Joseph C. 'Jopey' Goggles, Jr.

Joseph C. "Jopey" Goggles, Jr.

Jun 20, 2011 - Jun 20, 2011
Joseph C. "Jopey" Goggles, Jr. of rural Riverton died at his home on Saturday, June 18, 2011. He was 72.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with burial following at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's.

There will be a Rosary at the family home, 150 Sagebrush Drive, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

Joseph Charles Goggles, Jr., was born at Fort Washakie on June 27, 1938, the son of Joseph Goggles, Sr., and Emma Lavina (Friday) Goggles. His Indian name was Nii'hii'nen, meaning Eagle Man. He lived all his life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

He married Mary Lou Nephi. They later divorced.

Mr. Goggles worked most of his life as a ranch hand at the Arapaho Ranch, and also worked in construction and at the Atlantic City Iron Ore Mine.

He was of the Catholic faith and belonged to the Native American Church.

His family said Mr. Goggles enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, with his cat, Black Baby, watching and attending rodeos, horses, cowboy ways, and ceremonial ways.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary Lou Nephi; sons, Jerome C. Goggles and John M. Goggles; numerous grandchildren and five great grandchildren; brothers, Owen goggles, Rupert Goggles, and John Goggles; sisters, Kathryn RedCloud and Ruth BigLake.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Goggles, Sr., and Emma Lavina (Friday) Goggles; grandparents, Benjamin Goggles and Gertrude Sleeping Bear; daughter, Janice Marie Goggles; sons, Joseph Benjamin Goggles, Martin James Goggles, Joel Matthew Goggles, and Justin Micheal Goggles; nephews, Jim Bell and Michael Bell; niece, Laveda Bell; sisters, Julia Marie Goggles and Gertrude Jeanette Goggles Bell; brothers, Emmett Samuel Goggles and Virgil Quintin Goggles.

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

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