Francis 'Gus' Harris

2014-06-19T00:00:00Z 2014-06-19T15:43:25Z Francis 'Gus' Harris The Billings Gazette
June 19, 2014 12:00 am

LAME DEER — Francis “Gus” Harris, 84 years old, was born Sept. 1, 1929, to Bryan Harris and Ruth Medicinebird in Lame Deer.

He attended grade school at Lame Deer and Colstrip. During ninth grade, he left school to help his dad and family, working at various ranches up and down the Rosebud Creek: Baileys, Egans and Carlsmouse. In his younger years, he was a rodeo cowboy, riding bareback, saddlebronc and occasionally bulls. In latter years he calf roped and team roped. He and “Bigfish” went to National Old Timers Rodeo Association Finals in 1985. Gus was a member of the Catholic Church, Northern Cheyenne Gourd Dance Society. He was Chairman of Board at St.Labre Indian School, Lame Deer High School, and served three terms as a Tribal Councilman.

He worked for BIA roads as a Foreman, IHS for 17 years, at WECO for five years, finally retiring in 2005. In 1949, he enlisted in the Air Force, honorably discharged in 1953. He married the love of his life, Ataloa Hogan, on Sept. 12, 1952. After 60 years of marriage, Ataloa passed on.

He is survived by two daughters, Kathy Harris and Lori Onebear; special niece, Ataloa Ruth (Ron) Burman; four sons, Lynn (Roberta) Harris, Ryne (Barbara) Harris, Joel (Vicky) Harris, and one adopted son, Joe (Charlene) Alden; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He loved to be around his horses and cattle.

A Traditional Wake will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Lame Deer.

Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.

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