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David "Gary" Pitzer-Myers

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David 'Gary' Pitzer-Myers

David "Gary" Pitzer-Myers, 53, of Great Falls died of internal bleeding Tuesday, May 1.

Traditional Native American services will begin with a Wake 3 p.m. today at Heisey Youth Center. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Friday, also at the Heisey Youth Center, followed by burial in Highland Cemetery. Arrange-ments are being handled by Croxford Funeral Home.

Gary was born October 18, 1958, in Great Falls. Gary's Indian name, White Thunder, was a chosen name and blessed by George Red Thunder as an infant. He was an active and well-liked participant at the Heisey Youth Center.

Gary is survived by mother Aline Myers-Pitzer of Salt Lake City; daughter Helen Russette of Rocky Boy; sons Bing Ahenakew Jr., and Garrette and Travis Russette, all of Rocky Boy; sisters Beth Ann Pitzer of Great Falls and Maurissa Pitzer of Salt Lake City; brothers John Pitzer of Great Falls, William Pitzer Jr. of Ronan, Matthew and Mark Pitzer of Great Falls, Justin Pitzer of Missoula and Nathanial Pitzer of Great Falls; aunt and uncle Janice and Lawrence Myers of Rocky Boy; aunts Darlene Ortiz of Placentia, Calif., Ruth Myers of San Antonio, Peggy Myers of Great Falls and Yvonne Myers of Fallon, Nev.; a special friend, Loretta Russette, of Rocky Boy; special cousins Lenore Myers, Jackie Myers-Houle of Rocky Boy and Mollie Ayala and Elaine Albert of Phoenix; and Rebecca Mae Burrows of Lead, S.D.; and numerous nieces, nephews, special friends and relatives.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, William Pitzer; grandparents John Edward Myers, Metis, mixed Chippewa and Molly (Gopher) Myers, full-blooded Chippewa; paternal grandparents Henry Myers, German and Mary (Deserly) Myers, Turtle Mountain, Metis, Chippewa French; maternal grandparents Jim "Loud Thunder" Gopher and Mary Chippewa Gopher, both full-blooded Chippewa. Grandma Mary was the paternal niece of Chief Rocky Boy, a Chippewa, founder and patriarch of the Rocky Boy Reservation. He was also preceded in death by aunts Wilma Myers-Stanley and Anna Marie Myers-Albert; nephew Ryle Myers; and brothers John Mullinex and Neal Anthony Albert.

Kenneth Gopher, Sun Dance leader, will officiate at the Native American service. A very special thank you to Heisey Youth Center for the use of their facility.

Condolences may be posted online at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 3, 2012
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