By HDN Staff
ROCKY BOY Robert "Iron Bear" Houle, 64, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000 at a Big Sandy hospital of natural causes.
A wake service began Tuesday afternoon with a rosary last night. Funeral service was today at 10 a.m. at the Rocky Boy Catholic Church with Father Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial was to follow at the Rocky Boy Cemetery.
Houle was born Oct. 17, 1935 in Rocky Boy to Roy and Cecilia (Kennewash) Houle. He attended schools in Rocky Boy. He began at a young age to work on various ranches around the area. He held many positions with the Chippewa Cree Tribe, such as the Bird Farm, community garden, and later as a game warden for the Tribe.
Houle prided himself on teaching young adults about their Native American heritage and their customs. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, powwows, leather crafts, and both girls and boys high school basketball games.
Houle was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John and William Houle and Charles Bacon; and an adopted daughter, Darlene Windy Boy.
Survivors include a son, Buddy St. Germaine of Washington state; daughter, Miley Sunchild of Rocky; sister, Teresa Houle of Rocky Boy; 25 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.