Born: August 22, 1936
Died: April 18, 2012
Wake Services for Cornelius “Chaske” S. Kirk Sr., 75, of Fort Totten, ND. All night wake services starting at 7 P.M. on Saturday, April 21, 2012 and Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Community Center at Agency Village, SD. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Chan and Rev. Enright BigHorn. Pianist will be Kay Bursheim and drum group “Dakota Nation”. Pallbearers will be Richard Huff, Bernard TwoHeart, Dusty Kirk, Kenny Kirk, Floyd Kirk Jr., Clifford “Handles” Robertson, Wayne German Jr., Ronnie Kirk, Mike Wakeman, and Mike Friemel. Honorary pallbearers will be “All Moccasin players and all of Cornelius’s Friends and Relatives”. Interment will be in the St. Jerome’s Catholic Cemetery, Ft. Totten, ND. The Cahill Funeral Chapel of Sisseton, SD is in charge of arrangements.
Cornelius S. Kirk Sr. was born on August 22, 1936 to Percy Kirk Sr. and Ida Roy. He was raised in the Veblen area, by “Cowboy Moses”. He attended school in Sisseton. He entered the relocation at San Francisco, CA. Where he worked on the docks of the oil rigs. He married Wanda Iron Legging to this union was six children; Howard, Reba, Leonard Jay, Ira, Charlene, Charles. He then married Arlene Spider and had three children; Fidel, Vanessa and Cornelius Jr. He spent his time on the Rodeo Circuit as a Bare Back Rider and taught his children the Rodeo way of life, and also participated in Pow Wows as a singer, and was very proud of his sons and sang with them in their drum group “Dakota Nation” and played Moccasin and traveled to many tournaments. He also married Marla Little Wind of Ft. Totten, ND, to this union had a son Cornel “Dootz” Kirk. He also raised his step children. He spent his later years caring for his mother till her death. He was a proud and loved grandpa. He resided in Ft Totten, ND and Sisseton, SD. Cornelius passed away April 18, 2012 in Devils Lake, ND.
Cornelius is survived by nine children; Reba Demarrias of Poplar, MT, Ira Kirk of Stuyvesant Falls, NY, Charlene Kirk of San Antonio, TX, Charles Kirk of Poplar, MT, Fidel Kirk of Sisseton, SD, Vanessa Kirk of Sisseton, SD, Cornelius Kirk Jr. of Siren, WI, Cornel “Dootz” Kirk of Ft. Totten, ND, and Patty LaCroix of Fargo, ND; seven sisters, Betty Jo Kirk of Sisseton, SD, Eleanor Kirk of Sisseton, SD, Barbara Kirk of Sisseton, SD, Connie Brennan of Sisseton, SD, Frances Huff of Sisseton, SD, Sandra Redday of Sisseton, SD, Margaret Bourelle of St. Michaels, MN; Twenty seven Grandchildren and ten Great-grandchildren .
He was preceded in death by his parents and step father Ralph Little Owl, two sons, Howard and Jay, three brothers, Floyd Kirk Sr., Percy Kirk Sr., and Jeff Helgenberger.