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CUT BANK - Tal Hoyt Michael, 21, of Browning, a cowboy and a rancher, died Friday of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident west of Cut Bank.
A rosary is Tuesday at Glacier Homes Community Center in Browning. Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Little Flower Parish in Browning, with burial at the Michaels' ranch on the Two Medicine River. Hi-Line Funeral Home of Cut Bank is handling arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Rhonda and Vincent Michael; a brother, Beau Michael; a sister-in-law, Susie, and his nephew, Rhett; his grandparents, Bill and Lorraine Rumney; aunts Billie Brewster and Diddo Cut Finger; and an uncle, Dick Mountain Chief. Also included are Dutch, Ann, Jimi, and Megan Lunak; and, Scotty, Roxie, J.C., Chanel (Bird) Augare, and boys.
Tal, known as "Brother" by his friends and family, was born July 17, 1985, in Browning, to Vincent and Rhonda Hoyt Michael. He graduated from Browning High School in May 2004.
He attended University of Montana-Western in Dillon from 2004 to 2006, where he studied equine management and competed for the Dillon college rodeo team under Iola Else.
He was a member of United Indian Rodeo Association, Professional Cowboy's Rodeo Association, Northern Rodeo Association and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Tal was a true cowboy, who was ever-present to help neighbors brand, wean, ship, round up, cut studs, wean colts, and sort bucking horses. He was a local rodeo stock contractor and excelled as a rodeo pick-up man.
Tal worked with his parents on their family ranch and at the time of his death was working for his grandparents, Bill and Lorraine, on the Rumney Ranch. His dream was to become a rodeo stock contractor and cow buyer. Tal enjoyed golfing, team roping, and being with his many close friends and cousins, but mostly he loved to pick up bucking horses.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Ronald Hoyt and grandmother Florine Madplume. He will be greatly missed by his large "family" of rodeo and ranch people.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 30, 2006.
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November 7, 2006
Rhonda, Vincent, Beau, Lorraine, & Bill

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Courtney Small
November 6, 2006
To the Family & Friends Of Tal...
Our thoughts & our prayers are with you. God Bless .....
Packy & Robyn Walter
Packy Walter
November 5, 2006
I rode with Tal through out high school. He was a great pick up man, and will be sorly missed.
Shane Dean
November 4, 2006
Rhonda, Vincent & Family,

Our sympathy to you in the loss of your son. Tal was a good cowboy and I'm glad he called me his buddy.
Jimmie & Branden Cole
November 4, 2006
The Michaels Family:
The angels walk the floor of heaven tonight, their garments trailing splendor as they pass; A rapture tips the thin green leaves with light, and showers quivering gold upon the grass; the look of heaven is on the mountains, and something in this pale celestial light has loosed my yoke of weariness from me, and set my spirit winging, free and while, the old, old hurt my heart has borne so long grows faint and dim as some forgotten song. May Tal rest in peace.
Swede & Leta Cole
November 3, 2006
Vince,Rhonda,Beau and Family,

Our prayers are with you.

Yvette Vega and Hugh Houle
November 2, 2006
Rhonda,Vinny,Beau,Suzy and the rest of the fam.,
Tal has left a lasting impression on all those that had the pleasure of meeting him. Just try to keep in mind that we are all only apart for a short while in the eyes of our creator. The rodeo world is short a great cowboy, but heaven now has one of the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Brian and Sis Gilham-St.Ignatius MT
Brian and Sis Gilham
November 2, 2006
To the family and the many friends of Tal:

Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of one so beloved and special. May Heavenly Father comfort you at this difficult time and know that your son made a huge impact on people and especially rodeo families across this nation. Our youth look up to rodeo athletes and Tal was a true cowboy. May it be of some comfort to know that our sadness is felt all over this nation. Peace Be With You All Until You Meet Again...

The Sells, Lee and Anderson family of the Navajo Nation
Val Lee
November 2, 2006
Rhonda, Vincent & Family -

I am so sorry for the loss of Tal, and my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. If there is anything I can do to assist you at this time, please ask. I will pray for you. God Bless you at this time
Jerry Guenther
November 2, 2006
Dear Vincent and Rhonda, I just heard about your son. I am truly sorry about your lost. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless you and all your family. Ken "Huggy Bear" Hughes
ken hughes
November 2, 2006
Dear Michael's Family,

I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Tal. He was a wonderful kid. I hope that you can find peace as time goes on. Take care and God Bless.
Kim Reiman
November 2, 2006
Rhonda,Vince,Beau & Family
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to each of you. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Tal. May the Lord give you comfort and peace at this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Thedra Bird Rattler
November 2, 2006
To the Michael Family:
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Tal. Tal was a true cowboy, respectful and helpful. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
The rodeo world has a new angel watching over us!
~Kortney Eiker
Kortney Eiker
November 1, 2006
Dear Vincent, Rhonda, Beau Lorraine and Bill, All I can say is how sad I am with the loss of your son, brother and grandson. He was so loved by his family and friends. Maybe not now but someday you will find some peace in all the wonderful memories you shared. God Bless all of you for being such a wonderful family. Find strength in one another.

