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Alvin L. 'Shafter' Talksdifferent, Jr.

Alvin L. "Shafter" Talksdifferent, Jr.

Aug 3, 2011 - Aug 3, 2011
Funeral services for Alvin L. "Shafter" Talksdifferent, Jr., of St. Stephen's are at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church with the Rev. Father John Gaffney officiating. Interment follows at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen's. A feast follows at Eagle Hall at St. Stephen's.

There is a rosary and wake at the home of Frances Dewey, 393 Left Hand Spur at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3. A second rosary is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at St. Stephen's, followed by a second wake at the home of Bob Miller, 427 Left Hand Spur on Thursday. Mr. Talksdifferent died south of Riverton on Friday, July 29, 2011. He was 28.

Alvin Lee Talksdifferent, Jr., was born in Riverton on June 28, 1983, the son of Alvin Talksdifferent, Sr., and Mary Etta (Dewey) Addison. He attended St. Stephen's School and earned his ged. through Central Wyoming College.

He married Bobbi Miller on July 4, 2008, at the home of Joe and Irene Crazy Thunder. The couple had been together for 9 years before marriage.

Mr. Talksdifferent was a member of the Arapaho Tribe and was a life-long resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

He was a ranch hand and worked sundance security on horseback.

He was of the Catholic faith and engaged in the Native American culture.

Mr. Talksdifferent was a member of the Good Road of Life, participated in the Indian National Finals Rodeo, and belonged to the Wind River Junior Rodeo Association.

His family said Mr. Talksdifferent engaged in bull riding, rode horses, enjoyed being around his wife and children, enjoyed fishing, walking, hunting, playing video games with his oldest son, bred and raised pit bulls, and was a member of the Lakota Sundance Circle.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbi Talksdifferent; sons, Montana Talksdifferent and Alvin Talksdifferent III; a daughter, Precious Talksdifferent; his parents, Alvin and Alrita Talksdifferent, Mary Etta Dewey Addison; adoptive parents, Joe and Irene CrazyThunder; grandparents, Frances Dewey, Madeline Spoonhunter, Helen Talksdifferent, and Margaret Ann Washington; brothers, Lee Addison, Jr., Victor Wade Addison, Jordan Barraza, and Joey CrazyThunder; sisters, Teri Miller, April Miller, Nora Miller, Shiela Miller, an Joeli CrazyThunder; extended members of the families Dewey, Talksdifferent, and family of Bob and Theresa Miller; numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Javen Talksdifferent; grandfather, John Dewey; grandmother, Rosemary Dewey; great grandparents, Flora and Andrew Raphael and Flora Dewey.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton