Oliver Joseph “OJ” Iron

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Oliver Joseph “OJ” Iron, 26, passed away on April 25, 2019 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings.

He was born May 15, 1992 to Shawn and Ella (Buffalo) Iron in Crow Agency, Montana. He was a member of the Piegan Clan and a child of Big Lodge. His Indian name was Deaxkaash Shikaake (Eagle Boy) given to him by his father Shawn Iron, Sr. Oliver was also known as “Gronk.”

OJ attended schools in Crow Agency, Hardin and at St. Labre in Ashland. As a young boy he participated in wrestling along with his brothers and they were unbeatable winning many wrestling matches. He was chosen to wrestle at a national meet in Michigan and was the only Native American to participate. He wrestled throughout Montana and was coached by Walt Egged, Dee Passes and his dad Shawn.

OJ worked with the AML Program and was a seasonal firefighter for several years. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and telling jokes and making all those around him laugh. He played intramural basketball and in the city leagues. He wanted to return to Little Big Horn College to earn his GED and play basketball for the Rams. He also enjoyed fishing. He was raised in the Pentecostal Church and was a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

At the time of his death, OJ was living with his fiancée, Sylvia Stewart in Crow Agency. Just hours before his homecoming, he told his wife that he had seen Heaven and met our Lord Jesus Christ and saw his mother. He knew he would be going home soon and told Sylvia that he would miss her.

He missed his mother and often told others how blessed they were to have their mothers and stressed to them how important a mother’s love is. OJ was a great mentor to all of his little brothers and sisters and they will miss him so much.

OJ was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Buffalo Iron; his uncles Joe Jr. and Travis Buffalo and Lance Iron; little sister Courtney Mae Little Nest; grandmother Elsie Pretty Paint; his grandparents Ralph and Ada Iron Sr., Yvonne, Garland and Ralph “Sylvester” Iron Jr. and his grandfathers James Joseph Buffalo, Sr. and Sammy Hoops.

He is survived by his fiancée Sylvia Stewart; daughters Amari and Abigail Iron; his brothers Shawn Seth (Yvonna) Porter Ray Iron, Joe (Sharla) Buffalo III, Andrez, Malachi, DalRay Little Nest; his sisters Amber (Andrew) Left Hand, Tionna, LaChrissa and Tristy Horn; his uncles Ray Iron Jr., Elmer (Annie), John Buffalo and Al “Champ” (Eunice) Takes Horse; his aunties DesiRae Iron, BonaRae (Reiny) Shane and Tia Buffalo; his grandparents Oliver Yarlott, John Pretty on Top, Woodrow Plain Feather, Melvin Pretty Paint , Pansy Williamson, Oliver (Lucille), Aaron (Althea) Yarlott, Jean Tushka, Ray (Melva) Iron, Daisy Iron, Arvilla Plain Bull, Sandra Grant, Dorcella Little Light, Patsy (Stevie) White Hip, Beldean (Blaine) Small, Clara Hugs, Bruce (Faith), Edward (Mary) Iron, Norman (Lynn) Morrison, LT(Tami), Elias (Theo) Hugs, Melvina Dawes, Victor Sr., Clyde Sr., Jeannie, Brenda, Loriann Pretty Paint and Jana Jo Alden, Oliver Spotted Horse and Roberta Spotted Horse, Tina Yarlott, Mary Bonko, Delmyrna Yarlott, Marcia (Benito) Brown, Tori (Oliver) Half, Rozelia (Garrett) Stewart and Lavern Williamson, Garnet Watan.

His extended family includes Dawes, Comes Up, Little Light, Half, Hill, Bird, Carpenter, Plain Bull, Old Horn, Leider, Not Afraid, Bird Hat, Singer, Medicine Horse, Buffalo, Williamson, Yarlott, Morrison, Falls Down, Humphrey, Hugs, Alden, DeCrane, Goes Ahead, Turns Plenty, Medicine Crow, Walks, Stewart, Real Bird, Moccasin, Bear Ground, Dust, Venne, Old Elk, Alden, Plain Feather, Walks Over Ice, Whiteman, Backbone, Left Hand, House, Snell and Three Irons families.

Our family is large and if we have missed you, please accept our apology in our time of grief.

The family would like to thank the staff of St. Vincent’s for the loving care they gave Oliver.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency with burial in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardin. Bullis Mortuary was entrusted with the arrangements.