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Cleo "Spike" Medicine Horse, III

September 1, 1976 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 47) 47 Years Old

Cleo "Spike" Medicine Horse, III Obituary

Cleo “Spike” Medicine Horse III, 47, of Crow Agency, Montana, reunited with his father on December 3, 2023. He was born September 1, 1976, in Crow Agency, Montana. He is the son of Cleo, Jr. and Barbara Medicine Horse.  His Indian name, Deaxkaàsh shikàakash, Eagle Boy, was given him by Mae Morning House.  He was a Ties the Bundle and child of the Big Lodge clan.

Spike was raised in the Crow Agency area. He attended Crow Agency and Pretty Eagle schools and graduated from Hardin High School in 1995. During his high school athletic career, Spike was a 2x state cross country champion and a 1995 state basketball champion. After high school, Spike continued his education at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota where he received his AAS degree in Construction Technology in 2002. After graduating, he worked at United Tribes in the maintenance department for five years. He returned home and worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Sarpy Coal Mine.

Spike’s love for horses started at a young age, from galloping, jockeying, and training race horses with his father Cleo, traveling to numerous racetracks around the region and carrying on the legacy of Medicine Horse Racing. He also loved helping and being a part of the Indian relay. He was a member of the Blanket Bull relay team.  Spike had a friendly personality and made friends wherever he went.

Spike married Shannon Laducer in the spring of 1997 and from this union they were blessed with three children; Kasey, Shalana, and Jayden.

One of his greatest joys was being a papa to Kighlynn, Gage, Harper, Hazen, Kinley, and was very excited about having two more grandbabies on the way. He was also the best uncle to his nephew Gracen.  Spike was always lending a hand to watch the kids, cooking for them, and enjoyed the outdoors with them.

Preceded in death are his father, Cleo Medicine Horse, Jr.; grandparents, Stephen Driftwood, Hazel Little Owl, Cleo Medicine Horse, Sr., Grace Singer, Mae House, Paul Singer, Adelia Stewart, Darlene Hugs, Philamine Old Coyote, Ettinges, Lucy, and Xavier Little Owl; uncles, Myron Driftwood, Fredlyn Old Bear, Bert Little Owl; aunts, Gail Red Wolf, Rhoda Bright Wings, Victoria Brown; sister, Kalsey BirdinGround; brothers, Kenny and Dustin Bright Wings, Gerald, Jr. and Stephen Red Wolf and Nephi House; and nephew, Christian Stewart.

Survivors include his mother, Barbara Medicine Horse; children, Kasey (Boots) Coyote Runs, Shalana (Chesco), Jayden Medicine Horse, and their mother, Shannon (Laducer) Medicine Horse; sisters, Gina and Renita Medicine Horse, La Rae and Paula Driftwood, Devona (Aaron) Leider, Jolene (Gary) BirdinGround, Brianna Bright Wings, Tia Buffalo, Rona (Lyndon) Driftwood, Carrie and Kallie Hugs, Jill (Mike) Hill, Jodene (Karl) Big Hair, Lorna and Lynn Old Bear, Rona Gardner, Martika Flatmouth, Carol Dean Reed, Hannah Small, Starla (Wambli) Nomee, Agnes, Aaliyah, and Nevaeh Dust; brothers, Josh Medicine Horse, Jeremy (Stephanie) Stewart, Elliott (Bertha) and Sheldon, Wade (Lorna), Clayton (Rhea), William Jr. and Karson Driftwood, John Hugs, Darrius (Velda) Deputee, Jess and Zac BirdinGround, Thomas Wade, Leonard Gardner, Mike Red Wolf, Gabe (Tai), Justin and Tim, Jr. (MaLeah) Dust, Richard (Camille), Virgil and Tommy McCormick, Cameron, Jeff and Jess Half; aunts, Patricia (Bruce) Fritzler, Harriet (Clayton) Bad Bear, Darlena Driftwood, Valerie (Tim) Dust, Ora Mae Medicine Horse, Theo (Elias) Hugs, Roberta Pretty Paint and Lydia (Eugene) BirdinGround, Suzette (Frank) Spang, Carla Falls Down, Melinda Dawes; uncles, William (Clarice) Driftwood, Vydale Not Afraid, Daryl (Amanda) Big Hair and Larry Bright Wings; grandparents, Nora (Dennis) Big Hair, Tommy (Linda) Little Owl; nephews and nieces, Shandon, Jonas, Rae Luv, and Daysha Medicine Horse.

Extended family including the Medicine Horse, Little Owl, Driftwood, Knows His Gun, Stewart, Singer, Fog in the Morning, Morrison, Bear Cloud, Sings Good, Takes Enemy, Pretty Paint, Three Irons, LaForge, House, Dawes, Bird Rattler and Whiteman families from Browning, Beaumont, Ceasley, He Does It, Bird Hat, Bell Rock, Half, Covers Up, Hunts the Arrow, Don’t Mix, Bends, Little Light, Bull Over the Hill, Bebee, Healey, Day Chief, and Fox families from Canada.

He considered all of his horse racing buddies as family. Our family is very large; if we have missed you, please accept our apology.    

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
December 6, 2023

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Visitation
Thursday
December 7, 2023

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Funeral Service
Friday
December 8, 2023

11:00 AM
Spirit of Life Foursquare Church in Crow Agency

Interment following funeral service
Friday
December 8, 2023

Fairview Cemetery

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