IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JUDITH ROSE WOLFBLACK WOODENLEGS Age 64 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
MARY ANN WHISTLING ELK Age 62 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on September 14, 2014. Traditional wake will be Friday, September 19, 2014 7:00 to 12:00 midnight at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Mary Ann Whistling Elk, Voestaa’e (White Buffalo Calf Woman), was called home on September 14, 2014. She was born February 3, 1952 in Lame Deer, Montana the daughter of June Ant-Whistling Elk and Alfred Whistling Elk Sr. Mary Ann grew up in Lame Deer, Montana on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. She married Brian Chestnut, they later divorced, and then married Myles Tall Bull Sr. As a child she loved horseback riding, and spending time with family and friends. Mary Ann was a loving and caring daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother to her family, who loved to do puzzles, playing cards, solving crossword puzzles, cruising around town, or walking the streets of Lame Deer. Mary Ann loved listening to 50’s & 60’s music hits and 2Pac. She had a great sense of humor, loved making friends and making them laugh. She always tried to help out family and friends as much as she could, especially her grandchildren. Her family was her greatest achievement and she loved them very dearly. She enjoyed watching Lifetime and movies like Dallas, and her laugh was very contagious. Mary Ann is survived by her son, Myles Tall Bull Jr.(Heather Old Bear, Allen & Shandon Tall Bull); her son, Lynn Ray Tall Bull (Brian, Eva Lapricniea and Kylee Whistling Elk); her sister Crystal Standfield ( Jeremiah, John, Raylene, Joshua, and Jennifer); her grandchildren Allen and Shawndon Tall Bull, Lapricniea and Kylee Whistling Elk, Romeo Tall Bull, Cheyan Tall Bull, and Brian Tall Bull Jr; relatives including Whistling Elks, Seminoles, Ants, Limberhands, Bradys, Littlebirds, White Dirts, Red Clouds, Littlewhirlwinds, Tall Bulls, Harris’, Threefingers, Longjaws, Limpys, and Bullcomings; her sister, Newta Mae’s family: Chalayne, Chauzlea, Chayceen, Hunni, Dawn, Jason, Walter, and Timothy; her special friends Sandra Medicine Elk and Catherine Russell. Preceding her in death was her mother, June Ant; father, Alfred Whistling Elk Sr.; her brothers Cecil Wolf Roads, Alfred Whistling Elk Jr.; her sisters Lilian Threefingers, Newta Mae Whistling Elk, Colleen Whistling Elk, and Christine Red Cloud; great-grandpa, Charles Whistling Elk; grandparents Walter & Helen Ant If we have left anyone out, please accept our apologies. A special thanks to St Vincent ICU Staff and to all our family and friends.
DELORES MARIE IGNACIO Age 42 of Visalia, California passed away on September 11, 2014. Funeral services are Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:00 AM at Birney Hall, Birney, MT. Delores Marie Ignacio, from Vasalia, California, formerly Birney, Montana, passed away after a long battle with a chronic illness on September 11, 2014 at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center. She was born September 22, 1971 in Billings, Montana to Bernard Ignacio Sr. and Mary Kay Fighting Bear. After going through the schools of Lame Deer, Montana, she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. She is survived by her children David and Michelle Ignacio, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; her brother Bernard Ignacio, Jr. of Fort Hall, ID; her sister Bernadette Ignacio of Nashville, TN; her Uncles Ray and Ronnie Fighting Bear of Birney, MT and Homer Fighting Bear of Arapahoe, WY; Aunt Nathel Fighting Bear, Aunt Nancy Fighting Bear, Aunt Dolly Sandcrane, and Patty Oldman all of Birney, Montana, She is preceded by death by her parents Bernard and Mary Kay Ignacio; her sister Wanima Ignacio; her grandparents Herbert & Margaret Fighting Bear, Joe & Nancy Sandcrane, and Freda Standing Elk; her aunts Marie and Serena Fighting Bear; and her uncle Robert Fighting Bear.
MARVA LEE SIOUX Age 58 of LIncoln, Nebraska passed away on September 5, 2014. Marva Lee Sioux passed away at the young age of 58 on Saturday, September 05th, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska which was the home of her recently passed loving partner of 15 years. Marva was the daughter of Estelle R. Hayes. Marva was proud to be of the Northern Cheyenne Nation and was born on August 17, 1956 in Crow Agency, Montana. She attended St. Labre Indian School and Eastern Montana College. Marva was spontaneous and traveled and lived around the country seeking to meet new and exciting people. Much like her mother, Marva believed that wealth in life could be measured by the people she met along the journey. Marva will be remembered for her smiles that could surprise and light up a room, her tenacity as she fought to face life’s challenges head-on and her undying pride and love for her children and grandchildren. Marva is survived by her son Ronald Miles of New York and Cassandra Marie of Colorado and her brother Jim of Billings, MT. She leaves loving family and friends in Montana and all over the country. "Don't walk in front of me. I may not follow... Don't walk behind, I may not lead.. Walk beside me, and just be my friend." "To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path,and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when stars shine bright." Services will be held for close family, friends and loved ones at the Busby Mennonite Church on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Contact the family for more information.
AAMONTAH NAMEAH CASTRO-WHITEMAN infant, passed away on August 31, 2014.
WILBUR ERNEST SPANG Age 53 of Clinton, OK passed away on August 27, 2014.
PRECIOUS SUNSET MEDICINEBULL Age 27 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on August 25, 2014.
BEAUTIFUL CRAZYMULE infant, passed away on August 19, 2014.
ELY SHYLON JADE WOLF BLACK 19 days old of Busby, MT passed away on August 8, 2014.
LORETTA MAY CREE Age 85 of Sheridan, Wyoming passed away on July 27, 2014.
RODNEY FRANCIS COOLEY Age 70 of Tonapah, Nevada passed away on July 20, 2014.
ROSEANN MARIE FISHER Age 14 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on July 19, 2014. Traditional Wake will be Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. On the afternoon of July 19, 2014 our sweet angel Roseann Marie Fisher “ Voe’ameohtseva’e”, First Standing Woman, born March 30, 2000 started her journey to ‘Maheo the Creator’ after a short battle with a very rare form of cancer that is more prevalent in Native American children. Roseann’s Cheyenne namesake was her aunt Anya Fisher. Roseann was a kind and shy soul whose smile will never be forgotten. She enjoyed listening to pop and Disney music, crafts, playing basketball, drawing a perfect picture. Her favorite color was pink, a color she often wore. Her favorite animal was a pig. Roseann’s favorite subject in school was science she spoke of attending the college in Helena or going to the military to become a nurse. She planned on donating blood after she was feeling better. She enjoyed helping others. Roseann had a strong bond with all her foster parents; Amy Foote, Marilyn Mader, Rosebud Lodge staff, Rhonda Solis, Sharon Bonilla, Kathy Sticka, Amy & Mike Bannovich, and Susan & Darrell Asbell. She was looking forward to going home to be with her sister Regina in Red Lodge. The bond between her and her sister is beyond words. Her wish with the ‘Make a Wish Foundations’ was to go to Disney World with her sister. Roseann is survived by her mother Toni Grace Fisher, (Victor Costa Jr); father Darius Bear Robe of Lame Deer. Her siblings, brothers: Noah Wilson, Drew Fisher & Jared Bear Robe; sister, Regina Fisher; maternal grandparents; Dudley Fisher & Drucella Killsnight (Ambrose); Godmother and Aunt Roseanne Headswift and Paternal grandmother, Lavina Blackwolf. Adopted grandmothers include the Northern Cheyenne Human Services, Title IV-E staff; Addie Baker, Eloise Whitewolf, Thomasine Woodenlegs, Mary Shoulderblade, Joyce Threefingers and Barbara Clubfoot. The Fisher family and the Human Services staff would like to thank the Medical staff at the Billings Clinic and the Children’s Hospital in Colorado, Dr. Guiller for all they have done for Roseann. Allen Blackwolf, Sacred Hat Keeper for his traditional blessing on Roseann and Anthony Threefingers for taking time to help Roseann in a traditional Cheyenne blessing and giving her a medicine pouch. A big thank you for the Human Services staff, CPS workers, Eloise Whitwolf, Judy Littlecoyote and Rachel Woodenlegs and all the volunteers at the Denver Children’s Hospital for taking time to go sit with Roseann at the Denver Children’s Hospital. The Fisher and Killsnight families are many, our apologies for not naming you in the obituary.
ROBERT ONE BEAR, SR Age 88 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
FRANCIS HARRIS Age 84 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on June 16, 2014. Wake services will be Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Francis Elmer “Gus” Harris, Indian name Birds Trail, was born September 01, 1929 to Bryan Harris Sr. and Ruth Medicinebird. He passed over the other side camp on June 16, 2014. He married Ataloa “Addie” Hogan on September 12th, 1952. Gus was a member of the Kit Fox Society and a faithful member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, Montana. No matter how busy his day was, he always made time to read his bible – he loved the Lord. He leaves behind a legacy of faith and commitment for his children and grandchildren to follow. Gus was a devoted husband to his darling Addie. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2012. Gus left school during 9th grade to help his dad and family. He worked on ranches along Rosebud for the Baileys, Egans, and Smalls. When Korean War broke out he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1950–1954. He attained status of Staff Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Gus was an area rancher. A rodeo cowboy who participated in Canada, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. In his younger years he rode bareback, saddle bronc and occasionally bulls. Gus was a tough ole cowboy on the outside, if he liked you he would do anything for you; he had a heart of gold. Gus and Addie loved to attend family celebrations and community functions to visit their grandchildren and friends. They were both very proud of their children and grandchildren’s achievements and hardly missed any activities they participated in.
In 1985, one of Gus’s highlights was participating in the National Old Timers Rodeo Association in Amarillo, Texas with partner Bernadine “Bigfish” Fisher. During his rodeo days he calf and team roped and steer wrestled. He was honored to team up with his brother, the late Chuck Harris in team roping and steer wrestling; he was very proud to represent the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. He was an avid PBR fan and loved raising cattle and horses throughout his life. Gus worked as a Foreman for the BIA roads in Crow Agency, Montana for many years. He was a Maintenance Man for I.H.S. for 15 years and a Heavy Equipment Operator at WECO for five years. Retirement didn’t sit well with Gus, so he went back to work as a Tribal Councilman for two terms. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Harris and Lori Onebear, Lame Deer, three sons: Lynn (Roberta) Harris, Colstrip, Ryne (Barbara) Harris, Lame Deer, Joel (Vicky) Harris, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and one adopted son, he took as his own, Joe (Charlene) Alden, Lame Deer, Montana. Special niece, Ataloa Ruth (Ron) Burman, Lame Deer, Montana. One brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Harris, Colstrip, one sister, Venita (Connie) Brien, Ashland, Montana. 14 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Gus is preceded in death by his loving wife, parents and brothers: Carl Harris, Chuck Harris, Gilbert Harris, Dale Harris, Bryan Harris, Jr.; Sister Marlene Anderson; Adopted son Donnie Bill Pease.
ROSE EAGLEFEATHERS KILLSONTOP Age 88 passed away.
SELMA FAYE WHITE ANTELOPE Age 50 of Billings, MT passed away on May 7, 2014.
EDWARD J. FOX Age 56 of Ashland, MT passed away on May 6, 2014.
JOSEPH TALLWHITEMAN Age 79 passed away on May 1, 2014.
LEONA LIMBERHAND Age 71 passed away on April 26, 2014. Leona So’taa’e (Suhtai Woman) Limberhand died April 26, 2014 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT after battling a long illness. She was 71 years old. Born in Lame Deer, MT, a daughter of Henry Blackwolf and Pauline Flying Blackwolf. Leona was also a 4th generation direct descendant of Chief Dull Knife, which she was very proud of. She attended school at St. Labre Indian School. She later attended college at Eastern Montana College in Billings, MT where she pursued a teaching degree. In her earlier years she was a switchboard operator, an aide, a mailing clerk and a teacher. On January 19, 1962, she married her soul mate, Herman Limberhand. The couple made their home in Lame Deer, Montana. Leona then devoted her life to raising her four children and caring for her grandchildren. Leona loved playing bingo, handgame, cards, playing Yahtzee with Lorraine Robinson and visiting with family and friends. She would often travel throughout Indian Country with her buddy Derek Knowshisgun to play handgame and bingo. Leona loved watching her grandchildren take part in sports. They were her pride and joy and she cherished each and every one of them. Leona is survived by her son Gavin (Lori) Limberhand of Kirby MT, two daughters Janet (Rick) Wolfname of Busby MT, and Roni Rae (Marlin) Brady of Lame Deer MT. A sister Lavina Blackwolf of Lame Deer MT, two brothers Michael Bearcomesout of Lame Deer MT and Bruce White SR of Crow Agency MT, her grandchildren Don Limberhand (Who she raised as her own), Skyler Limberhand, Ashley Limberhand, Jessica Clampitt, Brandon Clampitt, Kristen Brady NeiderKlein, Katisha Brady Stops, Kourtney Brady, Kyle Brady, BJ Briggs, Shann Cole Wolfname, Jordan Wolfname, Kiann Wolfname and Ricki Lee Wolfname. Her great grandchildren Deanna Limberhand, Tearra Limberhand, Rodney Limberhand, Sophie Hamblin Sydney Hamblin, Madison Limberhand, Brandon Waters, Jasmine Waters, Zabian Clampitt, Avaya Stops, Dalonzo Stops and Willis Little Bear. One goddaughter Deanna Brady Rojas of Honolulu, Hawaii. Leona was preceded in Death by her husband Herman Limberhand, her son Rodney Limberhand, her father Henry Blackwolf and her mother Pauline Blackwolf. She had other relatives precede her in death however, they are too numerous to name. Leona was loved and will be missed dearly by her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends. We want to thank all of those that came to see Leona for the prayers, support and strength that each of you offered during this difficult time. A special thank you to the staff at the Billings Clinic ICC Department for their tender loving care of our mother.
FENTON STUART FLYING Age 42 of Cherokee, NC passed away on April 23, 2014.
PRESTON REECE GRAY Age 26 of Hardin, MT passed away on April 18, 2014.
THOMAS LITTLEWHITEMAN age 48 of Busby, MT passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Traditional Wake services will be 7:00 PM Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the family home. Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.
EUGENE SEMINOLE age 66 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Traditional Wake will be 7:00 PM Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Seminole family home in Birney, MT. Funeral Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Birney Hall in Birney, MT. A Cheyenne Warrior, one of the highest decorated Vietnam War Veteran in the state of Montana passed away on April 12, 2014 at St Vincent Medical Center in Billings, Montana. At his passing he was surrounded by his family with his wife, Marion by his side. Sargent Eugene Seminole, was born on December 17, 1947 in Lame Deer. He was one of the 13 children born to Alfred Hubert Seminole and Mary Jane Yellow Eyes Seminole. As one of the descendants of Northern Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife Eugene was born into a family history that speaks of time when the Northern Cheyenne, under the leadership of Northern Cheyenne Chiefs Dull Knife and Little Wolf, were forcibly removed from the northern plain to the Oklahoma Indian Territory. The history speaks of the people’s escape from the Indian Territory on September 9, 1878, and the Fort Robinson Break Out on January 9, 1879. Additionally, he is the great-grandson of Ruben Black Horse, who was among the first Cheyenne Scouts that served under General Nelson A. Miles at Fort Keogh in the late 18th century. Eugene through his mother is also a direct descendant of Northern Cheyenne Chief Crazy Head. In 1968, Eugene joined the United States Marine Corps and he did two tours in Vietnam. He was severely wounded twice in battle. But during a battle at DaNang Barrier he single handily wiped out a Viet Cong machine gun nest and saved his squad. After his heroic action he was awarded the Navy Cross the second highest military medal in the nation. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroic action and two purple hearts. He was awarded 13 medals including the Vietnam Campaign with w/60 Device, Vietnam Service w/ 2 Stars, Vietnam Cross with Gallantry, National Defense, US Marine Corps Good Conduct, Presidential Unit Citation, and Rifle Expert Badge. After six years serving his country, Eugene was honorably discharged in 1973 with a rank of Sargent. After Eugene completed his first tour in Vietnam in 1970, his parents Hubert and Mary Jane held a traditional Cheyenne Victory Dance to honor their son as a Cheyenne Warrior. The local people and others from such places as South Dakota, Oklahoma came to dance and welcome home their Cheyenne war hero. The special ceremonial events for the victory dance were conducted by a Southern Cheyenne Chief Hailman Little Coyote. It was during the Cheyenne Naming Ceremony for a Cheyenne Warrior that Eugene’s Cheyenne name was changed from “White Magpie” to “Chief Killer.”
Prior to his military service Eugene worked in various jobs both off and on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. He was a hard worker who worked a time as a Tribal Police Officer for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. He later was a Heavy Equipment Operator for the roads department of the Bureau of Indian Affairs until he began working for Peabody and then Western Energy Company in Colstrip, Montana. He took a medical retirement in 2008 in which he attributed his health problems in relation to Vietnam and suffered from Agent Orange. For the past nine years Eugene served his people as a Cheyenne Chief. Eugene assumed the Chieftainship of Chief Dull Knife as a hereditary Chief. A position passed down through the male linage of his father who held the position until his death. Eugene served as a Cheyenne Chief with humanity, responsibly and respect. He is survived by his wife Marion, and his children, Orlando “Curtis”, Michael, Winona, Todd, Blaine, Margene, Jeremy, Terry and Erin. He is also survived by his siblings, Mina Seminole, Vickie (Mike) Bearcomesout, Leon (Maxine), Ambrose (Clementine) Martin, Donald Seminole and Richard Foote. His aunts, Beatrice Small, Delores Yelloweyes Morgan, Joanne Yelloweyes of Butte, Montana and Jeannette Stetler of Raleigh, North Carolina. Also surviving him are his 20 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Burton, Raymond and Alfred Seminole and his adopted brother, Robert Bear Chum, Sr. And his sisters Elizabeth and JoHanna Seminole as well as his adopted sister Hilda Tall White Man. Eugene also leaves behind many other relatives. His relative include the Gondara, Yelloweyes, White Dirt, Bird-In-Ground, Onion, Bright Wings, Sooktis, Elk Shoulder, Wolf Name, Evans, Fox, Sioux, Spotted Wolf, One Bear, Shoulder Blade, Eagle Feathers, Head Swift, Waters, Rising Sun, Medicine Top and the Bailey family. Eugene comes from large extended family if we have missed anyone please accept our apology. “Sargent Eugene Seminole is pain free and resting now in the valley of peace. In prayer we ask the Creator to welcome him home and make a special place for him so that he might celebrate with those loved ones who have gone before him.” Rubie Sooktis, 2014
MOLLY MEDICINE ELK Age 79 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Traditional wake is 7:00 PM Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral is 11:00 AM Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer, MT. On April 1, 2014 our Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great & Great-Great Grandmother and Friend has returned home to her creator Maheo and her loved ones that went before her. Molly, S’e’vohe’ne “Fast Growing Woman”, was a direct descent of Chief Littlewolf, who led the Cheyenne back to our homeland. Molly, 79 years old was born on June 9, 1934 to Elsie Josie Killsnight and George Walter Jr. She attended Busby Boarding school in Busby, MT. She worked for Westmount Home Care as a home care provider for the elderly and Bear’s Security watching vacant Air Force units on Eastside for NCTHA. She took it upon herself to watch the unit 24/7. Molly enjoyed doing word puzzles, reading and watching her favorite western programs on TV, Bonanza and Gun Smoke. She also enjoyed playing her little poker games. She was very close to her family and enjoyed being with all of her grandchildren. Molly raised her grandchildren, Curtis and Sonny Crazymule, Jonathan Medicine Elk, Miranda Morrison and Leanna Little Sun. Molly married her late husband John Medicine Elk Jr. To this union they had Anna Mae Crazymule, Late John Sonny, Susie Ann, Sandra and Zethal Medicine Elk. She also took Candace Elkshoulder and Julitha Littlebird as her adopted daughters. Molly is survived by one brother, Roger (Mable) Killsnight Sr., her sisters, Irene Bear Quiver, June American Horse, Ethelene Killsnight and her sister in law Rosella Killsnight, her daughters, Susie Ann, Zethal Jean, Sandra (Russell) Medicine Elk, Candace Elkshoulder and Julitha Littlebird. a special friend Jolene Three Fingers, her nieces, Loraine (Tom) Waters, Charlene (Joe) Alden, Jolene Walkslast, Emmaline Gleason, Elizebeth Braided Hair, LaVonda Brady, Claudine Cano, Event Lopez, Nadine Killsnight, Renae Bear Quiver, Loretta Leon, Roseann (Wayne) Headswift, Gertrude (Clovis) Drucella (Ambrose), Velicia Doncella Killsnight and Olene New, her nephews, Joseph Waters Jr., Eric Sr., Lucus, Marvin (Laretha) Killsnight, Martin, Otto (Barbara) Braided Hair, Steven (Linda) Brady, Merrill Killsnight Fernana, James Anthony Killsnight, Frank Bear Quiver Jr., her grandsons, Curtis, Sonny Crazymule Jr., Jonathan Medicien Elk, Davis Wounded Eye, Hubert (Veronica) Russell lll, Linwood Hisbadhorse Sr., Dorek, Justin(Teri), Lloyd (Bobbie) Littlebird Jr., Daniel (Hailey) Blackwolf Sr., Cameron Elkshoulder, her granddaughters, Mary Jane Russell, Kara Tallwhiteman, Leanna Little Sun, Loylene Littlebird, her great-grandchildren, Curtis Jr., Sonny Jr., Anna Mae, Layla, Allison Crazymule, Jamel, Conner, Jonathan Medicine Elk of New Mexico, Kanya Russell Shay, Shakaya Whiteman, Shawn Little Sun, Michael Guvera Jr., Brittney Bixby, Julytha Lara, Leisha, Ruben Cole, Chalisa, Chaslty, Chreas, Chelise, Cylene Leah, Lloyd lll, Julytha, Doerk Jr., Carson, Leah, Terrain, Jullian, Justin Littlebird Jr., and her great-great-grandchild, Tahlayla Littlebird. Molly was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter Anna Mae Crazymule, her son John Sonny Medicine Elk, her sister Agnes Littlehead, her brothers Avon, Louis Sr, Martin Killsnight Jr. her grandchildren Miranda Morrison, Larold Littlebird Sr, her great-grandchildren Sage Whiteman and Littlebird Jr. Extended families include Callfirst, Spotted Wolf, Spang, Cooper, Flying, Huff, Waters, Bear Quiver, Killsnight, Cano, Gleason, Hisbadhorse, Teeth, Soldier Wolf, Medicine Bull and Littlebird. Our family is large so if we have forgotten to mention someone we apologize. The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at St Vincent Healthcare and for the help and prayers from everyone.
