Rudolph Lee Shane, Sr., aka (Rudy and Scoogie), 74, went home to Heaven on July 23, 2019 at the Billings Clinic Hospital. Rudy was born March 24, 1947 in Crow Agency, Montana to the late Sarah Shane and Robert Falls Down, Sr. His Indian name was, Dakaakxa’xxe (Spotted Bird), given to him by his Grandfather Ray Falls Down.
Rudolph is a member of the Greasy Mouth. He was taught by Gilbert Bird In Ground, Sr., Sampson Bird In Ground, Joe Picket, Robert Picket the Crow Traditional Ways. Rudy was known as a quite, humble, kind and straight forward man. Rudolph was always called upon when it came to praying and naming his Clan Children. Being Apsaalooké was his way of life.
Rudolph received his education at Crow Public School and Chilako High School. While in Chilako Rudolph played Basketball and ran in Cross Country. Rudolph received his GED from the Little Big Horn College. In 2012 Rudolph decided to finish his AA in Business Management. In 2013 Rudolph graduated along side his daughter Jennifer and niece Roberta Birdinground.
His first job was working for Bill Watt bagging groceries. At the age of 14 he starting worked for many Ranchers. Rudolph worked Construction in Billings, Sarpy, Crew Boss for BIA Fire Crew. Rudolph worked 17 years for BIA Land Management where he retired. After retirement Rudolph worked as Director for the Beautification and Cultural Programs. Rudolph was a grounds and facility keeper of the St. Dennis Parish Church in Crow Agency, Montana.
On December 23, 1972 Rudolph married Cordilla Iva Takes Gun Half in Hardin, Montana and the couple lived in various places such as Crow Agency, Fort Smith, Montana and in 1987 they made their permanent home in North Garryowen, Montana
Rudolph raised his four grandchildren as his own which he loved with all his heart, after his daughter went home to heaven.
Rudolph’s nieces, nephews, grandchildren, clan children could always count on him to be in the stands cheering them on. He would make sure they had extra cash for their games, he was known to go above and beyond for them. Just to name a few Jonilynn, Daniel HeDoesIt,Heather BrightWings,Famous Left Hand, Andrew House, Kylie, Breanna, Lily OldElk, Peyton BirdInGround, Angel, Rose and Ellyse.
Rudolph loved to go hunting, fishing, going to buffalo pasture, peyote meetings, Sundance’s, camping, watching Hardin Bulldogs, traveling to North Dakota to visit his in-laws and friends. His sweat lodge was number one over anything. Racing horsing was his passion. His love for Iva was so unique an strong, and he loved her sister as well.
He is preceded in death by his parent Kaala Hunts to Slide, George & Evelyn Old Elk, Bud Shane, Ethaleen Not Afraid, Ray & Monica Falls Down, Phylis Big Medicine, Danetta Falls Down, Robert & Geneva Other Medicine, Amelia Passes, Brent Dale Shane, Ardena, Marie, Sandra Other Medicine, Venetta Dawes, Ronald Falls Down, Jocelyn Falls Down, Jason Shane, Sr., Oliver Hill, Que Three Irons, Bobo Little Light, Isaac Bird In Ground, Robert, Jr. , Frank, Ettings and Jasper Half, Arnold Coyote Runs; sister-in-laws MaryJane Bird In Ground, Ruby BigHair; daughter Brenda Half; niece Sethalee Little Owl; grandsons Uttekeet B.I.G and baby boy He Does It.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years Cordelia Iva Shane; sons Mike Shane and Rudolph Shane, Jr. “Sonny;” he raised as his own Joshua Long Tail, Lyly, Jr., Tyrone OldElk, Misty(Johnny) Champ, Correna Old Elk, Cameron (ChicoRed), Jess and Junior Boy Half; daughters Jennifer(Robert) HeDoesIt, Christina(RuebonSpottedHorse) Turns Plenty, Amelia(Mckinley) SeesTheGround, Annie (George) Couture, Rebecca Roberta Birdinground, Gina Alex Reed, Ashely, Zandee, Janna(Cyril) Not Afraid, Krista(Azuren), Elisha(Jacob) Morning and Lawrence(Margie) PlentyHawk, III; his baby girls Rayna Mae, Mia Rae; his brothers Ricky BirdInGround, Leon( Carolyn), Larry(Agnes) PrettyWeasel; Marvin FallsDown, Larry, Johnny Old Elk, Dan(Carline) Old Elk, Joe(Rena) Pickett, Clayton Old Elk, Ugene Old Elk, and Clayton(Rebecca) FallsDown; his sisters Gwen PlainBull, Georgiannn BadBear, Valerie(Lloyd) Hogan, Roslyn(Ronald) YellowMule, Sarah House, Dineen Other Medicine, Berva Chandler, Verna Not Afraid, Samona Not Afraid, Ernisten Bird In Ground, Laura Pickett, Elanore Pickett, Elsie Laforge, Barbra Birdinground, Andrew Lee Birdinground, Marie Lincoln, Rosemary Lincoln, Louise(Jerome) White Hip, Hannah(Kenneth) Pretty On Top, Linda(Manuel) Covers Up, Janet Bird Ground and Jennifer(Lawrence) Flat Lip); his grandchildren Maggie, Christiana Jaylen, Sara, Jerome, Malieya(Cowboy) Nomee, Rudy, Brenda, Tristan, Zoey, Robert, Cordelia, Rayanna, Raelee, Camie, Tayan, Jess jr., Alexia, Alicia, Cyrus, Juliana, McKinley, III, Mike, Reshaun, Kobe and Jakelynn Seestheground, Nichole, George, Truman, Joshawna, Regine, Ida, Jaylyn, Jasper, III, Jasmine, Jala, Mayma, Jazariee, Kaneal, Zireta, Owen, Unique, Cyril, Sr., Chaquan and Varian; his 39 grandchildren. Extended family includes Birdinground, Other Medicine, LaForge, Hawks, Falls Down, Bernice Jefferson, Takes the Horse, Doyle, Pretty Weasel, Yarlott and Bird in Ground Families.
We apologize if we have missed anyone in our time of grief.
Funeral Service is Friday, July 26 at 11:00AM at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency. Burial to follow at the Crow Agency Cemetery.
Bullis Mortuary has been entrusted with the arrangements.