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December 26th, 1953 – Friday, September 14, 2007

Service Information
Community Center in Old Agency
Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Visitation Information

Walter Jerome Chanku, Sr., age 53, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota Journeyed to the Spirit World on Friday, September 14, 2007.

He was born on December 26, 1953 in Sisseton, South Dakota the son of Richard Larsen & Marion LaCroix. Walter was raised by grandparents Edward and Annie Chanku.

He attended Sisseton High School and at the age 18, Walter moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

On August 29, 1990, Walter J. Chanku, Sr. and Rita Walters were joined in marriage in Sioux Falls.

Walter was a bead worker and painter of Native American crafts. He also enjoyed playing guitar.

Survived by his his wife: Rita Chanku of Sioux Falls; children: Walter Chanku, Jr. of Sisseton, Cassie Chanku of Los Angeles, California and Loretta Chanku of Sisseton; his mother: Marion LaCroix of Sisseton; sisters and brothers: Leona Locke of Aberdeen, Morris LaCroix of Sisseton, Patsy Nordquist of Wilmot, Judy Amos, Richard LaCroix and Margaret Yellowback all of Sisseton; two uncles: Melvin Chanku, Sr. & Wallace Chanku; half-brothers and half-sisters: Richard Larsen of Cass Lake, MN, Sherri Mann of Tomah, WI, Renae Graham of North Carolina, Lenae Stokes of Ohio, James Cross, Sr. of Hastings, MN, Gerald Cross of Minnesota, Rebecca Mitchell of Cambridge, MN, Delbert Schultz of Minnesota, Teresa Van Wort, Josette Van Wort, Michael Larsen of Ohio, Jesse Larsen of Sisseton, Karen Gurneau of Minnesota; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a brother: Gary LaCroix; stepfather: Norris LaCroix; father: Richard Larsen; and grandparents: Edward and Annie Chanku; and half-sister: Lillian Ashee.

Funeral Services for Walter Chanku, Sr. will be held on Thursday, September 20th at 2:00 P.M. at The Community Center in Old Agency Village, South Dakota.

Pastor Filmore Simon will officiate at the funeral service and interment will follow at Long Hollow Cemetery.

Special music will be provided by The Ascension Church Choir.

Wakes will be held Monday, September 17th and Tuesday, September 18th beginning at 7:00 P.M. at the Community Center. An all night wake will be held on Wednesday, September 19th beginning at 7:00 P.M. also at the Community Center.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be all of Walter’s nephews.

Casket Bearers will be Rayce Hill, Vincent Owen, Justin Chanku, Russell Smith, Walter Chanku, Jr. Louis Hart, Jr., Brian Rodlund, Jr.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Rose Philbrick St. John

    I didn’t know this happened. The last one I heard about was Sheila; how can this happen so quietly, that one of our people dies and no one finds out anymore. I was a close friend and relative of Walter’s, my deepest sympathies go out to all of our relatives.

  2. Tammy Redday & Family

    Marion, and Walter’s Children
    I was very saddened to hear about your loss. I want you to know your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Beckie H.

    My condolences to the family.


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