Posted: February 28th, 2018


Naatoo’ waapoh’ kotok

(Holy Rock)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, nephew, and uncle, MICHAEL ‘MIKE’ CHRISTOPHER GROS VENTRE BOY, surrounded by family and friends at the Calgary Foothills hospital on Monday, February 19, 2018 at the age of 47.

Mike was born on May 16, 1970 in Cardston, Ab to his late parents, Molly Gros Ventre Boy and Meldon Striped Wolf. Forever to be remembered and cherished are siblings: Meldon (Chassity), Rufus (Pam), Wanda, Scotty G.V.B., Elaine (Troy), Vanessa (Denver) H.B., Tamara G.V.B., Cassidy Bad Arm, Dayzlan H.B.; adopted siblings: Shawna (Wildon), Hope (Virgil), Deanna (Micheal), Christine (Bobby); uncles: Jordan, Roland, Roland (Robbie), Robert, Oliver G.V.B., Charlie, Kenny Hind Bull, Andy, Kevin, Gabe Stump; aunts: Joyce (Ed), Joan (Arnold) G.V.B., Yvonne (Don) Bottle, Myra, Delia, Stump from Brocket.

Mike was raised on the Blood Reserve in the communities of Farm Headquarters’, Moses Lake, Lavern (Little Chicago area). In his early grade school years, he attended Cardston Elementary School. He went on to St. Mary’s while living in Farm Headquarters, with his mother and grandmother. It was while attending St. Mary’s he had the opportunity to travel to Anaheim, California, to Disneyland. He completed his Jr. High years in St. Mary’s, then moving onto Cardston High School where he graduated in 1989. It was here that he had the opportunity to travel to Europe where he was able to see many places in Rome, Italy, Paris-France, and London. Upon graduating he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho where he lived for a few years. He went on to graduate from the University of Lethbridge. Mike spent a number of years employed by Kainai Board of Education. Mike was an inspiration to many family members who looked up to him for advice. He enjoyed playing sports, as he played baseball with St. Mary’s Angels and volleyball in particular, which he, along with family and friends, formed the team ‘Peanuts’. He put his artistic abilities into the logo for his team ‘Peanuts’. He also travelled extensively throughout Canada, and the U.S.A. with his team. Mike also learned to play bass guitar by a close family friend, and travelled to many gospel fests throughout Canada and throughout the U.S.A. Mike was very artistic, and in his spare time he enjoyed drawing his family and created many art pieces for family members. He also took on the responsibility of family members after the passing of his mother. He also liked to hang out with his Aunts, as they were very adventurous, and he enjoyed their company. Mike was a very caring individual, very helpful and very protective of the family. He always made sure that everyone was okay and cared for, even if it meant a late-night drive. Mike was employed with KCSC at the time of his passing. Mike is a great loss to the family and the community of Kainai.

Mike was predeceased by his mother, Molly Gros Ventre Boy; father, Meldon Striped Wolf; sister, Mary-Jean Gros Ventre Boy; maternal grandparents, Tony Wolf Child, and Cecilia G.V.B.; Uncles, Bernard & Homer G.V.B., Norman C.R., Jason H.B., & Calvin H.B.; aunts, Ann & Martha G.V.B.; adopted sister Lenny H.B.; nephew Layton Twigg.

A Family Service will be help at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Wednesday, Feb. 28th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. followed by the Wake Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall, Blood Reserve from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. continuing at Jordan’s residence until the Funeral Service at the Senator Gladstone Hall on Friday, March 2nd at 12:00 Noon. Interment in the Pioneer Cemetery.

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