CROW AGENCY — Everett Whiteman, 74, of Crow Agency passed away Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital.
Iichiinchilicheitchish “Well Known Horse Herder”, an Indian name given to him by his grandfather, Blake Whitemanrunshim Sr., was born June 2, 1940, in Crow Agency, a son of Blake and Stella Iron Whiteman Jr. He was a descendent of Chief Packs the Hat. He was raised and received his education in Lodge Grass, after his graduation, he attended the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas and later the Denver Business College. Following his education, he returned to the reservation to work for the Crow Tribe, before beginning a 30-year career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Realty Clerk and retired as a Realty Specialist.
Everett was an accomplished mountain man, who specialized in the elk hunting and fishing; earning the title “Legend of the Big Horns”. He took part in numerous bench-shooting events, often displaying his talents. He was an avid Lodge Grass Indians fan, as well as supporting other Indian teams from throughout Montana. He played men’s league basketball well into his 60’s.
He married Lynda Pretty on Top in Sept. 1976, in Sheridan and the couple made their home near Lodge Grass Creek. He was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan, was a child of the Greasy Mouth Clan and attended the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church.
His parents, sisters, Evangline Blacksmith and Marlene Whiteman and brother, Larry Whiteman preceded Everett in death.
Survivors include his wife Lynda; his children Polly (Ellsworth) DeCrane, Gary Joe (Rachel) Whiteman, Sharon Whiteman, Michelle (Coolidge) Jefferson, Rochelle (Eugene) Deputy, Manuel and Noel Thomas Whiteman, Carey (AJ) Not Afraid, Barry (Adree) Whiteman, Shana (Ty) Ten Bear, Leslie (Ervin) Bird in Ground and Rachel (Tylis) Bad Bear; adopted sons Alonzo Not Afraid and Kanyon Whiteman; 56 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; his extended family members including the Whiteman, Iron, Three Irons, Brass, Rides the White Hip Horse, Cummins, Greybull, Little Nest, Blaine, Horn, Small, Bulltail, Spotted Horse and Hill families; as well as his special friends including Wendell White, Gary Farell, John Myron Stewart, Blaine Small, Stevie and Vincent White Hip, Henry Pretty on Top, Frederick and Anthony Left Hand, Wallace Red Star, Vernon Whiteman, Ronnie Yellowmule, Bobby and Eddie Iron. Our family is large; if we have missed anyone, please accept our apology.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Crow Agency Spirit of Life Foursquare Church. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.