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    I recieved the following sad news in an e-mail.(Thank you Jim) Please say a few prayers for a good journey to a good place. Obituary: Thurman W. Bear Jr. 2970
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      I recieved the following sad news in an e-mail.(Thank you Jim) Please
      say a few prayers for a good journey to a good place. Obituary: Thurman
      W. Bear Jr. 2970 Hwy D
      Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
      Born: October 22,1943 Rhinelander, Wisconsin
      Died: February 8,2003 Escanaba, Michigan
      Thurman Bear passed on to a better place on Saturday, February 8,2003.
      He entered the spirit world surrounded by family and friends while
      dancing at the 25th Annual Bay De Noc Powwow. Thurman was born to the
      former Marie Louise Carufel and Thurman W. Bear. Sr. Thurman was a
      member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and
      Eastern Shawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
      Thurman is survived by Rose Benitez -Bear, daughter Rosebud Bear 21
      ,sons Thurman Blue Jacket 19, and Joaquin 13 of Dearborn Michigan. He is
      further survived by brother, Darryl (Linda) Spruce of Chelsea, Michigan,
      and Alicia Spruce of West Allis, Wisconsin. Thurman was preceded in
      death by both of his parents. He recently moved to Lac Du Flambeau to
      care for his elderly mother who was incapacitated due to illness and
      age. At the time of his death, Thurman was Security Supervisor for the
      Lake of the Torches Resort & Casino. Thurman attended and graduated from
      Alchesay High School in Whiteriver, Arizona. Upon graduation, Thurman
      enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 28,1961. He
      proudly served for four years attaining the rank of Corporal (E-4) with
      2 awards for Good Conduct Medal. Thurman was assigned to the Marine
      detachment aboard the USS Princeton as an Aircraft Recipricating
      Engineer Mechanic. He completed his enlistment on April 27,1966.
      After military service, he returned to Taylor, Michigan where he began
      an advocacy role for American Indians while working for the city of
      Detroit Michgan. Over the past 10 years, Thurman was very active in
      promoting his American Indian culture and traditions. He was an avid
      participant in many powwwow through the entire United States. His role
      as Master of Ceremonies of many powwows plus his never-ending humor
      added to the qualities that made him known throughout the Great Lakes
      area.
      Services for Thurman will begin on Tuesday February 11,2003 with viewing
      at 4:00pm at the William Wildcat Community Center in Lac Du Flambeau,
      Wisconsin. On Wednesday, February 12, 2003, a community feast followed
      by traditional services will begin at 11:00am.
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