Pat Eagle Chasing, Sr.
Funeral services for Pat Eagle Chasing, Sr., 67, of Eagle Butte, were held Friday, Sept 6 at 10:00 a.m., MDT, at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte. Burial followed at 3:00 p.m. at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis. An all-night wake began with wake services at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, at the H.V. Johnston Cultural Center. Patrick entered the spirit world August 27, 2013, in Eagle Butte.
Patrick Maurice Eagle Chasing Sr. was born July 9th, 1946 in Ft. Yates, ND to Narcisse and Bernice (Condon) Eagle Chasing. He returned to the Spirit World August 26, 2013, in Eagle Butte, SD. Pat grew up in and around Cherry Creek, SD. He attended grade school in Red Scaffold and high school in Eagle Butte. To most, he was either “Herk” or “Puggy,” and was known for a good laugh! Whether you were the person being picked on, or the one laughing along, everyone was laughing.
Like his brother, Ron, Pat enlisted in the Vietnam Conflict, but since his brother was already in Vietnam, Pat was stationed in Thailand. He served 6 years driving heavy machinery equipment. After returning home, Pat worked as dispatch for the tribal police. Later, Pat and Ron worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe as surveyors, surveying most of the dams and dug-outs on the reservation. Pat continued to work an occasional surveying job for Swan’s Construction until a few years ago. Pat made a spiritual commitment to help his brother, Ron, in the Lakota Ways. He followed his beliefs and helped others to understand. He was a part of the Hohwoju Drum Group, and kept them vital when he joined them. Beading was Pat’s passion. He could whip out a checkbook cover in two days if he had to. He had a great eye for color and made up amazing designs. Pat enjoyed the people around him in his special spot at Bingo. Only when he didn’t show up for Bingo – two nights in a row – did someone think there was something wrong. He had a special bond with his nieces, Rhonda and Ronica. They joked and teased each other and argued, but they shared that bond. Fishing and hunting with his brothers was the highlight of the summer and fall. Pat leaves behind his oldest son, Troy Eagle Chasing, Sr., Eagle Butte, son, Darwin Eagle Chasing, WA, Patrick Eagle Chasing, Jr. (JoAnn Twiggs), Pierre; daughters, Sarah Eagle Chasing, WA, Jannon (James) Dog Eagle and Willie Jon Eagle Chasing (Wayne Wright), Rapid City; adopted daughter, Jessica Iron Moccasin, Eagle Butte; step-children, Hope Shields, Pierre and Lloyd Thompson, Rapid City; adopted father, Roger Russell; brothers, Ron Eagle Chasing, Eagle Butte, and Jim (Charmagne) Lightfield Jr., Faith; sisters, Virginia White Feather, Dupree, Kay (Jerry) Palmer, Buffalo, WY, JoEllen Thompson, Eagle Butte and Angel (David) Kennedy, Faith; adopted brother, Clifford Demery, Cherry Creek, along with 11 grandchildren, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Narcisse Eagle Chasing; mother and step-father, Bernice and James Lightfield, Sr.; both maternal and paternal grandparents; twin sister, Patricia Eagle Chasing and sister, LaVern Staight Head; brothers, Gerald Eagle Chasing, Herbie Evans and Dale Lightfield; adopted mother, Patty Russell; uncles, Pat, Andrew, Chester, Willie John, Geno & Darryl Condon; aunts, Rose Dupris, Angeline Swan, Christine Swan and Julianne Condon; uncles, Ernie Lightfield and Kenneth Jeffries; nieces, Ronnette Eagle Chasing, Brittany Buffalo and nephew, Waco Buffalo; sister-in-law, Lillian Eagle Chasing and great granddaughter, Amiyah Pattan. Arrangements were by Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge.