Shane Joseph Kovash
Shane Joseph Kovash, Red Horse (Se Tamnise Ageshka), 52, of Tucson, Ariz., entered the world of the Great Spirit on March 4, 2014, at Amarillo, Tex. where he was working as Project Supervisor. Shane was born on May 9, 1961, to Ray and Joanne (Burr) Kovash in Baker, and his childhood and high school years were spent in Deer Lodge.
Shane was active in football, golf and wrestling and won many honors. He loved music and played many instruments; most recently, the harmonica. He was gifted with a “fun spirit” and will be always remembered for his mischievous laugh and larger-than-life smile. He was always quick to help the less fortunate and professed the “Indian-way” – giving the shirt off his back or a favorite blanket.
Shane was an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and a child of the Knife Clan of the North Dakota Fort Berthold Reservation. He was a direct descendent of Chief Four Bears of the Mandan Tribe. He was educated at the University of Montana, Bozeman, in architecture and engineering. He received a Construction Management Degree from Eastern Arizona College, Safford. Shane owned “Big Sky Builders” in Fountain Hills, Ariz., with lifelong friend, Dean Lowery. Chasing his entrepreneurial spirit, Shane started “American Mandan Construction, Inc.” in 2010. He most recently worked on federal government contracts nationwide while employed as Project Manager, Quality Control and Safety Officer for De Los Santos Construction.
Shane married high school sweetheart, Gina Patton, and they had three daughters. They lived in Fountain Hills, Ariz. and Cape Coral, Fla. He later married long-time friend and confidant Susan Horsfall and resided with her in Tucson.
Shane is survived by daughters: Kristen (Kevin) Houskeeper, Shaena (Matt) Mack, Brianna Kovash; grandchildren: Gianni Mack and Antaeus Houskeeper; parents: Ray and Joanne Kovash; sister: Denise (Jim) Hawes; and, brother: Robin Kovash.
Preceding him in death were wife, Susan Horsfall; daughter, Alyssa Kovash; and, brother, Jonathon Kovash.
In lieu of a funeral, an Indian farewell was offered by cousin, Larry Burr, on March 8, 2014. Shane’s ashes will be spread at his favorite stomping grounds in Ovando. Please join us in wishing him a content journey in the Happy Hunting Grounds. Thank you all for your cards, masses and prayers. The photos and memories posted on Shane’s Facebook page shows you shared our love for him.
Ada B. Singleton
Ada B. Singleton was a longtime valley resident and daughter of Joseph and Gablehi who were well known in this part of Montana. She passed away in her sleep after three months of ill health at the Deer Lodge nursing home.
She is survived by her son, Rocky and daughter, Bonnie as well as a number of grandchildren.
Ada was born in Deer Lodge and lived her whole life in the area. She got married to Gaile Singleton (died 2012) in 1946 and ranched on the Eastside Road since 1952.
The family would like to extend their special thanks to the staff of the Deer Lodge nursing home for their care and understanding.
Per Ada’s request no services were held. Cremation has already taken place.