Wolf Point Herald

Bernard Youpee


Bernard Noel Youpee,  Istah Pēsto, “Sharp Eyes,” born Dec. 25, 1965, to Melvene Spotted Bird and Louis Youpee Jr., died Nov. 6, 2014, at the Poplar Community Hospital.
He enjoyed his last days living along the Poplar River near his father’s residence. His battle with diabetes was inspirational to many. He comes from a well-defined legacy of the Miniconjou, Hunkpapa and Cheyenne people.
He attended public schools at Lame Deer, Lake Forest, Tri-Cities, Brockton and Poplar. He enjoyed a number of outdoor occupations including land surveying, seismograph geo-transmitter stomper and construction laborer. When necessary, he would assist his father’s business, Louie’s Tow Service. He worked for Fort Peck Tribal Industries. He enlisted in the Montana Army National Guard in the 1980s and was honorably discharged.
Generous, kind, loving, with a heart overflowing with compassion, his influence cast a wide net. He cared about social justice on a personal, local and national level. He had a fine and whimsical sense of humor. He, and companion Dee Crow, welcomed many into their family for a day, a week and a short lifetime.
He loved hunting, fishing and sports. In 1976, he bagged his first deer in the Big Sheep Mountain range. He was an accomplished pool player. He was an avid Harley rider and liked to cruise the countryside.
He had a fond respect for the Boxer breed of dogs which he raised. He followed the example of his parents as pow-wow dancers and became a traditional dancer. He traveled the pow-wow circuit throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a traditionalist, he enjoyed his culture and traditions through sundancing, sweatlodges, ceremonies and singing. When not dancing, he liked to drum hop.
He and Cheryl Sutherland had two daughters, Britney and Marlene. His time with Becky Bird also gave him a son, Edmond, and a daughter, Jewel.
Through his trials of relationships, he finally met  Dee Crow, who brought much comfort to his life in a time of his greatest challenges.
He was predeceased by his mother; and brother, Mervin Curtis Youpee.
He is survived by his companion, Dee Crow; father, Louis Youpee; brothers, Charles “Rocky” Youpee of Poplar and Paul White Bear of Brockton; sisters, Lois Youpee of Parshall, N.D., Lana Jackson of Frazer, Amber White Bear and adopted sister Candace Spotted Bird, both of Brockton; children, Britney Cloud and Marlene Youpee, both of Poplar, Edmond Youpee and Jewel Youpee, both of Brockton; two grandsons; and grandfathers, Lester “Jim” Youpee of Brockton and Lloyd Youpee of Poplar.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Brockton Cultural Center. His funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at the cultural center at 11 a.m. with burial at the Fort Kipp Cemetery with Pastor Dean Big Horn officiating.

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Lavone Mason

Lavone “Vonie” Mason of Wolf Point, formerly of Lodge Grass, passed away Nov. 7, 2014, at Faith Home.
She was born in Forada, Minn., May 13, 1914, the youngest of seven children.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Vandall of Wolf Point and Jessie (Ron) Krodel of Williston, N.D.; four grandchildren, Debbie Vandall and Scott (Andrea) Vandall of Wolf Point, Lisa Krodel and Rob (Tammy) Krodel of Williston; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Lodge Grass.
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Althea EagleBoy- Wolff

Althea Rose EagleBoy-Wolff, 49, died Nov. 9, 2014, in Billings.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Poplar Activity Center in Poplar. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the Poplar Activity Center. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.

