2012-05-16 / The Holy Road

~Lenhart K. Silk Sr.~

Lenhart K Silk Sr. age 68 of Fort Yates, N.D. Died on the 8th day of May 2012 at Med Center One Hospital in Bismarck, N.D., surrounded by his family & friends following a courageous battle with cancer.

Lenhart was born on the 21st day of January 1944 in Fort Yates, N.D. to the late Charles F. Silk and Angeline (Jordan) Poor dog. He attended St. Bernard's Catholic School and Graduated from Standing Rock High School in 1965. Lenhart Joined the U.S. Army in 1965 where he served in the Vietnam War as Diesel Mechanic, while being stationed in Baumholder, Germany. Lenhart was honorably discharged from service in 1971. At where he moved back home to Standing Rock & begin cattle ranching before moving to California where he did mechanic work in an auto shop until 1980 when he then moved back to Fort Yates where he begin working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs highway maintenance until he retired in 2007.

Lenhart was a member of the American Legion in Fort Yates, and The Native American Veterans Lodge located in Wakpala, S.D. Lenhart was an avid outdoorsman where he enjoyed Hunting, Fishing, Working in his Lawn and Gardening as well as helping out whoever and whenever he could, Lenhart was a very loving man and was willing to give more than he had to make sure his friends and family were taken care of. Lenhart enjoyed visiting with the many family and friends he cared so much for or just telling you one of his crazy jokes he would always leave you with a smile.

Lenhart is survived by his wife Geraldine (Running Bear) Silk "Chundee" 1 daughter Kimberly K. Silk, 2 sons Charles F. Silk & Lenhart K. Silk Jr., His Aunties Arlene (Jordan) Hodgkiss, Christine Chasing Bear, & Angeline Montclair, Lenhart is also survived by 3 brothers Conrad Silk, Haroldine Silk, & Emery Silk, and 3 Sisters Evylynn Silk, Beulah Silk, & Linda (Silk), Cousins Terry Hodgkiss, & Jennifer Jewett, Clarice "Tuddy" & Ray Huber, Jerry & Lisa Azure, Larry Jordan, Johnny Jordan, Donny & Judy (Jordan) White, Babe White, Arnold "Arnie" Jordan, Colleen (Silk) Miller, Robert "Baba" Silk, Arthur Elmer "Junior" Silk III, Duane Silk, 4 Grandsons, & 3 Granddaughters, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, Grandchildren and relatives, Lenhart is also survived by his 2 pets which he loved spending time with Princess, & Millie. Lenhart is also survived by his Hunka Family consisting of 2 daughters Sheila Murphy and Amy Fast, son Bryan Waukazoo, 2 Sisters Bobbie Lazorenko and Sylvia Barrera, & 1 Brother Ted Eagle. Lenhart is preceded in death by his Parents as well as 1 sister Rita Silk.

The Silk Family would to thank the Following people, businesses and organizations. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Standing Rock Game & Fish, White Buffalo Super Value, Fort Yates American Legion Veterans, The Cheyenne River Veterans, United Tribes Color Guard, Tatankà Nagí singers, All Veterans, as well as The Nurses and staff at the Med Center One Oncology Infusion Center, Dr. John Reynolds Med Center One Oncology Clinic, Ashley Thompson Med Center One, Dr. Tony Tello Med Center One, Dr. Tarek Dufan Bismarck Cancer Center, Janette & Barry Jordan, Terry Hayes.

Funeral services for Lenhart Silk, 68, of Ft. Yates, ND, were Monday, May 14 at 10:00AM the A.J. Agard Building, Ft. Yates, with Brother George Maufort officiating. A meal followed services with burial at 2:00PM at the ND Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. Casket Bearers will be Ron His Horse Is Thunder, Jeff Kelly, Brian Waukazoo, David Harrison, Charles Murphy Jr, & Shane Luger. An all-night wake began with services at 7:00PM Sunday at the gym.

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