Elroy Funmaker Sr. "Wa Mani" (Walks on Snow), age 75, of
Friendship, Wisconsin died Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at his
Traditional Ho-Chunk services will be 12 Noon on
Thursday, March 6, 2008 at the Good Village, 916 State Hwy
21, Friendship, Wisconsin. Chief Clayton Winneshiek, "No-Gi"
will officiate. Interment will be at the Funmaker Cemetery,
Indian Heights, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m on Wednesday at Good
Village Residence and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the
time of service.
Kenneth was born July 11, 1932 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to
Harry and Thelma (Cloud) Funmaker. Married to Ruby Keahna in
1957 in Chicago, IL.
Married Rhonda L. Quaderer on February 17, 1996 in Tomah.
Hobbies and Activities: Avid Arts and Crafts Artist and
Silversmith, Indian Gardener of Traditional Indian Corn and
Tobacco, Pow-wows – Well-known Champion Dancer, Performer,
Singer and Emcee, Rodeo – Bronco and Horse Back Riding,
Fishing and Hunting, Boxing, Basketball, Traveling, Avid
Photographer, Green Bay Packer Fan.
Groups and Organizations: Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial
Performer 20+ Years, American Indian Movement Mid-Wisconsin
Delegate, Juneau County Deputy, Retired Iron Worker,
Wisconsin Winnebago Tribal Chairman, developed the first
Hocak Language Program, Founder of Good Village, Smithsonian
Certificate of Recognition to National WWII Reunion in
Washington D.C., Co-founder of Native American Democratic
Caucus 2003, Traveled to Ceiba, Japan with Governor Doyle
for the Economic Summit in 2004, Founded Wisconsin Dells
Singers, Traditional Bear Clan Leader, Medicine Lodge and
Feast Lodge Elder.
Loving Father, Grandfather with many Relatives and had
many, many Friends throughout the United States, Canada and
Mexico. A Strong Believer in Traditional Hocak ways. Ken
passed his knowledge down to various generations and people.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother, Adam Funmaker;
sister, Harriet Funmaker; wife, Ruby E. Keahna;
Daughters: Monica, Kathleen, and Thelma Funmaker; sons:
Nelson Funmaker and Kunu Funmaker; aunt, Emma Lowe and
grandson, Randy Funmaker.