Michael Fitch / Bilaxpaak xiassaash

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Michael Fitch / Bilaxpaak xiassaash

Michael Lee Fitch, 43, of Crow Agency, Montana, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021, in the Billings St. Vincent Hospital.

Bilaxpaak xiassaash / Well Known Person was born on October 20, 1977 in Crow Agency, a son of Robert E. and Arlene (Backbone) Fitch. He was a member of the Big Lodge clan and a child of the Ties the Bundle clan. He was baptized and a lifelong member of the Crow Community Baptist Church.

Michael was raised in Crow Agency; Ft. Benning, Georgia; Pirmasens, Germany; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Lee, Virginia; he finally settled in Crow Agency.

As an Army Brat, he had a childhood full of travel and adventure. Living in and experiencing different countries, cultures, and ways of life made him fun to talk to. He was truly his own kind of person.

Michael graduated in 1998 from St. Labre Indian Catholic High School where he participated in Pep Band, National Honors Society and Dorm Council. Upon graduation, he continued his education at Little Big Horn College where he was pursuing his degree in Pre-Med.

He was employed at Little Big Man Pizza in Hardin for nearly 10 years, where he became good friends with many people. He lived up to his Indian name and became friends people he worked and attended school with.

Michael was a fan of Star Trek and other science fiction shows. He loved to draw, paint, cook, listen to music and complete jigsaw puzzles. He was witty and always enjoyed talking to people and told many stories.

Michael was a devoted son who was dependable and always present. He was known for driving for his mom on their daily cruises and made sure she was taken care of. He would help his dad and make sure he always had supper during his work hours. They would watch movies, game shows, talk shows, Hallmark, and CNN. He always made sure the family pets were loved, fed and happy.

He had great times with all his brothers and sisters growing up. He was known to be helpful to them when they asked. He was generous, giving, humble and had an easy-going soul that touched the lives of all his siblings. He was always there for his sister, Berta, and helped her to get through school and work. His contributions went above and beyond what he was called on to do.

He was a dedicated uncle to his nieces, LouVon (Nathan) Doll, Summer, Millie, baby Arlene, and Riley; nephews, Cactus and Tobias; and grandson, Venorium. He always made sure they had fun. He took all of them as his children and had a special relationship with Lou-Von, who he raised as his own.

Michael made sure to have fireworks for every event and paint for Easter eggs. He took time to bake with the kids and took time to work with flash cards and other educational tools.

Memorial service was held Jan. 11 at the Crow Community Baptist Church. Interment followed at the Crow Agency Cemetery.

Bullis Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.