George Antoine Longie Sr. ‘Mato Inyanka’, July 15, 1946-March 28, 2019, 72, George passed on to the spirit world Friday, March 28 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
George Antoine Longie Sr. ‘Mato Inyanka’, July 15, 1946-March 28, 2019, 72, George passed on to the spirit world Friday, March 28 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. George was born on July 15, 1946, to William N. Longie and Jeanette Martha Hunt. George was an enrolled member of Spirit Lake Nation. George attended Elementary School at St Michaels Indian School and St. Joseph’s Indian School he also went to high school in Stephan, SD. George obtained his Associates of Arts Degree at Candeska Cikana Community College in 2008. George married his soulmate Jerolyn Conklin Longie on July 28, 1969, and they would’ve been married 50 years this July. George was employed with Four Winds as a bus driver and transportation director for Four Winds for 40+ years until the time of death. George in his early days enjoyed time with his wife. He liked bowling, hunting, rodeo’s (saddle bronc rider) and powwow’s (traditional dancer). He traveled many places in the US and Canada. He enjoyed watching high school basketball. Everywhere George went he put a smile on people’s faces by joking and making them laugh. He liked spending time with his grandchildren. George is survived by; his wife; his children, Delorine Smith, George Longie Jr, Jarrett Lee Longie, Larissa M. Longie, Ryan Hill, Jonathan Hill all of Fort Totten, ND, Nikki Massmann (Justin) of Osakis, MN, Jeanie Fournier of Minnwaukan, ND; and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; godson, Thomas Longie; goddaughter, Areonna GreyBear; adopted daughter, Angela Richotte; his siblings, Evangeline White, Fred Longie Sr., Bernice Juarez, Francis Liberty, M Yvonne Longie; adopted brother, Chuck Gutherie; godmother auntie, Maggie Moxness. George is preceded in death by: his parents, William and Jeanette; and brothers, Sammy Longie, Timmy Longie Sr, Willie Longie, Little Dave Longie and Ricky Longie; great-grandson, Adonnis Littlewind (Azure) George’s favorite story he told was of his rodeo days when he saddle bronc in the 70’s. George was at a rodeo with Pete Belgarde in Montana when Larry Mayhem, a Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Cowboy was in the shoot ahead of him and asked to use his rosin. He was proud of that. Jeri recalls enjoying quality alone time with her husband, George, while traveling together to places like Las Vegas and Washington DC she also recalls watching TV in the evenings together. George will be greatly missed he was a great man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and nephew. Pallbearers: Jarrett Longie, Marquel Longie, Chad Driver, Timmy Longie Jr, ‘AJ’ Yessilth, Anthony Rolland, Colton Littlewind, Dale Alberts. Honorary: Four Winds School District and Transportation Dept., Chuck Gutherie, Pete Belgarde Sr, Oliver Gourd, Tony and Alvina McDonald, Karla and Chad McLauglin, George’s siblings and their families, George’s In-Laws and their families, many rodeo and powwow friends.