Franklin Plenty Hoops

Franklin Hugh Plenty Hoops, age 69, of Lodge Grass, Montana went home to the other side of camp on July 26, 2019 to be with the Lord.
Iibaihriammaduush “Cause or Reason to Have Celebration” was born on May 24, 1950 in Crow Agency, Montana to Hugh and Winona Yellowtail Plenty Hoops. He was a member of the Greasy Mouth and child of the Big Lodge Clan. He was adopted into the Tobacco Society by William and Agnes Little Owl.
Franklin grew up in the Lodge Grass area and in 1964, he attended the National Boy Scouts’ Jamboree in New York City. While completing his education at Lodge Grass High School, he participated in track, football and basketball. He graduated in the class of 1968. In 1969, he began a career as a bareback rider which earned him the nickname and CB handle of “Bareback Jack.” He attended Rocky Mountain College where he played football. He was a punter and a receiver on the Rocky Mountain Bear’s Football Team. In 1972, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal in the 3rd Marine Division.
For the last forty years, Franklin was a heavy equipment operator and was known as the best heavy equipment operator on the Crow Reservation. Franklin was known as a hard worker on every job opportunity he held. Out of all of his lifelong accomplishments, his biggest one is his children…but his heart belongs to his grand babies. He was always bragging about them and showing them off every chance he got. Franklin was the best Papa to his grandkids and he always had a smile and a hug when the kids visited. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, who he cherished and loved.
Franklin was all about family, adopting in new friends from one end of the country to the other. All of his close family and friends knew him by his nickname, “Skrunk.” Franklin’s crazy sense of humor and the antics that followed became his trademark. All who knew him will never forget him.
Franklin was an active member of the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. In 2012, he rededicated his life to ourLord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Franklin was certain who held his future.
Franklin is preceded in death by his parents; his brother Sonny Hugs; his sisters Pansy Hugs and Marlene Thomas-Plenty Hoops and his son Isaac Plenty Hoops.
He is survived by his daughter Winona Joy (Joshua) Laforge; his sons Joshua Black Eagle and Edwin Hugh (Shotaya) Plenty Hoops; his grandchildren Autumn, Darius and Grayson Plenty Hoops, CaMeila and Taina Young Running Crane, Cain and Hannah Howe and Hezekiah LaForge and Charity Black Eagle; his brothers Kenneth Toineeta, Truman Jefferson, Ruben Yellowtail, Gordon (Sandy) McDougal, Butch (Glenda) Jellis, Gilbert Glenn and Jackie Old Horn; his sisters Merle Jean Harris, Regina Stewart and Edwina (Steve) “Oot” Amyotte and his aunt Carol White Clay. His extended families include the Yellowtail, White Clay, Spotted Horse, White Fox, Dawes, Takes Enemy, Hill, Backbone, White Hip, Alden, Left Hand, Red Wolf, the Steve and Kenny Hall family and Lovina Fox of North Dakota, Connie (Wesley) Twins of Stillwater, Oklahoma, as well as extended family of Canada.
We apologize if we have left someone out during this difficult time.
Funeral Services will be held July 30 at 10:00 AM at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency, Montana. Interment with Military Honors at the Lodge Grass Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements.

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