ALBERTA MAE SPANG Age 61 of Ashland, MT passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Traditional wake will be Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm at St. Labre Catholic Mission, Ashland, MT. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 at11:00 am at St. Labre Catholic Mission at Ashland, MT. On the evening of April 1, 2014, while family stood by her side, Maheo took our loving sister, mom, grandmother, great grandmother, auntie and cousin, Alberta Mae Spang, by the hand and lead her to heaven. Alberta was born Sept. 24, 1952 to Alfonso “Burt” Spang and Emeline Fisher. Alberta was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Her Cheyenne name is Komen’ahe’e (Pure Woman), named after her aunt, the late Eva Seminole. Alberta was a member of the Catholic Church. Alberta grew up on the Spang Ranch, south of Lame Deer. She attended Lame Deer Elementary School, Colstrip High School, and graduated from Busby High School. Alberta married Charles Scott of Brockton, Alberta Canada. From this union they were blessed with two sons, Charles and Cleve. They later divorced. Alberta worked various jobs while living in Canada. She was the Financial Manager in Peigan Industries in Brockton, Alberta Canada. She was Library Aide and Certified Nurse’s Assistant in Yakima, Washington. She worked as Laborer at the Ashland Sawmill, and St. Labre Indian School for 13 years. She retired due to her illness. Alberta loved picking and preparing chokecherries and plums; drying meat, turnips, fresh fruits, and vegetables. She loved to bake, listen to country music and bead with red, white, and black colors. She also loved working in her flower garden, tending to her flowers and herbs. She loved decorating her home, especially at Christmas. Alberta also loved chatting with her friends on her phone and computer. Alberta is survived by two sons, Charles (Nema) Scott, and Cleve Spang, four grandchildren Christopher Alfonso Spang, C.J. Scott, A.J. Scott, and Hennie Scott, one great grandchild Kyson Spang. Her sons, grandchildren and great grandchild are her pride and joy., Edward Fox, her loving companion of 10 years. Her brothers: Warren (Norma) Spang and Eloy Brady; her sisters: Lucinda (Joe) Fox, Ethelyn Spang, Jocelyn Spang, Cordelia K. Spang, Lanita Little Whiteman, Jolene (Winfield) Spang, Mary Ann (Lawrence Jr.) Neiss. As well as the families of Spang, Harris, Fisher, Old Bull, Elk Shoulder, and Seminole. Preceding her in death are her parents; little brother Cleve Ernest Spang, her grandparents: Alfonso Sr. and Mary Calls First Spang, Henry and Lucille Harris Fisher, Jennie and Jules Seminole
EUGENE WHITEMAN Age 39 of Billings, MT passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. Visitation will be Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Chapel of Hope Assembly of God Lockwood Inc, 24 Nightingale Drive, Billings, MT. Traditional Wake will be Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the Lame Deer Mennonite Church. Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Lame Deer Mennonite Church.
BERNADETTE KAY RED CHERRIES, age 53 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Traditional wake services will be Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Christ the King Catholic Parish in Busby, MT. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Christ the King Catholic Parish in Busby, MT. Bernadette Kay Red Cherries was born July 6, 1960 to Bernard Red Cherries and Flossie Rock Roads near Busby MT. She left this world March 8, 2014. Bernadette was a loving and devoted mother. Bernadette pursued a secondary education in Lawrence, Kansas at “Haskell University”. Her occupations ranged from wild land fire fighter to counselor at Healing Hearts to nurses aid. She had a passion for the outdoors including; fishing, camping hiking, running cross country, picnicking, and collecting rocks. She also loved traveling and lived in a variety of places. She was a loving, caring person with a bottomless heart. She was loved by many friends and family too numerous to name. She was known for seizing the moment and making people laugh. She will be sincerely missed. She left an impression on the world and the people fortunate to have known her. She is survived by her children Daecia, Gabrielle, and E.J. LA Roche, Nancy Mackey, Mamie Walks Along, and nine grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Bernard Red Cherries and Flossie Rock Roads, sisters Patsy Maupin, Imogene Rock Roads, Mina Rife, brother Bernard Red Cherries JR., and niece Johnalene Medicine Top.
BABY GIRL REDNECK, INFANT, DAUGHTER OF THERESA REDNECK passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014.
WAYNE ALLEN TALLBULL, Age 60 of Ashland, MT passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014. Wake will be 7:00 PM Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at St. Labre, Ashland, MT. Funeral will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at St. Labre, Ashland, MT. Wayne Allen Tall Bull, age 60, passed away of natural causes at his home in Ashland, MT on February 14, 2014. Wayne was born January 16, 1954 in Crow Agency, MT to his parents Aliwitchie Fisher and Nelson Tall Bull, Sr. Wayne was raised by his grandmother Kittybelle Fisher, his uncle Bernadine Fisher and aunt Geraldine Fisher. Wayne was a very kind loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. He grew up in the Ashland, Rosebud area. He attended Busby Boarding School and graduated from St. Labre Indian School. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. joining in the service on the buddy system with his best friend/brother Lonnie Flatness. After being honorably discharged he began his life as the jack of all trades. He had numerous jobs throughout the United States, with his most recent job as being more than the bartender at the Office Bar. He listed his occupation as “The Drunk Whisper” on Facebook. This was the job he loved the most. In November 1996 he went on a blind date with the love of his life and soul mate, Lynelle Speelman. The blind date lasted 18 years. Wayne is preceded in death by his daughters, Winter Augare and Lisa Marie Burns, his parents, his brothers Charles Tall Bull and Terry Craig One Bear, his grandparents, his uncle Bernadine and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his wife Lynelle, his children Jesse Taylor Tall Bull, Sage Augare, Wayne Tall Bull, Jr and Tiffany (Garret) Burns, Kaydence Robert Tushka, Dominick Riley Tushka, Shalane (Michael) Jeske, Amralee Shaniece Hogan, Aiyanna Marie Jeske, his very dear aunt/mom Geraldine Fisher, brothers, Beaver Tall Bull, Arlin, Allen, Vernon, Virgil, Steven and Roy Fisher, Lonnie Flatness, Danny Dennis and Jim Rowland, his sisters Patsy (Adrian) Foote, Roxanna (Calvin) Wilson, Leslie, Donna and Shelly Fisher and Thelma (Eugene) Beaverheart and his mother in-law Nellie Speelman. Wayne was born into a very large family. He had many relatives including the families of Tall Bull, Fisher, Spang, Zimmer, Amsdem and Pittman. We love you and will miss you Grandpa! – Kaydence, Amralee, Dominick and Aiyanna
JUSTINE VICTORIA ROUNDSTONE MANLEY age 56 passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Funeral services are Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Lighthouse Church 11:00 AM in Busby, MT. Justine Mo'e'noh Victoria Roundstone-Manley, began her journey back home to no'voose on Thursday, February 13, 2014. She was born on September 10, 1957 to the late Martin Roundstone, Jr. and Alemeda Birdtail. She was raised in the White River District Busby, MT. She attended Busby School and later obtained her GED. She also participated in the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) placement program. She completed one and a half years of college working towards a medical records certification. For several years she lived in Billings working as a Personal Care Aide and substituted at the Busby Schools in the kitchen. She was our little big sister, taking care of her sisters and brothers, her home was always open for them to come to. While in her care, as children, she would take them on many walking adventures around the Busby and Kirby areas. She also loved riding horseback, helping her siblings to ride too, especially on her White Mare and Four White Socks. She participated in the "Longest Walk" to Washington DC in the early 70s. Although she was a quiet, shy person she had many friends and always supported them and her family in any way she possibly could. She was an amateur artist, especially drawing horses, beading, sewing and other crafts. She loved to cook, feeding her family and friends. She was an avid baker, always making cookies and breads. She loved to read a good book. She was very proud of her grandson, Tristian, whom she raised as her own son, loving and caring for him was her pride and joy. Her first relationship was with Edward Lewis, from this relationship, her daughter Eleven Rae Lewis was born. She later lived with the late Lynross Bixby, Sr. who helped her raise Eleven as his own daughter. She then married the love of her life, Garland (Gar) Manley in 2001 at the Mormon Church in Lame Deer. They moved from Busby to Fort Belknap Agency, MT, living near her mother, where she made many new friends and met her Gros Ventre/Assiniboine relations.
She is survived by her husband Garland Manley, her son Tristian Chan Roundstone and her daughter Eleven (Donald C.) Lewis, her grandsons Justus Washington, Diamond and Dre Marsh, and granddaughter June Marie Cochran. Her mother Almeda (Ron C.) Birdtail, brothers J. David (Minnette), Mark (Tami) and Chance (Andrea) Roundstone, her sisters Donna (John Y.) Roundstone, Karen Stone and Evelyn (Shawn) Backbone. Her aunties Doreen Birdtail, Rachel (Leroy) Carroll, Effie Bearchum and Freda Smith. Her special uncles Clinton and Alvin Birdhat. Her Roundstone and James nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Her special niece Chanda Spotted Elk and grandson Sky. Her special friends; Elaine Ereaux and Dora Morrison. Her relatives Truslers, Smalls, Small, Whitewolf, Snow, Bear Rope, Wooden Legs, Moores, Bird Tails, Gones, Waltons, WallsEarthboyasand Hanaways. And her many Northern Cheyenne, Gros Ventre and Assiniboine relatives. Justine is preceded in death by her Dad, Martin Roundstone, Jr., sister Julia Anna Roundstone, granddaughter Mary Olene Cochran, grandparents Martin Roundstone Sr., Mary Grasshopper and George and Jenny Cliff Birdtail. Her Aunts namesake Victoria RS-Jones and Beverly RS-Tall Bull, her brothers Coleman and John Tall Bull, her Uncles George Jr., Wayne, Homer, Henry and Rueben Birdtail, her Aunts Shirley Hannaway, Edith Walls Earthboy, Joyce Gone, Ophelia Gives, Delores & Vivian Birdtail. We love you, wife, mom, sister, daughter, auntie and grandma, until we meet again.
ROBERTA BETH LIMBERHAND Age 23 of Busby, MT passed away on February 3, 2014.
LOUISE FISHER Age 79 of Busby, MT passed away on February 2, 2014.
MYLINA RAYE WOLFBLACK Age 25 of Utah passed away.
GEORGE LABAN LITTLE WOLF Age 87 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
CHARLES LITTLEOLDMAN Age 67 passed away on January 14, 2014. Wake services will be Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parrish in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral will be Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Charles Littleoldman, Homa’e Óhma ‘heonevéste (Medicine Beaver) beloved grandfather, father, healer, spiritual and ceremonial man of the Northern Cheyenne tribe was called home on January 14, 2014. Charles was born to Fern Littleoldman and Francis Wolfchum on Febuary 28, 1946 along the banks of the Tongue River. He was born in early spring underneath the Medicine Beaver constellation and this is where his name comes from. He grew up in the Birney Community amongst the Suhtai people on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Charles and his sister Mamie were raised by his grandmother Josie Limpy and great-grandfather, Charles Headswift, and their mother Fern. His great-grandfather, Charles, was a Sacred Hat Keeper which then was given to Josie after his passing. He was raised in the traditional Cheyenne way by his family. Charles learned traditional medicine from his grandmother which would later become his life. He attended Birney Day School, Busby, and Chilloco Boarding School in Oklahoma. He went AWOL from Chilloco and lived with relatives in Watunga until he found a way to return to the banks of the Tongue River. He married Lenora Red Cloud, from this union three children Charlene, Tina, and Reno Charles were born. As a young man he struggled with alcoholism, but his faith and belief in the traditional ways helped him overcome this battle. Charles’ powerful belief in the traditional ways of his people was in his heart. During this time Charles and Marcelline began their time together. Through this union, Pascal Sage was born. “All prayers are good.” He would say. Charles was deeply devoted to prayer and the traditional ways of his people. By this strong and humble faith, Charles strengthened not only his family, but his tribe and anyone who was open to his prayers. He practiced the Catholic faith and was an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Lame Deer, Montana.
Charles was a Headsman of the Kit Fox Society. He was a former Sacred Hat Keeper. He helped numerous people through fasting and Sundance ceremonies. Charles loved to sing and was a member of the Birney Singers, the Tongue River Singers and several other drum groups. He passed down his knowledge and love of singing to his son, Pascal. In passing down songs he taught their meanings and when it was appropriate to sing them. Charles enjoyed going to Powwows where he sang and Gourd Danced with his friends. Charles believed in encouraging the youth and was involved in various activities including Native American Week, trips to Lake DeSmet, Bear Butte and Cody, Wyoming. He mentored with Second Seasons and was a board member. Also he worked with the young men from Pine Hills as a mentor. He ran sweats with the Prayers Warriors MSP, for healing. He tried his best to help the younger generation by sharing his knowledge about healing ways and ceremonies. He also was a dedicated St. Labre Braves fan and would often attend games and other activities. He had a great love for all of his children, grandchildren, family and friends. He was a kind, genuine, and modest man. Charles was blessed with a great sense of humor which helped him through struggles in life. He liked to tease, he was hopeful and an uplifting person to be around. The power of healing and prayer that he possessed was deeply respected by his people. In his eyes everyone was equal, no one was above another, and he always helped anyone that asked. Words cannot express how greatly he will be missed by his family, friends, tribe, and all those that knew him. He was more than just a man, he was a part of the spirit of the Cheyenne Tribe. Charles is survived by his wife Marcelline, Charlene and Sam Littlewhiteman and family, Tina and Delano Harris and family, Joseph Morrison, Jr., Pascal, Sarah and Cedar Shoulderblade, Janelle and Brian Jones and family, Eric and Brenda Timber and family, Stella and Damson Ortega Jr. and family, Thomas “Ivey” and Barbara Timber, Clayton Whiteman, Aunt Dolores and Daniel Fisher, Uncle Wayne and Rosanne Headswift, Aunt Mary Underwood, sisters Helen Louise Yellowrobe and Kathy Foote. Charles had many adopted and extended family that are close to his heart.
JERRARD CHRISTOPHER WIDDICOMBE Age 24 of Ashland, MT passed away on January 11, 2014. Traditional wake services will be Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm at St. Labre Mission, Ashland, MT. Funeral services will be on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at St. Labre Mission, Ashland, MT.
ROBERT FISHER Age 53 of Billings, MT passed away on December 31, 2013.
WILLIAM GARDNER, JR. Age 51 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on December 25, 2013.
BURTON FISHER, SR. Age 84 of Birney, MT passed away on December 17, 2013. Traditional wake will be 7 pm, Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the Birney Hall, Birney, MT. Funeral services will be at 11 am, Monday, December 23, 2013, at the Birney Hall, Birney, MT.
MAXINE MAXLINA GUAVERA SPANG Age 63 passed away on December 17, 2013. Traditional wake will be at 7 pm, Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Circle of Life Lutheran Church, Muddy Cluster, MT. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Boys & Girls Club in Lame Deer, MT. Maxine Maxelina Guavera Spang, spent her last days surrounded by her beloved husband Leo, Daughters: Evone, JoHanna, Artie and her grandchildren: Shaydel, Sage, Treavor and Little Leo. Joined by family members at her side, Maxine gave into her valiant fight against cancer early in the morning of Tuesday, December 17, 2013. She remained strong in her faith that one day she would reunite with her loved ones, past and present, in a joyful celebration of life without pain, sickness and tears. On August 1, 1970 she joined her life with Leo F. Spang in marriage. Together they spent 43 wonderful years living along Muddy Creek where they raised 3 beautiful daughters and 4 exceptional grandchildren. Maxine will be remembered by her many loyal friendships, marked by her love of teasing, laughter, and the happiness that followed her. Her maternal grandfather of whom she was extremely proud of was Chief John Turkey Legs, Northern Cheyenne, one of the last known designated player and makers of the Northern Cheyenne Courting Flute. She was an amazing gardener and cook who took pride in surprising people with the many hidden gardens located around her home. Maxine enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and teaching them the art of craft making, beading, ceramics and the preparation of traditional foods. Known as “The General” by her coworkers at Northern Cheyenne Firefighters she spent many hours working as a highly respected base camp manager for twenty-four years she was often specifically requested to manage camp crews. Maxine was an avid believer in justice and was willing to fight for it at any cost, whether it was for her children or her Tribe. She served on the Natural Resource Board, Voters Committee, Lame Deer School Parent Advisory Committee and various other Boards and Committees of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Her years of volunteerism included donated services at the Boys and Girls Club and the Head Start Program. Maxine also worked as part of the family business, Northern Cheyenne Trail Riders she was known and loved by many of the guests that came from around the world.
Maxine was born on January 23, 1950 at Sheridan Wyoming, the child of Caroline Whiteshirt and Max Guavera Sr. both of whom preceded her in death. Other relatives that preceded her in death include: Stephana Flores, Juanita Guavera, Jean Turkey Legs Poitra, Lincoln Whiteshirt, John Paul Flying, Ellsworth Flying, Burt Flying, Lawrence Flying, Nora Flying, Sheila Flying, Frank Rowland, granddaughter Sadie Spang, Evelyn Flying, Extended families Spang, Turkey Legs, Poitra, Yellowrobe, Soldier Wolf, Limberhand, Flying, Elkshoulder, and Rowlands. She is survived in death by her beloved husband, Leo F. Spang, her children Evone Spang (C. Robert Yellowfox, III); JoHanna Spang (Arnulfo Betancourt); and Artie Spang. Grandchildren: Shaydel Alissa Spang, Sage Francis Spang, Trevor Wiley Spang and Leo Clay Yellowfox. Her siblings: Rosella Killsnight, Bula Brey, Max Guavera Jr, Amanda Whiteshirt, Rudolph Santiago, Joe Paine, and Mike Bowles, Aunt Nancy Yellowrobe. Her relatives include Littlebear, Walksalong, Limpy, Yelloweyes, Elkshoulder, Shoulderblade, Blackhorse, Medicinetop, Strangeowl, Americanhorse, Medicine Elk, Long Jaw, Eagle Feather, Whiteman, Big Head Man, Russells, Whistlingelk, Sandcrane, Fightingbear, Bearchum, Bearcomesout, Braidedhair, Littlewhirlwind, Yellowrobe, Limberhand, Bites, Wolfname, Flying, Whitewolf, Lonebear, Whiteshirt, Stewarts, Birdinground, Old Elk, Williamson, Fallsdown, and Pickets. In this time of grief we may have forgotten to mention families and friends but acknowledge your help, thoughts and prayers for Maxine.
LAFAYETTE HARRIS Age 78 passed away on November 29, 2013. Lafayette Joseph Harris (Lafe), Has “TA” Ehe (American Horse) was born November 5, 1935 in Lame Deer to George and Martha Harris. Lafe started his journey back to the Lord on November 29, 2013. Lafe grew up on the Muddy Creek and lived with his grandfather and grandmother, Bill and Margret Harris. In his younger years with his grandparents, Lafe enjoyed working doing ranching, farming, and cowboying. Lafe attended grade school on Muddy Creek in his earlier years then attended school at St. Labre Mission for the remainder of his school years. He enjoyed playing basketball and baseball at school. Lafe and four other Cheyenne Players won a national Indian Basketball Champion Tournament in Chauwawa, Oregon in the mid 1950’s. After high school graduation, Lafe joined the US Marines in 1958. After basic training, Lafe was selected for the National Color Guard in Washington, DC. During his duty tour in DC, he was assigned duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington Nation Cemetery, the White House, and the National Capitol Building. He was extremely proud to serve his country. His assignments also included military escorts for diplomatic dignitaries such as Russian President Nikita Khrushchev. After finishing a four(4) year tour in the Color Guard, Lafe joined the US Navy four eight(8) years. In the Navy, Lafe served with an underwater demolition team. Lafe was discharged with injuries he obtained in the Navy while in Australia. Lafe moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where he could receive ongoing medical care from the military. At Cheyenne, Lafe met and married Kay Ebeling in the late seventies. Kay passed on while they lived in Sheridan, Wyoming where Lafe spent most of his later years. Lafe is survived by this sisters, Delpha, Emma, Theresa Harris. Bother’s Troy and Arlee Harris. Step sister, Phyllis Teeth. Three step boys with Kay. Family members that have previously pasted on to eternal live: His grandparents Bill and Margret Harris; Parents George Harris, Martha Teeth; stepmother Bernice Harris; wife Kay; bother’s George(Jr.) and Baptise Harris; step brother’s Ross and Austin Teeth; Aunt’s and uncle’s: Mary Ewing, Lizzy Elliot, Julia Walkslast, Lucille Fisher, Florence Harris, Agnes Mason, Ray Harris.
