Joseph Buffalo Jr.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Joseph Buffalo Jr., age 51, while surrounded by his family, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 14, 2018.

Joe was born to James Joseph Buffalo Sr. and Olive Yarlott on July 15, 1967. His Crow name, “Cheetikaash” (Wolf Looks), was given to him by his grandfather Hub Williamson. Joe was a member of the Piegan Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan.

Joe grew up in the St. Xavier and Benteen area. As a child, Joe enjoyed throwing arrows with his dad, and riding and breaking horses for his grandfather Hub Williamson. Joe attended school in St. Xavier and later graduated from Hardin High School in 1986. During high school, Joe excelled as a basketball player. He helped lead his team to the state championships during his sophomore, junior and senior year. During his senior year, he was chosen as the Most Valuable Player and co-captain of his team, and was voted as prom king. His Uncle Garlon helped raise him in high school and was always there to support him.

Joe also enjoyed rodeos where he participated in steer wrestling and team roping. After high school, Joe attended Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

He married Tia Harris on Oct. 20, 2006 and the couple made their home near Hardin. From this union they had two children, Jodi Royce and James Aaron. They were Green Bay Packers fans and Joe gave James the nickname, “James Aaron Rodgers,” after the current Green Bay quarterback. They often would play pass in the house while watching Green Bay on TV.

Joe was a hardworking man, always providing for his family. He worked various jobs doing fencing and logging. He also worked for the Crow Tribe as Executive Security and at Roads. After 12 years, Joe retired from Sarpy Coal Mine as a crane operator and welder.

In his spare time, he enjoyed horseback hunting trips to the Big Horn Mountains, fishing, and helping his wife and children at rodeos. He was their biggest fan. Joe also enjoyed coaching football and basketball teams for his kids. He loved traveling to church revival meetings and attended numerous camp meetings. It was always on his heart to attend his brother’s camp meeting and revival on the Flathead Reservation.

When Joe was a young boy, he attended Lodge Grass Church and liked listening to the late Pastor Harold Carpenter. Joe was a God-fearing man and was never ashamed to share his faith. He was always encouraging and uplifting. Joe was humble man who never forgot where he came from, and how God had blessed him and his family.

He is preceded in death by his father James Joseph Sr.; sisters Ella Buffalo and Fairalee Williamson; brothers Buzzy and Tonto Leider; great-grandparents Cecelia and Joe He Does It; grandparents Dexter and Lorraine Williamson, Eugene and Maude Yarlott, Sarah and James Sr. Buffalo; uncles Garlon Sr., Melvin Sr. Williamson, Chuck Yarlott, Carl Venne Sr., Dennis Buffalo and Larson Buffalo; aunts Ada Horn, Charlotte Spotted Horse, Victoria Crooked Arm, Linda Ten Bear, Elsie Leider, Alma Buffalo DeCrane, Juanita Buffalo Blue Thunder and Ethel Bird Hat; and cousins Paul Spotted Horse and Carl Venne Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Tia, of 13 years and their children of the family home: James “Baby Joe,” Jodi and Angel. His sons Joseph III (Sharla), Trevon Not Afraid, Louis Brown and Hunter Flatmouth; daughters Blue Eyes Walks Over Ice (Aubrey), Devaney Buffalo and Amber (Andrew) Left Hand; his mother Olive; grandmother Caroline Mountain Sheep; brothers Elmer Dean (Annie) Buffalo, John, Travis Buffalo, Al “Champ” (Eunice) Takeshorse and Oliver Spotted Horse; nephews Oliver, Shawn, Porter Iron and Masada Buffalo; nieces Brooke, Angelia, Mahala, Najilah, Jadeah and Tirzah Buffalo; grandchildren Leo, Chayse and Kroy Good Luck, Renae, Colton, Ella Left Hand, Dean and Joni Buffalo; uncles Oliver (Lucille), Aaron (Althea) Yarlott, John (LaVerne) Buffalo, Gary (Lydia) Buffalo, Paul Morning, Sr., Tom Dually LaForge and Clinton Walks; and aunts Pearl (Larry) Tobacco, Thema Buffalo, Lovern (Tronson) Big Hair, Marcia (Benito) Brown, Tori (Oliver) Half, Rozalia (Garrett) Stewart, Senora Jean Tushka, Beldine LaForge and Delmyrna Yarlott. Special close relatives are Gladys and Lovrn Takes Horse, Garlon Jr. and Ron Williamson, Morris Big Lake, Victor, and Aljay and Kirby Yarlott.

Extended families include the Buffalo, Williamson, Yarlott, Morrison, Falls Down, Humphrey, Hugs, Alden, Old Horn, DeCrane, Goes Ahead, Turns Plenty, Not Afraid, Medicine Crow, Walks, Hill, Real Bird, Moccasin, Bear Ground, Dust, Venne, Whiteman, Backbone and Left Hand families. The family would like to thank Dr. Troy Fiddler and the nursing staff at Frontier Cancer Center for their care and compassion.

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