By HDN Staff
FORT BELKNAP Ernest "Ernie" Crantz, 63, whose Assiniboine name was Blue Beads, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000 along with his wife of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle head-on collision about 28 miles south of Fort Belknap.
Rosary wake and vigil services will be at his residence in Fort Belknap at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Plumage Family Cemetery with military honors.
Crantz was born Aug. 30, 1937 at Fort Belknap to Ernest and Felistis (Chopwood) Crantz, Sr. He attended schools in Lodgepole and Wolf Point.
He competed in rodeos and boxing until enlisting in the U.S. Army where he also boxed.
Crantz married Glorian Plumage on March 31, 1962 in Wolf Point.
He spent almost all of his life as a self-employed carpenter. He built the Sacred heart Church in Fort Belknap. He also engaged in ranching.
Crantz was an avid Harlem Wildcat fan. He enjoyed traveling every year with his wife to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. He also enjoyed his annual trip to Browning during the salmon run to catch them with his brother-in-law. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a boxing coach.
Crantz was an active member of the American Legion and a former post commander. He participated in honor guard ceremonies and was proud of his military service.
He is survived by his sons, Anthony Plumage, Frank Crantz, Rhett Crantz and Wes Cochran, all of Fort Belknap; grandson, Frank "FR," whom he and his wife raised; daughter, Patricia Messerly of Lodgepole; brother, Larry Crantz of Flandreau, S.D.; sisters, Minerva Allen of Lodgepole and Loretta Flores of Los Angeles; nine grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.