It is with great sadness that we, the family of Dexter Eagle Bear, announce his passing on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Lethbridge, Alberta.
He is survived by his brothers: Farley Wesley Eagle Bear (nicknamed Smiley), Philbert Eagle Bear (known as Jim) wife Ish, adopted brother Thomas Knife Eagle Bear; nieces & nephews Kimberley Eagle Bear, Michael Brent Eagle Bear, Lucy Eagle Bear, Rae Lee Eagle Bear, Kineisha Eagle Bear. His great-nieces & nephews Kylie, Kyle, Caleb, Miley, Nova, Kaydence, and Jax. His aunts, Magdaline Cress, Angeline Webster, Melva Black (Sydney). His cousins: Isabelle, Patricia, Sandra, Shirley (Gilbert), Erin, Cary, Gloria, Shirley, Robert (Betty), Phillip, Jonathan, Steven, Allen, Ivan, David, Shelly, Nellie, Debbie, Audrey, Phyllis, Virginia, Marsha, Anita, Evelyn, Gilbert & Velma, Cecilia, Clara, Veronica, Florine, Theresa, Frankie, Natalie, Patrick, Joestan Horton, Tracy, Debbie, Roxy, Rosemarie, Rosabelle, Alfreda, and Art.
Dexter was predeceased by his parents Eddie & Hazel Eagle Bear, his sister Gloria Karen Eagle Bear, maternal grandparents Frank and Lucy Eli, nee Willows; uncles Lawrence (Alberta) Eli, Floyd ( Maryanne) Eli; aunt Viola Eli, Alva Eli; cousins Andrea Schmidka Woods, Larry Vielle; foster sister Cheryl Knife; paternal grandparents Jack and Agnes Eagle Bear; aunts Eva (Alfred) Sweetgrass, Louise (Herbert) Bullshields, Margaret Weaselfat; uncles Mike (Angeline) Eagle Bear, Stan ( Madeline) Eagle Bear, Billy (Margaret) Eagle Bear, Louis (Louise) Knife; sister Dorothy Day Rider.
When Dexter was younger he lived with his grandmother and family. He later moved and lived with his grandmother in Standoff. Dexter grew up in Farm Four, Fort Macleod and Old Agency.
He spent two years of senior high school in Calgary and then he graduated from LCI in Lethbridge. He went to school at the University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal College and the University of Alberta. He took a health care program at Old Sun College in Siksika. He drove a school bus in Calgary, on the Blood Reserve and for the Olympics in 1988.
He worked in Calgary in the Trauma Unit at the General Hospital and Foothills Hospital. He commuted to work from the Blood Reserve to Calgary every day in a 1986 Yellow TransAm Firebird.
Dexter didn't have any children, but he raised his younger sister's children; Kimberley, Michael, Lucy and later he helped raise Kimberley's children; Kylie, Kyle, Caleb and Miley - which were his world and he loved them like his own.
Dexter's favorite time of the year was Christmas, preparing the turkey dinner and the kids were always overly excited to open his Christmas gifts.
Dexter was a very kind, gentle, humble and honest man who was always willing to help anyone in need. He took care of his mother Hazel before her health declined and she was moved to the Extended Care Unit in Taber then to Lethbridge.
During the final two weeks of Dexter's life, he was in Chinook Regional Hospital due to health complications. Family was there by his side until he passed away.
A Wake Service will be held from 7:00pm- 11:00pm on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, November 20, 2020 at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home, 703-13th Street North, Lethbridge, AB.
Interment will immediately follow in the One Spot Cemetery.
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