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Lyle T. and Sarah A. Black

Lyle T. and Sarah A. Black

Aug 25, 1946 - Nov 26, 2016
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Lyle T. Black Sr. and Sarah A. Black, husband and wife both 70 and lifelong residents of the Wind River Reservation, died on Saturday, November 26, 2016. A rosary will be recited for both at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Great Plains Hall followed by the wake at 192 Left Hand Ditch Road. The funeral services will be at 10:00 on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Great Plains Hall. The burials will follow at the Arapaho Catholic Cemetery at St. Stephen’s.

Lyle Thomas Black, Sr. was born on August 25, 1946 in Fort Washakie, WY to Henry and Katie (Brown) Black. He was given his Indian name of Bee3ei Hucucii, meaning “Little Owl”. He attended schools in Arapahoe and graduated from Riverton High School. After graduation he joined the U.S, Army where he served during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He lived in Casper for approximately four years attending a trade school.

Lyle was a member of the Arapaho Legion Post 84.

Sarah Ann Spoonhunter was born on August 29, 1946 in Arapahoe, WY to Ward and Margaret (Gambler) Spoonhunter. She was given her Indian name of Hisei Bee’ei, meaning “Red Woman”.She attended schools in Arapahoe and graduated from the Chilocco Indian Agriculture Boarding School in Chilocco, OK.

Lyle worked for the Northern Arapaho Tribe, Arapahoe schools, joint tribes, Wyoming Indian High School and St. Stephen’s Indian School.

Sarah worked for the Wyoming Senior Citizens 55+ program, Arapaho Charter School and taught the Arapaho Language.

Lyle enjoyed working in his garden. He loved the Sundance, setting up the camp every year and participating many times.

Sarah enjoyed reading books, going to yard sales and second hand stores and bingo.

Lyle and Sarah were married on October 27, 1972 in Thermopolis, WY. Together they liked going to the casino and traveling to many different places.

Both Lyle and Sarah were baptized into the Catholic Church. They both attended St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.

They are survived by their children, David Black, Sr., Christopher Black, Leonard R. Moss, Jr., Karen Black (Simon Arthur), Karena Black (Alan Richardson), Angela Black (Lynette Clifford), Kristina Black-Wallowingbull (Aaron Wallowingbull), Eileen Black and Josephine Lewis (Mike Lewis).

Lyle’s survivors include his brothers, Lemuel Black, Sr. and Raymond CHair; sisters, Sadie Bell, Emma Moss, Mary Ann Headley; nieces, Vanessa Posey, Brenda Brown, Letitia Black, Sonia Black-Friday, Dawn DullKnife-Teller, Tena Beydler, Deann Wanstall, Carol Norse, June Norse, Lori Spoonhunter, Katherine Underwood, Adene Goggles, Andrea Yellowbear, Rianna Yellowbear, Roberta Norse-Oldman, Rochell Norse, Lori Brown, Eleanor Brown, Mildred Velarde-Grant, Agnes Velarde, Alice Moore, Nellie Velarde, Charlene C’Hair, Muriel C’Hair, Willamette C’Hair, Eileen C’Hair-Simms, Simona C’Hair-Simms, Nikki C’Hair-Simms, Amy Jo C’Hair, Lucy Harris, and Susan Villa; nephews, Ervin Brown, Jr., Leland Black, Kevin Brown, Lemuel Black, Jr., Mervin Black, Sterling Black, Charles Black, David Glasgow, Merlin Black, B.J. Bell, Wayne Norse, Dominic Norse, Matthew Norse, Brent C’Hair, Rudolph Norse, Raphael Norse, Lynn Brown, Donald Velarde, Martin Velarde, Pete Velarde, Charlie C’Hair, Julian C’Hair, Kristien Kinlein, Kurt Kinlein, Ronald Oldman, Joseph Oldman, and Melvin Oldman; the extended families of Lujan, Velarde, Norse, Trosper, Underwood, Blackburn, Tidzump, Shoyo, Friday, Pogue, Washakie, and Willow; relatives in Canada, Montana, and Oklahoma; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Sarah’s survivors include her brothers, Marlin Spoonhunter, Therin Spoonhunter, Harvey Spoonhunter, and Mickey Spoonhunter; sisters, Alice Moss, Alreta Talks Different, Tillie Jenkins, Lucy Willow, Florence Trosper, Mary Alice Addison, and Bernice Miller; grandchildren, Jeremiah Fighting Bear, Shadow Eagle, Cetara Moss, Montell Arthur, Jaron Arthur, Amarah Arthur, Dai Mira Arthur, David Black, Jr., Jordan Black, Skye Wallowingbull, Gage Duran, Tony Duran, Keina Duran, Janessa Black, Talyssa Black, Kane Big Lake, Naoma Big Lake and Dawnte Oldman; and the families of Spoonhunter, Gambler, Willow, Blackbirds of Montana, Mounts and Browns of Montana,.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Katie Black; and relatives, Frank C’Hair, Eileen Alice Black-C’Hair, Laverne Brown, Lorris Black, Louis C’Hair, Albert C’Hair, Lawrence C’Hair, Pat C’Hair, Raymond C’Hair, Tony C’Hair, Earl Black, Herman and Mary Norse, Edwin and Julia Norse, Aloyisous Black, Olivia Black, Irvin Black, Trina DullKnife, Cindy Bell, Joe and Jackie Duran, and Bradley Moss.

Sarah was preceded in death by her parents, Ward and Margaret Spoonhunter; grandparents, Tom and Tillie Spoonhunter and John and Ann Gambler; and relatives, Lyle Black, Jr., Stanley Spoonhunter, Sr., Alfred Spoonhunter, Sr., Adam Spoonhunter, Alvin Spoonhunter Laura Shakespeare, Shannea Lessert, Norma C’Hair, Dean Moss, Jerry Moss, Annette Addison, Alfred “Griz” Shakespeare, Mike Spoonhunter, “Lil” Howard Spoonhunter, “Lil” Richie Lonedog, IV, Jay Spoonhunter, Margaret Ann Washington, Darwin Spoonhunter, Nancy Spoonhunter, and Rose and Medrick Moss.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.