Graveside services for Kenneth Loves War, 66, McLaughlin, S.D., will be held at 3 p.m. CDT Tuesday, March 19, at Messiah UCC Cemetery, Little Eagle.
A procession will leave Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge, S.D., Monday at 5 p.m. to the McLaughlin Blue Gym for wake services beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m. Kenneth entered the spirit world March 12, 2013, in McLaughlin.
Kenneth William Loves War was born July 13, 1946, in Little Eagle, S.D., to Vine Loves War and Isabel (Roach) Standing Crow. He spent his early years in Rapid City, S.D., however he attended boarding school at St. Elizabeth’s in Wakpala, S.D., and Holy Rosary Mission at the Pine Ridge Agency. He finally came to Fort Yates to complete his elementary and high school training. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and trained for nine months before being assigned to the 612th Air Delivery Unit in Fort Bragg, N.C. He served with the 3rd Army Airborne Unit supporting the 82nd Airborne, the 18th Airborne and Special Forces outfits.
After his service, he lived in various places including San Jose, Oakland, and San Francisco, Calif., and Lumbee, N.C. He returned to Standing Rock and completed his college education at Sitting Bull College. He also attended USD in Vermillion.
In his younger days, he was a trained boxer and participated in the Golden Gloves Boxing club. Kenny became involved in sports while attending Fort Yates High School, attributing them to helping him in his life. He was a member of the 1962 football team who were the Heart River Conference Champions with a perfect 5-0 record. In 1963, the football team was “undefeated” with 8 wins and 2 ties. In 1964, his senior year, the football team had another winning season. He loved being a “Warrior,” and was very proud of his accomplishments. The friends and teammates bond have lasted a lifetime, and he enjoyed talking of the trials and victories of the Warrior team.
Kenny tried to help the younger people by encouraging them to keep striving and to not ever give up. In the latter part of his life, he suffered with COPD and needed oxygen, but still maintained a positive attitude and kept going forward. He was active with the Growler-Looking Back-Jamerson Post 239 in Little Eagle, but had the deepest respect for all of the posts. He considered the veterans of Veteran’s Industries in McLaughlin his teammates and loved them all!
He is survived by his sons, Robert Loves War and Isadore Loves War, both of Fort Yates, and Jason Desormeaux, McLaughlin; his daughters, Melissa Loves War-Jesjfeld, Hettinger, Athina Loves War, McLaughlin, and Annette Culbertson-Red Tomahawk, Selfridge; his brothers, Brian Loves War-Tirrell, Pocatello, Idaho, Keith Swalley, McLaughlin, and Delford Marshall (cousin) McLaughlin; his sisters, Linda Loves War, Redfield, S.D., Norma White Lightning, Fort Yates, Karen Briggs, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Lori Ward, Rexburg, Idaho, Terri Jones, Mercer Island, Wash., Bernadette (Fermon) Brown, and Carol Standing Crow, both of Fort Yates, and Aischa Standing Crow, Sunnyvale, Calif.; his grandchildren, Isadore Loves War Jr., Brooklyn Desormeaux, Nateth Silk, Ash Eagle, Anthony Yellow, Ryan White Bull, Phillip LaRock, Yancy Morris Jr., Maurice Morris, Cody Morris, Roberta Morris, Sylvie Red Tomahawk and the children of Josephine and Brian Defender. He had many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and grandchildren too numerous to name.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Patrick Loves War; his parents, Vine Loves War and Isabel (Roach) Standing Crow; his step-father, Bernard Standing Crow; his maternal grandparents, Willis and Helen (White Bull) Mountain and Joseph Carter Roach; his paternal grandparents, William and Kate (Bloody Knife) Loves The War; his uncles, Sylvester White Mountain, Francis Mountain, Tommy Loves War and Norman Loves War; his aunts, Mildred White Mountain, Josephine White Mountain, Audrey Marshall and Maxine Loves War; his cousins, Percy Good Eagle and Wayne White Mountain; and grandson, Caleb Roach. (www.stoutfamilyfh.com)