(Editor's Note: The obituaries below were taken from the archives of the 2020 issues of the newspaper. We apologize for anyone missed, but please note, if an obituary was not submitted to the paper, the name of your loved one will not appear below. Feel free to contact Glacier Reporter editor John McGill with additional names by Friday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m., and we will gladly include them in an article in next week's issue.)
In it’s own way, the hours go slow but the years seem to go by quickly. And last year, with all its strange and new ways of being, is no exception. While the events of the previous year are intriguing, many of our fellow humans made their transition from this world to the next, and their memories are worth remembering.
James Patrick Higgins was a well known personality on the Blackfeet Reservation. His last 13 years he spent as executive secretary at Glacier Peaks Casino. Pat was fluent in both the old and new dialect of the Blackfeet language.
Blackfeet elder Mary Jean Wagner Billedeaux was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-great grandmother and auntie to many. She will be deeply missed.
Charles D. Fisher was known as “Charlie” and lived in Babb. A celebration of Charlie’s life and his burial was delayed.
Bernardino Gonzales NoRunner, “Benny,” grew up and went to school in Yakima. He joined the army as a young man and was stationed in Germany and returned to Seattle where he worked for Honeywell, eventually retiring in Browning.
James Lee Bond, who was known as “007”, was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was self employed at Jim’s Diesel Repair. He also volunteered at the Browning Fire Department. Most of all Jim “loved to work.”
Blackfeet elder Emerson L. NoRunner was also among those lost last year.
Michael Henry Little of Heart Butte was educated in the U.S. where he became an electrician. In his spare time he liked to listen to music, go to the casino and watch movies.
Harlan Stuart Hall attended junior high school in Heart Butte, played football and was in track. He graduated at Browning High School in 1984. Harlan was self-employed most of his life, gifted both as a musician and a mechanic. He helped build relationships with band members and taught many of them how to be the best musicians possible. His heart was full; he loved spending time with his mother Catherine Hall, his father Ike, his wife Corrina, sister Glenna, brother Shawn and his nieces and nephews, his kids and grandkids.
Gary Eugene Racine was an Army veteran who spent most of his working career as a sheriff’s deputy and Blackfeet Tribal Police Officer. He loved all of his family; the grandkids were always special, sitting with him and visiting about their accomplishments.
Mae Running Wolf Upham was raised in Blacktail and Heart Butte. She worked at the Air Force Base in Great Falls and for the BIA in Browning. She retired from Browning IHS after 25 years of service. Mae was very independent, strong willed and hard working; even at home she was always active, cleaning and doing things around her house.
Alexandrea Rose Dragonfly-DuBray was born in Browning and loved to ride horseback.
Harold Dean Thomas was born and died in Browning. He was a Veteran and served in the U.S. Army for six years. Harold was a great storyteller, a drum maker, a cradleboard maker, and he and his sister, Rita, taught many how to make Indian crafts at Pathfinders school.
Alvin Dale Dog Taking Gun grew up in Browning and resided there until his death.
Marvin Joseph Spotted Bear was raised at Big Badger and attended both Big Badger School and Browning Public schools during his educational career. He went on to work as a custodian for 36 years for Browning School District No. 9 before retiring.
Willy Wayne-Andre Pepion was the youngest born child of Wilma A. Fleury and Billy W. Pepion in Browning. His hobbies included spending time with family, friends and loving girlfriend, playing basketball (especially for the Browning Running Indians) and cooking out for everyone he loved.
Justin Lee Azure was born in Browning, was a handyman and could fix anything. He liked the rodeo and a good country song to dance to.
Doris Josephine “Baby Doll” Westwolf was born, raised and educated in Browning. Doris worked at the Little Flower Parish in Browning.
She loved traditional Blackfeet crafts and visiting in Blackfoot with her many friends and relatives.
Frank Augare Sr. was born in Browning. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War where he served as a diesel mechanic. Frank worked as a land surveyor for Archambault, and was a self-employed contractor for over 40 years. In 1988 he started Trails End Service. He was also a former member of the Browning Volunteer Fire Dept.
