Gene Vincent Bullinsight
Our beloved Gene Vincent Bullinsight, 60, was escorted home by the angels of the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Billings, Montana. His very special late great-grandfather, Henry Big Day, named him Bacheekaáshe (Accomplished Man). He would lovingly call him ‘He’s a Man’ instead of Gene.
Gene was born on February 14, 1960, to MaeAline Bullinsight and John M. Stewart in Crow Agency, MT. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church, Piegan clan, and child of the Greasy Mouth clan. Rueben and Elizabeth Bullinsight Stewart raised him as their own son after the loss of his beloved mother at the age of 10. He attended the Kinsman Academy, St. Xavier Mission School, Crow Agency and Hardin schools during his elementary and middle school years. He graduated from the St. Labre Indian School in 1979. He was a member of the St. Labre High School state basketball championship team in 1977. As a former state basketball champion, he was extremely proud to see his son, Joshua, coach the Lodge Grass High School boys’ championship basketball team.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1980 and was very proud of his service. He attended the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, NM. Art associates, family members, and friends have many of his beautiful drawings and paintings. Not only was he a gifted artist but also made beautiful jewelry. As a carpenter and a member of the MT Carpenters Local 82, he had worked on many building and road projects with different construction companies such as Fletcher, Fisher, and Riverside, as well as Empire Roofing. He was especially proud of his work on the Whitney Commons Park Amphitheatre and Airport Road Bridge. While working with road crews, he was an operator for many of their road equipment. He was also a part of the IHS and Multipurpose building construction crew in Crow Agency. Because of his exceptional work ethic, many of the well-known companies would not hesitate to employ him time and time again. Gene’s supervisors and coworkers became his friends and their friendship continued even after their work was completed.
Gene was an awesome athlete and cowboy. He was a bareback bronc rider competing in Montana and New Mexico. Along with his construction jobs, he also worked as a ranchhand and learned many skills of that ranch life. He was quite adept at breaking, branding, and training horses.
He was very quick-witted with a great sense of humor and a laugh that was infectious. Through his many trials, his love for his Savior never left his heart. He loved and cherished his children and grandchildren. He considered his nephews and nieces as his children. His love for his family and relatives was apparent on how he greeted them and the quality of time spent with them. He became a family member to Owen and Rita Snell and cherished them deeply too. He was also welcomed into the home of Rena Mae Morning and resided with them as a family member.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents John and Gertrude Big Day Bullinsight, John and Clara Whiteman Stewart; great grandfather who gave him his Indian name, Henry Big Day; mother Elizabeth Bullinsight Stewart; brothers Charles Blaine, Daniel Dreamer, Clinton Sr., Rueben Jr., Joshua Stewart, and Collins Big Day; uncle, Vincent Spint; adopted parents, Owen and Rita Snell; adopted brothers Robert and John Snell.
Survivors include his daughters Joanie (Thomas Lorentz) and Mamie (Shawn Jr.) Walks Over Ice, Colleen Little Nest, Tianna Albert and Sariah Reed; son Joshua Stewart; sisters Rena Blaine, Donna (Joey), Danelle (Rex) Willis, Ruby Jefferson, Rachel and Roberta Stewart, Donna Jefferson, Geraldine Schenderline, Cheryl Nedens, Mary Big Day, Sandy Medicine Horse, Freda and Allie Birdhat, Collena Caplett, and Sharon Peragoy; brothers David Blaine Sr., Leland Bullinsight, Jared (Nicki), Conrad (Tara), John M. Jr. and Dennis (Vianna) Stewart, John and Donovan (June) Bullinsight, Raymond Big Day, and Earl and Tim Birdhat; dad Rueben Stewart; uncles John (Carol) Bullinsight; aunt Lauren Spint; adopted sisters Beverly Gramling, Roberta Spotted Horse, Alfredine Takes Enemy, Mary (Tom) Wartensleben, Annie, Janice and Victoria Snell.
His extended family include Big Day, Big Hail, Little Owl, Greybull, Helen Iron family, DeCrane, Rock Above, Good Luck, Rides Horse, Pretty Paint, Gardner, Bear Cloud, Whiteman, Turns Plenty, Snell and Blaine families. Our family is large and if we have forgotten to mention your family, please accept our apology.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at the Chief Cornerstone Church in Crow Agency, MT, followed by the burial at the Crow Veterans’ Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.