"Ne Na Ke Bi" Lydell Gene Bear, 40, of Tama, has been called to sing with his dad, Medo and Uncle Bunni in the Big Powwow in the sky. He passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at Mercy Medical in Des Moines, Iowa. Traditional Graveside Services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Meskwaki Cemetery on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama with Homer Bear Jr. as speaker. Head Pallbearer will be Apollo Davenport A Traditional Wake will be held Tuesday evening at the Bear Clan Long House on the Meskwaki Settlement in rural Tama.
Lydell was born on March 2, 1977, in Marengo, Iowa, the son of Gaylord Lee Bear and Donna Jean Kills Enemy.
His life partner was Olivia M. Kapayou.
'Ne Na Ke Bi' Lydell Gene Bear
Lydell was a lead singer and composer of the Meskwaki Nation Drum Group. His greatest joy was traveling and singing in Powwows with his bro's throughout the United States and Canada. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and cracking jokes. Lydell and his humor will be greatly missed by many.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Jean (Gilbert Brown) Kills Enemy of Rosebud, SD; sister, Derice Lee (Jose) Aragon of Marshalltown; nephews, Derick Bear, Sage and Iverson Aragon; niece, Jolee Aragon; maternal aunts, Rosemary Kramer of MN and Veronica Nadeau of SD; paternal uncles, Homer (Vicky) Bear Jr. of Tama, Adolph (Clydene) Bear of Tama, and Ben Bear of Tama; paternal aunts, Karen Morris of Tama, Aldean (Sidney) Keahna of Tama, Ardelia (Harvey Jr.) Davenport of Tama, and Jeanette (Tony) Moore of Iowa City; and numerous cousins.
We were blessed to have Lydell with us this long. Now he has been called to be with his dad and relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Gaylord Lee Bear; maternal grandparents, Charles Kills Enemy and Martha June Burning Breast; paternal grandparents, Homer and Dorothy (Waseskuk) Bear Sr.; maternal uncles, Benjamin Kills Enemy and Butch Kills Enemy; maternal aunts, Marvelle Edwards and Sarah Kills Enemy; paternal uncles, Alvin "Bunni" Bear and Russell Bear; and paternal aunt, Arlene Bear.
Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is assisting the family with the arrangements.