Alvin Johnson Sr., Lower BruleAlvin J. “Bull” Johnson Sr., 66, Lower Brule, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.
Alvin J. “Bull” Johnson Sr., 66, Lower Brule, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lower Brule Community Center. Burial will be in Iron Nation Cemetery, Iron Nation. Wake service will be at 8 p.m. today at the community center.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hickey-Wevik Funeral Chapel, Chamberlain.
He was born on April 10, 1943, at Crow Creek Hospital, Fort Thompson, to Thomas Millard and Alvina Catherine (Driving Hawk) Johnson.
He attended elementary school in Lower Brule.
He later attended the Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau.
After leaving school in Flandreau, he attended vocational training in Chicago, Ill. He returned to Lower Brule. On Feb. 10, 1975, he married Donita Horn. He began working for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Water Department until his retirement in 1992.
He served on the Powwow Committee and the school board.
He is survived by his wife, his children: Alvin Jr., Thomas and wife Micole, Palo Alto, Calif.; Elaine Johnson, Alvina Johnson, Melinda Lacota and husband Dean; Ramona Johnson, Julie Johnson, Alvita Johnson, Arlen Johnson, Kendall Johnson, Kelly Holiday and husband Rylin Sr.; and Bryce Johnson, all of Lower Brule; Dean and wife Teresa, Greenfield, Ind.; and Joel Johnson, Ayer, Md.; 16 grandchildren and two sisters: Marlene Crowe and Beverly Franco, both of Lower Brule.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, his parents, two brothers: Vernie and Odell Crazy Bull; three sisters: Faye Banks, Audrey Johnson and Ramona Johnson-Wilson; and an uncle.
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