Ronald “Ronnie” Cleveland Stewart, 88 of Wyola, passed away in the Billings Clinic with family by his side on March 15, 2020.
“Awaxaweehéeleen-dakaakaate” ‘Little Mountain Bird’ was born on November 15, 1931, a son of Grover Stewart & Marjorie Yellowtail. He was raised in Crow Agency by his Paternal Grandmother, Kate Yarlott. He attended school in Crow Agency, Montana. After the passing of his grandmother, he went to live with his Aunt Winona and her husband in Warman (Fort Smith area), where he learned how to rope and break horses. During his teenage years, he lived with his Maternal Grandfather, Robert Summers Yellowtail, at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, where he helped his grandfather and Jiggs with the family ranch.
A Korean war veteran, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1952, where he served until he was Honorably discharged on May 23, 1954
He married Ferol Blackhawk on December 17, 1957, until her death in 1987.
While living in California, he worked as a mail carrier and then worked for the Indian Health Service in Crow Agency until he retired. After retirement, he worked for the Crow Head Start and served on various committees including: 107th Committee and the Housing Committee.
Ronnie had a love for horse racing, rodeo, basketball, baseball, football, watching PBR, buying Lotto tickets, and cooking beans and stew. He was known for cooking buffalo in the ground and cooking iishbua. He loved to watch his grandsons play basketball and football.
Ronnie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the lights of his life. He taught his grandsons, Tristan, Brandon, Nathan and Solomon, the importance of having a good work ethic and getting the job done. He especially enjoyed setting up camp for the 4th of July Pow-wow & Rodeo in Lodge Grass and Crow Fair with his grandsons. He looked forward to the Lodge Grass Rodeo every year, where he was asked by his clan son, Clarence Three Irons, to pray over the Rodeo. He took pride in having a nice lawn, often cutting Tristan’s lawn and Tristan’s neighbors lawns without being asked. Ronnie also took pride in singing Crow hymns and being a member of the Wyola Community Baptist Church.
Ronnie loved to spoil all his great-grandchildren with M&Ms, popsicles and ice cream or anything that was sweet. He enjoyed watching his great-grandchildren play basketball and hear about their accomplishments.
He is preceded in death by his wife, grandsons Ernie Stewart and Eli Rides Horse, granddaughter Fannie Rides Horse, Son in law Charles Wilson, Sisters; Kathryn Stewart, Clara Bulltail, Danetta Fallsdown, Brothers; Benito Stewart, Thomas Ray “TR” Glenn and Billy Medicine Tail.
Ronnie is survived by his Daughter; Coty (Tex) Good Luck and step-daughter Janice Wilson; his grandchildren Tristan (Sarah), Brandon (Terri), Nathan (Candace) and Solomon Good Luck, Dana Wilson and Sandy Wilson; great grandchildren; Peyton, Kamber, Lahna, Alissa, Braylon, Brandy, Nate, Ethan, Natalie, Cordelia, Hydee, Mildus, Marty, Adriano, David, JanAda, George, Keidra, Jackson and great-great grandchildren; Dawson, Grace Mae, and Charli. Brothers; Thomas Stewart, Gilbert “Pie” Glenn, Sisters; Gloria Stewart, Susan Stewart and Lona McCallister. Nephew Dwight (Marlene) Stewart. Extended family includes the Stewart, Yarlott, Yellowtail, Doyle, Spotted Horse, Bends, Moccasin, Beads, and Whitemanrunshim families. Our family is very large so we apologize if we have forgotten anyone.
A special thanks to Raquel Jaatoul, Melanie Walker, Karen Whitemanrunshim, Lodge Grass Clinic Staff, Bethany Yellowtail and Monte Doane.
Ronald will have a wake/visitation at the Wyola Community Center in Wyola, MT Tuesday (3/17) and Wednesday (3/18).
Ronald’s funeral will take place Thursday (3/19) at the Wyola Community Center in Wyola, MT at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at the Lodge Grass Cemetery.