Norman Daniel “Waką” Snake Jr., 47, passed away December 27, 2021 at Black River Memorial Hospital. He was born in Black River Falls on August 15, 1974 to Norman D. Snake Sr. and Cheryl L. Decorah Snake.

Norman spent all his life in the Black River Falls area. After graduating from High School, he went to work for the Ho-Chunk Nation. Among other positions, he spent several years as a security guard for the Ho-Chunk Gaming casino. He later worked as a shift leader at Whitetail Crossing.

Norman had a big personality and was adored by all who knew him. Known for his sense of humor, he was funny, loved to tell jokes and tease others. Norman was a family man, always willing to go the extra mile to help others. He was also a fan of the Brewers and Packers.

He is survived by his father; his daughter, Halie Marg-Snake “Maa-suu-pii-wiga”; and his siblings, Tricia Snake-Custodio, Karena Snake-Custodio, and Marlin Snake; nieces Marissa Stabler, and Michaela Custodio; and nephews, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Miguel Custodio Jr.; and grandchildren, Taylan, Benson, Xavier, Anevay, and Eliyanah.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his grandparents, Anna Winneshiek Snake and Edith Crow Hunter; and nephew Darus T. Stabler.

Native American Church services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Indian Mission Community Building with Shannon Rave officiating. Burial will follow at the Decorah Cemetery. Friends and family are invited for visitation at Torgerson’s Funeral Home in Black River Falls on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the Community Building.

The Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

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