Funeral services for Chester Condon, 70, Eagle Butte will be 1:00 pm MT Saturday, May 26, 2012 at HV Cultural Center in Eagle Butte. Burial will be in the Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. Meet at 4 mile junction at 5PM Friday, May 25, 2012 with all night wake starting at 7PM at the Center. Chester passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Med Center One in Bismarck.
Chester Edward Condon, affectionately known as “Chet” was born on January 26, 1942 in Cherry Creek, SD to Silas and Mary (Ward) Condon. He lost his mother at the age of four and was raised by his father and his step-mother Laura, and his older sisters. He spent his early years at Cheyenne Agency Boarding School during the school year and summers at home in Cherry Creek. Chet attended the Cheyenne River Boarding School from the 1st to the 11th grades, and started his Senior year at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School. Halfway through his Senior year, he dropped out of school to join a traveling independent basketball team, which also included his older brother Andy Condon and his cousin Bernie In The Woods. Gus Kolb, CEB basketball coach was sad to see him go as he was an all-star player for the local high school. In 2000 Chet received his GED, and joked that he didn’t know if he should go to Yale or Harvard.
In 1970 Chet traveled to play in the All-Indian National Invitational Basketball Tournament in Lapwai, Idaho along with teammates, Gap Black Moon, Fred Knife, Shorty Condon, Ron Eagle Chasing, Sylvester Waloke, Sullivan White Wolf, Keeler Condon, Larry Hayes and manager, Russell Benoist. The team came home Champions of the 12 team tourney which consisted of great teams from all over the US and Canada. Among other awards won by the team members, Chet was awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy. They were a small but determined ball team, and their teamwork earned them many more wins. The logo on their jerseys had Cherry Creek YMCA which they purchased from the organization at half price. They represented the Cheyenne River reservation well and a banquet was held in their honor upon their return. In December 2005 Chet was among individuals inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Indian Hall of Fame at the Lakota Nation Invitational held in Rapid City, SD. This was a great honor.
Chet married Faye Flying By in 1965 and they made their home in Cherry Creek. To this union came four daughters; Lynette, Laudine, Lisa and Holly. Chet had an interest in operating heavy equipment and began working alongside his cousin, Big Russell Benoist. He started out driving a water wagon and advanced his skills to operating other heavy machinery. He worked for the Johnson Brothers building a part of Interstate-90, also worked for AG&E Construction, CRST Title X Program building dams, also for Miller Construction, CR Trucking & Construction, CRST Property & Supply and his last employment was with the CRST Sanitary Landfill at which time he retired due to health reasons and became a full-time stay at home Husband and Grandpa.
Throughout his lifetime he made many friends and acquaintances, he loved Rodeo and especially loved to rope. Favorite pastimes were watching softball, playing bingo, playing pool and he always loved a good white dance and loved to two-step. Spending time with his grandkids & the great-grandkids was always special to him because he loved them all very much. He was a 5th generation descendent of the great Chief Hump. Chet began having health problems, having heart surgery, and he became a dialysis patient in 2006. He faithfully made his trips to the CR Dialysis Unit and was among the dialysis patients who were evacuated during the 2010 ice storm and power outage the reservation experienced, the patients were lodged in Rapid City and Pine Ridge and returned home when power was restored.
In recent years, horseshoe throwing became his passion during his idle time at home. He traveled to tournaments on and off the reservation and sure enjoyed the company of his fellow horseshoe pitchers. Chet became ill and spent his last days at Med Center One in Bismarck, ND with his loving family at his side. He was a man of God and expressed his faith up until the last, making his journey home on May 16, 2012.