Tal will never be far from your hearts.

Love, Susan, Guy, Drew, Casey, Kelly
and the Hagerty Family
Susan Dockerill
November 1, 2006
Skinny and Vince
I'm so sorry,I don't know what to say but I love you guys and you will be in my heart and prayers.
Marynn & Allen Running Crane
November 1, 2006
Michael's Family:
May God help heal the wounds this has left your family and many others. Tal was definitely one in a million, and the true definition of a "Cowboy." He will truly be missed by all. God Bless your family at this time. - Jackie Bird
Jaclyn Bird
November 1, 2006
Dearest Vince & Rhonda & Family:
I'm so sorry for your loss you two raised your boys respectful and true cowboys. there are no words to tell you how sad I am for your family. May you all stick together through this tuff time in your life. When the sunshines again it will be your son watching over all of you.
God Bless, Mary Devereaus-Garrett
Mary garrett
November 1, 2006
Vince, Rhonda, Beau & Family
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you during this great loss of your son. He was an outstanding students and we will miss him greatly. When he attended Browning High, he rep. our school with such pride, his memory will live on in each one of us. may the creator bless you.
Donna Yellow Owl, Board of Trustees
Donna Yellow Owl
November 1, 2006
Vinny and Rhonda,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort and healing with all the wonderful memories Tal made in his life.
He was a nice young man who touched everyone young and old and his memory will be dear to all of us.
Blessings,
Lynnel "Bip" Bullshoe and son, Tristin
Lynnel Bullshoe
November 1, 2006
Vince, Rhonda, Beau & family, and the many friends that Tal had--Tal will truly be missed by all!! Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time & we're very sorry we can't be there for you...
Janel, Jodi, Jami & Brian & family
J Bird
November 1, 2006
Vincent, Skinny, Beau & family,
My deepest sympathy to each of you in the loss of Tal. May God send his angels to comfort you in your grief now and the days ahead. Brenda G. Bird
Brenda Bird
November 1, 2006
Skinny, Vince and Family
I am so sorry for your loss. My deapest sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family.
Geri Show-Fox
November 1, 2006
Vincent, Skinny, and Beu,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I remember Tal when he was with Roxie at BPS Admin, he would always sing "a tear in my beer" for our staff. We all received great joy from his presence. Your loss is great, may God be with you.
Peace,
Billie Jo, Jim, and Crissy Kipp
Billie Kipp
November 1, 2006
Vincent, Skinny, and Beu,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I rember Tal when he was with Roxie at BPS Admin, he would always sing "a tear in my beer" for our staff. We all received great joy from his presence. Your loss is great, may God be with you.
Peace,
Billie Jo, Jim, and Crissy Kipp
Billie Kipp
October 31, 2006
We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Tal will be greatly missed.
Cherie and Tiara Show
October 31, 2006
My heart, thoughts, prayers, and love go out to you!!!
Kari and Colton Zubach
October 31, 2006
Vincent, Skinny, Beau and Family,
We send our deepest sympathy. Your loss is felt by many. May God bless you and your family and his many friends. GOD BLESS YOU>
H.C. & Phyllis Gilham
October 31, 2006
To The Michael Family - I've had the pleasure of knowing your son through the Intercollegiate rodeo circuit and Indian rodeos. He was a good team roper and excelled as a pick-up man but a true Cowboy at heart. My condolences to your family.
Jordan whiteman
October 31, 2006
To the Michael Family,
My deepest sympathy and regards. I really liked Tal. He wes a fine polite, young man that anyone would have been honored to know. His talents in the rodeo arena and his independence will be missed by all. My deepest sympathy.
Myrt Woosley
October 31, 2006
Mistee Doore
October 31, 2006
Our Condolences go out to the family of Tal Michael at this sad time. We had the opportunity to work with Tal at several Indian rodeos during the past few years. He was a very talented young man and pickup man. His passing is a great loss to the sport of rodeo.

