Reverend Charles “Bunny” Wilson

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Reverend Charles “Bunny” Wilson

Reverend Charles Edward “Bunny” Wilson, Baashchíilihaash, (The Other White Man), a name given to him by his beloved uncle Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow, went to his eternal heavenly home with the Lord on February 28th, 2020, surrounded by his family.

He was born May 2, 1937 to Bert Old Bear Wilson and Rosella Dillon in Crow Agency, Montana. He was a member of the Bad War Deed Clan and a Child of the Greasy Mouth Clan.

He was raised by his paternal grandmother, Rose Old Bear, until his mother’s marriage to Arlis WhitemanRunsHim and the family moved to Alligator Creek. He grew up farming and pushing cattle on the family ranch while attending school in Lodge Grass and graduating from Lodge Grass High School in 1955.

Bunny attended Haskell Institute in the late 1950s. Bunny moved to Mississippi to live with his father, Bert, for a time, which included the birth of his two eldest daughters Rosa and Rita. Bunny returned home to Montana in 1965.

On Dec. 14, 1966, Bunny married Janice Stone in Sheridan, Wyoming. They were married 54 years and from their union came Dana and Sandra Star Wilson. Both were precious gifts from God and direct answers to prayer.

Bunny committed his heart to the Lord in 1970 at the Pentecostal Church of God in Lodge Grass, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. and Mrs. DeCarlo.

In 1980, with the encouragement of the church in Lodge Grass, Bunny along with family and friends established the Wyola Baptist Church. With Bunny’s leadership in Christ the Wyola Baptist Church was known as a church open to all people. Never did Bunny turn anyone away, and through his dedication to the Lord he ministered during late night family visits, calls for prayer, and the needs of weary souls seeking solace in the Lord. Bunny was known broadly

Bunny was known broadly for Spirit-led music ministry and preaching. He served as Pastor of the Wyola Baptist Church for thirty years, from 1980 to 2010. During that time, the Lord blessed Bunny’s ministry through a large number of people accepting Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Seeing people baptized and becoming faithful followers of Jesus brought Bunny the greatest joy. Bunny knew from personal experience what it meant to be loved by God and filled with the Holy Spirit. He loved people and served the Lord with humility.

As a licensed minister, Bunny began his Christian work at the Wyola Baptist Church. He completed his coursework at the Cook College and Theological School, Tempe, Arizona and was ordained as Rev. Charles Wilson by the American Baptist Churches, USA, Native Ministries in 1992.

Bunny held various Tribal and Federal jobs on the Crow Reservation, retiring from the Indian Health Services 2005. In retirement, he focused on his ministry full time until the good Lord allowed him to retire in 2010.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bert (Verna Mae) Wilson; parents, Arlis and Rosella Dillon WhitemanRunsHim; his brothers, Arlen Sr., John Whiteman-RunsHim and Gary Gordon; sisters, Estelle Whiteman-RunsHim, Emma Guardipee, Elizabeth Reece and Betty Wilmoth; grandparents, John and Amy Yellowtail WhitemanRunsHim; aunts, Louella Johnson, Minnie Fritzler and Ruby Mauro; and uncles, Dewitt Sr., Johnny Dillon and Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow.

Survived by his wife, Janice; his children, Rosa Burns, Rita Miller Daugherty, Dana Wilson and Sandra Star Wilson; and stepdaughter, Coty (Tex) Good Luck; his grandchildren, Swanner, Tilton, Charlotte, Hydee, Mildus, Marty, Adriano Charles, David, JanAda, George, Keidra, Tristin, Brandon, Nathan and Soloman; his namesake greatgranddaughter, Charli; his brothers, Thomas “Butch” (Ann) and Vernon (Theresa) WhitemanRunsHim, Bruce (Patricia) Fritzler, Ronnie (Rosaline) Yellowmule and Harvey (Vicki) Stewart; his sisters, Arlene (Randy) Carpenter, Joan, Karen and Lea Whiteman-RunsHim, Judith Morrison, Helen Barnette and Cathye Wilson; his sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Michaelene WhitemanRunsHim and Colleen Gordon; his brothers-in-law, Warren (Phyllis) Guardipee and Keith Reece; his uncles, Ronnie Stewart and David Yarlott Sr. Bunny is also survived by his large extended family of relatives and special relationships formed over his years of ministry and fellowship in the community.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Crow Agency at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church. Interment followed at the Alligator Creek Cemetery in Lodge Grass.

Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.