RIP: Former South Dakota Bishop Creighton Robertson

Posted Oct 28, 2014

IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota Creighton L. Robertson (Mato Ohitika) died of heart failure Oct. 24. He was 70.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, 500 South Main, Sioux Falls. A wake service will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, also at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m., and a 6:45 p.m. prayer service at Miller Funeral Home, 507 South Main, Sioux Falls.

Born in Kansas City, Robertson was a graduate of Black Hill State University, the University of South Dakota, and the University of the South’s School of Theology.

He was ordained deacon in 1989 and priest in 1990, and served as priest-in-charge at Santee Episcopal Mission in Nebraska from 1990-94.

Robertson was a Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux, and the first Native American to be elected bishop of South Dakota. While serving as bishop from 1994 to 2009, he emphasized forms of training and deployment that became known as Mutual Ministry.

— With files from Miller Funeral Home and The Living Church.