Sidney Kingbird, Naytahishkung, 77, of Mission began his journey to the spirit world on August 7, 2013. Traditional services will be held at the Della Kingbird residence at 19863 Mission Road with Spiritual Leader, Anna Gibbs, officiating. A wake will begin Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with funeral services beginning Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. Burial will take place at the Lake Andrusia Family Cemetery.
Sidney was born on December 12, 1935 to Scott Kingbird and Delma (Perkins) Kingbird in Mission, Minnesota. As a boy Sidney lived in Battle River and Redby, but spent most of his time growing up in Mission. He graduated from Cass Lake High School in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1955. Sidney earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1959. Sidney was married to Carol Pemberton in 1961 at the Cass Lake Episcopal Camp in Mission. They resided for some time in Los Angeles where Sidney attended trade school and became a boiler operator. They returned to Minnesota, settling in Minneapolis in 1964. In Minneapolis, Sidney worked for Trumbolt Asphalt for some years before moving to Richards Asphalt where he was employed for 30 years, finally retiring in 1999. While in Minneapolis, Sidney's hobbies included bowling, golfing on the Indian Tournament Circuit, and going "up north" to play softball with the Anishinabe Softball Team. Due to his athletic prowess, Sidney gained the nickname "Killer", and was well known throughout Indian Country. Other favorite hobbies included playing at the casino and attending local high school basketball games. Sidney was presented with the title of "Super Fan" for his dedicated support of the Cass Lake-Bena Panthers.
Sidney is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol (Pemberton) Kingbird of Mission, sister Della Kingbird of Mission, brother Daniel Kingbird of Bemidji, son Lance Kingbird, Sr. of Mission, daughters Donna Kingbird and Dawn Kingbird Connor (Matt Connor) of Mission, granddaughters that he raised, Flower Kingbird (Patrick Haugen)of Bemidji, Frances Kingbird of Grand Forks and Donis Kingbird of Duluth, great grandsons that he raised, Randy Pacheco III of Cass Lake and Dezmond Ramirez of Bemidji and special sons, Rory Martin, Sr. and Patrick Haugen, Sr. of Bemidji as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Sidney was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Delma Kingbird, brothers McKinley Kingbird, Sr., Arnold Kingbird, and LeRoy Staples, Sr., sister Loretta Kingbird Brown, daughter Terri Staples, special sons, Todd Roy, Sr. and Daniel Barrientez, Sr. and a great grandson Patrick Haugen, Jr.
Casketbearers will be Rory Martin, Sr., Matt Connor, Patrick Haugen, Brandon White, Marcus Burris, and Ryan Connor.
Honorary Casketbearers will be Josh Kingbird, Cydney Kingbird, Cheyenne Kingbird, Corrina Kingbird, Lance Kingbird, Jr., Rozanna Roy, Rory Martin, Jr., Lori Martin, Wally Humphrey, Michelle Staples, Burnham Wilson, Leo Blair, Curtis "Koo-La" Brown, Bernie Brown, Barney Kingbird, Norman Kingbird, Willy Kingbird, Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird, Alfred "Tig" Pemberton, Arnold Kingbird, Mike Kingbird, Mack Kingbird, Kevin Kingbird, Keveon Kingbird, Nikki Staples, Heather Staples, Susan Morris, Zach Staples, Doug Staples, Dan Ninham, Henry "Crock" Harper, Don Cook, Sr., Josh Thompson, Scott Heberer, and the entire Anishinabe Softball Team.