Lawrence ‘Gilbert’ Eagleman Sr., 71, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of the Spirit Lake Nation, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.
Lawrence ‘Gilbert’ Eagleman Sr., 71, of Moorhead, MN, formerly of the Spirit Lake Nation, passed away on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND. The Wake for Gilbert will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. at the St. Michael’s Wellness Center with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. The procession to St. Michael will leave at 4 p.m. on Thursday from the City Plaza in Devils Lake, ND. Funeral Services are also at the St. Michael’s Wellness Center on Friday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. with Father Paul Schuster officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in the spring. Military Honors will be accorded by the Spirit Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lawrence G. Eagleman was born on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1947, at Fort Totten, ND, the son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Redday) Eagleman. He grew up on the Spirit Lake Nation, attending St. Michael’s Mission School through 2nd grade, then attended the Wahpeton Indian School. He attended high school in Flandreau, SD. Gilbert entered the United States Army on April 10, 1968, and honorably and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge on March 29, 1970, Gilbert returned to North Dakota. Gilbert was, at one time, married to Judy Johnson and they were the proud parents of a son, Christopher. In the early 1970’s Gilbert moved to Minneapolis, MN, and made his home there for 30 years. As a jack-of-all-trades he worked a variety of jobs, most were in construction. He married his beloved, Lisa Walker, and they had many years of happiness and welcomed another son, Lawrence Jr. As Lisa’s health deteriorated Gilbert took on the role of caretaker, doing whatever he could to make Lisa’s last years. Their son, Lawrence, died in 2010 and Lisa went on to the Spirit World in 2011. For the last three years, Gilbert has lived with his sister in Moorhead and was so glad to be closer to family and friends. Gilbert faced each day with a smile and a sense of humor. He always found a way to make you laugh. He enjoyed playing guitar, watching old movies (so old they were still in black and white), collecting eagles and thus couldn’t help but be a Philadelphia Eagles fan. He was a kind, good hearted man who served his country with honor, cared for his family the best he could and loved spending time with his relatives and friends. Gilbert is survived by; his son, Christopher (Jennifer) Eagleman of Minneapolis; three grandchildren, Taylor, Kaylee and Chayton; sisters, Janice Feather, Moorhead, and Renita (Dallas) Delorme, St. Michael; brothers, Thomas Lee, Fargo, and Roger A. Feather, Fort Totten; many nieces, nephews and other dear relatives. He was welcomed home by; his parents; wife, Lisa; son, Lawrence Jr.; brothers, Joseph Coming Hay, Levie Eagleman and Oliver Eagleman; sister, Evalina Jetty. Casket Bearers for Gilbert will be: Tom Lee, Roger Feather, Dallas Delorme, Taylor Eagleman, Jastin Feather and Lance Parrow. Honorary Bearers will be: Myron Redday, Richard Walker, Leonard Walker, Andrew Walker, Duane Mallory, Rose Walker, Janice Walker, Oliver and Faye Jetty, Philip and Darlis Longie, Billy Dean Cavanaugh, Pauline Myrick, Calvin and Violet Smith, Manny and Chantell Charging, Hilda Garcia, Sharon Georgeson and Roger Yankton. A special thank you to the nurses and physicians at Sanford Health and the Veterans Hospital in Fargo.