Roderick Isna (Good Bear) | West River Eagle

Roderick Isna (Good Bear)


Funeral services for Roderick Isna (Good Bear), 59, of Eagle Butte, were Tuesday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m., MDT, at the Lakota Cultural Center, Eagle Butte, with Mother Margaret Watson, Rev. Norman Blue Coat and Wylie Miller officiating. Casketbearers were the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Boys Basketball Team, Jay Shepherd, Danny High Elk, Myron Slides Off, Pat Red Dog, Berdette Iron Bird, Luther Talks, George Augustine, Jr. and Bob Walters. Burial followed at St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery, On The Tree. Wake services began Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the cultural center. Roderick entered the spirit world March 26, 2014, in Eagle Butte. Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge entrusted with arrangements.

Roderick Earlwyn Isna “Isnala Wica”, 59, was born June 9, 1954, at Cheyenne Agency, S.D., to Earlwin Good Bear and Regina (Clown) Good Bear. Growing up, he lived in Thunder Butte and Dupree.  He attended school in Thunder Butte, Dupree, Saratoga, California and Winter Haven, Florida.

After successfully earning his GED, Roderick enlisted in the United States Army on August 31, 1971, receiving his honorable discharge August 30, 1974.

Roderick was a humble and generous man, who greatly believed and followed the traditional ways of the Lakota people. He spent a lot of time with his family,  Bob and Kathy Walters, going to sweats with those he considered family and attending sundances. He graciously shared the knowledge of the Lakota way with all those around him and those who were eager to learn it.

He volunteered at the HJV Cultural Center and was a member of the Auxiliary Legion Post 309. He was an avid sports fan and there was no team he supported and loved more than he did the CEB Braves. He attended all the home games and would follow the team to away games when he was able. Roderick was dedicated as much as he possibly could, to working with children and teaching them the ways of the Lakota people.

The last ten years Roderick struggled with his health but always kept faith that things would happen the way they were meant. His brother Roger Sulcer and Bob Walters often attended medical appointments with him and would stay by his side.

Roderick was survived by sisters, Margaret (Sevier) Begay, Teresa (Daniel) Fuentes and Lenora Bryson; nieces, Beulah Hollow Horn, Melda Augustine-Steensma, Johanna Dupris-Wellington, Dawn Dupris, Allisa Hill, Catalina Bryson; nephews, Delford Begay, Sevier Begay, Jr., Matthew Begay, George Augustine, Jr., Jeremiah Augustine, Mark Augustine, Christopher Dupris, Jr., Darrel Bryson, Jr. and many grandchildren.

Roderick was preceded in death by his parents, Earlwin and Regina Good Bear; his sister, Wanda Augustine; grandparents, Emily and Joseph Clown, Amy Blue Coat and David Good Bear; uncle, Amos  Blue Coat; nephew, Jason Taylor and niece, Aiyanna Gattie.