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Freeman James 'Junior' Blackburn, Jr.

Freeman James "Junior" Blackburn, Jr.

Dec 22, 1987 - Jul 29, 2016
Funeral services for Freeman James “Junior” Blackburn, Jr., 28, will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at St. Stephens Catholic Church with Father Jim Heiser officiating. Interment will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 2nd at the family home, 1523 Elmwood Dr., with a wake to follow.

Mr. Blackburn died on July 29, 2016 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.

He was born December 22, 1987 in Lander, Wyoming, son of Freeman James Blackburn, Sr. and Clara (Bitsie) Blackburn. Junior lived his entire life of the Wind River Indian Reservation. His Indian Name was Singing Swift Hawk.

He worked with his brother for Gray Wolf Drilling and also worked for the Shoshone Rose Casino and most recently the Wind River Casino.

His family said that Junior had a passion for and loved to cook. He was a very artistic man who had a talent for drawing and writing. His hobbies included playing video games with his nephews and nieces and fishing, listening to music, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, going to the movies with his family. Most importantly, Junior loved spending time with his kids and was a loving father. Mr. Blackburn was also involved with Northern Arapaho Traditional Ceremonies.

Survivors include his parents, grandmother, Julie Ann Deshaw and family, sons, Taven Shadow, LaTreyen Cypress, Travis “Thunderheart”, and Everett; daughters, Audrey Eva and Leighana Reign; brothers, Norman James, Sr., Jesse James, Jose Cypriano, Jerome Track and Benjamin “Ben G”; sisters, Clarinda Annie and husband Nelson Sage, Cheryl Ann and husband John “Chuco” Bushyhead, Jr., and Madeline Jane, Corrine Addison and family; nephews, Norman, Jr. “Sonz”, JaJuan “Tank”, Jade Michael “Tiny”, Jaydis James, Walter James; nieces, Shailynne “Sweets”, Cyanna Mae, and Cahlia Ann; mothers of his children, Roxanne and Jewle’; numerous family from Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, and Montana.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Margaret and Joseph Duran, Walter and Grace Bitsie, Virgil Behan, Sr., Kathleen Norse; uncles, Daniel C’Bearing, Jr., Leon Behan, brother, Sonny Duran, aunts, Shirley and Bertha Bitsie and nephew, Jaden James.

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Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home.