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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • OBIT: Giles Yankton

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  • Giles Yankton (Dancing Horse), passed away just two days after his 80th birthday, Sept. 6, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Center in Lakota after an extended illness. Mass of Christian Burial for Giles will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Michael, ND. Fr. Brian Moen will celebrate the Mass and burial will be in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Spirit Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6547. The Wake will be held at St. Michael’s Recreation Center on Wednesday, September 12 beginning at 5 p.m. with the Rosary and prayer service at 8 p.m. The procession to St. Michael’s Recreation Center will leave from the Spirit Lake Marina parking lot at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Serving as active pallbearers for Giles will be Winterhawk Oldrock, Lance Young, Joe Yankton, Roman Cavanaugh, Dave Gordon and Mark Mindt. Honorary pallbearers for Giles are Adam Card, Richard Crofoot, Richard Yankton, Oliver Gourd, Roger Yankton, Gary Frederick, Paul Yankton Jr., Herman Cavanaugh, Sam Merrick, Sylvester LaCroix, Duane Jackson Sr., Isaac Mallard, Stella Cavanaugh and family, Aloysius Cloud, Anna Woods and family, Darlene Wadsworth, Reggie Chaske, Marie Baker, MegAnn Arttus, Duane and Bernadine Nelson, John and Lila Anderson, Louie and Jeanie Chaske, Inez 'Frankie' Chaske, Dennis and Sarah Chaske,†Dallas and Renita Delorme, Winfield Chaske, Keith and Lois Leben, Steven Hoksina, Robert Old Rock, Charlene Walking Eagle, Carl and Barb Walking Eagle, Pauline Graywater, Rosalie Baer, Bob Jacobs, George Cavanaugh and family, Becky Two Hearts and family, Demus McDonald, Brian Foote, Samuel Foote, Curtis Yankton and all members of the VFW Post #6547. Giles was born Sept 4,1932 and was a life-long resident of the Spirit Lake Nation. Giles attended St. Michael’s School, Haskill Indian College and graduated from Lake Region Junior College. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force for four years then served for twelve years with the Army National Guard. Giles retired from Indian Health Service after 30 years and then was the director at Sioux Utilities for eight years. He was a member of St. Michael’s parish. Giles is survived by his wife Delores (Cavanaugh) Yankton, and mother of his children in New York, Catherine Barney Yankton; daughters, Renee A. Crofoot (Richard), Diana Foote (Brian); sons Douglas G. Yankton (Starlet) and Darren Yankton of Spirit Lake; stepchildren, Kelly Minor (Rick), Kimberly (David) Gordon, Jody Arttus, Margaret (Willard) Chaske, Mark Mindt, Bruce Mindt and 12 grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Alexander Yankton, and his mother Angeline (Redhorse) Yankton; sisters, Catherine Yankton and Angeline LaCroix; brothers, Paul Yankton Sr. Andrew Yankton and James Yankton. Friends may sign the on-line register book and share memories of Giles at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com. Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.

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