Louis “Bubba Lu” Old Bear, age 31, passed away in Billings, Montana. Louis was born on May 25, 1987 to Lee and Mary (Castro) Old Bear, we were blessed with a handsome curly haired boy. Luey was rambunctious and mischievous as a child. His grandma, Gladys Oldmouse gave him a Cheyenne nickname “Chief of Mischief”. He liked to clown around with her and his other grandma, Mary Atwood. He would always make them smile. He grew to love the outdoors from his dad, Lee who took him hunting and fishing from a young age.
He had a heart of gold, in spite of being feisty and strong willed. When he loved it was with his whole heart. He would give you his last dollar even if he needed it always believing that the good you give will surely come back to you. Whenever you need him he was there to lend a hand.
He enjoyed cooking, he took pride in his cooking skills, he learned from people he worked with at various restaurants. He prepared delicious meals for his family and friends. He never really grew out of being mischievous; he drove from Billings to Muddy Cluster to spank his sister Alison Black for her birthday. Luey said “I’m really going to give it to her, I made my own paddle and I have my back up Lee because Al’s a big girl. Luey was multitalented; he made beautiful works of art and beadwork. He learned to bead by his grandma, Effie. He was also an awesome tattoo artist.
His Cheyenne name was Ve’kesohvehonevestse “Bird Chief”, which was given by his grandma, Rose Mary Castro whom she received from Rudolph King Sr. Mr. King and his wife were always welcoming and generous to Luey. His crow name was given by his clan aunt Lori Old Bear “Out Standing Helper” baah kuuxshe batch achish.
He was a member of the Big Lodge Clan. He graduated from Lame Deer High School in 2005. He worked various jobs in Billings.
He did the best he could to keep employed; he knew he had to provide for his daughters, they were his world, Alea Kay and Maylei.
Luey ran into personal issues, he chose to look for answers in all the wrong places. He gave his life to Jesus and was baptized when he was 14. In the midst of this tragedy our family hold on to the promise of God’s word John 3:15 “that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” No one took him from us we know exactly where he is and some sweet day we will see him again. We take comfort in knowing you’re reunited with your daughter, brother, best buds Ozzy (Wilson) and Chris (Iron).
We know how much you missed them.
Our family would like to thank the first responders for their life saving efforts and for all those who came to Louis’s aide. We would also like to thank the Billings Police Department for continuing to work to bring those responsible for justice.
Luey- as we walk around our home, we are reminded by all the gifts you gave us. The love our family has for one another though many hearts are broken, we carry on knowing how much we are loved by you.
Luey leaves behind; daughters, Alea Kay, Maylei Old Bear; parents, Lee Oldbear and Mary (Castro) Old Bear; sister, Masiela Old Bear; brothers: Arlyn Castro Old Bear, Emery Castro, Lee J. Old Bear, Lephi Old Bear, and Tayshawn Morrison; aunts: Laveta Killsnight, Rose (Clifford) Castro, Lajuana (Frank) Castro, Lydia (Eugene) Birdinground, Gustine, Teatta and Roberta Old Bear and Lori Old Bear; Lori Clubfoot, Brenda (Eric) Timber; uncles: Emery Castro, David, Loris, Gus Jr., Loren Old Bear. Vincent Parker Sr., Laforce Siouxcalf, Albert Sioux Leroy Mass, Thomas Yarlott, Dino Wison, Quntion King Fisher, Daniel Big Man, Lawrence (Sioux Boy) Neiss; grandparents, Juan Castro, Effie (Paul) Beartrack, David Yarlott Sr.; special grandma, Bertha Big Back; rose Backer, Bertha Other Bull, Maggie Rising Sun, Dorothy Jackman, Nancy and Perry Fighting Bear, Martha Larance; cousins/bros: Anthony Castro, Isaiah Stotler, James Old Bear, Rusty Castro, Bryan Antelope, KyJuan Castro, Charles Parker, Vincent Parker, Jr.; Cousin/sister: Alison Black, Amber Beach, Davida Old Bear, Andreen Parker, Monica Chiefatnight,Ivoree Russell, Angel Russel, Ashley Antelope, Ancenia Morrison Teela Atwood and many friends.
Luey is reunited with daughter, brother, Leighton Old Bear; cousin, Kelsey Birdinground; niece, Antamaya Castro; aunties, Elretta Parker, Cecelia “Cookie” Lincoln, Cindy Lincoln; uncles, Edward, Bert, Stephen, Fredlyn Old Bear; grandparents: Rosemary Castro, Mary Atwood, Gladys Oldmouse, Herbert “Waldo” Atwood, David Atwood, Gus and Annie (Long Sioux) Old Bear, Sr., Louise, Jessie, Agnes Oldbear; families: Yellowfox, Big Back, Bighead, Whitewolf, Harris, Fightingbear, Yarlott, Wilson, Old Coyote, Bighair, and Smart Enemy.