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February 10, 1948 – Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Service Information
Community Center in Old Agency Village, S.D.
Friday, April 27, 2012
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
The Community Center in Old Agency Village, S.D.
Weds & Thursday
Beginning at 5:00 P.M.

Sylvester Lincoln “Lincoln” DeMarrias, Tatanka Tes` da (Buffalo Shedding), age 64, of Sisseton, South Dakota journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Tekawitha Nursing Home in Sisseton.

He was born on February 10, 1948 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Jacob DeMarrias Sr. and Mercy King.

“Lincoln” attended The Wahpeton Indian School and graduated from The Flandreau Indian School.

After graduation, “Lincoln” honorably served his Country in The United States Army from December 27, 1967 until December 28, 1970. He was in Vietnam from June 28, 1968 until June 28, 1969. “Lincoln” was a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade as a paratrooper.

“Lincoln” was formerly employed from 1988 at JTPA, from March of 1992 until August of 1992 at Dakota Western, from 1997 at Land Ops and worked with the elderly from April 2001 up until his illness. Served as District Chair in 2007, 2008 and February 2011 up until August of 2011 when he resigned due to illness.

In 1990, he was a member of the First Repatriation Team. First group to bring back Native American bones from the Smithsonian Institute and reburying them on Native land. He was one of ten members of the honor guard for this.

“Lincoln” was a Past Commander and member for over twenty five years. Was an active member of The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate andVietnam Veterans Kit-Fox Society.

He was also a Sundancer and enjoyed going to PowWows. “Lincoln” also enjoyed Sunday dice games.

Survived by wife: Barb; a daughter: Winona (Conway); a son: Storm; a brother: Geno (Sharon) DeMarrias; sister: Evelyn DeMarrias; sister: Isabel (Jingles) DeMarrias; brother: Jake DeMarrias Jr.; brother: Kirk Adams DeMarrias; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his mother: Mercy King, his father: Jacob DeMarrias Sr., two brothers: Floyd DeMarrias and Robert (Cowboy) DeMarrias and by a sister: Kimberly Adams DeMarrias.

Traditional Dakota services for Sylvester “Lincoln” DeMarrias will be held on Friday, April 27th at 2:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota. Reverend Enright Bighorn will officiate. Spiritual Leaders will be Ron & Shayne Cook. Lay Readers will be Clyde Kampeska, Coke LaFontaine, Levi Keoke, Frank Barse, Mike LaFontaine and Darrel Mireau.

Interment with military rites will follow at Buffalo Lake Presbyterian Cemetery.

Special music by Butch Felix.
Drum Groups will be “Cook Brothers” and “TZ Boys”.

All night wakes will be held on Wednesday, April 25th and Thursday, April 26th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Les Barse Sr., Eugene “Rabbit” Crawford, Dean Renville, Arnold Renville Jr., Lester Crawford, Gary Crawford (Deceased), Ephriam Redearth, Franklin Robertson, Butch Felix, Ed Williams, Jerry Dearly, Jerry Flute, Dave Flute, Joe Williams, all Tribal Elderly Nutrition Program Staff, all Sundancers and all Family & Friends.

Casket Bearers will be Doc Wanna, Dayton Seaboy, Gerald Thompson, Darrell White, Arlen Renville and Thomas “Hammie” Marks.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. mary horne

    The Horne/StJohn Family of Veblen wish you all heartfelt comfort in this time. Prayers and thoughts are with you all. Your loved one is at peace on his journey home…

  2. Rose St. John

    I will never forget you and
    I’m still gonna miss you, cuz.

    Rose and Rock St. John

  3. Winona Thompson & Family

    Our sincere prayers and condolences to your family. It was a great honor knowing you.

  4. Janice Roberts

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Remembering your family in my prayers daily.


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