Wilbert Donnie Yellow Owl

Born: Wed., May 21, 1947
Died: Wed., Jun. 12, 2019


12:00 PM Sun., Jun. 16, 2019
Location: Old Eagle Shields

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Tue., Jun. 18, 2019
Location: Old Eagle Shields

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Wilbert Donald Yellow Owl Sr., age 72 years old, of the Blackfeet Nation, went to be with the Lord on June 12, 2019 at the Peace Hospice in Great Falls, MT.  He lived in Browning most of his life.

Donnie as he was affectionately known, was born May 21, 1947 in Anaconda to Dominic and Jenny Wells Yellow Owl. He grew up and received his education in Browning and enlisted in the military.  

Donnie married Charlene Barrios in 1966 and they later divorced.

He could accomplish anything he set his mind to.  Donnie was a gifted musician who skillfully played the guitar and enjoyed ministering throughout Indian country.  He loved Jesus Christ with all of his heart.

He was an outdoorsman, and loved all outdoor activities.  Donnie guided his sons Jeff, Little Donnie and Ben on numerous hunting, fishing, hiking, hunting and trapping excursions.  They loved these times with their Dad.  

He was a hard worker who provided for his family as an expert finish carpenter, a physically demanding but rewarding job that he loved. He always took time to visit with his customers to make sure they were pleased with the results.  

He married Sandra Still Smoking in 1991.  After 23 years together, his wife Sandra passed in 2014.

He will always be remembered as a fiercely independent, generous, strong and wise man who loved being lighthearted and at times comical. He taught his kids to work hard, persevere through the hard times, pray for and help others and find the good in every situation.

He leaves behind his sons: Jeff (Prudence) Yellow Owl and their children and grandchildren; Wilbert Jr. “Little Donnie” Yellow Owl and his daughters; and Benjamin Yellow Owl and his children;

his daughters Renee (Mike) Yellow Owl and their children and grandchildren; and Dawn (Joe) Yeager and their children and grandchild;
Sandra’s daughters that he loved as his own:  Sharon (Joe) Ross and children and Sherry (Bob) Wild Gun;

His sisters: Carmelita Cree Medicine, Melba Wells, Helen BanMeter, Penny Jackson Razo, Mayola Jackson, and Lorraine Stasso;

His brothers: Wallace Red Fox, Robert Yellow Owl, Alvin Yellow Owl, Gilbert Spotted Bear and James Red Fox.  

He also leaves numerous relatives, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

He joins his beloved wife Sandra, his grandson, his parents, and many other loved ones that passed on.

His children Dawn and Benjamin could not be here but they send their love and remembrances of their dad.  Their messages will be shared during the funeral.

The family sends a special thank you to those who visited Dad and encouraged him during the last few years.  

Our family is large, if we have missed acknowledging you, please accept our apologies in our time of grief.

Wake services will begin at 1:00pm Sunday June 16th at Old Eagle Shield. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:00pm at Old Eagle Shield. His son Jeff will officiate the service.  Dad will be laid to rest with military honors at the Willow Creek cemetery in Browning.

We love and miss you, Dad.

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