KC Longbrake: 1991-2015
April 15, 2015
Kevin Charles Baine (KC) Longbrake was born January 28, 1991 in Eagle Butte, SD to Delbert and Mona (Marcelle) Longbrake. He passed April 11, 2015.
He was raised at the Nordvold Ranch on Abear Creek, south of Eagle Butte, with his sister, Ann'D, and brothers Weston, Jake and Kel. KC's childhood was all about being a cowboy and living the western lifestyle. He was horseback every chance he got and loved helping his dad on the ranch.
February 4, 1999, at the age of 8, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He took chemotherapy and radiation treatments for nearly four years. During this time, although he wasn't supposed to do anything strenuous, nobody could keep him away from his best buddy "Moe" (his appaloosa horse).
He spent his weekends and summers at his Uncle Tom and Aunt Charlene Traversie, and Bob and Arliss Keckler, where Grandma Arliss would cook him his favorite meal, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy. When KC was a young boy, he traveled the rodeo trail with his Dad who was a rodeo judge nearly every weekend. KC made many friends with the other rodeo kids, and this is where his bond with the White Wolf family became so strong. He adopted Sullivan Sr. as his Lala, and Lillian as his Unci. Huey, Kim and Crissy became his Uncle and Aunties and he would spend whatever time he could with them. When KC was little he wanted to be just like his big brother Weston, riding steers, then on to junior bulls, but due to his cancer he was limited. After he defeated cancer, he started his rodeo career by traveling with Pat Tibbs and learning to team rope. KC rode his first steer during the 1999 CRST Fair & Rodeo. He loved to watch his Uncle Bud Longbrake and Cousin T.C. Holloway ride, which inspired him to ride saddle broncs in high school.
After graduating in 2009, KC attended college at Gillette Community College where he received his Certified Welding Degree and was a member of the college rodeo team. After college, KC moved up to the amateur ranks of rodeo, including the South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA), the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA), and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA). In 2012, he was the year end Saddle Bronc Riding Champion in both the SDRA and the NRCA.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honored KC and proclaimed Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 as KC Longbrake Day! In 2013, KC bought his PRCA permit and filled it that same year, so in 2014 he was on his rookie year and traveled extensively across the United States riding at all the big pro rodeos. In 2013, he qualified for his first Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada where he finished sixth in the average.
After college KC worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in various positions including being a truck driver. He then worked for Colt and Chason Floyd at "Ace In The Hole" building pole barns. KC also did ranch work for Chris and Emma Lu Reeves and the Moore family ranch near Lower Brule, S.D. KC then worked in the oil fields in North Dakota for a short time. After the loss of his brother Jake in May 2014, KC moved home to be closer to his family. The highlight of KC's rodeo career was winning the saddle bronc riding at the Sitting Bull Stampede in Mobridge, last 4th of July, when he rode the famous horse "Chuckulator" for 84 points.
The last rodeo KC participated in was at Kallispell, Montana on March 21, 2015.
KC is survived by his parents, Delbert and Mona Longbrake of Eagle Butte, his sister Ann'D (Jon) of Eagle Butte; brothers, Weston (Jamie) of Coolidge, Arizona, and Kel (Stephanie) of Pierre, SD. His nephews, Lane Longbrake of Belle Fourche, S.D., Godsons Jayden and Jackson Taken Alive of Eagle Butte, Kelby Longbrake of Pierre, and niece Kessa May Longbrake of Pierre. His grandparents, Pete Longbrake of Dupree, Faye Longbrake of Eagle Butte, and Russell and Mary Garrett of Tucson, Arizona; his Uncles, Jake (Cindy) Longbrake of Dupree, Bud Longbrake of Dupree, and Marty Pavatea of Tucson, Arizona. His aunts Charlie (Harlen) Bradshaw of Kaycee, Wyoming and Monti Pavatea of Browning, Montana. His great uncles Robert and Alan Eagleman of Eagle Butte, Moses Traversie of Mission, Stewart Eagleman of Cumberland, Wisc., and Turk Cobell of Valier, Montana. His great aunts Carol, Wanda, Eva Cobell of Browning, Montana and Linda Alexander of Dallas, Texas. As well as his extended families including the Longbrakes, Nordvolds, Cobells, LeBeaus, Traversies, Kecklers and White Wolfs. He was preceded in death by his brother, Specialist Jake T. Longbrake, his grandfather Earl Marcelle, great-grandpas Neil Traversie, Joseph Eagleman Sr., and Alvin Cobell. Great grandmas Liberty Cobell and Helmina Traversie. Also his great aunts Eloise Cobell and Leola Kennedy, and great uncle Little Joe Eagleman. Also his best friend Shannon "Tall Horse" Lawrence.
Funeral services were April 18, 2015, at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School Auditorium. Burial was at the Longbrake Ranch near Abear Creek under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
The tears have now changed from one of joy, the laughs we shared with our favorite cowboy.
With every joke he was quick on his feet, if he could make you smile his day was complete.
He loved bucking horses and old cowboy tales, and looking sharp on that ole rodeo trail.
He had lots of friends who before it was too late, wish they could've helped with what burdened his plate.
The old Devil's tricks were too strong that day, alone KC Longbrake wasn't able to shake.
Having a hole in your heart only God's love can fill. I'm sorry, friend, but God loves you still.
~Cole Elshere, rodeo buddy