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Martin Travis Goodteacher January 17, 1971 - June 01, 2021


Last updated 6/17/2021 at 2pm

Funeral Service for Martin Goodteacher, 50, of New Effington, SD will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribe Community Center, Agency Village, SD with officiating. Pallbearers will be Kris Kohl, Mason Kohl, Winfred Jackson III, Bruce Godfrey, Clayton Ellingson, Jr., and Alvah Quinn, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sylvester Goodteacher, Jr., David Kohl, Daniel Kopas, Joe & Fran Opitz, Keith Bauer, Marvin Christopherson, and Randy Boardman. Pianist will be Billy Kohl. Special music will be provided by Patrick Deutsch, Jr. and singers. The Drum Group will be Old Agency Singers. Wake services will be on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Community Center, Agency Village, SD,

The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Martin was born January 17, 1971 in Omaha, Nebraska to Celesta Goodteacher and Martin Nerison. Upon his mother's death in 1981 he was raised by his Grandmother Lucy Hill. He attended grade school and high school in Sisseton, SD. And in 1991-1992 he furthered his education at Job corps in Box Elder, SD where he received his diploma and certificate for Drywall and professional painting. He also earned his Mechanical certificate at the Universal Technical in Phoenix, AZ. In 1999 he married Alberta Blackbird and to this union two children were born. Over the years Martin had various jobs and one of them was in 2000 where he worked on grain bins with two of his cousins in Kansas. And he also worked for 13 years for the Ellis-Lieffort Painting Inc. in Watertown, SD. He was currently self-employed as a Contractor. Martin loved working on cars and fixing them up; enjoyed building model cars, painting, and doing his dry wall jobs. He also liked to hang out in his Man Cave listening to his era music, and a couple of his favorites were Boys Are Back In Town by Busboys and Blue Highway by George Thorogood. He enjoyed dancing and visiting with friends. He was a Green Bay Packers fan. Martin was a humble kind hearted man. He was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. Martin Travis Goodteacher, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by family and friends.

Martin is survived by his children, Don Goodteacher and Dominique Goodteacher of Walt Hill, Nebraska; 6 grandchildren; his best friend and companion, Dawn Godfrey of New Effington, SD, A special grandchild, Ricky Sean James Hill, of New Effington, SD, Aunt, Philomene Johnson of Fargo, ND, Aunt, Tamara Goodteacher of Sisseton, SD, sister, Karen Williams, Sisseton, brother, Michael Ortley, Browns Valley, Mn, Sisters, Goldie Jackson, Lois Kohl, and Mary Lou Hill of Sisseton, SD, Sister Patsy Ellingson (Clayton Sr.) of Watertown, SD, brother, Gilbert Kohl, of Summit, SD, brother, Robert Kohl, of Peever, SD, brother, Fred Kohl (Linda) of Henning, Mn, brother, Joseph Kohl, Sr., of New Effington , SD, and brother Fabian Kohl, Sr., of Sisseton, SD, and numerous nieces nephews and cousins.

Martin was preceded in death by Celesta Goodteacher, mother; Lucy Hill, grandmother; Bessie Sing, Great-grandmother; Homer and Rosalie Standfast Goodteacher, grandparents; Sylvester Goodteacher, Uncle; Jermaine Sitting Crow, Aunt; Theresa Frenier, Aunt; Alvah Quinn, Sr., brother; Lucille Hacker, sister; and six cousins.


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