Keith Lyle Red Elk, age 67, passed away on August 29, 2020 in Billings, MT.
He was born in Geneva, New York at Sampson AFB. He was the son of Kenneth and Pat Red Elk. He graduated from Eastridge High School in Rochester, New York in 1971. After high school Keith joined the Army and was honorably discharged in 1977. He was a welder by trade. When he returned to the reservation in the early 2000’s he bought a home and made it his forever home. He taught welding to many young Native American men. This was made possible through a program provided by West Electronics a tribally owned company. Keith was very proud of his Native American culture and enjoyed traditional dancing. He was a well-known and respected individual. He will be remembered and missed by all the individuals he met while here in Poplar.
He is survived by his brother Keene (Melanie) Red Elk; his sister Kristen Red Elk; his daughters Mariah (Alonso) Mandujano (Red Elk) of Atlanta, GA and Violet Blue McBride of Homer, AK; he is also survived by his grandchildren from Mariah, Kamaria (10), Khloe (4), and Abram (7 mo); as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his dad Kenneth and mother Pat Red Elk and his sister Kari Red Elk.
A family service will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chelsea Church. Interment will follow at Chelsea Cemetery.