Robert S. Youngdeer

Born: Thu., Apr. 13, 1922
Died: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018


5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 23, 2018
Location: Cultural Arts Center

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 24, 2018
Location: Cultural Arts Center

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Robert S. Youngdeer, 96, of Cherokee, NC went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  

Born on April 13, 1922 to the late Jess and Martha Jane Owl Youngdeer.  He was a past Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians., a 20 year Marine Corps. and Army veteran.  Serving in World War II, was combat wounded, sustained a bullet entering his mouth, through his teeth and gums, just below his nose, going through his neck, barely missing the brain stem.  Severley wounded, he was evacuated to the Silver Stream Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand.  After healing in the hospital, miraculously, I would say, he returned to the Pacific and participated in the OKINAWA campaign.  He was discharged from the Marine Corps in July 1948 and enlisted in the Army in November 1948.  He was later a member of the 82nd Airborne, an experienced Paratrooper, with 74 Jumps and was a certified Airborne Jumpmaster, from Jumpmaster School Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  Robert Youngdeer retired from Military Service in October 1960 and served Native Americans many years in BIA Law Enforcement assignments on eight different Indian Reservations.
He is survived by one son Merritt E. Youngdeer, Sr. and wife Lulie of Cherokee; one daughter, Judith A. Nelson and husband John of Lawton, Oklahoma; Grandchildren, Connie S. O’Neill of Groton, South Dakota, Audra L. Vogel of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Lauren Armachain of Cherokee, NC, Angela M. Nelson of Atlanta, Georgia, Carla Alene Williams of Lawton, Oklahoma, and John R. Nelson of Sylva, NC; Great Grandchildren, Taylor Lynn and husband Skyler Spellman of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Payton N. Maine of Groton, South Dakota, Ashley S. Vogel of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Zack Vogel of Aberdeen, South Dakota, Orion D. Holmberg of Cherokee, NC, Kenneth C. Williams of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Robert C. Williams of Lawton, Oklahoma.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Geneva Alene Youngdeer; one grandson, Merritt E. Youngdeer, Jr.; and one brother, Jesse Henry Youngdeer.  

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 5 pm until 11 pm at the Cherokee High School, Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center.  Funeral services will be held on October 24, 2018 at the Cherokee High School, Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center at 11 AM.  Pastor Dan Conseen and Lew Harding officiating.  Private burial will follow at the Youngdeer Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be John R. Nelson, Daniel Conseen, Warren Du Pree, Orion Holmberg, Eddie Welch, and Wilbur Paul.

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Eddie Paul
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
My condolences to Chief Robert Youngdeer's Family. May he Rest in Peace. Chief Youngdeer was a selfless leader who I was proud to know and talk with a lot.

Teresa McCoy
   Posted Mon October 22, 2018
He was the first Chief I ever voted for. I always appreciated his even temper and strong resolve. His love and respect for our country, and our Tribal communities has been unmatched, and more of us need to consider stepping up to that level of leadership. He will be missed and remembered, but I know there was a reunion in Heaven and what a moment that was. Thank you to the Youngdeer family for sharing this man, his legacy speaks for itself. His last jump was one into eternal peace. Please accept my sincere condolences, and gratitude for allowing me to be welcomed into your lives. Rest In Peace Robert Youngdeer. I am humbled by your life.

Mark Downing
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Very sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Youndeer, the father of friend and fine man, Merritt Youndeer. Prayers for the family and may he RIP.

Carol Gipson
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Bro. Merritt,
We are saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. Wow! what a great man he was. But I know he must be rejoicing today to be free from this earthly suit and living in the presence of our blessed Savior. My prayer is that God's amazing grace will be sustaining you and your family today and in the days to come.

tony o.ballou
   Posted Tue October 23, 2018
Wado Sir/Ugawihuhi, rest easy !!

David Lightfoot Hersley
   Posted Wed October 24, 2018
My thoughts and sincere prayers to all the family and thanking him for his service to the military and to the EBCI and for his wisdom.

Terry Greene
   Posted Sat October 27, 2018
Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say " Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more. The Former things have passed away " I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future.

Kathy( Volunteer Minister)
   Posted Mon December 24, 2018

To The Family,
As a volunteer minister I read obituary columns on a regular basis. No words however kindly meant, can sooth your pain away. Many words will be expressed, yet we know God can and will provide to you and your family everything that is needed to care and sustain your hearts at this sad time. Isaiah 41:10,13.

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