ANITA ANN WHITEMAN Age 51 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
MABEL SMALL Age 86 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
LOUELLA FIRECROW RUSSETTE Age 61 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
DAVID LITTLEWHITEMAN, III Age 59 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on November 27, 2013.
TINA MARIE MAYA Age 33 of Kennewick, Washington passed away.
EVELYN FLYING MERRY Age 81 of Lame Deer, MT passed away.
EVELYN STANDING ELK Age 67 of Ashland, MT passed away on November 13, 2013.
ELIZABETH PARKER RIOJAS Age 74 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on November 7, 2013.
CAROL ANN TALLWHITEMAN Age 34 of Browning, MT passed away on November 6, 2013.
ALEXANDER LITTLECOYOTE-SPOTTEDELK Age 18 of Lame Deer passed away on November 2, 2013.
JOHN KILLSONTOP, JR. Age 77 of Busby, MT passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
MARGARET BERNADETTE RUSSELL Age 77 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013. Wake services are Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Baptist Church in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral services are at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland, MT at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt Margaret Bernadette Russell, Tohovenaa’hehe – “Woman’s Name”, Votona’e -“ Tail Feathers Woman” went to be with Maheo on October 18, 2013. Margie was born on December 24, 1935 to Frank and Alice (Tall Whiteman) Russell in Ashland Mt. She attended school at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland. Margie was raised by her great-grandmother Anna Brown Bird. Margie married Jerry Ridgebear and from this union four children were born. Margie worked for the Guild Arts and Crafts, Community Health Representative, Recovery Program and at the Elderly Complex. She enjoyed playing Bingo, the casino machines, making dry meat, delicious fry bread, and oven bread, taking care of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, picking berries, collecting Trolls-bears, angels, crosses rosaries and rings. She also liked to visit with her friends and family. Margie is survived by her children Samuel (Pat) Ridgebear, Frank John (Lajuana) Ridgebear, Virginia Ridgebear, Lujenia Ridgebear, and adopted children Samantha Ridgebear, Charlene Robinson, Scharlmaine, Charleston and Bobby Yellow Fox & Brian Newman of CA., grandchildren Ariel, Abbigail, Josh, Nate, Aubrey (Jesse), Randolph, Megan, John, Rhonda, Kirby, Angel, Zack, Eugene, Keyjuan, Frank Jr., Randy Sr., and Tiffany Ridgebear, 31 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, many adopted children, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, sisters Rita, Limana, Johanna, Rosie, LaDonna, Vina, Rose, Maggie, Bertha, Arlene, Ruby Blackburn, Frances Dewey,Vicky, Mina, Mildred, brothers Daniel , Donald, Gilbert Dale, Nathaniel, Myron, Winfield Russell, James Crazymule, and Ron Cronick of MN, and her only aunt Susie Wilsey. Margie is preceded in death by Frank Russell, Alice Tall Whiteman, John Ridgebear, Willis Ridgebear, Kendall Ridgebear, Aubrey babies (1), Angel – (4), and Nate (1). Extended families include Russell family (Eugene, John Sr., Agnes, Clifford Sr., Elsie & Elva) Littlebird, Bearcomesout, Walkslast, Tall Whiteman, Tall Bull, Elk Shoulder, Ridgebear, Whitehawk, Clubfoot, Medicine Top, Seminole and Sooktis. Our family is large so if we forgot anyone we apologize. Thank you & appreciation to all nurses and doctors at St. Vincents, HIS and Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home, also to all the family and friends who came to visit Margie during the days at the hospital.
ERNESTINE SHAVON LITTLE MOUTH Age 29 of Birney, MT passed away on Friday, October 18, 2013. Wake services will be Friday, October 25, 2013 at the September Walksalsong residence in Birney, MT at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Blue Tin Hall in Birney, MT at 1:00 pm. On October 18th 2013, the Lord saw Ernestine getting weak, so he came and took her hand without a chance to say goodbye, Ernestine was such a happy girl with a beautiful smile, without a care in the world she made it worthwhile. She made everyone think, and played with their mind, knowing that the Lord ONLY TAKES the BEST!! On December 17th 1983 a Beautiful daughter was born to Dolly & Ernest Little Mouth Sr. They named her Ernestine, who grew in her own unique ways, she was always curious about everything, never stopped asking questions, teasing her siblings, making them laugh, giving them encouraging words. At the age of 13, Ernestine began having health problems not showing her pain, but celebrating like there was no tomorrow. Ernestine was a traditional lady who fasted at our homeland Bear Butte and was involved in our cultural ways. She was always proud of her nieces and nephews, showing her Love and playfulness that will never be forgotten, Ernestine always had something in her goodie bag, while the kids stood and waited for her to give them a surprise! Her hobbies were cruising under the bright lights of Billings, walking around town leading her best friend William Plainbull, who always waited by her side. Ernestine enjoyed her smoking, not caring who was there to say so, yet still showing her respect. Ernestine is preceded in death by her daughter Tanaya Tevon, Grandparents Joe & Nancy Sandcrane, Preston & Mamie Little Mouth, nephew Joseph Brock, baby Oldman, Niece Shetae Sandcrane, & Best Friend Kamie Crazymule.
ROSALINE AMERICANHORSE MOORE Age 61 of Idaho passed away on Friday, October 11, 2013. Wake services will be Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Busby, MT at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will at 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Christ the King Catholic Church. On October 8th, 1976 she married her best friend and companion for life Pat Moore. In 1980 they moved to Rupert, Idaho. In 1985 she started working for Maverik Gas Company. She was employed as a store manager and retired in 2010. In her spare time she loved adventure, traveling many places with family and friends. She was always ready to have fun and enjoyed a good laugh. She enjoyed being surrounded by family and friends. Her biggest joy was being blessed with three granddaughters and one grandson. Upon her retirement she focused her time on her grandchildren: spending time with them at her home and going on family vacations with them. She is survived by her husband Pat Moore, Twin Falls, Idaho: three children, Taunya (John) Bracero of Peekskill, New York, Aunica (Tim) Tibbets, Twin Falls, Idaho and Brian Moore, Hansen, Idaho. Four grandchildren: Illi Tibbets, Kaiha Tibbets, Marcus Bracero and Mia Moore. Her sisters: Marge (Chuck) Eagleman, Phoenix, Arizona, Alberta (Burton) Fisher, Birney, Montana and Priscilla Tallbull, Kirby, Montana. Two brothers: Newton (Christy) Americanhorse, Sheridan, Wyoming and Samuel (Valerie) Americanhorse, Williams, Oregon, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father: Ernest American horse, mother: Carrie Whitehawk and step father Andrew Whitehawk, sister: Darlene Green and brother: Marvin Americanhorse.
LORETTA BRADY BELL Age 70 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Wake services will be Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be 10:00 am at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Loretta Brady Bell went to be with Maheo on October 12, 2013 at her home in Lame Deer. She was born on April 23, 1943 to Howard and Mary (White Hawk) Brady. Loretta was one of ten children born to her family. Loretta attended schools in Ashland and also attended Flandreau Indian School in Pierre, South Dakota. Loretta met and married the love of her life, Jack Bell. They were married for a lot of years before Jack passed away. Loretta missed him very much after he passed away. Loretta loved to do beadwork, dry meat for other families, growing her plants in her house and outside also. She loved to visit with her many friends that would check on her. Loretta is survived by her son Wayne Walksnice, daughter, Wanda (Curtis) Littlelight, son Clyde Walksnice, son Eddy Walksnice, sister Rebecca Spicer, brothers, Stanley Brady, brother Edwin Brady. Loretta is preceded in death by son Blake Walksnice, son Tony Walksnice, daughter Ruby Walksnice, brothers Archie Brady and Howard Brady Jr., sisters Ursula Brady, Sandra Brady Perez, Kathy Bradfy Alcozer, Elizabeth Ann Brady, her parents Howard and Mary. Loretta’s extended families include: Walksnice, Brady, Bearcomesout, Morrisons, Little Whirlwind, White Hawk, Beartusk, Whitewolf, Whistling Elk, Whitedirt, Fox, Perez, TallBull, Black Horse and Littlebird. Our family is large so if we have forgotten anyone we apologize.
DARREN YELLOWHAIR Age 42 of Lame Deer, MT passed away. Darren Yellowhair, Ėše’he Ȯhtamȅhnéstse “Sun Walking”, age 41 of Ashland, MT passed away September 21, 2013 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, MT due to illness. Darren attended grade school at Ashland MT. He began his education at St. Labre High School, and then transferred to Kicking Horse Job Corps to receive his GED, Journeyman Welder, and his Maintenance Tech, and then he moved to Portland, Oregon to work as a Journeyman Welder. He then went to Anaconda to receive his High School diploma and his heavy equipment operator license. Darren then came back to work for Dale Hoffman, and then he worked for the mailing department at St. Labre. He moved to Lame Deer to start a family and worked for Northern Cheyenne Housing, then began to work for Lame Deer Public School as a maintenance tech until he became ill. His life was dedicated to his wife and children. He loved watching his children play sports, mainly basketball. He also liked participating in the Little Big Horn Ride for many years. He is survived by his wife, Nadine Killsnight/Yellowhair of 18 years who he recently married on September 17, 2013, by Father John. Sons Andrew Quiroz, Dennis Killsnight, Durran (Whitney Spang) Yellowhair, Darren Yellowhair, Jr., and Devin Yellowhair, and his daughters Darian Yellowhair, Darica Yellowhair and Dezirae Yellowhair, one grandson Sema J Killsnight/Bird. Father, Stanley (LaDonna) P. Eagle, Sr., brothers Stanley P Eagle Jr., Mickie Eagle, Uribe Sampson Eagle, Wayne Bordeaux, sisters Julie Eagle, Katona (Marlin) Spotted Elk, nieces Keshia (Kelcie) Eagle, Jayna Two Moons, nephews Keyshawn Bordeaux, special aunt Judith Ann (Daniel) Foote, Eloise Whitewolf, Joy Whitewolf, Letha Whitewolf, Arvelus Whitewolf, uncles Isadore Whitewolf, Joseph Whitewolf and Gussy Yellowhair, cousins Chad Anderson, Craige Anderson, Dalbert Littlebird Jr., Shannon Littlebird, Shandel Littlebird, Annessa (Mike) Littlebird, Helena Littlebird, Elaine Littlebird, Jonny (Martin) Littlebird, and Delmarie Littlebird, brother-in-laws Eric (Theda) Killsnight, Marvin (Laretha) Killsnight, Lucas Killsnight, sister-in-laws Claudine Killsnight (Elena Not Afraid), Event (Lorenzo) Lopez, Kiemo Lopez. Darren is preceded in death by his mother Wanda Yellowhair, sister Suzette Tanya Eagle, brother Kevin Bordeaux (Cheyenne cross). The Yellowhair family would like to thank everybody for the support while Darren was in the hospital. A special Thanks to the nurses at St. Vincent Hospital 3rd floor Nichole and Jodie. Traditional Wake will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer. Funeral Services will be Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Boys and Girls Club in Lame Deer. Burial will follow in the St. Labre Cemetery in Ashland.
ORA LOUISE BIGBACK PRICE Age 55 of Virgina passed away Monday, September 16, 2013. Ora is the daughter of Eugene Big Back, Sr. Wake is tentatively scheduled for Friday and the Funeral Services is tentatively scheduled for Saturday. Ora Louise (Big Back) Price, Hoo’ohta’e- “Corn Woman” was born Sept. 30, 1957 in Crow Agency, MT to Eugene (Clarice) Big Back, Sr. and Gloria Big Back (Redneck Fisher) the latter of whom preceded her in death. Maheo called her home after a sudden and unexpected illness on Sept. 15, 2013. Gone much too soon, she is survived by her husband Daryl E. Price, two children: daughter Denisha, son Daryl Eugene “Gene” Big Back-Price and her grandson Daryl E. Price II. The State Cross Country Champ in 1975, she attended Freeman College (in SD) on full scholarship before joining the United States Air Force in 1978. Service to our country included one tour of duty in Korea before retiring at the Pentagon in 1994. Her military awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), Air Force (AF) Commendation Medal- 2 OLC, AF Achievement Medal, AF Good Conduct Medal- 4 OLC, and the National Defense Medal. After completing volunteer work teaching children she began civilian work for the United States Army where she remained in different capacities (including grief counseling families of the 9/11 victims) until her recent second retirement. She received the Department of the Army Commander Award for Civilian Service. She was a “straight shooter” that would help anyone in need; who loved her family and her beloved Denver Broncos. She especially enjoyed spending her free time with her grandson which included doing volunteer work at his school. Her Surviving Aunts are: Cecilia, Nancy, Bertha, Marie, Phyliss Fisher Spang and Magoo Shoulderblade; Surviving Uncle: Leonard Wolf Black; Brothers and Sisters: Eugene Jr., Eugenia (Ken) Duhart, Charles Sr. (Debra), Benno Sr. , Larry (eldest first cousin), Elisha (adopted daughter of her mother Gloria Big Back), and Starr (adopted son of Eugene Big Back Sr.). Preceding her in death are her mother Gloria Big Back (Redneck Fisher) and her brother Harry Big Back as well as her grandparents, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. Please accept our apologies. Because our family is so large we have included the family names in place of listing the remaining individual family members: Bear Chum, BellyMules, Big Back, Big Left Hand, Black Wolf, Club Foote, Elk Shoulders, Fighting Bear, Fishers, Harris, His Bad Horse, Limberhands, Little Coyote, Little Wolf, Locher, Looks Behind, Rednecks, SandCrane, Shoulderblades, Spang, Standing Elk, Stands In Timber, White Moon, White Shield, Wolf Blacks, Yellow Robes. We do not mean to leave anyone out. Her childhood friends include: Aline Kills On Top, Ethelene Stump and Doreen Limberhand. We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. You know she cared for you all
ALLEN L. SHERMAN Age 72 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on August 20, 2013. Wake will be Sunday, August 25, 2013 8:00 PM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral Services will be on Monday, August 26, 2013 10:00 AM at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish. Pete”Allen Leonard Sherman was born in Lame Deer, MT, December 7th 1940 to Otto and Letha Sherman. He passed away at his home of natural causes on August 20, 2013 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation where he was an enrolled member of the tribe. Pete went to school in Lame Deer and graduated from Busby High School in 1959. He along with his 2 brothers and 3 sisters helped their Mom and Dad on the “Stump Ranch” on Kirby Creek from about 1957 to 1959 before moving to California that same year. Pete married his first wife Judy in 1961 and they had a son, Ronnie and a daughter Tammy together and were divorced in 1975 and returned to the Reservation that year and was later married to Denise (Roth) in 1978 where they lived at his home west of Lame Deer until their divorce and where he lived up to his passing. Throughout his life he was a great joke and story teller as was his father before him. No one it seemed ever escaped from lots of laughter and maybe a red face when visiting with him at Lame Deer IGA where he retired, on the street, or at his home where he always made people feel welcome. He is survived by his son Ron of Colorado, daughter Tammy of Colorado, 2 granddaughters, sister Barbara (Sherman) Gies of Billings, brother Conrad (Ellen Sherman of Pasadena, California, , 1 niece, 8 nephews, 9 great nieces, 8 great nephews, 15 great great nieces and nephews, much loved cousins and friends too numerous to count from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, and was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Dewey, Richard, Gary Sherman and two sisters Doris Sherman, and Christine (Sherman) Hamilton of Lame Deer, and niece Tina Hamilton.
ARIAH LARAYNE ONTIVEROS, INFANT of Lame Deer, MT passed away on August 15, 2013. Parents are Lindsey Whitewolf and Brandy Ontiveros. Wake will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral Services will be Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, MT. Our beloved baby girl, Ariah LaRayne Ontiveros, was called home unexpectedly by Maheo on August 15, 2013. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in our heart.” Although we did not get to feel the beat of your tiny heart or smell the scent of your body you will always have a very special place in our hearts. Ariah LaRayne Ontiveros is survived by her parents Lindsey Whitewolf and Brandy Ontiveros, Siblings, Hailey Jo Bruisedhead, Rayleah Ontiveros; Brother Carson Ross Bruisedhead and Amarion Ontiveros; Maternal Great-Grandparents,Harvey and Diane Hofer and Paternal Great Grandparents, Burt and Alberta Fisher, Ralph and Marcia Redfox, Erlyce LittleWhirlwind; Maternal Grandparents Leslie and Theresa Whitewolf, Alfretta Hart (Raymond), Fred Whitewolf Jr., Mark and Ruth Whitewolf; Paternal Grandparents, Mellissa Deputee, William Redfox, Howard Ontiveros (Tami), Edina RedStar (Brian), and Ethel Brady; Maternal Aunties Jenifer Crandall (John Jr.), Stephanie Whitewolf (Greg), Carissa Whitewolf, Ashley Whitewolf (Lloyd Jr.), Brooke Whitewolf (Tommy), Tessa Whitewolf, Shelby Whitewolf; Paternal Aunts, Dalore Deputee (Morgan), Andrianna Deputee (Clayvin), Kimberly Deputee (Jarrod); Paternal Uncles, Tyler Redfox, Jeremy Deputee (Mercedes), Fred Deputee Jr. (Marshae), Jericho and Samuel Deputee, Jamisen Ontiveros, and Dana Shoulderblade. Cousins Joshua Whitewolf, Gwendolyn Whitewolf, Jasmine Crandall, Tyrese Whitewolf, Burton Tallwhiteman, Kiera Sanchez, Devin Tallwhiteman. Many other Uncles, Aunties and Cousins too numerous to mention. Extended families include WalksAlong, Limpy, Limberhand, BigBack, Killsnight, Wolf Name, Whiteman, Brady, Stands-in-Timber, Yellow Nose, Ridge Walker, Greeny, Two Bulls, Whitemoon, LittleWhirlwind, FireCrow, Yellow Robe, Whitewolfs of South Dakota, Tangled Yellow Hair, Littlebird, TallWhiteman, Redwoman, Yellow Hair, Red Breath, Twenty Stands, Lightning, Red Cherries, Bearchum, Lost Leg, Littlemouth, Burgess, Roberts,Woodenlegs, Yellowfox, American Horse. We apologize for any families we may have forgotten. Ariah LaRayne Ontiveros was preceded in death by her maternal Great-Grandparents Fred Sr. and Carol Whitewolf; Grandmas Esther and Delores, Uncles Terry Spottedwolf Jr.; paternal great great grandparents, Andrew Whitehawk and Carrie American Horse; great grandparents, Felix Ontiveros Jr. and Deloris LittleWhirlwind; grandfather, Frederick Deputee Sr.; uncle, Larenzo Ontiveros, Vince Brady and Mervin LittleWhirlwind.
ANDREW YELLOWEYES, SR. Age 60 of Ashland, MT passed away. KA’EHOOHOMO’E (Short Sioux) began his journey back to the Spirit World on Saturday, August 3, 2013. After an extended illness Andrew died on Saturday afternoon at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana. Andrew received his Cheyenne name Ka’ehoohomo’e from his great grandfather, Nora White Horse’s father. From stories told by grandparents, his name sake, Ka’ehoohomo’e was a brave warrior and one time had been in a fight with a bear that left one of his arms badly injured. Andrew attended St. Labre School and after high school he moved to North Dakota where he attended United Tribes Trade School in Bismarck where he received his certification in welding. Most of the time, he lived with his nephew Danny Carlson on the Yelloweyes ranch where he was a ranch hand and loved working with horses, he was an avid horseman and always ready to ride. Andrew had sixteen nieces and twenty-five nephews and his many nieces and nephews loved him and always welcomed him. He also has numerous grandchildren which already has put him a being a great-grandfather.
Andrew was born on June 14, 1953 to Oliver and Margaret Fox Yellow Eyes. He was direct descendant of Crazy Head which he was very proud of. Andrew was a member of the Dog Soldier society. Andrew was baptized as a Catholic. He also took part in his traditional Cheyenne ceremonial practices. His parents, three brothers David, George and Gilbert Yelloweyes and four sisters, Mary Jane Seminole, Laura Bryan, Erma Jean Schuessler and Susie Carlson preceded him in death. Andy is survived by his six children Andrew Jr., Isaiah, Ryan, Dean, Laura, Kacha and one grandchild. Andrew is also survived by his three Sisters Delores (Stan) Morgan of Ashland, Montana, Joanne Yelloweyes of Butte, Montana and Jeannette Stetler of Raleigh, North Carolina and one brother Christopher LaRance of Billings, Montana. Also surviving him are his extended family, Seminole, Fox boys Joe, Jr., George, James, Edward, Richard and Marvin, Wayne Headswift, Whitedirt, TwoTwo, Killsontop, Spotted Elk, Onion, Two Bulls, Old Elk, Medicine Top, Big Head, Bahr, Rides the Horse, Birdinground, Elk Shoulder and LittleBird. Our family is very large and please excuses us if we failed to mention you. We wish to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Ponderosa Nursing Home for the great care that they provided to Andrew as well as the staff at St. Vincent Hospital especially Dr. Sanders who was his doctor.
