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Loren Old Bear

April 4, 1951 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Loren Old Bear Obituary

Loren Old Bear 72, of Lodge Grass, Montana died peacefully surrounded by family on December 27, 2023 at the Crow Northern Cheyenne Hospital.  His Indian name was O'otchiash Bachee'sh (Fights at Night) given to him by Louis Caplett, a World War I Veteran.  He was born on April 4, 1951 in Crow Agency, Montana.  His mom was Agnes Old Bear and father was Lorenzo Mountain Sheep.   

He was a member of the Big Lodge clan and child of the Whistling Water clan. He respected the Crow culture and traditions.  He was a member of the Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church and attended church with his wife every Sunday.  When Loren’s health was compromised, Fr. Michael would pray with Loren at his home and take communion to him.  Loren was also raised in the Baptist Church and continued to hold respect for the family at the First Crow Indian Baptist church.

Loren attended school at Crow Agency Public School, Lodge Grass High School where he graduated with the class of 1970.  He went on to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.  He later transferred to Eastern Montana College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1976.  Loren excelled academically at all levels of his education. It was at this time that he met his college sweetheart Roseline Bear Claw and they were later married and spent the next 51 years together before his passing.

During high school Loren enjoyed participating in basketball, football and track.  Loren was on the 1970 high school basketball team that qualified for the state tournament.  Loren set the Lodge Grass high school record in the pole vault. His love for sports extended to supporting all family members who participated in sports and always looked forward to attending his son and family member’s games.  He was an avid Lodge Grass Indians Fan.  Loren enjoyed his 27 grandchildren, 54 great grandchildren, and 7 great great grandchildren and was proud of all the sports and activities that they participated in. He was especially proud of his grandson Wade who was a champion Indian Relay Rider and always looked forward to attending his races; he also enjoyed watching R.J. participate in bull riding. He was honored to give his granddaughter “Cecelia” her Crow Indian Name as well as his son-in-law Michael Dabney.  He coached his sister-in laws in basketball and softball. He was affection ally called “Guds Gordy” by his sister-in-laws.  Running was a way of life for Loren and Rosaline as they entered many local road races and marathons together.  They always encouraged other family members to run with them and enter these races with them.

Loren worked as a finance manager at the Crow Tribe, Wyola Public School and the Lodge Grass Public Schools before retiring due to his health.  He was on the Little Big Horn College Board over 20 years. He enjoyed ranching with his wife and always looked forward to summer branding and feeding the cows in the winter.  He worked with his late uncle Forest Horn and learned the ranch ways.  At branding time Loren was the one who administered shots for the calves.

When Loren was diagnosed with a form of spinal arthritis he bravely battled the symptoms of the disease with running and walking on a daily basis.  He rejected prescription medications and took the natural way of fighting the disease.   

He is preceded in death by his mother Agnes Old Bear, father Lorenzo Mountain Sheep, parents-in-law Frances (Bertha) Bear Claw and Joan Horn, Aunt Jessie Old Bear, sisters Billy Lou, Gustine, Elretta Old Bear and Charlotte Spotted Horse; his nieces Kalsey Birdinground and Raelyn Old Bear and brothers Fredlyn, Edward, Gus Jr, Stephen, Loris and Bert Old Bear, and Charles Yarlott.

Survivors include his wife Roseline; his sons, Michael Horn, Darrell Bright Wings, Willy (Barb) Old Bear and Robin (Kallie) Old Bear; his sisters, Teatta, Lori, and Roberta Old Bear, Lydia (Eugene) Birdinground, Delmyrna Yarlott, Charlotte Jefferson and Charlene Johnson; brothers David and Lee Old Bear, Alvin Oliver, Aaron, David Jr, Curtis, Elmer Jr., Marlon Loren Yarlott, Eugene Yarlott, Clayton Old Elk, and Art Alden, Sr., sisters-in-law, Trivian, Joanie and Rhonda Horn; his aunts, Lana Burlison and Rose Alden, and Uncle Floyd Horn.

He was always texting his sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers and friends with scriptures and the latest news on the reservation. The family would like to thank the many people who prayed for him during his sickness. He is now in Heaven with his loved ones. 

Rosary will held on Friday, December 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bullis Funeral Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Lodge Grass, Montana.

Burial will follow at the Lodge Grass Cemetery.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
December 28, 2023

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Visitation
Friday
December 29, 2023

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Recitation of the Rosary
Friday
December 29, 2023

3:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Funeral Mass
Saturday
December 30, 2023

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church
219 Helen Street
Lodge Grass, MT 59050

Interment following funeral service
Saturday
December 30, 2023

Lodge Grass Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Lodge Grass, MT 59050

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