Michael Cletus OneBear Jr.
Mike Jr. was born on November 11, 1979, to Michael OneBear Sr. and Bessie “Vicki” IronHawk. The family resided in the Tokio and Woodlake areas before permanently moving to Devils Lake.
Mike Jr. attended school at Four Winds (Tate Topa) and the Devils Lake Public Schools. He attempted to earn his GED, but sadly that goal was never achieved. He did earn his Commercial Driver’s License from Cankdeska Cikana Community College. Mike Jr., his dad, and his whole family were so proud of his accomplishment. In his younger years, you would find Jr. with his uncles, and they would cruise around or work on cars together. One of his favorite hobbies was making and painting model cars and trucks.
Mike met and married Julie Vonalman, and from this union Colton, Jayden, Jade, and Jace were born. Together they called West Fargo, Starkweather, Sheyenne, and other places home. Colton was lovingly adopted by the Jones family of Maddock. Mike Jr. loved his children and his family with all his heart.
Mike Jr. was so proud driving the big rigs for Miigwech Trucking Co. out of Grand Forks. As his health continued to decline, he was no longer able to do what he loved the most. Throughout his many hospitalizations, Mike still managed to keep his sense of humor and joke around with everyone. Mike’s family is sad to see him go so soon, but they find comfort knowing that he is no longer a prisoner of his addiction. Mike Jr. is finally free, no more pain or suffering, and he is reunited with Mike Sr. to watch over the rest of the family.
Mike Jr. is survived by his children Colton Jones, Jayden, Jade, and Jace OneBear; loving mother Bessie “Vicki” IronHawk, Grandmother Elizabeth Lawrence; sisters Tammy, Lindsey (Patrick), and Fawnda (Roland Jr.) OneBear; Aunts Sharlene IronHawk, Darlys IronHawk, Darcie IronHawk, and Pamela Hopkins-Rainbow; Uncles Roudie IronHawk and Jason IronHawk; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving dad Michael Cletus OneBear Sr.; maternal grandfather Benedict IronHawk Sr.; paternal grandmother Mary Agnes Hunt-Hopkins; adoptive paternal grandparents Jacob and Martha OneBear; uncles Marvin IronHawk, Roger IronHawk, Myron IronHawk, Benedict IronHawk Jr. and Duane IronHawk; aunts Bernadine IronHawk; cousins Rocky Littlewind, Darnell IronHawk, Cherelle SwiftHawk, Tenarrie SwiftHawk Suggs, Talayah Brown Burns; and niece Baby Schmid.
Urn Bearers will be Jayden OneBear, Trajan OneBear, Patrick Schmid, Roland Desjarlais Jr., and Michael IronHawk
Honorary Pallbearers are Larry and Darla Thiele, Josie and Clarice Lawrence, Esther IronHawk and family, Arlene Belgarde, Andy Morin Sr., Ella Jane Brown, Robert Littlewind and family, Tanya Littlewind, Michael IronHawk, Cheri and Bennett SwiftHawk, Mike’s friends and anyone who came to sit and visit with him.
Mike Jr. will be laid to rest at the Dacotah Oyate Lutheran Church Cemetery with his dad Mike Sr.
Music will be provided by The Cuthead Sioux Drum Group.
Visitation will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake ND from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a time of Prayer and Remembrance at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dakotah Oyate Lutheran Church, rural Tokio ND with Reverend Larry Thiele officiating. The procession to Dakotah Oyate Church will leave at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday from the Gilbertson Funeral Home. Mike will be laid to rest with his Dad in the Dakotah Oyate Cemetery.