Kevin Charles Baine “KC” Longbrake

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The funeral service for KC Baine Longbrake, 24, of Eagle Butte was held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School Auditorium. Burial was at the Longbrake Ranch near Abear Creek under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. KC passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Kevin Charles Baine “KC” Longbrake was born January 28, 1991 in Eagle Butte to Delbert and Mona (Marcelle) Longbrake. He was raised at the Nordvold Ranch on Abear Creek, south of Eagle Butte, with his sister, Ann’D, and brothers Weston, Jake and Kel. KC’s childhood was all about being a cowboy and living the western lifestyle. He was horseback every chance he got and loved helping his dad with the cattle and anything else that needed to be done on the ranch. On February 4, 1999, at the age of 8, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He took chemotherapy and radiation treatments for nearly 4 years. During this time, he wasn’t supposed to do anything strenuous, but nobody could keep him away from his best buddy “Moe” (his Appaloosa horse). His school days were spent at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Schools where his outgoing and charming personality made him a favorite among his teachers and classmates. He spent his weekends and summers with his Uncle Tom and Aunt Charlene Traversie, and Bob and Arliss Keckler, where Grandma Arliss would cook him his favorite meal, “roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy.” When KC was a young boy, he traveled the rodeo trail with his dad, who was a rodeo judge, nearly every weekend. He adopted Sullivan White Wolf Sr. as his Lala, and Lillian as his Unci. Huey, Kim and Crissy became his uncle and aunties and he would spend whatever time he could with them. When KC was little he wanted to be just like his big brother Weston, riding steers, then junior bulls, but due to his cancer he was limited. After he defeated cancer, he traveled with Pat Tibbs and learned to team rope. KC rode his first steer during the 1999 CRST Fair & Rodeo. He also participated in basketball and football, but his true love was rodeo. He loved to watch his Uncle Bud Longbrake and Cousin T.C. Holloway ride, which inspired him to ride saddle broncs. KC was involved in high school rodeo. After graduating from high school in 2009, KC attended Gillette Community College where he received his Certified Welding Degree, graduating in May 2010. He was a member of the college rodeo team and traveled all over the Rocky Mountain Region Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. After college, KC moved up to the amateur ranks of rodeo, including the South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA), the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA), and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA). In 2012, he was the year end Saddle Bronc Riding Champion in both the SDRA and the NRCA. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honored KC and proclaimed Friday, December 28, 2012 as KC LONGBRAKE DAY. In 2013, KC bought his PRCA permit and filled it that same year, so in 2014 he was on his rookie year and traveled extensively across the United States riding at all the big pro rodeos.

In 2013, he qualified for his first Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV where he finished 6th in the average.

KC worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in various positions including being a truck driver. He then worked for Colt and Chason Floyd at “Ace In The Hole” building pole barns. KC also did ranch work for Chris and Emma Lu Reeves and the Moore family ranch near Lower Brule. He worked in the oil fields in North Dakota for a short time. After the loss of his brother Jake in May, 2014, KC moved home to be closer to his family. The highlight of KC’s rodeo career was when he won the saddle bronc riding at the Sitting Bull Stampede in Mobridge, last 4th of July, when he rode the famous horse “Chuckulator” for 84 points. The last rodeo KC participated in was at Kallispell, MT on March 21, 2015. KC is survived by his parents, Delbert and Mona Longbrake of Eagle Butte; his sister Ann’D (Jon) of Eagle Butte; brothers, Weston (Jamie) of Coolidge, AZ and Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre; nephews— Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche, Godson Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of Eagle Butte, Kelby Longbrake of Pierre; niece Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre; grandparents— Pete Longbrake of Dupree, Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte, and Russell and Mary Garrett of Tucson, AZ; his uncles— Jake (Cindy) Longbrake and Bud Longbrake of Dupree, and Marty Pavatea of Tucson; his aunts Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Kaycee, WY and Monti Pavatea (Godmother) of Browning, MT; his great-uncles Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, WI, and Turk Cobell of Valier, MT; his great-aunts Carol, Wanda, Eva Cobell of Browning, MT, and Linda Alexander of Dallas, TX; and his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus, Traversies, Kecklers and White Wolfs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Specialist Jake T. Longbrake, his grandfather Earl Marcelle, great-grandpas Neil Traversie, Joseph Eagleman Sr., and Alvin Cobell; great-grandmas Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie; great-aunts Eloise Cobell and Leola Kennedy; great-uncle Little Joe Eagleman; and his best friend, Shannon “Tall Horse” Lawrence. (Delbert and Mona Longbrake’s address is PO Box 1179, Eagle Butte, SD 57625.)

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