Alan Edward Birdsbill age 55 carried the Indian name of Good Young Man, Waste’ Hokshina, completed his journey in this life and made his way through the veil entering the spirit world November 24, 2018 in Fort Myers Florida of natural causes.
“Big Al” or “Bacon” as he was affectionately called by friends and family, was also know simply by dad and uncle by those he loved most. Alan was born to Charles Michael and Loverty Clancy Birdsbill April 13, 1963. He was a member of the Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
Alan attended grade school in Washington state he lived with the family of Dr. Monte Merrill as a student on the L.D.S. Indian Placement Program. Alan left his senior year at Wolf Point High School before returning for his 16th year of high school 4 years later working hard and receiving his high school diploma.
After graduating high school he went to work in the oil fields at an oil refinery in Bay Town Texas for a few years.
After coming home he married Danette Plouffe August 23, 1982 and moved to Seattle WA they divorced in 2004. From this union were born three children, Charley Birdsbill ( Andrew Snavely) of Mt. Vernon Washington, Brittney Birdsbill of Grand Junction Colorado and Christopher Birdsbill of Los Angeles California.
In 2005, Alan met the love of his life Christina Yeomans. They married in 2014 in a beach side ceremony on Kahana Bay in Oahu, Hawaii.
Alan worked in Ballard Washington as a marine diesel mechanic on large ships and private boats for 27 years until his retirement in 2016. Alan was a hard worker and excellent provider for his beautiful family.
Alan was a loving, kind hearted man whose greatest joy was being with his children. They were his world and he doted on them as much as a father possibly could. He loved to bring everyone up to date on their achievements and lives. As his daughter walked across the University of Missoula to receive her Bachelor’s degree, he stood up the proudest father in the room to yell “That’s my daughter!” He was blessed to see his oldest son Charlie marry the love of his life, every father’s dream. When Christopher graduated from the Marine Corp, walking side by side you couldn’t tell who walked taller Alan or Christopher. Alan’s chest definitely stuck out further, a father’s pride in his son the Marine.
He always had a big smile that could be either happiness to see you or secretly hiding a joke that would have you laughing until you cried. Alan loved to laugh and joke he had that wonderful Indian humor. The stories that could be told of his antics with his brother Jeff Harada and nephew Brad are legend.
Alan was soft spoken his words carried a lot of wisdom, encouragement and advice.
Alan was preceeded in death by his twin sister Helen Marie, sister Bernadette Vanchon Birdsbill, brothers Verdell, Bobby Birdsbill, Anthony Birdsbill and nephew Brad White Eagle. His mother Loverty Clancy Birdsbill and Father Charles Michael Birdsbill.
He is survived by his wife Christy Birdsbill of Lynnwood Washington, son Charley daughter Brittney and Christopher Birdsbill. Sisters Gloria Birdsbill Detroit MI, Shirly Soldo Palm Bay Fl., Patricia Birdsbill Billings Mt., Kathy Birdsbill , Vanchon Birdsbill , Osta Birdsbill, Wolf Point MT. Jessica White Eagle Seattle WA. Brothers Vernon Birdsbill, Michael Birdsbill, Royce Birdsbill, Wolf Point MT. Darrell Birdsbill Blackfoot ID.
A wake will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018 at the New Community Hall in Wolf Point. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2018 also at the New Community Hall. Following services, Alan will be sent to Washington for final disposition. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements and condolences can be left for the family by using the form below.