LODGE POLE - Jeb James Stiffarm Sr., 60, an Army veteran and retired heavy equipment operator and truck driver, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, in a vehicle accident near Lodge Pole.
A wake and rosary was held Sunday evening at St. Paul's Mission Recreation Center at Hays. A funeral Mass was scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Mission Recreation Center with burial in the Hawley Family Cemetery at Three Buttes. Military Honors were to be given at the cemetery.
Jeb was born on Jan. 23, 1944, at Fort Belknap to Moses and Serena (King) Stiffarm. He was raised and educated in the Hays area and graduated from St. Paul's Mission High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1962 and was part of the early forces in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1964.
Jeb was a heavy equipment operator and drove trucks for a living. He was retired from the BIA irrigation department.
Jeb and his first wife, Barbara White Cow, were blessed with four children: Wendy, Jeb Jr., Dan and Duane. He and his second wife, Louella Fox, were blessed with four children: Moses, Milo, Misty and Marlon. Jeb married Sharon (Stepper) Graham on Dec. 24, 1990, and he was blessed with his stepchildren, Frank, John, Kim and Julie.
Jeb loved his big family and was always ready to help them or any of his many friends when ever he was asked. Jeb enjoyed hunting, fishing, powwows, Indian music and attending any gatherings with friends.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Graham Stiffarm of Lodge Pole; mother, Serena LaRoque of Hays; sons, Jeb Stiffarm Jr., Duane (Chantel) Black Wolf, Moses (Tresa) Stiffarm, Marlon (Ettsy) Stiffarm, all of Hays, Dan Stiffarm of Shelby, Milo (Jordana) Stiffarm of Minneapolis, Minn.; daughters, Wendy (Kent) Paul, Misty (Dean) Stiffarm, Mella (Monty) Brockie, all of Hays; stepchildren, Frank (Marcia) Graham of Big Timber, John (Connie) Graham of South Dakota, Kim (Jim) Werk of Malta, Julie (Ben) Tallmadge of Pablo; brothers, Max White Jr., Billy White, Alwayne LaRoque, Leon "Duke" King, all of Hays, James "Tator" Stiffarm of South Dakota; sisters, Alyce Hockhalter of Harlem, Loretta Stiffarm, Lorene Doney, Georgiann Doney, Lenore Stiffarm, all of Hays; uncle, George Stiffarm of Fort McDowell, Ariz.; 32 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.