Posted: May 13th, 2016

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of KAISLEY GUY GILBERT RUSSELL-MEDICINE CRANE – PIITA’SOHKOOMAPI (EAGLE BOY) on Friday, May 6, 2916. Proud parents are Fabian Medicine Crane and Theresa Russell. Loving siblings are Calem (Cheyene) Russell, Zane Grey Russell and Santana Rae Russell. He was recently gifted with a nephew/godson, Abel Prince, whom he loved dearly.

Maternal grandparents: Camille and Lucy Russell; paternal grandparents: Ike and Geraldine Eagle Speaker; uncle: Pablo (Susana) Russell, Cisco (Charlene) Russell, Lucius (Brenda); Aunts: Violet (Kelvin) Black Horse, Mary Jo Russell, Renta Russell, Annette (late Renny) Soup, Tanya (Curtis) Black Rabbit and his dearest friend and companion, Sammy (his Chihuahua) as well as numerous adopted uncles and aunts, who will miss him dearly.

Kaisley was known by numerous friends and people as a loving, generous, honest, knowledgeable, caring and kind hearted person. He was known for his humor and quick wit with his friends. Kaisley was a very intuitive individual, striving to research questions he had on topics he wanted to be better informed on. He was the kind of person who took the time to select the right clothing, video games, movies and music. He followed the ways of his grandparents, Camille and Lucy Russell, respecting the Blackfoot way of life, having a close relationship with the Creator and prayed every day.

Virtues of faith and hope enabled him to be the true warrior he was, who battled a very rare cancer for the eleven consecutive months. Upon returning home, he spent a lot of time with his family and friends taking every opportunity to show how thankful he was in overcoming his battle. Kaisley was determined to attend college this fall, as he wanted to take advantage of obtaining an education so he could help others.

Kaisley, being the ever loving and thoughtful son, requested his Gramma Gerri’s assistance to obtain a gift package for his mother which was to be presented on Mother’s Day. He chose the color of the gift right down to the gift bag and card.

Kaisley graduated high school on June 26, 2014. He worked in the summer of 2011 at the Kainai Continuing Care Centre. In the summer of 2012 he was with the Blood Tribe Youth Entrepreurship Program and ran a small business. In the summer of 2013, he worked under the BTEST High School Program.

He was pre-deceased by his grandfather, Gilbert Medicine Crane, uncles; Lindsay Medicine Crane, brother-in-law Renny Soup, cousin Cobin Young Pine; his maternal great grandparents, Paul and Annette Russell; Bill and Eve Heavy Runner; his maternal great grandparents, Reggie and Gladys Buckskin; Bob and Julia Medicine Crane. Also by several family members.

A Wake Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Friday May 13, 2016 from 7 – 11:00 pm. The Funeral Service will be held at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Saturday May 14, 2016 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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  1. Katie Harder says:

    He sounds like a truly wonderful young man. I rarely read the obituaries in the Herald, just glance at the photos, but something prompted me to read this one. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you lay this young man to rest. God bless you!

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