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Beeman HighEagleBeeman HighEagle
“Daniel Swift Eagle”
Funeral Service for Beeman “Daniel Swift Eagle” HighEagle, 54, of Peever, SD, was held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Peever Community Center, Peever, SD, with Jr. Heminger CLP officiating. Organist was Billy Kohl and Drum Group Long Elk. Pallbearers were Jeremy HighEagle, Dion HighEagle, Adam HighEagle, Kobe HighEagle, Seth Eastman, Emerson Eastman, Derek DeMarrias and Avery Heminger. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Eastman, Harvey Quinn, Adrian Grey Buffalo, Daren Amos, Marlon Amos, Nathan Hill, Garth Blacksmith, Craig Blacksmith, Joe Eastman, Cary Eastman, Tracy Heminger, Daniel Greeley, Charlie Eastman, Rita Finley, Katie Hill, Lindsey Richotte, Louanne Phelps, Patty Nerison, Misty Fayant, Billy Owen, Jim Croymans and Cecil McBride Sr. Interment was in the Greeley Family Cemetery, Big Coulee, SD. There were wake services starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and all night Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Peever Community Center. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD was in charge of arrangements.
Beeman was born on June 22, 1962 in Sisseton, SD to Nora Greeley and Daniel HighEagle. Beeman was a gifted and very talented artist. His artwork is on display in various offices, buildings and homes throughout the area. He enjoyed doing crossword, word search and sudoku puzzles. Beeman was a very kind person and enjoyed helping people. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and helping care for them. He enjoyed watching “Wheel of Fortune.”
He was a graduate of Wilmot High School and also spent time at the Institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico. Beeman served in the National Guard. He was a former employee of Dakota Magic Casino.
On February 1, 2017, Beeman lost his courageous battle with cancer at the Wilmot Nursing Center.
He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Birdsbill of Wolfpoint, MT and Mary HighEagle of Peever, SD; brother Ervin HighEagle of Peever, SD; numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren and a special little granddaughter Sunshine.
Beeman is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel SwiftEagle HighEagle and Nora Greeley Earth; wife Audrey HighEagle; three brothers, William SwiftEagle, Alfred SwiftEagle and Willard Greeley; three sisters, Lynette HighEagle, Diane Redd and Della Eastman; and two nephews, Carmen Birdsbill and Floyd Greeley.
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Charles DetermanCharles “Chuck” Determan
Charles F. “Chuck” Determan, age 83, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in his home. Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Paul Rutten officiating. Music was furnished by the Immaculate Conception Funeral Choir accompanied by Paul Moneke.
Visitation was from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., with a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. and a time of sharing on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.Flag
Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Watertown, SD. Military Honors were conducted by Codington County Post 17 of the American Legion of Watertown and South Dakota Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team.
Honorary Pallbearers were all of Chuck’s grandchildren. Pallbearers were Ben, Wyatt, Garrett, Dennis and Tim Determan and Randy Trupe.
Charles Fredrick Determan, son of Herman B. and Margaret M. (Hensel) Determan and the sixth of seven children, was born October 23, 1933 in Sisseton, SD. He was raised in the Sisseton area and attended Catholic school and country grade school in Long Hollow Township. After spending many years working on the family farm he graduated from Sisseton High School in May of 1953.
He married Mary Louise Trupe on September 25, 1953 at Rapid City, SD, followed by a church ceremony at St. Peter’s Church in Sisseton. Chuck enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 24, 1954 and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and later at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Following his honorable discharge on October 7, 1955, Chuck and Mary farmed near New Effington, SD from 1956-1961 before renting his father’s farm near Sisseton in Long Hollow Township.
In July of 1967, Chuck went to work for Associates Financial Services at various cities, including Pierre, Brookings and Watertown, while being promoted to Branch Manager at Watertown in 1971. He continued working there until the branch was closed due to high interest rates. While at Associates Financial Services, Chuck was successful at the business, receiving many awards and trips with the company. With the closing of the Associates Branch, he returned to farming in the Clear Lake area and then purchased land north of Watertown in 1979, in Dexter and Germantown Townships.
Chuck worked as an insurance agent for Markve Insurance in Waubay, SD for 12 years while he farmed north of Watertown. He retired from farming in 2002. His “retirement” job for another 15 years was working part-time for Horning Farms running a weed badger in tree plots until the fall of 2016.
He was a member of the American Legion in Watertown. He enjoyed being outdoors and hunting and fishing.
