Clyde Francis Crossguns  Otsskwipiksii  (Blue Bird)

April 19,1949 – Feb. 18, 2022

Clyde Francis Crossguns, 72 years of age, passed away on Feb. 18, 2022, in Cut Bank, Mont.

Clyde’s funeral mass was held in the Little Flower Parish in Browning.

Clyde loved the people of Siksika Nation where he lived for twenty one years and he loved his Blackfeet Nation. He had many God children. Clyde worked for BIA Roads and highway construction companies for many years as a heavy equipment operator, grade checker, truck driver, and foreman. Clyde worked for White Buffalo Centre of the Siksika Family Services Corporation of Siksika, Alberta. He was a Life Skills Coach and Grief Recovery Counselor.

Clyde is a decorated Vietnam Veteran and was awarded Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign medal, Infantry Badge, Air Medal, US Army Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division from 1968 to 1969 and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant E-5.

Clyde graduated from Browning High School in 1968. He went to Missoula Vo-Tech for computers in 1979 to 1980, graduated. He graduated with a Certified Life Skills Coach from Bow Valley College, Calgary, Alberta in 2003. He was a certified “Grief Recovery Counselor” Grief Recovery Institute by John James of Sherwood Oaks, Calif. in 2004.

Clyde loved his mountains near Blackfeet Nation, and loved to work on computers especially power point presentations in tribute of his daughter Amber Crossguns.

Clyde is survived by his best friend Lavina Many Guns of Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada; children Allan Morgan, Nathaniel Crossguns of Browning, and Candace Many Guns (Lee), Siksika Nation, Alberta; grandchildren Aidan and Katilin Higgins, Lyndon and Amber Brass, Siipohkitopii Many Guns; brother Ronald (Helen) Crossguns of Browning; sisters Myrna Bond of Boise, Idaho, Tina (Steve) Usick of Denver, Colo., and Carolyn (Thad) Doran of Denver, Colo; blood brothers Darrel (Kathy) Heinshon of Sayre, Okla., Jimmy (Elizabeth) Delgiorno of New York, James Ervin of Florida, Floyd (Mavis) Running Rabbit, and Randy (Caroline) Spring Chief of Siksika Nation; numerous nephews and nieces and relatives and his brothers and sisters of Bravo Company, 2nd of 501st, 101st Abn Division (Vietnam Era). Clyde was a direct descendant of the last Chief, Chief White Calf and Mountain Chief of the Blackfeet Nation.

Clyde was predeceased in death by his daughters Amber Star Crossguns and Antoinette (Crossguns) Higgins; brothers Duane Samuel Daniels, Vincent Pepion, Jr., Floyd Sr. and Fred Crossguns, Butch Arrow Top; sisters Deanna (Crossguns) Sure Chief, and Gaylene Pepion; auntie Hazel Coyle of Boise, Idaho; uncle Virgil Crossguns of San Francisco, Calif; parents: Katie Crossguns and Vincent Pepion Sr.