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Robert "Bobby I" Iyarpeya December 11, 1959 - October 21, 2021


Last updated 10/26/2021 at 5:59pm

Funeral Service for Robert Charles "Bobby I" Iyarpeya, of Waubay, SD will be held on Monday October 25, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Enemy Swim Community Center, Enemy Swim, SD with Valorie Augustson and the St. James Episcopal Lay Readers officiating. Drum Group will be Lost Creek. Pallbearers will be Dion Iyarpeya, Damien Hopkins-Iyarpeya, Jazrek Pilcher, Michael Iyarpeya, Garret Iyarpeya, Jesse Hansen, Eric Peters, Charlie Vermillion, Gabriel Barse, Corwin Blue Dog, Cameron Fayant and Thomas Iyarpeya. Honorary Pallbearers will be Waubay Legion Softball Team, BJ Rockwood, Leonard Owens, Bill Owens, David Bernard, Tom Locke, Geno Locke, Levi Dumarce, Nate Shepherd, Parker (PJ), Elli-oot & Victor Vermillon, Raymond Shepherd III and Timothy IronStarr. Interment will be in the St. James Episcopal Cemetery, Waubay, SD with Military Rites by Kit Fox.

Robert was born on December 11, 1959 in Sisseton, SD to Jesse and Violet (Keeble) Iyarpeya. He attended school in Sisseton where he set many records in track and Waubay and completed his GED. He then joined the Army National Guard. Throughout his life he worked many jobs including Dakota Fencing from 1980-1986. Robert was a member of St. James' Episcopal Church and brotherhood of St. Andrew. Robert enjoyed softball, playing cards, horseshoes, riding horses, cribbage, playing pool, laughing, and joking with everyone. Robert was a huge Vikings Fan. He was a good friend and one of the best. He loved visiting with friends, family and always had a smile on his face. Robert journeyed to the spirit world on October 21, 2021 in Enemy Swim, SD.

Robert is survived by his two sons Dean (Leona) Iyarpeya and David Bernard and his two daughters Amanda (Maurice Redday Jr.) Iyarpeya and Joy Iyarpeya; grandbabies Kenly, Alexandria, Jaelyn, Jazrek, Aliyah, Megan, Dion, Damien, Hailey, Joshua, Brenna, Brandon (Doobie); great-grandchildren Grayson, Aquene, Sakari, ZaVaya and Zavien; siblings Noreen, Henry, and Ruth Iyarpeya and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Jesse and Violet Iyarpeya; his brother Randolph Iyarpeya; Sisters Marjorie Campbell and Ella Iyarpeya; special niece Ida Spotted Wolf; his special nephew Elliot Iyarpeya and his two companions Audrey Bernard and Cheryl Fayant.

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