By HDN Staff
ROCKY BOY Theodore "Ted" LaMere, 78, a former Chippewa Cree Tribal chairman at Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, died Thursday, July 27, 2000 at a Havre hospital after a long illness.
Wake services were Friday and the funeral Mass was Saturday. Burial was at Rocky Boy Cemetery.
LaMere was born Nov. 13, 1921 to Gabe and Elizabeth (Saddler) LaMere in Shonkin. He attended schools in Rocky Boy and entered the U.S. Army June 12, 1942. He served in the 439th AAA Battalion and was honorably discharged in 1945. He returned to Montana and married Mary Jane St. Marks in March 1946.
LaMere worked for a number of years ranching in Fort Benton and building homes in Havre for a construction company. He worked the Bureau of Indian Affairs until his retirement. He also worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad in the maintenance department.
LaMere was a former member of the Chippewa Cree Tribal Business Committee (tribal council) and was a tribal chairman. He was a member of the Rocky Boy Catholic Church.
LaMere enjoyed handgame, which he played throughout the United States and Canada. He also enjoyed cards, Keno, dancing, attending basketball games and watching his grandchildren play. He participated in his U.S. Army Battalion reunion each year.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard LaMere in 1977; brothers, William, Victor and Joseph LaMere; sisters, Flora Oats, Mary Jane Padama, Josephine Koop and Katherine LaMere.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane LaMere of Rocky Boy; sons, Pete Thomas LaMere, Theodore LaMere Jr., Arthur Joseph LaMere, Chris LaMere, all of Rocky Boy, Gabriel M. LaMere of Seattle, Sigmund Sutherland of Albuquerque, N.M., Leonard Billy of Hays; daughters, Theda Morsette, Theodora "Susie" MacDonald, Winona LaMere Sunchild, Thela Billy, Theodora Ann Morsette, Suzanne Stump, Melody Henry, all of Rocky Boy, and Marilyn Colliflower of Washington.
Services and arrangements were under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.