Cory was born on Oct. 12, 1974, to Duane and Diana Big Eagle. He grew up in Fort Thompson and attended school in Crow Creek, graduating from Crow Creek High School.

He is survived by four sons: Theron, Hunter, Jared and Cory Jr.; one daughter, Jalyssa; his parents, Duane Sr. and Diana Big Eagle; five brothers: Paul Ziegler, Eric Big Eagle, Weston Big Eagle, Micah Big Eagle and Duane Big Eagle, Jr.; and three sisters: Marlys Big Eagle, Sunny Big Eagle and Kristy Big Eagle.

He was preceded in death by his nephew Brendyn Big Eagle.

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