Willis Royal Death, Obituary – Willis Randolf Royal was a member of the Regina Rifles and the Whitecap Dakota Nation. The 20th of May in 1930 saw the arrival of Willis Royal. The Brandon Residential School was his alma mater. In addition to that, he spent some time residing with family on the Fort Peck Reservation, which is located in Montana. During the time that Allied occupation forces were stationed in Germany. Willis Royal signed up to serve with the Regina Rifles and went to Valcartier, Quebec, for his military instruction. He eventually joined the Winnipeg Rifles after being relocated there. On August 21, 1950, he enlisted in the military, and on November 8, 1950, he was deployed overseas.
He continued to serve in an active capacity and was stationed in Hanover, Germany. On November 8, 1953, he set sail back home after having served for two years in Northern and Central; on November 11, he was out at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. On the reservation, they kept a “Kahomni” prisoner waiting for him to come home. After spending some time at home, Willis was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in Calgary, where he remained stationed from January until May of 1954. On May 24th, 1954, he was honorably discharged in Regina. Willis Eagle tied the knot with Victoria Eagle in the year 1957. They were blessed with six little girls to raise.
Carpentry, manual work, and cleaning were some of the jobs he held. Over the course of many years, Willis has made important contributions to the Whitecap community. In 1996, he was the one who came up with the Whitecap Dakota Nation logo. When the school was initially constructed, he was also involved in the design of the exterior of the building. In honor of his service with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a Special Duty Area (SDA) in Western Europe during the “Cold War Era,” Willis Royal was awarded a Special Service Medal in 1999. This medal was presented to him in the year 1999.
His prize came with a “sincere congrats” note attached to it. In April of 2000, his family paid him tribute by hosting a round dance and a feast. Elder Veteran Royal was honored on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, with the presentation of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their significant services. During his trip to Saskatchewan, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, unveiled the “Spirit of Alliance” War of 1812 Monument on September 19, 2014. This event was part of His Royal Highness’s tour of the province. The Whitecap Dakota Nation is responsible for the commissioning of the monument. Willis Royal celebrated his ninetieth birthday in May in the year 2020. In celebration of his birthday, a procession was organized. Willis’s birthday celebration was attended by a large number of well-wishers.