Obituary - Belden Frank Billy, "Chief"


Last updated 10/2/2023 at 11:32am

Belden Frank Billy

Belden Billy was born to Suzanne Billy on February 1st, 1980.  He had two Cree names, Cloud Thunderbird Boy and Whirling Wind.

Belden was born with muscular dystrophy but he never let that get the best of him, Chief lived a full life despite his physical limitations.  Some of his best  memories include traveling with the boys to basketball tournaments, being a manager for the Box Elder Bears Basketball teams, and watching his family members play ball. One memorable day was the class of 1998 Box Elder Senior skip day. Needless to say, Chief lived life to the fullest everyday.  He was thankful for the good times with his friends and family. 

Belden graduated from Box Elder High School in 1998. He went on to graduate from Stone Child College in 2000 with an associate degree in general business.

Chief loved to play cards and was employed as a marketing manager at the Northern Winz Casino for several years where they hosted Poker Tourneys and Poker nights. One year he even made his way to play in the World Series of Poker at the Rio in Las Vegas, NV.  He was also employed at Stone Child College for years.  Chief was a self motivated individual, he formed his own graphic design business named Belden Billy Technology. He worked on numerous designs and his work can be seen all over through rodeo posters and webpages.  During his final years  Chief was focused on learning his Cree language and culture.  He would attend online Cree classes and read about the language while at home.

Most recently, he was the designated babysitter for his nieces and nephews, he would watch scary movies with Kaylee and they would tease each other for hours.  He also enjoyed playing video games with Junebug (Jeff Jr.} and ensuring he had the latest technology for gaming. 

He is survived by his mother, Suzanne (Punky) Billy; his aunts Annie Morsette, Melody Henry, Thela Billy, Marilyn  (Clyde) Colliflower and his uncle Leonard Billy; brothers Jeff (Steph) Henry, Aaron (Misty) Henry, Mike Morsette, Clayton Morsette, and Austin Morsette; sisters Kaycee (Lane) Moran, Crystal Colliflower, Stacy (Jeb) Knox and Tessie LaMere; all of his nieces and nephews, Logan Knox, Clayton Morsette Jr., Skylah Morsette, Terrance Morsette, Jon Morsette, Kody Gust, Colt Gust, Julian Henry, Aarianna Henry, Blake Knox, Junior Henry, Kase Knox, Stephen Henry, Kaylee Dupree, Frankie Henry, Isabelle Four Colors, Harper Morsette and Ashton Morsette.

He is preceded in death by Grandmother Mary Billy and nephew Reece Morsette.

Belden was not ready to leave but his illness proved otherwise.  He was worried about his mother and the boys that he helped raise. Belden's work here on earth was done and he will join his Kookum who loved him so much.  We are sad but happy that he is no longer suffering.  We will miss you "big boi."

Wake services began Friday September 29th, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Box Elder. Funeral Services took place Saturday September 30th, 2023, at 10:30 a.m, also at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Box Elder.  Services were officiated by Father Peter Guthneck.  Burial followed at the Box Elder Cemetery.


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