Chris Shannon Elwood was born March 23, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas to Kenneth and Marie (Hansen) Elwood. They moved to Miles City, MT in 1960 and that’s when he met his lifelong friend Bill (Shorty) Timberman.
Chris went to grade school and high school in Miles City. He was active in baseball, football, basketball, and later rodeo. Chris was on the 1973 state basketball championship team.
He started working for Art Larson right out of high school and got his cowboy education from some real cowboys and that’s where he learned to start young horses, which he loved to do. In 1974, he met Diana Russiff and they were married in 1976. They had just short of 47 wonderful years together. In that time there were around 27 moves between ranches. In 1984 Chris became a deputy for the Rosebud County Sheriff’s Department, living in Ashland for 9 years. When he wasn’t working full time for the Sheriff’s office, he filled his time breaking young horses, training cutting horses and helped various people, young and old, with their horses.
On the move again, they moved to Colorado, South Dakota, then back to Montana. Chris made lifelong friends wherever he was and his reputation as a horseman, cowboy, and all-around good guy was widespread. He loved working with young people in different sports, but his passion was breaking and training colts to their full potential and helping other people succeed at that. He loved spending time with his family, especially his 3 grandkids. Chris worked hard and played harder.
Chris is survived by his loving wife, Diana; son Jake (Crystal) Elwood; daughter Amanda (Josh) Hodge; three grandchildren Kimber, Sutton, and Kyndal; sister Jeanie (Jim) Sorensen; three nephews and one niece; cousin Sue (Scott) Jens and family; sister in law Sandy (Ric) Rabe and family, Mary Lou Russiff, and Tanya Russiff and family. Extended family Duane Timberman, Bill (Kathy) Timberman, Dent Timberman, and Janna Timberman and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ken and Marie Elwood; in law’s Nick and Monty Russiff; brother-in-law Don Russiff; and extended family Patty Timberman and Lon Timberman.
Chris made an impression on people wherever he went and has made some wonderful friends who he cherished and loved and made lasting memories with. He was known for his loyalty, integrity, and a stickler for doing the job right.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Chris’s name to the family. All memorials will be distributed between the Outlaws Baseball Club in Miles City and local 4H Chapters.
Family will Receive Friends on Sunday, July 2, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. A luncheon will follow the Funeral Service at the church. Following the luncheon, interment will be held at the Hodge Ranch in Volborg, Montana.