By HDN Staff
HAYS Morris M. "Brickie" Brockie Sr., 76, (Gros Ventre name Do-nay Nee-i-da-nay "Captured Again") died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at his home in Hays of natural causes.
Wake and rosary were Thursday at St. Paul's Mission Recreation Center at Hays. Funeral Mass was this morning at St. Paul's Mission with
military honors and burial in the
St. Paul's Mission Cemetery.
Brockie was born Aug. 7, 1925, at the home place at Curley Head Canyon to Clarence and Mary (Fox) Brockie. He attended school at St. Paul's Mission.
Brockie was a World War II veteran. He served in the U.S. Army from Sept. 4, 1943 until Jan. 18, 1946, serving in the Philippine Islands with the 32nd Infantry Division. He received the Philippines Liberation Medal with two Bronze Stars and numerous other medals.
After his return from the Army, he was employed at the Miller Ranch and he was very proud to have worked for the ranch.
On Sept. 27, 1947, he married Joanne LaValley, they were married for 48 years at her death in 1996. He was employed by the BIA Roads Department from 1963 to 2000, as a surveyor and heavy equipment operator. He was a life-time member of the Gros Ventre Treaty Committee. In his high school years at St. Paul's Mission, Brockie was part of the basketball team that won the state championship. He ranched for 41 years, he enjoyed branding time with his family and friends. In his younger years, Brockie was a well-known saddle bronc rider and he loved to team rope with his boys and friends. Brockie enjoyed family gatherings, powwows, rodeos, basketball games, but his special interest was time spent with his wife, Joanne, and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne, parents, eight sisters and four brothers.
Survivors include daughters, Shannon Hanley and Mauna-Loa Brockie of Hays; sons, Mike Brockie, Donnie Brockie, Jim Brockie, John Brockie, Monte Brockie and Shane LaValley, all of Hays; daughter in-law Angie Main of Billings; brother Henry "Prince" Brockie of Hays; sisters Mary Hays of Frazer, Ann Helgeson of Peoples Creek and Rose Conner of Fort Belknap; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Adams Funeral Home of Malta is in charge of arrangements.