Garland E. Howe

Garland E Howe went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on October 8, 2021 in Billings, Montana.  He was born April 28, 1953 in Torrance, California to Fred and Myrtle (Reed) Howe Sr. His Indian names were ihkaléaxe (Morning Star) and Báako chilaxché (High Hawk). He was a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Whistling Water. He was raised by Tillie Walking Bear and Harry Perry; upon his grandmother’s passing he was adopted by Charlie and Estella Eastman. Garland received his early education in Lodge Grass and graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma. He enlisted in the US Army in 1972 and was with the 77th MP Detachment Mannheim, Germany. Garland had the distinction of being the only military postmaster on the post.  He received his honorable discharge in 1975 and later served with the National Guard.  He attended college at Eastern Montana College Billings and earned his Diesel Mechanics Certification from Sheridan Community College. He operated his own business rebuilding engines and then drove trucks for Sweetheart Bakery.  He drove for several trucking outfits including Swift, Dick Simon and Warren Transport. He worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Billings. He was a game warden for the Crow Tribe Fish and Game. He was an outdoor man and loved spending his time camping, fishing, and hunting. Garland was a Traditional Man and participated in Sun Dance and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies.  Garland served on the Wyola School Board for many years.

He married Gail “Ginger” Little Light in 1980 and from this union Garland II, Susie and Stella were born.  The couple later divorced. 

Garland had a wonderful sense of humor and was a jokester.  He never knew a stranger and made friends wherever he went. He was generous and kind and never turned anyone in need away.  He was a jack of all trades and even knew his way around the kitchen serving up his specialties.  He loved having his family around him and playing with his grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and adopted parents; his brothers Kayle and Frederick Howe Jr., sisters Marva Knows his Gun and Linda Andrews; his uncles Alvin, Layman, Robert and Ralph Howe; his grandparents Tom and Susie Yellowtail; his aunt Wilma Howe and his daughter Trudy Cummins.

Garland is survived by his children Nicole (Jason) Weitzel Garland ( Linda Lou) Howe, II. , Susie (Hubert) Black Wolf, Stella Howe; his companion of 18 years Debra Wakole; his sister Cheryl (Tommy) Dawes; his brother Joseph P. Howe; his grandchildren Charity Black Eagle, Cain Howe, Hananiah Howe, Milena Jefferson, Alexander and Noel Black Wolf, Travis, Leo and James  Cummins, Rope Tie,Chance and My-Ahlin Pretty on Top,  Jennavieve, Alex, Jayme Weitzel; his aunts Delma Jean Fox of North Dakota, Annetee Couture, Ruby Williamson and Rose Ann Reed; he shared his love with Debra’s children, grandchildren and one great grandchild took them as his own; his adopted children Cynthia and Lawrence (Kristi) Pretty On Top. His extended family includes the Good Horse, Reed, Birdinground, Couture, Grinnell, Baker, Hall, Fredericks, Youngbear, Pretty on Top, Stewart, Pretty Weasel, Walking Bear, Davis, Yarlott, Onion, Big Hair, He Does It, Don’t Mix, Covers Up, Plain Bull, Mullenberg and Fighter. Garland had so many special friends it is impossible to list all of you.  Please accept our apology in our time of grief. Please know Garland valued and cherished all he met in his life’s journey.

Funeral services Wednesday October 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Bullis Funeral Chapel. Burial with Military Honors Fairview Cemetery.

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