In memory of

Earl Bird Chief age 61 of Lame Deer MT

July 2, 1951 – March 12, 2013

On the evening of March 12, 2013 Maheo called an angel to rest.  Earl Bird Chief was born in Crow Agency on July 2, 1951 the son of Clarence Bird Chief and Mildred Martha Eaglefeathers.

Earl attended school in Busby in his younger years; he enjoyed the company of helping raise numerous nieces, nephews in his spare time.  He also enjoyed being around the company of his friends playing pool and cards.  He enjoyed working on cars in his younger days, loved playing the guitar in different places like Browning, Sheridan and all over.  He also was a custodian for the Busby School and was a Montana Indian fire fighter.

Earl is survived by Alvin (Marvelene) Bird Chief of Billings, Elsie Weasel Bear (Marquel, Talon and Herman III), Sister Amelia Bird Chief (Davine, Tanya, Victoria, William, Terry (Fawn), Mercedes) of Billings, Kenneth Bird Chief (Keith (Jeana), Chad, Augusta, Hailey, Lana), LeeAna & Gilbert (Carla, Jeremy, Skyler & Rosaline) of Lame Deer, Herman Jr. of Lame Deer, Valoria (Leslie Ann, Trent II, Morgan, Taylor, Grant, Aubrey) of Mt. Pleasant MI, Elroy (Fawn, Mountain, Elroy Jr.) of Lame Deer, Anna & Mike Sr. (Mike Jr., Melissa, Mykyol) Old Crane of Lame Deer, Nadine  ( Valao, Chris Jr.) Linn Bird Chief (Tyler, Hunter, Tristen) of Bozeman, Demetria Bearing (Orville Jr, Lucas, Spencer) of Lame Deer, Jeffrey , Elijah, Tyrone  & Courtney (Kenyon and Julio), Leslie Bird Chief of Muddy, Nicole Bird Chief of Arizona, Waylon (Aaron and Waylon) of Wyoming, and Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren, Leniah, Alecia, Emil, Mitchel Jr., Arvilla, Precious, PJ, Leighton, Aliyah, Lalynn, Ashanti, Maleeya, Tyrell, Keith II.  Special friends include Carol Bahr, Jon Jon Foote, Fox brothers, Charleston and June Yellow Fox, and his Ashland Crew.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers Ray and Dale, Sister Jennifer Glynda Curtis, a sister Bernice & Marie, a grandson Nevada Cruz.

Visitation will be Monday, March 18, 2013, 7:00 PM in the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, March 19, 2013 2:00 PM at the White River Mennonite Church in Busby.  Burial will follow in the Busby Cemetery.  Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent by visiting


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  1. Myra Fisher says:

    Sure going to miss seeing Earl The Pearl strolling around Ashland, I will never forget you, you were one of the cool guys… Rest in Peace Earl. Tell Victor Hello for me.

  2. Ray & Holly Bixby says:

    Really going to miss Earl, so thankful to Anna White for being there to share the Gospel and the love of Jesus to our little ‘Pearl’. Hope to see ya’ there Earl!!

  3. earl ur my best friend and i will miss seeing u for now but i will see u soon . never stop smiling and laughing, i will see u soon. havw a beer for me. i love you

  4. Georgia Ann Burns says:

    Prayers to the family. I remember Earl, years ago in Busby. Prayers to Elsie and all the rest of his family and relatives. May God Bless you all!!

  5. Mary and Jolyn Dillon says:

    Dear Bird Chiefs, My sincerest sympathy to all of your family. Losing the ones we love is so difficult, but it is comforting knowing we will see them again. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mary and Jolyn Dillon

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