Mike Not Afraid and Family
October 31, 2006
DEAREST BEAU,SUZY,RHETT AND MICHAELS FAMILY,
SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF TAL. JUST RECENTLY MEETING TAL AT THE WEDDING I CAN'T HELP BUT REMEMBER HIM TWIRLING HIS NEW SISTER IN LAW AROUND ON THE DANCE FLOOR AND BEING SO FULL OF LIFE. WE ARE ALL HEARTBROKEN AND WISH WE COULD BE CLOSER IN YOUR TIME OF NEED. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU, WE CONSIDER OURSELVES BLESSED TO HAVE MET TAL, A TRUE COWBOY AND GENTLEMAN. MUCH LOVE FROM YOUR NEW YORK FAMILY, JULES AND OLIVIA
JULIE BEILEIN
October 30, 2006
Rhonda, Vincent, Beau, Suzie, and the rest of the Gang -- I am so very sorry to have heard about Tal. I know that this is an extremely difficult time for you and, while I can't make it up there, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Morse
October 30, 2006
Rhonda and Vincent
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Tal was a wonderful person, let it be said that the great sport of rodeo will miss him.
John and Danna Harrison
John and Danna Harrison
October 30, 2006
Vince,Skinny,Beau and family.
My prayers are with you. Tal was one of the best cowboys I ever met. Cowboy up one last time!
Shay Tatsey
October 30, 2006
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Tal was a true cowboy also was always there to help and be there for all of his rodeo teammates. I will greatly miss him here at Western. I will think about you all!!
Chelsea Hyde
October 30, 2006
I was saddened to read today of Tal's death. He was a candid, honorable, and respectful young man whose passion for all things rodeo merely polished an already sterling character. I have never seen anyone sit a horse so naturally, and I must believe that where ever Tal is now, he is in the saddle; maybe he is riding herd over those of us who for the moment he left behind. My heartfelt condolences.
Jon Edwards
October 30, 2006
Vincent, Rhonda, Beau and Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your fond memories of Tal bring you comfort during this time of tremendous loss.
Pee Wee and Donald Magee
October 30, 2006
The staff at UM Western's TRIO Student Support Services Program send our deepest sympathies to your family. We enjoyed working with Tal when he was a student here.
TRIO Student Support Services
October 30, 2006
MISTY DAWN IRWIN BIRD
October 30, 2006
MISTY BIRD
October 30, 2006
Vincent, Rhonda, Beau and Family,
We send our deepest sympathies in the loss of Tal. He was an awesome pick-up man (keeping the cowboys safe) He will truely be missed by all who knew him. May God bless you and give you the strength to get through this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Winslow (Weazee) and Misty Hall
October 30, 2006
Rhonda, Vince, Beau, Susie & All-
I have been trying to call- the phone just rings as I am sure you are flooded by calls. Tal was a true cowboy - the stars shined in his eyes. As you know, he is in a better place and you know St Peter swung the gates wide open for Tal! We will all miss him so much - his smile brightened our world for knowing him. Our prayers are with all of you today, tomorrow and always. Love, Cindy, Jodi, Cole/Jeri & Carsyn
Cindy Coleman
October 30, 2006
i,m so sorry to your lose my prayers go to you and your family me and my family are here for you anytime we will miss tal very much god bless and may the creator watch over u guys
AnnaLee & Jay DustyBull
October 30, 2006
Vinnie, Skinny, Beau and Family,
We send our deepest sympathies in the loss of Tal. He was an awesome pick-up man, ensuring the safety of all cowboys. He will truely be missed. May God bless you and give you the strength to get through this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Winslow and Misty Hall
October 30, 2006
Family and Friends,

So sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in our prayers. We have many fond memories of Tal.

Our Deepest sympathy,

Chance and Cori Bernall
Chance Bernall
October 30, 2006
We send our deepest sympathies in the tragic loss of Tal. He was a good cowboy and will be missed.
Choteau Ranch Rodeo Crew
October 30, 2006
Vincent and Rhonda and family-

I was so heartbroken to hear of your loss....it just saddens me. My thoughts will be with you today, tomorrow, Wednesday and the weeks and months to come. We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and care deeply..........our sympathy goes out to all of you...

Love,
The Losing Family
Dave, Michelle, Cori and Chance
Michelle Losing
October 30, 2006
RHONDA, WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. BILL CALLED AND TOLD DARREL SATURDAY NIGHT. MAY THE LORD GIVE YOU THE STRENGHT YOU NEED TO GET YOU THROUGH THIS.OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU.
DARREL & CAROL ALM
October 30, 2006
Vincent,Rhonda,Beau
and family
My dearest friends, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son.
I'm sorry I am not able to be at your side during your time of loss,
and wished I were MY FRIENDS. There is no bond as great as that of a
parent and child. You are all in my prayers and thoughts.
Delila
Delila Kittson
October 30, 2006
The Michael Family,

I had the pleasure of picking up bucking horses with Tal. He was a cowboy for sure and loved the sport of rodeo. Always ready to help out where ever needed. I really enjoyed working with him.
Time is the only thing that will heal your pain. Hang in there and know he is in a better place. Our whole family will have you all in our prayers.
Dick, Terri,Lacy,Fanci,Tifany, and Britney Lyman
October 30, 2006
Vincent, Rhonda, Beau, Lorraine & Bill - I so sorry to hear of Tal's unfortunate accident. I know he will be missed by so many. I will say prayers for you to help you through this hard time. I love you all Fay
Fay Dear
October 30, 2006
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
roger weist
October 30, 2006
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Ron & Jacy Gilham
October 30, 2006
Vincent,Rhonda,Beau and family
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Anna and I are scheduled to do training on the east coast this week and we will not be able to be at your side during this unfortunate event. We will say a prayer for all of you and hope that you understand our not being availble to give you support. Some of my best memories were spending time with grandpa Gordon and Bill Hall in the Badger Four Horn area. Tal is now with the old cowboys and I am sure they are proud of his time spent on earth. Dan
Dan & Anna & boys McFadyean
October 30, 2006
dougie fresh fitzgerald
October 30, 2006
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief. Tal was an awesome cowboy,horseman,pickup man and friend of our little brother. He will be greatly missed by all.

~John, John Jr., Lyman, Wade, Jesse Colliflower & Family~
Colliflower
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