Helena —Just before sunrise Sunday June 1, 2014, at 4:45 am, Henry Anderson ended his journey and he was called back home to the Creator at the age of 84 with his wife and family by his side. Henry (Gapumiitow - meaning Good Driver) was born August 25, 1929, in a cabin near Malta, MT, to Frank and Mary (Buffalo Calf) Anderson. Henry was a very hard working and disciplined man and was proud that he had walked the two roads.
He had many friends, but his greatest joy was his family. He cherished all his children and their accomplishments. He enjoyed reading, watching T.V and catching up on current events every morning through the Great Falls Tribune.
He was traditional in his ways and was a cultural leader for his tribe. He was fluent in his Native language and taught language classes in Montana High Schools and urged everyone to learn their native tongue. He was instrumental in organizing the International Game Society of America and taught classes in making a playing Native American Traditional Games. In 2003, he was hired by the Department of Interior and he and Betsy traveled the route of the Lewis & Clark Trail. He was often called upon to speak and pray for those in their time of need and would do so in the language of the Cree. He served on the State Burial Committee, Circle of Indian Advisors and was previously Chairman of the Board at the Helena Indian Alliance. As a young man he served his country with the 82nd Airborne in the Korean War
and was proud to have served his country. He longed to see the Little Shell Tribe become federally recognized.
Henry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother George, his paternal grandfather and Grandmother Caleb and Flora Anderson who raised him, his first wife Nancy Rainingbird, father-in-law Art Rainingbird, his sons Duane Anderson, Blake Anderson, daughter Connie Flores, grandsons Andrew Anderson and Sonny Oats.
He is survived by his wife Betsy, his daughters Dena Anderson and Gloria(Adam) Ortiz from Los Angeles, CA and their families, his sons Reed (Eva) Anderson of St Ignatius, and Eddy (Karen) Oats of Helena, and their families, daughter-in-law Debbie Tailfeathers and grandson Matthew of Missoula, Son-in-law Richard Sangrey, Sisters Doreen Anderson, Bonnie Anderson, Wilma Jean Anderson, and his step-son Steve (Penny) Clark and family, All his family in Rocky Boy and Canada and many grandchildren, great grandchildren with whom he loved dearly. Also his dogs Sunni and Ellie
The family would like to thank Dr. Skillman, and all the Hospice staff for the wonderful care they provided to Henry.
A wake will be all day today, June 4, at Sheridan Hall, 501 Euclid Ave. A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Sheridan Hall. Burial will follow the Funeral at Resurrection Cemetery. A Reception will be held at Sheridan Hall following the burial. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com
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