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January 13, 1935 – Monday, August 11, 2014

Service Information
St. James Cemetery in Waubay, South Dakota
Graveside Fri, August 15, 2014
3:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
Community Center in Old Agency Village, S.D.
Weds 8/13 & Thursday 8/14
Beginning at 7:00 P.M.

Archie Melvin White, (Wakinyan Waste Daka) “ One who likes the Thunder” age 79, of Keshena, Wisconsin was born on January 13, 1935 and entered the spirit world on August 11, 2014. Archie was born to Donald Gill and Mary White, and grew up in the Enemy Swim area. He married Gloria White on the January 13, 1973. He helped raise his two stepchildren: Antoinette Babe White of Montana and Elroy Walter White Jr. of New Effington, South Dakota. He and Gloria raised Arlene Chipper White-Argo. He married Diana Hesse on June 26, 2000 in Wheaton, Minnesota. He has four step-children: Jeannine, Jamie, Gregory Jr. and Forrest Gauthier of Wisconsin. He and Diana lived primarily in Keshena, Wisconsin, on the Menominee reservation in northern Wisconsin. He was adopted by the Cordelia Beauprey family and Kaquatosh family. He has two Hunka daughters: Kathy Waukau of Neopit, Wisconsin and Jeannie Bad Moccasin (deceased) His pastime included tanning hides, fishing, woodworking, playing cards, telling story’s, and beading. He also loved singing prayer songs, picking traditional herbs, and taking car rides. He followed the traditional Dakota ways and was a Sundancer of The Wambdi Hdeska (Spotted Eagle) Oyate. He helped bring the Eagle Sundance back to people. He is survived by three sisters: Amy Crawford of Agency Village, South Dakota, Delphine Wanna of Sisseton, South Dakota and Donna Sitake of Mesa, Arizona; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren; adopted sisters: Cordelia & Marcene Beauprey. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Cyrus White, Francis, Fred, Gilbert, Donald Jr. and Gaylord Gill, and by three sisters: Marcella Gill, Barbara Mendoza, Janice Gill and adopted brother Quentin Beauprey.
Graveside service will be held on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 3:00 P.M. at St. James Cemetery in Waubay, South Dakota. Wambdi Hete ska Oyate will officiate.
Special music by Tim White, family drum and Bryan.
All night wakes will be held on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August 14th and Friday, August 15th at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers:
Larry Kitchen
Myron Williams
Russell Smith
Jim Madison
Emery White
Clement White
Dennis Gill Sr.
Ron Dumarce
Duane “Doc” Wanna

Casket Bearers:
Jeff Wanna
Johnathan Gill
Darin Gill
Elias Mendoza
Timothy “Mato” Bourdon
Russell Thompson
Robert Gill
Brian Crawford AKipa
Galen DeMarris

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Cordelia Beauprey and Family

    There is a special gift in life that some of us receive; it’s not a fancy car or house or a brilliant jewel to wear; No, that very special thing is a person, near and dear, someone we call “Brother, Uncle, Grandpa, the greatest gift of all.
    If one day you’ll want to see him again, don’t look anywhere because you will never find him. If one day you’ll miss him, search in your heart, there you can feel him, be with him and embrace him. For the person can only be physically gone but never the life lived and the memories shared. Have faith and be strong because you will see him again.

  2. Arlene Christine White

    I love you so much, daddy. I will always know that YOU are a gift from God. I’m so thankful God blessed you and I with each other. I miss you, times I “wanting” to hear your voice so, so bad, daddy. But I know deep in my heart you are where you longed to be. With The Creator, mamma, grandma. Oh I know how much you missed grandma Mary while you were here, daddy. I will see you again, and I am patiently waiting… Daddy, I really miss you I love you..I still need to thank the people daddy. I miss you, I love you. your little girl, “Chipper”


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