Shawn Charboneau, Sr.

Shawn Randall Charboneau, Sr. ‚ÄúCante Mato‚Ä? (Bear Heart) began his spirit journey on September 15, 1973. The Angels came to guide him home to his Lord on August 13, 2010 at rural Tokio, ND.

Shawn Randall Charboneau was born to Robert Charboneau and Cheryl Cloud-GoodIron at Devils Lake, ND. Shawn attended Early Headstart at St. Michael, and grade school in Oberon and Minnewaukan, ND. He continued his education at Four Winds High School at Fort Totten, graduating in 1992. He also served in the ND National Guard during his Junior year.

Shawn enlisted in the US Navy on January 24, 1993. He received his basic training at the USS Naval Air Station in Miramar, CA, with the VF-211 Fighter squadron and VFA-125 Strike Fighter squadron at the Naval Air Station at Lemoore, CA. He served on (CVN72) USS Theodore Roosevelt, (CVN73) USS George Washington, (CV64) USS Constellation, (CV63) USS Kittyhawk, (CVN68) USS Nimitz, and VAW-78 Naval Air Station at Norfolk, VA. Shawn served ranks as an E-5 Petty Officer 2nd class. His deployments included Western Pacific Deployment, where he served under Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf, while in VF-211 on board the USS Nimitz (CVN68), numerous counter drug narcotic deployments to Puerto Rico and South America and various Caribbean Islands. The aircrafts he maintained included the F-14 Tomcat, F/Z-18 Hornet, and the E2-C Hawkeye. Shawn was honorably discharged from the Navy in June 2003.

Shawn met Elizabeth Teitz and they were married on February 25, 1995, in Las Vegas, NV. Their daughter, Sierra Rain was born on March 5, 1997, in San Diego, CA. Their navy career took them to Norfolk, VA. Their son, Shawn Randall, Jr. was born in Portsmouth, VA on July 7, 1999. They were later divorced.

Shawn returned to ND, to live with his family. He met Wendy Yankton and from this union a daughter, Carter Jill, was born on December 7, 2004.

He was a Life Member of Ft. Totten VFW Post #6547 where he had served as Post Commander 2009-2010. He served as President of the Student Government at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, CIHAN Board and was on the Pow-wow Committee from 2009-2010.

Shawn had gainful employment with Sioux Manufacturing Co. and Blattner Co. He was employed with the Spirit Lake Tribe in the Revenue Department for three years, then transferred to Spirit Lake Housing Authority from May of 2008 to present.

Shawn had a magnetic personality wherever he went he made lots of friends, he would always greet you with a smile, handshake and laugh with his great sense of humor. He was known for practical jokes, and in his younger years he used to break dance with his brother and cousins. He enjoyed working on cars with his grandpa and making car models. In high school, Shawn was active in basketball, was class president and always made the honor roll. Shawn really enjoyed fishing with his children, nieces and nephews. He was an awesome cook and enjoyed cooking for his sisters and brothers on their birthdays. He loved going to concerts with baby Shawn and his friends, his favorite baseball team was the New York Yankees where his favorite player was Derek Jeter. Shawn enjoyed playing darts and was active in dart leagues. Shawn played horseshoes and would place in his grandfather’s memorial tournament. In his spare time he would relax by listening to his hard rock music, eating Twizzlers with Shawn, Jr. and Carter.

Shawn is survived by his parents, Cheryl GoodIron and Robert Charboneau, both of Fort Totten; a son, Shawn Charboneau, Jr. of Fort Totten; a step-son, John Blake, Dallas, TX; two daughters, Sierra Rain Charboneau, Dallas, TX, and Carter Jill Charboneau, Fort Totten; two brothers, Sam Cloud II, Fort Totten and Robert Charboneau, Jr., Bismarck, ND; an adopted brother, Jason Thompson, Tokio, ND; six sisters JoNell (Desmond) Charboneau and Kristi (Kojak) Thompson, both of St. Michael, Chepa Cloud, Roselyn (Jerry) Lenoir, Bobbie Dunn, Angela Hook, and step-sister Amanda Luidtke, all of Fort Totten; his special friend, Kimberly Reynolds, New Town, ND; 9 aunts: Myra Pearson, Betty Smith, Candy Volk, Jeannie Charboneau and Stacie Charboneau, Connie Rainbow, Tammy Rainbow, Angel Rainbow, Sharon Rainbow, all of Fort Totten; 4 uncles, Terry Alex, Minneapolis, MN, Todd Belgarde, Sr., Julius Rainbow, Jr., and Bernard Rainbow, all of Fort Totten; his Godmother, Theresa Charboneau, Devils Lake; grandmothers, Mary Charboneau and Ardis Shaw, both of Fort Totten, Jean Veale, England; great-grandmothers, Lily Shaw and Hermenia McKay, both of Fort Totten; grandfathers, Delbert Cloud, Al Cloud, Vincent Shaw, and Andy Shaw, all of Fort Totten; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Sam Cloud, Frank Charboneau, Sr., Julius Rainbow, Sr., and Max Cook, Sr.; grandmothers, Elizabeth Morgan and Cecelia Cook; uncles, Stacey Littleghost, Frank Charboneau, Jr., Randall Noel, Victor Rainbow, and Scott Cook; aunts, Rosemary Charboneau and Karen Rainbow; and godfather, Charlie Charboneau.


