September 15, 1934 – Monday, August 10, 2009
Community Center – Old Agency Village, S
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Christ Westerman Jr., age 74, of Redwood Falls Journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, August 10, 2009 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
He was born on September 15, 1934 in Veblen, South Dakota the son of Christ Westerman Sr. & Emily Adams.
Christ was a professional visual artist all of his life.
He traveled a lot working as an activist for Indian rights.
In June of 1997, Christ Westerman Jr. and Melody Henry were joined in marriage in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Survived by loving wife: Melody Westerman of Redwood Falls, Minnesota; two sons: Kangi Duta (Chrissy) and Wakute Wakan; four daughters: Gwen (Glenn), Nagani, Ohitaka and Noreen Emily; twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild; two brothers: Cecil Longie and Maynard Beaudreau; three sisters: Bertha Williams, Phylomena Black and Cynthia Hughes; other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by his parents: Christ Westerman Sr. & Emily Adams, a son: Kirby, two brothers: Nathan Hill and Floyd Westerman and by a sister: Clementine Hill.
Traditional services for Christ Westerman will be held on Saturday, August 15th at 1:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Spiritual Leader will be Jim Miller. Special music will be provided by the Drum Group “All Nations”.
Interment St. Matthew’s Cemetery in Veblen, South Dakota.
An all night wake will be held on Thursday, August 13th beginning at 12 Noon at The Bishop Whipple Mission Community Hall Lower Sioux Reservation in Morton, Minnesota.
An all night wake also will be held on Friday, August 14th beginning at 1:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.
Honorary Casket Bearers will be his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers will be Troy Barse, Ethan Longie, Wakuta Wakan Westerman, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, Gus Higheagle, Bill Means, Max Elg and Jeremy Black Elk.