JOSIE WHITEMAN Age 81 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on July 31, 2013. God seen that Auntie Josie was getting tired, and called her back home on July 31, 2013. Auntie Josie was born on June 22, 1932 to Frank Whiteman, Sr. and Emma Lightning. She was born on the Tongue River Reservation with no doctor present. Josie came from a big family with 10 siblings, which she was the last of the children to pass over to the other side to join her loved ones that have gone on. As a young girl she liked to Indian dance and sing powwow songs with her brothers. Josie was a strong and independent woman who had no children of her own, but loved and cherished her nieces and nephews. Josie married Albert Dresser who was from Wyoming. Josie always talked about going to Wyoming to visit. She had a great sense of humor and a mind of her own, often telling people just what she was thinking. She loved to drive around when she had the chance. Not much kept her from doing what she wanted to do, often walking around town with her walker to make it to the store or to check mail.
She was very fond of her namesake, Rennie Whiteman, together they would drive around and often would talk Rennie into taking her to get her medicine (wine), as she would often call it. Although Josie had a disease of alcohol she would never give up a chance to go for a cruise or spend the night with one of her nieces Nadine, Rennie or Brenda. She also would just come out and tell you bluntly where she wanted to go. Auntie was a woman of much power, she lived alone but wasn’t afraid to chase away company that would get out of hand or she just plainly didn’t want them there. Her stubbornness and her special smile will truly be missed. Josie is survived by her nieces and nephews, Claudine Cano, Marvin (Laretha), Eric (Theda), Nadine (Darren), Event Lopez, Tara and Traya Killsnight, Leola, Charlotte, Rogene, Jason Whiteman, Grover Lee, Gary Lightning, Rennie Pena, Phillip Whiteman Jr, Florene, Philex and Philene and EdwinWhiteman, Robert Whiteman Jr, Janice, Anita, Francine, Dana, Valentine and Frank Whiteman III, Arnold and Elmore Brady Jr., Brenda (Eric) Timber, George (Serena) Eagle Jr., Julio (Misty) Brady, Leroy Whiteman and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We would like to thank Public Health Nurses, Martha Garcia, Morena Mitchell & Eddie Whitedirt for their services. The family would also like to thank IHS, for many years of service with Auntie Josie (even though she would often chase them away or fight with them). Josie taught us that no matter what goes on around you, you have to fight to survive and just to keep on going. We love you Auntie and no one can take your place, you were one tough cookie to the end. Journey on to the other side, where we know there is no more sickness or sadness, you’re loved ones our waiting. She had friends like Enoch Limberhand, Dayton & Josie American Horse that would spend extra time with her doing the special things she liked to do. She also had Andrew Quiroz her special grandson checking on her and driving her around.
VETA MAE SOOKTIS FIGHTING BEAR - BEAR Age 55 of Birney passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Wake services will be Monday, July 15, 2013 at Joe Bear's Residence Ashland, MT 7:00PM. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Veta Fighting Bear (Day Woman – E šeeva’e) was called home to be with Mahe’o on July 10, 2013 after a short illness. Veta was born on May 11, 1958 in Crow Agency, MT to Elmer and Mabel (Sooktis) Fighting Bear. Veta graduated at St. Labre Mission High School on May 17, 1977. She then helped raise her sister Viola’s kids. Veta then worked at different jobs with St. Labre and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. She liked to bead, garden, and make dry meat. She had five biological grandkids, also numerous others from all of her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband Joe Bear Comes Out Jr. of Ashland, Daughter Amber Goudreaux, Sons: Milan Goudreaux (Angie Bearquiver), Dustin G. Sr. (Nikkita Shakespear), and numerous nieces and nephews whom she considered her own sons and daughters. Sisters: Nancy Fighting Bear, Effie Bear Track (Paul), Myrna Burges, Dorothy Jackman, Henrietta Man, Ruby Sooktis, Mary Grace Medicine Top (Ron). Brothers: Perry Fighting Bear (Ella), Clifton Sooktis, Charles “Butch” Sooktis, Silas Big Left Hand (Alice), Charles Little Old Man, Harvey Big Head Man. Her Northern Cheyenne Relatives: Little Heads, Little Suns, Braided Hair, Strange Owls, Club Footes, Elk Shoulder, Belly Mules, Medicine Bulls, Fishers, Fox, Seminoles, Little Old Mans, Medicine Tops, Rowlands, Three Fingers, and Crazy Mules. If we forgot to mention any others we apologize. We have a big family. Also, we the family, would like to thank the Lame Deer Emergency Room staff and St. Vincent’s Medical Staff for taking such great care of Veta’s medical needs.
HANNA DEANN HARRIS Age 21 of Lame Deer passed away. Wake services will be Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Amesekehae’e (Pemmican Woman) Hanna DeAnn Harris, 21, of Lame Deer, MT passed away tragically on July 4, 2013. She was born to Malinda Harris and Sam Long on May 5, 1992 in Billings, MT. Hanna was blessed with a beautiful baby boy on August 28, 2012. Nellie’ek Rayous was the love of her life. She was a good mommy and devoted her life to her son. When Hanna was only one year old, she survived the tornado that hit her home on July 20, 1993. She attended Hardin Middle School where she graduated from the 8th grade, and later graduated from Billings West High School in 2010. Hanna was raised learning Northern Cheyenne traditions and also had a strong Catholic upbringing. Her confirmation sponsor in the Catholic Church was Thelma Fisher. She also enjoyed peyote meetings and sweats. She was Grandpa Ray’s baby girl. The two of them would attend Sweat Lodge together, High School Ball games, and driving around. Whereever Ray went Hanna would follow. Whenever she could get the chance Hanna would make her way to Pine Ridge to see her Dad, Grandmother and other paternal relatives. She was always very proud to say that she was also Lakota. She belongs to a large family that taught her family values and love. Hanna always offered a helping hand wherever she went.
Family members include Parents: Malinda and Tim Limberhand and Sam and Naomi Long, Grandparents: the late Raymond Harris, Jr. and Clara Harris, the late Jimmy Foote and Theda Foote whom were also her Godparents and the late Dave Long Blackcat and Ramona, Annie & Jim Bement. Sisters; Rose (Ken) Pinkerton, Deidra Harris, Marti and Josie Woodenthigh, Ray Sooktis, Allison Charging Eagle, and Daevona Bull Bear; brothers Stewart Long and Dusty Wilson. Uncles; Lyle (Kassie), Elton (Kylee), Brice (Kristen) Harris; aunts Myra (Virgil) Fisher, Kateri Foote (Zac) and LaVonda Foote (Corey). Extended family includes: Harris, Woodenthigh, Foote, Fisher, Two Two, Robinson, Long, Whiteman, Sioux, Rowland, Charette, Messer, Anderson, Alexander, Long, Cross Dog, Sooktis, Conner, and White Dirt, Haugen families. The family of Hanna would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who helped in the search: Ed Joiner and the Northern Cheyenne Volunteer Fire Department, Randy Elliot of the Lame Deer Police Department, family, friends, community members, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority, Cheyenne Depot, Montana National Guard, and the Sioux family. Also those who did the candle light vigil and walked from the IHS clinic out to the house, we appreciate it. We apologize if we left anyone out, as this is a very difficult time for our family. Anyone wanting to make a donation for her son Nallie’ek can do so through the First Interstate Bank directed to his Grandmother Clara Harris account.
TASHINA ROSE ABEL Age 26 of Billings, passed away on July 2, 2013.
JAMIE ALLEN ANTONE Age 52 of Billings, MT passed away on June 21, 2013.
HUBERT RUSSELL, JR. Age 57 of Lame Deer, passed away on June 10, 2013.
CECELIA MEDICINE ELK Age 89 of Lame Deer passed away on June 2, 2013. Cecelia Leah “Nâhkȯhma’heona’e ” (Medicine Bear Woman) Kinzel, Medicine Elk went home to be with Maheo on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the age of 89, in 2 months she would have been 90. She had been residing at Valley Health Care Center in Billings, MT since December 2011 due to failing health. Cecelia was born on July 23, 1923 in Lame Deer, MT to Alice Harris Kinzel and Jerry Kinzel. She grew up on the family ranch, North of Lame Deer.
Cecelia married Bennie Limberhand in 1940. 10 children were born from this union. Bennie passed away in 1954. Cecelia then had 4 more children from her marriage to Grover Whiteman. Cecelia was preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Alice Kinzel, siblings: Emma Fotland, Rose Rapos, Helen Highwalker, Ruth Kinzel, Jerry Kinzel and Virgil Kinzel. Children: Herman Limberhand, Bennie Limberhand, Lillian Limberhand, Elizabeth Limberhand and Germaine Whiteman, and husband Virgil Medicine Elk. Surviving siblings: Oscar (Gloria) Kinzel of Lame Deer, MT and Cyrilla Bear Chum of Ashland, MT. Children: Rosalie Tallbull, Denver, CO; Dennis Limberhand, Ballantine, MT; Chet (Trish) Limberhand, Billings, MT: Joyce Knowshisgun, Albuquerque, NM; Maynard (Ursula) Limberhand, Havre, MT; Doris Limberhand, Billings, MT; Rynalea Whiteman Pena, Lame Deer, MT; Grover Lee Whiteman, Billings, MT; and Gary Lightning of Spokane, WA.
Mom was a generous soul and was always helping and thinking about others no matter what. She worked on many local projects to help keep her community safe. Grandma “C” will be fondly remembered for her friendly disposition and her beautiful smile that lit up the room. She was always “there” for her family and friends.Mom was very proud and appreciative of the honorary degree that she received from Chief Dull Knife College. Grandma “C” lovingly raised many grandchildren; her greatest joy was spending time with her 100+ grandchildren, her 50+ great-grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and all of her nieces and nephews. Mom had a gentle, loving and kind heart, she adopted many into our family. Mom also had many, many special friends and relatives. Thank you to all, HaHo.
HERMAN BEARCOMESOUT Age 68 of Lame Deer passed away on May 31, 2013. "Nahko-ehne" Bearcomesout, Herman Bearcomesout began his journey to the Spirit World to be with Maheo'o on May 31st, 2013. He passed peacefully early Friday morning, surrounded by family & friends at Billings Clinic Hospital. He was born in a one room log cabin in Ashland, MT to Peter Bearcomesout Sr. and Martha Brady Bearcomesout. He was raised in a traditional Cheyenne home & did his best to live in accordance with Sweet Medicine's teachings. Herman was a member of the Elk Horn Scraper Society an also fasted in the Sundance ceremony. In 1963 he received his high school diploma from St. Labre High School, he then continued on with higher education for 2 years. He started his various jobs which included the following: Northern Cheyenne Forestry, at an army base in California, and the Montana Highway Department. While residing in Helena, he met the love of his life, Sharon, and they wed on March 15th, 1974. They moved back to the Northern Cheyenne Reservation where they raised their four children. He traveled extensively as a representative of the Elders Circle. His travels included addressing the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Herman served as a member of the Tribal Council and as the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Treasurer. He retired from the Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority as their Financial Officer. He took pride in serving and helping his people. Herman was proud of the fact that he helped revive the sweat ceremony, attended & conducted Peyote meetings, Sweat ceremonies, drumming & singing. He tried his best to help his family, friends, & Cheyenne Tribe through prayer & support. He & his wife have left their door open to people needing help for over 30 years. Herman enjoyed hunting, fishing, and participating in Cheyenne ceremonies & traditions. He really enjoyed spending time with family & friends. He also loved a good meal with a nice cup of Kona coffee! He was considered a favorite Uncle by his many nieces & nephews. He was a very Proud Grandpa and loved spending time with each and every one of his grandkids!
COLBY ANTHONY RICHARDS Age 28 of Spokane, Washington passed away. He is the son of the late Jennie Whiteman, grandson of the late Aaron Whiteman.
TRAJAN R. WHISTLING ELK Age 28 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on April 30, 2013.
MARIE MEDICINEBULL Age 68 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on April 17, 2013. On April 17, 2013 our mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend went home to be with Ma’heo’o. Marie,”Nah’Ka - Bear Woman” a direct descent of Chief Little Wolf, was born on December 30, 1944 to Willis His Bad Horse and Josie Soldier Wolf. Mary Soldier Wolf raised Marie and her siblings. She attended high school at Lincoln High in Tacoma, Washington. Marie loved her family; she was especially close to her grandchildren. She raised Roger, Mitchell, Jaylen, Alicia Nicole, Michael and her name sake Sean Marie. Marie worked for the CETA Program, Rosebud Lodge, and Cheyenne Home, Arts/Crafts Center. In her spare time she loved to play Bingo and watch her favorite “programs” on TV. She devoted her weekends to Bingo; she found enjoyment playing Bingo with her sister/best friend Mae Whistling Elk. She enjoyed being at home especially when family had cookouts, being with the newest babies in the family. She was proud of her Cheyenne heritage. She loved going to pow-wows and loved to Traditional Dance. Marie was lonesome for her son Mike who passed away in 2006. She met Leonard Wolf Black and to this union James & Linwood His Bad Horse were born. She later met and married Fred Medicine Bull, Jr. and from this union Michael, Florris and Fredonia were born.
Marie is survived by her sons James His Bad Horse, Linwood (Krissy) His Bad Horse, Florris (Kimberly) Medicine Bull, daughter Fredonia (Rexx) Brady, Mitchell & Jaylen Medicine Bull, her companion Leroy Pine, 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, her sisters Emmaline Gleason, Judy Little Bird and Mae Whistling Elk, Ruth (Ron) Burman, Marvena Soldier Wolf, brother Manford (Darlene) Soldierwolf, her adopted children Brian (Edina) and Sealmer Red Star, Alden Two Moons, nephews Rudy Evans, Charles Evans, Duane His Bad Horse, Tony & Jay Gleason, Dorek, Justin , Lloyd (Bobbie) Little Bird nieces Sharlene Evans and Farrell Evans, Stella (Tom) Corbin, Allthea & Jennifer Gleason, Loylene Little Bird, special friends Imogene & Lafe Dewey, Alberta Fisher, Lenora Wolfname, Lori One Bear, special nieces Jackie His Bad Horse, and Donna Healy, special aunts Molly Medicine Elk and Irene Bearquiver. Marie is preceded in death by her parents, grandmother, husband Fred, son Michael, special aunt Agnes Littlehead, brothers Jack and Madaris His Bad Horse, Ernest Evans, niece Ernestine Two Moons, sister Alice Wallowing. Marie’s extended families include Killsnight, Soldier Wolf, Medicine Elk, Bearquiver, Braided Hair, Ridge Bear, Manley, Two Moons, Wallowing and Evans. Our family is large so if we have forgotten to mention someone we apologize.
MERLIN JAY JONES Age 40 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Merlin “Jay” Jones Sr., Hotoa’ȯhma’aestse “Red Buffalo”, journeyed to the next world on April 10, 2013. He was born on October 26, 1972 to Hugh Jones and Phyllis Teeth. He attended Lame Deer Public school and Kicking Horse Job Corp. “Jay” worked for the local IGA store and the Cheyenne Depot. He also thinned & planted Trees for Northern Cheyenne Forestry allowing him to be where he loved most, the outdoors, where he loved to hike through hills and fish. Merlin worked for 4 or 5 years as a janitor for Lame Deer Trading for Mr. Mullins, he also worked at the Boys & Girls Club for a year. He was always tinkering with something around the house trying to keep busy. “Jay” loved the old traditional ways of the Northern Cheyenne, and never believed in arguing with his parents. He was always light hearted and laughing and loved to joke with his friends. He was always active and was a caring person who loved his children very much. Merlin liked to cook and bead when he wasn’t doing anything else. Merlin married Drucella in 1992 and later divorced. Merlin is survived by his son Merlin Jay Jones, Jr., daughters Merlyn Celestine Jones and April L. Jones. His brother Niel Len Jones, father Hugh Jones of Kirby, MT., mother Phyllis Teeth of Lame Deer, MT. He is preceded in death by his brother Aaron Samson, Uncles Ross Teeth, Austin Teeth, grandparents Frank and Marie Teeth, aunts Celestine Teeth, Iolah Teeth Gaskell. Extended families include Spotted Elk, Seminoles, Limberhand, Hi Walker, Spang, Sioux, Spotted Wolf, Brady, Little White Man, Sooktis, White Dirt, Big Left Hand, Stands in Timber, Shoulderblade, Rising Sun, Knows His Gun, Harris and Weasel Bear. Our family is large so if we forgot someone we apologize.
VIRGINIA KINGFISHER RUSSELL Age 80 of Lame Deer, MT.
ROBERTA FOOTE Age 68 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Maheo called Roberta Mae (Flatness) Foote home on March 28, 2013 after a short and courageous battle with cancer. Roberta was born on November 29, 1944 to Kermit & Dorothy (Harris) Flatness in Havre, MT. She attended Lame Deer School and then graduated from Colstrip High School. After High School Roberta went to college at Black Hills Teachers College (aka Black Hills State) in Spearfish, South Dakota earning her degree in Business and Physical Education teaching. Roberta married Richard Foote on August 24, 1968 in Sheridan, Wyoming. From this union three children were born Richard Jr., Ricarda and Baby Shawnta’ Rae. Roberta and Richard later divorced. Roberta taught school at St Labre and Chief Dull Knife College for 42 years touching many lives before retiring in August of 2011. Roberta “Sister” was the foundation, the rock, that kept her immediate & extended family together. She was a mom, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, teacher, and friend to all. Even as a young girl, she took the role as caretaker of her family and this continued throughout her entire life. As the oldest daughter she kept a close eye on her siblings while growing up. She enjoyed school and excelled academically. Although there were no organized sports for girls while Roberta was in school, she was always known for her physical strength and athletic ability. With her speed, she won many foot races, often coming across the finish line ahead of boys, some of which were state champions in track and field. She played short stop and was one of the leading hitters for many years with the infamous Lame Deer Women’s softball team. She coached track and field while teaching at St Labre, and started a walking class at Chief Dull Knife College. Physical activity played an important role in Roberta’s life and she always shared this passion with others. As witness to her strong work ethic and family values, she put herself through college in Spearfish, SD and returned home to begin her career where she would be close to family.
With her excellent typing ability, she was asked (on the day of submission) to type the charter of a program that would eventually become the tribal college. Roberta’s family is continually reminded by community members that she was “one of the best teachers (they) ever had”. Several have shared that they not only obtained skills and training for future employment, but also learned life skills and lessons to live by. She had a special way of bringing out the best in others. She was always proud of their accomplishments and found a way to celebrate their success. This pride and encouraging support was often what led others to continue pushing forward, striving for their best. As a mother she devoted her life to supporting her children in every way possible. She was at every school activity, sporting event, music festival or concert, and was known to be waiting in the car after dances to ensure her children a safe ride home. In support of her extended family & the community, Roberta attended every family gathering or community event possible that was within driving distance. She would show up at least a half-hour early, with her blanket, chair or seat rest, bottle of water, and packet of Ritz crackers. Whether near or far, Roberta always kept in touch with her relatives and proudly shared what news she had of births, weddings, graduations, and other accomplishments. This included the extended Harris family, Flatness & Johnson families, and the Foote family. She held a high standard, was stern in her discipline, yet always provided the support necessary to meet and exceed one’s potential. Being known as the disciplinarian she earned the respect of not only her children and grandchildren, but of all her nieces and nephews, cousins, and many others. She was not afraid to let someone know if they were not toeing the line, yet it was known by all that Roberta would always be there with her never-ending support. After many years in this role, she perfected her own version of “the mom look” and utilized it well. Many have been the recipient of this look and recognized it; her perfect way of letting us know whatever it was that needed to be communicated with that half-smirk, half-smile, often including a little quiver of her bottom lip.
Most family holidays were spent at Roberta’s home with everyone enjoying the meal & her yummy desserts. With each holiday she would decorate her home, reveling in the joy & excitement this brought her grandkids. Roberta took great pride in her yard, spending a great deal of time and energy planning and nurturing her trees, flowers, and lawn each year. She enjoyed spending time outside, whether she was working on her yard or simply relaxing with her family watching grandchildren play on the grass. Roberta was such a special and giving individual that words can not begin to describe what she has meant to her family and the community. She has set a great example of living an exemplary life and will be greatly missed by all. Roberta is survived by her son Richard (Billie) Foote Jr. of Lame Deer, MT., daughters Ricarda (Bob) Hanson of Ashland, MT. and Shawnta’ (Ross) Randall of Billings, MT., six grandchildren Christian, Ryle, Tytan, Taylor, Branlin, and Thorin, siblings Doreen Pond of Phoenix, AZ, and Lonnie Flatness of Lame Deer, MT. Roberta is preceeded in death by her parents Kermit and Dorothy, brothers Kermit (Sonny) Jr., and Edward, sister, Sherri Lou and infant daughter Baby Shawnta’ Rae. The family would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to those involved in Roberta’s care. We greatly appreciate everyone’s visits and support that made it possible for us to follow her wishes (she is the boss, after all) and keep her comfortable in her home as she prepared for this journey.
JENNIFER JULIA THURMAN Age 27 of Flagstaff, Arizona passed away on March 26, 2013.
FRANK MARTIN BEARQUIVER, JR. Age 61 of Busby, MT passed away.
