John B. “Buck” Waanatan, 47, of St. Michael, ND, began his journey to the spirit world on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, suddenly at his home.

John B. “Buck” Waanatan, 47, of St. Michael, ND, began his journey to the spirit world on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, suddenly at his home. The Wake for John will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at the St. Michael Wellness Center with Rosary and Prayer Service beginning at 7 p.m. The procession to St. Michael will leave from the Four Winds High School Parking Lot at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the St. Michael Center with Fr. Paul Schuster celebrating. Burial will take place at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Casket Bearers will be: Jason LaRock, Johnny Gaking, Donavon Lambert, Robbie Cavanaugh, Paul Cavanaugh, Jerry Cook, Benny Mudgett, Wayne Comer, Johnny Waanatan and Jody Gaking. Honorary Casket Bearers are: Rino Little Ghost, Clark Cavanaugh, Lenoir boys and family, Loren Grey Bear, Roger Feather, Kenny McKay, Wesley Jackson, Michelle (Micky) Two Hearts, Louie and Genie Chaske, Addison Lenoir, Marlon DeMarce, Elaine Robertson, Libby Little Ghost, Helena Little Ghost, Pauline Grey Water, Karen Reynolds, Kimberly Reynolds, Bonnie Red Fox, Devin Cavanaugh, Bobby Skaro “Uncle”, Clark Cavanaugh, Reno Little Ghost, Meda Shaw, Lenoir Boys and family, Peggy Cavanaugh, Delphine Cavanaugh and family, Bimbo and Renae Lenoir, Steve Red Fox, Billy Johnson, Perry Fasset, Pacheco family, Grey Water family, Mercer family, Larson family, Trent Anderson, LoLa Waanatan, George “Coonz” Longie, Rodney Aguliar, Merle White Tail, and Devin Smith. John had too many to remember. If we forgot anyone we apologize as it was not intentional. John was born December 22, 1971, at the Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, ND, to Lila M. Waanatan and John H. Anderson. He attended grade school at the Little Flower School in St. Michael, seventh and eighth grade at Wahpeton Indian School and attended high school at Four Winds. In 1990, John met the love of his life, Kilreen Reynolds, and mother of his four children, Tyler, Tanner, Courtney and Kari. John worked in maintenance with the Dakota Tribal Institute, the Spirit Lake Refuge and Spirit Lake Casino. John then met his one special friend, Valentina Martin. John was a caring, loving and thoughtful person well known throughout the community. John loved to joke around with those he knew and loved. He had a sweet tooth for different kinds of candies and his favorite dish was spaghetti. John loved to read and watch sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. His greatest past time was spent with his children and grandchildren that he loved so much. John is survived by; his mother, Lila M. Anderson; children, Tyler, Courtney, Tanner and Kari; grandchildren, Rylee, Hayden and Easton; brother, Titus; sisters, Kelly, Nicole and Merideth; aunts, Debera, Loreen, Rena, Melody, and Maxine; grandmothers, Helena, Libby Little Ghost, Elaine Roberson and Pauline Grey Water; auntie/mom, Debra Cavanaugh; great uncle, Eugene Hedine. The Nelson Funeral Home of Maddock is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at