SAULT STE MARIE - Bruce W. Thunder (Muk-Wah-Day), 25, of Sault Ste. Marie and former Hannahville resident. passed away Nov. 6, 2009, at the War Memorial Hospital in the Sault.
Bruce was born in Escanaba on Jan. 4, 1984, the son of Vernon Thunder Sr. and Barbara Halfaday, both of Hannahville. He attended Soaring Eagle School in Hannahville and later received his G.E.D. He lived most of his life in Hannahville. He enjoyed being with family and friends and attending Native American spiritual activities. He also enjoyed welding.
He was employed as a salesman in the Sault.
Survivors include his father, Vernon "Larry" Thunder Sr. of Hannahville; his mother, Barbara Halfaday of Hannahville; paternal grandmother, Marie Thunder of Hannahville; five brothers, Tonto Wandehsega and Vernon "Larry" Thunder Jr., both of Hannahville, Vincent Teeple Jr., Vance Teeple, and Christopher Teeple, all of Bay Mills, Mich.; two sisters, Traci Karrja and Chianne Uskilith of Hannahville; stepfather, Vincent Teeple Sr. of Bay Mills; adopted father, Brian Matrious, of Mill Lac, Minn.; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Uskilith.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, after 4 p.m. at the Hannahville Community Center with traditional burial services starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will follow in the Hannahville Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Thunder family with arrangements.