Sun Rise: September 6, 1948
Sun Set: April 1, 2022
Dexter Lee Aoah Sr.; his Indian Name is Padii en tanwih-Elk Brother; was born September 6, 1948, to Lehi Aoah and Mary (Hill) Aoah in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Surrounded by family, Dexter made his journey to the spirit world on April 1, 2022, at his residence: 44 Shoyo Lane in Fort Washakie, Wyoming.
Survived by: Leda Aoah, Son’s: Emery Aoah (Kaylie), Dexter “Zooner” Aoah Jr., and Tom Miller. Daughters: Amber and Dollie Aoah. Sisters, MaryJane Goggles, Rose (John) Wadda. Grandchildren: Sophia Posey, Renfred Earl, Dillon, and Leandra Aoah; Jaiman Aoah, Jayvion, Keaton and Jamal Judge Jr. Great Grand Children: Wyatt, Willey and Olivia Aoah. Octavian and Jaiman Judge Jr. And Many Other Relatives.
He was preceded in death by: Zina (grandmother) and Namba Aoah (grandfather), Lehi Aoah (father), Mary (Hill) Aoah (mother), Louis Addison (stepfather) Sister’s; Winona Genereaux, Orbana Cady, Delores Fay Thayer, Alice McGill, Sara Aoah, Nelda Aoah. Brother; Eli Milton Hill. Son; Hector Aoah. And Many Other Relatives.
Pallbearers: Emery Aoah, Chester Friday III, Leo Hill, Mathew Thunderhawk, Mike Martin, Kirk Weed, Jake Hill, Chuck Washakie, Will Hill, Chris Posey Jr., Vittrio Capitan, Elliott McGill, Cody Tiechart, Ross Sloss, William Velarde Jr.
Honorary Sundance relatives: Medicine Horse, Spotted Horse, Knife Chief, Shoshone, Winkleman, and Sage Creek.
Military brothers Clowry (Corky) Lawson, Rodger Brown, James Gallen from Legion Post 81 (Richard Pogue) and B CO 4/31 196th Light Infantry Brigade.
Wind River Dialyses family.
Moe Cady and family, Robert TwoCrow, Mauricio Curry, Thelma Sather and family, Nathan Genereaux and family, Glenda Trosper and family, Mary Kane, Lanell Vonfeldt and family, Annie Kronfuss and family, Alta Hill and family, Loydene Hill and family, Pam Friday, Marlo Friday, Jolynn Thunderhawk and family, Sybil Thunderhawk and boys, Maude Fonseca and family, Billy Velarde Jr. and family, Alva GoodCrow and family, John Bell, Lela Bell, Loua Bell, Neamans family and Perdash family from Idaho, Shawn Collins from Nevada, Milton Bianas and family, Trent Timbana, Everette McGill, Ernie McGill Sr, Ernie McGill Jr, Neil McGill, Anthony Velarde and family, Clint Tillman and family, Vernon Tillman and family, Jerry and Tom Tillman, Michael Fitzgerald, Matthew Whiteclay, Taylor Friday, Zedora and Allen Enos and family, James Trosper and family, Lee Juan Tyler, Whitney Wahtomy, Kylie Thompson , Refel Kinipp, Waylon Bonatsie, Lynn McAdams and family, and all other relatives near and far.
A special thanks to Duane Cady and Barbra Cady.
There will be one night wake, service will be at 6 pm., Friday, April 8th, 2022, at Dexter Aoah Sr. residence: 44 Shoyo Lane, Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Funeral Services will be held on Saturady April 9th, beginning at 10 am, and burial and military services at Wind Dancer.
Dexter Aoah Sr. attended the old Wind River High School, Dubois High School and while attending Lander Valley High School he got drafted into the military in March of 1969, and in 2007 Dexter received his honorary Diploma from Lander Valley High School.
While in the US Army he proudly served six years and was awarded:
*Vietnam Service Medal W/4 Bronze Service Stars
*Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross W/Palm Unit Citation Badge
*Valorous Unit Emblem
*Presidential Unit Citation
*Purple Heart in 1970
*Marksmanship Qualification Badge W/ Auto Rifle Bar
*Sharpshooter Qualification Badge W/Rifle Bar
*Army Accommodation Medal in 1970 for Vietnam Campaigned
During his service in Vietnam, he was known as “Chief”, and is still referred to as “Chief” among his Vietnam friends who are still active.
After his time in the war, he came back home to Fort Washakie Wyoming, where he worked on his parents farm/ranch. At one point he wanted to start a quarry business and went to heavy equipment school where he successfully graduated with his diploma. Soon after he went to work for The Roads Department in Fort Washakie, where he worked for many years and eventually retired due to medical issues.
Dexter being the “Chief” he still maintained a busy but enjoyable life. His family was his world. He would travel to every Sundance that he could and set up camp at his hometown Sundance, where he loved to entertain and feed everyone as he was one of the Sundance Leaders. You could always find him at the drum, drumming and singing. Being the rancher man, he enjoyed everything you could do with the land and its creatures. Dexter loved hunting, camping, fishing, gambling and especially branding time, and wherever there was cattle or horses it was sure to be a good time with Dexter.
On January 17, 2013, Dexter was blessed with a very special friend, granddaughter Sophia Mary Posey. She is his blessing as he raised her and in return, she helped him when he needed. Both loved staying home and playing catch, staying up late watching westerns and after a long day at school, he was waiting for her with his hugs.
Christian services will be conducted by Elder John Larsen.
Traditional services will be conducted Jack Old Coyote and Arlen Shoyo.
Arraignments will be trusted by Wind Dancer funeral home.