Eudelma L. Whitegrass miiyáttsi’kayi saahkómaapi (Squirrel Boy) was the great grandson of Mary Ground (Grass Woman). He went by the name of Eudelma Arrow-top and Whitegrass and spent most of his life living in Starr School and Browning on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Eudelma was a survivor of the tragic flood of 1964.
Cody Brian Nevins was the son of Gary and Joann Nevins. He attended school in Browning and Bigfork. After graduating from Bigfork High School, Cody went on to the Art Institute of Seattle, received a degree in graphic arts and later took classes at the University of Montana in Missoula. He worked at several different occupations
Mike “Mikey” Patrick Gopher was born to Juanita “Mae” Kennedy and Mike Pete Gopher Sr. in Browning. He attended Browning High School and Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan where he received his certification in carpentry.
Jordan M. Spotted Bear and Darwin Craig Heavy Runner both passed in July, with details and arrangements to be announced.
Erma Faye Aims Back was born in Browning and passed in Heart Butte, at her family home. She was a lifelong fire fighter and a PCA worker. She enjoyed going to the casino, housekeeping and watching pool leagues.
Clifford Popcorn StillSmoking was born in Browning to Mary StillSmoking. Popcorn was a homemaker and loved collecting anything Native American, spending time with his family and loved being in contact with his family and friends.
Amber Yvonne LittleDog was born in Browning to Vernon Larson Sr. and Robin Gallagher-Horn. She was a mother and a housewife. Amber’s hobbies were to go gambling or to bingos, spending time with her grandbabies, picnics and being a stand-up comedian.
Shirley F. Boyle Gobert was raised in Fisher Flat, Blackfoot and Browning. She was a devoted Catholic, was a Eucharistic Minister and worked several carillons and pilgrimages.
Everette Daniel “Danny” Skunkcap went to Chemawa Indian School, Blackfeet Community College and the Police Academy. He worked for Wildland Fire as a firefighter and was a CNA. Everette enjoyed listening to country music.
Faith Agnes Mad Plume passed in August.
Patrick Thomas Evans was an easy-going soul, he enjoyed basketball in his younger years and traveled extensively throughout the Northwest making friends everywhere he went.
Ethel Day Rider was raised in the Heart Butte area of the Blackfeet Reservation. Ethel enjoyed taking care of her family and taking part in ceremonies.
Charles Justin Reevis “Mikstioe” always put his family before himself. Just like his father before him, he enjoyed making people laugh assuring he left smiles on everyone he encountered.
Janice Rose Marceau “Sup ‘youts” was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and a descendant of the Yakama Nation.
Merlin Kipling lived the majority of his life in Browning and graduated from BHS in 1959. Merlin was a custodian at Napi Elementary for several years and initiated a three-person band called Fallen Rock. He was also a member of the Over the Hill Gang.
Daniel (Dan) Gordon Smith lived in Babb. He loved to hunt, fish and work cattle in the beautiful foothills of Chief Mountain Ranch. He was a dedicated, hard worker, truck driver, and did road construction for many years before he settled back on the ranch where he spent time doing what loved to do.
Lily Adel Edwards was raised in Browning and received her GED with some college credits. She also worked for the Blackfeet Tribe for 39 years.
Michael Charles Augare graduated from Browning High School and then attended the Great Falls College of Technology. He worked with the Glacier National Park Service, Blackfeet Tribal Law Enforcement, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Glacier County Sheriff’s Office, at local ranches, in construction and for the Montana Dept. of Transportation.
Herman Edward James “EJ” WhiteGrass Jr. enjoyed fishing, camping and experimenting with cooking.
Irene J. Old Chief “Kind Woman” was self-employed as a crafter. She beaded, made dolls and was a homemaker. She loved family outings with her grandchildren and children including picnics, birthday parties and holidays such as Christmas.
Avani Jo’Vee Kipp was an infant born to Miriah Rainy Kipp and William Bird. She was the first virtual birth to be witnessed by the family, which made it such a unique blessing.
