Patrick J. Laverdure
Wake services for Patrick J. Laverdure, 79, of Fort Thompson will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Lower Brule Community Center in Lower Brule, SD. There will be wake services at Fiddler's Hall in Belcourt, ND on Friday May 22 with a Mass of Christian rites on Saturday, May 23 at 10:00 am.
Patrick J. Laverdure , 79, of Ft. Thompson, SD passed away on May 14, 2020 at Sanford Mid-Dakota Hospital in Chamberlain, SD. He was born on July 22, 1940 in Belcourt, ND to Patrick Laverdure and Patline (Vondal) Laverdure.
Pat grew up in and attended his early school years in Belcourt, ND before attending High School at Whapeton Indian School and Flandreau Indian School. He did live a few years in Kentucky when his dad was stationed in Ft. Campbell.
Pat was always a hard worker and talked often about his times working on farms, road construction, building construction, traveling about for different jobs throughout ND and SD when he was a teenager. He impressed upon his children and grandchildren the value of hard work.
Pat met his wife, Arletta, in Belcourt, and they were married in 1964. They spent their early married years in Belcourt and had Terry and Michelle. They moved to California where Colleen and Jolleen were born. During their time in California, he worked on the US Naval Base in Alameda. He had many good memories of their time in CA. They eventually moved back and made their home in South Dakota in 1974.
Pat worked with a road construction crew as a Heavy Equipment Operator, who built Highway 1806 from Lower Brule to Pierre. He then went to work with the BIA Facilities Management in Lower Brule in 1975 and then the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe when they took over operation. He had to retire in 2018, after 43 years, due to poor health.
Pat was humble, kind, and generous with family and friends. He helped whoever he could. He also had a great sense of humor, always teasing the grandkids. Family was very important to him. He attended his grandkids events or games and was their biggest fan. Papa, as they called him, was their hero. They all looked for him for hugs, advice, or encouragement.
Pat valued his friends as well. Being a resident of Lyman County for so many years, he had lifelong friends from all over. He enjoyed playing in the local pool leagues, was the manager for the Gourneau Brothers softball team in the early years, and kept busy with working on vehicles, puzzles, and completing crosswords. Grateful for having shared
Grateful for having shared his life are his children, son Terry of Belcourt, ND, daughters Jolleen (Jay) of Lower Brule, SD, and Colleen of Ft. Thompson, SD.; his brothers, Dennis (Leslie) and Gary of Belcourt, ND; special extended family Ken and Brenda Waterbury of Sioux Falls, SD; 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Pat was preceded in death by his wife, Arletta, daughter, Michelle, his parents Pat and Patline, and sisters, Yvonne and Colleen.