DUNMORE — Victor Kim Singer, 62, of Dunmore, passed to the “Other Side Camp” on June 14, 2014.
Dakaákkaate (Little Bird) was born Aug. 9, 1951, to Clifford Singer Sr. and Laura Wallace Singer. He was a member of the Big Lodge Clan and a child of the Whistling Water Clan. He was also a member of the St. Dennis Parrish. He grew up in the Lodge Grass and Black Lodge areas and received his schooling in Lodge Grass, graduating in 1969. In 1971, he received his diploma in technical drafting from Haskell and received his associate of civil technology from Dawson Community College in 1973 and attended Montana State University. He married Janice King on Dec. 27, 1971. The couple made their home in Crow Agency. He began his career with the federal government in 1971 and retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 2012, after 39 years and four months of service. He was a surveyor, civil engineering technician and EPA specialist.
Victor was a strong proponent of the Crow culture, Crow traditions and the Crow language. Larry and Gwen Plain Bull adopted him into the sacred Tobacco Society. He was a member of the Night Hawk Society and the Night Hawk Drum Group. He was the Owner of the Drum for the Lodge Grass District. He was an announcer and Camp Crier. He was a well respected figure in the Crow way of life and gave away many Crow Indian names and was frequently honored by his clan children for the many good wishes he made on their behalf. He had the highest respect for all of his brothers-in-law, whom he constantly bestowed gifts upon, never calling them by their name, only the endearing term “Baashii.” He enjoyed singing at powwows and watching his children and grandchildren dance. He traveled to various powwows throughout the United States and also to Spain to share the culture he loved. He enjoyed arrow throwing, hunting, singing, teasing Whistle Water kids and watching classic movies. He was a master arrow maker. He was a member of several championship arrow throwing teams with the Black Lodge District and was a proud supporter of the Black Lodge Tigers.
He was an artist and craftsman. He created belts, bags and components for dance outfits, creating and drawing traditional Crow designs.
Victor was a collegiate athlete, playing center and forward for the Haskell basketball team. He loved playing softball and won several championships with the Crow Nation softball team. He loved bowling and won several championships in team and individual categories.
His parents preceded Victor in death, as well as his daughter Victoria, brothers Clifford Singer Jr., Larry Costa, Clayton Mountain Pocket, Ambrose Dawes, Ernest Gets Down, Cedric Walks Over Ice, Bill Stewart, Art Fitzpatrick, Coey Real Bird, Carson Walks Over Ice, Greeley Not Afraid and Donnie Schenderline, sisters Agnes Ann Singer, Lois Lauretta Singer and Theresa Gun Shows, adopted mother Katherine Little Light, aunts Annie Costa, Annie Plenty Good Old Crow, Lucy Wallace Real Bird and Susie Wallace and uncles Claude Dawes, Barney Old Coyote Jr. and Henry “Hank” Old Coyote.
Victor is survived by Janice, his wife of 42 years; daughter Annie (Cody) Wilhelm; sons Rich (Elena) and Terry Singer; grandchildren, Riley and Christin Singer, Rusty and Beyoncé LaFrance and Scout and Pace Wilhelm; Tobacco Society parents Larry and Gwen Plain Bull; adopted children, Mike Lafromboise, Woodrow “Shorty” Pretty On Top and Dr. Chelsea D. Old Elk; brothers Adam Singer, Dennis Big Hair Jr. and Ted Hogan; sisters Jolene White Clay, Susie (Tyrone) White Clay, Martha Singer and Nellie Sings in the Mountains, Elsie Pretty Paint, Pansy Dawes, Irma Jane Birdhat, Marlene Comes Up and Martha Lynn (Lawrence) DeCrane; adopted brothers Stacey Stewart, John Watts, Al Chandler, John Bitsuie, Sidney Fitzpatrick, Michael Fitzpatrick, Larry Tobacco and Dana Tobacco; adopted sisters Regina Goes Ahead, Delma Jean Yarlott, Mary Black Eagle and Linda Birdinground. The Singer, Dawes, Two Leggins, Otter Stays in Water, Brass, Star, Yellowmule, Wallace, Cooper, Pease, Chatham, Stevens, Birdinground, King, Werk, Walks Over Ice and Plain Bull families; as well as 33 godchildren.
Special thanks to Brocade Black Eagle, Jennifer WhitemanRunsHim, Kelly Pretty Weasel, Jacinta Yellowmule, Tina Red Star, Emmaline Brown, Lavonne Little Owl, Regina Falls Down, Debbie Passes. CJ Other Medicine, Harold “Simba” Rides Horse, Gayle Lammers, Marvin and Glenda Dawes, Bill Goggles, Hugo White Clay and the Black Lodge Church, Fr. Jim Antoine, Fr. Charles Robinson, the staff at the Frontier Cancer Center and Dr. Jim Upchurch.
Rosary will be recited Tuesday, June 17, at 4 p.m. at Bullis Mortuary in Hardin, and Funeral Mass will be June 18 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto in Lodge Grass. Interment will follow in the Lodge Grass Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.