John Buffalo

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21 Buffalo, John Charles

John Charles Buffalo, 51, of Crow Agency went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 24, 2020.  John was born April 14, 1969 to James Joseph Buffalo, Sr. and Olive Williamson Yarlott.  John grew up in the St. Xavier area and received his education at the  St Xavier Mission School and St. Labre Catholic High School.  John obtained his GED at Kicking Horse Job Corps in Ronan, Montana.

At a young age, John was very athletic and competitive and enjoyed playing basketball and football.  However, boxing was his true sport.   At the age of 12, he became an amateur boxer under Coach Dale Kindness.  He was nearly undefeated in his career.  His mother, brothers and sister were always in his corner of support.  John also trained along side his brother, Al Champ Takes Horse with their trainer Marvin Takes Horse. “Johnny Shotgun” was his boxing name given to him by his late uncle , Melvin Paul Williamson.  John earned the name after a hunting trip when as a young boy, he used his uncle’s shotgun and killed his first deer.  John earned the“Golden Gloves” Title in 1989-90 and went on to become a professional boxer and trained under Marvin Camel.  John was a wild land firefighter and a certified Sawyer.  He worked at the sawmill in Missoula, Montana.

John is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Joseph, Jr., and Travis Buffalo, sister Ella Iron, maternal grandparents Dexter and Lorraine Williamson and Eugene and Maude Yarlott and paternal grandparents James, Sr., and Sarah Buffalo; grandmothers Mary Carpenter, Gloria Medicine Crow, Ethel Not Afraid and Caroline Mountain Sheep; grandfathers Alvin, Tom and Art Morrison; great grandparents Joe and Cecelia He Does It,; aunts Maude Williamson Anne Rose Cashen, Charlotte Spotted Horse, Elsie Leider, Ada Horn, Linda Ten Bear, Victoria Crooked Arm, Alma Buffalo DeCrane, Juanita Buffalo Blue Thunder, Ethel Bird Hat and Marceline Buffalo; his uncles Garland, Oliver, Melvin and Virgil Williamson, Chuck Yarlott, Franklin Red Wolf, Carl Venne, Sr., Larson, Virgil, Edward, Jr. and Dennis Buffalo; his nephew Oliver Iron, granddaughter Renae; cousins Buzzy and Tonto Leider, Fairalee Williamson, Paul Spotted Horse and Carl Venne, Jr.

He is survived by his only child Brooke Pederson and her daughter Mary, brothers Elmer Dean (Annie) Buffalo, Al Champ (Eunice) Takes the Horse and Ron Williamson; sister Tia Buffalo; nephews Joseph (Sharla), Masada Dean, James “Baby Joe” Buffalo, Shawn (Yvonne), Porter Iron, Albenis (Leigh Ann) Big Hair and Trevon (Taylor) Not Afraid; nieces Blue Eyes (Aubrey) Good Luck, Devaney (Brian) Mischel, Amber (Andrew) Left Hand, Angel Stewart, Angelia, Mahala, Najilah, Tirzah, Jadeah and Jodi Buffalo and grandfather David Yarlott, Sr.; uncles Tom Bouyer Laforge, Paul Morning, Ronald (Clarice) Medicine Crow, Alvin (Lucille) Aaron (Althea) Yarlott; aunts Mary Bonko, Rozella (Garrett) Stewart, Delmryna and Tina Yarlott, Marcia (Benito) Brown, Tori (Oliver) Half, Roberta Spotted Horse, Geneva Walks Over Ice, Lavern (Tronson) Big Hair, Señora “Jean” Tushka, Garnet Watan, Beldean Laforge, Gloria (George) Old Elk, Pearl (Larry) Tobacco; grandchildren Dean, Joni and Genesis Buffalo, Kaydrean, Kelsie, Kharris, Amari, Abigail Iron, Colton, Ella Left Hand, Leo, Chayse, Kroy, Kreed Good Luck, Taylor, Dane and Thorton Big Hair. His extended family includes Buffalo, Williamson, Yarlott, Morrison, Falls Down, Humphrey, Hugs, Alden, Decrane, Goes Ahead, Turnsplenty, Old Horn, Not Afraid, Medicine Horse, Bear Ground, Venne, Walks, Hill, Real Bird, Moccasin, Dust, Whiteman, Back Bone and Left Hand. If we have forgotten you, please forgive us in this time of grief.

Graveside services will be held Saturday January 9, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Fairview Cemetery in Hardin, Montana.  Visitation will be Friday January 8, 2021 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Bullis Funeral Chapel.  Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the arrangements. 

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