Funeral Service: Ft. Totten Recreational Center, Fort Totten, ND

Date and Time: Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Interment: St. Jerome’s Cemetery, rural Fort Totten, ND


Posted Condolences:


Name: Christopher J Kabana

date: 03/23/2011

Message: Shawn,

You were a good friend of mine while at VAW-78. Serving in the same shop together, you were always there to help and lend a hand whenever you could. You had a magnetic personality and I am deeply saddened with your passing. I will see you again someday. Until then keep smiling and keep the angels in heaven laughing.
You friend,



Name: Lisa La Fontaine

Date: 11/27/2010

Message: This seems so unreal and it hurts to hear that your not here. I just found out. I'm happy that you were my friend Shawn. I enjoyed talking to you and hearing you laugh. I know we will all see you again. I send out big hugs to your family and friends. I miss you and I wish things were diffrent. I can't stop crying.


Name: Desiree Boe

Date: 9-10-10

Message: My condolences go out to Shawn's family he was a great fun loving guy that will be greatly missed.


Name: M. Azure

Date: 9/9/10

Message: my condolences go out to the family of shawn. he was a good friend and a great guy he will be missed very much by all of us. rest in peace shawn


Name: Brandy Popelka

Date: 9/9/10

Message: I know this is late but I just found out about this page. Condolences to you all. It will get better. It will never be OK but it will get better. I love all you guys. Shawn was a big part of our lives growing up as were you all. Break Dancing will never be the same now.


Name: Ron & Claudette Carlson

Date: 08/26/10

Message: We were very saddened to read of Shawn's death. He was in our son's class when he attended school in Minnewaukan. He was a joy to have over and he had a heart of gold. Our sincere sympathy to all of Shawn's family - May God Bless His memories.


Name: Dorene Ouellette (Peters)

Date: August 22, 2010

Message: Our deepest condolences to Cheryl & family. Your in our thoughts & prayers. You had a good son. God only takes the best. take care, love you always. Cousin Doreen


Name: Ernestine Charbonneau

date: August 20, 2010

Message: Shawn, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!! May God comfort all of you during this difficult time.


Name: Crystal DuBois

Date: 08-19-2010

Message: my thoughts and prayers go out to bob, cheryl, and the family.he was a fun loving person who always lived life to the fullest. he will be greatly missed but his memories will live on forever.


Name: Kristy Lohnes

Date: 18 August 2010

Message: My deepest condolences and sympathies to the family.


Name: Beatrice Green

Date: August 18, 2010

Message: There are no words to ease your pain but he is in the arms of God where he is now at peace. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family as you struggle through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Name: Jon Daniels

Date: Aug 18th, 2010

Message: My condolences on the loss of a loved one.


Name: Spirit Lake*

Date: 8/18/10

Message: My Prayers go out to his Mom and Dad also his Children. He was a good man always had a smile on his face.

Wendy hang in there you had a special place in Shawn's heart.

RIP SHAWN CHARBS+ You had good memories and they will live on


Name: CIHAND Board

Date: August 18, 2010

Message: The Coalition of Indian Housing Authorities in North Dakota (CIHAND) is very saddened with the loss of board member, Shawn. We express our deepest sympathy and offer prayers to the family, friends, co-workers and tribal community of Spirit Lake.


Name: Johnnie & Kristy Gaking and family

Date: 08/18/2010

Message: Sending our condolences and prayers to all of Shawn's family, children and friends,and his special love,Kimberly. May God bless you all during this very difficult time+R.I.P. Shawn Charbs+


Name: JoAnn McDonald

Date: 08/18/2010

Message: Thoughts and prayers to the family.


Name: Ann Wadsworth

Date: 8/18/2010

Message: Prayers & thoughts are with Cheryl & Bob & family. Shawn was a well respected person and honorable individual. I am greatful that I had the chance to work with him with the different projects and to know him as well. May God help your family through these difficult times.


Name: The Dunn Family-Mpls

Date: 8-18-2010

Message: My condolences to your family. You were a great guy and you will be missed.


Name: JC Crawford

Date: August 18, 2010

Message: we would like send our condolences to the family and freinds of Shawn; we would like you to know that our prayers are with you during this time of the lost of your love one; May God strength and comfort you.


Name: LouAnn

Date: 8/18/10

Message: our deepest condolences to shawns family and friends. He was a great guy and will be remembered fondly in our hearts.


Name: Ruth Hopkins

Date: 8/17/2010

Message: My condolences to Shawn's family and friends. Shawn will be greatly missed.


Name: Elrae McDonald Potts

Date: August 17, 2010

Message: Rest in peace Shawn. My condolences to his family & friends...


Name: L. R. McKay

Date: 08/17/2010

Message: My condolences go out to Shawn's family and many friends. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed...but will continue in our memories.


Name: Felicia St.Pierre

Message: our thoughts and prayers go out to Shawn's family during this hard time.

R.I.P. Shawn you'll always be in our hearts


Name: Susie Fox

Date: 08/16/10

Message: My condelences go out to Shawn's father, mother, brother & sister and his extended family, Shawn was always their for our family when our brother Bruce was ill in the hospital and during our wake and furneral. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be missed!

Susie Fox and family


Name: Terry and Colleen Dockter

Date: 8/15/2010

Message: Our Prayers are with you ,We will miss him dearly


Name: L. GoodNature

Date: 8/14/2010

Message: Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shawn's family. My brother Larry and I both went to school with him, and my brother played basketball with him also during that time at Four Winds High School.