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Obituary - Harris Gail Rock "Sitting Rock" (Iyaiyodanga)

 

March 11, 2019

Harris Rock

Harris Gail Rock "Sitting Rock" (Iyaiyodanga), 88, passed away on March 7, 2019 at Northern Montana Hospital.

Harris was born on July 23, 1930, to Gus (Above and Beyond) and Nina (Blue Hawk Women) Rock at the Fort Belknap Hospital in Harlem, MT. Harris graduated from Harlem High School in 1951, and then went on to serve our country by joining the U.S. Army during the Korean War. While in the army he was stationed in southeast Asia. He was honorably discharged on May 28th, 1953. Later, he attended Northern Montana College and graduated with a nursing degree in 1970. He then went back to Aaniiih Nakoda College to earn his Class 7 Certification for the Native language.

Harris worked for the Indian Health Service from 1954 to 1968 as the ambulance driver and then worked for UPS from 1974-1993. He then went into teaching the Assiniboine language at Aaniiih Nakoda College and Harlem High School. Every one of his students knew him as Grandpa Harris.

Harris was an international Champion Grass Dancer in the U.S. and Canada. He loved competing throughout his life. He also enjoyed collecting Avon, antiques, and sand depression glass.

Harris married Rosemary "Bunty" LaFromboise and had eight children, Susie, Gaile, Kellie, Leslie, Avis, Deanna, Roger, and Harris Keith. Bunty and Harris later divorced in 1973. Harris then married Luetta Van Holland on May 29th, 1976, and had two sons, Titus, and Neil E. Rock. He also has four adopted daughters Julia, Geraldine, Vikki and Vivian.

Harris is preceded in death by both of his parents, Gus and Nina, wives, Rosemary "Bunty" and Luetta, sister Ruth "Geeja" Long Knife, and son Titus

Harris is survived by his children Susie (Charlie) Hay, Gaile (Pete) Torres, Kellie Rock, Leslie Rock, Avis Rock, Deanna (Dail) Hardinger, Roger Rock, Harris Keith Rock, Julia (Edwin) Doney, Geraldine Rutherford, Vikki and Vivian Johnson, 23 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

 

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