OLYMPIA DAWN LITTLE COYOTE Age 44 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Wake will be Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Circle of Life Lutheran Church in Muddy Cluster, MT 7:00 pm. Funeral will be Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT 11:00 am. Burial in the Allison Bixby Memorial Gardens in Lame Deer, MT. Olympia Dawn Little Coyote, Ma’oo’ȯhta’e “Red Corn Woman” age 44, of Lame Deer, Montana was called home unexpectedly by Maheo during the early morning hours of March 19, 2013. She was a mother, an aunt, a daughter, a sister, a cousin and a newly proud grandmother who loved her family unconditionally. Olympia was born on April 27, 1968 in Clinton, Oklahoma to Erlyce LittleWhirlwind and the late James Frances Little Coyote. She was raised in Lame Deer and later moved to Missoula, Montana. She just recently moved back to Lame Deer, Montana. She attended Lame Deer Public School and later went on to Job Corp in Weber and Clearfield, Utah where she studied auto mechanics. She loved to laugh and make others laugh. She also loved spending time with children and her granddaughter, Tristen Little Coyote, who was her pride and joy. She enjoyed reading True Detective magazines. In 1988 she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Jenelle Little Coyote. In 1992 she married Christopher Freemont and from this union 3 beautiful children were born. They later divorced. She worked numerous years for Burger King in Missoula, Montana.
She is survived by her mother; her daughters, Jenelle Little Coyote and Tyree Freemont; son, Cornelius Tre Freemont; her beloved granddaughter, Tristen Jane Little Coyote; sister, Paulette Wilson, brothers Jeff (Rebecca) McDonald, Jordan (Caroline Iron) LittleWhirlwind, and Tyrone Little Coyote, grandmother Inez Spotted Elk Wilson, Aunt Laura and Leah Lonebear, Uncle Maurice Limberhand Sr. She is preceded in death by her father; her son, Rueben Freemont; her brothers, Mervin Little Coyote, Gerald Daniel “Baby Dan” Hunts Along and Justin LittleWhirlwind; and sister, Jeanette Hunts Along, paternal grandparents Hailman Little Coyote and Martha Bearhead, Uncle Perry Little Coyote, maternal grandmother Martha Walks Along White Crane, Uncles Lee Lonebear, Joe, Howard, and Benedict Little Whirlwind, George and Elmore Limberhand, Aunts Deloris and Clara Little Whirlwind, grandma Florence Harris. Olympia had a very bubbly and unique personality and you would see her with a smile on her face all the time and she will be missed by many.
RICHARD ALLEN WHITEMAN DAVIS Age 36 passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Wake will be Friday, March 22, 2013 7:00 pm at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral will be Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, MT. Burial in the family cemetary in Lame Deer, MT. Richard Allen Whiteman-Davis, Vóóhéhéve “Morning Star” went to Maheo on March 17, 2013. Richard was born on December 7, 1976 in Crow Agency, MT to George and Ramona (Brady) Whiteman. Richard was raised and adopted by Boyd and Judy Davis. He attended and graduated from Colstrip High School and went on to join the military. He served in the United States Marine Corp from August 28, 2000 until December 13, 2002 when he was honorably discharged in Phoenix Meps, Arizona. After the military Richard went to Western Dakota Tech in South Dakota and was studying to be an electrician. Richard met and married Marlyncia and from that union there was a daughter Raichanda and a son Richard born. They later divorced. Richard met and married Alexis Hamilton and from this union a daughter Rheanna was born. Richard is survived by his wife Alexis, daughters Raichanda and Rheanna, son Richard Jr., Sister Mary Lou, Brothers Eugene, George Jr. (Tara), Michael (Rochelle Roundstone), Maynard (Erina Johnson). Richard is preceded in death by his father George, mother Sandra, Grandparents Aaron and Eva, Sister Georgia Ann.
MICHELLE MAYLEE LIMBERHAND Age 46 of Billings, MT passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013.
EARL BIRDCHIEF Age 61 passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
VIOLA SOOKTIS WASHINGTON Age 59 of Lame Deer passed away on March 4, 2013. Traditional Wake will be Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6pm as the Washington Family Home in Birney, MT. Funeral will be Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 am at the Birney Community Hall in Birney, MT. Maheo came to take Viola “Tweety” Sooktis Washington, Taaxemeoo’e (Buffalo Wallowing Woman) home on March 4, 2013. Tweety was born on February 11, 1954 in Crow Agency to Elmer and Mable (Sooktis) Fighting Bear. Tweety attended school at St. Labre Indian Catholic School. After graduating from high school May 24, 1968 she worked as a secretary and numerous other jobs. Tweety married Isaac J. Washington Sr. on October 12, 1978. From this union they had 10 children and blessed with 17 grandchildren. Tweety was very active in the Birney and Lame Deer communities. She had a very big loving heart for her Cheyenne people and always helping in any way that she could. She loved her family very much and always made sure her grandchildren and children were taken care of, by cooking for them and seeing that they were comfortable and had the things they needed. Tweety loved all her grandchildren and would make it a point to spend time playing and laughing with them. She made numerous trips to Wyoming to see her grandchildren that lived there. Just to name a few, some of her hobbies were beading, gardening, arts & crafts, traveling , visiting family and teaching her grandchildren the Cheyenne language. She also took part in translating and spelling of Cheyenne words in the Cheyenne language dictionary. Tweety was one of the sweetest, most loving people and always put a smile on ones face. She knew just what to say when someone was going through hard times and would try to help anyway possible. Family of Tweety often called her the Rock and foundation of them all. She will be forever loved and cherished.
Viola is survived by her husband Isaac J. Washington Sr., Daughters: Kimberly J. Washington, Claudia Washington, Gayla Washington, Mabette Washington (Darwin Spoonhunter Jr.), Bethany Washington (Ronald J. Monroe Sr.), Kelsey Washington (Joseph Little), Amber Goudreaux. Sons; Alroy Washington, Cordell Washington, Isaac Washington Jr. (Crystalynn Shoulderblade), Kayle Washington (Jamay Ghostbear), Milan Goudreaux (Angelina Bearquiver), Dustin Goudreaux (Nikkita Shakespear). Sisters: Nancy Fighting Bear, Veta Fighting Bear (Joe Bear), Effie Beartrack, Myrna Burgess, Penelope Riveare, Henrietta Mann, Dorothy Jackman, Ruby Sooktis, Mary Grace Medicine Top. Brothers: Clifton Sooktis, Silas Big Left Hand, Perry Fighting Bear, Harvey Big Head Man. Grandchildren; (Cordell) Leandra, Cordell Jr., Charlie, Justus Washington, (Isaac) Baby Isaac Washington III, (Gayla) Brihanna Washington, (Maybette) Darwin “D3”, Jessalynn, Mariah, Donovan, Kyrie Spoonhunter, (Bethany) Tristan, Clifton, Ashton, Leo Monroe, (Kelsey) Kharlin Little, (Kayle) Zyrin Washington. Viola is survived by her aunts Ruby Rabideaux, June American Horse and Susie Cain. Preceded in death by her mother, Mable (Sooktis) Fighting Bear and her step-father, Elmer Fighting Bear as well as her aunt and Uncle Raphael and Ruth (Sooktis) Big Left Hand who helped raised her. Also preceding are her cousins, Emma Jean Little Bear and Joann Sooktis, Alvin and Edwin Big Left and Andrew L. Sooktis, Frank Sooktis as well as her uncles Charles and Andrew Sooktis. Viola came from a close-knit family and she regarded her cousins as sisters and brothers as defined by the Cheyenne Kinship System.
Viola’s family background includes both the Northern and Southern Cheyenne families through her mother. Her Southern Cheyenne side of the family she is the great-grand-daughter of White Buffalo Calf Woman and Big White Man. On her Northern Cheyenne side of the family she is the great-daughter of Northern Cheyenne Chief American Horse and Flora American Horse. She is the granddaughter of Josphine American Horse Sooktis, (Northern Cheyenne) and Medicine Bird Sooktis (Southern Cheyenne). Because of her great-grandfather Chief American Horse Viola is a member of the Cheyenne Chief Family. Her Northern Cheyenne Relatives: Big Left Hand, Sooktis, Young Bear, Little Coyote, American Horse, Teeth, Flying, Limber Hand, Wounded Eye, Russell, Red Woman, Red Neck, Medicine Bull, Elk Shoulder, Kills Night. Her Southern Cheyenne Relatives: Mann, Standing Water, Twins, Hart, Running Water, Heap-Of-Birds, Parton, Rabideaux. Our family is large so if we forgot to mention someone we apologize.
SHAYLEE RAE STOLLENWERK Age 15 of Ashland, MT passed away February 24, 2013, daughter of Merilee Red Robe. Traditional wake will be Sunday, March 3, 2013 7PM at the St. Labre Church in Ashland, MT. Funeral services will be Monday, March 4, 2013 2:15 PM at the soaring eagle gym in Ashland, MT. Shaylee has attended St. Labre since Kindergarten and has been an Honor Roll student always. She was very active in band, pep band, football for 2 years, basketball for 3 years, and volleyball for 1 year, cheerleader for 6 years and RMC Honors band this year and was a member of the National Honor Society. Shaylee has been a joy and a bright star for her parents, grandparents, family and friends will be missed more than words can express. Shaylee always had a smile and kind words for everyone. She was an avid person in the community who went out of her way to see you smile. She was kind and comforting to all and she brightened every life she met with a genuine golden heart. Shaylee Rae was an ambitious hunter, loved to go to the reservoir, go boating, tubing and swimming and she also loved music and Art. A hard worker who put effort into everything she did and was a loyal, devoted friend. Shaylee won Father Emmett, St. Thomas, St. Mathew, St. Cecelia (Music), excellent attendance, Blessed Mother Theresa, multiple Student of Quarter awards. Shaylee is survived by her parents, Paul & Merrilee, sisters Breylene (Joey) and Maria, Grandparents Shayla Hagen, Paul “Butch” Stollenwerk, Georgia (Tommy) Graham, Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Auntie Brenda Harris, Great Grandma Bette Peters, and the Carter family. Shaylee is preceded in death by her Aunts Agnes and Vickie, her Uncle Benjamin, and Great Grandpa Peters. Our extended family members are too numerous to mention, and we apologize if we did not mention you by name.
DARWIN KILLS ON TOP Age 61 of Ashland, MT passed away February 25, 2013. Wake services will Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:00 pm at the Heritage Living Center in Ashland, MT. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:00 am at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Mo’ohtaho’nehe Oxhaa’ehooesestse “Black High Wolf”, was born August 7, 1951 in Crow Agency the son of LaVerne and Alice Kills On Top. He grew up and received his education in Ashland and surrounding schools. Darwin spent most of his life in Spokane Washington. He worked as a carpenter, plumber, and a Heavy Equipment Operator. Darwin is survived by his daughter Aquinita, sisters Darlene (Manford) Soldier Wolf, Laverna Rocker, Pauline High Wolf, Stella Kills On Top, brothers, Vern, Lester, Troy (Lori) Kills On Top; Aunts, Rosella (Jim) Mann, Uncles, Douglas Spotted Eagle and John Kills On Top. His extended family include Elkshoulder, Strange Owl, Young Man, Beartusk, White Wolf, Medicine Top, Fox, Little Coyote, and Fighting Bears families; as well as numerous nieces and nephews if in our grief we have missed anyone please accept our apology. Darwin is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, sister Arlene Long Jaw and niece Stormy Clark. We offer a heartfelt thank you to the Doctors and nursing staff at Billings Clinic, Ashland Heritage Center and staff, Community Oxygen, Northern Cheyenne Ambulance for all of their loving care for Darwin and his family.
JOHN B. COLHOFF Age 56 of Kingston, Idaho passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
TERRY LEE SPOTTED WOLF, JR. Age 37 of Lame Deer passed away on February 18, 2013.
AARON RHYS RUSSELL-KING Infant son of Lavonne King and Cameron Russell, Sr. passed away on February 12, 2013.
ROBERT REDFOX, II Age 53 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on February 12, 2013.
LOGAN CURLEY, SR. Age 62 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on January 27, 2013
JAMIE SUE WOLFBLACK JAWORT Age 54 passed away on January 27, 2013.
MARY K. EAGLE Age 26 of Ashland, MT passed away.
AGNES CAROL GRAHAM Age 23 of Ashland, passed away.
MARTINA YELLOWFOX Age Infant, passed away on January 11, 2013, mother is Soni Yellowfox.
JESSICA WHISTLING ELK Age 39 of Lame Deer, passed away on January 11, 2013, Wake on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 and the Funeral on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
LUREE MELODI HIGH PINE Age 58 of Pueblo, Colorado passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012.
LARRY REDWOMAN Age 67 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012.
GORDON KNOWSHISGUN, JR. Age 58 of Spokane, WA passed away November 28, 2012.
ETHEL MARIE BELL Age 79 of Arapahoe, Wyoming passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
JEWEL BETH YELLOWROBE Age 33 passed away on November 6, 2012.
DARLENE WASHINGTON, Age 66 of Seiling, Oklahoma passed away on November 6, 2012.
EVERETT PHILIP STORM SR., Age 72 of Lodge Grass, MT passed away.
TINA MARIE HAMILTON HARRIS Age 50 passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
WILLIS CHANCE RIDGEBEAR Age 27 of Lame Deer, MT passed away October 23, 2012
RAINIE LYNN FOOTE Age 42 passed away October 21, 2012.
MONICA WHITEDIRT Age 43 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Friday, October 12, 2012. Wake services will be Monday, October 15, 2012 7pm at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 16, 2012.
ORVILL LANE TWOBULLS Age 63 of Ashland, MT passed away October 1, 2012. Wake service will be on Monday, October 8, 2012 at St. Labre at 7pm. Funeral service will be Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 11am at St. Labre.
CRYSTAL MARIE PARKER RED ROBE Age 25 of Ashland passed away September 19, 2012.
HUMBERTO BRUNO TWO BULLS Age 22 of California passed away on September 17, 2012.
MARY CRAZYMULE Age 58 of Washington State passed away.
BRENDA LEE MORRISON DUBRAY Age 48 passed away September 15, 2012.
JEANETTE BEARCOMESOUT age 47 of Ashland, MT passed away Monday, September 17, 2012.
CHRISTOPHER KENT BEARTUSK Age 42 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012.
TITUS SHOULDERBLADE Age 53 of Yakima, WA formerly of Lame Deer, passed away on September 1, 2012. Wake will be Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7pm at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Funeral service will be Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10 am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT.
MICHAEL RYAN ORTEGA Age 26 of Colstrip passed away on August 30, 2012.
GERALDINE OLDBULL HANSEN Age 61 of Clinton, Iowa passed away on August 29, 2012.
ARIANA RHAE WOODENLEGS Age 1 of Dupree, South Dakota passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012.
MARIANNE LOUISE HYATT Age 72 formerly of Broadus, MT passed away.
CARL STANDING ELK Age 59 of Mesa, Arizona passed away Monday, August 13, 2012.
ROBERT COLTTE AKA BERNARD RED CHERRIES Age 49 passed away Thursday, August 16, 2012. Stevenson & Sons is in charge of arrangements.
LEANNE LITTLEBEAR Age 46 of Busby, MT passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
CADEN HUSS PICKERING Age 4 Son of Joseph Dean Huss passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 31, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona.
EMERY BEARCOMESOUT Age 51 was born February 24, 1961 to Joseph and Agnes Bearcomesout in Crow Agency, MT. Maheo called Emery home on July 31, 2012. Emery attended St. Labre Indian School in Ashland. He also attended school in Oregon. Emery was married to Linda RedSteer and 5 children were born from this union. They were later divorced. He was then married to Estelle Runsabove who preceded him in death. Emery made his living by doing Iron work and working construction. Emery is survived by his children, Terrence, (Terrence Jr, Anthony, Nathaniel and Jacob) Veronica, (Gregory, Ambrose, Brendon and Amara) Emerlynne, (Michael, Gabriel and Alex) Emery Jr, (Emery III and Etta) Brenda and Robert. He is also survived by his mother, Agnes Longjaw Bearcomesout, his brother, Joe Jr., (Charlie, Cindy, Jolene, Jolson, Jenise, Jason and Christine), his sisters, Henrietta, (Manny, Lynnette, BJ, Fred, Myron), Joetta, (Tony, Destiny, Jordan, Lindsey, and Jace), Tina, (Cordell, Kaydell, Lanette, and Sierra), Jeannette, (Kyle, Monica, Taylor, and Quincy), Veronica, (Miles, Andrew, and Jerry III), Mary, (Stefanie and Dylan), Angeline, (Alec and Kaya). Emery was preceded in death by his father Joe Sr., his brother Anthony, his sister Lana, his nephews Dustin, Jeremy, and Garret, and his niece Alisa. Emery also has a very large, extended family including Walksalong, Bearcomesout, Bearquiver, and Longjaw. We apologize if we missed anyone. Emery, my son, my brother, my father, my grandfather, our hearts cry for you. We are not ready to walk this world without you. Your example, and love remains with us, always. Our prayers and love go with you, always. Funeral service Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10 am St. Labre Mission, St. Labre MT.
XAVIER CRAZYMULE Age 91 of Ashland, MT passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Ponderosa Pines Health Care center in Billings, MT. Xavier was born November 20, 1922 the son of Curtis Morrison and Lizzie Yellow Nose in Miles City, MT. Xavier was raised by his grandparents John and Genie Crazymule. He attended school at St. Labre Mission and later joined the Army on July 23, 1942. He served until he was honorably discharged on February 2, 1946. He united in marriage to Mary Woodenthigh, after Mary passed away he was with Rhoda Rowland and later married Ruth Yellowhair and made their home on the Tongur River in Ashland. Xavier enjoyed ranching and riding broncs at the rodeos. Xavier spoke Cheyenne fluently and spoke it often with his friends when he could. He loved his grandkids and was very close to them. Xavier also liked to take long walks and going to rodeos. Xavier had 6 children Floyd , Boyd , Marcella Crazymule, Carol Kunkel, Clifford, Rose Dillard and stepdaughter Marie Sanchez. He also had two brothers, James Crazymule and Charles Crazymule, and one adopted sister Mary Whitehorse.
He is survived by his daughters, Carol Kunkel, Rose Dillard and his son Clifford Crazymule. He is also survived by his Grandchildren Frankie Martinez of New Jersey, Merlin (Maggie) Crazymule of Lame Deer, Rodney (Becky) Crazymule Hendricks of Forsyth, Stacey Crazymule of Tennesse, Clara (Vincent) Whitecrane, Rita ( Brandy) Crazymule, Leila (Cory) Pease, Alethea (Frank) Rollefson, Tonia Wick, Carol Cain, Warren Jergeson of Wyoming, Roger Dillard Jr, Justin, Joseph and Kara Kunkel. And numerous Great-Grandkids and even Great-Great Grandkids. Other relatives include the families of Yelloweyes, Foote, Fox, Woodenthigh, Seminole,m Redneck, Parker, Shoulderblade, Rowland, Brady, Kills Night, One Bear, Bahr, Spottedwolf, Lonewolf, Gray, Stands In Timber, Fire Crow, Bigheadman, our family is large. Sorry if we’ve forgotten any. One of his closest buddies, Melvin Woodenthigh, close friends Earl Birdchief, Pat Harris, Paul Littlehead, Charlton Yellowfox all the Fox boys, Jimmy, Richard, Edward and Joe, Andy Yelloweyes and many more. He was proceded in death by Mary, Rhoda, Ruth, Floyd, Boyd, Marcella, Teddy, Melvin and Rosella Woodenthigh. Traditional Wake Services for Xavier Crazymule will be at 7pm, August 1, 2012, and the funeral will be 11am on August 2, 2012 at St. Labre. Burial will follow at the St. Labre Cemetery.
VANN RYAN Age 65 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on July 18, 2012. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Homes of Forsyth, MT is in charge of arrangements.
REVA ANN REDFOX Age 58 of Boise, ID passed away July 18, 2012. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin, MT is in charge of arrangements.
VINCYNTHIA SHOULDERBLADE Age 41 of Lame Deer, MT passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012. Wake services will be Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 7pm at the family home in the Rosebud area. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 10am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Interment will follow in the Lame Deer Cemetary. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth, MT is in charge of arrangement.
STELLA DORIS SOLDIERWOLF HARRIS age 82 of Tacoma, WA passed on July 4, 2012.
PATRICK HARRIS Age 71 passed monday, June 25, 2012. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of forsyth is in charge of arrangements.
PHILOMINA BIG LEFT HAND Age 62 of Lame Deer passed away, Wake Wednesday June 27 and Funeral Thursday, June 28, 2012.
KITTY BELL FIDDLER Age 83 of Deer Lodge/Philipsburg MT passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
GARRETT THOMAS REDBIRD age 43 of Kingfisher, Oklahoma passed away on Thursday June 14, 2012
LANA BEAR BIXBY Age 39 passed away June 6, 2012.
CORDELIA KINGFISHER BOUSHIE Age 65 of Lame Deer, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2012.
