Melchior Mudgett, ‘Taśu˝ka Wa˝bdi’ (Eagle Horse), 56, of Oberon, ND, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake, ND, in the loving care of his dear family.

Melchior Mudgett, ‘Taśuñka Wañbdi’ (Eagle Horse), 56, of Oberon, ND, passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake, ND, in the loving care of his dear family. A visitation and gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Fort Totten, ND, from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral Services for Melchior will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Crow Hill Recreation Center, rural Fort Totten, with burial in St. Jerome’s Cemetery in the spring. The procession to the Crow Hill Recreation Center will leave at 9 a.m. from the City Plaza, in Devils Lake. Pastor Brandon Wegener will officiate. Melchior was born on Jan. 19, 1963, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Allen and Lillian (Thomas) Mudgett, Sr. At a young age, he moved with the family to the Fort Totten area of the Spirit Lake Nation. He started his elementary education in St. Paul, then attended the Wahpeton Indian School and graduated from Fort Totten High School. He was a hard worker and worked for a time at Sioux Manufacturing Corporation, Dakota Tribal Industries and Kmart. He was employed with Elvis Thumb Construction until his declining health forced him to retire. Melchior loved to ride horses and motorcycles. He loved the freedom of the outdoors and going places to visit with family and friends. You knew Melchior was having a good time, when he was teasing, joking around and laughing with family and friends. Melchior was always ready and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Your time with us was too brief and we will miss you and love you always. Melchior is survived by his loving family. His daughter, Bobbi Sue Mudgett; grandson, Shawn Mudgett; siblings, Rose Mudgett, Arthur (Cindy) Mudgett, Rodney (Mary Jane) Steve, Richard (Elisa) Mudgett, Matthew Mudgett, Chris (Julie) Mudgett, Greg Mudgett, Perry (Sharon) Mudgett Sr., Jerrid (Janet) Mudgett Sr., Bennett Mudgett; siblings from the Choctaw Tucker Community in Mississippi, Karen Chickaway, Dolliann Steve-Willis and Eddie Humble, from Choctaw Bogue Chitto Community, Kathy McMillan and from Choctaw Bok Homa Community Rodney Steve and Linda Martinez of Carthage, MS, and Judith Yellow of Rapid City, SD; sister-in-law, Joni (late Mark) Mudgett; aunts, Jennie Royce, Grace Eiffler, Joyce Madigan, Lorraine Greybear; uncle Jesse Mudgett and many nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by; his parents, Allen and Lillian; sisters, Corrina Steve and Vicki Steve; brothers, Allen Jr., Ronald Sr. and Mark Mudgett; nephews, Parker Mudgett, Darrett Mudgett and Nilus BlackLance Jr. Pallbearers for Melchior will be: Louie Dubois, Darren DeMarce, Alfred ‘AJ’ Littlewind, Mark Shaw, Elvin Thumb, David ‘Dobs’ Riggle, Loren Greybear and Melvin Greybear Jr. Honorary Bearers will be: Germaine DeMarce and family, Roger ‘Busty’ McKay, Inez ‘Frankie’ Chaske, Terry Dunn Sr., Maynard Dunn, Bruce Mindt, Kevin Mindt and Sam McKay.