Russell Lee Obago
January 7, 1973 – June 18, 2020
Graveside services for Russell Lee Obago, 47, of Fort Thompson, SD, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2020, at Lakeview Cemetery of Fort Thompson, SD.
Russell Lee Obago entered into the Spirit World on June 18, 2020, from Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center of Sioux Falls, SD, at the age of 47.
Russell Lee Obago was born Jan. 7, 1973, at Chamberlain, SD, to Viola (Obago) Eagle Thunder and Edward Harrison.
He grew up and lived in Fort Thompson, SD.
He attended Fort Thompson Elementary School of Fort Thompson, SD, and then Crow Creek High School in Stephan, SD. During this time, he became a father to Ariana Faye Obago and Alisha Rose Fleury. He dropped
out and later received his GED and went on to Job Corps at Kicking Horse in Montana. He graduated from Job Corps with a degree in cabinetry and masonry.
He then returned to Fort Thompson, SD, and was united in marriage to Sunny Big Eagle. To this union, Nicolette Obago was born.
He used his carpentry skills and helped renovate, remodel and rebuild the Project Safe Women’s Shelter in 1996.
Russell was also a talented artist and a great drummer. He played in the band called Raven’s Moon. He was a very excellent, loving, caring, guiding and nurturing father to his daughters whom he loved and cherished very
His home was always open to his many friends and relatives. He had a generous and loving heart and all those who knew him, knew this to be true.
He was also very funny and humorous. He could make you laugh and pick you up at any given time. He loved jamming out to Queen, Motley Crue, Slaughter, Tesla, Poison and all rock bands.
In April of 2019, he lost a part of his heart when his daughter, Ariana Faye died in a car accident. The loss of his daughter took a heavy toll on him.
He began experiencing health problems which ultimately led to his passing.
We will forever miss, love and cherish you, Brother Russ! Fly high to the angels and may you be at eternal peace with your momma, Vi and daughter, Ariana!
Grateful for having shared his life are his father, Eddie Harrison; his daughters, Alisha Fleury and Nicolette Obago; sisters, Tanya, Heather and Ladonna Harrison; a brother, Ryan Obago and aunt, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Obago and a sister, Spring Rose Obago.
Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
The obituary may be seen at www.hickeyfuneralchapel.com.