Frank L. Halfmoon

Born: Wed., Feb. 13, 1929
Died: Sun., Jan. 31, 2010

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Frank L. Halfmoon, 80, of Coulee Dam, Washington, died at his home on January 31, 2010. Dressing will be at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee WA, at 10:00 a.m., February 2, 2010. That evening, open denomination services will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed that evening by Washat services at 9:00 p.m. at the Nez Perce Longhouse at Nespelem WA. Longhouse services will begin the following morning at 7:00 a.m.; Strate Funeral Home will be in charge of these services. A Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mission Longhouse near Pendleton, OR, followed by a Washat service. Thursday February 4th, a Sunrise Washat service will begin at 7:00 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Mission near Pendleton, and internment will follow at the Agency Cemetery at Mission; Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of these arrangements. Send condolences to the family or sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com Mr. Halfmoon, enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe, was born Feb. 13, 1929 at Pendleton, Oregon to Otis A. Halfmoon and Mary Joshua Halfmoon; Frank was one of their 13 children. Frank grew up on the Umatilla Indian reservation, as well as on the Nez Perce reservation, attending schools at St. Andrews Mission, Slickpoo Mission, and St. Joseph's Academy. Frank was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and served two tours overseas. Frank married Anna Ruth Miles Jan. 3, 1958 at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, and shared 34 wonderful years together. Frank attended Gonzaga University and Creighton University in Omaha and received a B.S. in Biology; Frank also attended Univ. of Idaho, Univ. of Washington and Utah State for graduate studies. Frank worked at Shell Chemical Calif., and later as a fisheries biologist, working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where he and lived in NJ, NE, CA, ID, WA & NM; he retired in 1990. In his career, Frank worked on monitoring fisheries programs to make recommendations to policy-makers in many western states and Alaska. Frank also worked on U.S. v. Oregon, and the U.S./Canada Fisheries treaty, as well as providing depositions in other Tribal fishing cases. During his life, Frank was an accomplished championship dancer in both traditional and fancy dancing. In his retirement with Anna, he enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing at powwows, listening to music, visiting with family and friends, and photography. While living in Coulee Dam, Frank came to know and love the people in the Nespelem Longhouse community; he cherished the relationships he and Anna shared with the people of that community. In these years, Frank sought to respect his cultural heritage through song, dance, learning and speaking his native Nez Perce language, and in sharing stories of those who had gone before, as well as those around him. Frank was passionate about his spiritual walk, and was a devoted Catholic as well as a member of the Longhouse. Friends and family will recall Frank as a soft-spoken advocate for respectful tribute to cultural aspects that native people share in this life, such as kinship, honoring traditional ways, adhering to tribal principles regarding life and death, and providing leadership through teaching about the cultural legacies which tie families, friends, communities and nations together. Survivors include brothers Alphonse Halfmoon of Pendleton, OR, Ron Halfmoon of Lapwai, ID, and Harold Halfmoon of Arizona, as well as a sister, Elizabeth "Connie" Skanen of Plummer, ID. Additionally, Frank has numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, three sisters, and his beloved wife, Anna. Strate Funeral Service of Grand Coulee, Washington, and Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, Oregon, are in charge of services at Grand Coulee, Nespelem and Pendleton.

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Susan
   Posted Tue February 02, 2010
I remember the many pow wows and seeing his presence when I was a child. He became a strong figure in my life and he will be missed dearly by all who knew him,see him and heard his many words when he spoke during events. eee owh

Yvonne Baptiste Moffett
   Posted Tue February 02, 2010
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family. On behalf of Yvonne "Bonnie" Baptiste Moffett and family.

