Arnold James “Gus” Spang, age 57 of Lame Deer. Born in Crow Agency, MT on 11/18/1963 to Jule & Elaine Spang Sr. was called home 8/10/21 at home with his son by his side. Gus received his Indian name “Voaxaa’e “Eagle” from Don Shoulderblade.
Gus met the love of his life Lori Sorensen in 1989, they married October 1, 1991 and they had one son Justin Robert.
Gus grew up on the family ranch on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, his first love was being a cowboy, riding horse back everyday with his 8 siblings, working in the fields stacking hay feeding livestock and participating in Rodeos as a team roper. While in high school Gus and his brother Jule Jr. qualified for the National Highschool Rodeo finals in team roping.
He graduated from St Labre in 1982. He then started working for forestry thinning and slash piling, and as a seasonal firefighter. In the early 90’s he began working at the mines in Colstrip retiring in 2017 due to ill health.
He enjoyed cruising around and stopping by to visit with family and friends, often ending up in Ashland at Robert Bement’s, the last few months of his life he spent a lot of time just sitting and watching TV with dad, and visiting or hanging with his sisters Monks and Chops.
Gus was preceded in death by his Mom, his brother Wilbur, his paternal grandparents Alfonso & Mary Spang, Maternal grandparents James & Irene Salois, father-in-law Robert Sorensen, and brother-in-law Rick Sunken.
He’s survived by his wife Lori, son Justin (Shelby), grandchildren Bailee, Lyla Spang, Braxtyn & Blayke, his dad Jule Sr, brothers: Ronald, Jule Jr. (Joletta), Larry “Charlie Brown” (Rachel), Jerry “Sharkey McNeely, Henry Speelman, Michael Speelman, Merlin Sioux. Sisters: Ernestine, Leslie, Mary, Crystal (Richard), & Aleda Spang. Mother-In-law Carla Sorensen, Sister in laws: Carma, Becky (Pete), Kristi (Michael), Connie, Tina, Vivian, & Clementine. Brother-in-law Jeff Sorensen. Goddaughters Suntaya, & Alyssa, & special nieces and nephews whom he loved to torcher, Chandra, Jake, Jeff, Aiden, & Caydence, and several other nieces and nephews that he loved.
Extended family includes: Callsfirst, Seminole, Bement, Spottedwolf, Fisher, Roundstone, Denny, Salois, Racine, & Schildts.
The family would like to thank DCI, Dr. Gantz, Northern Cheyenne Ambulance Service, Debbie Bends, Amber Means, Alexis Gadwah, & Brooke Whitewolf for the care you all provided to Gus.