By HDN Staff
HAYS Michael Vernon Main, 25, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000 of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle head-on collision approximately 28 miles south of Fort Belknap.
Rosary vigil and wake will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Mission Recreation Center. Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday with burial in the Main Family Cemetery at Big Warm.
Main was born Feb. 23, 1975 in Helena to Rose Marie "Sugie" Main. He spent most of his time with his grandparents, James Sr. and Vernie "Brisbo" Main on the family place at Big Warm.
He attended elementary school in Lodgepole, junior high in Hays and graduated from Harlem High School in 1994.
In June 1997, he married Melynda Werk. He worked as a construction worker in carpentry. He also enjoyed ranch work, especially working with cattle and horses at Big Warm.
Main hunted the traditional way and loved to swim in Big Warm Creek, especially after sweats. He also enjoyed wood cutting and working on cars.
He enjoyed playing basketball and was on the Harlem Wildcats team that won many titles in the early 1990s.
In 1993, he was named as a member of the Class B All-Conference Teams and the All-State Team. He was a member of the championship team in the All-West Native American Classic Basketball Tournament held in Denver, Colo. He was selected for the Olympic trials in team handball but declined.
Main was preceded in death by two uncles.
Survivors include his wife, Melynda; daughter, KeLyssa; son, David; mother, Rose; grandparents, James and Vernie Main, all of Big Warm; sisters, Clarissa Bishop, Alissa and Clintanna Bell, all of Fort Belknap; brother, Tanner Bell of Colstrip; uncles, Harold "Jiggs" and William "Snuffy" Main of Fort Belknap, Douglas "Tiny Main of Malta and James Main, Jr. of Alpine, Calif.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and, in the Indian way, grandmothers and grandfathers.