(Wind River Reservation, Wyo.) – Felix Groesbeck Sr. age 88, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Sage West Hospital in Lander. He was born February 7, 1927 in Ft. Washakie the son of the late Bruce Groesbeck Sr. and Mattie Amos. Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 26th at 10:00 AM at Blue Sky Hall with the Episcopal Clergy officiating. An Evening Service will be held Sunday, October 25th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Blue Sky Hall with a Wake to follow at the family residence, #5 Farm Station Street, Ethete. Interment in the WallowingBull Cemetery at Ethete. Services provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.
Felix was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation, growing up in the Mill Creek area and living with his grandfather Rex Amos. He spoke of riding a horse to his grandfathers and enjoyed listening to stories told by the old men that gathered there. He attended school at Ft. Washakie, where he was a part of the Buglers School Band. He attended high school at Flandreau, SD. During his freshman, sophomore and junior years he earned all state honors in football and basketball. During his junior year in high school he was diagnosed with TB resulting in not being able to complete high school. He then worked as a ranch and farm hand, for the tribal police, at Ft. Washakie Plunge, Wyoming Indian High School, Northern Arapahoe CHR Program, and St. Michaels Mission and it’s museum. Additionally, he worked at the Life Center, he was a Camp Crier for the Arapaho ceremonies and celebrations, he was a member of the Native American Church, and served as a parade marshal. Additionally, he was a member of the Eagle Drum and Star Society.
Felix enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, word find books, singing, playing bingo, watching his grandchildren in sports, and was a Chief’s fan. He worked around the home and was a Tribal Leader from 1968 to 1978 and 1988 to 1990. He was also a founding member of the Ethete Celebration. He believed in the younger generation and always invested his time and effort into them. He was a basketball coach for the Skunks, coach for the Ethete Boxing Club and he took them to matches throughout the state and the Golden Gloves tournaments. He was also a member of the Wind River Singers. He and his wife always welcomed his nieces, nephews and grandchildren into their heart and home. He was a foster grandparent and adopted several children. He was married to Ruth Shotgun and they had four children and later he married Irma WallowingBull and had they had 7 children.
Survivors include wife; Irma, children; Sharon (Al) Addison, Ramelda Panzatanga, Kenzie (Charles) Lopez, Brian (Mary) Groesbeck, Elizabeth “Janie” (Jim) Brown, Eleanor (Alvin Sr.) Brown, Helen (Mike) Brown, Cheryl (Owen) Roulaird, Karen Returnstowar, Nolan Groesbeck, sisters; Virginia Sutter, Caroline Prudit, Nancy and Yvonne Amos and numerous grandchildren and families of Groesbeck, Amos, WallowingBull, Chingman, Armajo, Loneman and Hendrickson.
He was preceded in death by first wife; Ruth Shotgun, sons; Felix Groesbeck Jr “Shorty” and Clayton Daniel, sisters; Vivian Chingman, Catherine Loneman, Wilma and Dorothy Bearing, brothers; George Ward, Arlan, Bud and Bruce Groesbeck Jr. Hiram and Gabriel Armajo and Edmund Bearing.