Ivan Lee Wilson, age 69, of Benteen, MT went peacefully to the Other Side of Camp on March 4th, 2019, surrounded by his family. His Crow name is Ihkaheeleetaa Diilish (Walks Among the Stars) given to him by Dan Old Elk. He was a child of Big Lodge.
Ivan was born February 5, 1950 to John E. Wilson, Sr. and Luella Mae Charges Strong. He grew up in Benteen on the family homestead. He attended Crow and Hardin Schools graduating from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota in May 1970.
In his young adult life, he was an avid Wildland Fire Fighter. He also held numerous jobs such as fencing with the Crow Tribe.
In April, 1971, Ivan enlisted in the United States Army and National Guard. He received his Honorable discharge on January 13, 1987 as a Private 2nd Class. While in the Army Company B, 2nd Battalion 1st Training Brigade and received numerous training certificates. While in Ft. Knox KY, he was a member of the 50 mile club which then started a life long love of running.
After his Honorable Discharge, he began a 33 year career with The Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement. He retired in 2014. During his tenure, he received multiple trainings and awards.
Ivan took great pride in his yard work, maintaining his sweat lodge and his homemade chili. He cherished all his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ivan is preceded in death by his parents, adopted mother Ione Healy-Jefferson, a son Shawn Wilson, brothers John E. Wilson, Jr., Robert Stanley, Dean Falls Down, sisters Rosaline Fry and Arlene Wilson; grandsons Berry Good Bird and Joey Half and great grandson Emery Ivan Medicine Horse.
Survivors include children John III, James (Carla) Wilson, April (Terry) Enemy Hunter, Sandra Wilson of the family Homestead, Priscilla and Shawna Wilson, Darren (Shelly), Jeff (trudy) Makalia and Joe Gutierrez, Emily, Curtis (Wendy), Jocelynn Wheeler-Enick; his siblings Pauline McDonald, Beverly Big Man and Lawrence Wilson. Ivan has 33 Grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Extended families include Wilson, Hogan, Jefferson, Goes Ahead, Whiteman, Pretty Shield, Hoops, Marvin Stewart family, Yellowmule, Knowshisgun, Fry, Charges Strong, He Crow families. Our family is large, please forgive us if we have forgotten your name.
Funeral service Saturday March 9th at 10:00 AM, Crow Community Baptist Church in Crow Agency. Burial with military honors Crow Veteran Cemetery. Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.