Wolf Point Herald

Moses Whitehorse Jr.

Moses G. Whitehorse Jr., 84, died Aug. 27, 2018.


The St. Germaine family has been of great importance to Moses all his life, as his grandmother Theresa St. Germaine raised him and his siblings after his father died in 1940. Moses Jr was only five years old at the time. He was born to Moses Sr. and Emma St. Germaine White Horse on Dec. 9, 1934.

 

Theresa saw to it that her grandchildren were raised in the Catholic faith. Attending Mass on Sundays and going to Sister School in the summer were part of their upbringing. Moses was an alter boy for Fr. Shevlin and remembered racing Joe Loendorf, Pat and Luke Bushman between churches to see who would get to light candles.

He attended grade school through the fifth grade at the Pierre Indian School in Pierre, S.D. He also attended school in Glasgow, Bainville and Wolf Point.

At the age of 15, he decided to join the Navy and dropped out of school. He served during the Korean Conflict. He was a proud member of the underground demolition team, in Oceanside, Calif. As part of the UDT, he trained Navy personnel in what would become Navy Seals. He served aboard the USS Washburn.

Once while stationed on the aircraft carrier, Fr. Shannon asked for an altar server at Sunday Mass. Moses volunteered and remembered all the Latin he was taught from Fr. Shevlin. He continued to serve with the priest while he was onboard. He was very proud of his service record.

While serving in the Navy, he met his wife Beverly and they had two children. He spent 12 years in the Navy and, after his divorce, returned to Wolf Point.

He renewed an old friendship with Robert Millard. Together, they selflessly volunteering at the local food bank, unloading and distributing food to the needy.

He was well known for his work in the VFW and American Legion. He served as post commander. The display of flags was very important to him. Throughout his life, his church, helping those in need and volunteering continued to be important.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian, Bonnie and Maude; and brothers, Raymond, Burton and Lil Tom.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Gourneau; and his friend, Rose Green.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Aug. 30, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wolf Point with burial at Greenwood Cemetery.