Diamond, Zeke (Neegawneegahbow - Leading in Front) Oneida/LCO Ojibwe

Oneida, Wisconsin (NFIC) 8-09

Zeke Diamond, (Neegawneegahbow), 35, of Oneida, died unexpectedly Tuesday  morning, August 25, 2009 as a result of an automobile accident. The son of  Gerald B. and Dr. Fern (Cornelius) Diamond was born in Chicago on September 22, 1973. He married Gina Wade-Munnell after fifteen years,  in Hayward, WI on April 14, 2007. 

Zeke was a graduate of the Culinary Arts from MATC, Milwaukee, and was currently enrolled at NWTC, Green Bay.   He worked for Famous Daves Barbeque  for many years as corporate trainer, and was a Manager for Don Pablos Restaurants. He was Head Chef for Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow.  Zeke was an active member of Native American Church (NAC), and was raising his family to follow the ways of the NAC. 

He was an accomplished dancer his entire life. Zeke loved spending time with his children and family and was a devoted father. He enjoyed coaching his kids Little League team and was a school volunteer for many years. He loved playing golf and hockey. He and his family did beadwork together, which was in high demand in the Community and through the US and Canada. Zeke and his family were avid Pow-Wow Trail participants throughout the year.

His family includes his wife, Gina, three children, Gerald Diamond II, Tessa Diamond, Anita Grace Diamond, parents, Gerald B. Diamond and Dr. Fern Cornelius Diamond, one sister, Deanna Barrett, and many relatives throughout Indian Country. 

According to Native American Church Traditions, friends may call at the family home, 2875 Commissioner Street, Oneida,  after  noon Thursday, August 27, 2009.   Native American Church Services with Vincent "Buddy"  Powless, officiating,  at the home of Dorothy Powless,   N5679 Skylark in  Oneida  on Friday evening until time of  final resting place. 

The family will process to Oneida Tribal Cemetery for interment at 1:00 pm Saturday, with Vince Beyl, conducting the last Rites.   Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the Diamond Family.  Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the Diamond children at BayBank, Green Bay, under the name of the  Five Diamonds.

Mike Peltier Obituary 

Press Gazette Story on Accident 

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