Richard Henry Ironchild – Kȃkikȇ Kȃ-asinȋwit / Everlasting Stone
On Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the age of 75, Richard passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Richard was born on Piapot First Nation and graduated from Lebret Indian Residential School. He knew early on he wanted to be a nurse, and after graduation, he went to nursing school at, and graduated from Red River College. He worked most of his nursing career in Winnipeg, Manitoba, finally retiring in 2013. He moved back home to Piapot in 2015 and not one to sit idle, began working for both Fox Valley and Piapot Health Centre; as well as joined the Elders committee. Richard was known for his humour and generous nature, and he loved and honoured every family member and was always bringing family together for different occasions. He loved bingo and casino and had his special partners who were always his drivers and company. Richard was predeceased by his parents Henry and Mary Louise (Lowe) Ironchild; paternal grandparents Nicholas Ironchild and Josephine Asham; maternal grandparents Mathew Lowe and Eliza Kiyay; Brothers: Leonard ‘Blockers’, Clayton ‘Nick’, Donald ‘Zep’, Mike Pinay, and Sisters: Pearl Tuckanow, Joan Okeeweehow, and Verna Ironcild. He is survived by his sisters: Sylvia Obey, Loretta Nelson, Lillian Campbell, Muriel Ironman, Edith Morgan, Harriet Alexson, Barbara Lowe, Margaret Rockthunder, Elaine Walker, Connie Wajunta; Brothers: Murray (Jumbo) Ironchild, Cecil Lowe, Joey Lowe, Ricky Lowe, Henry Felix, Jacob Felix, Allan Joe Felix, Harry Francis, Art Francis, Gerry Francis, and Dennis Omeasoo; his adopted Mom Lucy Francis; special aunt Ann Callahan, niece Nona Longknife, travelling and casino friends Beatrice Lafromboise and Susie Creeley, friends Mark Fox and Joe Shields; plus numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family and friends too numerous to mention. The wake will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. and the funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Piapot Community Hall. The family thanks the doctors and nurses in Ward 6A of Regina General Hospital, Brent at Native Services, and Miles at Paragon Funeral Services for all the kindness and support. Arrangements care of Paragon Funeral Services.