Chet is survived by his wife Faye of Eagle Butte; his daughters, Lynette Condon of Eagle Butte, Laudine Condon of Orem, Utah, Lisa Condon of Bismarck, ND, Holly “Pooh” Condon of Eagle Butte, and Monique & her husband Garr Tavai-Fiatoa of Bear Creek, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with one on the way. Chet didn’t have any sons of his own but his special nephew, Nathan “Big Nate” Benoist, was always the nearest to being his son and a brother to the girls. Also surviving Chester are his sisters, Pearl Hollow Horn of rural Red Scaffold, Rita Condon of San Jose, CA, Madeline LaClaire, Bernadine Condon, and Jeanette Condon; brothers, Cyrus Condon, Reggie Condon, Geno Condon and Darrell & Merrill Condon. Chet is also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas & Mary (Ward) Condon, his step-mother, Laura Condon, sisters, Rose Dupris, Bernice Lightfield and Angeline Swan, his brothers, Pat, Willis and Andrew, and one infant grandson, Dayton Scott Marrowbone.
This humble man, a father, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle and friend, will be missed by many but will always be remembered by his gentle nature and the kind smile he had for all who knew and loved him.
Casketbearers will be Milton Jeffries ~ Nathan Benoist ~ Jared Moran ~ Ryan Marrowbone ~ Shawn Condon ~ Cameron Condon ~ Devon Dupris ~ Jim Lightfield, Jr. ~ Dugan Smith ~ Reagan Smith ~ Jason Moron ~ Maris Reindl
Honorary Bearers are Pete Longbrake and Sons, Chuck and Shirley Dog Eagle Family, Delmar Sr. and Beverly Clown Family, Cecelia Circle Eagle Family, Danny and Valerie Curley Family, Russell and Cordelia Benoist Family, Faye Longbrake, Linda Marrowbone Family, Pauline Eagle Chasing Family, Clifford and Arlene Demery, Bill Knight, Gabe Blackmoon, Sr., Wyman Archambault, Robert and Francine Iron Wing, Sam Garter, Curtis Marshall, Terry and Bernie Halfred, Laverna Long, Loveleah In the Woods, Donovan and Diane Pretty Weasel, Leroy Seth, Elle Meeter, Eagle Hunter, Robert Mandan, Melvin Bagola, Walter Hanson, Sr., Albert Cook, Danny Burgee, Larry and Delia Hale, Harrey and Stella Eagle Horse, Frank and Brenda Veit, Billy Helper, Leonard "Magic" Bordeaux, Jerry Clown, Joy Red Bear and Tina Red Bird, Riley Red Horse, Edward Widon Family, Gordon Blue Arm, Amiee Talks, Annie Iron Bird and Family, Ellen In The Woods Family, Harry and Fern Hawk Eagle, Gerald High Elk, Harold and Geraldine Condon, Bud Hawk, Butch Felix, Blue Coat Family, Mary Ann Condon Family, Henrietta Bobtail Bear Family, Flying By Family, Roland and Barbara Roach Family, Dewey Bad Warrior, Pat High Bear, Paula Mae High Bear, Richard High Bear, Sr., Braylee Yellow Owl, Roger Russell, Paul Sand, Everett and Charlotte Chasing Hawk, Burtis White Wolf, Diane Miner, Sullivan White Wolf, JoLavae Gunville, Conroy Clown, Jamie White Eyes, Amber Traversie, Shawn Traversie, Carla Benson, Buddy and Dolly Knife, Darlene LaBlanc, Alex Thomspon, Clarice Miner Family, James Bear Stops, Kelly, Levi, and Jim St. John, Robert "Bob" Condon, West End Softball Team, CRST Dialysis Staff and Patients, Med Center One ICU Staff, Norma Holy Bear, Delphina Narrow Bone, Germaine Means, Kelvin & Audrey Traversie, Hap & Hilda Marshall, Doug Dupree, Kermit Dupris, John Garraeu,
Clergy will be Rev. Norman Blue Coat, Helene Circle Eagle, Mike Kills Pretty Enemy, LeRoy Bobtail Bear
Eulogy: Marc Benoist Special Readings: Cameron Condon Traditional Ceremony: Allen Flying By Special Music: Condon Family, Harvey Hawk Eagle, Mike and Adella Kills Pretty Enemy Drum Group: Thunder Boy