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Paul A. Ziegler

Funeral services for Paul A. Ziegler, 54, of Fort Thompson, SD were held Monday, June 3, 2019 at Diamond Willow Ministries in Fort Thompson with burial in the Lakeview Cemetery at Fort Thompson. Paul Allen Ziegler began his journey to the spirit world at 6:15 am on Friday, May 31, 2019 after being airlifted to Sanford hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Paul was born April 26, 1965 to Diana Ziegler Big Eagle. He was raised by Diane and Duane Big Eagle, Sr. in Lower Brule, SD and Ft. Thompson, SD. He graduated in 1983 from Crow Creek High School in Stephan, SD. After high school he attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, KS. He had a variety of jobs in his lifetime, mainly construction jobs and as a cook. Paul returned to the Crow Creek reservation in 1993 and worked as cook at the Lode Star casino which is where he met his wife Doremis Spider. Paul and Doremis were married on February 16, 2013 in Ft. Thompson, SD. Paul and Doremis created a wonderful life together as Paul helped Doremis raise her children as his own. Paul was an amazing artist and an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Paul loved to visit with his family often, especially his brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. He always talked of his “favorites” Alexis McBride who he called “Boo Boo Bride”, Tresse Dream Traversie, Azzy Raine Yellow Cloud, Aubrey Iron Cloud, Quentin McBride, Jr., Lolita Locke, Lizzy Marks, Sapphire Big Eagle, Diana Williams, and Nicolette Big Eagle. He talked about getting together with his family and reminiscing about memories of them growing up together. Paul is survived by his wife Doremis Ziegler, Ft. Thompson, SD, stepfather Duane Big Eagle, Sr., sister Marlys Big Eagle, Rapid City, Kristy Big Eagle, Rapid City, Sunny Big Eagle, Pierre, and 4 brothers Eric Big Eagle, Sr., Ft. Thompson, Weston Big Eagle, Yankton, SD, Micah Big Eagle, Rapid City, SD, and Duane "DJ" Big Eagle, Jr., Yankton. Paul also has 6 step-children: Jerilyn Traversie (Que McBride), Ft. Thompson, Troylynn Traversie, Pipestone, MN, Ruthann (Kurt) Harrison, Mission, SD, Inez Traversie (Dusty Harrison), Ft. Thompson, SD, Alvin Traversie, Sioux Falls, SD, and Mikki Jo Keeble, Mitchell, SD, 24 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren

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