Chuck is survived by his children, Mark (Beth) Determan of Apple Valley, MN, Mike (Angie) Determan of Tioga, ND, Jeff Determan and Lisa Determan of Watertown, SD; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Sylvia) Determan of Sebring, FL and Donald (Laura) Determan of Lidgerwood, ND; a brother-in-law, Basil “Bud” Murray of Hot Springs, SD; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Determan of Aberdeen, SD and Carol Determan of Sisseton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; his parents; and his siblings, Eugene, Dorothy, Bernard and Robert.
Arrangements by Wight and Comes Funeral Chapel,

Big Nick CrawfordEdwin A. “Big Nick” Crawford
Funeral Service for Edwin A. “Big Nick” Crawford Sr., 66, of Agency Village, SD, was held on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Community Center, Agency Village, SD with J.C. Crawford, Jr. Heminger and Episcopal Lay Readers officiating. Pianist was Billy Kohl. Pallbearers were Corey Yammerino, Jared Yammerino, Darin Yammerino, John Grimm, Louie Johnson, Francis Crawford, Alvah Quinn Jr., Stacey Miller, Gabe DuMarce, Dave Ojeda and Sam Crawford Jr. Honorary Pallbearers were Ronald DuMarce, Kevin Roberts, Myron Williams, Kent Miller, Coke LaFontaine, Mike LaFontaine, Perry Bobtail Bear, Levi Keoke, Frank Barse, Les Barse Sr., Father Les Campbell, Floyd DeCoteau, Alvah Quinn Sr., Brian Rodlund Sr., Larry Wynde, Maynard Beaudreau, Dean Abraham Sr., Glen Anderson, Lance Hofland, Andrew Grey Sr., All co-workers from DSC, DMC & DCC, Fellow Council members who served with him 1995-1996 and 2003-2007, Chuck Spotted Bird, Chet Bigealow and John Spotted Bird. All night wake services were held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and Sunday, February 5, 2017 starting at 7:00 p.m. Interment was at the Goodwill Presbyterian Cemetery, Agency Village, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Edwin A. “Big Nick” Crawford Sr. was born to Edward J. and Jeanette (Kitto) Crawford on August 26, 1950 in Sisseton, SD. Big Nick was the eleventh son out of 17 children. He left to be with his parents, brothers, two sisters, son Jack, granddaughter and great grandson on February 3, 2017 after a long battle with liver cancer.
Our dad started his education in Old Agency Day School, Peever and Browns Valley High School. He later obtained his GED. After his education, our dad moved to Fort Kipp, MT where he became a farm hand for Gayle and Lyda Menz. His love for basketball and softball lead him to many tournaments that he played in with his brothers and many friends he made throughout Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota.
He met and married the love of his life, Glenda H. Bear on May 27, 1972 at the Red Eagle Memorial Church in Fort Kipp, MT. They both later attended and completed Vo-Tech School in Billings, MT. To their union they had five children: Jody Marie, Emma Leona, Edwin “Jack” Jr., Miranda Joy and Jack Wayne. Big Nick was honored to raise his oldest granddaughter Lil’ Nikki Crawford and oldest great-grandson, Jorell Julian. He dedicated his later years in life caring for Jorell. When you would see our dad, you were guaranteed to see Jorell with him. Our dad was our biggest fan in all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s sport activities. He was proud to teach us and share his abilities in basketball. While living in the Fort Peck area he worked as a law enforcement officer and later worked as a custodian/detention officer for the Brockton Public School. He also did bartending as a second job. He later moved back to Sisseton in 1992. Big Nick worked for all three casinos which included Dakota Sioux, Dakota Magic and then later retired from Dakota Connection Casino. In between the casino years our dad became a politician as he served as a District Representative and Council Rep. for the Old Agency District. He also served on the Elderly and School Board for the Old Agency District. Our dad was baptized and joined the Goodwill Church. He was an active member of the Goodwill Presbyterian Church and served as a Trustee for many years.
