John Oliver Charette, Jr (Voestasoenahkohe, Eagle Bear), born July 10, 1962 passed December 6, 2020. He was born to John Hubert Charette and Maretha Marie Risingsun Charette. He was a big brother to Michael Orlup Charette and a younger brother to his adopted sister Iris Buffalo. He was a beloved son brother father husband and a Papa. He married Debra Kay Waters in Sheridan, WY on December 30, 1983. They had two wonderful human beings: JoniKay Elizabeth Charette and Tommy Floyd Charette. And through his son, added a beautiful daughter-in-law Brandy Charette. And last but certainly not least the twinkle of his eye and the joy in his heart, his precious granddaughters Tommee Dawn and Ollyana Kay. These two little ladies had their Papa aka Grampy Whiskers wrapped around his heart from day 1. He so enjoyed his family and all their activities. He was the biggest fan of his kids and granddaughters.
Junior worked for many years at the Western Energy Coal mine. Proud of his dragline and dragline crew. Before that, he worked for many companies building roads throughout the State of Montana and the Northern Cheyenne reservation. He traveled with his father-in-law for many of the jobs. They also shared the same birthday, celebrating on July 10 of each year until Floyd passed.
While working at the coal mine he served as a union steward and served on the E board and as the treasurer for the Local 400 in Helena MT.
Junior, in his early years loved to rodeo, riding rough stock and team roping. As he grew older, he bought steers and started his Charette Team Roping Arena and hosted many events. When his kids started sports and activities he gave that up and started golfing. He loved following his son to the tournaments and visiting with everyone. He was the chauffeur of the big red van hauling the boys, girls and coed teams to and from many tournaments. He raised so many softball orphans, especially Princess. And his grilling with a joke and smile will definitely be missed at the La Familia softball tourney.
He loved family and friends and was always willing to help out wherever he could. He made many trips to visit, watch activities and pick up his kids: Rapid City, Glendive, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Baker, South Dakota and so many other places. He has so many adopted kids and grandkids so he attended all the sporting events, cheering on his kids, at wrestling, football, basketball, baseball, softball and track. Da Boys bowling team was his fall/winter activity, winning the BIA bowling tourney one year with Waters Edge.
He leaves behind his wife: Debbie; daughter: JoniKay; daughter-in-law: Brandy (Tommy preceded him death); granddaughters: Tommee Dawn, Ollyana Kay and Sossity Spottedwolf; grandsons: Terry Spottedwolf and Kaden Howe; brother: Michael (Winnie) Charette; adopted son: Vincent Zak (Miranda) GoesAhead; adopted mother: Mae Whitedirt; adopted sisters: Iris Buffalo, Melissa Lonebear, Elrena Whitedirt; mother-in-law: Gloria Waters; sister-in-laws: Jana Waters and Mary Hagy; adopted brothers: Orwin (Henry) Thompson, Rey (Kim) Paz; aunts: Ramona(Chuck) Klein, Shirley (Raymond) DeLorme, Carmen Cymbal, Jackie Cartwright, Maria Charette, Jeannie StrangeOwl, Marie Littlewolf; Uncles: Fred Jiggs Charette (Bernadette); close friends: Ryne (Barbara) Harris, Kevin (Marty) Murphy, Sheldon (Sally) King, Lawrence Pretty Weasel, Al BigHair, his niece: Kristin Charette; nephews: Tracy and Taylor Charette, his Factor kids: Skyler, Derek and Tayler; cousins: Daneeta Fisher and Elizabeth Fisher and their families; his many grandkids, his Team roping partners, Crew 4 at Western Energy, all of boys of The Mill Softball team, LaFamilia Softball Crew and all his friends he made in his travels.
Preceded in death by his son: Tommy Floyd Charette, parents: John and Maretha Charette; grandparents: Oliver and Elizabeth Risingsun, John Charette and Stella Malatere; uncles: Ted Risingsun, Collins Risingsun, Orlup Risingsun, Earl Charette, Duane Charette, Damian Charette; Aunts: Louise Fisher, Laretha Grinsell; father-in-law: Floyd Waters: nephew: Yancey James Charette; brother-in-laws: Floyd S. Waters and Theodore Brockie.
Family names and relatives: Charette, Risingsun, Flying, Waters, Lonebear, Russell, Grinsell, Littlebear, Spottedwolf, Onebear, Prettyweasel, Bighair, Sooktis, Whitedirt, King, Sioux, Janis, Goesahead and Lawrence.