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In memory of Neil Buck Cloud

Photo Credit: Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum
Neil Buck Cloud left mother earth to go be with his family on March 29, 2017 at his family home. Neil Buck Cloud’s father was Julius Nash Cloud and his mother was Mollie Buck Tobias Cloud. He was born in the Taylor Hospital in Ignacio, Colorado, and attended the Ute Vocational School. Neil was the second oldest of nine children. During his lifetime he went to college in Oregon, graduated, and worked as a therapist in Pueblo, Colorado before coming back home.
He lived in the family home caring for his mother as her health declined over time. During the good times throughout the years he enjoyed watching his nephews play football and basketball. He also participated in traditional ways in the spring time Bear Dance, performing as the “cat man,” which he enjoyed. He also participated in the Sundance for a number of years, after being selected by Edward Box Sr.
Neil’s employment included: Tribal Council, Ute Language Coordinator, NAGPA Coordinator, assistance in writing three editions of the Ute Language Dictionary, and service in the U.S. Navy during the Korea conflict.
He was preceded in passing by his father Julius Nash Cloud; mother Mollie Buck Tobias Cloud; brothers Darwin Cloud, Elliott Cloud, and Gerald Buck Cloud; sister Lorraine Baker; nephew-child Uriah Cloud and niece Janell Denny Weaver.
He leaves behind sister Renee Cloud; many nephews and nieces: Antonio and Shyla Cloud, Barry and Zariah Cloud, Neice Tonece Baca, Marquetta Valdez Howe (Walter), Isaiah Valdez, Sergio, Izabella Yllana, Ollyvia, NieceToniette Baca Lopez, Kree, Kirsten and Philman and Mia Lopez; Niece Danita Baker, Issac and Anthony Suinia, Nathneal, Elliott, and Dewayne Hendren, Eleanor Frost, Jacob Frost, Quinton Cloud. Alex, Somer, and Jada Cloud, Lucinda Cloud, Lambert Cloud, Lawrence Cloud, and Jayden Tobias.
He also leaves behind, from his aunt’s side of the family, Gayla Cloud and all the people who entered into his circle of life and his Sundance family.
There will be a wake Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., at the family home in Ignacio, including midnight and sunrise ceremonies. A traditional service will be held Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Room followed by burial at Ignacio East Cemetery. A reception dinner will be held after services at the Multi-Purpose Room.
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