Albert Little Owl, Jr., 71, of Decatur, NE formerly of Twin Buttes, ND passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Twin Buttes Memorial Hall, Twin Buttes with Diane Traver officiating. Burial will follow at Twin Buttes Congregational Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Twin Buttes Memorial Hall.
Albert Cyril “Shobe” Little Owl Jr. was born on May 14, 1949, to Albert Little Owl Sr. and Josephine (Iron Bull) Little Owl at Elbowoods, ND. Shobe was a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and a child of the Knife Clan.
Shobe grew up at the Little Owl old place east of Twin Buttes near Lake Sakakawea. He attended elementary school at the Twin Buttes Sub Station and elementary school in Cannon Ball. He attended high school and graduated from Standing Rock High School. During his high school year’s, Shobe was active in basketball and football. Throughout his life, Shobe traveled around Indian Country and was a champion “old style” grass dancer and sang at the drums. Shobe was also a “Twist” and “Bop” dancer at the white dances and boy he sure could dance and drove the girls crazy.
He entered the Army on October 4, 1968 and was honorably discharged on May 11, 1970. While serving with the Army, Shobe would often tell a story about “Hamburger Hill”, where they were trapped during a confrontation against the enemy. Their battalion made it out alive. During his years of services, commendations of Nation Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation Medal was awarded to him.
When he returned home to Twin Buttes, he married June Crows Heart. Both Shobe and June attended United Tribes Technical College and received their degrees in carpentry. Shobe also attended Dickinson State College for two years in business. He was active in the Dickinson State Indian Club with their main campaign goal of changing the mascot name from Savages to Blue Hawks. Shobe also served on the TAT Tribal Election Board.
Shobe and June later would welcome two sons, Albert Boss Little Owl III and Adrian Ross Little Owl. This marriage was dissolved in a divorce and Shobe moved to the Standing Rock Reservation and then Decatur NE where he lived until his passing.
Shobe is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Albert “Boss” (Crystal) Little Owl III, Mandan, ND; Grandson, Aiden Little Owl; Granddaughter, Ariana Little Owl; Nephew, Gerald Iron Shield; Sisters: Renita Mandan, Casa Grande, AZ; Truby Stiffarm, New Town, ND; The Little Owl Families; The Two Shields Families; The McKing Families; The Parshall Families; The Gayton Families; The Bear Families; The Hall Families, The Goodbird Families, and the Crows Heart Families.
Welcoming him home are his Father and Mother; Son, Adrian Ross Little Owl; Granddaughters, Juniper Little Owl and Layla Little Owl; Paternal Grandparents, Little Owl and Assiniboine Woman; Maternal Grandparents, Martin Iron Bull and Emma No Two Horns; Brothers, Ronald Sammy, Orville, Donald, Raymond, and Aaron; Sisters, Alberta, Zona, Lorraine, Elizabeth, Christine, Gertrude, Ursula and Mercylin.
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