Gerald "Kody" YellowOwl Jr. (1977 - 2014)

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Gerald "Kody" YellowOwl, Jr.
Gerald Wayne "Kody" YellowOwl, Jr., 36, was born Sept. 21, 1977, and went on to be with his ancestors Feb. 12, 2014. Gerald was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and descendant of the Klamath and Pit River people. He was born in Salem, Ore., to the late Gerald YellowOwl, Sr. and Leta Unive. In his early years, he built fond memories alongside his closest cousins, Elvin, Seacat, Lil Lou and Rayson. He was a proud big brother who always looked out for his siblings. From childhood on, Kody had a way of building friendships easily and making everyone around him crack up. In his young adult life, he endured many hardships and challenges, and in the toughest times managed to land on his feet. He graduated from Treasure Valley Community College GED program in 2012 with honors and went on to attend Klamath Community College in 2013.
He married his longtime friend, Monica Wilson, in 2006, and they made their home in Klamath Falls and Chiloquin. Their love transcended far beyond unconditional and won over every test of time. They built countless memories with one another over their 24 years of connection.
It seems as though everyone knew Kody, and he somehow managed to weave his way into the hearts of almost everyone who came to know him. He fought a great and honorable battle against alcohol and drugs and countless times found the courage to stand up, dust himself off, and try again. He valued every day of sobriety and talked endlessly about his visions, hopes and dreams to help create change among his people. He had a special recovery bond with his bro, Arwin, "We have big plans," he would always say. He had a great love for his culture and his people.
He leaves behind his wife, Monica YellowOwl; sons, Curtis Mitchell and Koda Nelson; brothers, Mark Cruz, Cougar Cruz, Victor Cruz and Newmie Wilson; sisters, Shawnee Cruz, Angie Wilson, Annie Wilson, and Morning Joy Martinez; niece and nephews, Gabby Wilson and Marlon Jimenez, and Jayden Martinez; beloved mother, Leta Unive; mother-in-law, Deanna Wilson; aunties and uncles, Shelly Summers and Arlen Kentta, Sr., Brenda and Sonny CrazyBull, Memory YellowOwl, Roberta Kipp and Lawrence Werk and Reed Lehr; grandmother, Delores Kipp; grandfather, Donald YellowOwl, Sr.; great uncle and aunt, D.B. and Betty Barkley. He would never want us to forget his special little dog, Norris. He had many cousins, brothers and sisters in the Indian way and countless friends from every walk of life.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Gerald YellowOwl, Sr.; uncle, Donald Lee YellowOwl; aunt, Marilyn YellowOwl; grandmother, Barbara "Bunny" Unive; father in-law, Glen Wilson; and his special lil pups, Chewy and Mogie. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Chiloquin Christian Center, with a meal to follow. He will make his final Journey to be laid to rest at Little Flower Cemetery in Browning, Montana. Funeral arrangements are handled by Davenports. Meal will be hosted by Christy Riddle and WeDawna Kentta.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 16, 2014