Willard "Boxcar" Voice
Funeral services for Willard "Boxcar" Voice, 53, of Fort Thompson were held Friday, June 26, 2020 at the Conkicaske Presbyterian Church at Fort Thompson, SD with burial in the Bad Nation Family Cemetery at Fort Thompson.
Willard Andrew "Boxcar" Voice was born June 29, 1966 to William "Jiggs" Voice and Arlene Harrison/Voice.
Boxcar began his journey to the Spirit World on June 19, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 53 due to kidney and heart failure.
Boxcar was united in marriage to Deirdra Iyotte on Jun 29, 2006. He had five children: three sons Marty (Sage) Voice of Big Bend, SD, Talon Voice of Rapid City, SD, Tanner Gray of Rapid City, SD, Michael and Devin Gray (deceased); and two daughters Williamette Voice of Fort Thompson, SD and Cheyenne (Brad) Gray of Big Bend, SD. He raised his granddaughter BrynLee LaRose Seeking Land as his own and that was her "Papa". He had five grandchildren Bentley, BrynLee, Aniya, Kaleah, and SheaBlu.
Boxcar attended school in Fort Thompson Elementary and Crow Creek Tribal School graduating in 1985.
He had various jobs as: Branding for local area ranchers, a cop with Fort Thompson Police Department, Security Guard at the Golden Buffalo Casino, worked as a Security Guard for the Minnesota airport, and he helped build the Conkicaske Presbyterian Church.
Boxcar and his family have always been interested and involved in rodeos, particularly the rough stock events. So when his father Jiggy passed away his family decided to sponsor an annual bull riding event called the Bull-O-Rama in his honor which they did for several years. To produce such an event took a group effort of family, friends, and relatives. Everyone chose their positions or job that they wanted todo, whether it be at the gate taking tickets, in the crows nest taking entries, timing, on the whistle, being a rodeo judge, sorting stock behind the chutes, working the strip chute, loading the bucking chutes, or opening the chute gates. Boxcar was always extremely fast on his feet and very agile for a man of his size, he chose the most dangerous job in the arena. He chose to be the bullfighter. His job was to distract the bull and get between the bull and his rider after the whistle blew or after the rider got bucked off. He had brothers, nephews, friends, and relatives that were also contestants and a lot of times they would refuse to call for the gate unless Boxcar was out there and in position to protect them from the bull. That's how much he was depended on and how well he did his job. Outside of the arena and in his daily life Boxcar took care of and protected his family and friends the very same way.
His hobbies included: Playing softball for the Fort Thompson Heaters, Kulwicasa, and the Skindians. He loved watching demolition derbys, he was a bull rider then became a bullfighter. He loved Wild Horse and Indian Relay Racing. He loved branding for local area ranchers.
He is survived by his three sisters Teresa, Natalie, and Donna (Monte) Voice all of Fort Thompson; five brothers Bruce (Shauna) Moss of Perry, UT, Ted (Val), Oren (Shelly), Rick (Brenda), and Bill (Buffy) Voice all of Fort Thompson; two hunka brothers Wes Fire Cloud who was always by his side and was his Uber Driver to and from the hospitals and Diz (Marilyn) Herman; two special aunts Pauline Zephier and Alsephine Joseph; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents Arlene and Jiggs Voice; three sisters Geraldine McBride, Mavis McGhee, and Williamette (Tiny) Voice; three brothers Thomas Voice, Ira Voice, and Baby Boy Voice; two sons Michael Gray II and Devin Gray; his maternal grandparents Russell and Ida Harrison; and his paternal grandparents William "Bill" and Ada Voice.