Eugene Charles Beaverheart, Ve’kesohtameohtsestse (Walkingbird) age 63 of Ashland, MT, made his journey to the Milky Way.
Eugene was born on February 7, 1954 in Crow Agency, MT, to Frank Hart and Roberta Tangledyellowhair. Eugene attended St. Labre Catholic School until he graduated from there in 1973. Eugene later earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Native American Studies and a Class Seven Certification in teaching from Chief Dull Knife College. Eugene was a hard worker who provided for his family with different occupations. He worked for the Ashland Sawmill for over 8 years, construction/landscaping, Montana Indian Firefighter, Northern Cheyenne Elderly Director, Head Start Coordinator for Cultural Studies, Cheyenne Language Instructor at Chief Dull Knife College where he received Instructor of the Year in 2005, Co-Teacher of the Year in 2006 and more recently worked he worked for the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Historic Preservation Office as a Cultural Surveyor.
Eugene was an exceptional athlete competing in football, basketball & track for the St. Labre Braves. His basketball abilities were legendary, known throughout the state for his limitless range and uncanny scoring prowess. He also excelled in track and field, where he once held the school record in the high jump. Eugene was extremely proud of the friendships he made while competing for the Braves. He was very proud to be a Brave. In his later years he raised sons that became Lame Deer Morning Stars and attended every game wearing his Morning Star gear.
Eugene was well traveled. He was stationed in Germany while he was in the Army after high school. When he made it back to the United States he lived in several big cities spending time in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and Georgia; coming back home every so often to spend time with his family.
Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Hart and Roberta Tangled Yellowhair; sisters: Beatrice Beaverheart, Hilda Hart Two Moons, and Edna Hart; son, Preston Gray; brothers: Clifton Crazymule, Orville Speelman, and David Hart; aunt, Eve Small; and uncle, Raymond Hart.
Eugene is survived by his wife, Thelma Beaverheart, of Ashland; brothers: Martin Hart, James D. Fox, Gilbert Dale, James (Emma) Tangledyellowhair-Selage, and Benny Speelman; sons: Gabe Hart, Darrell (Holly) Fisher, James Fisher Sr., Arlin “Shugs” Bordeaux, and Ryan Foote; adopted daughter, Melissa Fisher; sisters: Annie (JC) Bement, Clara Harris, Theda Foote, Erlyce Littlewhirlwind, and Clementine Seminole; adopted sisters: Rita, Johanna, and Lamona Redneck; aunts: Margie Shoulderblade, Carolyn Martin, Susie Cain, and Glora Waters; mother in law, Geraldine Fisher; grandchildren: Josie, Draven, Tyren, Shantell, Shawn, Anthony, James, Bruce, Dallie Jo, Keyon, Kylen, Darrell Jr., Orianthi, Harper, Lillian & Evelyn Gray, Ivy May, Andreas Foote Milen, Velma, Katie, Shelby, and Clancy; nieces: Regina Warne, Ivene Hart, and Roberta Hart; nephews: Martin Hart Jr. of Billings, Frank Hart, Allen (Jana) Fisher, Shawn (Terra) Fisher; sisters in law: Donna Fisher of Ashland, Shelly Fisher, Sara Young, Mary Shoulderblade, Wilma “Tiny” Two Moons, and Marceline Littleoldman; brothers in law: Allen (Sharon) Fisher, Arlin Fisher, Virgil (Myra) Fisher Sr., Vernon (Paula) Fisher Sr., Steven (Martha) Fisher, Roy (Stephanie) Fisher Sr., and Don (Porkchop) Shoulderblade; and special friends, Conrad and Roman Fisher.
Extended families include: Beaverhearts, Hart, Tangledyellowhair, Martins, Two moons, Littlebird, Fox,Whitecrane, Littlewhirlwind, Morrison, Standingelk, Yellowfox.
We would like to thank Deacon Joe and Shirley Kristufek, Dr. Troy Fiddler, University of Colorado, Dr. Song, Dr. Berhane and Nurse Peggy White, IHS Pharmacy, Richard, Kori, Esther, and Lasha; public health nurses: Amber Means, Martha Garcia Fisher, Rhonda Salois, and Jolene Walkslast.