Darnell Hayes

  • BORN: November 29, 1948
  • DIED: March 12, 2013
  • LOCATION: McLaughlin, South Dakota

Funeral services for Darnell Hayes, 64, of McLaughlin, will be Friday, Mar. 22 at 10:00AM, CDT, at the McLaughlin Blue Gym. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Little Eagle. Viewing will start at 4:00PM Thursday at Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge, leaving in procession at 5:00PM to the McLaughlin Blue Gym for wake services beginning at 7:00PM. Darnell entered the spirit world March, 12, 2013 in Mobridge. www.stoutfamilyfh.com

Darnell Archie Hayes was born Nov. 24, 1948, at the Indian Tent Camp along Rapid Creek in Rapid City, SD. He made his journey to the Spirit World on March 12, 2013, at the Mobridge Regional Hospital in Mobridge, SD.

Darnell grew up in Rapid City, and as a child attended the Holy Rosary Mission School in Pine Ridge, SD and St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, SD.

He moved back to the Standing Rock Reservation in the late 1970's and remained there for the rest of his life. He was a co-founder of the One Spirit Homeless Shelter and the Nape' Waste' Food Pantry.

Darnell's passions in life were listening to music, blues, country and rock and roll. He loved to sit by the river and fish. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to tease and joke and tried to bring happiness to those he met. Darnell had a special place in his heart for those who were homeless as he lived for a while in Seattle, Washington and in Rapid City on the streets. He always tried to help those who were down on their luck. Darnell will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his three sons: Logan & Louis Hayes of McLaughlin, and Quanah Bobtail Bear, Cannon Ball, ND; Darnell, Daralynn and Darrell Herrald all of Custer, S.D., daughter, Denise Garcia, Bismarck, ND; brothers, Ron Hayes of McLaughlin, Kenneth Horsely of Rapid City, SD, Michael Horsely of Gallup, NM and Walter Hanson of Eagle Butte, SD; sisters, Janet Hale of Aberdeen, SD and Avis Little Eagle and Naomi Folson of McLaughlin, SD.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn (Brown) Hayes; son, Lucas McCain Hayes; granddaughter, Billie Jean Left Hand; brothers, Leslie Wayne Hanson and Waldron Phillip Hayes; sister, Norma Jean Folson and his parents, Marie Eleanor Hayes and Thomas Bissonette.

Casketbearers: Stanley Brinkman; Catlyn Little Eagle; Gaylan Little Eagle Jr.; Ron Hayes Jr.; Logan Hayes; Louis Hayes; Quanah Bobtail Bear; Blaze Thundershield; Keith Gunhammer; Kevin Gunhammer.

Funeral Service
  • March 22, 2013
    10:00 AM
  • Founding Mothers Blue Gym
  • McLaughlin, SD 57642
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“ Our deepest condolences to the family and especially the children of Darnell. Our Father was a friend to Darnell. May they journey together! ”

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