Robert Ferron was born on the Rosebud Reservation in 1919, the year his own father died in the flu epidemic.
His maternal grandfather was the well-known Chief Luther Standing Bear, who not only was one of the first
American Indian authors - widely studied in colleges today - but the person responsible for securing citizenship
and voting rights for American Indians in the United States. His mother's name was Emily.
He attended boarding schools on the Reservation, and later recieved specialized training in radiology, eventually
leading to work he loved at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, near Beaverton, Oregon. Although
his opportunities for education were limited, he loved to learn, and was always surrounded by books, magazine
articles and journals.
He helped to rear 5 children - three sons and two daughters, and worked hard to instill in them qualities of seeking
justice, obtaining education, loving the outdoors, and always providing hospitality. These five were offspring of his marriage to Corinne Bordeaux, also of the Rosebud Sioux (Sicangu) Tribe. He had two other daughters whom he loved, and whom he came to know well in their adulthood. He married Cora Bernice Canada, affectionately know to all as "Candy", in 1958 and she helped him with his children as well. They were married for 47 years; truly an example of love , companionship and caring for one another.
Later in life, he came to deeply appreciate and yearn for the Lakota culture, and in 1997, moved
home to South Dakota to be able to more closely live that cultural life. He made many friends in the latter years of his life; he enjoyed them immensely and loved them. Several have traveled long distance to be here today.
His 18 grandchildren and at least two dozen great-grandchildren have been loved and well-praised by Robert. His many friends will miss his welcome, love of "visiting", and thoughtful advice.
Robert has six surviving children, two sons died long ago. Robbi Ferron in Bellingham, Washington, Jacqueline Left Hand Bull in Rapid City, Leonard Ferron and Paul Ferron in Beaverton, Oregon, Sandy Frazier in Eagle Butte and Jeannette Frago in Texas. Most of these have traveled across the country to honor their father with a befitting burial, and to offer his wife loving comfort.
Services and burial will be at 2 pm on Thursday, March 24, in St. Francis at Digman Hall, St Charles Catholic Church and Cemetery.
Born: April 28, 1919
Death: March 20, 2005
This memorial provided by:
Kirk Funeral Home