Daniel Lyndel "Lone Man" Seminole

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Our beloved Daniel Lyndel "Lone Man" Seminole died on Thursday, December 13, 2018 under circumstances we are still trying to understand. His death was unexpected and we hope truth and justice will allow us to make peace of his life on earth. Daniel was born August 10, 1978, to Lynette (Wohl) Seminole and the late Delbert Seminole Jr. This was a multicultural household of German from Russia heritage and Arikara and Northern Cheyenne tribal affiliation, Lutheran and Indigenous spirituality. Daniel was the firstborn son to Lynette and Delbert, with five siblings. He grew up in Fargo North Dakota, where he lived on and off throughout his life. At the time of his death he had claimed a homestead on family land outside of White Shield, ND, near the Missouri River, where he was intending a home for himself and his horses. Beginning life, he was a bashful child, who was quickly growing into the funny guy of the family, always trying to make others laugh. Daniel was a natural athlete, a physically strong, happy kid He was a born horse enthusiast dreaming from a young age, of the day he could move onto family land and raise his herd. He took seriously his role as older brother, even when his siblings didn’t take him seriously. At 16, Daniel lost his father to cancer and was vulnerable to coping habits that developed into addiction that would dominate him for most of his life. Daniel received his general education diploma from the ND State Industrial School and had attended some college at North Dakota State University. He was passionate about his learning and was incredibly smart albeit not the best communicator. What he lacked in verbal skills he showed up and put his heart into action. Feeding people was one of his joys. Difficult as it is to capture Daniel in an obituary, a man who saw his faults and had caused hurt and pain. To some, Daniel’s life was defined by the crimes he committed from addiction. To others, Daniel was the funny guy, a partner, a friend, warm, fearless and resilient. Over the last decade, Daniel learned more and connected to his culture and heritage. He put himself on a path to become better and maybe heal those pains through prayer, ceremony and going into nature. Institutionalized in a justice system that has closed off the humanity of addicts, Daniel had a way of making friends in that system who believed in him. He was a coworker, bunkmate, classmate and ridgie that was loved by many. He was a son, a brother, uncle and a father. Daniel has a son, Hunter Seminole, born in 1998 who he adored. Daniel believed fatherhood would change him and connect him to a family. Addiction however, created a distance between his son and that family. Through-out his life, addiction brought Daniel to dark paths compounded by the loss of many family members and friends. Each cycle had, short and sometimes long periods of sobriety where we believed he was taking steps to win the battle of this disease, yet time and time again the darkness overwhelmed him back to incarceration. Over these last couple years, through skepticism of family and friends, Daniel was prevailing. Making big steps to leave toxic people and habits behind Daniel had started to go west and live his dream on family lands with his horses. Out in the openness of the prairies he was intending a home that grounded him. He was regularly a part of community ceremony and gatherings and developing deeper relationships with friends and loved ones. He believed in his vision and wanted his family to be a part of that dream. We are finding comfort that he experienced living his dream in this lifetime and in the stories and memories of all his friends and colleagues. You brighten our sorrow with the light of laughter shared with our brother. Thank you. Daniel is survived by his son Hunter Seminole, his mother Lynette Seminole, siblings, Cheyenne Seminole, Prairie Rose Seminole, Dakota Harmon, Tashina Seminole (North Dakota), Ree Seminole (Lindsay Simon, New York) brothers: Dale Seminole (California), Simone Seminole (South Dakota), sisters: Diane Breane (New York), Rebecca Berge (Minnesota), Sharon Firethunder (Oklahoma), Merri Killsree (Wyoming), his girlfriend Amber Vorwerk, his beloved cousins, nephews, aunts, uncle and many relatives. Daniel is predeceased by his father Delbert Seminole Jr, half-brother Randy Gardner, paternal grandparents Winnie Spotted Horse and Delbert Seminole, maternal grandparents Edgar and Sophie Wohl. Wake and Funeral Services will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 1011 12th Avenue North in Fargo. Boulger Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Wake Service Friday, December 21, 5 p.m. All night traditional Arikara wake, all are welcome. Funeral Service Saturday, December 22, 10 a.m. Peace Lutheran Church. White Shield Service Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. Ralph Wells Memorial Complex, White Shield ND - Ashes will be interred next to his father after the service, then a meal will be held.

