LAME DEER — Logan Curley Sr., 62, of Lame Deer, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 27, 2013, with his son Logan Jr. and nephew Clayton Mason at his side.
His Cheyenne Indian name was Ve’pah^hooo^pse or “Hollow Wood.” He was born on Feb. 10, 1950, in Crow Agency, a son of Joseph Curley Sr. and Irene Sanchez-Curley, he was raised and received his education in Busby. During his high school years, he was a very good athlete, competing in basketball, football and cross-country. He excelled in cross-country, winning many of the meets that he competed in and he helped his team bring home state championships to Busby.
In 1968, he enlisted in the Air Force and was sent to Vietnam. In 1970, he received a medical discharge and returned home. In 1973, he met June Limberhand and from that relationship one son was born, Logan Curley Jr. A few years later, he met Pat Little Bird and from this relationship, his second son, Lee Michael, was born. During this time, Logan became very active in the AIM Movement and spent time all over the country traveling with the likes of Russell Means, Dennis Banks and others advocating for equality for all Native Americans. He participated in the Longest Walk, in which this group walked from the banks of Alcatraz in California to Washington, D.C. Upon returning home, he met Valarie Trujillo, and they were blessed with two girls, Melinda and Audrey.
Logan became very active in the Cheyenne Ceremonies, participating in the annual Sundances completing his vow to his parents to help his “Cheyenne people.” Once he completed these ceremonies, he traveled to Oklahoma and spent time with “Junior” Red Hat and Terry Wilson, participating in the Arrow Worship Ceremony. He was deemed a Cheyenne Medicine Man and began traveling all over the country Doctoring and performing Healing ceremonies with people helping them to get well using his gift of Native American medicine. In 1993, he was very proud that he was able to help his tribe bring back the remains of our ancestors and assist in the Burial Ceremony in Busby. He was an active father, uncle, brother and friend, who tirelessly cared for his family and friends helping in any way that he could. His hobbies included horseshoes, hand games, storytelling and spending time with all his friends at Charging Horse.
He is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Curley Sr.; mother, Irene Sanchez-Curley; uncle Irvin Red Fox; brothers, Joseph Curley Jr., Robert Bearchum Sr., Vann Ryan Sr. and Darryl Scalpcane; sisters, Audrey Haugen, Reva Red Fox and Alice Rising Sun and his daughters, Misty Rose Fears, Maria Durgin and Sherry Curley.
Survivors include his brothers, Tex, Billford, Kevin, Jody and Terry Curley, Winslow and Vincent White Crane, Moke Eagle Feathers, Clifford Long Sioux, Delvin Driver Sr., Terry Wilson, Travis Aimsback, Lyman Wolf Chief, Ronnie Harris, Richard, Jimmy, Eddie and Joe Fox Jr., William, Oran and Robert Redfox, Leonard Red Neck, Floyd Bearing Sr., Lucas Hevelwah and Dean Rondeau; sisters, Tera Curley, Denise American Horse, Ruth Costilla, Fonda Red Fox, Melanie Charette, Florine Taylor, Ethelene Killsnight, Eva Foote, Connie White Crane, Jennifer and Karen Red Fox; sons, Logan Curley Jr., Lee Michael Curley, James Shoshone and Kyle Coffman; daughters, Janelle, Melinda, Audrey, Roxie and Mollie Curley, Amanda Bracklin, Judith Wilkinson and Rita Calderon; and a special grandson, Monte “Budda” Haugen; along with all his nephews and nieces; and 75 grand and great-grandchildren; his aunt Edna Red Fox and uncle Ralph Red Fox; as well as his extended family including the Red Fox, Wolf Chief, Brady, Wolf Black, Costilla, Bird Hat, Crazymule, Harris, Lei, Flatness, Spotted Elk, Rockroads, Bearchum, Kinzel, Medicine Top, Ryan, Bearquiver, One Bear, Killsnight, Shoulderblade, Blackwolf and Lone Bear families. We apologize if we have left anyone out, as our extended family is large.
Traditional wake services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. at the Lame Deer Blessed Sacrament Church. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at the family cemetery near Busby. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.