Guatemotzin Wareagle

November 29, 1949 ~ October 7, 2021 (age 71)


Guatemotzin Wareagle passed on Thursday, October 7 th , 2021 "Feast of the Holy Rosary" at the age of 71. He is survived by his
loving wife of 53 years, Dancingfawn; children: Whitethunder (Tahnee) Gomez, Brightstar (Miroslav)
Zamora-Matocha, Wi-oja-ja (Sandra Solis), Glowingrainbow (LaDarryl Sr.) Woods, Shechinatzin Gomez,
Tlotzin (Mandy) Gomez, Yshua Tzin, and Ysha Tzin (Mari Saavedra); 50 grandchildren and great-
grandchildren; his cherished brothers and sisters: John Gomez, Richard Gomez, Margie Vaca, and Laura
Gomez – and their families. Preceding him in death were his father, Juan Gomez and his mother, Aurora
Gomez; his sister, Aurora “Yoyita” and his daughter, Little Butterfly. He is remembered by brother-in-
law Arlis Johnson Sr. and all the Johnson family, as well as his many friends and their families.
Wareagle grew up in the Harbor side during the glory years of East Chicago, Indiana. Always a gentleman
and a scholar, he graduated high school from Bishop Noll Institute at the age of sixteen. Having attended
Malcom X College in Chicago, he was an advocate of social justice, worker’s rights, and ultimately lived
by the code of the Catholic Worker Movement. He served honorably in the U.S Army and retired from
Phillips Petroleum Company, serving as a respected union rep during his tenure there.
In his teenage years, he developed a love for music which penetrated any human heart that either saw
or heard him perform. Dedicated to his craft, he always gave his all to elevate souls to the highest
vibration. This incredible musical talent gave him an uncanny ability to develop a soul connection with
everyone he met. He graciously shared his love of music in the church choir, at local festivals, and
opened for acts like Ray Goodman and Brown, Fiesta Del Sol and others – even famously battling the
Jackson 5 of Gary, Indiana during his formidable years. His musical journey included being the lead
singer for the Enchanters, Together and his dream of finally performing with his daughter Brightstar in
the Mystic Fire band.
Wareagle’s love of music was only superseded by his love of Christ, his beloved wife, Dancing Fawn and
his precious family. He enjoyed spending quality time with his kids, playing and watching sports while
teaching the art of the game.
Our father believed every stranger was a friend unmet – so much so that he’d give the shirt off his back
or even Whitethunder’s rabbit fur-lined leather gloves to a homeless man to show compassion and to
teach his children valuable lessons of service to others.
He firmly believed that we have an obligation to speak the truth in love. For example, if one or two of
his children’s voices were made for humming rather than singing in Mass, he delivered the message with
compassion by saying, “it always sounds sweet by the time it gets to heaven”. He rarely missed
“teaching moments” sharing pearls of wisdom from the books of Wisdom, Sirach, Proverbs, and
personal favorite, the Epistle of James, with a request to grab The Good Book, the Holy Bible, he would
have you read what the Lord was telling you directly from scripture. He believed in the transformative
power of the Word of God. His last decade was spent in time with his children and grandchildren. He
confessed his most joyful experiences were walking with and witnessing the reconciliation of his family
members and friends back to Christ.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Visitation will be Friday, October 15, 2021, from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd. Highland, IN.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated DIRECTLY at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 5920 Waite St, Merrillville, IN 46410 on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:30 am.

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October 15, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center
8941 Kleinman Rd.
Highland, IN 46322

Funeral Service
October 16, 2021

10:30 AM
St Stephen Martyr Church
5920 Waite Street
Merrillville, IN 46410

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