Wilbert Donald Yellow Owl Sr.,age 72, of the Blackfeet Nation, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Peace Hospice in Great Falls.
Wake services were Sunday, June 16 at Old Eagle Shield. The funeral was held Tuesday, June 18 at Old Eagle Shield. His son Jeff officiated the service. Dad was laid to rest with military honors at the Willow Creek cemetery in Browning.
He lived in Browning most of his life. Donnie, as he was affectionately known, was born May 21, 1947 in Anaconda to Dominic and Jenny Wells Yellow Owl. He grew up and received his education in Browning and enlisted in the military.
Donnie married Charlene Barrios in 1966, they later divorced.
He could accomplish anything he set his mind to. Donnie was a gifted musician who skillfully played the guitar and enjoyed ministering throughout Indian Country.
He loved Jesus Christ with all of his heart.
He was an outdoorsman, and loved all outdoor activities. Donnie guided his sons Jeff, Little Donnie and Ben on numerous hunting, fishing, hiking, hunting and trapping excursions. They loved these times with their dad.
He was a hard worker who provided for his family as an expert finish carpenter, a physically demanding but rewarding job that he loved. He always took time to visit with his customers to make sure they were pleased with the results.
He married Sandra Still Smoking in 1991. After 23 years together, his wife Sandra passed in 2014.
He will always be remembered as a fiercely independent, generous, strong and wise man who loved being lighthearted and at times comical. He taught his kids to work hard, persevere through the hard times, pray for and help others and find the good in every situation.
He leaves behind his sons: Jeff (Prudence) Yellow Owl and their children and grandchildren, Wilbert Jr. “Little Donnie” Yellow Owl and his daughters and Benjamin Yellow Owl and his children; his daughters, Renee (Mike) Yellow Owl and their children and grandchildren and Dawn (Joe) Yeager and their children and grandchild; Sandra’s daughters that he loved as his own: Sharon (Joe) Ross and children and Sherry (Bob) Wild Gun; his sisters: Carmelita Cree Medicine, Melba Wells, Helen BanMeter, Penny Jackson Razo, Mayola Jackson and Lorraine Stasso; his brothers: Wallace Red Fox, Robert Yellow Owl, Alvin Yellow Owl, Gilbert Spotted Bear and James Red Fox. He also leaves numerous relatives, nephews, nieces and cousins.
He joins his beloved wife Sandra; his grandson; his parents; and many other loved ones that passed on.
His children Dawn and Benjamin could not be here but they send their love and remembrances of their dad. Their messages will be shared during the funeral.
The family sends a special thank you to those who visited Dad and encouraged him during the last few years.
Our family is large, if we have missed acknowledging you, please accept our apologies in our time of grief.
We love and miss you, Dad.