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Dawn L. Bearcub

November 13, 1985 — January 1, 2024


Dawn Louise “Rudy” or “Baby Dee” Bearcub, age 38, passed away on January 1, 2024 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Cannon Ball Youth Activity Center with Barry Bighorn Sr., officiating. Burial will follow in Big Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Weigel Funeral Home. 

Dawn was born in Poplar, Montana to Archie Bearcub Jr. and Leah Grant. She grew up in Fort Kipp/Brockton, Montana and also Cannonball, North Dakota. Dawn attended school in Brockton, Mont., Cannon Ball and high school in Solen, North Dakota. She moved to Bismarck in 2004 where she has resided since.

She was very athletic in school. She was active in high school sports, playing basketball and running cross country for Solen high school. After her schooling, she moved with her big sister to a military base with the rest of her sisters and mother. In 2004 the whole family moved back to Bismarck where she worked in various jobs. In 2006 she had her beautiful daughter Leeanna Alma-Louise (Bearcub) Bullis. She worked for AmeriPride as a supervisor. She supervised three of her sisters, who all worked together with her. She enjoyed her job and bossing her sisters around which she did since she was little. She had a knack for fixing things no matter what it was. She loved finding things to fix. Her humor was always comical and would always leave you laughing. 

Dawn had a nurturing spirit and was a natural caretaker and helpful to many.  She will always be remembered for her unwavering love and devotion to her family. 

Dawn had a tremendous love for animals, but especially loved her dog and her cat that needed extra attention due to it being blind.  She enjoyed graphic design, she was self taught and made beautiful images. She read her Bible daily. She loved listening to gospel music and ministries. Her dream was to see Pastor John Hagee in person “someday” and she did. He came to Bismarck one night, and right after services were over she got to meet him in person. He dedicated her Bible to her and she said that that was the greatest moment of her life. Her love for God and Jesus was immense. 

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved mother, Leah Grant and her father, Archie Bearcub Jr.; daughter, Leeanna Bearcub (Bullis); uncles Paul Grant, Jr., Morris Tattoo; grandmothers: Viola Wood (Larry Wood), Sally Sood (Oakland, CA); siblings: Mary Martha Grant, Lori Bearcub, Monique (Indio) Marquez, Traci Bearcub,  Trisha Bearcub, Mary Grant, Lindsey Ironroad, nieces: Erin Flying Horse, Angel Grant, Jovonna, Layla, Elaina, Leah Bearcub; nephews: Torrey Flying Horse, Dreighton Grant, Bailey Bearcub, Rylan and Ryder Grey Bear; grandchildren: Luna B., Aubry and Lesley G, Luke, Lane & Abel, Dakotah, Skylee, aunts: Dani Green, Jonny Bearcub Stiffarm, Lafawn Copenhaven, Mayme Tattoo, Long Hair Family, Black Dog Family, Andre Ramsey, Theodore “Teddy” Buckley, Logan Buckley, Angela Buckley, Rattling Thunder Family, Spotted Bird Family, Red Eagle Family, Tikanye Family, Elk Family, Pauline and Leonard Grant families, Bearcub Families from all over, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren too numerous to mention. If we have missed anyone please accept our apology.  

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Paul Sr. and Regina Grant; paternal grandparents: Lorretta and Archie Bearcub Sr.; grandparents: Patrick Ramsey, Sidney Ramsey Sr., Alma Mentz, Edward “Spencer” and Victor Elk; siblings: Faye McAllister and Aaron Keeler; uncles, Malcom Grant, Vincent Bearcub and Victor Grant; aunts: Patricia Ryerson, Charlotte Ramsey Linda Heidinger Linda Rattling Thunder and Mona Black Dog; cousins John Buckley, Jr., Craig “Joe Dirt” Ramsey, Laurelle Greene, Val Youpee and Natalie Long Hair . 

While we mourn the loss of Dawn, let us also celebrate the joy and love she brought into our lives. May her kind-heartedness and selflessness be an everlasting inspiration to all who knew her.

Rest in peace, dear Dawn. You will be profoundly missed, but your spirit will live on in the hearts of those whose lives you touched.

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