Richard Robert Ducheneaux

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March 18, 1936 – June 29, 2019

Funeral services for Richard Robert Ducheneaux, 83, of Eagle Butte were held Monday, July 8, 2019 at All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte. Father Brian Sorenson officiated. Burial was in St. Catherine Cemetery at Promise under the direction of First Nations-Oster Funeral Home of Mobridge

Richard entered the spirit world on June 29, 2019 at the Cheyenne River IHS in Eagle Butte surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Richard was born on March 18, 1936, the ninth child and youngest son of Douglas and Esther (LeBeau) Ducheneaux. He spent his young years on the family ranch at the mouth of the Moreau River near Promise. He and his siblings attended the Old Cheyenne Agency and Stephan Boarding School. He liked to share stories of his family adventures and hardships.

When Richard was 20 he joined the US Army and was stationed in Korea. He was honorably discharged on May 14, 1962.

Richard met Arlene Claymore and to this union three children were born: Beth LaVay, Jess Brian and Richard Jason.

He later met Germaine Hill and gained two children that he raised as his own with her, Leslie Alyssa and Floyd Narcelle. They had a child together, Bobbie Jo.

Richard was in the cattle business for over five decades in Old Armstrong County. During this time he raised his children and worked various jobs including: Wager Lumber, janitor and driver at IHS Hospital, janitor for Bureau of Indian Education at the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Elementary School and BIA Plant Management. He retired from the BIA with 20 years of service and always bragged he never took leave.

Richard had a sense of humor, loved to tease and enjoyed visiting with the many friends he made over his lifetime. He could talk on the phone for hours. Once a friend, always a friend and he would help anyway he could, very rarely turning anyone down.

On June 5, 2018, he lost his son Rick to cancer. Since that time his health began to fail. In December, 2018 he began to show signs of dementia, which progressed very rapidly. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren did their best to care for him in his home until two days before his passing.

Richard was a humble independent man all the way to the end. He didn’t like to ask for help.

Richard is survived by his children, Beth, Jess (Gabrielle), Bobbie (Cap) and Leslie (Marty); a sister, Faith (Carl) Hackelman; 26 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one greatgreat-grandchild; and all his friends he held close to his heart.

He is preceded in death by his sons, Richard “Rick” and Floyd; grandson Brandon; granddaughter Rae’Jynn; great-granddaughter Tiauna Rose; his mother and father; brothers Tony, Allen “Ted”, Jim and a baby brother; half-brother Leonard; and sisters Alvena, Ordel, Vivian, and Pat.

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