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Obituary - Pernell Jay "Sonny Boy" Raining Bird, "Morning Crier"


November 10, 2017

Pernell Jay "Sonny Boy" Raining Bird, "Morning Crier"

Pernell Jay "Sonny Boy" Raining Bird, "Morning Crier," 41, passed away due to natural causes at Northern Montana Hospital Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017.

Wake services were held Wednesday, and funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, all at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Rocky Boy. Burial followed in the Rocky Boy Cemetery.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Sonny Boy's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at http://www.hollandbonine.com.

Sonny Boy was born Oct. 19, 1976, in Havre to Ivan and Patsy (Dog Sleep) Raining Bird. He was raised in Rocky Boy until he was 7, and then moved to a Havre Day Activity Center group home, where he remained until his death.

Sonny Boy was an independent man who enjoyed tossing a ball with his brother Josh, listening to Indian music, and visits with his family.

He was preceded in death by his father Ivan Raining Bird; his brother Charles "Simmer" Raining Bird; and his nephews Kyle Raining Bird and Christopher Tendore.

Sonny Boy is survived by his mother, Patsy Raining Bird of Rocky Boy; his brothers Ivan John (Donna) of Box Elder, Gerald "Jerry" of Portland, OR, Daniel (Wanda) of Fort Belknap, Greg of Rocky Boy, and Joshua (Melinda Cochran) and Steve Raining Bird, all of Havre; his sisters, Theta (Sidney Blunt) Raining Bird of Wolf Point, and Susan Raining Bird of Great Falls; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family and friends.


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