August Little Soldier, 94, of Zap, died Friday, June 19, at Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. MDT, Tuesday, June 23, at Prairieview Church of God, Beulah with Pastor Landon Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at Little Soldier Cemetery, rural Zap.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. MDT, Monday, at Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah.
August was born on Aug. 15, 1914, the son of Clarence and Wilemina (Perkins) Little Soldier. He was educated at Wahpeton, and Santee, Neb., graduating from Santee High School. August returned home to work on the ranch with his mother. August met Tillie Becker and they were married on Oct. 3, 1938 at Plaza, N.D. at the Church of God.
Together they farmed and ranched at Beaver Creek, north of Beulah. In the early 1980s they retired and moved to Zap, where August has since lived. August was a famous rodeo cowboy and attended many rodeos.
He won the championship rodeo match in Dickinson in 1956. He was a chairman for the Three Affiliated Tribes at Fort Berthold. He helped start the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. August worked with Sen. Ted Kennedy and knew the Kennedy’s well. He also worked with many other congressman and senators throughout the United States.
August was known for influencing young people to get a good education and become who you want to be in life. He loved helping others who were in need. August was a man who loved his Lord and believed strongly in prayer. His favorite book was “Psalms.”
August is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Rakes of Mandan; two sons, Newton Little Soldier of Bismarck, Gainus Little Soldier of Parshall; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tille; one son, Wayne; granddaughter, Patty Kay Little Soldier; four sisters, Lillian Klaudt, Katherine Card, Ramona Bear Quiver and Viola Braun; two brothers, Nathan and Loyde Little Soldier. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Seibel Funeral Home, Beulah
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