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Harvey Big Headman

November 16, 1950 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old

Harvey Big Headman Obituary

Harvey BigHeadman was born during a thunderstorm on November 16, 1950 in Birney, Montana to Frank and Dessie BigHeadman. He was the youngest of their several children.

At a young age, he lost both his parents and was placed in foster care. Despite his troubled beginnings he survived with a unique outlook. When he was of age he had a short lived military stint. Through his twenties to thirties he was an avid wonderer--hitchhiking and sometimes train hopping. He had many diverse jobs such as being a cook, a drug and alcohol counselor, a master painter, and during the year of 1991 was a council member for the tribe. He also had his CDL license. He was known to always maintain a job where health allowed him even down to his final days. He was employed with Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority as a security officer in Lame Deer.

He made his way down to California meeting up with his older brother Greg. Influenced by that same sibling and the strong support of Carol Jenkins, he gained his sobriety in 1983 and it lasted to his passing. After sobriety, he became skilled in tree servicing where he partnered with his brother and earned the title of arborist. It was also there in 1985 where he met Jeana Reese, he fell in love and they later married in mid October of 1990, taking on two daughters. He then returned home to Birney with his newly gained family where Elmer FightingBear warmly welcomed their arrival.

In evidence to his spirit, at the age of fifty, he was still active and was set to intern on a ship in Alaska. Due to his brothers' failing health he stayed behind to enjoy what time he had left with him. He was a very accepting and loving person. He loved spending time with his family and socializing. He was friendly and easy going. He flourished in debates and never let age get in the way of learning new things or taking adventures. He took pride in his culture and could speak fluent Cheyenne. He participated in sweats and had a strong belief in the power of prayer. He had an appreciation for getting lost in nature. 

He enjoyed scrabble and reading back in the day. He was a master pool player. He became a gamer enthusiast later on and it was almost assured when given leisure, anybody could find him on his console. Was a coin a collector and couldn't resist helping people in need.

He is preceded in death by his child, Dessie BigHeadman; parents, Frank and Dessie BigHeadman; his brother Greg L. Breed Love; his uncle Elmore FightingBear; his cousin Nancy FightingBear.

Surviving relatives and friends include: FightingBear's, RedRobe's, Whiskers, TwoMoons, Limpys, Rowlands, Seminoles, Eaglefeather's, Wolfe, Carter, Red Robe, Hilston’s, LongSioux's and many more all of whom loved him dearly. Due to his sudden, unexpected departure, we apologize for anyone left out.

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January 8, 2024

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

January 9, 2024

7:00 PM
Birney Community Hall
Birney, MT 59012

Funeral Service
January 10, 2024

11:00 AM
Birney Community Hall
Birney, MT 59012


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