Joseph Louis (Joe Louie) Ironroad, Tasunka Ahomni U (His Horse Comes Around To Him) entered into the spirit world on Thursday, August 27, 2015 surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 70. Joseph had been receiving treatment for his illness at Sanford Health, in Bismarck, ND until his untimely passing.
A funeral service will be held at 10 am on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Solen School Gym. Burial will be at 1 pm at the ND Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Solen School Gym.
Joseph was born April 7, 1945 at home near Solen, ND on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation to John and Julia (Four Swords) Ironroad. He attended school at Solen Elementary and High School, graduating in 1964. Right after high school, he enlisted in the Army, serving his country from 1964 until he was honorably discharged in 1970. During his service in San Francisco, CA, where he met the love of his life, Barbara J. Wilcox, while he worked as a warehouseman. On June 8th, 1974 they were married in Reno, NV. Together they had two wonderful sons, John and Steven Ironroad.
In 1974 the family moved from San Francisco to work at the gasification plant in Rapid City, SD. After the closing of the gasification plant they moved to Bismarck, ND to work at the gasification plant in Mandan. Finally moving home to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Joe worked part-time as a security access guard at the Prairie Knights Casino and also served as a school board member for the Solen School District.
Joseph cared so much for all children. He mentored and helped anyone who was in need. He had many friends and family that he cherished spending time with, most of all, his granddaughter Madison, whom he lovingly called his girl. He was a Hero to his brother/sister-in-laws and to all who knew him.
Joseph had many interests in his life that included cheering for his favorite sporting teams the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New York Yankees, and Duke Blue Devils. He also loved rodeos, watching Nascar racing, playing poker, going to the casino, and spending time with his many beloved pets. He loved all animals.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Ironroad, brothers, Kenny (Karen) McLaughlin and Larry (Darlene) Froelich; sister, Sharon (Albert) Two Bears; sister-in-law, Angela Ironroad; two sons and a daughter-in-law, John and Nadine Ironroad and Steven Ironroad; his granddaughter, Madison Julia-Rose Ironroad; and special nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Andrew Ironroad and Mary Hairy Chin; maternal grandparents, Frank Four Swords and Josephine Caske/Running Bear; parents, John Ironroad and Julia Four Swords; three brothers; six nephews; and one grandson.