Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Kenneth Lee Merrick, Jr
November 4, 1970 - March 3, 2018

Residence: Groton, Connecticut, formerly of New Town, ND

Kenneth Lee Merrick, age 47 of Groton, Connecticut, formerly of New Town,ND passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at his residence. His funeral arrangements are with Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City.

Early Saturday morning on March 3, 2018, our beloved “Mato Duta” went on to be with our ancestors. Kenneth L. Merrick Jr, age 47 passed away in his home in Groton, CT. Jr. was born on November 4, 1970 to Yvonne Chase and the late Kenneth L. Merrick Sr. in Devils Lake, ND. Jr. grew up and attended school in New Town, ND. He graduated from high school from Four Winds High School in Ft. Totten, ND. On March 24, 1989 he was blessed with his beautiful “Baby Girl” whom he loved with all his heart.

In September of 1989 he started working for the renowned American Indian Dance Theatre based out of New York City as there Singing Director and performer. He traveled all over the world educating different countries on his Native culture singing and playing his flute. During his time on the dance theatre he traveled to places such as Egypt, Russia and Tokyo and many others. There wasn’t a country he hadn’t blessed with his gift of song and dance.

On Labor Day weekend of 1989 he met and fell in love with his soul mate Faithe Lonebear. October 6, 1990 he and Faithe were blessed with a beautiful son while he was on tour. He loved his “Sonny Boy” with all his heart. During this time Jr. made his home on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. In between tours Jr. ran a little daycare out of his home taking care of his son, his nieces and nephews. In 1993 Jr. started working for Lame Deer Trading in the produce section until he was hired at Lame Deer School in the ISS room. On February 21, 1997 he married Faithe at the Justice of Peace in Hardin, MT. Two days later he moved to Connecticut to work for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe as a singing instructor. Soon after, in May 1997 he moved his family to Connecticut to join him. He worked for the Mashantucket Tribe for 16 years sharing his vast knowledge of singing and dancing. During this time he worked with youth of all ages, ran the powwow, created a flag song for the tribe and worked in anyway that he could to help the community. His passion was singing and teaching children sing.

Everything Jr. did he did it with passion, love and determination. In Connecticut he and his brothers, Tyson and Michael Thomas formed the Grammy nominated drum group Mystic River Singers. Jr. traveled throughout Indian Country to many powwows sharing his songs, singing and teaching who ever wanted to learn. He loved to make people dance! Jr. and his brother Tyson also formed the Spirit Lake Warrior Basketball program with his nephews Phyllip and River and it took off from there. They traveled though out the east coast winning tournaments and brought a gold medal home from the State Games in California.

Jr. was so proud of both of his children. For Craig his dream was to see his son play on a college basketball court. This was a dream Craig fulfilled for his dad when he played college basketball for St. Joseph’s College of Maine and Nichols College. One of the most precious moments in his life was when Craig graduate from Nichols College in 2013. Jr. was never more proud of his daughter Lauren. He would always express what a wonderful mother she is, and what a wonderful and hardworking woman and she has become. On August 8, 2014 Lauren blessed him with his most precious gift, his granddaughter “Sweetie Girl”. She was the light of his life and she made him want to live, but the Creator needed him more.

Jr. is survived by his beloved wife Faithe whom resides in Groton, CT, his daughter Lauren (Chad) Merrick , his granddaughter Cheyenne Benedict of Rochester, NY, his son, Craig (Sara) Merrick of Berkeley, CA. His beloved mother Yvonne Chase of New Town, ND, brother Tyson Merrick of Prior Lake, MN, sister, ReNae Merrick of New Town, ND. His Pequot children Phyllip & River Thomas, Kiah Montey-Snell, Godson and Rylan Newell of Mashantucket, CT. Along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews and all his adopted families through out Indian Country.

Jr. is preceded in death by his Maternal and Paternal Grandparents. Father, Kenneth L Merrick Sr,, and Uncle Virgil Chase.






Thank You
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dinoto Funeral Home in Groton, Connecticut for all the support they have gave to the family.