JONATHAN DAVID OWENS Age 49 of Tucson, Arizona passed away. He is the son of James Rowland. He died suddenly on May 14, 2012. Survived by his wife Joy B. Peskin-Owens, MD; mother, Anne Owens of Glendale, AZ; children, Eli Peskin-Owens, Ariella Peskin-Owens and Hannah Peskin-Owens, all of Tucson; sister, Elisabeth Noziglia of Scottsdale and brothers, Chris Doolan of Boston, MA and Peter (Michele) Doolan of Phoenix; nieces and nephews, Hope, Leah, Reva, Harvey, Julia, Jade, Rachel and Andrea; stepfather, Andrew G. Owen of Peoria. Also survived by sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and parents-in-law. He was preceded in death by his brother, Matt Owens, Jon Owens was a jeweler at Maguires Jewelry and an active member at Congregation Anshel Israel. Services Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Evergreen Mortuary, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile, with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment to follow in the Congregation Anshel Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetary. A Memorial fund will be arranged for Mr. Owens' children at a later date.
SIDONIA FRASER Age 61 of Hardin, MT passed away. Funeral scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2012.
STEPHEN BIGBACK Age 72 of Lame Deer passed away Thursday, May 10, 2012. He is the son of the late John and Nina Bigback.
FRANCIS AUGUST WILSON "BULLET"Age 51 passed away at the Crow/NC Hospital Monday May 7, 2012 due to complications of COPD. Services will be at the Whitehouse Pentecostal Church in Busby Wake Friday @ 7:00 pm, Services @ 11 am, burial in the family cemetary west of Busby. He was born on August 17, 1960 to Rachel Cooley and Arthur Wilson. He spent the majority of his life in the Busby area. He met up with Mardell Wooden Legs and they spent 19 years together working side by side in ranching, carpentry, lawn care, fencing, arts and crafts and traveling the back roads treasure hunting. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and mechanics. Bullet had a heart as big as the Montana Sky he would lend a helping hand if he could, Kirby is going to miss you Mr. Fix It! Bullet is survived by his companion Mardell, his children, Brandyn, Aaron (Tsista), Ashley and Tazmia. His stepchildren Jeff (Tiffany), Tamara (Willie), Tracey, Thomas, Lyle, Jeremy, Illyana. His brothers Alvin (Donna) Zimmer, Dan (Scharlmaine) Vance, Jeff (Ann) Wooden Legs, Matthew Wooden Legs. Sisters Patsy Riddle, Connie (Travis) Richardson, Bonnie (Dennis) Bear Don't Walk, Leah Wilson, Diane Wooden Legs. Mother in law Effie Bear Chum, Paternal uncle Peter John Wilson, Maternal Aunt Charlotte Redding. Adopted family of Irene Bear Quiver. 18 grandkids. Proceeding Bullet in death are his parents, stepdad Wilbur Vance, sisters Percilla, June, Ina Marie, Grace and Tera Lou. Brothers Dennis and Edmund.
EDMUND ROY BEARQUIVER Age 61 of Busby, MT passed away April 18, 2012.
AARON ALLEN MASON SANCHEZ Age 19 of Lame Deer
DANNY RAY SEMINOLE Age 22 of Lame Deer passed away April 4, 2012.
AUDREY MAE HAUGEN Age 67 of Lame Deer
VICTORIA MARIE FICHERA-RAMIREZ Age 43 of California
VELINDA PINE HERRERA Age 48 of Delta, Colorado passed Friday, March 9, 2012.
AGNES LITTLEWHITEMAN LIMPY Age 90 of Lame Deer, MT. Agnes LittleWhiteMan Limpy, (Setovena’hane’e, “Center Kills Woman”) was born in Rosebud Creek, MT on October 15, 1921 to Henry LittleWhiteMan and Edith Black Medicine. She reached the age of 90 and lived to see 5 generations of her family lineage before being called home by the Good Lord.
Agnes lived and believed in the Cheyenne cultural way of life. She spoke the Cheyenne language fluently and practiced her Native ways of prayer. She was a Native American Church member all her life. A very strong believer of the Roman Catholic Church, Agnes always managed to find her way to Sunday mass to make her small monetary donation. She attended school at the St. Labre Mission where she received her first Holy Communion and early education. In the sixties went to work for the mission as a dorm matron, then completed janitorial work, and later worked for the Guild Arts & Crafts. Then for a number of years she worked for the Busby Day Care under Josephine Tall Bull.
LARRY D. FLYING SR. age 63 of Lame Deer, MT. Traditional Wake Service will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, February 27, 2012 at St Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at St Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Burial with full military honors will follow in the St Labre Cemetery. On February 24, 2012 our beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, but above all he was a soldier. He served our country with great pride and sense of duty. Larry Flying, Sr. “Se’he’so” (Little Sand Rock) left this world to be with our heavenly father after fighting a 5 years and 6 months battle with Cancer. He died peacefully in his sleep at his residence, surrounded by his wife and three children. Larry was born June 12, 1948 to Frank and Ruby Flying.
Larry received his education at Saint Labre Mission School, he graduated in 1966. After High school Larry enlisted in the U.S Marine Corps January 15, 1968. Eugene Seminole enlisted the same time and they departed together at the Billings Bus Depot. They served together until they were sent to Vietnam and were separated into different units. On January 21, 1969 Larry came in contact with heavy combat during the start of Dewey Canyon Operation Alshau Valley against the Northern Vietnamese Army. He was wounded in action February 18, 1969 sent back to United States to Bremerton, Washington. After spending 9 months in the hospital Larry was sent to limited duty to Camp Pendleton, California until he received his honorable discharge on June 10, 1970. His medals earned; Purple Heart Medal, Combat action Medal, Vietnam service medal with three stars, National defense service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, Republic of Vietnam cross of Gallantry with palm and Frame, Rifle marksman badge and Navy achievement medal.
After returning home in 1970 Larry went to work for the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Police where he began his career with Law Enforcement. Shortly after, he transferred to the Bureau of Indian Affairs where he served as a police officer on several Reservations which include Metlakatla, Alaska, Quinault Indian Reservation in Western Washington and Lapwai, Idaho. On December 23, 1970 he married Marcine Hypine, she passed away unexpectedly. Larry continued with his life, later he was transferred to the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota until April 1978, he resigned to return home and went back to work for Bureau of Indian Affairs Roads Department, later returned to the Bureau of Indian Affairs Northern Cheyenne Law enforcement. Larry enjoyed his job and never complained. He retired with the Bureau of Indian affairs in 2007. Larry worked for Law Enforcement for a total of 32 years.
NELSON TALLBULL, SR. Age 88 passed away. Wake services will be Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at the Blessed Catholic Sacrament Church 7:00 pm. Funeral service will be Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 10:00 am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, Montana. Nelson Tallbull Sr., Ota'taveaenohe (blue hawk) age 88 of Billings formerly of Busby, MT passed away on Monday, February 13, 2012 at Eagle Cliff Manor in Billings. Nelson was born October 25, 1923 the son of Charles Tallbull and Mary Brady at Muddy Creek. He grew up and attended school in Busby and graduated from Busby High School in 1942. Following graduation he enlisted in the Army. He was married to Aliwitche Fischer. They had four children. Nelson was a lifetime member of the Masions, past Grandmaster of Pryor Mount Lodge Badge 151, and direct descendent of Sand Creek Massacre. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mary (Brady) Tallbull; his life partner Beverly Roberts; his son Charles Tallbull; his brothers, Joe, Russell, Matthew, Jake, Charles, Henry, Bill and Jig; his sister Nellie; and his grandchildren, Gabrielle Wyntro, Evon Augare and Lisa Marie Burns. Nelson is survived by his children, Beaver Tallbull, Patricia Tallbull, Wayne Tallbull (Lynelle) Speelmen; his adopted sons, Lonnie Flatness, Daniel Dennis and Jim Rowland; his grandchildren, Lloyd (Kendra) Tallbull, Dymond (Scot) Bowen, Jeremy (Jennifer), Adrian Jr. and Andrew Foote, Jessie Taylor Tallbull, Sage Christen Augare, Wayne A. Tallbull Jr., Tiffany and Shalane Burns, his great grandchildren Shontee Salvis, Philip Juneau, Shaylie, Sierra Tallbull, Lorin & Lexi Spencer, Gunner Tallbull, Elyna and Jarod Bowen, Amralee Shaniece, Kaydence Robert, Dominick Riley, Makayla Covers Up, Isabelle and Daisee Foote Adrina Foote III, and Garious Foote.
FLOYD WATERS, SR Age 70 passed away.
ANNA LISA LIMBERHAND Age 44 of Busby, MT passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
MILLER TAYLOR CRAZYMULE, JR. Age 26 of Lame Deer, MT passed away. Miller T. Crazy Mule Jr., He'heeno (Blackbird) passed away on Monday, February 6th, 2012 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Miller was born on August 6th, 1985 in Crow Agency, Montana, the son of Miller T. Crazy Mule Sr. and Serina M. Red Robe. Miller was an exceptional artist, he enjoyed doing beadwork and free-hand art. 26 years on this earth was a short time, but Miller was devoted to his family, who will greatly miss him. Miller is survived by his mother Serina M. Red Robe of Lame Deer, MT; his brothers Clint Crazy Mule of Butte, MT, Jerrid and Orrie S. Morrison Jr. of Lame Deer, MT; his sisters Jewel Carter of Great Falls, MT, Jessie and Sylvia Red Robe of Lame Deer, MT. His beloved grandfather Patrick Harris Sr. of Ashland, MT.
WRETHA PLENTY CAMPS Age 62 of Lame Deer, MT passed away. Wake is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer.
WANDA MAE RUSSELL Age 73 of Busby, MT passed away Saturday morning, January 28, 2012 at the Billings Clinic ICC.
MAXINE JOAN WOLFBLACK Age 57 passed away Thursday morning, January 26, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:00 am. Maxine Joanne WolfBlack (cedar woman) was called home by her dad, brother, and sisters on January 26, 2012. She left this world peacefully in her home. Our beautiful loving mother, grandmother, auntie and sister was born on September 20, 1954 in Bismarck, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Oran Charles WolfBlack. She was raised by her grandmother, Rose WolfBlack. It wasn’t until her teen years, upon the death of her Grandma Rose that she went to live with her father and numerous siblings in Birney. Mom proudly spoke Cheyenne and talked often about the Cheyenne ways and traditions and above all the most important to her respecting our elders. Joanne attended and graduated from St. Labre Indian Schools in 1972 and later returned as an employee for St. Labre Guild Arts and Crafts. She then went on to further her education, earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings in the late 1970’s. She also held various jobs for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Joanne has many beautiful grandchildren that she loved very much and thought the world of. She especially enjoyed being “grandma” and being with them. She also emjoyed playing machines, being at home with her daughter Shanna, watching cartoons with Naomi Sunshine whom she lovingly called “Omi Sun” enjoying a cig, visting with family, laughing, talking about the old days, or cruising main drag in Lame Deer. Joanne’s house was often referred to as “Home” by anyone that needed a place to stay. She had a big heart when it came to family and helped anyway she could, often enduring personal sacrifices. “Mom, Grandma, Auntie, Sister and Friend..many tears were shed when you left and many laughs and stories were told, we will miss you dearly. We take comfort in knowing you are no longer hurting and you are now at peace…you will never be forgotten and loved always”
THOMAS "TUCK" SMALL, JR. Age 90 of Lame Deer, MT passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Eastern Montana Veteran's Home in Glendive, Montana. Wake was held Friday, January 27, 2012 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Funeral was held Saturday, Janaury 28, 2012 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Thomas “Tuck” Small, Jr. 90 years old of Lame Deer, Mt. Made his journey to the Cow camp in heaven on January 25, 2012 at the Eastern Montana Veteran’s home in Glendive, Montana with his beloved wife of 64 years, Beatrice Seminole Small at his side. “Tuck”, Mo’ohta’ena’hkohe (Black Bear) was born December 8, 1921 on the family ranch in Dry Creek, near Kirby Montana to Thomas Small Sr. and Josephine Rondeau. His younger years were spent on the family ranch with his 9 brothers and 3 sisters. Tuck received his education at the Busby Boarding School located in Busby, Mt. At 21 years of age, Tuck enlisted in the U.S. Army attending basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, then transferred to Bouse, Arizona for Tank Training. He served as an infantryman in the European Campaign, during World War II. He was honorably discharged December 3, 1945.
PERRY LEE PINE Age 53 wake will be held Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, MT at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer at 10:00 am. Perry Lee Pine (yellow horse) heo’ve’voehse, has gone home to be with Maheo. He was 52 years old. He was born on June 25, 1958 in Crow Agency, Montana to the late Daniel Pine and Florence Redneck Pine. He died in 2010 at Squaw Lake, Minnesota. He attended the Lame Deer Public School, and graduated from Intermountain Indian School, Provo, Utah in 1976. He continued his education at the Haskell Institute, Lawrence Kansas until 1978. Later, he met his soulmate, Henrietta Standing Elk.
As a young boy, he formed his own drum group. They become known as the Little Brown Beavers. He was able to learn many songs as a child, his musical talent included ceremonial, social, warrior, honor, and victory dance songs. He enjoyed singing at the 4th of July Pow-wow and at other Pow-wow Celebrations. As an adult, he joined the Teton Ramblers headed by Cleveland Highbull and the Birney singers by Burton Fisher. They traveled many miles to Washington State, California, Wyoming, Arizona and Canada. They were recognized as champion singers in many parts of the state as well as other North/Southwestern states.
In his early years, he was a traditional dancer; he participated in the Sun Dance ceremonies. Through his traditional and cultural beliefs, he inspired his nephews to fulfill their Sun Dance vows. As of today, they are still completing these vows which are a way of life for many of his nephews.
His jokes were a way of getting people to laugh and not take life too serious. All those who heard his jokes still enjoy them. He believed that mothers were to be cherished and honored every day. He knew that mothers were very special. Perry enjoyed writing and reading poetry.
He met his companion, Dawn Marie Boyd while attending the Haskell Institute in 1978. Dawn was an enrolled Objiwee from Squaw Lake, Minnesota. Dawn returned to Lame Deer in 2004 until June 2010. Both Perry and Dawn left to visit relatives in Squaw Lake, Minnesota.
SHARON WELCH Age 68 of Billings, MT passed away on November 24, 2011.
TULANE RICK SIERRA Age 40 of Lame Deer passed away on January 9, 2012. Wake is scheduled for Thursday 1/12/12 at the Mennonite Church and Funeral Services at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer on Friday 1/13/12.
RAYMOND RAY CASTRO Age 40 of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Wake is scheduled for Wednesday and Funeral Services on Thursday 1/12/12.
CORDELL THOMAS SMALL Age 47 of Lame Deer passed away December 16, 2011.
CLARA AUDREY RIDGEBEAR Age 45 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
JOYCE LAHN Age 80 of Miles City passed away December 1, 2011.
LENA SOOKTIS Age 62 passed away December 1, 2011 7:20 pm.
ELVA STANDS IN TIMBER Age 83 of Lame Deer, MT. Wake will be Wednesday 11/30 at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer, Funeral will be Thursday 12/1 at the Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT.
FRANK ROUNDSTONE, JR. Age 63 of Lame Deer, MT
GILBERT REDNECK-SPANG, JR. Age 49 passed away November 14, 2011.
ALBERT CLIFFORD FOOTE Age 63 of Busby, MT passed away November 14, 2011.
MARIETHA ANN EAGLEFEATHERS HOLLAND Age 60 passed away November 1, 2011.
SAMUEL PAUL LIRA Age 39 of Ronan, MT
WILLENA KAY L. OLSON Age 28 of Spokane Washington passed away October 12, 2011.
LONNIE ZIMMER Age 59 of Utah
ALFRED GLEN EAGLEFEATHERS Age 77 of Montana
FAITH RHEA SPEAR Age 53 of Lame Deer. A traditional wake will be held Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Therese Spear residence in Lame Deer, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 19, 2011 at 10:00 am at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Burial will follow in the St. Labre cemetary in Ashland, MT. Faith Spear Davis, Ma'eseeota'e (Red Medicine Woman) a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, niece and friend was born in Crow Agency, MT to Lucille and James Spear on March 11, 1958. Faith was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation by her parents who taught her the ways of the Cheyenne culture. In her childhood years she received her education at St. Labre Catholic Boarding School, graduated from Busby High School, and attended Job Corp in Clearfield, Utah and Guthrie, Ok. In 1978 she married William Davis in Colorado Springs, CO where she had her first son, William Davis III, while living there for several years. Faith returned home to Lame Deer, MT in 1983. She met Grover Topaum, Sr and together they had four children, Darrell James, Therese, Gary and Delbert. Faith's later partner was Ray Chandler. In 1995 she moved to the Fort Belknap Reservation where she worked as a subsitute teacher. In 1997 she moved and made her home in Lame Deer. Faith was a loving caring person who devoted her time to helping others. A strong believer in her teachings, she thought a lot of the traditional ways of the Cheyenne. She was determined about instilling her teachings into the hearts of her family and friends. Faith never turned down a chance to help another in need. Faith lived by her belief and her active participation in ceremonies and prayer made her many friends and she became a member of many families.
In spite of Faith suffering immensely in the past year, she continued to help when able to; speaking kind, encouraging and loving words, quietly being a strong inspiration, she spoke on our wealth by means of children, grandchildren, language and tradition, quietly reminding us to enjoy every sunrise, live in the present moment, and always give acknowledgement to Ma'heo. We are reassured that she no longer hurts, we are trying desperately to let her go; keeing in mind that she is now without suffering and in the company of her parents, children, grandchildren, siblings, friends and other family members who have journeyed before her. Faith has been preceded in death by her parents, sons; William and Gary, grandsons; Nicklas and Angel, adopted sisters; Theda Eaglefeathers and Corinne Tallwhiteman, brothers; Jimmie, Gary and Forrest, Sisters; Cheryl, Rebecca and Kathryn. Faith is survived by her children, Darrell (Rochellda) Spear, Therese (David Wick) and Delbert Spear, her sisters Janis Spear (Tom MexicanCheyenne), Wanda (Gilbert) Brady, Sr., and Kimberly Spear, adopted sisters, Pam (Ken) Kania, Clarice (William) Walksalong and Becky (Kevin) Tallbull, adopted brother, Silas (Alice) Biglefthand and, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
LAFORCE LEE LONEBEAR age 67 of Lame Deer, MT. Traditional Wake Service Sunday, September 11, 2011 7:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 12, 2011 10:00 am at Allen Rowland Gymnasium in Lame Deer. Interment Monday September 12, 2011 at mouth of Muddy Creek on family land. LaForce Lee Lonebear "Aneohe Ohtamehnestse" (Hawk Walking) passed into the arms of Maheo and his family who went before him on September 8, 2011. He was 67 years old. Lee was born in a log cabin at the mouth of Muddy Creek to Robert and Anna Jean (Wolfvoice) Lonebear. He was raised and attended grade school in Lame Deer, MT. As a teenager, he was taken under the wing of the Sonsalla families of Marmouth, ND and graduated from St. Mary's High School in New England, ND. He went on to earn his license to barber in Cleveland, OH. He continued to barber in his home until illness prevented. He later became a heavy equipment operator and worked for several construction companies on and near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. He worked the remainder of his career as a Journeyman Mechanic for Montana Power Company and the Western Energy Compnay in Colstrip, MT.
Lee was committed to the growth of our People, investing great amounts of time advocating for the Northern Cheyenne Nation. He was elected to 7 terms on the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council and also served on numerous boards and committees throughout his political career. He was elected to serve on the Chief Dull Knife College Board of Trustees in 1995, and continued until the time of his passing. Lee was well known throughout Indian Country for his knowledge and skills as a Cultural Authority, Spiritual Leader, and Traditional Healer. His commitment to Cheyenne traditions and covenants was reflected in his status as a Piercing Man, Sundance Priest, Arrow Priest and Faster. He was a member of the Crazy Dog Society and Onehaae Society. He was also a devout member of the Catholic Church. His name is and will always be a part of the standard histories of the Northern Cheyenne People. Lee Lonebear was a fourth generation descendant of Chief White Antelope, one of the first chief's that was killed at Sand Creek. The compassion that he felt for those that were killed, led him to become the Chairman of the planning committee for the Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run and a founding member of the Fort Robinson Run. He was also a member of the Northern Cheyenne Sand Creek Committee. As a committee member he was invited to speak at congressional hearings and was instrumental in establishing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, located in Colorado. While Lee served as chair of the planning committee he was presented with the governor's proclamation by Ernest House Jr., Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. He also witnessed the signing of the Sand Creek Massacre Site Study Act of 1998, by President William Jefferson Clinton. Throughout his entire life, he traveled the pow-wow circuit singing, dancing, gourd dancing. In addition, he sponsored Indian Relay Teams.
Lee and Manford Soldier Wolf organized and sponsored Northern Cheyenne youth boxing teams for 14 years. Following the boxing era, Lee and his wife, Juanita began sponsoring basketball teams. They traveled to the All West Native American Classic Basketball Tournament, held in Denver, Colorado for 11 years and numerous youth tournaments in Montana and surrounding states. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews accomplishments, but he was especially proud of thier athletic and academic endeavors. The pride that he had for his own children and the youth on the reservation is what gave him the desire to continue is work in the history of the Cheyenne culture and traditions, so that his children and the youth of the Northern Cheyenne will be proud of thier heritage. Lee is survived by his wife, Juanita; his sons, Robert Lonebear, Kevin Lonebear, Rielly Lonebear, Richard Lonebear and Jay Fraser; his daughters, Faithe (Kenny Jr.) Merrick, Bridgette (Keith Wynegar) Lonebear, Melissa Lonebear (Dale Campbell), Chasity Robinson (Larry Lafranier), Dixie (Dan) Garfield, and Yolanda (Stanley Hawley) Fraser, 32 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his aunts Evelyn Flying, and Martha LaRance; his brother, George (Carmen) Scalpcane; sisters, Laura Lonebear, Leah Lonebear, Erlyce Littlewhirlwind, and Tessie Wolfvoice. Lee was a proud enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. The family ancestry generates from the Northern and Southern Cheyenne and Gros Ventre/Hidatsa and we acknowledge all of those families. Lee and Juanita opened their doors and hearts to many, and had numerous adopted parents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren, far too many names to mention, and none to be forgotten.
