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Floyd H. DeCoteau January 27, 1944 - February 05, 2021


Last updated 2/9/2021 at 8:41am

Funeral Service for Floyd Harvey DeCoteau, 77 of Sisseton, SD will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Lutheran Church, Sisseton, SD, with limited seating up to 125 people. Officiating will be CRE Gerald "Jr H." Heminger Jr., CRE James "JC" Crawford, and CRE Fern Cloud. Pianist William "Billy" Kohl. Pallbearers will be Samuel "Sam " Crawford Jr., Kenneth "Kenny" Johnson Sr., Edward "Jay " Crawford, Joseph "K-K" DeCoteau, Louis "Louie" Johnson, and John "Herman" Lincoln. Honorary Pallbearers will be Garry L. Owen Sr., Harvey Quinn, Milton Owen, Michael Greeley, Jacob Thompson, and Owen D. German. There will be an all night wake service Monday February 8, 2021 starting at 7:00 P.M. at St Kateri Tekakwitha Hall in Sisseton, SD. Interment will be Ascension (Iyakaptapi) Presbyterian Cemetery, Big Coulee, SD, next to his beloved son, Michael Isaac DeCoteau. Masks and social distancing are required. The Cahill Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Floyd Harvey DeCoteau passed away at his home in Sisseton, South Dakota on February 5, 2021 surrounded by family. He was born January 27, 1944 at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Sisseton, SD where he was baptized on January 30 by the Rev. Lloyd Redeagle of Ft. Kipp, MT. His mother had seven brothers and named him after her younger brothers, Floyd Louis Heminger and Francis Harvey Heminger, who were Akicita (WW II Veterans). God is good. He was raised in Sisseton, SD, where he attended grade school and high school. He completed high school in Peever, SD and graduated on May 23, 1963. In 1966 he was enrolled as a member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (3/4 Sisseton-Wahpeton and 1/4 Flandreau Santee). He worked road construction with his dad, Norman H. DeCoteau, during the summers of 1961, 1962, and 1963 - and then full-time in 1965. After working in Minneapolis, MN in early 1966, he moved to Cleveland, OH where he attended the Cleveland Engineering Institute for Structural and Design and graduated in November 1967. He worked in Cleveland, OH and St. Paul, MN from 1966 through 1976, thereby accruing over 13 years working in the private sector. On September 13, 1976, he began his 37-year career with the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. He worked in the Tribal Planning Office from September 13, 1976 through December 30, 1994. Following his service on Tribal Council and as a political appointee to the Tribal Chairman, he was hired in the Tribal Realty Office, where he worked from November 20, 2000 until he retired on June 30, 2013. He enjoyed his co-workers. On December 20, 1980, he and Sara L. Fossum were married by Rev. Floyd Heminger at the Ascension (Iyakaptapi) Presbyterian Church. Their marriage was blessed with two sons. He had the honor to serve the elderly and people as an elected official of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe (a.k.a. Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate). In 1990, the Tribal Council appointed him to the first SWST Gaming Commission for a three-year term, along with two other tribal members; they served without compensation. He also enjoyed volunteering on various projects without compensation in later years. He was elected Tribal Treasurer of a 15-member Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Council for a 1995-1996 term, followed by a second term during 1997-1998 as Tribal Vice-Chairman on the reorganized 7-member Tribal Council. He served in interim capacity twice as Tribal Vice-Chairman for 45 days in 2008 and as Big Coulee Tribal Council Member for 77 days in 2018. He also had the honor to serve all the people of Roberts County. He was elected as a Roberts County Commissioner, representing the First District of Sisseton, SD, his community of residence. He served as one of five members on the Commission from 2011-2014. He was the first Sisseton Wahpeton tribal member elected to represent the First District, Sisseton, SD. He enjoyed reading history, church history, music, high school basketball, MLB baseball, NFL football, and fishing with his son, nephews, and grandnephews. He enjoyed the annual mission meeting (Ptaya Owohgdake) each August, especially during the 1970's. He also enjoyed attending the many silent retreats at the Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House each April: "Discover God only in silence." He was ordained an Elder by his uncle, Reverend Floyd L. Heminger, on March 23, 2003, after which he served as Elder (Hunkaypi) of the Ascension (Iyakaptapi) Presbyterian Church. On May 6, 2017, Dakota Presbytery approved him to serve a lifetime term on the Historian and Archives Committee. He also served on other committees. He was elected Moderator of Dakota Presbytery (21 churches) from 2017 to 2018 and Vice-Moderator from 2019 to 2020. From 2013 through 2018, he completed a history of Ascension (Iyakaptapi) Presbyterian Church for its 150th Anniversary. God is good.

He was preceded in death by: Father: Norman H. DeCoteau, Caske (Jan. 27, 1902 – Feb. 9, 1966). Paternal grandparents: Joseph A. DeCoteau and Helen Duggan. Paternal great grandparents: Joseph A. DeCoteau's parents were Moses DeCoteau and Isabelle Martin Renville. (Isabelle was a niece to the Rev. John B. Renville and adopted as his child). Helen Duggan's parents were Michael Duggan and Louisa Greycloud (Wakanhditopwin). Mother: Rena F. Heminger, Cantewastewin (1909 – 1996). Maternal grandparents: Rev. Albert Heminger and Ruth Abigail Wakeman (Towastewin). Maternal great grandparents: Reverend Albert Heminger's parents were Anthony Heminger and Lucy Heminger (Tawipaindaye). Ruth Wakeman Heminger's parents were Thomas Wakeman (Wowinape) and Judith Minnetonka (Tatiyhuakawazawin). Maternal great, great grandparents: Thomas Wakeman (Wowinape) was the son of Ta Oyate Duta (Little Crow) and Wazaiege (Iron Cluster Woman) or Mary Wakeman. Brothers and Sister: Norman J. DeCoteau, Hepi (1935 – 1961), Dennis D. DeCoteau (1945 – 1984), Chris R. Johnson Jr., Caske (1930 – 1992), Clyde T. Johnson, Hepan (1931 – 2006), and Alberta (DeCoteau) Crawford, Ina yapi he cinca owas wic'ahinda wi'yan (1941 – 2020). Son: Michael Isaac DeCoteau, Caske (Feb. 24, 1986 – May 13, 1986).

He is survived by: Wife: Sara L. DeCoteau (Wowacinyanpi Winyan), Sisseton, SD. Son: Jesse P. DeCoteau (Wicanhpi Ska), Centennial, CO. Brother and Sister: Albert DeCoteau (Akicita Ota) and Norma DeCoteau (Tawipaindaye), Agency Village, SD. God daughters: Lynelle Robertson, Sara Lincoln, and Karley Heminger Numerous nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, and friends.


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