On Wednesday-August 22, 2018 at 9pm, Wesley Langdon Toineeta, 54 of Hardin, Mt, entered Paradise, with his Mother, Father and family at his side, at the Crow Indian Health Service hospital.
Wesley Langdon Toineeta, Crow name: “Bish’ee Itta’chish,”Lone Buffalo, given to him by Newton Old Crow, Sr., was a member of the Greasy Mouth Clan and a child of the Sore Lip clan, Wesley was born on February 18, 1964, the third of four children born to Pearl Ann (Pisano) and Kenneth Toineeta. Wesley grew up in Lodge Grass, Montana, attending Lodge Grass Public Schools, K-12. In 1980, Wesley joined the US Army, serving in Japan, Germany and Fort Ord, California, a total of nine years. In 1983, Wesley married Geri Bear Ground and from this union, Seven children were born. They later divorced. In 2004, Wesley married Meredith Wallace and from this union, Wesley Ashton, Jr. was born. They later divorced. In his younger days, Wesley enjoyed traveling and met many people who became life-long friends. Wesley loved to cook for family gatherings and made the best fry bread and maple bars.
Wesley worked for LaFountain Heavy Equipment & Construction as a diesel mechanic for 12 years. Wesley later, acquired Plumbing & Electrical certification, staying abreast of the latest trends in plumbing, electrical & furnace upgrades. He worked for the Crow Tribe Home Improvement Program, renovating private homes on the Crow reservation. In 2008, Wesley joined the Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority as a Plumber/Electrician. Wesley had a knack for being able to fix just about anything and was a perfectionist with his work. He spent a great deal of time making improvements in his mother’s kitchen and home. He once told his sister, Audrey, “It is just a joy to work beside Mom.” Wesley and his Mom collaborated on many art projects and loved gardening together. Wesley was a member of the First Crow Indian Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Messengers for Health program, under the leadership of Alma McCormick, Mike and Laura Bear Claw. Wesley had recently become a member of the Set-free Ministries in Hardin, Montana.
Wesley was proceeded in death by his daughters, Amanda Joy and Audie Rae Toineeta; paternal grandparents, Edwin and Joy Toineeta, Winona Yellowtail and Oliver Hugs, Sr, Maternal grandparents, Genevieve Pease and Antonio Ramone Pisano. Uncles; Oliver Sonny Hugs, Sr., Dallas Hugs, Sr., TR Glenn, Aunts; Pansy Hugs and Carmen Ramos. Nephew, Aubrey Elias Black Eagle, Sr., Niece’s, Juliet Marie Toineeta and Chelsea Desjarlais.
Wesley’s survivors include: his companion, Meredith, their son, Wesley, Jr. His son, Lance McAfee, Kansas. Sharon Rose (Dallas), Elijah Happy Day, Elisha Pearl (Jonathan) and Perry Langdon Toineeta, Bismark, ND. Sonny James Morales, Billings, MT. Adopted daughters, Dea Good Luck & Alisa Not Afraid. His Mother, Ann Pisano (Bernard) Lafountain, His father, Kenneth Toineeta, Sisters: Audrey (Cedric) Black Eagle, April (Cameron Tobacco) Toineeta, Tammy (Edward) Not Afraid, Julee and Mary Amyotte, Colleen Stops, Rosie Harris, Susan Birdinground, Lori Ann Fitzpatrick, Lisa Day Child & Kim Not Afraid. Brothers: Robin & Scott (Misty) Toineeta. Tony Pisano, Benji Takes Horse and Tim (Sandy) Dratz and Courtney Stewart. Uncles: Raymond Pisano, Jerry (Maria) Pease, Chris Rivera, Carl Rivera, Jr., Danny Rivera, Pie (Shirleen) Glenn, Franklin Plenty hoops, Jerome Hugs, Frank, Leland, William & Harvey Hugs, Butch LaFountaine and Fred LaFontaine, Jr. Aunts: Edwina (Steve) Amyotte, Merle Jean Harris, Georgianne & Joanne Pease, Vicki Rivera, Marilyn (Ray) Edwards, Teresa Mock, Darlene LaFonataine and Joyce Moran; 24 Grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter, and the families of the: Toineeta, Yellowtails, Pease, Hugs, Stewart, Moccasins, Morrison, Iron, Spotted Horses, Pisano, Lei, Lafountains and descendants of Pierre Duchien. Wesley comes from a large family and we apologize if we have omitted anyone in our time of grief.
The family of Wesley Toineeta would like to thank Shelly Rickett, Dr. Jaatoul, Nurse Dan, Colleen Stops and the two Sandy’s who took care of us that night.
Wesley Toineeta’s funeral service will be Monday August 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow. Interment will be at the Toineeta-Black Eagle Family Cemetery.