HARDIN — John W. Pease, 89, of Hardin passed away March 21, 2013, in the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital.
He was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Crow Agency. He grew up in the Lodge Grass area and graduated from High school. While in school, he lettered in football, basketball and track. As a running back he helped carry the Indians to the Southern Divisional his junior and senior years. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, served as a flight radio operator throughout China, India and Burma. He later attended both Montana Universities.
John was as a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee for over 33 years; working in engineering, management, irrigation, reality, land operations, administrative manager and temporarily as the Crow Agency Superintendent. He worked on the Blackfoot, Fort Belknap, Fort Peck and Shoshone reservations. In 1956, he received the Valor award for saving a man from drowning in the Milk River.
He was a member of the Crow Tribe, working unselfishly for the good of all Indian people. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and building his retirement home in the Big Horn Valley.
John married Kathleen Knutson on Feb. 25, 1947, in Lodge Grass.
His parents; wife, Kathleen; brother Fellows Pease; sisters Virginia Buckingham, Eldah Captain and Clara Ann Myers preceded John in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Jolene Pease (Janet Roessel); sons, Daniel (Mari) and John L. (Dianne) Pease Jr.; grandchildren, Jena, Aaron, Kris and Virginia; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Eleanor Kraft.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, in the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Custer Battlefield National Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.