Funeral services for Michael LaFromboise, age 42, of Wakpala, will be at 11 AM CT, Saturday, December 1, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge. An all night wake will start at 7 PM Friday at the Wakpala Community Center. Michael passed away Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck, ND.
Michael Louis LaFramboise aka Rambis or Bigs was born on July 17, 1970 in Sioux City, IA to Verdell Oka and Alberta LaFramboise. He was raised by his grandparents John and Rena LaFramboise of Wakpala, SD. Michael attended the Wakpala Public School where he graduated in 1989. He had very fond memories of his high school years while attending Wakpala High School. He was very active in basketball and track. In 1986 the track team of Michael, Travis, Robert, Joe, and Chad took 2nd at the State B meet. In 1989 at Crazy Horse, Wakpala won the first annual Class B Tournament and also winning the Hyde Count Tournament in Highmore, SD. He attended UTTC in Bismarck, ND in 1990 going into criminal justice.
Michael became a father on January 5, 1993 when his daughter Cassandra was born. Michael married Joanie Holy Bear for a short time, they lived in Aberdeen for a short time working at various jobs. He then moved back to Wakpala in June of 2012 where he spent the remainder of his life. He was always joking with his family, teasing someone or another he had a very humorous personality. Michael was one of the best air musicians around!! He treasured his grandson Carson, in which he spent a lot of time with. He enjoyed watching sports, listening to music and company of his relatives and friends. He will be greatly greatly missed by his daughter Cassie and grandson Carson, family, and friends.
Michael is survived by daughter Cassandra LaFramboise of Wakpala, SD, grandson, Carson Mellette of Wakpala, SD, mother, Alberta LaFramboise of Wakpala, siblings Joseph Shortman of Petersburg, VA, Jorena LaFramboise of Brian, TX, Sandra Flying Horse, Frances LaFramboise, Velma LaFramboise-Cutt, Denise LaFramboise, Mary LaFramboise, Vincent LaFramboise, and Eugene LaFramboise all of Wakpala, SD, and grandmothers Elsie Uses Many and Elvina Oka.
He was preceded in death by his father, Verdell Oka, his brother Travis Oka, sister Vicky Oka, grandparents John and Rena LaFramboise, Bert and Amanda Oka, uncles Scooter Bald Eagle, John LaFramboise, Jr., and auntie Marlene Bald Eagle, niece, Tessa Chasing Hawk and cousins Kim Defender, Tracy Sam, Ronnie Bald Eagle.