Alexander P. Yankton, 59, of Fort Totten, N.D, passed away early Saturday morning, September 15, 2012 at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake.

Alexander P. Yankton, 59, of Fort Totten, N.D, passed away early Saturday morning, September 15, 2012 at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake.  

A Wake for Alex will be held on Wednesday, September 19 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Recreation Center, St. Michael, N.D. with a Rosary and prayer service at 8 p.m. The procession to St. Michael will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the Spirit Lake Marina.  
Mass of Christian Burial for Alex will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.  Fr. Brian Moen and Fr. Charles Leute OP will concelebrate the Mass with burial in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.  Music will be provided by Tony and Vina McDonald and Frank Hapa.  All drum groups are welcome to share their songs in memory of Alex.  

Serving as active pallbearers for Alex will be Cecil Longie, Dan Cavanaugh, Roger Ironshield, Pat Cavanaugh, Monte Herman and Glenn Abraham. Honorary bearers will be Jeff Lambertson, Joe Edman, Corrina Shaw, Bobbie and Diane Gates, John and Ramona Chaske, Dave and Eunice Davidson, Renita and Dallas Delorme, DuWayne and Karen WhiteCloud, Tim and Carol WhiteCloud, Kathy and Bruce White Cloud-Lyons, Arlene Belgarde, Connie Baker-Meste, Coby Redday, Whalen and Renita Shaw and Family, Ken Chaske, Daniel Rainbow, Rick DuBois, Jack and Eldora Dauphinais, John Sherman, Andy Shaw, Ron McKay Sr., Tim DeMarce, Terry Herman Sr., Diane Jackson, Ella Lafrombois and Family, Joe and Natalie Redfox, Duane (Adeline) Jackson Sr., Frank and Pauline Myrick, Frank and Esther Hapa, Jeanie Kay Charboneau, Elvis Thumb Sr., Robert Charboneau Sr. Spirit Lake Ambulance, Spirit Lake Casino and Resort Security-Craig Swigart, Krissy Richotte and Alicia LaVallie, Mercy Hospital Staff and the Construction Engineers Company and For Respect and Understanding Committee.

If we have forgotten to mention a name, it was not intentional.  Please forgive us.

  Alexander Palmer Yankton, son of James Yankton Sr. and Pauline Jackson, was born on April 12, 1953 at Devils Lake, N.D.  He lived most of his life on the Spirit Lake Nation.  He attended school at the Wahpeton Indian Boarding School, Maddock High School and graduated from Fort Totten High School in 1974.  He then attended UND.

After graduating, Alex began working at Brunswick Corporation and later at Sioux Manufacturing.  Alex loved the outdoors, building and working with his hands so construction was a career near and dear to his heart.  He worked with Risovi Construction and Lang Construction. Because of his passion for building, Alex enrolled at Cankdeska Cikana Community College and received his certificate in Drafting and Design. He was a very skilled and educated carpenter in his many years of construction.  Alex worked for many years for Spirit Lake Housing, building many of the homes on the reservation. He had most recently worked for Construction Engineers on the Norma Rainbow Elderly Center and the Spirit Lake Grocery.  At the time of his death he was working on the Spirit Lake Correctional Facility addition and remodeling project.  

Alex loved all of his family and treasured each day spent with them and his many dear friends.  

Alex is survived by his children; Terry (Joan) Belgarde, Heather (Rodney Skadsem) Lawrence, Alex Lawrence, Alison Shaw, Alesia Shaw, Alanna (Delmer) Youngbird and Alex Shaw; grandchildren, Rodney Jr., Keyaira Skadsem, Marius and Quinn Lawrence, Dominic Shaw, Andia and Alencia Feather, Albie Fassett and Astana Youngbird; mother, Pauline Graywater; brothers, Alfred Longie Sr., Roger (Brenda) Yankton Sr., Quentin (Sharlene) Yankton Sr., James (Cathy) Yankton Jr., Michael (Denise) Graywater Jr.; sisters, Celeste Herman, Clarice (Joseph) Lawrence, Valerie (Lawrence) Bull, Jackie Yankton, Paulette (Jerry) Lenoir, Andrea (Roger) Ironshield and Marsha Littlewind; god-child, Destin Ironshield; many nieces and nephews and cousins; uncles, Steven Hoksina and Leroy Littleghost; aunts, Elaine Robertson, Elizabeth Littleghost, Helena Littleghost, Lavern Peltier and Arlene Gomez.

Alex was preceded in death by his father, James Yankton Sr.; sisters, Lois Yankton-Varon, Jessica Yankton and Roberta Yankton; brother, Scott Yankton; step-father, Michael Graywater, Sr.; uncles, Paul Yankton Sr., Andrew Yankton and Giles Yankton, Nathan Thompson and Jerome Waanatan; aunts, Catherine Yankton, Angeline LaCroix and Mary Littlewind; nephews, Todd Allen Yankton, Barry Young, Whitney Yankton and William Herman; nieces, Deborah Yankton, Mary Littlewind, Michelle Littlewind and Jenny Thompson; grandparents, Angeline (Redhorse) and Alexander Yankton; grandchild, Alanis Feather.  

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Alex at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.