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May 15th, 1976 – Thursday, March 20, 2008

Service Information
Community Center in Old Agency
Monday, March 24th, 2008

Visitation Information

Jeremy James Ortley, of Lawrence, Kansas & formerly of Sisseton, South Dakota journeyed to the Spirit World on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at The Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas at the age of 31.

He was born on May 15, 1976 in Aberdeen, South Dakota the son of Silas Ortley Jr. and Diane (Elmer) Zahn. Jeremy left for Haskell Indian College in Lawrence, Kansas, where he met the love of his life Tracy Pargeets of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jeremy & Tracy are expecting a child June 30th, 2008.

Jeremy was involved in the Oyate Club, a student volunteer and a student facilitator for new comers. He was also employed at The Dakota Magic Casino on summer breaks and made many friends there. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and the Bears and also playing dominos when he came home. Jeremy is a godparent to Chris & Patty Olaes’ children and also to Summer and Javier’s children. Jeremy adored his little brother Zachary.

He is survived by his parents: Silas Ortley Jr. of Browns Valley, Minnesota, Diane (Elmer) Zahn of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Felicia Ortley (aunt) of Browns Valley, Minnesota; sisters: Kelly Monichen & Rebecca Young both of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Desirae Ortley of Peever, South Dakota and Danielle Ortley of Sacramento, California; brothers: Jarrod Mouseau of Peever, South Dakota, Jeremy Mouseau of Browns Valley, Minnesota and Zachary Ortley of Browns Valley, Minnesota; fiancé Tracy Pargeets and their unborn child; extended family: Summer’s family, Kelley Demarrias, Erik Ortley, MistyBlue Ortley, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews many other relatives and friends who loved him and will miss him very much! Preceded in death by grandparents: Lawrence Arthurs, LaNore Knutson, Silas Ortley Sr. and Rosalie Ortley.

Funeral services for Jeremy James Ortley was held on Monday, March 24th at 10:00 A.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Pastor Jerome Renville officiated.

Special music was provided by Butch Felix.

Interment Ascension Presbyterian Cemetery in rural Peever, South Dakota.

An all night wake was held on Sunday, March 23rd beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Center.

Honorary Casket Bearers were sisters: Rebecca Young, Desirae Ortley and Danielle Ortley, brother: Jarrod Mouseau & extended family, Marty Chima, Joe Chima, JD Uppal, Javier Arteaga & all friends and relatives.

Casket Bearers were Zachary, John & Erik Ortley, Kelly Moinichen, Chris Olaes, Jeremy Mosseau, MistyBlue Ortley, Summer Ortley and Kelley DeMarrias.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joe Chima

    Jeremy will always be missed and loved by many. He had a big heart and was more than a friend. He truly touched many lives and has left a lasting impression. Jeremys legacy will continue through close friends and family and especially Tracy and their son. Rest in peace to my buddy Jeremy James Ortley. Your being missed everyday Rock.

  2. Kelley DeMarrias

    thanx to everyones help with jeremy he will be missed alot!!! i love you and miss you jer!!!! your gone but never ever forgottin

  3. Marty Chima

    Jeremy James Ortley was a friends friend, one of a kind. He will be greatly missed. I will always remember the good times that I had with Jeremy. My condolences to Jeremy’s family if you ever need anything let me know.

  4. Marjeanna Faye Burge

    I would like to express my sincere sympathy to the entire family of Jeremy. With the sudden loss of my younger sister in the recent past I know how difficult it is to continue on with life as normal. I know that Jeremy’s absence will be felt by many because he was such a terrific guy that was so much fun to be around. He was friendly, funny, loved to debate with the best of us, generous and extremely caring. I regret I missed the “opportunity” to practice my culinary skills on him as he consistently encouraged me to do, but I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to know Jeremy while I did. My heart reaches out to Tracy and their unborn child which I will continue to lift up to the Great Spirit for protection and courage in their new path of Life. The blessing for all is that Jeremy will continue to live on thru his and Tracy’s child.

  5. Terry Lee Medicine Crow

    My Condolences to Jeremy’s Family and to his fiance’Tracy Pargeets. Jeremy was full of life and he was always willing to help others in need. He was the type of guy to give you the shirt off your back if you need it. I met Jeremy at Haskell Indian Nations University and he was a great mentor for incoming freshman at the University. He was a great mentor and friend to many students at Haskell. I will miss his laughter and stories. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends and especially to Tracy and his unborn baby. May the Lord Keep you and guide you. Rest in peace my friend!


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