Buster Perry Gardner, Jr. passed away on December 30, 2020 in Lodge Grass, Montana. He was born June 9, 1991 in Crow Agency, Montana to Buster Gardner, Sr. and Kathy Leider. He was affectionally known as “Muskie”. His Indian name Iikoosh Attash ( Sharp Eagle Bone Whistle) was given to him by his clan uncle Manuel Covers Up. He is a member of the Big Lodge and a child of the Peigan Clan. Muskie was raised in the Crow Agency and Lodge Grass areas. He attended school in Pryor, Billings, Crow Agency Busby and Lodge Grass. He was a basketball player and loved the game. He played for the Lodge Grass Indians all four years of high school. Muskie worked for the City of Lodge Grass and the Crow Tribe as a laborer. He also worked at the Lodge Grass Boys and Girls Club as a coordinator and very much enjoyed working with the kids. He was a reader and also enjoyed drawing in his spare time.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Carl Leider and maternal grandmother Daisy Anderson Leider and paternal grandmother Billie Jean Old Bull; his aunties Laberta Stewart Rondeaux, Erma Stewart Other Medicine, Eldah Stewart Big Day, Ursula (Jesse) Perez and Vanessa Gardner; his maternal uncles Iran Jo and Woodrow Stewart; his nephew Terrance Handsome Takes the Enemy, Jr.
He is survived by his parents Buster and Kathy (Leider) Gardner Sr.; his grandfather Manuel( Linda) Covers Up and Buster Leider and his grandmothers Regina Gros Ventre and Tina and Arbutus Covers Up, Mavis (Maurice) Mountain Sheep, Serena Bishop, Carol and Kim Bear Below; his adopted parents Greg and Dorcella Half; his brothers Woodrow and Joseph Dust, Roland K. and Lonnie Stewart,Tavia DeAndrey Bear Below, Tyra Old Bull Tavian Hando, Andrew Kyle Gregerson,, Terry “Fat Boy” and Tony Slater, Treyman Old Bull, Julian, Jimmy, and Chris Perez, Brian T. (Diedra) Brien, Tyril (RaShaun) Old Bull, Clay Spotted, Sr. , Jay Cole Shane , Alex “Son” Nomee and Abram Half; his sisters Luanna Stewart, Rochelle Tushka, Emeri Bad Bear, Marlena and Melanie Big Day, Angie, Abby and Shoshawna Stewart, Amanda (Jerale) Costa and Miranda Gardner and Katrina Stewart Posey, Tiara (JP) Thomas, Tristina (Clint) Hogan, Tasha Hando, Cheryl Schenderline, Shellie Young Running Crane, Helen Nomee ; his aunties Carmalia Brown, Percelia Buffalo Bulltail, Elizabeth Little Owl, Pauline Stewart, Reva (Darnell) Gardner, Ethel Gardner, Tina Garnder, Brenda (John) Kramer, Martha (Lawrence ) DeCrane and Audrey Plenty Hoops ; his uncle Willie Stewart, Robert Shane, Terry Enemy Hunter, Jesse Perez, Edgar ( Tammy) Old Bull. Ben Gros Ventre, ; his children Julian, LaySen, Malaya, Georgette, Raziah, Buster III and Kaylin Gardner. Extended family includes the Pease, Bromley, Takes the Horse, Birdhat, Iron, Anderson, Yellowtail, Stewart, Dust, Old Bull, Covers UP, Our family is large, please forgive us if we have not mentioned you in our time of grief.
Visitation on Saturday, January 2nd from 10:00-1:00. Graveside service in Lodge Grass on Tuesday, January 5th at 1:00 PM.