DAVIDA MAE LITTLEWHITEMAN was born on April 21, 1958, in Hardin, to David L. Whiteman and Maude Lulu Whitehorse. She passed away at her home on August 24, 2011 in Poplar. Her nickname came about as a child when she loved to wear her daddy's boots; hence her nickname "Boots" as well as wearing her own boots everywhere, even to bed. She was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and proud of her American Indian heritage. She and her family lived in Missouri, Colorado and Wyoming, then she moved to Busby, where she graduated from high school in 1977. She enjoyed playing basketball and being with family and friends. Following high school she attended the University of Wyoming, then later on she was employed by the IHS in Crow Agency, beginning as a CNA and later becoming an obstetric technician. Davida married Ellis Knows His Gun, they divorced after their children were born. She loved and adored her five children and was extremely proud of them and their accomplishments. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning, traveling, campfires, good music and the company of family and friends, of whom she had many. Davida's family and friends knew her as a women who had a willingness to sacrifice for the sake of others. She had a good sense of humor and made others laugh, even when she was hurting inside. Her older sister said, "I never ever heard her say anything mean about anyone. I don't think she had a mean bone in her body." She was a kindhearted woman who always prayed for others. She was loved by everyone and will be greatly missed by all. The last part of her life was spent in Poplar, where she married again and resided until her death.
She was preceded in death by her "Daddy" David L. Whiteman and "Momma" Maude Lulu Whitehorse, as well as her grandparents. She is survived by her husband Delvin Four Bears, Poplar; her children, Lyndon Driftwood (Rona) Fort Smith, Ore., Allen Knows His Gun (Tamra), Jordan Knows His Gun (Roni), Billings, Joseph Knows His Gun (Kristi), Newberg, Ore., and Verna Medicine Bull (Tory), Crow Agency; her godson Tommy McCormick (Verna); and relatives Aunt Mae Eckman (Ed), Culdesac, Idaho; Uncle Stacy (Eloise) Stewart, Ashland; and Uncle Moses Whitehorse, Jr., Wolf Point; along with her many grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Her surviving siblings are Linda Ann Temte (Stan), Laramie, Wyo.; David Littlewhiteman, Jr. Lame Deer; James Littlewhiteman, Billings; Jack Littlewhiteman, Lander, Wyo.; Twyla Rae Christensen (Mark), Casper, Wyo.; Barry Herold, Honolulu, Hawaii; Rita Rae Nixon (Walter), Gallatin Gateway; Katrina Marie Bostick (Joseph), Billings; Stella Corbin (Tom), Billings. And Tidzump siblings: Penny, Lawrence, Kan., Marvin, Lander Wyo.; and Patsy, Fort Washakie, Wyo. Along with her longtime friends and adopted sisters: Valerie Packsthehat, Leslie Fisher, Mary Foote, Patricia Eastman, and Karen Whiteman. Davida's viewing was held Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 at Smith's Funeral Home in Billings, and was followed by a wake to honor her in the Busby Catholic Church Fellowship Hall. Services were held at 11am Monday, Aug 29, 2011, at the Busby Catholic Church, burial followed at Busby Cemetary. A feast took place at a relative's home in Busby. Our family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, flowers, cards, and gifts that gave comforted us in our time of grief. And her children share a final thought: "We all love you, Mom, we miss you dearly..."
ROBERT LEE FISHER Age 36 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, passed away Saturday August 20, 2011.
INFANT DAUGHTER YELLOWROBE, stillborn August 30, 2011, mother is Tia Yellowrobe
DANIEL CHARLES ROA born August 11, 2011, was announced a stillbirth at 1:10 am by delivery, Tacoma General Hospital, Mother is tribal member Shiann Sanchez.
BABY TWINS LITTLEOLDMAN born August 6, 2011, died August 6, 2011, Mother is tribal member Selena Littleoldman.
ELIZABETH MARIE FIGHTING BEAR 20 weeks old was miscarried August 4, 2011 in Trinity Hospital, Minot ND, Mother is tribal member Carmen Fighting Bear.
GERALD WALKS NICE, JR. Age 40 of Lame Deer. A traditional wake service will be held at 8pm Friday, August 5, 2011 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, MT. Burial will follow in the Birney cemetary in Birney, MT. The care for Gerald has been entrusted to Stevenson and Sons Funeral home of Forsyth. Gerald Walks Nice, Jr. also known by his Cheyenne name: Ese'he Ohme'ehnestse, Rising Sun, was named after his grandfather, Bert Medicine Bull, Sr., who was the first one to hold him when he was born. Gerald was given this name by his great grandparents, Annie and Willis Medicine Bull. He is also known as "Jughead." Gerald was tragically taken from us on July 31, 2011 due to an untimely death. Gerald was a member of the National Guard, Catholic Church and Native American Church. He also was a certified flagger and worked at St. Labre the summer of 2010. He attended schools at St. Labre, Northern Cheyenne Tribal School where he earned an All star letter in basketball. He also attended schools in Seattle, WA. He was an avid chess player, often playing by himself. Gerald was a friendly, likeable guy, well known for his smile and easy going manner. Gerald was a member of the Crazy Dog Society and also on the Medicine Bull side, was of the Kit Fox society. Gerald is survived by his mother, Alice Shotgunn, formerly of WA, now of Billings and father, Gerald Walknice, Sr. of Lame Deer. Gerald is also survived by his first wife, Roma So Happy and their five children; Jerrold, Lyndon, Derek, Kiana, and Marla of Yakima, WA., and also Katera, Lia, September and Jasper with his late wife, Janet Walksnice of Klamath, Oregon. Gerald is also survived by Paternal grandmother, Effie White Wolf and Maternal grandparents, Eva Bearchum, Wayne and Rosanne Headswift of Lame Deer, Mary and David Yazzie, Burton and Joyce Hutchinson, Majorie Pizaro of Ethete, Wyo. Gerald's family includes: Shotgunn, Walksnice, Medicine Bull, Kaline, Headswift, Bearchum, Brown, Whitewolf, Russell, McCloud, Kalama, Standing Elk, Bearing, Elkshoulder, LItteoldman, Roundstone, Goggles, Arthur, White Antelope, Adam, Bahr, Wick, Spang, One Bear, Shave Head, Swallow, Rising Sun, Rowland, Wilson, White Plume, Lone Bear and Braided Hair. If we missed any relatives, please excuse us. We do not intentionally want to miss anyone.
DEON JAYCE SEMINOLE Age 27 of Lame Deer. HO'NEOSOVAESTSE "Warrior Wolf" a descendant of Chief Dull Knife ended his footprints to be with his son Marlin David Little Chief on July 21, 2011 @ Deaconess Hospital a 7:40 am. Deon attended Colstrip Schools then graduated from Lame Deer High School class of 2003. He also was a student at Chief Dull Knife College. Working as a firefighter for BIA Forestry, then onto a cage worker at the Charging Horse Casino, and finally a Sales rep for CUTCO. He was born to Leon Seminole and Elrena White Dirt on June 29, 1984 in route to Crow Agency Hospital. He is survived by his daughter Louisa Mae Littlechief, as well as his companion Angel Ridge Bear and sisters: Stella, Sharee and Shanae Seminole. Brothers: Ronald, Farley, and Maynard White Dirt, also Oliver and Loren Seminole. Grandmothers: Mae White Dirt, Beatrice Small (Tug), and late Mary Jane Yelloweyes. Grandfathers: Gilbert White Dirt and the late Hubert Seminole. Aunts: Bonnie Little Sun, Mina Seminole, Victoria (Mike) Bearcomesout, Sharlene and Farrell Evans. Uncles: Ambrose (Clementine) Seminole, Martin and Donald Seminole, Eugene (Marian) Seminole. Deon had a second chance in life on November 13, 2005 by surviving a heart transplant. Since living life ill but not letting it get the best of him he touched a lot of lives. Just knowing that Deon is around was always a joy. Joking, laughing and seeing his little smile always shaking his head we will all miss. A great father for what short time they shared, you can see the love they had; he was needed for his son up above. The best brother three sisters can have, some would say a true mama's boy. Deon was loved by all his family, friends and all those in eastside. Deon always had an Angel by his side. He loved to sit at Cheyenne Avenue lube center so he can enjoy seeing all of the people curise. He liked being home, he loved to cook, he enjoyed relaxing checking out the sports center. He seemed to make everyone laugh and bring them out of a bad day, to many family and friends Deon Jayce will never be forgotten. The family would like to thank the University Hopsital of Denver for their services and care that had him and the hospitality for the family, and Deaconess Hospital. Sending out many thanks to all those who knew Deon, especially the family, friends, and people we may forgot to mention.
CLARENCE "BISCO" SPOTTED WOLF Age 85 of Lame Deer. A Vigil service will be 3 pm Sunday, July 10 at Dahl Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be 11 am Monday at St. Labre School with interment in St. Labre Cemetary in Ashland. Our father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, and one of the Chiefs of the Northern Cheyenne Nation passed on the spirit world on July 6, 2011 to greet Maheo, and all his beloved people who have gone before him. Clarence "Bisco" Spotted Wolf, Ho'tae ae'nohe (Painted Hawk), was born August 24, 1925. Like his father before him, Pat taught his son Bisco all that he knew about horses and ranching. As a young man, Bisco had already distinguished himself as an expert horseman and roper. At the age of seven, he astonished his father by roping an elk on the run. The furious elk turned on the boy and tried to kill him but Bisco stayed on his horse and brought the animal down. He then helped his dad butcher the elk and they distributed the meat to relatives. Bisco's skill with a rope became so well known that white ranchers came to pick him up in an airplane. They wanted Bisco to help during branding time in Wyoming and the young man didn't let them down. During one branding, Bisco roped 400 calves in a row without a miss. In the 1950's, Bisco served as Tribal Councilman and during that time, Fr. Emmett Hoffmann asked the rancher to work for him at the Mission. Father told him he wanted a man he could trust. He handed Bisco the keys and told him jokingly that he could keep the keys until he could find a better man. That day never came, and Chief Bisco Spotted Wolf has served St. Labre Indian School in a variety of positions for nearly forty years. Unfortunately, in 1968, Patrick Spotted Wolf was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Upon the famed horseman's death, his son Bisco Spotted Wolf became a chief of the Council of 44. From there, Chief "Bisco" Spotted Wolf continued his life on an intricate, and yet, very sacred path. Upon taking the responsibilities of a Cheyenne Chief, he lived a life of sacrifice. Taking on a life that embraced humility, generosity, compassion, patience, and wisdom, along with so many other duties. It is known that the Spotted Wolf men were among those who fought for their people and how ultimately left a legacy of trust to be handed down through three generations. From the great War Chief Spotted Wolf, who fought alongside his friend, Crazy Horse, at the Battle of the Rosebud and the Little Bighorn, to his son Patrick Spotted Wolf, and now Bisco, all chiefs have a left a proud record of sacrifice and service for future generations.
Clarence "Bisco" Spotted Wolf passed quietly away at the home of his daughter, Jean and Larry Emmons in Billings, on July 6, 2011. Clarence is preceded in death by his wife Adeline of 66 years and his grandson C.R. Stewart whom Clarence and Adeline raised his whole life. Clarence was a long time rancher in the Ashland community. He worked for the KP Ranch in Sheridan, Wyo., and toured the rodeo circuit during the early years of his life. Clarence and Adeline had one daughter by marriage, Jean Marie Spotted Wolf Emmons. Jean has two daughters Candy and Marlyss Gordan, Clarence and Adeline have six great-grandchildren, Michael Gordan, CJ Gordan, Olivia, Laurence, Patrick and Vivian Mae Seminole. Clarence and Adeline raised Pam for fifteen years. Pam has a daughter Andrea and son Matthew Feliz. His extended family includes the Bements, Realbirds, Flyings, Smalls, Coopers, Rowlands, Spangs, Shoulder Blades, Teeths, Seminoles, Wolfnames, Whiteshields, White Dirt family, Whiteman family, Woodenlegs, and remaining relatives of the George Walters and Yellow Eagle families of Oklahoma. Clarence worked at St. Labre Indian Mission as a maintenance worker for a number of years. He had a passion for the Northern Cheyenne tradition which he spoke of to family, friends and acquaintances. Clarence "Bisco" and Adeline Spotted Wolf and their grandson CR Stewart, who are loved dearly, are now together in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are always with them. Many thanks to Robert and Lola Bement, Larry and Irene Flying, Rev. Emmett Hoffmann and Rocky Mountain Hospice. You will never be forgotten!
JENNIE MARIE SPANG LITTLE COYOTE Age 76 of Lame Deer. A traditional wake service will be held at 8pm Wednesday July 6, 2011 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 am Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer, interment at Spang family cemetary south of Lame Deer. Jennie Marie Spang, Hotoa'hehe (Buffalo Woman), born at home in Lame Deer, MT August 27, 1934 the second oldest of 12 children to Alphonso Spang, and Mary Callsfirst. Jennie "pink" or "Big Sister" as she was known by her family left us to be with Maheo the evening of July 2, 2011. After graduating from Busby High School, Jennie married James "Jimmy" Wilson, to this union 7 children were born. Jennie and Jimmie went on relocation to California after the birth of their first child, & lived in Los Angeles for 2 years, then returned to Lame Deer, where she began working for several years, as the Tribal Secretary for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe under the administrations of John Woodenlegs, and Allen Rowland. In the early 70's she started her career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs later transferring to IHS as a receptionist retiring after 25 years of service as the Administrative Secretary. She then served a term on the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, then went to work for the NC Head Start Program as a Cook's Helper for short time then worked for the NC Tribe for a couple years. After the death of her 1st husband, she later married Perry Little Coyote. He passed away in 2009. Jennie's enjoyments in life were her Grandkids, Horse Racing, participating in Pow Wow's in the Golden Age category, Rodeo's, sewing, beading, shawl making, baking & attending family gatherings. Jennie was known for her endless generosity, making and giving many beautiful star quilts, she always wrote sentimental words that came from her heart on greeting cards that made you feel special. One of her last words was "she loved everyone". She enjoyed traveling; she traveled all over the US with her family to attend Pow Wow's, horse races & the graduations of her children from college, medical & dental school & to visit her children wherever they lived. Jennie also loved to play Bingo & play poker machines. Jennie was most proud of her children for their educational achievements, as a medical doctor, dentist, registered nurse, and cosmetologist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands James Wilson & Perry Little Coyote, a son Larry Wilson, granddaughter Jarietta Stewart, brothers: Alphonso Jr. "Burt", Gordon, Ernest & Darrel "Sonny" Spang. Jennie is survived by her sons, Dr. Tim (Diane) Wilson of Medford, Ore & James "Pruny" (Pam) Wilson; daughters, Rosella "Tweety" Wilson of Billings, Dr. Sandra "Dixie" Wilson of Lame Deer, Janice (Jay) Doney of Fort Belknap, Pammy Wilson of Lame Deer. Grandchildren: Corby, CJ, Zale, Misty, Madison, Monica Biglefthand & her special grandson's Gordy, Tyler & Clay. And 3 great grandchildren. Brothers: Jule Spang, Sr., Leroy (Pam) Spang, Wilmer (Erma) Spang Sr., Terry (June) Spang Sr. Sisters: Hansa Faye Burns, and Bonnie (Orville) Belt & God children: Crystal Spang and Joshua Smith. Stepchildren: Monte Littlecoyote, Alan (Elizabeth) Littlecoyote. The Spang and Seminole families. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Spire, Amber Means, Peggy, Catherine, Deacon Joe, Sister Jean, Butch & Lena Sooktis, Charles & Marcelline Littleoldman, the Northern Cheyenne Ambulance Service, as well as Sheriff Randy Allies and his staff. Also to all the staff members at the Northern Cheyenne Clinic, the Billings Clinic, her oncologist Dr. Whittenberger, the Frontier Cancer Center, her oncologist Dr. Fiddler, Rosella Pongah - Oncologist Aide. We also want to recognize all the many other staff members, family and friends who were there for her. A very special thank you to her son, Dr. Wilson, who took care of her the last few days of her life and Boola, who was here to correct all the mistakes the family was making on her care. A quote from Amber Means: "this family has doctors, nurses and Boola". This is quite fitting.
MARTIN KILLSNIGHT, JR. Age 79 of Lame Deer has returned home to be with his Creator Maheo. He passed away the night of June 26, 2011. Wake will be wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:00 pm at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Funeral Services will be Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Boys and Girls Club in Lame Deer. Internment at Killsnight family cemetary at Rosebud Creek. Martin was born May 18, 1932 to the late Martin Killsnight Sr. and Flossie Red Woman along the Rosebud Creek. He was a direct descendant of Chief Little Wolf, a great and noble chief who led the Northern Cheyenne back from Oklahoma to our Native Homeland in Montana. Martin was one of the eldest traditional Cheyenne of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. He was very proud of his culture and heritage, and he participated in the annual Sundance and was a member of the Chief Society. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the US Army where he was sent to fight in the Korean Conflict for 19 months. Upon his return to the United States, he re-enlisted for another 11 months. Afterwards, he was honorably discharged. Martin was raised by his aunt Julia Killsnight Lone Elk along the Rosebud Creek. in his younger years he enjoyed hunting, riding horses up the creek with Jimmy Soldier Wolf and David Little Whiteman Sr. He later worked at the Lame Deer Sawmill, was a firefighter, and worked at the sugarbeet factory in Hardin. Martin also enjoyed visiting with his closest friends, Howard Twenty Stands, Adolph Red Cherries, Merle Killsnight Sr., Gerald Walknice, Wesley Spotted Elk, Eugene Big Back, and Gilbert Brady, Sr. His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren dance at pow-wows.
Martin was preceded in death by his ex-wife Hazel Killsnight, his father and mother Martin Killsnight Sr. and Flossie Red Woman, his daughter Colleen Killsnight, and grandson Marco Lopez. He is survived by Roger Killsnight Sr., Molly Medicine Elk, his great-grandchildren who he was helping raise: Cedar Cree, Spirit Skyee, and Eli Lopez, these grandchildren have brought a great deal of joy to his life. He is also survived by his daughter Claudine (Martin) Cano, Julia (Reno) Cedar, Spirit, Alicia, Josiah, Chenona, Lupe, and Elina; Marvin (Laretha); Naomi (Terry) - Koda, Kobe; Lawshawna - Kiauna, Skylynn - Cheyenne, Ameha; Marlee Mathias, Morning Star, Baby Eric, Heather, Angelica, Terrian, Adrian, Eric (Tisha), Delane; Event - Krystal, Carlo Julian, and Josh; Nadine (Darren) - Andrew, Dennis,Durran, Darian, DJ, Derin, Denka, Tara - T"Nusha, Elijah, and Taraya; Maria, Kiki, and Caleb, and the extended family. Our family is large so please forgive us if we have missed you.
THEODORE SPOTTED WOLF Age 70 of Lame Deer
DAVID LEE LAMB Age 46 of Chicago/Aurora, Illinois, formerly of Missouri, passed away on May 16, 2011. David Lamb was born at Crow Agency May 16, 1965. Three and one-half months later, he was adopted by Keith adn Pat Lamb in Billings, Montana. He accepted Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Albuquerque when he was eleven years old. He is survived by Keith and Pat; one sister, Patricia Ann Poe; and two brothers; Kenneth O'neil Lamb of Bellingham, WA and Charles Keith Lamb of Eaton, CO. He is also survived by three nephews; Dylan Scott Nelson, Garrett Keith Lamb, and Spencer Ronald Lamb as well as one niece, LeAndra D. Nelson. He had one sister-in-law kelly Lamb. David joined the Army after high school and drove an M1-A1 tank. He spent three years in Germany. After he finished his time in Germany, he attended College of the Ozarks for a short time until he was called back to the Army as a reserve for the Gulf War. The war ended, however, before they were able to get him to Iraq to fight the Republican Guard. Upon his return home, he enrolled in Haskell Indian University in Lawrence, KS. He excelled in creative writing and had two poems published in the school book of selected creative writings. After school, he was employed for a time with 3M in DeKalb, Ill, and later was employed for 10 years at Insurance Auto Auction in Aurora, IL, until October 2009. He passed away May 14, two days before his 46th birthday.
David had an easy going personality and he seemed to get along with everyone. His quick wit brought much laughter and happiness to those around him. He was gifted with words as was evidenced in his writing and conversation. He brought smiles to his professor when he wrote about our donkey's "grass-stained, toothy grin". He nicknamed one of our hens "shotgun" because she had a "sawed-off" beak. He wrote a humorous paper about the New Testament book of Titus for his professor at C of O that brought him an A+. He loved children and animals. He took pleasure in the pictures of his niece and nephews and other family members. He always remembered to call mom and dad on birthdays, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. As he loved his family, so was he equally loved by his family. David got along with everyone, it seemed. Even the hospital staff had a special affection for him. He will be missed by many. David is buried at Spring River cemetary in Verona, MO, in the family plot. David had a twenty one gun salute and taps at the funeral. The Monett VFW honor guard performing the military functions. The pastor was a Native American pastor of the First Baptist Church of Kimberling City , MO.
