PRYOR — Gordon Plain Bull (Baapamakoo - Towering Sacred Plant), 75, of Pryor passed away at Billings Clinic from a short illness on Feb. 14, 2012, and met the love of his life and soul mate, Phyllis at the gates of heaven, on Valentine's Day.
Gordon was born on July 28, 1936, in Pryor, a son of Frank Plain Bull and Elsie Rides Horse. Gordon was raised by various family members including his grandfather Stanley Rides Horse, an aunt Marie Rides Horse, John and Elizabeth Smart Enemy and Edward Posey, Sr. and Josephine Whiteman. While living with Marie, the family moved from Pryor to Crow Agency, then to Billings and returning to his beloved Pryor to live "at the camps with other relatives." He attended schools in Pryor and also attended Edgar High School. During his time in high school he enjoyed playing basketball. Gordon joined the U.S. Army (Airborne Division) in 1955, while still in high school as was the custom of many young men of the Pryor community. He was honorably discharged in 1957.
Gordon married Phyllis Rock Above from 1968 ‘til her death in 2006. Gordon later married Jacquelyn L. Stewart of Wyola. Gordon was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. He was adopted into the Tobacco Society by the late Inez (Andrew) Birdinground. He was a Daytime Society Drumstick Carrier, an owner of the Sacred Tobacco Lodge and a leader of religious sacred ceremonies. He was also a member of Pryor Faith Baptist Church.
Gordon worked for the Great Western Sugar Factory; he worked for Pryor Schools as a Custodian /Bus Driver and retired at the age of 62. He was elected to serve on the Pryor School Board for 14 years. Due to his commitment to education, in October 2006, he was awarded the Marvin Heintz Gold Award by the Montana School Board Association for his extraordinary commitment to education. This award is given to school board members who attend and complete the certified trustee award program. Gordon was also appointed to the Montana Indian Caucus due to his vision and commitment to education. He held numerous positions for the Crow Tribe and was currently employed as a Cultural Advocate.
Gordon's enjoyment was singing and traveling to various pow-wows which included New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, California, Florida, Nevada, Wisconsin and Canada. He was proud of winning the champion singer at a pow-wow in Canada. Gordon was a renowned singer and was called upon many times to sing songs at give-aways, individual celebrations, and at the Crow Fair Parade Dance. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play basketball. He was an avid fan for the Plenty Coups Warriors.
Gordon leaves behind his children, Gordon Jr. "Gordy" of Indiana, Lyman (Appleen), Lilly (Dave) Jefferson and Julia "Seja" Plain Bull all of Pryor, Lonnie (Caryn) of Rocky Boy. He leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Jessica, Tasha (Allen) Stewart, Teanna and Sunny Rae, Lacey Marie, Leonard (Pumba), Jr., Lyndzee Jo, Lonnie, Jr. (Keno), Wesley, Nathaniel (Bulls Eye) and Rheannon (Cree Woman.) These were the nicknames Gordon called his grandchildren.
Gordon is also survived by his adopted children: Julie (William) Hugs, Mike (Dawn) Stewart, Donya (Melville) Stops, Dana and Anita Old Coyote, Levi and Cheryl Yellowmule, Gordon and Bernadine Real Bird, Velma and the late Art Fitzpatrick, Albert and Becky Gros Ventre, Brian Blaine, Lawrence Pete Big Hair Jr., Blaine Fortner, Lance Gumps of Long Island, N.Y., Alice Crow and Bryan, Bob and Jackie McTaggert; family friend Kayrn (Rick) McGee.
He is survived by sisters, Addlee Eckhart, Lavanna (Adrian) Bird, and Karmelita Plain Bull, Clara Big Lake, Charlotte Martell and Emma Richardson; a brother Alvie Plain Bull; his aunt, Leona Rides Horse; his uncle Larry (Gwen) Plain Bull; his sisters-in-law include: JoAnn and Maureen Rock Above, Belva (Oliver) Costa, and Alice (Grady) Hunts Arrow
Adopted brothers and sisters: Gary (Luvenia) Rides Horse, Sonny Joe and Johnann Reed, Kevin and Carrie Old Coyote, Willis and Beth Ann Medicine Horse, Jolene White Clay, Martha Singer, Susie White Clay, Elsie (Kurt) LaForge, Russell and Benita Plain Feather, Joe and Candy Henry, Andrea, Barbara, Ernestine Birdinground, Eleanor (Fred) Smart Enemy, Edward Jr., Geneva, Channis, Jolene, Valeen and Carol Whiteman.
We would like to thank the staff of Billings Clinic and also a special thanks to Forrest and Betsy LaRue and family for all their support and prayers. Thank you to everyone for all their prayers.
Extended families include Plain Bull, and descendants of Buffalo Coat and Janet Wood tick. Our family is large. We have tried to include everyone, but if we have forgotten you, please understand that it was not on purpose.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Plenty Coups High School in Pryor. Burial will be in the Pryor Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com.