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Nicholas Crazy Thunder

PINE RIDGE Mass of Christian burial for Nicholas Crazy Thunder, 65, Pine Ridge, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pine Ridge with the Rev. Richard Pates officiating.

A wake will be Tuesday and Wednesday in Billy Mills Hall in Pine Ridge and burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Pine Ridge.

He died late Saturday in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Hot Springs. His son, Clement Clement Crazy Thunder Sr., had died Saturday morning in the VA center.

The Thursday mass will be for both men.

Nicholas Crazy Thunder was born May 9, 1921, in Pine Ridge to Joseph and Rose Crazy Thunder. He grew up in Pine Ridge and served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division Division from 1940 to 1945. He married Jeanette Randall Aug. 13, 1949, in Rapid City. He was employed for a time with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Affairs at Pine Ridge.

Survivors include his wife of Pine Ridge; a son, Robert Crazy Thunder of Pine Ridge; four daughters, Roberta Crazy Thunder of Rapid City, City, and Barbara Swan, Nicoleen Big Crow and Carole Tobacco, all of Pine Ridge; his stepmother, Agnes Crazy Thunder of Martin; four brothers, David Crazy Thunder of Seattle, Wash., Frank Crazy Thunder of Pine Ridge, Carl Crazy Thunder of Fort Hall, Idaho, and Bill Crazy Thunder of Chicago; four sisters, Irene Tib-bitts Tib-bitts Tib-bitts of Manderson,Emma Hanson of Claremont, Okla., Mary Crazy Thunder of Chicago, and Josephine Crazy Thunder of Cannon Ball, N.D.; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, a sister and two brothers.

Osheim-Catron Osheim-Catron Osheim-Catron Funeral Home of Rapid City is handling arrangements.

[ Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, SD, 15 Sep 1986, Mon, Page 12 ]

Grave marker for Nicholas Crazy Thunder in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Red Cloud Indian Mission, 4 miles north of Pine Ridge (Shannon county), South Dakota.

Nicholas served in Hq Hq during WWII.

Nicholas Crazy Thunder was a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe and served in the 508th Regimental Headquarters company during WW-II. He was the son of Joseph and Rose (Janis) Crazy Thunder.

Following the war he married Jeanette F. Randall on August. 15, 1949 and they had seven children: Barbara Rose, Clement "Jimmy" James, Nicoleen Yvonne, Michael "Herbie" John, Carole Jean, Roberta Francine, and Robert Wayne. 

They also adopted a number of other children: Theresa, Sally, Josette, Judy Two Bulls, Michelle Parvensky, Theresa Blue Dog, Jackie Big Crow, Serena King, Rose Dixon, Verna Crooked Eyes, Patty Ward, Joann Two Two, Arlene "Choach" Goings, Emma Gallego, and Arlene Morisson and John Wolfe, Ivan Bud Thomas and Tony Martin.

Nicholas and Jeanette lived in Pine Ridge all their married life.  He worked at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the property and supply department.  Nicholas was also prominent in the tribe council and village community center.

His years of service prompted him to be very active in American Legion affairs and at one time he was the Commander of the Sam White Bear Post #251.  His family honors him annually during the veterans powwow held in Pine Ridge.

To see a photo of Nicholas and Jeanette click here

On a poignant note, Nicholas and his son "Jimmy" coincidentally died on the same day in the same VA hospital in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  They were buried in a dual ceremony in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Pine Ridge, (Shannon County), South Dakota.  His wife Jeanette and other family members also rest in that same cemetery.

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