ROCKY BOY “Joe” Whitehorse Sr., 66, a retired transportation supervisor for Rocky Boy School District died at Northern Montana Hospital on Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, of cancer.
A wake service will be today at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy. A traditional funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday with burial following in the Rocky Boy Cemetery. Joe was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Rocky Boy to John P. and Julia (Roasting Stick) Whitehorse. He attended schools in Rocky Boy. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Joe worked as a police officer for the Rocky Boy Police Department for a number of years and worked for the Box Elder Schools transportation for a number of years. Up until his retirement in June of 2006, Joe served as transportation supervisor for Rocky Boy Schools. Joe enjoyed traveling to visit his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed hand games, powwows and cultural ceremonies. Joe played catcher for one of the first successful Rocky Boy softball teams in the early 1970s. He took first place in the Bus Rodeo in Lewistown, an annual summer statewide competition of bus drivers. Joe married Janice Belgarde. The couple later divorced. He later married Rhoda Couture at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Emma Lou Rock and Viola Running Fisher. Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Rhoda Whitehorse of Rocky Boy; sons Joe (Sandy) Whitehorse Jr. Of Browning, Leonard “Oscar” (Cary) Whitehorse of Great Falls, Donald “Ducky” (Susan) Whitehorse of Rocky Boy, Matthew (Joyce) Denny of Rocky Boy, Orton (Juanita) Rock of Rocky Boy; daughters, Carla (Dwayne) Many Hides of Browning, Valerie “Buggy” (Inar) Two Teeth of Helena and Julia Whitehorse of Wolf Point; brothers, Robert and Rusty Gopher of Rocky Boy; sisters, Ruby (Charles) Gopher, Kathleen and Linda Gopher of Rocky Boy; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.