Mass of Christian Burial for Leon Smith, age 58, of Bullhead will be 11 AM, CT Monday August 13, 2012 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in McLaughlin. Burial at St. Aloysius Catholic Cemetery in Bullhead under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge, SD. Visitation will began Sunday at 5:30 PM, CT at the church with a prayer service at 7. Leon passed away Monday, August 6, 2012 at the Selby Good Samaritan Center. Leon F. Smith was born December 31, 1953 in Bullhead, SD to Dennis Take The Hat and Melda Kills Pretty Enemy. He attended grade school at the Bullhead Day School and high school in McIntosh. When he was a freshmen in high school, he was chosen as one of the representatives to represent McIntosh High School at the All-State Chorus at Stevens High School in Rapid City. Leon was also chosen again to represent McIntosh at a Band Festival in Sioux Falls, SD.
Later on in life Leon attended the Central Indian Bible College in Mobridge, SD and received his Associates Degree in Practical Theology. It was there that he got to revive his music abilities and use them for the ministries. Leon even traveled with a small ministry team that went all the way to Seattle and Washington, visiting small churches along the way preaching the Word of God to many other tribal residents in other reservations.
Leon worked at various places throughout his life, such as KLND. Leon was the first voice heard on KLND when it opened up on June 25, 1997. He was one of the three tribal enrollees who went to the Meyer Radio/TV School in Minot, ND. He worked also as a classroom aide for the Lakota Cultural Studies at the Bullhead Day School. He has also worked for the tribal health programs as a Community Health representative in Bullhead, SD, a clerk-typist for the principal at Bullhead School, and was the director of the Special Education program in Fort Yates, ND. One of his favorite jobs was planting trees for the SD Game, Fish, and Parks. He enjoyed being a nursing assistant at the Beverly Nursing Home in Mobridge, SD. Leon also was the dietary aide at the combined St. William Nursing Home and St. Joseph Hospital in Milbank, SD.
One of Leon's many talents was making star quilts. This was taught to him by his aunt, Madeline Kills Pretty Enemy. He enjoyed attending pow-wows and taking part in them as a member of the Rock Creek Singers. Leon was a member of the Benedictine Order of Monks from 1998-2001 at the Blue Cloud Abbey in Marvin, SD. He also served as the organist for the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Bullhead, SD since 1976. Leon would often times go play at other various churches on Standing Rock if he was needed.
Leon is survived by adopted brothers Waylon and Sheldon Little Eagle of Bullhead, SD, Doug Good Feather of Lakewood, CO, Dr. Fred Ness of Minnesota, Michael Moore of Bullhead, SD, adopted sister Jolene (Marshall) Cadotte of Wakpala, SD, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dennis and Melda, aunt Madeline Kills Pretty Enemy, and adopted brother Ray Morrison.
Casketbearers are Doug Good Feather ~ Terry Medicine Crow ~ Arlen Medicine Crow ~ Jon Edwards ~ Noah Kills Pretty Enemy ~ Valerian Kills Pretty Enemy ~ Mike Kills Pretty Enemy, Jr. ~ Chuckie Steele ~ Tim Steele