Gilbert Horn Sr.
1923 - 2016
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Gilbert Horn Sr.

Malta —Gilbert Horn Sr. "Returns With Prisoner Horse "Shunk Ta Oba Kni", 92, of Fort Belknap, MT passed away March 27, 2016 of natural causes, at the Northern Montana Care Center in Havre. Visitation is Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM. At Red Whipp. Funeral services are Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 Am also at Red Whipp recreation center. Gilbert was born May 12, 1923 to Melvina (Tall Youth) and Jesse Iron Horn, Sr., in Fort Belknap. He was adopted at birth by by his grandmother Nelly Standing Bear King in the traditional Assiniboine way as he was her first grandchild. His father Jesse passed away before he was born.

Gilbert was married to Elizabeth Bradley and they had one daughter, Myrna Spotted Bear. Gilbert later married Elizabeth Jackson, and from this marriage, they had 10 children.

Gilbert attended school in Dodson, MT until the 8th grade, where he was a dominant athlete.

Gilbert entered the Army in 1940 when he was only 17 years old, having to lie about his age so he could be enlisted to serve his country. He was a member of the 163rd Infantry Battalion with a large public farewell for the soldiers of Harlem, Chinook, Fort Belknap, Malta and Fort Peck. Gil served during World War II and was stationed in the jungles of Burma, Guadalcanal, the Philippines, New Guinea and the West Indies. The U.S. came up with the American Long Range Penetration Unit which included the Native American Code Talking strategy because they were losing significant WWII battles overseas and were hit hard in Pearl Harbor. Merrill's Marauders' was that unit, selected from the elite of the elite soldiers and Private Horn was among those ranks, bringing about a complete turnaround in WWII's battles resulting in a victory. He was later honorably discharged with a Purple Heart, the only medal he accepted upon the many that he was entitled to. The men of the Merrill's Marauders enjoyed the rare distinction of having each soldier in their unit to be awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in a combat zone and the distinguished unit citation (a presidential award).

Upon his return from the army, Horn immediately resumed his duties to his grandparents farm. Later, he had schooling in business management, psychology, and legal work. He served on the Assiniboine Treaty Committee from 1945-2013, where he helped oversee and manage the Assiniboine Tribe's funds in the amount of $1.9 million, and responsible for annual per capita payments.

He was also an elected Fort Belknap Community Council Chairperson for several terms and served on the Tribal Council as a council member for 19 years between the years of 1958-1991. He was a tribal judge for 8 years and wrote the first regulations for Fort Belknap's Tribal Juvenile Court. He was also on the Tribal Health Board resulting in a new clinic through his lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

In 2013, MSU-Northern honored him by giving him an honorary Doctorate Award, in Humanitarian Services, who was only the second to receive the award in 80 years. In May 2014 Gilbert was named chief of the Fort Belknap Assiniboine Tribe, the first chief in over 125 years. In recognition to his dedication of getting the Head Start Program initiated, they honored him by naming one of the Head Start Center buildings after him - "Shunk Ta Oba Kni" The Gilbert Horn Sr. Early Head Start Center.

Gilbert was a very loving person, generous person who was always cracking jokes. Even in his old age he was always teasing and making people laugh. He loved being surrounded by his kids and grandkids. He was a great man who lived a long and fulfilling life and will be missed dearly by many.

Gilbert is survived by his children, Willowa "Sis" Horn, Gilbert "Buddie" Horn, Jr. (Nedra), Donald "Duck" Horn (Fluff), Kermit Horn, Curtis Horn (Ramona), Walter Horn, (Lisa), Margaret Horn- Sampson (Dave), Charles Horn, John Bearcub (Ann), Wayne Herschel (Linda); Adopted children Stanley "P-Nut" Johnson (Joan) and Nick Hopkins, Sr. (Wendy), all of Fort Belknap; 37 Grandchildren, 71 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth Jackson Horn, parents, brothers Hamilton LongKnife, Jesse Horn Jr. and Percy Horn; numerous sisters; daughter Myrna Spotted Bear; Grandchildren Leah Horn, Liam Clark, Angel and Corma Clark, Zachary Horn and Michael Blackbird.

