Loris Boyd Old Bear

Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Loris Boyd Old Bear, 58, of Benteen Flats, Montana went to the other side of the camp Feb. 14, 2019. He was born Oct. 12, 1961 in Crow Agency. His Indian name Awaxawe Kuuleesh (Keeper of the Mountain) was given to him by his aunt the late Agnes Old Bear. He truly lived up to his name.

Loris was raised in Benteen Flats by his parents, Gus and Annie (Long Sioux) Old Bear, Sr. He was an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe and was a member of the Big Lodge clan. He was affectionately known as “Stoney,” a nickname given to him by his aunt, the late Louise Old Bear.

Loris attended Hardin High School and graduated in 1980. He forever remained a strong Hardin Bulldog fan. In his younger years, he worked with his dad as a ranch hand for various ranchers in the area and during the summers, he was a firefighter. In 1990, Loris took over his father’s job at the Crow Tribe.

Loris loved hunting in the mountains, and received the nickname “Mountain Man” from colleagues and relatives because he would stay up in the mountains for weeks at a time every chance he got. His family actually had to make the trip into the mountains to visit him. He knew his way around the mountain and simply enjoyed the peace and quiet. He currently worked for the Crow Tribe’s Buffalo Pasture as a buffalo ranger for many years and took great pride in his position. Loris was a homebody and never minded staying behind tending to the homestead.

Loris’ grandson, Stephen, was his pride and joy and Loris made sure he was always well taken care of. Loris anxiously waited for the day Stephen was old enough for his first hunting trip. This trip was going to be the highlight of their lives. They shared an unbreakable bond, loving each other dearly.

Loris is preceded in death by his parents Gus and Annie Old Bear Sr.; his grandparents Ned and Monica (Chief At Night) Old Bear; his uncles Elmer Sr., and Eugene and Victor Yarlott; his aunts Jessie, Agnes and Louise Old Bear and Roseline Morrison; his brothers Edward Sr., Stephen, Bert and Fredlyn Old Bear; his sister Elretta Parker; his nephew Louis Old Bear; and his nieces Raelyn Old Bear and Kalsey Birdinground.

He is survived by Effie (Paul) Beartrack; his grandson Stephen Chief at Night; his daughter Monica Chief At Night; his uncles David Yarlott Sr., Perry Fighting Bear, Lloyd Hogan Sr., Clinton and Clifford Long Sioux; his aunt Nancy Fighting Bear; his brothers David, Lee (Mary), Gus, Jr., Loren (Roselyn) Old Bear, Vincent Parker Sr., Thomas, Marlon, Elmer, Jr., Oliver, Aaron, David, Eugene, Curtis Yarlott, Thomas Bonko, Sr., Benito and James Morrison, Albert Sioux and LaForce Sioux Calf; his sisters Gustine, Te-Atta, Lori, Tela, Roberta Old Bear, Lydia (Eugene) Birdinground, Francine, Davine and Linda Morrison, Laura (Hanks) Rides Horse, Magdalene Bonko, Rosella Stewart, Delmryna Yarlott and Marcia Brown; his nephews James, Lee, Lephi, Gus III, Robin, Quannah (Elizabeth) Old Bear, Vincent, Jr. (Mariah), Charles Parker, Patrick Amyotte, Eugene Jess, Zac (Whitney) Birdinground and Leonard Gardner; his nieces Davida, Masiela, Lorna, Annie Mae, Miesha, Heather, Jessica, Tamara, Tela Old Bear, Jana Amyotte, Rona and Lynn Gardner, Martika Pretty Paint; and his special friends Leroy Stewart, Corey Russel, Gevy Old Elk, Sam Bonko, Brad Edwards and Archie Hopes. His extended family includes the Yarlott, Morrison, Wilson, Hogan, Old Coyote, Bear Cloud, Big Hair, Smart Enemy, Fighting Bear, Rising Sun and Long Sioux families. Please accept our apologies if we have missed you in our time of grief.