April 12, 1950 – Monday, January 24, 2011
The Community Center in Lower Brule, Sou
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Grover Laverne Fallis “Ohinna Cante Duha U Wicasa” One Who Gives His Heart To The People, journeyed to the Spirit World on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the Mayo Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN after a long courageous fight with cancer.
Grover was born on April 12, 1950 in Pierre, SD at St. Mary’s Hospital to Vilas and Hildegarde B. Fallis. Grover grew up on the Crow Creek Reservation where he lived with his grandparents, Cleve and Lucy Fallis in Big Bend along the Missouri River. Grover attended elementary schools in Stephan, McKinley, and “Busy Bee” country school. He went on to graduate from Immaculate Conception High School in Stephan, SD in 1968. Grover joined the United States Army in 1968 and served until 1971. He valiantly served during the Vietnam War with a Psychological Operations Unit. In 1979-1981 Grover attended college at Hawarded Iowa and worked with the president of the college for a number of years. In 1980 until medical conditions caused him to retire, Grover worked for the BIA. In 2000, Grover met Mary Lou Jetty, his soulmate, and made her his wife on January 29, 2005. They were married in their home in Fort Totten, ND, where they happily made their home and cherished each other each and every day.
In November 2010, Grover received the phone call for his transplant and spent the last two months and 3 days in Rochester, MN. Grover began his journey to the Spirit World on Monday January 24, 2011 with his wife, Mary Lou, his son, Cory, his sister, April Ann, and his brother, Jim and nephew Jr. Fallis by his side.
Grover is survived by: his wife, Mary Lou Fallis; Sons-Cory Duane(Red Fawn) Fallis, Tory McCaulley
Daughters-Kerry Lynn(Butch Hair) Fallis; Bobbi Jo Fallis; Tiffany Fallis
Stepchildren-Chad Ziegler, Brooke (Ron McKay, Jr.) & Ricky (Alison Lawrence) Walter, Jr.
Grandchildren- Aubri, Isiah, Baby Rhonda, Jesse, Savannah, Devon, Aurelia Jo, Kingston, Dane, Anaya, Tronis, Tiaune, Leigha, Cristian, Ayliyah Peyton, Cory Jr., Bronson, Beau, and Baby Ron-whom Grover lovingly called “My little friend” and spent many, many days together over the past two years. Grover often picked him up from school just to spend the day with him.
Brothers-Vilas Jim (Pam) Fallis; Loren “Rocky” (Jeannie) Fallis
Sisters-Louella Fallis; April Ann Fallis
Nephews-Jerrod Fallis, Vilas Fallis Jr., Bud Fallis, Rocky (R2) Fallis Jr., Jeremy, Brent, Vilas “Charlie” Charles
Nieces- Hope, Melanie, Summer, Autumn, Lucy, Jeri, Lynn, Jamie, Kay-Kay, Cheyenne, Hillary, Hildegarde, Very Special second mom, Barbara Shurma Carpenter. Grover is also survived by his very special “brothers”- Tote Carpenter, Cody Russell and Lee Gourneau.
Please forgive us if we have forgotten to mention anyone’s names during this very difficult time it is not intentional and we apologize.
Grover went onto the Spirit World to reunite with his son, Christopher Dean Fallis; nephew, James Fallis; niece, Chrissy Fallis, parents, Vilas & Hildgarde Fallis, grandparents, Cleve & Lucy Fallis; brother Barry Fallis; Uncles Les Youngbear, Larry Youngbear, Clarence Fallis, Stanley Fallis, Brother Fallis; Aunties Clara Harrison, Ella Collins; and cousin Alvin Fallis, Sr.
Wake services were held on Thursday January 27, 2011 at Grover’s home in rural Fort Totten, ND. We traveled the second part of our journey to Lower Brule, SD on Friday, January 28, 2011 for wake services that began at 5pm at the Community Center. Funeral Services were on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1pm; Interment at Immaculate Conception Cemetary in Stephan, SD.
Pall bearers were Cory D. Fallis, Sr., Jim Fallis, Rocky Fallis, Raymond Jetty, Cody Russell, Tote Carpenter, Lee Gourneau, and Chad Ziegler.
Honorary pall bearers were Shane Montgomery, Tory McCaulley, Jerrod Fallis, Jr. Fallis, Lucy V. Fallis & Lux, Summer Fallis, Autumn Fallis, Jamie Fallis, R2 Fallis, Bud Fallis, Baby Brent Sazue, Jeremy Sazue, Charlie Firecloud, Bobbie Fallis, Doug (Smoky Joe) Fallis, Linda Fallis, Jeff Fallis, Alvin Fallis, Jr., Inky Weddle, Cheyenne Sazue, Hildegarde Blue Hair, Darlene Fallis, Little Lee Gourneau, Boyd Gourneau, Jody Gourneau, Patti Gourneau, Kara Gourneau, Lori Gourneau, Donnie Moore, Zach Ziegler, Brooke Yankton, Ron McKay, Jr., Ricky Walter, Jr., Alison Lawrence, Alice and Dallas Dogskin, Janice and Keith Idland, Jeanette and Cowboy Lawrence, Raymond and Faye Jetty, Steve Jetty, Stan Jetty, Tom and Debbie Jetty, Roger Jetty, Amanda Smith, Dan Jetty, Dallas and Renita Delorme, Delores and Scooter Lohnes, Brent Sazue, Carol Jean Chapman, Waylon and Anissa Redtomahawk, Steve Gourneau, Roger Rodriguez, Gourneau Brothers Softball Team, and all friends and relatives.
A special thank you to Spirit Lake Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Spirit Lake Veterans, Hunkpati Veterans, Voc Rehab, Mayo Hospital Chaplain Services, Dr. Martin, Rochester Methodist Hospital and all staff, Chico and Nursing staff at Spirit Lake IHS, and to all our family and friends.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com