Alvin “Lee” Rivers

August 5, 1943 – June 13, 2014.

Funeral services for Alvin “Lee” Rivers, 70, of Eagle Butte were held Thursday, June 1, 2014 at Stout Family Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Butte with Pastor Norman Blue Coat and Richard Charging Eagle officiating. Lee passed away June 13, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Alvin Leroy “Lee” Rivers was born August 5, 1943 at Cheyenne Agency to James and Virginia (Smells The Log) Rivers. Alvin spent time in California as a child, later attending Cheyenne River Boarding School, Stephan Boarding School and Pierre Indian School. He entered the U.S. Army on September 12, 1960 and served in Germany. He was discharged June 21, 1963. After his discharge, Alvin moved to Kansas City, MO where he met Doris Buettner. They married June 19, 1974. They had five children—Stephanie, Christopher, Joseph, Nicholas, and Matthew and his son Michael from a previous marriage. Alvin and Doris moved back to Eagle Butte in the mid-1980’s. He worked at various jobs, and retired from the B.I.A. as a custodian with the Eagle Butte School System. Alvin loved baseball and wanted to start a team again to give the youth a chance at playing the game. He coached the Eagle Butte Bears, the youth team, and the Eagle Butte Royals, the senior team, and enjoyed traveling with the teams. His love for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals had him buying new memorabilia each year, but he still loved his older Royals hat that he wore everywhere he went. He enjoyed helping others even when he didn't have much. He spent time trimming trees and giving Merle High Elk jobs around his house. Alvin was a member of the Cheyenne River Veterans group and took great pride in honoring those who have served the country. Alvin is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Doris; his children—Stephanie (Richard) Brown of Sacramento, CA, Matthew (Amanda) Rivers of Portales, NM, Christopher (Stacey) Rivers of Illinois and Nicholas Rivers of Mitchell; and numerous grandchildren and other extended family. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, James and Virginia Logg, and two sons, Michael and Joseph. Music was provided by Daryl Whipple and Lakota Tribe Drum Group. Burial was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis. Casket bearers were Leland Logg, Jalen Brown, Richard Brown, Merle High Elk, Malik (Rivers) Whirlwind Soldier, Jared and Gregg Bourland and Romey Garreau.
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