In Loving Memory of Leo Daniel Plainfeather

Leo Daniel Plainfeather passed to the Other Side Camp on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2017.  He was born in Hardin on July 15, 1945 in Hardin to Leo and Cecelia Half Plainfeather of St. Xavier and Fort Smith.  He was known by his middle name Dan or “Porky”, as he was known affectionately by family. He was a member of the Bad War Deeds clan and a child of the Greasy Mouth. Dan attended Hardin High School, receiving his GED in 1968.  He was drafted into the U.S. Army on Oct. 4, 1966 and received his boot camp training at Fort Lewis, WA. Eventually he was deployed to Vietnam.  He was honorably discharged in 1972 as a Sargent.  He was a ranch hand cowboy at the Mill Iron Ranch, Fort Smith, from his youth and into his adulthood.  He was proud that he was a member of a breed of working cowboy crew who did the annual roundup the old- fashioned way by using the Wilcutt Bed Wagon.  He also worked on Idaho and Texas ranches, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and for a variety of federal agencies. He retired from the National Park Service in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

 He married Mardell Hogan on Feb. 9, 1983.  Mardell and Dan met when they were 13 years old at Crow Fair 1958 and were sweethearts throughout junior and senior high school. Going separate ways after high school, they found each other again at Crow Fair in 1982.

 

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, his sons Neal Beaumont, Barry and Mike Howe and Laramie (Cabbrina) Plainfeather; his daughters Lorena and Danielle Plainfeather, his brothers Tim (Ella), Willie Plainfeather and Tom (Vera) Half, his sister Susie Half Little Light;, his maternal aunt Edith (George) Reed, Jr.; paternal aunts Ruby Plainfeather, Judy Bryant and Arvilla Plainbull; his paternal uncles Roland and Danny Plainfeather; his  adopted children include Timothy (Claudia) Bernardis, LaCroix and Leon Plainfeather and Donald Zier, Jr.  He has many grandchildren, nieces/nephews and cousins all of whom he was extremely fond and loved to tease. 

 

Dan was in the process of being adopted into the sacred Tobacco Society by the late Gladys Jefferson who resumed this process when her own mother, Dorothy Jefferson, passed away.  From this he considered Kenneth (Fanny) Plenty and Howard (Vivian) Shane as his brothers and Sandy Shield as his sister. 

 His parents, his brother John, his sisters Rose Marie and Corliss; his sons Stephen (Smitty) Beaumont, Collin Kalapis, daughters Sarah Beth Plainfeather and Marva Howe Knows Gun proceeded Dan in death.  His immediate family include the Snell, Half, Reed, White Clay, Old Crow, Not Afraid (Star), Stewarts of Wyola, Little Light, Old Horn, Morrison, Hugs, Iron and Humphrey.  The family would like to thank the staff at St. Vincent Hospital for all the care and attention they showered on Leo.  It meant so much that everyone enjoyed his friendship!

If we have forgotten any of his family, please forgive us that we are grieving at this time.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday Nov. 7th at 10:00 AM at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Crow Agency.  Private burial services with full military honors will be held at a later date.

Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

10 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Leo Daniel Plainfeather

  • November 3, 2017 at 8:59 pm
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    My prayers are with you Mardell.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 7:35 am
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    Mardell, You probably don’t remember me but I remember you for your beauty. I was in Hardin in 4th through 6th Grades. I have thought of you through the years. I am sorry for your loss and grateful for your husband’s service. Connie Hamilton Boone.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 8:54 am
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    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    DEAREST AUNTIE MARDELL AND FAMILY, I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF UNCLE DANNY. PLEASE KNOW THAT MY HEART IS WITH YOU DURING THIS VERY SAD TIME. I AM SO SORRY THAT I CANNOT TRAVEL TO BE WITH YOU BUT I AM WITH YOU IN MY HEART. I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY THOUGHTS AND LIFT UP PRAYERS FOR HIS JOURNEY AND PRAYERS FOR COMFORT, STRENGTH AND HEALING FOR ALL OF YOU. I WILL ALWAYS BE SO THANKFUL FOR THE WARMEST RECEPTION YOU GAVE TO ME AND MY SIBLINGS AND MY AUNTIES WHEN WE FOUND OUR WALKSOVERICE FAMILY. YOU AND UNCLE DANNY ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL PART OF YOU. I LOVE MOMMA LORENA SO MUCH AND WHEN SHE BECAME MY MOMMA, OF COURSE, YOU, IN MY HEART WAS PART OF THE LOVING PACKAGE. I MISS YOU ALL WITH ALL MY HEART. I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH UNCLE DANNY’S TENDERNESS, HIS GENTLE LOVING SMILE AND HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. HE COULD ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH. I SEND YOU ALL MY DEEPEST AND MOST SINCERE SYMPATHIES AND ALL MY LOVE FOR ALWAYS.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 5:48 am
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    Prayers for peace and healing. I’ll always remember Danny and my Dad laughing around when they got together. My Dad was so happy to see another Crow in Oklahoma. When I worked at Roland a long time worker, Arvil Wolfe always asked about your Dad when he found out I was Crow. That’s what an impression he made on people he still asked about him 20+ years after he moved back to MT. Your family is very precious to me, I am so sorry you have lost one.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 7:35 am
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    Dear Mardell,
    I am so sorry that you have lost your lifetime sweetheart. My love and condolences to you, your children and all of the rest of the family and friends.
    I remember just how you two looked in high school, a handsome couple. I am so glad for both of you that Danny survived Viet Nam. I hold you in my heart.

    Probably you do not remember me. I had to leave Hardin after tenth grade. I was Tereasa Rasmussen then. Tereasa Morley now.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 9:11 am
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    mardell….I hope you can remember me….Phil Wall from Kansas City…..used to come up to the battlefield in the summer…camped along the way….Something today….Sun Nov 5th…..told me to look you and Dan up….I was hoping to make contact with Dan and you again…….I want you to know I am very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing….it is a shame that I did not contact him sooner……I had many good times and memories of Dan and you when we came up in the Summer…I called my buddy Joe and told him…I started crying and breaking up telling him about Dan’s passing. Dan and you will always be in the thoughts……you folks were very good people….I learned from you and Dan about Native American culture and life…which to this date I still love and respect the culture. I want you to know that I will always remember and be there for you and your family……I still remember meeting Dan at the Bighorn battlefield….he was a cool guy….we hit it off right away being friends…..I think this was the Summer of 1985….The love of you folks and Native American culture will always stay with me…if you would like to contact me…ph 816-820-5973/ e-mail Pwall50@aol.com…I would enjoy hearing from you…again……You and your family have my deepest sympathy…God bless…end…pw

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  • November 5, 2017 at 9:31 am
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    Mardell,

    Sorry to hear of the passing of a truly great man. I’m Phil’s buddy Joe, was with him when we met Dan and you in 1985. Over the years the knowledge of the Crow and their sincere love for the Earth hasn’t been lost on me. I’ve joined with others in my community and we have studied the Red Way (Lakota) through the writings of Ed McGaa. The Natives are the truly beautiful people and the white man could have learned so much if he could just lose the pride and arrogance. Bless your heart for all that you have done for this world. Joseph Testa

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  • November 5, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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    Mardell,
    So sorry for you and your families’ loss. You are in our prayers.

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  • November 7, 2017 at 5:39 am
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    So sorry Mardell. Treasure the memories of this wonderful man. His service to our country is appreciated. Love, from a classmate and old friend, Wilma Hilstad Lee

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