman, enjoyed helping other ranchers, hunting, horn collecting, taking long walks, and hiking.

Mr. Tarness is survived by his parents, Pamela and Sherman Hereford, Martina and Audelio Garcia and Gloria and Stanford St. Clair, Jr.; special namesake, Delphine Clair; brothers, Wondo and Coleen Tarness, Windoka Tarness and family, Tyrone and Allison Tarness and Om-a-Wat, Fabian Tarness and family, Julius, Jr., Jared, William, and Cameron Tarness, Solaro Teton and family, Collassel Teton and family and Antonia Garcia, Hawk St. Clair and Donny Wagon and Rocky Hill, Sr.; sisters, Corina Norman-Surrell and sons, Pamela Duran and family, Tammy Wise and family, Susie Teton and family, Verna and Douglas Willow and family, Marissa Wagon and family, Misty Mann and family, Jenny Washington and family, Shelia and Aaron Big Knife and family, Kathy Lejeaunesse and family; adopted brothers, Cal O’Neal, Coando, Jong, Jason LeBeau, Austin Stagner and Knighten Phillips; uncles, Manfred, John, and Jimmy Guina, John Crispin, Jr., Clayton Coando, Harley Big Knife; nephew, Brody Miller; aunts, Vonda Crispin, Aline Kitchin, Vicky C’Hair, Ardis Erikson, Trudi Coando and family, Jodi Jorgenson and family, Samantha Big Knife, Amelia Shakespeare and Lura Whiteplume, Arlene Pogree, Valaria Atkinson, Cheryl Goggles; grandparents, Tinnie Coando, LouElla and John BigKnife, Barbara Armour; special friends, Kerry and Missy Sprouse and Pat O’Neal; the extended families of Crispin, Mann, Devinney, Clair, Arkinson, Goggles, Littleshield, Willow, Rooks, Hereford, Nowlin, Leclair, O’Neal, Niedo, Pingree, Shongutsie and Sun Rhodes.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Tarness, Sr.; a sister Minjoii Tarness; grandparents, James, Sr., and Ophelia Pogue, John Crispin, Sr. and Olive Sun Rhodes, Henry Tarness, Melinda Tidzump Bell; brothers, Richard Pogue, Ritchie, Herbie, Sr., and Herman Tidzump; uncles, Virgil Coando, Don Erickson, and Hamen Wise; aunt, Glennita Crispin.

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