ROCKY BOY Allan O. Crain, 87, died of natural causes Nov. 23, at his home in Parker Canyon in Rocky Boy.
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Wake service begins 3 p.m. today and will continue until his funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy. Burial will be at Parker Canyon near his residence with Pastor Marvin Russette officiating.
Allan was born on March 29, 1925 to Alfred and Ina Crain in Nanty Glo, Pa. He was raised and education in Nanty Glo. He served in World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war he went to college at Cambridge, England. He then returned to the United States and finished his Bachelor's in English at the Miami University in Florida.
He received his Master's in Education from Kent State University in Ohio. He applied for a teaching position with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and was hired to teach school at Rocky Boy. While at Rocky Boy he met and married Anna Parker his wife of 58 years. He continued working as an educator at Rocky Boy where he fell in love with the people and the community. He ran several of the day schools in Haystack, Parker School and Sangrey School. During his employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, he served one year in Round Rock, Ariz., one year at Intermountain Boarding School in Brigham City, Utah, six years at Busby, where he was given his Indian name "Wolf Foot" by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and nine years in Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska as the superintendent of Mount Edgecumbe Boarding School. He retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in1975 and returned to Rocky Boy where he and his wife built their home. He began working for the State of Montana, taking a teaching position at Rocky Boy which he held until he retired in 1987.
He enjoyed singing and attending church at Our Savior's Lutheran. He was an avid bird watcher and gardener. He loved telling local history to his children and many grandchildren.
Allan is survived by his wife Anna Parker Crain of Rocky Boy; daughter Lisa (Mike Lame Bull) Crain of Rocky Boy; son Matt (Wendy) Crain of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Kim (Frank) Russette of Rocky Boy; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 25, 2012