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  1. Laynette, I’m so sorry to hear about Daniel. Please know your in my prayers and thoughts are with you. I know the loss of a child is the worst. I lost my son back in 81. God Bless all of you at this time. Jodi Smith

  2. Dear Lynette and Family, We are shocked and saddened to hear about Daniel’s untimely passing. When Rosi and I still worked at NDSU, Daniel would stop by our offices and talk to us about his equine studies and love of horses. His eyes would light up and he would smile and chuckle as he talked. We were so pleased to hear about his “new calling.” Now Daniel is in a far better place–a place where there is no pain, no sorrow, and where herds of beautiful horses run wild and free. God Bless Daniel and May God Bless and Comfort All of You.

  3. Cheyenne and family, so sorry to hear about Dan. He always put me in a good mood with his witty jokes. He will be missed by many. RIP DAN.

  4. Lynette and family

    I know we have talked, hugged and cried in sadness over the weekend but I have to comment on the beautiful story of Daniel’s life that you have told in the obituary. You all did an amazing job. Daniel is so proud of all your strengths. He will always be in your heart. I pray for you all that in time you will heal and you will get all your answers. You are a dear friend Lynette and my heart breaks for you during this very difficult time.

  5. Lynette and all Daniel’s family-

    Words can not express how bad I feel for you all.
    He will be missed by so many.

    RIP Daniel

  6. Lynette and family
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your son was taken too soon, but God has another plan for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ((HUGS)) ((HUGS))

  7. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Daniel’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort be with you to help you cope. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) Lean on Him in the days to follow and read of our amazing hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. (John 5:28) For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit JW.org.

  8. Peace and love to you, Lynette, and your wonderful family as you grieve the the passing of your beloved son Daniel. His legacy of kindness and love will always be remembered. As you grieve, know that you are held lovingly in the hearts of many that know your family.

  9. Tashina and family
    Our sympathy and prayers are with all of you at the lost of you loved one, go in peace with our condolences.

  10. You will never be forgotten my friend ❤ I’m so sorry for your loss Lynette and family sending loving thoughts and prayers.

  11. Hold close the memories and cherish the good times and memories. Prayers for your family and the answers that will hopefully be found

  12. Sending all our love to you and the whole family. I wish I could have known him. We are here if you need anything. Please take care of each other.

    Love, Karen and Dennis

  13. My condolences and prayers to the Seminole Family I attended Madison Elementary with Daniel I remember him fondly He was a gym class hero ran the Nine Minute Walk/Run in record time His drawings were beautiful I remember his father coming to school talking about Native Pride

  14. Daniel will be missed by many near and far. May he Rest In Peace.

    My condolences to your entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Lynn and Prairie Rose and all the Seminole family, May peace be with you in this time of sorrow. My memories of Daniel are bound up with my friendship with the family that dates back to the first Fargo pow-wow. I remember him as being joyous and open and friendly. It must be very hard to lose your child and brother, and I hope my love and concern provides you some small comfort. Lynn, you’ve shown such courage and resilience in embracing the challenges that life has put in your path. Prairie Rose, you have a light within you that shines so bright. May your loving and generous family comfort you in this difficult time.

  16. Lynette and family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you in your loss. May you find comfort in Jesus who is the resurrection and the life everlasting. Your friends Pastor Ken and Cory.

  17. Dan Seminole was my kind Facebook friend for almost a year. Although we never met, we shared a love of horses, dogs & all of God’s noble creatures. He was a good, sweet man who was building a barn for his Teke Akhal horses in ND. It was to be the beginning of a new fresh start in his life on land his family owned. May the Great Spirits forever watch over you, Dan Seminole. I bid you a safe journey & much love to guide you always.

  18. Prairie Rose, I’m sorry you lost Daniel.. I hope the investigation is on going and thorough. Most obits are glowing even in adversity. Daniel’s obituary was honest and inspiring to read. Keep up your good work for the Lutheran Church.
    Lynette, remember me from St. John Church, you rented to Beatrice, one of our refugee families. I lost a son too.Blessings on your grief work.
    Gini Duval

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