John Stump Jr ., 81, of Rocky Boy, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at a residence of natural causes.
Wake services will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at 135 Haystack Drive in Rocky Boy, and will continue until his traditional funeral services, which will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, also at 135 Haystack Drive. Burial will follow in Rocky Boy Cemetery with military honors. Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with services and arrangements, and you can leave your memories and/or condolences at http://www.hollandbonine.com.
John was born Nov. 2, 1931, in Rocky Boy, to John and Blanket (Mighty Voice) Stump Sr. He was raised in Rocky Boy, attending school there. John joined the Army in his early 20s, and upon his honorable discharge as a highly decorated soldier, he returned to Rocky Boy, making his home there. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs until his retirement. He met his lifetime companion, Donna M. Turner, and the couple remained together until her death. They were blessed with one daughter.
John loved riding, spending time with the horses and cattle, and pretty much any outdoor activity. He also loved powwow singing and dancing, and participated in all cultural activities at Rocky Boy.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Blanket Stump Sr .; his lifelong companion, Donna M. Turner; his brothers, Jim, Clifford, Rocky, Pat, Pete and Donald Stump; and his sister, Flora Big Knife.
He is survived by his daughter, Colette Stump of Rocky Boy; his adopted son, Merle Gray of Harlem; his granddaughter, Karley Russette of Rocky Boy; his brother, Fred Stump of Harlem; his sisters, Patsy (Kenneth) Gopher and Florence Sun Child, all of Rocky Boy; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other beloved relatives and friends.