LODGE GRASS - Buckley Pretty On Top, 66, of Lodge Grass, dad, grandpa, nephew, uncle, brother and friend, passed away on April 17, 2007, at home, in the presence of his children and grandchildren.
Shiikaaiichaa "Good Boy" was born on Oct. 21, 1940, the son of Woodrow "Shorty" Pretty On Top and Dorothy Iron Horse in Crow Agency. He was a member and child of the Ties the Bundle Clan. He was also a member of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church of Lodge Grass. Buckley also practiced his faith regularly in the Crow Sweat Lodge and helped his children and other relatives as they participated in the Sundance. He was a quiet man whose opinions about the world and society were usually "right on" and were widely respected.
Buckley grew up and attended schools in Lodge Grass. He was a man of many talents. In his youth, he was a natural athlete, excelling in basketball and running. He took to horses naturally, riding and eventually to horse races.
He and his wife were avid horse racing fans who followed the circuit throughout Montana, developing many friends along the way.
He was a self-taught auto mechanic and helped all who came to him with car problems. He was an avid big game hunter in his youth and enjoyed his many packhorse trips into the Big Horn Mountains.
He especially enjoyed the company of his grandchildren, many of whom he raised as his own children. He was a friend who would stay with you through thick and thin.
Buckley married Marjorie Aline Plenty Hoops and they made their home in Lodge Grass. They followed their sons and daughters closely as they participated in all school activities and continued with their grandchildren.
His parents; wife; son Leon Jude Old Crow; daughter, Carlene Pretty on Top; sisters, Shirley Iron Horse, Bernadine Pretty On Top Nomee, Elizabeth LaForge, Theresa Gun Shows; and brother Cedric Walks Over Ice preceded Buckley in death. Survivors include his children, Jonathan (Raylene), Bruce (Lujauna) of Billings, Evan (Lisa) Pretty on Top and Donald Ray (Junetta) Gardner of Arizona, Tony, Rachel and Dorothy Pretty on Top, Ellie Rides Horse, Regina (Leonard) Bends, Susan White Shirt, Manford (Laura Lee) Gardner of Lodge Grass, Myrna Belle (Fred) Small of Lame Deer and Linda (Dwayne) Bird in Ground of Wyola; he raised the following grandchildren as his own, Koel, Ryanna, Buck, Adriano Levi Pretty On Top and Victoria North Piegan; adopted children Clifford Birdinground, Jr., Marlin Yarlott, Cletus Round Face, Gary Gardner, Terri Collette Little Light; his grandchildren, Brian, Amanda Old Crow, Quinlyn, Emeri, Colt Little Owl, Leslie Talks Different, Jeri Lynn Bends, Lisa Michelle, Jalen Henry, Zane, Remi Kay, Shantel, Tyressa Pretty On Top and Sheena Nomee; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Henry (Anda), Thomas (Beverly), Norman (Donna), Kenneth (Hannah), Elizabeth, Randy and Brewster (Veronica) Pretty On Top, Allison Bouyer, Linda (Everett) Whiteman, Maxine Jefferson, Woodrow Plain Feather, Veronica (Heywood) Big Day, Jr., Regina Goes Ahead, Delma Yarlott, William (Shirley) Stewart, Mary (Hartford) Black Eagle, Dorcella (Ronald) Little Light, Burton (Randine) Pretty On Top, Donald (Lavina) Passes, Mary (Leonard) Castro, Anita LaRance and Kathy (Gilbert) Birdinground; his uncles; John Pretty On Top, Vincent White Hip and Cyril Not Afraid; aunts, Henrietta Pretty On Top, Clara Nomee, Ruth Alden, Frances Bends and Mary Ann Bear Below; after the loss of his wife, her brothers and sisters, Joy (Paul) Matt, Newton (Amelia) Old Crow, Sr., Kathryn Old Crow, Fatima and Ursula Bad Horse, Newton (Georgette) Old Crow, Jr., accepted Buckley as their brother, a traditional act of the Crows; special friends, Pierre Shanel of Idaho and George "Peachy" Denny of Rock Boy; special nephews, Dee (Dionne) and Edgar (Ellen) Pretty on Top; as well as his extended families, including the Pretty On Top, Walks Over Ice, Holds the Enemy, Blood Man, Left Hand, Not Afraid, Bear Below, Back Bone and Grey Bull families.
Our family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Burke and the staff at the Billings Clinic for the excellent care given to our loved one. Also a special thank you to Carl (Edwina) Venne, Darrin (Bobbi Jo) Old Coyote and Scott Russell.
Rosary will be recited 4 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Lodge Grass Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary of Hardin has been entrusted with the arrangements.