John Big Knife

Sep 6, 2013 Staff

John Big Knife died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. He was 84 years old.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy, Mont. Interment will follow at Rocky Boy Veterans Cemetery with military graveside rites by the American Legion Post 67. A wake will be Saturday in Crowheart and Sunday at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy, Mont.

John Big Knife was born Nov. 17, 1928, in Butte, Mont., the son of Flora (Stump) and Big Knife.

He served in the Army during the Korean War from Jan. 12, 1951, to Oct. 29, 1953.

In the early 1960s, he moved to Wyoming, and on Dec. 23, 1964, he married Lou Ella Nipwater in Lander.

He worked at the Dubois Saw Mill, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a ditch rider, and for the Post and Pole as a laborer.

He was a member of the VFW Ramar Brown Post 10056 in Dubois.

His family said he enjoyed playing hand games, traveling to powwows with his wife and family, attending his grandchildren's many functions and participating in rodeos when he was younger.

He is survived by his son, Harley Big Knife; daughters Jodi Big Knife Jorgenson and Samantha Big Knife of Crowheart; brothers Joe (Roberta) Big Knife of Rocky Boy, Mont., Sky Child (Yvonne) Big Knife of Fort Washakie, and Charlie Big Knife of Canada; sisters Jean (Clement) Hobbs of Box Elder, Mont., Ruby Big Knife, Minnie Big Knife, Evelyn Big Knife, Mary (Joe) Merasty of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, and Alice Littlehead of Lamedear, Mont.; grandchildren Alfred Willow Jr., Wolfe Willow, Joseph S. Big Knife, Alicia F. Willow, Harmony Monroe, Josie Cantu, Miken Cantu, Wyatt Jo Anderson, Nyla Jo Red Willow, Alfred Red Willow III, Anthony Joseph Red Willow, Diamond Willow Roy and Patricia Taylor Roy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, granddaughter Jovan Willow and sister Dorothy Big Knife.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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