Willis Royal Obituary, Death – The Whitecap Dakota Nation and the Royal Family would like to receive our sincere sympathies on the demise of the Late Veteran Willis R. Royal on behalf of the SFNVA. Veteran Royal passed away at the age of 93. Veterans attending the SFNVA Veterans Gatherings will sadly miss the late Veteran Royal. May 20, 1930 – January 8, 2023, The following arrangements have been made:
Wednesday, January 12, 2023, 4:00 p.m. wake-up. The funeral service will take place at the Whitecap Dakota School on January 13, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Whitecap Dakota Nation, Regina Rifles, and Willis Randolf Royal On May 20, 1930, Willis Royal was born. Brandon Residential School was where he studied. On the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana, he also spent some time residing with relatives. During the time when Germany had Occupational Forces. Willis Royal joined the Valcartier, Quebec-based Regina Rifles and began training there. Later, he was moved to the Winnipeg Rifles.
He enlisted on August 21 and was deployed on November 8, 1950. He remained in Germany’s Hanover on active duty. He left for home on November 8, 1953, after serving for two years in Northern and Central; he spent November 11, 1953, at sea. The reserve housed a “Kahomni” who was waiting to go back home. Following a return home, Willis was assigned to the 1st Battalion, Queens Own Rifles of Canada, where he served from January to May 1954. On May 24, 1954, he was released in Regina. In 1957, Willis wed Victoria Eagle. They brought up a clan of six daughters. worked as a laborer, custodian, and carpenter.
Over the years, Willis has made contributions to the Whitecap neighborhood. In 1996, he created the Whitecap Dakota Nation logo. In the early stages of the school’s construction, he also contributed to its exterior design. Willis Royal was awarded a Special Service Medal in 1999 for his involvement with NATO and service in the region of Western Europe known as the “Cold War Era” which fell under the purview of Special Duty. He received a “sincere congrats” along with his award. In April 2000, his family celebrated his life with a feast and a circle dance.
Elder Veteran Royal received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
During his visit to Saskatchewan on September 19, 2014, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, unveiled the “Spirit of Alliance” War of 1812 Monument. The Whitecap Dakota Nation paid for the monument’s construction.