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Jess Birdshead, Sr.

Jess Birdshead, Sr.

Nov 9, 1965 - May 10, 2024
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Jess Birdshead, Sr., 58, of Arapahoe, Wyoming passed away at his home on Friday, May 10, 2024.  A vigil with a rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at Davis Funeral Home followed by the all-night wake at the Whiteplume residence, 393 Left Hand Ditch Road, Arapahoe, Wyoming. The funeral will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, May 20, 2024, at the Whiteplume residence, 393 Left Hand Ditch Road, Arapahoe, Wyoming, followed by burial at Arapaho Catholic Cemetery.


Jess Theodore Birdshead was born November 9, 1965 in Concho, Oklahoma to Jesse and Joann (Dewey) Birdshead. He grew up in Oklahoma before moving to Riverton, Wyoming where he graduated high school. After graduation he joined the U.S. Army.


Jess was baptized into the Catholic faith. He attended traditional ceremonies and the Native American Church and participated in the SunDance.


He was a Sho-Rap Firefighter, construction worker for Northern Arapaho Housing, worked as  a maintenance member for the Fort Washakie Dam, and was a bus driver for Arapahoe School.


Jess was a full time Dad and loved being with his family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, and Bronco Sunday.


He is survived by sons, Jess Birdshead, Jr. and wife, Veronica YoungBull, Blaze Birdshead, and Lester Washakie; brothers, Leon Birdshead, David Dewey, Steven Seminole, Berdick Seminole, Darrell Goodman, B.J. Gardener, Russel Underwood, Jerry Dewey, John Bushyhead, Jr, and Thomas Bushyhead; sisters, Anna Whiteplume and husband, Lidell, Irene Crazythunder and husband, Joe, Flora Dewey, Sherri Duran and husband, Mile, Caroline Dewey, Arlene Goodman, Liz Goodman, Avilla Friday and husband, Nolan, Theresa Bushyhead, Christina Bushyhead, Suzete Seminole and Tashina Yuzos; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and the families of Birdshead, Sanky, Whiteshirt and Littlebirds from Oklahoma.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Joann (Dewey) Birdshead; brothers, Dean “The Legend” Dewey, James Goodman, Marcus Gardener, and Mitchelle Stacy; sisters, Sonja Birdshead, Bobbette Birdshead, Serina Gardener, Regina Underwood, Susana Warren, Angelia Dewey, Abby Dewey, Edna Antelope, and Johnetta Seminole; uncles, Lawrence Birdshead and John Charles Dewey; and aunts, Mary Lou Sankey and Francis Dewey.


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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.