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Richard Liance Seki, Sr.


Richard Liance Seki, Sr.

Born: Mon., Aug. 13, 1945

Died: Wed., Dec. 14, 2016


1:00 PM Wed., Dec. 21, 2016

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Traditional American Indian Service

10:00 AM Thu., Dec. 22, 2016

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Richard Liance Seki, Sr., 71, "Makoons" which means "Little Bear" of Montevideo, Minnesota and the Eagle Clan began his spiritual journey from his home on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Richard was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 13, 1945 to Elizabeth (Stillday) and Liance Seki.

Richard was raised in Ponemah, MN by his grandparents Alice and David Stillday. He attended Ponemah Elementary and graduated from Red Lake High School in 1963. Richard attended Business College in Minneapolis before enlisting in the United States Air Force. He spent much of his eight years in the military in Vietnam, which earned him a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. After his honorable discharge in 1971, Richard worked as a certified welder, mechanic and spent 17 years as the Director of the Red Lake Chemical Health Program. In 1975 Richard married Jacqueline Sayers and together they had a son, Brian. Richard also helped to raise his step daughter Trish and grandson Jordan Downwind before divorcing.

Those welcoming Richard to the spirit world are his son; Richard Seki, Jr., parents; Elizabeth and Liance, grandparents; Alice and David Stillday, brothers; Ronald Seki and William Mitchell, sister; Jamilah L. Ali-Perez, uncle; Robert Stillday and many other family members.

Those left behind to cherish his memory are his sons; Brian (Nicole) Seki of Red Lake, Keith (Chelle) Dow, Sr. of Redby, daughters; Carisa (Franklin Sr.) Skinaway of Ponemah, Rochelle Atkinson of Redby, Angela Cloud of Minneapolis, Queena Kingbird of Bemidji and step daughter; Trish Sayers of Granite Falls, Brothers; Darrell (Doris) Seki, Sr. of Ponemah, Robert (Marcy) Seki of St. Paul and Gary Seki of Minneapolis, sister; Aurelia Nelson of Edmond, OK, special grandson; Jordan Downwind, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

An overnight wake for Richard will begin at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 21st and continue until his 10:00 a.m. traditional service on Thursday, December 22nd all being held at the Boys and Girls Club in Ponemah. Steve Jackson will be his Spiritual Advisor. Pallbearers for Richard will be Darrell Seki, Jr., Michael Seki, Jr., David Seki, Derek, Seki, Jordan Downwind and Keith Dow. Alternate pallbearers are Jason Siddens and Robert Cook, Sr. His honorary pallbearers are Robert Seki, Michael Seki, Sr., Lyman Kingbird, Denfield Johnson, Jr., Sharon Columbus, Robert "Rocky" Cook, Clifford Hardy, Rudy Johnson, Gary Nelson, Sr., Robert Earl Fairbanks and Wilbur Stillday. Military Honors accorded by the Red Lake VFW Post 6889, Red Lake, MN. Interment will be in the Family Burial Grounds in Ponemah following his service on Thursday.

Richard's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker. Online condolences for the family may be left at


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