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 ]
marker for Nicholas Crazy Thunder in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Red Cloud
Indian Mission, 4 miles north of Pine Ridge (Shannon county), South
Nicholas served in Hq Hq
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
To see a photo of
Nicholas and Jeanette
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
Pine Ridge, (Shannon County),
South Dakota. His wife Jeanette and other family members also
rest in that same cemetery.