Accident claims Clarence Runs After Jr.
Funeral services for Clarence Runs After Jr., 58, of Eagle Butte were held Saturday, March 29, 2014, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Eagle Butte with Mother Margaret Wilson and the Episcopal lay readers officiating.
Burial followed at Eagle Butte Cemetery under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Clarence entered the spirit world on March 24, 2014, in Eagle Butte, as result of a car accident.
Clarence E. Runs After Jr. was born in Pierre to Clarence Runs E. Runs After Sr. and Elnora (Pretty Bear) Runs After. When Clarence was a child, the family moved around because of his dad’s work, living in Old Cheyenne Agency, Pine Ridge and Los Angeles, Calif. Clarence had been affectionately referred to as Jr. throughout his life by friends and family.
Early in his years, Clarence Jr. earned a degree from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M. This achievement led to a long career of employment with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services and Cheyenne-River Sioux Tribe in a variety of professional capacities. He also served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a personnel clerk. Through his career and years of travel, he lived in South Dakota, Washington, D.C, New Mexico and California.
Clarence Jr. enjoyed spending time with his family, many cousins and friends. He also enjoyed taking a cruise and loved to drive as long as there was good music to listen to. He had a kind ear and gentle laugh. He will be sorely missed.
Clarence Jr. is survived by his mother, Elnora Runs After; siblings, Cheryl Lopez, Patricia (Andy) Gross, Sandra (Manuel) Madrid and Randolph Runs After; children, Kara (Jeffrey) Four Bear, Sandra Wayne, Clarence Runs After III, Justine Gutierrez, Carlos Runs After and Terrance (Angel) Gutierrez; along with grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Runs After Sr.; brother, Gordon Runs After, Sr.; sister, Janice Runs After; and son, Levi Runs After.