ROCKY BOY - Donald William Meyers, 75, of Rocky Boy died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003, from injuries he sustained in a vehicle accident west of Havre.
A wake service began Wednesday at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church and continued through Thursday. Sunrise services were held at 6:30 a.m. at the Rocky Boy Catholic
Church and the funeral service was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Old Stone Child College Gym with the Rev. Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial with full military honors was to be held at the Meyers Family Cemetery in Rocky Boy at Duck Creek.
Donald was born on March 13, 1928, in Rocky Boy to Gilbert and Elizabeth (Wolf Walker) Meyers. He was raised and educated in Rocky Boy. Donald married Sophie Mitchell in 1946. The couple had 10 children. She died in 1977. Donald married Genieva Houle and she, too, preceded him in death.
Donald joined the U.S. Army in March of 1946 and was honorably discharged in February 1947.
Donald was employed in Havre for a number of years as a mechanic at Angstman Motors. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years serving as a police officer, councilman, tribal prosecutor and a judge. He retired in 1998.
Donald was an active Democrat and ran for the state Legislature in 1978. He was an active member of the Veterans Association of Rocky Boy and started up the organization again after many years of being without one. The group is now called the Warriors Society. Donald was an energetic man and came out of retirement in 2000 to work for the Rocky Boy Health Board. He drove patients to their doctor's appointments and dialysis appointments. At the time of his death, he was working as a senior citizens advocate for the Rocky Boy Health Board.
Donald enjoyed doing for others, encouraging people and making new friends. He traveled for the betterment of the Rocky Boy community. He knew such people as Mike Mansfield, President Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and several state governors.
He believed in the Indian cultures. He practiced and taught the Indian traditions to the younger generation especially, the sundance and sweat lodge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sophie Mitchell in 1977; second wife, Genieva Houle in 1996; and daughters, Diana and Patricia.
Survivors include his children, Donna (Butch) Chiefstick of Havre, Bruce (Vickie) Meyers of Tucson, Ariz., Judy (Mike) Badgley of Havre, David (Shirley) Meyers of Rocky Boy, Cynthia (Ron) Bigback of Busby, Don (Roberta) Meyers of Florence, Jewel (Myron) Oats of Fort Washakie, Wyo., and Henry (Roquel) Meyers of Lander, Wyo.; stepchildren, Judy Houle, Chance Houle, Rick Houle and Thane Houle, all of Rocky Boy; brother, John G. Meyers of Rocky Boy; sisters, Alice Russette, Bernice Russette and Linda Meyers, all of Rocky Boy; 37 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.