Funeral services were entrusted to Kirkwood Funeral Home of Malta.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 30, 2016.
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March 24, 2019
I never knew him but my father shared a fox hole with him in war, and they were great friends imagine a hillbilly directly from the hatfield decendants and a indian chief im sure they are together now my father talked out loud to him right before his death after gils passing june 2013 and yes these things i know to be true.god bless them both
sheryl presley
January 12, 2018
I believe we had the honor of meeting him at the STATE BASKETBALL GAMES in Billings. He had his ceremonial headdress on & his daughter expressed his "love" for the sports--that he never missed a game. She told of an instance in the HELP helicopter when he roused himself enough to ask "who won?"
I wish we'd had an opportunity to know him & learn from him. Even though this is nearly 2 years after his passing, he won't be forgotten & we're grateful for his brave service.
Linda Sommerville
May 23, 2016
Everyone loved Gilbert"s jokes which made persons laugh. You can remember his jokes when we are down and laugh. Also a great Prophet said He God, Jah is close to all those who are brokenhearted and he saves those who are crushed in spirit. May you find peace and laughter in your faith and as you think of his jokes. He made you laugh.
May 20, 2016
My condolences for the lost of your love one. May God comfort the family at this time.
May 15, 2016
My condolences for the lost of your love one. May God comfort the family at this time
May 13, 2016
You were the reason I joined Signal Corp
H Bryant Lanier Sr
May 11, 2016
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gilbert Horn. May you find peace and strength from his memories and from God.Psalm 91:2
May 9, 2016
To the family of gilbert horn sr, my father served with your father in ww2, my father said he saved many lives and was a great man, they were good friends.. bless you and your family . may peace be with you!
sheryl presley
May 6, 2016
My name is Garrett and I wanted to write you, the family of Mr. Horn.

Mr. Gilbert Horn is such a highly respected individual with a great and large family. I am sure that he was able to pass on much knowledge to his children and grandchildren. The Creator must have appreciated his wisdom. In fact, the Creator must continue to look forward to blessing him in the near future.

Please know that you are in our thoughts during this time.

Garrett W.
April 10, 2016
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
April 6, 2016
To the Family and Friends of Mr. Gilbert Horn Sr. My deepest condolences from a Blackfeet Tribal Member of the Blackfeet Nation of Browning, Montana. Chiefs and Warriors are forever. God bless you all.
Verena Rattler
April 5, 2016
Soar with Eagles, Soar with the suns rays, Soar with the elders from long ago days, Soar with nature, Soar with strength, Soar with love until your own meet you again.
Cynthia Powers
April 4, 2016
Although we didn't know you personelly ,, We known About the Code Talkers And We just wanted To Tjank You For Your Bravery And Your & For Your Service !!!! Your Willingness To Help Us Defeat our Enemies During W W 11... You Were A Great Man ,,And ,Chief !! You Brought So much Honor To Your Ancestors And Your Tribe!! ''. Our Deepest Respect And Our Deepest Condolences go out To Your Family And Tribe !!!!! R. I. P. Chief Gilbert Horn Sr. You Will Never Be Forgotten By Us
Kathleen Hagedon
April 3, 2016
Although. I did not know him. May you rest in peace. God bless your family. May he give comfort at this troubled time. Thank you for your service in keeping this country great. You are truley a great American indian and hero. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Scott Grady
April 2, 2016
Our nation is great because of Heroes such as Chief Gilbert Horn Sr.
Thank you Sir for All you gave.
Nancy Morand
March 30, 2016
Mr Horn was a true hero, one of our country's greatest generation. I only wish his contributions had been recognised much earlier. He deserves to be honored by a grateful nation. He did so much and continued to help make the lives of others better, putting service b efore self. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Joyce Hoyt
March 30, 2016
As young person I used to marvel with extreme respect and aw the names on the bronze-on-granite WWII memorial at the Fort Belknap Agency. They were and still are my first and foremost heroes. They were among those who truly saved the world from wicked people and their wicked fascist ideals. Now most have walked on marched on. Rest in Peace, old Soldier, the world is better because of you, Gilbert. I salute you.
Bernard Azure
March 30, 2016
My condolences to the family. May you have peace during this difficult time. Jeremiah 29:11.
March 30, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to this gentleman's family. I didn't know him, but it sounds like America lost one of its greats. Thank you Sir, for serving our country. I'm sure your stories were great as well as a great part of history. God bless.
M. S.
March 29, 2016
Many heartfelt prayers and blessings for you at the this time! Love and hugs, Alberta Whitebody and family
Alberta Whitebody
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