After his retirement he became a proud owner of the “Nick wood and lawn care service.” He continued to teach his son and grandsons the trade of the business. He also loved to have get togethers or any type of function that included spending time with his family and friends. He shared stories of his childhood horses “Molly and Dolly” and also his dog “Jumbo” while taking care of his chickens and cows. He will be greatly missed by family and friends that he would call on a daily basis just to say hi or offer prayers. He was a loving and caring brother and raised a good family; his unselfishness and caring ways will be remembered. He joins his eleven brothers and all twelve Crawford Boys are “Safe at Home” and the eternal game has begun.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Glenda; his children, Jody Thompson, Emma GreyBull, Miranda Crawford and Jack Crawford; grandchildren, Nikki and Geralyn Crawford, Tristan and Taylon Thompson, Earlwin, Alexandria, Brianna, Antonette and Miles Greybull, Abilene, Alvan and Amelia Jackson; great-grandchildren, Jorell, Deanna and Michah Crawford, Jaylan, Jarrod and Raymond LaCroix and Blair Thomas, all of Sisseton, SD; three sisters, Iva and Elizabeth Crawford of Minneapolis, MN, and Kay Bursheim of Agency Village, SD; also by his brother Lyman’s children he took as his, Courage, Hope, Freedom, Promise, Sunni, Challenge and Liberty Crawford; his adopted sisters, Carole Adams, Ramona Renville, Nita Kirk of Sisseton, SD, and Ethelene White Hawk, Bernadette Wind and Doris Spotted Bird of Brockton, MT; adopted brothers, Dan Campbell, Ron, Roger, Les Campbell, Les Barse Sr. and Leroy Jordan; also numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, Edward and Jeanette (Kitto) Crawford; siblings, James, Edward, Herbert, Samuel, Joseph, Baby Boy, Lyle, Lyman, Edwane, Baby Boy Jack, Harlan Terry, Bernita LaBelle and Abigail Crawford; son, Edwin “Jack” Crawford Jr.; granddaughter, Abrielle Jackson; great-grandson, Nicolaus Eastman Jr.; mothers-in-law, Josephine Blackdog and Carol SpottedBird; brothers-in-law, Merlin G. Yellow Owl, Lyle Bear and Gerald Bear Sr., and sisters-in-law, Connie Bear and Wilma Bear; and nieces Cindy, Seasondo and Hopa Crawford.

Martha JohnsonMartha M. Johnson
Funeral Service for Martha Marie Johnson, “Wi hinapa ded na’zin Win” (standing here as the sunrises woman), 70, of Sioux Falls, SD, was held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center, Agency Village, SD, with Danny Seaboy and Mikey Peters officiating. Pianist was Billy Kohl. Drum Group was Wahekute. Pallbearers were Tom DeCoteau Jr., Eric Jens Sr., Bunty Hislaw, Addison Johnson, Austin Johnson, and Dwayne Johnson. Honorary Pallbearers were Henry Johnson and Justin Quinn, and all of Martha’s Relatives and Friends. Interment was in the St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery, Sisseton, SD. All Night Wake Service was held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Community Center, Agency Village, SD. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD, was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Martha Marie Johnson was born on October 12, 1946 in Sisseton, SD to John and Mabel (Isaac) Johnson Jr. Martha, Mom, Sister and Friend were the many ways she was addressed, but whichever way you chose to use, you would always be met with a sweet smile. Martha loved the simple joys in life, a beautiful sunrise, spending time with her family, playing with her grandkids and most of all observing her traditional ways. She was eager to attend Sundance and pow-wows; many of us will remember her fondly in her green prayer shawl. She was addicted to Diet Coke, anything with a smiley face, and the occasional pack of “Old Gold” cigarettes. She stopped drinking for her children and was able to maintain her sobriety for almost thirty years. She loved frybread, laughter, apple pies, jokes (even bad ones), and some of her fondest memories were attending her children and grandchildren’s special events. Eagles were a constant source of strength for her, she had them in each room and kept them close for comfort. Martha was a dear loving friend who gave all she had to others, whether it was her time sitting with friends who were ill, her money to those who didn’t have enough, her home when someone needed to rest or her prayers and words of encouragement to “stay strong.” While Mom was in the hospital it made her happy to hear all of your prayers and kind words while she was fighting. When she knew the end was near and we discussed what was to come, her eyes lit up like the eyes of a child knowing she would once again be free, able to run and jump and do all the things that her health and age began to limit over the years. She was eager to be with family members and friends who have gone before her and that she missed so dearly. She was a sweet, gentle soul who will be dearly missed.
Martha is survived by four children, Lynn and wife Jill Johnson and grandson Henry of Manitou Springs, CO, Jason Johnson and grandchildren Addison, Austin and Hannah of Sioux Falls, SD, Jessica Johnson and grandchildren Mahpiya, Dramiyn, Dazanti and Dasante of Texas, and Carla Johnson and grandchildren Dwayne and Serenity of Sioux Falls, SD; one sister, Bernice Johnson of Sisseton, SD; nieces and nephews Robin Quinn of Sisseton, SD, Dawn Price of Manistee, MI, Dean Price of Watertown, SD, Joy Lohre of Sisseton SD, Barb Jens, Tom DeCoteau Jr., Eric Jens, Bunty Hislaw, Lydia Mullins, Russ Mullins, Mike Mullins, Carla Mullins, Chris Mullins; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; mother, Agnes Williams; one son, Dwayne Johnson; siblings, Dorothy Johnson Max, Sylvester Johnson, Mary Johnson, Michael Johnson, Virginia Mullins, Ruth Johnson, Levi Williams Sr., Philip Williams and Reuben Williams.
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