SAGE G. WHITEMAN Age 5 of Lame Deer. Wake services 7:00 pm Friday, May 27, 2011 at the home of Molly Medicine Elk in Lame Deer. Funeral Services 10:00 am Saturday, May 28, 2011 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer. Burial in the family lot of the Lame Deer cemetary. Sage Garrett Whiteman Nahkohtsevo'soo'estse "Playing Bear" was born on January 8, 2006 at Lame Deer Service Unit in Lame Deer, MT to Mary Jane Russell and Clayton Garrett Whiteman Jr. Sage was born with a heart defect and he had several surgeries due to his condition at Denver Children's Hospital in Denver, CO. Sage left us to be with the Lord on May 20, 2011 in Denver Children's Hospital with his parents at his side. In his short years he was with us he had shown us his strength and accepted his condition. He would play quietly with his toys and his sister, Shay was very special to him. Sage was preceded in death by his great grandparents John Medicine Elk Jr., Aaron & Susan Whiteman, Agnes Little Head, Willis Whiteman, Avon Killsnight, Freddy Belly Mule Sr., Grandparents Clayton Garrett Whiteman Sr., and Mary Ann Black Elk, Anna Mae Crazymule, Jonny Sonny Medicine Elk, Larold G. Littlebird, Sr., Auntie Miranda Dee Morrison and Uncle Larold G. Littlebird Jr.
Sage is survived by his parents Mary Jane Russell & Clayton Garrett Whiteman Jr., special sister Shay, Shakya Whiteman, Anna Mae, Layla, Allison Crazymule. Brothers: Wade Big Buffalo, Kanya Russell, Sonny Crazymule Jr., Jamel & Jonathan Medicine Elk Jr. from New Mexico, Shawn Littlesun. Special Great Grandmother Molly Waters Medicine Elk, Irene Bear Quiver, June American Horse, Rosella Killsnight, Theda McMakin, Susie and Hugh Clubfoot, Marlene Redneck, Nellie Red Hat from Oklahoma; grand parents Virginia Black Elk and Pat Black Elk; uncles Nick Black Elk and Auntie Clartaina Whiteman; Great-grandfathers: Leroy Whiteman, Martin Killsnight, Jr., and Roger (Mable) Killsnight; Grandparents: Susie Medicine Elk, Hubert Russell, Jr., Zethal Medicine Elk, Ethelene Shoulderblade, Katherine and Darlene Russell, Mary Louise Parker, Sandra (Russell) Medicine Elk, Marie Medicine Bull, Candice Elk Shoulder from Busby, Olene New, Rita Red Woman, Emmaline Gleason, Julitha LIttle Bird, Rosanne (Wayne) Head Swift, Gertrude (Clovis) and Drucella (Ambrose) and Velecia Killsnight, Claudine (Martine) Cano, Event Lopez, Nadine and Lois Jean and Samantha Killsnight, Jolene Gardener, Ranee Bear Quiver, Eric Sr. (Theda) and Marvin (Loretha) and Lucas Reynard, Reginald and Darryl and Louis, Jr. and Roger Jr. Killsnight; Uncles: Hubert (Veronica) Russell 3rd, Jonathan Medicine Elk, Davis Wounded Eye Jr., Sonny Sr. and Curtis Crazymule, Lynwood His Bad Horse, Cameron Elk Shoulder of Busby, Dorek Little Bird Sr., Lloyd (Bobbie) Little Bird Jr., Justin (Terri) Little Bird Sr., Michael, Darrell, and Kevin Whiteman of Lame Deer, Aunties: Leanna LIttlesun, Kyra Tall White Man, Pamela Powell, Candida Roundeau of Lame Deer, Loylene LIttlebird of Ashland, Quintina Whiteman of South Dakota. Sage is also survived by other Aunties, Uncles and numerous relatives, including Whiteman's, Waters, Medicine Elks, Bellymules, Red Hats, Rednecks, Strange Owl, Bear Quivers, Teeths, Cano, Bradys, Russells, Killsnights, Soldier Wolfs, Aldens, Ridgebear, Wolf Blacks, Medicine Bulls and Black Elks. A special thank you to Sacred Hat Keeper Allan Jo Black Wolf, Eric Killsnight Sr., Martin Killsnight sr. for all their prayers, and support for Sage, as well as Ranee Bear Quiver, Marlene Red Neck, and special friend - Jenny Lou Lafranier. We would like to thank the Northern Cheyenne finance department for their financial assistance. The family would also like to acknowledge Sage's medical caregivers for all their love and compassionate care.
JAMES KILLSONTOP SR. Age 68 of Hardin. Prayer services will be held 1 pm Friday, May 13, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Wake services will be held 7 pm Friday, in the Busby White River Cheyenne Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be held 10 am Saturday, May 14, in the church, interment will follow in the Busby cemetary. Ma'keeta "Littleman" was born March 13, 1943, in Lame Deer, a son of Mary Strange Owl and John Kills On Top Sr. He grew up in the Busby, Lame Deer and Kirby areas. He was a three-time Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, making it all the way to a tournament in Madison Sqaure Gardens in New York. He married Gloria Horse and the couple made thier home in Crow Agency. He enjoyed leatherwork and was known as a good mechanic, hunter and fisherman. He participated in traditional sweat lodge and Sun Dance ceremonies. He was a member of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs' Society, High Wolf Clan, and was a descendent of Crazy Horse.
His parents; wife; two sisters, Gloria and Nancy; eight brothers, Joseph, Paul, Harold, Peter, Landon, Frank, Lavern and Rufus; and three stepchildren, Magdalene Crooked Arm, Tyrone and Bernard Little Nest, preceded James In death. Survivors include his sons, James Kills On Top Jr. and Anthony Anderson; his daughters, Valerie (Lloyd) Hogan, Betty Jo Morrison, Thomasine Bird In Ground, Pearlene and Susan Little Nest; his brother John Killsontop, Jr.; 43 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; numerous neices, nephews and cousins; as well as a host of extended families.
DANIEL MAYNARD LIMBERHAND Age 50 of Lame Deer. Wake will be Thursday 7pm at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer. Funeral will be Friday at 11 am at the Mennonite Church in Lame Deer. Burial in the Big Back family cemetary..
FRANK ROWLAND Age 86 of Lame Deer. Wake will be 7pm, Wednesday, May 4, at the Heritage Living Center in Ashland. Funeral Mass will be at 10am Thursday, May 5, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Lame Deer.
ALBERT LEE MCMANUS Age 47 of Lame Deer. Wake will be Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7pm at McManus residency, 4 1/2 miles west of Lame Deer at mile marker 38. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 11:00 am at the Boys & Girls Club in Lame Deer, MT. Burial will be in the Highwalking family cemetary west of Lame Deer. Albert Lee McManus, Ma'enohtamehnestse - Walking Turtle, age 47, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, April 29, 2011. He was born at Crow Agency, MT on November 11, 1963 to Donlin McManus and Theresa Hiwalker. He was named after a relative, Albert Littleman of Norman, Oklahoma for both his English and Cheyenne name. Albert grew up and received his education in Lame Deer and Northern Cheyenne Tribal School. He graduated from Brainerd Indian School in Hot Springs, SD. Albert was a very hard working man who loved riding horses and working with them, going to Pow Wows and putting up his concession stand, going to horse races (especially in Busby) and doing his arts & crafts. In 2010, he helped build his straw bale house along with Red Feather Development Group. He was a shy sweet man who loved to tease his family, friends, co-workers and also his in-laws.Albert worked for Southern Hills Golf Course and Blue Bell Lodge & Resort in the Black Hills. He worked for Northern Cheyenne Headstart, Lame Deer IGA and Lame Deer Public School. He was presently employed by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe.
While attending Brainerd Indian School he met his future wife, Clara One Feather, and they were married for 31 years. He is survived by his wife Clara One Feather; his sons Leland McManus of Bowling Green, KY and Ira McManus of Lame Deer, MT; his daughter Shania of Lame Deer, MT; his granddaughters Gabriella and Tallulah of Bowling Green, KY and Layla One Feather of Lame Deer; his sisters Addie Baker, Myrna (Chris) Rochelle; his brother Cleve McManus and Max Hiwalker, Jr. (Dolly); his adopted brothers Jason Rich and Doug McDonald special nieces Rhea Russell and Michelle One Feather; special nephew Caleb Highwalking; his special aunts Martha LaRance, Jamie Whiteman, Wreatha Plenty Camps; his special friend of the family June Littlebird. Preceding him in death are his parents; his son Isaac Don; his brother Leland; and his sister Zethel Wooden Legs.
MARTHA YELLOWROBE WOLFNAME Age 85 of Busby. The wake will be held Tuesday, April 26 in Busby. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, at 10 am in the Busby Gym. Burial will follow in the Wolfname cemetary. As the Easter wind blew in from the eastern plains on Saturday morning, family members knew it was imminent for our mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, to begin preparing for her journey to Seane. Spirits have visited our loved one for over a year now. This past week they collectively came down to escort her. In her firm stubborness she refused but relented nevertheless. As fate has it she left on her favorite holiday season, Easter. In fact, the family had scheduled a gathering to celebrate Easter with her on Sunday. Martha (PaveVotanae - Pretty Tail Feathers Woman) Yellowrobe Wolfname, 85 years young departed peacefully at 2:30 am on Saturday morning with family at her side, Vicky Seminole, Carmen Martha Wolfname, Julia Wolfname and Sophie Janae Hamblin to carry on her Cheyenne name. She was the third generation descendant of Chief Dull Knife. The Northern Cheyenne Chief who fought and won our northern homelands. She embodied this Cheyenne virtue in her daily life as the family matriarch. It is within this sacred Earth that she will be interred. Martha was also a fluent Cheyenne speaker. This was the predominant language spoken in her family home.
Martha at the young age enjoyed riding horses with Robert (Bob) One Bear and other family members. She would tell stories of her 1-2 day bareback and wagon rides to Sheridan and Miles City. During the fall season, she would pick, pound and dry berries for the coming winter months. She would often dry deer meat to sustain the family. She had her favorite sites for turnip digging. The family would often fetch, at the time, pristine water from Rosebud Creek and Bull Creek springs to accompany the natural foods. In October of 1993 she accompanied a tribal delegation that included her sister's Annie Brady, Beatrice Small and Rosie Eaglefeathers to repatriate Chief Dull Knife's band from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The Cheyenne remains were taken from the Fort Robinson Massacre in 1879 for supposedly scientific ballistic study. She traveled to the site of Sand Creek Massacre in Colorado several times for dedication purposes. She also committed herself to the Fort Robinson spiritual events and accompanied the runners to and from Chadron, NE. Her grandchildren were proud participants in both cultural events. She enjoyed sewing star quilts by hand and reading the daily newspaper. One communication from family members from other states was through letters and seasonal cards. Her mental exercise was through crossword puzzles. She had a good sense of humor and would make us laugh with her teasing, wit & wisdom. Her strongest value was through prayer and belief in Maheo. She was an avid spectator in Indian relay races in which her sons were often in the winner's circle. Her favorite animal pets were: Mr. Country, race horse and Ike, the family dog. Over the years, she made numerous trips to Nebraska to visit her sister & best friends Bernice and her family. She told her sister that her May 2010 trip to Nebraska for their grandson, Lucas' graduation from the University of NE-Lincoln would be her last. Martha was close to all of her siblings, and more so to her eldest sister, Ruth. She always admired the skill Ruth had in making quilts. She enjoyed camping at the 4th of July pow-wow. Her campsite was beside her aunt, Maggie Onebear.
She married Wilbur Paul Wolfname and together they raised nine children: Lloyd (Helen) Yellowrobe, Lenora Marie Wolfname, Forrest Daniel Wolfname (deceased), Linda (Steve) Brady, Anthony Wolfname (deceased), Wilbur Wolfname Jr. (deceased), Henry Wolfname, Gary Wolfname, Rick (Janet) Wolfname. In the beginning of their marriage they raised Lloyd, Lenora and Daniel at Bull Creek tower area. Wilbur worked for the Forestry department perched atop the tower observing for smoke. This era was in the horse and buggy days. Family and friends rode wagons and horses and would visit for weeks at a time in their respective log homes and canvas tents. Her sons Lloyd and Daniel were actively engaged in the South Vietnam War by Saigon of the late 1960s. She was very proud of Lloyd and Daniel as they were decorated veterans. During this difficult time for her, she would often watch the evening news with Walter Cronkite for a daily update. She supported the rest of her children with their future education and employment endeavors. In her later years she enjoyed talking on the phone with Irene Bearquiver, Josephine Tallbull and Leona Littlewolf. They would communicate reservation news and doings with each other. She would know all the news without even leaving the house. She kept up with all her children and grandchildren through many phone calls. As she advanced in age, her daughter Lenora & family took care of her daily activities in the past 15 years. As her health severely deteriorated, her son Rick & Janet assumed 24 hour care. Other relatives she raised as her own include: Cassie and Waldo Yellowrobe, Audrey Fisher, Byron Bearchum, Matthew Longjaw, Carmen Wolfname and KImberly Big Back. She was very caring and compassionate and would often leave her home open to others. She cared for Clarence (Smokey) Seminole and mother Alice. Her adopted children include: Rodney Parr and Warren Schwartz. She enjoyed family gatherings and hosted them for many years at her house. She appreciated everyone's cooking, but she especially enjoyed her daughter-in-law, Janet's cooking.
Immediate family members preceded her in death: Charles "Boss" (Davis Bailey) and Alice (Seminole) Yellowrobe, Siblings Ruth, Bob, OT, Violet, Waldo and Theodore. Sons Daniel, Wilbur, Tony, Byron, Matthew, Elwood. Daughters Ernestine, Debbie, grandchildren Audrey, Sonny, Chase, Shawn, Tony Jr., Wamblee and special friends Louise Kingfisher & Carrie Wolfchief. As Vernon Sooktis recently stated, "We are the largest family on the Northern Cheyenne reservation...". The family tree consist's of: The Bailey's, One Bear's, Seminole's, Weaselbear's, Evan's, Eaglefeather's, Shoulderblade's, Sooktis's, Walksalong's, Blackwolf's, Whiteman's, Whitewolf's and others. She was employed as a Cultural teacher at NCTS, factory assembler at St. Labre, senior citizens in Busby & Lame Deer and NCHA housekeeping services. She has one hundred and one grand children and great-grandchildren. She loved to brag that her grandchildren were from "All Nations". This includes: Samoan, Korean, Laotian-Vietnamese, Spanish, Guatemalan, African-American and Caucasion descent. The family appreciates the following: Northern Cheyenne/Crow Hospital staff - Dr. Wilson assumed primary care for Martha since 1990. The family believes Dr. Wilson's care and compassion extended our mom's life since 1990. Dr. Mourning's brief but expert care comforted the family during the past month. Brocade Stops, RN, who diligently offered a comfort zone in our difficult time on Friday night and early Saturday morning vigil. Lab technician - David Badbear, Security personnel; TJ/Todd Stevensons for the prompt attention in picking up our mom, but most of all the cultural understanding of family assisting with the dressing and overall services. Hardin and Northern Cheyenne Ambulance Service; Pastor Willis/Nadine Busenitz, Deacon Joe, Fr. Paschal, Wilma/Albert LaRance, Vernon Sooktis and Johanna Redneck, Tilly Donnafield, Corliss Highbull, Elsie Weaselbear, Iola & Germaine Woodenthigh and Henrietta Bear. The family apologizes for any inadvertant omissions in this obituary.
MORRIS BEMENT Age 46 of Ashland. Wake services will be Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7pm in the social room at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Funeral Services will be Thursday, April 14, 2011, 11am in the Soaring Eagle Gym at the St. Labre Mission in Ashland, MT. Burial will follow in the St. Labre cemetary. Morris Bement Sr., our dad, brother, uncle and papa went on his journey to be with our creator. Morris was born June 20, 1964 in Ashland, MT, the youngest child of Fannie Shoulderblade and Mickey Bement. He was born and raised along the Tongue River attending and graduating from St. Labre in 1982. He met and married his high school sweetheart, Madonna Bordeaux. He was a very ambitious man, working for the St. Labre cafeteria, Tongue River Lumber Company for 17 years, Northern Cheyenne Natural Resources Buffalo Program for 12 years and held a current seating on the TERO Advisory Board. Morris enjoyed living the life as an outdoors man. Most of all he enjoyed his family and grandkids. Morris is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Mary Ann Eagle, his brothers Benji Bement and Robert Miller and nephew Barry Brady.
He is survived by his wife, his children Rae Ann (Shawn) Stump, Miranda (Andy) C'Hair and Morris Jr. (Ronelle) Bement, a special nephew Shugg Bordeaux that he helped raise, his grandchildren Terrell, Isaiah, Alissah, Josiah, Shawn Jr., Jena, Jeremiah, Guilana and Ariana, his siblings Ike Bement, Robbie Bement, Rita Shoulderblade and Barbara Bement, his mother-in-law Emma Homer and special friend Eugene Homer, numerous nieces and nephews and the extended families of Bements, Bordeauxs, Fox, Burns, Fishers, Footes, Harris, Hollowbreast, Two Bulls, Two-Twos, Shoulderblades and Robinsons. Throughout his journey here on earth he acquired many friends as a hunting and fishing guide. Morris took great pride in all that he did. He was in the last year of acquiring his right to become an Arena Director for the Northern Cheyenne Pow-Wow.
WADE ALLEN SPANG Age 32 of Lame Deer
TIMOTHY SCOTT ROUNDSTONE II Age 21
JESSICA MARIE PINE ROPER Age 31 of Lame Deer
Jessica M. (Pine) Roper, 31; went home to be with our Creator on February 27, 2011 at the Phillips County Hospital in Malta due to respiratory failure. Jessica was born to Robert Pine Jr. and Dawnley Trujillo on January 17, 1980 in Lame Deer. Michael and Jessica were joined in marriage on June 18, 2006 and shared seven children, Michael Jr., Azariah, Amaya, Kiana, Mikaeya, Isiah, and Josiah. Jessica was a very strong and independent woman who loved her children. Jessica was never afraid of any challenge, and always faced them head-on. Jessica lived in many different places, but considered Billings her home. She started in the work force at age 16, and had a very strong work ethic. Jessica is survived by her husband Michael Roper, Sr., children Michael Jr., Azariah, Amaya, Kiana, Mikaeya, Isiah, Josiah all of Hays, mother Dawnley (Dan Walden) Trujillo of Great Falls, brothers Christopher (Britt) Pine of Sheridan, WY, Robert III, Julius "OJ", Titus, Sr., Titus Jr., Anthony, Isaac, Jordan, Scott Shoulderblade, a sister Isabelle Genovese all of Billings, grandparents Robert and Norma Bixby of Lame Deer, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Pine Jr.
JAMES LIMPY Age 59 of Busby
On Friday, March 4, 2011, Maheo came and took Henry James Limpy, Jr. (Has Kove Ma' Taa' e, Thorn Picket Man), age 59, of Busby, Mont., home. He is now resting in peace. Henry Jame Limpy, Jr. was born July 9, 1951, at Rosebud Creek to Henry and Agnes Limpy. Henry attended St. Labre Indian School from 1st Grade through the 8th Grade. He attended high school in Busby, Mont., and later received his GED through Indian Action Team. He went to work with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe for a number of years. He received maintenance training and work from PWIP. He also worked at a sawmill in Ashland. Henry, who was mostly known as "Jimmy" was blessed with the gifts of personality, caring, and being lovable. Jimmy enjoyed people especially his grandchildren. He was always smiling, laughing, and joking. Jimmy was always willing to lend a hand whenever possible. Jimmy could speak the Altar boy portion of the Catholic service at St. Labre in Latin. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching football, playing handgame, and beadwork. Jimmy's legacy in life was his unconditional love for family and friends.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his father, Henry Limpy, Sr.; daughter, Tianna Limpy; and sisters, Lillian, Letha, Sara, Edith, Doris, and Wahlena Limpy; as well as his wife, Evelyn Bird Hat Limpy. Jimmy is survived by his mother, Agnes Limpy; daughter, Emma Limpy (Elwin Pongah); sons, Henry Limpy III, Anthony Limpy, and Jared Limpy; brothers, Homer Limpy, Clifford (Joann) Limpy, Eugene (Pat) Limpy, Raymond Limpy, and Elvis Old Bull; sister, Mary Jane Limpy and the following families: Litte Whitemans, Manley, Brady Braided Hair family, Killsnights, Flyings, Medicine Tops, Teeths, Rising Sun, Black Wolfs, Two Twos, Curlys, Spangs, Limberhands, Walks Alongs, Elk Shoulders, Little Mouths, Long Jaws, Edith Birding Ground family, Round Stones, and the Bites. If we have forgotten to mention a family member, it was not done intentionally. As we have a very extended family, please accept our apologies. Wake services will be held Tuesday, March 8, starting at 7 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lame Deer, Mont. Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, March 9, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Lame Deer. Burial will follow at the Limpy Family Cemetary in the Rosebud Creek area.
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