Obituary for Michael Allen Kingbird Bemaashi-giniw “Soaring Eagle” Michael Allen Kingbird, 18, of Redby, MN, died Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Red Lake IHS Hospital in Red Lake.
Traditional Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Ponemah Community Center in Ponemah, MN with Spiritual Leader Steve Jackson officiating. A wake will begin at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Ponemah Community Center and will continue until the time of the service. Interment will be at Family Burial Grounds in Ponemah, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
He was born on June 5, 1993, the son of Benjamin Kingbird Sr. and Margery Hawk. He was raised in Redby and attended school in Red Lake. He was the Ponemah Labor Day Brave in 2007 and 2008, and the Red Lake Nation Senior Brave 2009-2010. He graduated from the Red Lake High School in 2011 where he was co-valedictorian. He worked at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, MN in the restaurant. He enjoyed spending time with his significant other Shanise Rosebear Defoe, and together they were looking forward to him being a father. He also enjoyed spending time with family, friends, going to pow-wows, playing basketball, and playing X-Box live. He succeeded in everything he tried, and always had a smile for everyone. He is survived by: Significant other, Shanise Rosebear Defoe, Mother, Margery “Ears” Hawk, Father, Benjamin “BJ” Kingbird Sr., Adopted Father, Jay Barrett, Sisters, Tammy Kingbird, April Kingbird, and Amy (Sheldon) Kingbird Brown, Brothers, Benjamin Kingbird, Bradley Barrett, Benjamin (Michelle) Kingbird, Lawrence Kingbird, And Terrance Kingbird, Special Nephews, Jerritte John Caldwell Jr., Delton Wayne Lasley Adopted Brothers, Cedric “Slim” Barrett, Travis Dow, Dominic “Dom” Nelson, Avery “Ave” Kingbird, And Sheldon Smith-Hawk. Grandfathers, Vernon “Shibby” Hawk, and John “Johnny Boy” Barrett, Grandmother, Carol Barrett. Uncles, Lawrence Kingbird, Calvin Kingbird, Frank Hawk, and Royce Hawk He was preceded in death by his Grandmothers Delores Hawk, Mary R. Kingbird, Mary Jane Kingbird, and Grandfather Clarence Kingbird.
Active Casketbearers will be: Sheldon Smith Hawk, Dion Jones, Dominic Nelson, Travis Dow, Jim Kingbird, Verlin Kingbird Jr., Naygahj Kingbird, Troy Cook, with Alternates Matt Kingbird, and Nano Kingbird. Honorary Casketbearers will be: Scott Lussier, Rob McNeal, Jackie Caldwell, Jerritte Caldwell Sr., Frank Defoe, Ev Arnold, Keith “Koogie” Defoe, Jackie Defoe, Terry Harris, and Travis Owens.