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11/17/2017 - Niko Barnett Johnson

Memorial services for Niko Barnett Johnson "Wambli Ho Tanka,” age 20, will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 17, 2017 in the Community Meeting Room utilizing the North Entrance in the Custer County Courthouse Annex in Custer, SD with President Keith Glover and Pastor Van Arp officiating.
Burial will be at a later date.
Niko was born on November 2, 1997 in Gillette, WY to Debbie L. Bates and David W. Johnson. He made his journey to the Spirit World on November 12, 2017 at his home in Custer, SD. 
Niko attended grade school in Deadwood, SD, Sturgis, SD, and Gillette, WY and attended high school in Custer, SD. During Niko’s school years, he joined the football team and received many awards for his athletic capabilities. After high school, Niko attended the Box Elder Job Corps and received training in drywall installation and finishing, and upon completion he was Union Certified. During his time at Job Corps, he received the golden perfect student award, which means he was at the top of his class. Niko was a cook at Captain’s Table and worked as a construction specialist at William’s Properties of Spearfish, SD. 
Niko’s passion was the outdoors; he loved snowboarding and skateboarding. He also enjoyed making music, rapping, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and writing poetry. When Niko was in school, he received the young author’s award for his exceptional work as a young author. His family traveled to Pierre, SD, where the award was presented to Niko. 
Niko is survived by mother Debbie Bates of Custer, SD; father David W. Johnson of Bismarck, ND; sisters Alisha Garneaux and LaRae Bargmann of Custer, SD and Erica Garneaux of Whitewood, SD; nephew Jarred McNulty of Whitewood, SD; grandparents Ethel Bates of Custer, SD and Russell and Leah Johnson of Gillette, WY; fiancé Ann Roxas of the Philippines; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Niko was preceded in death by grandfather John Scott Bates Sr. and great grandparents Nila and Joe Svara.
Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Niko Barnett Johnson "Wambli Ho Tanka.”

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