Aug. 24, 2007-Oct. 1, 2008
Robert J. "Gidagaa Biwesh" (Spotted Eagle) Azure Jr., age 13 months, of Redwood Falls, died Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Robert James Azure Jr., affectionately known as "Fat Man," was born to Robert Azure Sr. and Teresa Dakota on Aug. 24, 2007 in Redwood Falls. He enjoyed spending his days with sisters Chyla and MaKayla and big brother Devon. He enjoyed rubbing food in his hair, playing in the tub with his siblings and saying "Dad," his only word.
Robert Jr. is survived by his father, Robert Azure Sr. of White Earth; mother, Teresa Dakota of Redwood Falls; brothers, Joseph Heisler, Devon Hanks and Connor Spencer; sisters, Victoria Azure, Kathleen Azure-Heisler, MaKayla Azure-Hanks, Precious Spencer and Cheyla Azure; paternal grandparents, Linda Azure of White Earth and Ron Bellecourt of Minneapolis; maternal grandparents, Beverly (John Leith) Dakota of Redwood Falls and Julius Hanks Sr. of White Earth; paternal great grandmother, Marcianna "Kibby" Sullivan of White Earth; and seven uncles. He was preceded in death by seven great grandparents, Margaret and Charles "Troll" Hanks Sr., Claudia and James "Stub" Dakota, Edward Jackson and Grace and Joe Bellecourt.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 7, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth, with the Rev. Walter Butor, OMI, and Spiritual Leader Joe Bush officiating. Casket bearers were Merlin Dakota, Julius Hanks Jr., Jeff Azure and Mike Azure. Honorary bearers were Jeremy Azure, Tom and Ashley Azure and their children, Beverly Dakota and John Leith, Robert Jr.'s siblings, and all of Teresa's friends from the Redwood Falls Burger King and Lakeland Management.
Interment took place at Calvary Cemetery in White Earth, with the Smokey Hill Drum Group and Ojibwe Singers assisting.
Assisting the family with arrangements was the Chilson Chapel in Winsted. Online condolences may be made at www.thechilsonchapel.com.