Mary Ann New Robe was was raised in Heart Butte before moving to Browning. She enjoyed visiting and hanging out with her friends and family and always talked about her soft bear and coloring pictures.
Vita Ann Arlene (Bruce) Archambault worked at the Blackfeet Nursing Home for many years as an LPN, an Activities Director and a loving and caring friend. She had a love for the elderly people of the reservation, and provided comfort and care at the end of their lives. She also worked as an EMT and a Home Health nurse for the Blackfeet Tribe.
Marion Leigh Woldstad was raised on the family ranch north of Valier, attended country school through eighth grade and graduated from Valier High School in 1950. He enlisted into the U.S. Army and following his honorable discharge in 1953, attended various agricultural education classes. Marion loved working with horses and taking care of his cows.
Rita Ann (Yazzie) LaPlant was born in Klagetoh, Ariz., on the Navajo Indian Reservation. She was raised by her grandmother, Alice Yazzie. Rita was a trusted friend, beloved mother, hard worker, loving wife and member of the Little Flower Catholic Parish. She had a passion for sewing and handcrafts.
Camille Rosalita Aims Back Lopez is most remembered for her beauty and warm smile, loyal and giving spirit to family and friends, and her love for her children.
Elliott Wayne ScabbyRobe Sr. traveled from powwow to powwows, doing what he loved. Elliott played basketball, rode horses at Starr School with his cousins rounding up cattle and enjoyed rodeos. Elliott began to firefight after he got out of high school.
Steven T. Heavyrunner Jr. was born in Kalispell to Steven T. Heavyrunner Sr. and the late Irene Running Rabbit. Steven enjoyed riding horses, powwows and many outdoor activities.
Lyle James (Little Sorrell Horse) (iina’ko’tsimiotasi) Heavy Runner graduated from Browning High School and attended the University of Montana, Flathead Valley Community College (forestry) and Eastern Montana University. While in high school, he was on one of the famous Browning High School cross country teams that won 22 championships. He worked for FedEx for 36 years as a courier, manager and dispatcher across Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and California.
Elmer Trombley was raised on the family ranch northwest of Blackfoot until 1960, and the ranch was relocated a few miles east of Browning. Elmer’s training in electronics gave him the knowledge to fix anything from TVs, radios, toasters, and you name it, he could fix it. This led him to his lifelong trade, trade as a furnace repairman. Elmer repaired and installed furnaces all over the reservation for over 40 years.
William Stanley “Stan” Juneau was most proud and happy when he and his family spent time together driving and hiking around the mountains, the many beautiful sites on the Blackfeet Reservation, and throughout Montana. He was very successful in the education profession, in his academic pursuits, and as a leader in several different venues. He also served one term as the Vice-Chairperson for the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council. Stan also served as the Superintendent of Heart Butte Schools and Browning Schools. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the National Advisory on Indian Education.
Brandon Dale Galbreath was raised on his family ranch in Kiowa as well as in Chicago, Ill., with his mother. Known for his amazing quarterback abilities in football, he was voted Great Falls Tribune Athlete of the Week. He was also known for quickness in defense in basketball. He went on to college at the University of Montana-Missoula where he joined the rodeo team.
Herman Whitegrass Sr., 78, was a state certified Chemical Dependency counselor and worked in the field for 40 years. Herman had a great passion for music. After an injury to his right elbow, he went from being right-handed to left. He played lead guitar but moved to playing bass. Herman volunteered his time, playing music at church, funerals, prayer meetings and on occasion at a picnic or birthday.
Cynthia Cecile Schildt-Davis Kipp was born west of Starr School. She held numerous certificates of study from University of Oklahoma, Washington DC and Flandreau, So. Dak. She was a waitress/food and beverage service, rodeo secretary/timer, Browning Public Schools Home School Coordinator, Community Health Representative, national lobbyist, international consultant, tribal-cultural historian and Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Woman. Cynthia was an active trailblazer in many capacities
Perry Spotted Eagle grew up on both sides of the mountains eventually making the Blackfeet Reservation and Conrad area his home before being transferred to Lewistown in the last few weeks. He called Heart Butte his home.