Michael Takes Enemy

Michael Douglas Takes Enemy 57, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 14, 2018, at the Big Horn County Memorial Hospital.  

He was born on July 3, 1960, in Crow Agency, Montana to Lacey and Dorothy Mae (Pretty Weasel) Takes Enemy.  His Indian Name, Baaliachish, One Who Is Good At Everything, was given to him by the late Douglas Adams.  He was a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan and child of the Big Lodge. He was an excellent basketball player in high school as a Hardin Bulldog.  He had a tremendous vertical jump and he was a player the team looked up to for his playing ability.  He received numerous basketball awards during his high school career.  He loved the Hardin Bulldogs ever since, and never missed a game either at home or away in his Hardin Bulldog t-shirt.  He witnessed two of the boy’s and one of the girl’s State Championship games.  He was recruited to play basketball by Dull Knife College, where he was a member of the first basketball team for the college.  He formed the Independent Team, Crow Hawks and now his grandchildren still carry on the name.  He worked for the Crow Tribe in various departments for most of his career, (i.e., facilities, game wardens, home care provider, and the mechanic shop). He was well known on the reservation for his fry bread.  He was in demand for fry bread orders and people would look for him whenever there was any kind of celebration, birthday, or just family gatherings. The word was always, “alright Mike’s fry bread”!  He was a great cook and he always cooked for family gatherings.   His favorite past times include watching the Hardin Bulldogs, hunting, and playing horseshoes.  He set up a horseshoe pit in his backyard and they would play horseshoes every evening with music playing, teasing, and laughter.  These were some of his favorite and happiest times.  The late Paul Spotted Horse was one of the players he could not beat in horseshoes and now they are probably playing each other in Paradise.  He had a kind heart and was always lending a hand to everyone who needed help for anything.  He would make it a point to check on his family to just check if they needed anything.  He had many friends and knew many people with connections which enabled him to get things done.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Thomas, James, Bradford “Pinky” Takes Enemy, and Paul Spotted Horse, Jr.; his sisters Zona Dust, Sharolyn Little Light, Marjorie Jefferson and Ava Blackstar, his nephew Tyrell Takes Enemy and his aunt Elizabeth Not Afraid White; adopted brothers Aloyious and Ryder White Hip.

Survivors include his wife, Alfredine, of 37 years; daughter Charla Takes Enemy; sons Vance (Kim) and Kyle (Leanna) Takes Enemy; brothers Robert (Frances), Jonathan (Trudy)Takes Enemy, Jerry (Ernestine)Pretty Weasel, Johnny and Stephen Jefferson; sister, Jackie (Larry) Blacksmith; adopted sister-Mary Agnes White Hip; his grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Jonathan, Vance, Jr., Dakota, Paxson, Kessley, Keaton, Karaya, Kaivery, and Addison.  He had many nieces and nephews he loved dearly; other brothers and sisters include the children of the late Mildred Buffalo, Deana Not Afraid, Wilma Onion, Bernice Jefferson, Owen Pretty Weasel, Leonard Pretty Weasel, and Alfretta Fitzpatrick; friends he considered his brothers were Mike Good Luck, Stanley Pretty Paint, Tom”Oats” Whiteclay, Lloyd Long Soldier, Rooster Top Sky and Kolan Good Luck.  Extended family include, Adams, Takes Enemy Bull Horse, Cleo Medicine Horse, Sr. family, Shane, Pretty Weasel, Yellow Horse, Big Medicine, Old Horn, Doyle, Spotted Horse, Pretty On Top and Yarlott families.  Our family is large, in our grief, if we have forgotten anyone please accept our apology.

Funeral Services Thursday April 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Crow Agency at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church. Burial Crow Agency Cemetery.

 Bullis Mortuary is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.  

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