Nichols, Robert: Wakinya Ohitika/Brave Thunder

Eagle Butte, South Dakota (NFIC) 6-09

Robert “Bobby Nicks” Lyle Nichols/Wakinyah Ohitika (Brave Thunder) began his journey into the spirit world on March 31, 2009 at his residence in Rapid City. Bobby Nicks was born on July 20, 1932 in Eagle Butte, SD and was an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Bobby Nicks grew up in Pine Ridge, SD was raised by Bernard and Florine LeBeau. At age 17, Bobby Nicks joined the Army and later fought in the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1953 where he was awarded two Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained in the war. Upon return from the war, Bobby Nicks married his high school sweetheart Viola “Cheyenne” LaMont in 1953 and they raised five children. They made their home in Rapid City since 1975.

Bobby Nicks is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years Cheyenne Nichols, his sister Bernadine Weaver, brother Butch LeBeau and father Robert Nichols, Sr.

Survivors include siblings:  sister Alvina “Tweed” Moran, SC; and brother Warren Nichols, Tucson, AZ; Arnell Skye, Donna Rae Bettelyoun, Bobbi Jo Clark, Dusty LeBeau, Paul LeBeau, Twila LeBeau, Dugan LeBeau, Tuck LeBeau, Gerald LeBeau and Lona LeBeau.

Surviving children: Bernie  Lafferty, Shakopee, MN; Darlene “Ka-Mook” Nichols-Ecoffey, Rapid City, SD; Lyle “Mister” Nichols, Rapid City, SD; Robert “Boots” Nichols, Rapid City, SD; Temple Good Shield, Rapid City, SD; 23 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild.

Traditional services were held at Pine Lawn Cemetery with Jerome LeBeau officiating.