~Kenneth William Loves War~
He spent his early years in Rapid City, SD, however he attended boarding school at St. Elizabeth's in Wakpala, SD and Holy Rosary Mission at the Pine Ridge Agency. He finally came to Fort Yates to complete his elementary and high school training. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1965 and trained for nine months before being assigned to the 612th Air Delivery Unit in Fort Bragg, NC.
He served with the 3rd Army Airborne Unit supporting the 82nd Airborne, the 18th Airborne and Special Forces outfits.
After his service, he lived in various places including San Jose, Oakland, & San Francisco, CA & Lumbee, NC. He returned to Standing Rock and completed his college education at Sitting Bull College. He also attended USD in Vermillion.
In his younger days, he was a trained boxer and participated in the Golden Gloves Boxing club. Kenny became involved in sports while attending Ft. Yates High School, attributing them to helping him in his life.
Kenny tried to help the younger people by encouraging them to keep striving and to not ever give up. In the latter part of his life, he suffered with COPD and needed oxygen, but still maintained a positive attitude and kept going forward. He was active with the Growler-Looking Back-Jamerson Post 239 in Little Eagle, SD, but had the deepest respect for all of the posts. He considered the veterans of Veteran's Industries in McLaughlin, SD, his teammates and loved them all!
He is survived by his sons: Robert Loves War & Isadore Loves War, Fort Yates, ND & Jason Desormeaux, McLaughlin, SD; his daughters: Melissa Loves War-Jesjfeld, Hettinger, ND, Athina Loves War, McLaughlin, SD & Annette Culbertson-Red Tomahawk, Selfridge, ND; brothers, Brian Loves War-Tirrell, Pocatello, ID, Keith Swalley, McLaughlin, SD & Delford Marshall (cousin) McLaughlin, SD; his sisters: Linda Loves War, Redfield, SD, Norma White Lightning, Fort Yates, ND, Karen Briggs, Idaho Falls, ID, Lori Ward, Rexburg, ID, Terri Jones, Mercer Island, WA, Bernadette (Fermon) Brown, Fort Yates, ND, Carol Standing Crow and Aischa Standing Crow, Sunnyvale, CA; his grandchildren: Isadore Loves War, Jr., Brooklyn Desormeaux, Nateth Silk, Ash Eagle, Anthony Yellow, Ryan White Bull, Phillip LaRock, Yancy Morris, Jr., Maurice Morris, Cody
Morris, Roberta Morris, Sylvie Red Tomahawk and the children of Josephine and Brian Defender. He had many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and grandchildren too numerous to name.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Patrick Loves War; parents, Vine Loves War and Isabel (Roach) Standing Crow; step-father, Bernard Standing Crow; maternal grandparents, Willis and Helen (White Bull) Mountain & Joseph Carter Roach; paternal grandparents, William and Kate (Bloody Knife) Loves The War; uncles, Sylvester White Mountain, Francis Mountain, Tommy Loves War & Norman Loves War; aunts, Mildred White Mountain, Josephine White Mountain, Audrey Marshall & Maxine Loves War; cousins, Percy Good Eagle & Wayne White Mountain and grandson, Caleb Roach.
Graveside services for Kenneth Loves War, 66, of McLaughlin, were held March 19 at Messiah UCC Cemetery, Little Eagle. Kenneth entered the spirit world March 12, 2013in McLaughlin. Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge entrusted with arrange- ments.