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Clarice Lawrence (Fort Totten, North Dakota )
Mar 6, 2018
RIP Kenny Jr., deepest condolences to the family n friends.
Sayokla (Oneida, WI)
Mar 6, 2018
Kenneth Lee Merrick Jr.- My favorite big drum singer always n forever!! May he Rest In Peace and his family be comforted. ??????
Joyce Walker (Mashantucket , Connecticut )
Mar 6, 2018
Native Americans lost a great musician the other day. He opened his heart and lived to share his talents with young and old. Thank you Kenny for inspiring the next generation of Native Musicians. You left us to soon and you will be missed. May you Rest In Peace.
Dwaine Butler (Mashantucket , CT)
Mar 6, 2018
Rest easy my old friend. I thank you for everything you did for the people of Mashantucket. You were a part of us. Prayers to all the family and friends. We all lost a great man. ??????
Sheila Many Ribs (Parshall, North Dakota )
Mar 6, 2018
RIP nephew An will miss you hearing an seeing you singing with your drum group on videos throughout the pow wow trail and that I enjoy watching and listening An I love you An until we meet again. My heart is saddened And will cherish the memories of your singing that was recorded. <3
Jennifer E. Cuffee-Wilson (Shinnecock, New York)
Mar 6, 2018
Your Voice Will Be Missed!!
Michael L. Johnson Sr. (Gainesville , Florida )
Mar 6, 2018
Rest In Peace Kenny and may the Creator Bless your wife, kids, grandchildren, family and friends.
Please let our Baby Boy Mike Jr sing with you in heaven. ????
Desire LeBeau (Jewett City , CT )
Mar 7, 2018
My heart bleeds for my beloved friends. Kenny had a way with words, that he made you feel at ease when you felt all hope was lost. Thank you for the honor of calling you my brother. You will be missed, but never forgotten. Rest easy BIG brother
Nina ,Orville Greene (Tuscarora Nation, NY)
Mar 7, 2018
Niagara River Iroquois Dancers send our condolences.Your gift of Songs will be shared for generations.Fly high and sing with our Ancestors.
Nina ,Orville Greene (Tuscarora Nation, NY)
Mar 7, 2018
Niagara River Iroquois Dancers send our condolences.Your gift of Songs will be shared for generations.Fly high and sing with our Ancestors.
Wanda Van Richardson (Hollister, NC)
Mar 7, 2018
Lauren, love and continued prayers for your family.
Kristy Lohnes (St. Joseph, MO)
Mar 7, 2018
Condolences deepest sympathies, RIP Kenneth, Jr
Andrea C. George (Georgeville, Washington)
Mar 7, 2018
Sending our condolences to the family, we love you all and praying for continued strength, healing and acceptance at this time. Cherish and always remember the times, he will never be forgotten!
R. I. P. Kenny Merrick, Jr. Family on the Other Side are awaiting your arrival, safe journey.
Gloria Colon (Woburn, MASSACHUSETTS)
Mar 7, 2018
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Our thought and prayers are with his family and friends. He has brought joy to our community.
Debbie Little Bendickson (Fort Totten, North Dakota)
Mar 7, 2018
I have lost another loved one. but JR. you are
with your dad and grandpa Paul and Grandma
Margie. it was too soon for you to leave us, but
the creator only takes the BEST. I will never forget you, you don't know how much I cried for
you when I heard you left us. but always remember that you were our number one singer
you left us with many, many great songs that
you composed. but, nephew. Toksa Ake'
your auntie Debbie at Spirit Lake.
Samantha morales (Newark, Nj)
Mar 9, 2018
Sorry for the loss , he was/is a special person truely will be missed I LOVE YOU GUYS TRUELY. Im praying for you guys and i will always dance in his honor
Martin jr and Melissa little (Fort Totten l, North Dakota )
Mar 12, 2018
In loving memory of our relative Kenny jr
Roberta Kirk (Warm Springs, OR)
Mar 12, 2018
Rest in peace dear friend, prayers for your journey to the spirit world. Prayers of comfort to your family and friends left behind. We know that your ancestors are waiting to greet you in that other beautiful world and they will be rejoicing you. You will be healthy and happy. In this world, we will miss your presence but your spirit will carry on through your teachings and family. It was an honor to know you, however briefly.
auntie catherine howard (spirit lake, nd)
Mar 13, 2018
Toska (nephew) auntie Catherine I will miss your call's every time u call u say may i speak to my auntie HARD TO PEEL Have a good journey your are with your ate( dad) all your tiyospaye Relatives I know u will have a good drum group in the spirit world But your voice will carry on
Tecihida ( LOVE) rest in pease
Vonnie Johnson (Watford City , North Dakota )
Mar 13, 2018
Dear ReNae, Yvonne and family of Kenneth Jr. so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful talented man. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Vonnie and Dennis Johnson
Joyce & Glenn Wright (Arnegard, ND)
Mar 13, 2018
Yvonne & family -
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
Joy Tone-Pah-Hote (Lansdale, Pa)
Mar 14, 2018
Sending our love and prayers to all of Kenny's family and friends... Sending love to my sister Faithe and my niece Lauren and nephew Craig and Tyson.. May the Creator give you the strength to make it through this tough time.. Love the Tone-Pah-Hotes of Penssylvania
catherine howard (ft.totten, no.dak)
Mar 14, 2018
Tukasina call's the best and Jr you are the best in everthing auntie was very proud of you and every time u text your bro Ivan U always ask how's (HARD TO PEEL) now no one will call auntie that rest in peace your with all your love ones But u left us many songs for us to learn
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