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Longest serving UTTC employee passes away
23 August 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - The college employee with the longest active record of service to United Tribes Technical College passed away following an illness. John E. Thunder Hawk Sr., Cannon Ball, ND, was the college's recreation supervisor when he died August 20 in a Bismarck hospital. He was 57.

      John began a 35 year career with United Tribes as a recreation assistant on July 1, 1971. Prior to that, he worked in a similar capacity on the school campus when it operated as a training facility by the Bendix Field Corporation.

John Thunder Hawk
John Thunder Hawk

      John was an ever familiar presence at the James Henry Community Building, where he supervised campus recreation activities from an office tucked away in building's lower level. He organized and officiated numerous recreation and athletic contests and events, including official game functions of the United Tribes Thunderbirds teams. He is remembered for his comfortable sense of humor and the care and concern he showed for students and staff members.

      John (Wanaii Kanii - Crow Ghost) was born in Cannon Ball, attended school there, graduated from Fort Yates High School in 1967, and attended Dickinson State College. He was well known for his athletic accomplishments as a basketball player and fast pitch softball pitcher. He took pride in planning and conducting the annual United Tribes Softball Tournament. The upcoming September 10 - 11 event in Bismarck is named in his honor.

      John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Michele (Marion) Thunder Hawk, Cannon Ball; their six children, Nicole (Dave) Archambault, Cannon Ball, John (Samantha) Thunder Hawk Jr., Bismarck, Maxine, Dustin and Jeremy, all of Cannon Ball, and Jodi Lynn, Lenexa, Kan.; eight beautiful grandchildren, Jamie and Jayce Archambault, and Brook, Grant, Thaine, Antaya, Easten and Kayleigh Thunder Hawk, who will dearly miss him; his mother Annie "Tootsie" Thunder Hawk; his brothers, Wallace "Butch" Thunder Hawk and Michael "Bud" Thunder Hawk, both of Bismarck, and George Thunder Hawk, Cannon Ball; sisters, Better (Herman) Elk, and Darlene (Don) Medicine Horse, both of Fort Yates, Tweeter Thunder Hawk, Cannon Ball, and Bernetta (Randy) Pickner, Pierre, SD.; numerous nieces and nephews; his godchildren that touched his life; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

      United Tribes Technical College held a memorial service on August 25. An August 26 wake service and August 27 funeral were held in Cannon Ball.

      To share memories of John and sign an online guest book, visit www.weigelfuneral.com.


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