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Christian “Schmitty” Garland Heminger – White, Ta Sunke Wanagi (His Ghost Horse), age 26, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Sioux Falls, SD on March 13, 1997 the son of Royal White and Marcia Heminger.
Christian enjoyed hanging out with Skylar MacConnell at his families ranch in Veblen, SD and tending to their buffalo herd as a friend and helping hand. He enjoyed hanging out with both sides of his family. Christian also enjoyed gaming, swimming, horseback riding, going to movies, playing pool and hanging out with his friends and adopted family Dodie Rein. He was considered a “grandma’s boy” to his grandmother’s Melba White and Arlene WalkingBull.
In grade school, he attended Rosholt, Veblen and Tiospa Zina Tribal schools. He moved back with his mother and in high school he joined the football team, “Wambdi Pi” at the Tiospa Zina Tribal School in his junior and senior years. Christian graduated in May 2016 and explored the mountain tops and explored the highest one in Denver, CO with his friends. After graduation he immediately found employment as a security officer at the Dakota Magic Casino then worked as a slot tech for a few years and then returned to being a security officer known as “2 Zebra”. He found a love for horseback riding recently and enjoyed doing so during his leisure time while traveling and spending time with his dad. He was also an avid bowler, having joined a bowling league and bowling at various lanes. He also enjoyed bonfires, pontooning with his aunt Nicole, and spending time with his mother and nephew Jacob Owen enjoying movies and homemade meals.
Christian is survived by his father: Royal White; mother: Marcia Heminger; sister Maria Heminger; brothers Royce White and Dante White; grandmothers Arlene WalkingBull, Michelle WalkingBull, Lucy Torres. Agnes Lewis and Rebecca Lewis; uncles Todd Brown, Anthony Rodriguez, Ricky Wood and Quincy Nevils; aunts Anita White, Moshell Genia, Melissa Kay Rodriquez, Pamela Keoke, Chrissy Heminger, Nicole Heminger, Delite Heminger, Vanessa Heminger, Jessica Heminger and Verance Heminger; numerous cousins, too many to mention but he loved them all.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wilfred Moses Brown, Madeline Melba White, Christian Garland Heminger; uncles James T. White and Mark Genia; brothers Marcus Sabel, Jacob James Heminger-White; and cousin Lileigh White.
An all-night visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2023 beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota.
A Funeral service for Christian Heminger-White will be held on Monday, October 16, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center in Sisseton, South Dakota. Graveside service will be held at Noon at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Sisseton, SD and lunch will follow at the Community Center.
Officiating will be Gerald “Junior” Heminger. Spiritual Leaders will be Westley Redday, Joe Owen, Jacob Owen and Dante White.
Pianist will be Billy Kohl. Drum Group will be Noisy Bear.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be All family and friends; former Tiospa Zina football team, Dakota Magic Security team and slot techs; all his gaming friends and cousins.
Casket Bearers will be Royce White, Skylar MacConnell, Lane Heminger, Curtis Fayant, Sunny Genia, Jayen Hansen, Elijah Hansen, Tino Rodriguez, Justice Leith, InyanHa Max, Nick Heminger, Seth White, Jasmine Hansen, Jake Bellonger, Christian Robertson, Justin Redday and Jayden Miller.
Interment will be held at the Saint Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Sisseton, South Dakota