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January 11th, 1927 – Sunday, February 18, 2018

Service Information
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Thompson, SD
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
10:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Thompson, SD
Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
All-night beginning at 8:00 P.

Ruth Marie Walking Bull (Tatankamani) age 91, journeyed to the spirit world on February 18, 2018 at Sandford Hospital in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She was born on January 11, 1927 in Tokio, North Dakota to George Tatankamani and Mabel Keeble. Ruth was raised in Sisseton, South Dakota, attending elementary school at Tekawitha Boarding School in Sisseton and Immaculate Conception in Stephan, South Dakota through the 9th grade.

In her early teens her mother Mabel married Lyman Onihan Sr. and moved from Waubay to Old Fort Thompson, South Dakota, traveling by train. A team of horses picked them up and brought them to Old Fort Thompson. Her step-father, Lyman Onihan, was employed by the BIA school at that time. The family has live in Fort Thompson ever since. After the passing of her husband, Robert Touche, Ruth lived in her home at Fort Thompson for 48 years, raising her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She belonged to a sewing club at the Elderly Center. Ruth loved word searches, puzzles, rummage sales and Goodwill shopping. Ruth also loved to relax at the Casino when she found the time.

A lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Thompson, Ruth devoted countless hours of prayer for her family and friends. Those prayers are what got everyone through their trials! She always made sure everyone knew the Lord, Knew how to pray and went to church.

Ruth was a humble, kind-hearted, generous woman, but most of all, she was a very STRONG individual, who had to endure the loss of many family members. She was the strength and pillar of her family and community.

Ruth was prededed in death by her parents: George Tatankamani and Mabel Onihan; her husband: Robert Touche; her children: Michael Touche Sr., Lee Walking Bull, Johnny Walking Bull, Georgianne Walking Bull, Wayne Touche, Raphael Touche; her borthers: Dick Meade, Wilfred (Tino) Walking Bull, LeAnder Walking Bull, Lyman Onihan, Jr., Samuel Onihan(who passed away at birth); her sisters: Cecelia Sazue, Catherine Onihan and Mary Fire Cloud.

She is survived by her daughter, Priscilla Touche, and son, Elroy Walking Bull and the following fourteen grandchildren: Benjamin, Michael Jr., Micha, Michelle, Georgina, Leanne, Noleen, Lita, Carolee, Carleena, Gary Sr., John, Jami, Montana and seventy-seven + great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives & friends.

Honorary Casket bearers: Vera Round Head, Valerie Medicine Cedar, Roberta Harrison, Jeanie Eagle, Gracie Donner, Pearle Kirkie, Holly Schumer, Lydia Marks, Virginia Bad Moccasin, Rose Ducheneaux, Caroline Middletent, Phyllis Comes Flying, Nancy Hunter, Marcella Big Eagle, Carole Chapman, many other relatives and friends.

Casket bearers: Gary Walking Bull Sr., Jami Walking Bull, Dustin Walking Bull, Derek Kennedy, Ty Bagola and Alan Bagola.

There will be an all-night wake service beginning at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 with funeral services on Friday 23rd, at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Thompson, South Dakota.

Interment will be at the Lakeview Catholic Cemetery, Fort Thompson, South Dakota.

Arrangements with The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Noleen Walking Bull

    I love you Gram! Rest in Peace with the Lord. Watch over us all.

  2. Lee J Deschamp



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