1977 – 2021
Masks are required and only 10 people allowed at a time for visitation due to COVID-19 regulations.
“Bilaxpaak xiassaash” (Well Known Person) was born on October 20, 1977 in Crow Agency, a son of Robert E. & Arlene Backbone Fitch. He was a member of the Big Lodge clan and a child of the Ties the Bundle clan. He was baptized and a lifelong member of the Crow Community Baptist Church.
Michael was raised in Crow Agency, MT., Ft. Benning, GA, Pirmasens, Germany, Fort Riley, KS., Fort Lee, VA. and finally settled in Crow Agency. As an Army Brat, he had a childhood full of travel and adventure. Living and experiencing different countries, cultures, and ways of life made him fun to talk to. Truly his own kind of person.
Michael graduated in 1998 from St. Labre Indian Catholic High School where he participated in pep band, National Honors Society, and Dorm Council. Upon graduation, he continued his education at Little Big Horn College where he was pursuing his degree in Pre-Med.
He later was employed at Little Big Man Pizza in Hardin for nearly 10 years where he became good friends with many people while working there. He lived up to his Indian name and became friends with those that he attended school with, worked with, and people that he met throughout his life. He was notorious for giving his friends nicknames.
Michael was a fan of Star Trek and science fiction shows. He loved to draw, paint, cook, listen to music and jigsaw puzzles. He was witty and always enjoyed talking to people and told many stories.
Michael was a devoted son who was dependable and always present. He was known for driving for his mom on their “daily cruises” and making sure she was taken care of and he would always help out his dad and make sure he had supper during his work hours. They would watch movies, game shows, talk shows, Hallmark and CNN. He always made sure the family pets were loved, fed and happy.
As a brother, he had great times with all his brothers and sisters growing up and spending time around Crow. More recently, he was known to be helpful and try to help any of them when they asked. He was generous, giving, humble and had an easy going soul that touched the lives of all his siblings. He was always there for his Sister, Berta and helped her to get through school, work, and many life events. His contributions went above and beyond when he was called on.
He was a dedicated uncle to his nieces; LouVon (Nathan) Doll, Summer, Millie, baby Arlene, and Riley; nephews Cactus and Tobias and grandson Venorium. He always made sure they had fun and did everything fun with them. He raised LouVon as his own and took all of them as his own. Every holiday and event he made sure to have fireworks, paint for Easter eggs, or whatever the holiday called for. He took time to bake with the kids and would do flash cards and educational tools with them.
Michael was proceeded in death by his grandparents Frank and Pearl Deernose Backbone, Robert D. Fitch and Velma “Midge” Venne; aunts Francine (Dave) Camden, Darlene and Noreen Backbone and Myra Rising Sun; uncles Frank Backbone, Jr., Carl Venne, Sr., Butch Gardner and Alonzo Ten Bear; brothers and sisters Robert F. Fitch, Donnie Wayne, Donita, Stephan and baby Donnie Wayne LaForge, Bryon, Jr. and Felicia Dawes, Jake Big Hair, Jr., and Lauren “Tuffy” Backbone.
Survivors include his parents, sisters; Roberta (Norman) Other Medicine, Dr. Nicole (Ken) Gore, Jaychelle Ten Bear, Lynn Big Hair, Tysha (Lonnie) Manzanaraz, Kitti and Hayley Backbone, Pearl LaForge, Myra Medicine Horse, Dezery and Charlie Sleeper, Zena Venne, Carol (Noe) Arreguin, Jackie (Larry) Blacksmith, Jude Ten Bear, StellJo and Rochelle Passes, Elizabeth Brown, Stephanie and Kim Thompson, Martha Risingsun and Kerri Phillips; brothers Davin (Lacey) Camden, Clay, Gary and Sheldon (Shelly) Dawes, Larin, Kellen (Nika) and Shawn, Jr. Backbone, Jordan (Amber) and DanDan (Valerie) Brien, Robert J. (Christy) Fitch, Richard (Jamie) Sleeper, Llyod Passes, Gary and Bentley Ten Bear, Phillip (Brandi) Beckman, Stevie Thompson and Josh (Amber) Phillips; aunts Nadine (Dean) Dawes, Sr., Donna and Calley Backbone, Alberta (Marvin) Wall, Nancy Sleeper, Ruth (Rick) Phillips, Phyllis (Lynn) Alspab, Christina Gardner, Katherine (Benito) Morrison, Patricia Maxwell, Lavina Passes, Ardith (Clifford) BirdinGround, Sharolyn (Chester) Nomee, Geneva and Frances Stewart, Julia Wolf and Elaine Stops; uncles Shawn (Dyanna) and Harold (Debbie) Backbone, Marlon (Debbie) Passes, Joseph Bear Cloud, Steve (Sharlene) Thompson, Keith Reece, Richard and Myron Fitch, Clifford, Dennis and William Takes Horse.
Extended family Backbone, Bloodman, Bear Below, Left Hand, Not Afraid, Medicine Tail- Deernose, Real Bird, Moccasin, Pretty On Top, Walks, Bird, Jefferson, Old Crow, Fitch, Whiteman, Red Wolf, Smells, Venne, Takes Horse, Snell and Williamson. Ruth Backbone Alden family, Frances Backbone-Bends family, William Backbone family, Harold Backbone, Sr. family and Delphine Backbone Onion family, North Dakota families Packineau, Hall, Defenders, Fredricks, Perkins and Charging.
Viewing will be Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., Memorial Service on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Crow Community Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Crow Cemetery. Bullis Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.