Harold Wayne Butterbredt, Sr. “Sooky” passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 2015 at the age of 48. Harold was born on November 26, 1966 in Bakersfield, CA.
After spending part of his childhood in Nevada and Coleville, CA, Harold moved to Bishop, CA in the late 1970s where he attended elementary and high school. Harold was the beloved eldest son of his late mother Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney. He was the apple of his mother’s eye and also the big brother and protector to his siblings.
After high school, Harold met Patricia Harris and they were married on February 16, 1989. Harold became the dad to Patty’s two children Nakia and Charles Hanks. The four of them loved to travel and they made their home where their work took them including Bishop, Topaz, Coleville, Big Pine, and Rovanna.
Harold worked in the construction field, joined the union, and worked on highway jobs whenever he could. He worked on remodeling houses. He poured concrete in Nevada. He worked as a used car salesman. Harold shoveled snow and cleaned condominiums in Mammoth in the winter time. He cut and sold firewood. Harold was also an auto mechanic. He did whatever work was available at the time.
After several years of marriage, Harold and Patty divorced but they always remained good friends and the kids were and still are part of the family.
Harold later met Adrienne Barlow and they had two sons Waylon Wayne Little Bear Butterbredt and Harold Wayne Quinana Butterbredt Jr. Harold loved his sons dearly and was always proud of them. He was proud to be Native American and taught his sons to be proud of their heritage. Although Harold and Adrienne never married, they cared deeply for each other.
While his sons were yet young, Harold and Brandie Gockley were married in 1999. The two of them were inseparable for many years and where one was the other was right there.
Harold loved life. He loved spending time with his family teasing and playing jokes on anyone he could. He was always making everyone laugh. Harold loved to travel and had big dreams. He enjoyed going out with his family getting wood. He loved working on cars. He loved horses, cowboy movies, and John Wayne. Harold would always help those in need and had a heart of gold.
Harold is preceded in death by his mother Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney, his step father Morgan Wade Kinney, his grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Harold is survived by his children Waylon Wayne Little Bear Butterbredt, Harold Wayne Quinana Butterbredt Jr., Nakia Hanks, and Charles Hanks; sisters Janet Warsinski, Teri Red Owl and brother-in-law Larry Red Owl, Jr.; brothers Larry Cawelti, Jr. and sister-in-law Shannon Cawelti, Jonathan Cawelti and sister-in-law Jackie Cawelti; nieces Nakona Cawelti, Loni Romo, Markie Wilder, Isabella Red Owl, and Alexis Red Owl; nephews Joseph Rock, Cody Cawelti, Chance Cawelti, Kyle Davis, Clifford Wilder, Chase Cawelti, Noah Williams, and Joseph Red Owl; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Harold’s smile, laughter, and generosity will be missed. The family takes comfort in knowing that he is reunited with his mom and loved ones in Heaven and abides with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be held at the House of Mercy Pentecostal Church on South Paha Lane in Bishop on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 am. Reverend Stanley T. Summers will officiate. Interment will be at Sunland Indian Cemetery. A potluck luncheon will take place after burial. A traditional Cry Dance will be held on Friday, February 27th at 5:00 pm at 515 South Paha Lane, Bishop.