Adrienne Farrow
   Posted Tue February 02, 2010
I remember as a little girl being at pow wow's with my grandmother and seeing Frank and Anna there. They were very close with my grandparents Emma and Elzie Farrow in that Anna's sister Dorothy was married to my grandmother's brother John Sheoships. Frank and Anna were like grandparents to me and they would always greet my grandmother and mother when we would cross paths. I had very high regard for both of them and all they did for my family and our people. My sincere sympathy goes to all of his family and many friends they have. This is a great loss but take comfort in knowing he is with Anna again. I wish I could attend the services but being in Texas makes it hard. Please know I'm there in spirit. All my love... Toeyex Adrienne Farrow

Connie Johnston
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
His wife, Anna, was a good friend of my late mother, Dawn Bierle. Now, he and Anna will be together once again. He was always there, at a moment's notice, for so many people - to sing, drum, and pray. He was a good, compassionate, spiritual person who touched many lives & he will be missed. There will be a great void at the Longhouse. My family is blessed to have known him & will remember him always. I'm so sorry I was unable to make it to the services to honor and show my respect for him. My prayers are with his family and all who loved him during this time.

Shirley Moses-Balboni
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
My husband and I would like to give our deepest sympathy to the family and firends of Frank Halfmoon. He will be missed dearly.

Maxine Cody
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
My condolence on your loss. I've known Frank several years through our work with the Fish & Wildlife Service in Gallup, NM. He and Anna kept in touch through the years and I will surely miss him. He was a wonderful person.

Donald & Keimotke Spino Paxton
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
As we say our final farewells to a wonderful man, we know his memory will be cherished and kept in the hearts of everyone who knew him and his lovely wife. Our sincere sympathy to the family. Let us rejoice in the life of our friend shared with each of us.

William Young
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
The Halfmoon family is in my prayers.

Jim & Minerva Soucie
   Posted Wed February 03, 2010
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Halfmoon family during this time. We met Frank and Anna so many years ago and we were sad to hear the news. Prayers are with you.

Camille Pleasants
   Posted Thu February 04, 2010
My prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your loved one. He was a very caring and unselfish person. Last year when my aunt was very ill, he was there at her bedside singing and praying. For that I am forever grateful to our elder for sharing his love of God with her. I have knew Frank and his wife who was a very close friend of my late mother Dawn Bierle since I was a teenager. When I used to powwow, Frank was my owl dancer partner. I will always cherish those memories and I am thankful to have been able to know him. May God be with you. Camille Pleasants

Winona Spino Stwyer
   Posted Mon February 08, 2010
Our condolescences to the family. We remember when they Uncle Frank and Aunty Anna used to come and visit with our deceased parents Ed/Amelia Spino. We also miss Aunt Anna. They were both so kind. From the children of Ed/Amelia Spino: Eddie Spino, Rosaline Moran, Winona Stwyer, Roxanne Begay, Raydine Spino and Louis Spino. And our children & grandchildren

STEVEN K. OLHAUSEN
   Posted Fri February 12, 2010
HE LOVED TO DANCE AND WEAR HIS TWO "EARNED" FEATHERS, BEING A VET.! LEARNED MANY TRIBAL CUSTOM FROM FRANK AND HE WILL BE MISSED!!!

Linda Bergeron
   Posted Sun February 14, 2010
I am sad that Frank Halfmoon did not have the opportunity to visit the ancestral burial grounds here in Pine Valley Baker County OR last July, as he hoped for.

Ed & Barbara Olson
   Posted Wed February 17, 2010
Frank was one of our best friends and neighbor in Gallup New Mexico and left a great impact on the whole Olson family. We miss Frank and Anna and will be looking forward toward our being reunited in a much better place. Our love to Franks family.

Merkel, Terrence
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
We first met Frank in 1980. Although our communications with him since then were infrequent, mainly at Christmas, we will always remember his cheerful and informative letters and his great sense of humor. He was a wonderful person and we will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to his family for their loss. Terry and Louise Merkel.

Micheal L Minthorn
   Posted Fri May 14, 2010
Sincerest condolences to the family of Frank. May the memory of his love for his family & people and his great accomplishments comfort all in this time of loss...

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