Howard Peone was born December 4, 1949 in St. Ignatius, MT to Adeline "Bernice" Finley and Frances "Wally" Peone. He was the 2nd oldest to 13 brothers and sisters.
He enjoyed his times growing up going into the mountains with his family. He was very close to his 2 younger brothers, whom he helped raise because his mom was so busy with the rest of the babies. His mom was the light of his life. All of the family members enjoyed being outdoors, running long the creek and deep into the woods. Howard loved, competed and excelled in boxing and wrestling in school and on his free time.
Howard was drafted into the Army before he graduated from High School in Flandreau, SD. He fought in Vietnam serving in communications and artillery support. He spent numerous years in the mountains thinning tress and also worked construction in Valdez, AK. One time, he helped a coworker who was a dynamite specialist, that had some of his fingers taken off from this type of work. The following year, Howard moved back to Montana and was blessed with his beloved children, a daughter Dari Ann, and son Elias. He enjoyed spending time with all his family, particularly his grandchildren and great grandchildren. The he continued his work in the woods, logging. He spent the rest of his life in the mountains, working, camping, hunting, and fishing. He especially loved camping at Twin Lakes and Burnt Cabin was very special to him. He had a special repour with animals and at one time, had a chipmunk eating from his hand. Howard had many fur babies that he loved dearly, he was always taking and caring for them.
Howard filled the traditional role of a Father to his numerous nieces and nephews throughout his lifetime.
He was a well known artist and was commended by many for his various art pieces. When Howard was not with his family, animals, or in the woods he could be seen racing to the Casino to hit a jackpot.
Howard was united in marriage to Barbara McElderry on July 4, 2010 in St. Ignatius,. MT after being together for 14 years. They moved to their home in his beloved mountains, which he considered to be his "dream come true."
Howard was considered a kind, caring, and loving man by many and was never able to say "no."
Howard will be missed by many friends and family.
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