Sherman Francis MacVenn

Born: Sunday, July 25, 1948
Passed: Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Sherman Francis "Mac Spotted Horse" MacVenn, 69, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017. He was born on July 25, 1948, the son of Francis S. and Mary Jo (Kennedy) MacVenn. Sherman married Juanita Smith in 1966. They were separated for 30 years before they married again in 2003 by Native American Lakota Pipe and then again married in 2004. He enjoyed reading a lot, was a Cub Scout Leader and loved telling children stories. Sherman owned the "Cherokee Nation" store, helped create a Native American Awareness Committee in 1995, and was part of the cleanup initiative for Beattie Park's "Honor the Mounds" celebration. Mac Spotted Horse was a member of Haudenosaunee tribe.

Survived by his wife, Juanita; birthdaughters, Sarah MacVenn Speed and Elizabeth MacVenn; many additional adopted children; four step children; sixty grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Willa MacVenn; and brother, Harry MacVenn. Predeceased by his parents; and daughter, Laura.

Private Family Services will be held.

Condolences & Shared Memories (5)

  1. sUE foley

    Juanita AND FAMILY sorry to hear of Mac's passing. I remember both of you and send loving thoughts and prayers. sue

  2. Marjorie Kropp

    Dear Juanita & Family, I am so sorry to hear of Sherman's passing. May pleasant memories bring you comfort. May he rest in peace. My sincere sympathy, Marge

  3. Monique hill

    Uncle mac was a great man who taught me a great deal of things when i was younger and who is loved my many, you will be forever missed and loved uncle mac, my you rest in peace.

  4. Richard Francis

    Sarah and Liz my mom called me today and told me about your dad passing away I want to leave my deepest condolences I loved him very much he will be very missed hope you all are doing well

  5. Larry Clark

    I remember growing up on School St with Sherman, Willa, and Harry then later meeting at the store and tipping a beer or two. You will sadly missed old friend. My condolence to the MacVenn family.

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