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Duane (Doc) Francis Wanna August 26, 1946 - March 23, 2022


Last updated 4/13/2022 at 11:15pm

Funeral Service for Hùpa hu Maza "Iron Wing" Duane "Doc" Francis Wanna,75, of Sisseton, SD will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the St. Kateri 's Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Sisseton, SD with Rev. Fr. Gregg Frankman , Pastor Vern Donnell and Rev. Clifford Canku officiating. Drum group will be All Singers. Pallbearers will be Dominic LaFromboise, Alex Wanna, Bennett Oneroad, Luis Wanna, William Wilkie, Phalen Azure, and Ian Seaboy. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dakota Kit Fox Society. Interment will be held at the St. Matthew's Cemetery, Veblen, SD. There will be Wake Services held on Sunday, March 27, 2022 starting at 7:00 till 9:00 P.M. and Monday, March 28, 2022 an All night wake starting at 7:00 P.M. Masks are recommended. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Duane "Doc" Francis Wanna was born on August 26, 1946 in Ft. Totten, ND to Oliver and Angeline (Supangi) Wanna Sr. The family moved to Minneapolis, MN and he graduated from Marshall High, attended two Vo-Tech Schools, and then went to the University of Minnesota where he learned steel construction and had worked in some of the building in the cities. Doc served in the United States Army from Sept 1968 to April 1970. He received the following serves badges, M-14 Sharpshooters badge, M-16 Expert badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Palm, Vietnam Service Medal, two overseas Bars, National Defense Medal; and Vietnam Civil action Unit Citation/Palm. Following the service he returned home. In Doc's early 20's he was involved in the early organizing of the Sisseton Wahpeton Vietnam Veterans Association. Later know as the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Kit Fox Society. Doc was involved in numerous ceremonies, funerals, and Wacipi's all over Indian Country. Doc was also involved in the Oyate's very first repatriation and participated in every ceremony after until his passing bringing home our ancestors from museums and universities all over the country to be reburied at the tribe's repatriation grounds. Doc worked for the Sisseton Wahpeton Housing Authority as the housing inspector until his retirement. After the passing of his daughter Frances, Doc took on the responsibility of raising his grandson Xavier and loved him dearly. Doc was an avid sports fan and loved all sports; Doc sponsored the Sisseton Wahpeton Kit Fox softball team and was their biggest fan. Doc was a cherished veteran all over America and was loved by all that he came to know.

Doc passed away on March 23, 2022 at the Tekakwitha Living Center, Sisseton, SD, with his Goddaughter Vanessa by his side and assisted by hospice nurse and staff.

Doc is survived by his daughters, Kelsey O. Wanna, Rahima St. John and Fiona Azure all of Sisseton, SD; his brother Oliver (Mugsy) Wanna Jr.; his sister Anita K. Wanna; grandchildren Xavier Duane Wanna and Kaleice LaBlanc all of Sisseton, SD; many nieces, nephews and his grandchildren.

Doc is preceded in death by his wife Anita Hart-Wanna; his daughter Frances K. Wanna, his parents Oliver Wanna Sr. and Angelina (Supangi) Wanna; his grandson, Wakan Hdi Ska Wanna; siblings Kathy Wanna, Carmen Wanna, Gerald Wanna, Debra Peterson, Eugene Wanna, and Sheila Wanna.


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