FORT BELKNAP - Marcus Joseph LongKnife, 41, died of natural causes at his residence in Havre on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005.
Marcus was born Dec. 18, 1964, to Beverly “Hills” LongKnife Gardipee and Bill Behan at Fort Belknap Agency. Marcus grew up in Hays and attended the Hays school. He also attended college in Fort Belknap and Missoula. He worked various jobs as a laborer, Montana firefighter and certified carpenter. He recently lived and worked in Havre doing odd jobs. Marcus joined the Army in 1982.
Marcus liked to fish and hunt. He was humorous and loved to laugh.
Marcus met Mayme Healy in 1986 and they were married in 1994. They had three daughters. Marcus and Mayme later separated. Marcus then stayed with his special companion, Sherry Stump, who preceded him in death.
Marcus was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roger LongKnife and Amy Blackbird Belgard; parents, Beverly “Hills” LongKnife Gardipee and Bill Behan; sister, Virginia; infant brother; and aunt, “Chena” LongKnife-Doney.
Survivors include his daughters, Cara, Katrina and Jennifer LongKnife, all of Fort Belknap; sons, Matthew Saddler of Havre and Charles Bird LongKnife of Billings; grandson, Javin Jarrel Saddler of Havre; brothers, Jay (Jackie) LongKnife of Missouri, Will James Gardipee of Fort Belknap, James William (Latana) Gardipee of Great Falls and Tom (Ella) Gardipee of Hays; sisters, Toni Rae Siemans of San Bernadino, Calif., Patty (Hugh) Getten of Fort Belknap and Amy Jo LongKnife of Winnamuca, Nev.; stepfather, James “Jimmy” Gardipee of Hays; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and grandchildren.