RAPID CITY | John A. Aanrud (Johnny One Feather), 77, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1940, to Clarance and Lorretta Aanrud.
Johnny loved gold panning and worked 20 years at Dakota Rock and Gem. He loved people and made a lot of tourist friends that came back every year to see him. Other jobs he pursued were Moore & Kandaras for over 20 years; working for Stephanie Herseth while she was in Congress (they were good friends); a stuntman in Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won, and Rockerville, Orphan Train; he was a fast draw artist, and rodeos. He survived being hit by a pickup and rolling a truck because the axle rod broke.
He loved crafting Native American items, Dream Catcher beadwork, leather tooling, and purses to sell them to tourists and friends. He had several hobbies: Princess Diana collection, seashell collection, and a teddy bear collection of which he donated 3,000 to The School of Nursing to give to the children. He made hand carved elk handle knives. He loved Jackson Hole and Cody, WY. He was there several times. He was a pet lover. He loved life and all his friends he met along the way, and they loved him. He was so humorous, and happy and he loved to talk and tell stories about his life.
He served in Vietnam in the Army and received a Purple Heart Medal.
He met Linda Hytrek while panning gold in 1981 and married her in 2010.
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He will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by a son, John of Iowa; a brother, Merle of Iowa; and several nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, and son.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at Kirk Funeral Home. Burial, with military honors will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Friends may sign his online guestbook at Kirk Funeral Home’s website.