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Shane Ryan Yellowbird

July 7, 1979 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 42)


In Loving Memory of
Shane Ryan Yellowbird
Mekwan Onîmiheto
“Feather Dancer”
July 7, 1979 - April 25, 2022

Shane is survived by his children, Ryley, Shayla, Alexina and Brynn-Lee; special friend, Sara Hopper; parents, Colleen Buffalo and Merle Yellowbird (Sherris); step-mother, Marina Jordan; maternal grandparents, Emily and Fred Stoyka; maternal grandfather, Larry Hodgson; paternal grandmother, Sheila Yellowbird; siblings, Carmen Yellowbird (Sandy), Chelsea Yellowbird (Caycee), Sierra Yellowbird, Cole Yellowbird (Emily) and Jason McArthur (Braydee); nephews, Brayden, Bryson, Brodie, Brennan, Madyx, Xander; nieces Kaycee, and Charlotte; grandchildren, Olivia, Chaseton, Bryson Jr, and Fenn; aunts, Sharon Buffalo, Myrna Buffalo, Shelley Walters, Sherry Hodgson, Marilyn Yellowbird, Rosella Littlechild, Claudette Yellowbird; uncles; Mitch Buffalo, Kevin L Buffalo, Stoney Hodgson, Kerrie Hodgson, Barry Hodgson, Marvin Yellowbird, Carter Yellowbird, Dion Yellowbird, and Raymond Yellowbird; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins the Yellowbird and Buffalo families, and many friends. 

Shane was predeceased by his brother, Junior Yellowbird; maternal grandparents, Ernest and Jenny Buffalo; paternal grandfather, Norman Yellowbird; aunts; Sandra Yellowbird and Beatrice Samson; uncles; Alec Yellowbird, Sykes Yellowbird, and James Anhorn; cousins; Kenton Yellowbird, Raven Buffalo and Tyler Yellowbird.

Traditional Wake
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre

Traditional Funeral
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
Four Nations Arena


Samson Central Cemetery
Samson Cree Nation, Alberta

Active Pallbearers
Larson Yellowbird, Ian Buffalo, Nathan Littlechild, 
Jared Buffalo, Kacey Yellowbird, Bryson Yellowbird, 
Jason “Bubba” McArthur, Cody Walters

Honorary Pallbearers
Gary Littlechild, Tyson Yellowbird, Conan Yellowbird, Kevin Littlechild, Brentyn Yellowbird, Joedy Yellowbird, Shay Yellowbird, Jay Yellowbird, Gary Yellowbird, Tye Yellowbird, Chase Piche, Aaron Buffalo, Nolan Buffalo, Dwight Buffalo, Kirby and Kehew Buffalo, Michael Hodgson, Allen Hodgson, Kerry Hodgson, Cody Hodgson, Justin Hodgson, Clint Yellowbird, Shawn Yellowbird, Dayle Littlechild, Francine Samson, Nina Samson, Shanise Rowan, Lacey Yellowbird, Summer Yellowbird, Cheyanna Yellowbird, Taya Yellowbird, Crystal Yellowbird, Gina Yellowbird, Alison Yellowbird, Jackie Yellowbird, Isabelle Yellowbird, Teresa Yellowbird, Kristee Buffalo, Amber Buffalo, Katherine Buffalo, Shania Buffalo, Sheridan Walters, Madison Walters, Katelyn Dion, Chelsey Stoyka, Kayla Stoyka, Callia Stoyka, Kateri Stoyka, Jolene Piche, Tash Baptiste. Adopted sisters; Cheryl Montour, Patricia Simon, and Alicia Smith.  Adopted Grandma, Carol Godfriedson. Coleman Family, Chief Creighton and family, Troy Kokol, Crystal Shawanda, Dave Rough, Sheldon Surrey, Jordan Tootoo, Carey Price, Brad Leeb, Bill Cutknife,  Byron Samson, Warren Samson, Brad Henke, Dean Louis, Tyler Broulette, Mike Reid, Cory Minde, Chad Minde, Kevin Saffren, Craig Thompson, Patrick Lentz, all the extended Buffalo, Yellowbird, Thunderchild, Hodgson, Littlepoplar, Rabbitcarrier and Rocky Boy families. Special thanks to Samson Cree Nation Chief and Council, all his friends in sports, Rodeo Families, Basketball families, hockey families, all the radio stations that played his music, his fellow Country music artists, and last but not least, his fans and all those that loved and supported him. 


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April 26, 2022

6:00 PM
Howard Buffalo Memorial Centre (Maskwacis, Alberta)

Traditional Ceremonies
April 29, 2022

10:00 AM
Four Nations Arena
AB-611, Samson Townsite
Maskwacis, AB T0C1N0

Interment following funeral service
April 29, 2022

Samson Central Cemetery
Rural south
Maskwacis, AB T0C 1N0

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