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 Every man has a history that is etched deeply in his past with thousands of stories interwoven with everyone he knew. When a man faces the end of his life, he will spend much of that time in reverie over the history he leaves behind.

 

For Ron Wermuth, there is no question that he touched countless souls with a legacy that will reach generations of the Native American Community for years to come.

 

Ron managed to be a great many things as he carved out the history of his life. He was a veteran, serving his country for ten years of his youth in both the Navy and Coast Guard. He was Carol Wermuth’s “handsome gorgeous man” and best friend that she was married to for thirty years. He was a father, a grandfather and a great grandfather. Ron Wermuth was an American Indian that pledged his days to the Native American community.

 

Ron’s contributions to the Native Americans were countless and his wife beamed with pride as she recounted some of them. Among his contributions to his people were: making the sweat lodge ceremonies available to American Indian inmates in several California prisons, volunteering to develop legislation aimed at increasing the protection of sacred tribal lands, and being appointed by the Native American Heritage Commission as a “Most Likely Descendent” for Kern County. From this Wermuth was authorized to take Native American remains from the Kern County coroner for reburial in a spiritually and culturally sensitive manner.

 

Burial traditions among the Native Americans vary from tribe to tribe. Ron told Carol, years before his death on the heels of a heart attack, “You know what to do if I don’t make it.” Carol knew exactly what he meant and told him “You will have it all. You will have a Cry Dance.” Upon his passing, Carol gave him a Cry Dance. The Cry Dance offers a spiritual connection between the living and the dead that is so tangible and intimate, that closure is not hard to find. As the last chants faded away and the flames from the great fire licked the star studded sky, Ron’s tribal family paid their final respects as they remembered each stitch that Ron had woven into their own histories.

 

We lost a most important and dear man, a big part of our being. Ron Wermuth passed on August 20th., leaving everyone who knew him, a bigger and better person because of his friendship, teachings and caring he showed throughout his life.

 

The writings by Crystal Hoffmann of Hoffmann Hospice, tells so much about a man who was truly dedicated and loving.

 

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A Life Lived,

A Legacy Left

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Dane Liebel

Dane passed away November 21st, 2013 from cancer. He was 67 years old.

A member of the local Native American Community, he was the descendant of Betty Buckskin, whose husband was massacred locally in 1863.

He was proud of his Indian heritage and was an active (very) member of our Paiute Council here at the Center. Dane was also an original member of the Kern Valley Indian Community (going for recognition).

He loved art and was active in many forms of the craft.

We were proud to have hosted the large reception of his Celebration of Life.

Our fondest condolences to all of his many family members and friends

 

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