Eugene Charles "Buzzy" "Spangg" HeavyRunner Jr.

Born: Mon., Jun. 20, 1949
Died: Fri., Oct. 2, 2015


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Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner Jr. passed away from a car related accident on Friday Oct. 2, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Montana. He was 66 years old.
  
Eugene “Buzzy” “Spang” Charles HeavyRunner Jr. was born to Eugene HeavyRunner Sr. and Gertrude Ground HeavyRunner on June 20, 1949 in Browning. He was a member of the Blackfeet Nation and his Indian name was “Issoko Maakaan” (HeavyRunner) which was the name of his great paternal grandfather.

He attended and graduated high school Browning. During this time he extended his education at the University of Montana and the Ecumenical Institute in Chicago, Ill., where he spent time with social justice groups. This is where his activism roots began to grow. He was a firm believer in the Blackfeet and traditional way of life and honored the Blacktail Bundle. He spent many years of his life with the American Indian Movement to address tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, spiritual and tribal leadership. He was very proud of his involvement at Wounded Knee, the historic D.C. Occupation and his contribution with The Longest Walk. He was versed in treaties and tribal histories, a musician, loved to cook and spent many years as a cook at Glacier National Park and Two Eagle River School in Pablo.

Survivors include his mother Gertrude HeavyRunner; sisters Linda Warden, Dr. Iris PrettyPaint and GayAnn Spotted Bear; and brothers George, Lyle and Keith HeavyRunner; companion Karen Coffee and family; sons, Jason HeavyRunner, Casey HeavyRunner, Sundance HeavyRunner, Dayna Bullshields-Pepion (Melinda Bullshields) and Eugene Henry HeavyRunner III; his grandchildren Maria, Soul, Kesley, Autum, Liyah, Aiyanna, Nizhoni, Issac and Nidua. He a hand in guiding his granddaughter Maria; and is also survived by nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts and many cousins from his very large family.

He was preceded in death by his father Eugene HeavyRunner Sr.; brothers Carl, Duane, Glenn, David, Ike and Kermit; and his sister Bonnie HeavyRunner; and the mothers of his children, Maria Beth Charlo and Barbara Bugbee.

Because Buzzy had travelled extensively throughout his life he had a very large and extended circle of relations, lifelong friends and relationships with the Blackfeet and Flathead Nations. The family recognizes you and thanks you all and apologizes for not being able to list everyone.

Rosary Services were held at the Stickgame Arbor in Browning Wednesday, Oct. 7. Funeral Services were held at the Little Flower Parish on Thursday Oct. 8. Eugene was laid to rest at the Ground Cemetery in Starr School.

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