By HDN Staff
HAYS Gordon J. Lodge, 60, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at a Spokane, Wash., hospital due to a heart attack.
Wake services began today at 1 p.m. in Saint Paul's Recreation Center. Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today and funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the recreation center. Burial is to follow at Saint Paul's Mission Cemetery.
Gordon was born on Nov. 28, 1940, to Tommy Shortman and Lillian Lodge at Fort Belknap Agency. He was raised by his grandfather, Fred Lodge, who gave him the Indian name "Bird High."
Gordon worked as a ranch hand, carpenter, cook and school bus driver, but was most widely known as a talented Indian artist and craftsman. He was a well-known traditional Indian singer and culture teacher of the Gros Ventre Tribe.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Gerard of Spokane, sons, Ramon (Eldora) Larocque of Pierre, S.D., Vaughn (Toni) Lodge of Spokane, Glen (Polly) Green of Deer Lodge, Ryan (Janie) Lodge of East Glacier, Dory (Rene) Green of fort Washakie, Wyo., Gordon (Barbara) Lodge Jr. of Hays, Kevin Paddlety of Polson, Dion Lodge of Spokane; daughter, Venetia Lodge of Hays; stepdaughters, Jo Ann King and Nikki Everett, both of Spokane; sisters, Valmarie Carrywater of Hays, Delphine Cochran and Gloria Fox, both of Spokane, Leta Lodge of Missoula; brothers, Marvin Lodge, Douglas Cochran, Leon Lodge, all of Spokane, Percy Lodge of Arizona, Edgar Franklin of Medford, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; ex-wife, Edith Lodge of Hays; many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and many friends of the powwow trail.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.