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Richard Melchoir Thomas Jr.

April 12, 1947 — November 21, 2020

Richard Melchoir Thomas Jr.

Richard Melchoir Thomas Jr.

Akicita Ma’ni (Walking Soldier)

April 12, 1947 – November 21, 2020

 

 

Richard Melchoir Thomas Jr., 73 of Fort Totten, ND passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Richard was born on April 12, 1947 in Poplar MT to Richard Sr. “Boke” and Winifred “Weenie” (Buck Elk) Thomas.

Richard grew up on the Spirit Lake Nation and attended school in Maddock, ND. On September 12, 1968, Richard entered the United States Army and served stateside and overseas until his honorable discharge on September 6, 1970 with the rank of Specialist 4.  He continued as a member of the Army Reserve until September 11, 1974. 

Richard and his first wife, Sharon (Lohnes) Thomas started their family and moved to Fort Kipp, Montana where they raised their children. He and Sharon grew apart and divorced. He later met his second wife, Marie R. Thomas while attending college in Mobridge, South Dakota. He also attended the Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in Ellendale, North Dakota before returning to Crow Hill, North Dakota where they made their home. Richard held many positions and was employed by the Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Peck Tribe and lastly with the Dokken Construction of Devils Lake, ND.  

Richard enjoyed traveling and took many trips with his family to places such as the Grand Canyon, Arizona and the Black Hills in South Dakota. He liked to visit, reminisce about the good old days, loved spending time with family and playing Yahtzee. He always said the special prayer at family gatherings and events. We will truly miss his sense of humor, he was always laughing, forever teasing and making jokes with everyone. He will be dearly missed by all of his family, relatives and friends. 

Richard is survived by his daughter Norma Jean (Thomas) Littleghost; grandchildren Vernell L. Demarce, Delbert Demarce Jr., Chelsey R. Littleghost, Charles Bjergaard, Skye Thomas, Kiara Brown, Xander Thomas, Stephen Brown II, Patience Brown, Cadence Morin, Trustess Morin, Anneleise Morin, Dreamys Morin, Breezon Morin, Elijah Magaju, Annette Ruth, Amy and Vincent Charles, AimeeMarie Teresiana, Josias D. Wayne; great-grandchildren Emmit J. Demarce and Braelynn Brown; sisters Marilyn Thomas, Wanda Thomas, Anna Thomas, Cynthia Thomas, and Joyce (Thomas) Young Bear; brother Adrian Thomas Sr.; adopted brothers Terry Dunn and Chris Tromba; brother-in-law: Dennis Keo; sisters-in-law: Della Thomas, Becky Two Hearts and JoAnn Smith; paternal aunt Lorraine Greybear; maternal aunts Esther Hapa and Gloria Buck Elk, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and relatives.

Preceded in death by his wife Marie R. Thomas; daughters Kari Ann, Faye, and Joni Thomas, Denise (Thomas) Bjergaard; great-granddaughter Honey L. Brown; parents, Richard (Boke) Sr. and Winifred Thomas; sisters Cheryl (Thomas) Keo and Annie Rene Thomas; brothers Duane Thomas, Michael Thomas Sr., Timothy Thomas, Milton Thomas, Casey Thomas and Paul Yankton; brother-in-law Curtis YoungBear; sister-in-law Charlene Thomas; grandparents Joseph & Martha Littlewind, Michael & Rosalie (Littlewind) Thomas, and Michael & Mary Buck Elk, aunts Esther Buck Elk, Laura Thomas, Christine Alex and Lillian Mudgett; uncles Arthur Thomas, Herbert Thomas, Gideon Buck Elk, Warren Buck Elk Sr., Harvey Buck Elk, Hank Buck Elk Sr. and Eli Buck Elk; nephews Andrew Thomas, Michael Thomas Jr., Duane Keo and Kendall YoungBear; and many other relatives. 

Active Pallbearers: Kellen Keo, Adrian Thomas Sr., Marty Alex, Alton Nestell, Mitchell Keo, Clint Keo, Jore Thomas and Doug Yankton.

Honorary Pallbearers: All of Richard’s friends and family.

Music: All Drum Groups are welcome to share their sons in memory of Richard. 

Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a time of Prayer at 4:30 p.m.  Final review will be on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with a procession to Lighthouse Assembly of God Cemetery in Fort Totten leaving at 10:00 a.m.  Graveside Services will be at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Brandon Wegener officiating. 

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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Friday, December 4, 2020

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Final Review

Saturday, December 5, 2020

9:30 - 10:00 am (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Graveside Service

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

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