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Kevin Heser

11.6.14.OBIT.Heser Kevin

Kevin David Heser, age 16, went home to be with his mother and sister on Nov. 1, 2014, after a courageous three-year battle with GBM brain cancer.  
Kevin was born along with his twin brother Andrew on Nov. 2, 1997, in Great Falls, Mont., to Chad Heser and Reanna Lambert.
Though they were born 13 weeks premature and had to spend the first two months of their lives in the hospital, Kevin and Andrew grew up like normal kids. The first three years of Kevin’s life were spent in Wolf Point before moving to Billings.
It was in Billings that brother Logan and sister Amanda were both welcomed into the family.  The move back to Wolf Point halfway through his kindergarten year meant a return home and the start of memories both good and bad.  
The summer after moving home Kevin had to endure his first heartache when his sister Amanda passed away in July 2004.  
Kevin loved sports and played baseball and basketball with his brothers as often as he could. The twins started playing basketball on a traveling team with their friends and this led to them making many friendships outside of Wolf Point. Kevin also enjoyed going hunting, fishing, riding bike, swimming, driving the RZR and playing video games with his brothers, friends and family.  
Kevin was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver in December 2011. Throughout the surgery and multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, Kevin always had a positive attitude and wasn’t held back by his cancer. He continued to go to school and play basketball and do all the things he loved all the way up until a month ago when he started experiencing symptoms that prevented him from doing a lot of things.  
In October of 2013, Kevin started a relationship with his girlfriend Lisa. They had a love that through all the ups and downs of the last year continued until Kevin’s last day.
In November 2013, Kevin had to endure yet another heartbreak when he lost his mother Reanna in a tragic ATV accident.  
In January 2014 during an MRI checkup in Denver, it was discovered the tumor was spreading. A trip to L.A. led to Kevin trying Novocure TTF therapy. In February, Kevin gained some independence when he and Andrew obtained their driver’s licenses.
Kevin enjoyed trips with the family and Lisa to Las Vegas for Monster Jam World Finals monster truck racing. He also went to California in June with his family, Lisa, the Garfields and the Blevins.  The trip included stops at Disneyland, Sea World, Universal Studios, San Diego Zoo and the ocean.  
Kevin had a rich and enjoyable life and he always had a smile on his face and brought happiness to all of those around him.
Kevin was preceded in death by his mother, Reanna; and sister, Amanda.  
Kevin is survived by his father, Chad; brothers, Andrew and Logan; girlfriend, Lisa Huber; grandparents, Ken and Agnes Heser; aunt and uncle, Darci and Wayne Brown; cousins, Sam Hentges, Azalea Toavs and Sierra Hentges; extended family, Beau, Nellie, Abel and Julie Garfield; along with other numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at the Wolf Point High School gymnasium.  Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point. Condolences for the family may be left at www.claytonstevensonchapel.com. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Wolf Point has been entrusted with arrangements.  
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Darrell Todd


Darrell Keith Todd, Wapaha Sa, 60, died Oct. 29, 2014, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 9, 1954, in Frazer to Donald K. Todd and Marietta Blount Four Bear. He grew up in Los Angeles, Calif., in his younger years and later grew up in Brockton, graduating from Brockton High School in 1972. He played basketball for the Brockton Warriors.  
He worked for A & S Industries and several other tribal jobs. He worked for the Brockton School and was a dedicated clock-keeper for the Brockton Warriors.
He married Yvette Davis Nov. 1, 1980, and divorced in October 1981. He had one son, Darrell K. Todd Jr., and two step-children, Raquel White Hawk and Sherwin Myrick of Poplar.  
He married Valerie War Club in 1990 and was married to her until his death.  They have been together for 24 years in Brockton.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie Todd; one son, Darrell Todd Jr. of Poplar; his mother, Marietta Four Bear of Brockton; one brother, Wayne Little Crow of Brockton; two sisters, Kayleen Headdress and Luanne Pearl Four Bear Brown of Poplar; his grandmother, Joyce Tootoosis of Culbertson; three adopted sons, Merlino Bear, Wayan Bear and Randon Bear; and two adopted daughters, Melody and Waverly Bear.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis Todd and Al Rodney Todd; and his sister, Iva Todd.
A vigil service was held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Brockton Cultural Center in Brockton. His funeral will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Brockton Cultural Center. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Brockton.

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