August 24, 2007 – Wednesday, October 1, 2008
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in White
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Robert “Gidagaa Biwesh” (Spotted Eagle) James Azure Jr., age 13 months of Redwood Falls, entered into the Spirit World on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
Robert Jr. affectionately known as “Fat Man” was born on August 24, 2007 in Redwood Falls to Robert Azure Sr. and Teresa Dakota. He enjoyed spending his days with sisters Chyla and MaKayla and big brother Devon. He enjoyed rubbing food in his hair, playing in the tub with his siblings and saying “Dad”, his only word.
Robert Jr. is survived by his father, Robert Azure Sr. of White Earth; mother, Teresa Dakota of Redwood Falls; brothers: Joseph Heisler, Devon Hanks, and Connor Spencer; sisters: Victoria Azure, Kathleen Azure-Heisler, MaKayla Azure-Hanks, Precious Spencer and Cheyla Azure; paternal grandparents: Linda Azure of White Earth, and Ron Bellecourt of Minneapolis; maternal grandparents, Beverly (John Leith) Dakota of Redwood Falls, and Julius Hanks Sr. of White Earth; Paternal great grandmother, Marcianna “Kibby” Sullivan, of White Earth; uncles: Thomas (Ashley) Azure, Joseph Azure, Merlin (Melissa Mackey) Dakota, Julius (Jessica Johnson) Hanks Jr., Trevor Hanks, Triston Hanks, and Craige Brown. He was preceded in death by seven great-grandparents: Margaret and Charles “Troll” Hanks Sr., Claudia and James “Stub” Dakota, Edward Jackson, and Grace and Joe Bellecourt.
Funeral services for Robert Jr. are 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in White Earth. Father Walter Butor, OMI and Spiritual Leader Joe Bush will officiate. Casket Bearers are: Merlin Dakota, Julius Hanks Jr., Jeff Azure and Mike Azure. Honorary Bearers are: Jeremy Azure, Tom and Ashley Azure and their children, Beverly Dakota and John Leith, Robert Jr.’s siblings, and all of Teresa’s friends from the Redwood Falls Burger King and Lakeland Management. An all night Wake is Monday, October 6th starting at 5:00 P.M. at The White Earth Community Center. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery in White Earth with the Smokey Hill Drum Group and Ojibwe Singers assisting.