Richard Kehijekonaham was born on February 3, 1950 at OLIR to Louis and Madeline Harper. Richard attended the residential school for about nine years.
Arnold, Elwood and Richard started a band, "The Native Feelings", around 1966. Those were fun times.
Richard lived in Saskatoon and Edmonton for many years. He worked for the Saugeen Nation in Ontario and made his way back to Onion Lake, SK in 2001.
Richard and Veronica were married in 2003. They moved into their new house in 2004. Richard's children and grandchildren were the center of his life and he worked hard to talk to them, teach them and show them to never give up. I know they will miss their Dad dearly but they also know he is now with their mother, Veronica.
Richard loved working for his treaty rights and he was very traditional and lived by the teachings of his Elders. Richard could sit, think and read, he loved nature. He traveled the country. Knowing your family tree and your relatives were very important. Richard was a great singer and sang traditional songs.
Richard was predeceased by: his grandparents, Solomon and Maria Seepeekweskun and Francis and Betsy Harper; his parents, Louis (2004) and Madeline (1989) Harper; his siblings, Lesley (1960), Emery (1968), Shirley Ann (1996) and Elwood (2003); his dear wife, Veronica (2004); his uncles, Walter (2003), Gilbert Seepeekwaskun (2008), Lucia (2006) and John Dillon (2003).
Richard leaves to mourn his passing: his children, Denzil and Caroline Chief, Gwen Mountain, Ricky Kennedy, Sunrise Neapetung, Monica, Michael, Winter, Walter (Josie), April and Rainbow Kehijekonaham; his grandchildren, Memphis, Mariah, Breanna (Ian Bourke), Jared, Jade and Lisa; his siblings, Arnold (Lea) and Sara (Art); and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives and friends.