Honoxease (Meadowlark) took his final motorcycle ride Wednesday night on the way from an AA meeting. He was born October 11, 1958 in Terry, MT to Charles Rapos and Rose Kinzel. He grew up in Fallon, MT where he attended up to high school. He then went to St Labre when his family moved back home to Lame Deer, MT. He later attended Chief Dull Knife College, obtaining his associates degree as a certified drug and alcohol counselor. He loved riding his four-wheeler, motorcycle, and horses. He enjoyed going to basketball games and was often thought to be Clayton Small’s assistant coach.
Don enjoyed construction, working for Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority for many years, where his co-workers were like family. He facilitated many youth events and participated and respected his traditional ways. Don struggled with addiction in his earlier years and became sober on July 2, 1988. AA and sobriety were his life. He was a mentor to many and could relate to all because he had been there, never passing judgement. His most recent accomplishment was completing the course “Called to Be Men”, held at the Morning Star Baptist Church. Don was known for his unashamed, unfiltered life, but most of all for his sense of humor. Don, Don Juan, Dynamite Don, Bones, Dad, Uncle, Brother, or Grampa, however you knew him, he will be greatly missed.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Charles Rapos, sister Virginia, grandparents, Jerry Kinzel, and much-loved Grandmother Alice Harris Kinzel, Sadie and Samuel Rapos. He is survived by his two daughters both from Colorado Springs, Dustie Rose One Bear and her children: Jaelyn Rose, Jethro (Bubba), Jasmine Olivia, Hope Matea, Grace Ali, twin sons Julien O’Neil and Darius Ryan, younger daughter Avery One Bear-Rios and her husband Jose.
He is survived by, his sister Diane Rapos from Lame Deer and brother John (Craig) from St. Paul, MN.
his uncle Oscar Kinzel and wife Gloria, Aunt Shirley Elfring and husband Robert. Butch and Lena Sooktis adopted Don and were very special to him.