Thomas Joseph Half, 70, of Soap Creek went to Other Side of Camp on October 7, 2018. He was given his Indian name, DaaChee Kuluutchish, by the late George Old Elk, Sr., a World War II hero. The story behind his name relates to when George rescued some prisoners of war from behind enemy lines. Tommy was the son of Leo and Cecelia Plain Feather. He was adopted by his grandparents, John and Marie Half when he was eight months old. He was a member of the Bad War Deeds and a child of the Greasy Mouth. He grew up around his late brothers Bob and Dan Half who taught him well. Tommy learned his cowboy ways at an early age.
He was fearless around horses. At the tender age of 13, he took a horse to be broken off the picket line and rode it, he put the horse back on the picket line. Not knowing the horse was already ridden his father came home, snubbed the horse to a post and started to sack out the horse to gentle it down. Tommy stood in the background watching his father, he asked him, “what are you doing?” He said, “I already rode the horse.” His father scolded him and told him not to come around untamed horses. Tommy was a born cowboy who could ride any horse. He worked for all the surrounding ranches on and near the Crow Indian Reservation. He was known throughout Montana and Wyoming as a true horseman. Although he had a limited education, he led a life of self-sufficiency.
Tommy married Vera Jane He Does It in 1973 and they made their first home in the Soap Creek area and later built a home on West Soap Creek. They always had quality quarter horses. When Tommy’s health began to fail, the couple moved to Crow Agency to be closer to medical facilities. He was on dialysis for fifteen years.
He is preceded in death by his parents John and Marie Half and Leo and Cecelia Plain Feather; his brothers Daniel “Porky” and John Plain Feather ; his sisters Rose Marie (Polly) and Corliss Plain Feather and his grandson Stetson Little Light.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, his son Thomas John (TJ), and his daughters, Susie, Leona and LeeAndra, his beloved grandchildren who he took as his own, HighNest, Latrell, Iichiin, Nathaniel, Catherine, Rueben, Frankie Rose, Eldawna, Trisha, Jamie, Santino, Taos; his great grandchildren Journee, Rona, Preston and Tranelle, his sisters Edith J. Reed and Iva Shane; his brother Tim and Willy Plain Feather; his aunts Ruby and Judy Plain Feather and Arvilla Plain Bull; his uncles Roland and Danny Plain Feather; his extended family includes the Plain Feather, Sends Part Home Snell, Pretty Shield, Stray Calf, Not Afraid, Morrison, Plenty Good and Plain Bull. Please forgive us if we have forgot anyone during our time of sorrow.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday October 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in the St. Xavier Catholic Church. A Rosary will be said on Wednesday October 10 at the Bullis Funeral Chapel at 4:00 pm.