Martin M. LeBeau

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Martin M. LeBeau, 89, of Eagle Butte passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, September 29, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Burial was at Mossman Cemetery near Ridgeview. Luce Funeral Chapel of Eagle Butte was in charge of arrangements. Martin Marty LeBeau was born at home in the Four Bear community to Albert Sr. and Esther (Rondell) LeBeau on August 13, 1925. Martin was the seventh of nine boys born to this union. His early years were spent at home where he attended a country school and enjoyed a simple way of life alongside his siblings and parents. He later attended school at St. Joseph’s Indian School at Chamberlain, but the majority of his youth was spent at Four Bear, where he learned the skills to be a cattle and ranch man. Martin served as a member of the US Army’s 42nd Infantry during World War II. He served his country and remained a loyal veteran throughout his life. He was proud of his sons’ and grandsons’ se rvice in the military. Martin married Gladys Claymore on October 24, 1953, and they had eight children. Gladys met her untimely death in 1989. Martin married Thelma Peacock in 2002, and they spent eight happy years together. Martin was employed with Indian Health Service at the Old Cheyenne Agency and retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Eagle Butte. Martin was many things to his family— a quiet man who enjoyed watching a good football game, boxing match or rodeo, an avid reader, a good listener and someone who could be depended on. He was the foundation of his family. He admired the cowboy way of life and enjoyed his weekly visits to Sharon’s ranch where at the age of 85, he rode horseback to bring the cattle in for branding— a feat to be proud of. He enjoyed the yearly birthday celebrations held in his and his brothers’ honor, family get-togethers, and spending time with his brothers when he could. Martin had a strong belief in the Great Spirit and knew that it was through his blessing that all things were possible. Those he left behind will remember his quiet dignity, his gentle manner, and his independence. Proud to have shared in his life are his children— Elaine (Mark) Goehring of Blunt, Leland (Melissa) LeBeau and Sharon Anderson of Eagle Butte, Russell (Dianna) LeBeau of Browns Valley, MN, Julian LeBeau of Spearfish, Donna (Richie) Vrooman of Redfield, Lee Anne (Clint) Birkeland of Dupree, and Blaine LeBeau of Blunt; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers— Casimir LeBeau of Eagle Butte and Sebastian LeBeau of Swiftbird; and seven step-children. He was preceded in death by his wives, Gladys and Thelma; his parents; one infant sister, Phoebe; six brothers— Ralph, Theodore, Vincent, Quintin, Mike, and Vern; two grandsons, Cooper LeBeau and Flint Dahl; and a son-in-law, Eddie Anderson. (Sharon Anderson’s address is PO Box 50, Eagle Butte, SD 57625.)  
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