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Red Crow, Keith

March 21, 2024

Date of Service: April 3, 2024

It is with great sadness we the family announce the sudden passing of our dad, KEITH “SONNY” JOSEPH RED CROW - Aapaikimmaan (White Weasel Trapper) in Calgary, AB, on March 21, 2024.

Keith was born on April 10th, 1941, in Cardston, AB to the late Sam Red Crow and Emma Calling Last. Keith is survived by his loving wife Rita, of 62 wonderful years. His Children: Keith Jr. (Deceased) Wilbert ’Hobo’ (Deceased) Charlene, Tracy girl (Geoff), Renita, Charles, Pam, Leah and daughter Stephanie, son’s Tracy (Beth) and Kelly (Deanna) Day Chief and their children. 

Dad was supportive, kind, caring and compassionate to his wife, children and his pride and joy his grandchildren, Shawna (Taran and twins Chaselyn and Cashlyn), Lesley (Jordan, Jaya, Jaiden and Jett) Stary (Noella, Ka’ksimo, and Se’uliq) Letisha (Lendrix), J-Man (Nevaeh, Rita and Jayce), Sandra (Rylan, Nyashia) Cara (Philip, Akaisha and Axl) Shawn (Rosie, Poppy, Greyson, Camry) Kennedy (Roan, Hendrix, and Blessed) Colemin, Tanya (Pacen, Lexi, Allie and Kylo) Jim (Dashy and Pearl) Zacky and dad’s baby girl Joely, Lara ( Justin and J.J.) Kirstin (Zack, Lawson, twins Layton and Hudson, Rowdy (kaislyn) Braden (Paige, Aubree) Sonny, Cooper, Deekon and Torin.

Dad’s love for mom is beyond words can describe, she was his everything. Dad made sure mom was happy and safe, even when he was in trouble dad made mom smile. Dad and mom became the best grandparents, both were so happy, spoiling Shawna and Sandra when they came into this world as the first two grandchildren to the latest great grandson J.J.

Dad provided for his family working as a tradesman from Kainai Industries, Hyco, BTAP to ranching and farming and his love of being a mechanic. Dad prevailed hardship and never gave up. Always willing to help others, he did it out of kindness. Because of his kindness he built friendships with many people. He was a private person, never wanting attention brought to him and never expected anything back.

Dad was one of a kind as a brother and uncle, his sisters loved him. Bernice (late Alex) Hunt and their children, Andrew, Ada, Annabelle (Tom) Clarence, Ida (Deceased), Edward, Arlene and Sandra (Stoney). Dad’s younger sister Phyllis (Fred) Bull Calf and their children, Alvin (Deceased) Nory and Ann and dad’s youngest sister Claudia (Deceased) and her son Shawn Shade. Dad enjoyed the church services when grandma Emma was still with us, He loved and respected the faith in the Full Gospel community. Aunt Phyllis and dad would have their own service over the phone and dad would go into Browning to see aunt Phyllis and uncle Fred as often as he could. Dad was so proud of his niece Cassadra’s singing voice; he loved the songs. Dad had many memories of his time with Bernice and Alex, being at grandma Emma’s camp meetings and their home stead. The visits and stories they shared were something dad cherished.

The love of family was important to dad he kept in touch with his brother Clarence Red Crow, talking with him on the phone and going up to visit when Clarence was not feeling well, their relationship had a special bond. Dad and Wilton called each other every morning, and evening, probably sharing about their aches and pains of old age in their daily lives. Dad was supportive in the ceremonies that the family had at Wilton and Chester’s home, the songs and laughter they shared were what dad loved. We cannot forget his best friend Clifford (Catherine) Sweet Grass, the loss of his friend was heartbreaking to dad, now they are together probably teasing grandpa Sam again. Dad became a father figure to his girls; Stacey, Tracey, Carmen Charlotte, Corrine and Brenda. Dad also had a special relationship with his son-in-law Geoff, always worried about him, dad took him as his own, just phoning to check on his well-being. Dad and mom never stopped loving Debbie Weasel Fat as their daughter, thank you for the respect you continue showing them. Dad loved you all.

Dad was always worried about family, when he found out Rodney was in the hospital, dad went to spend time with him, encouraging him to do his best to get better. Little did we know that dad was going to leave this world before him. Rodney too, has gone to the spirit world; we can just imagine the surprise on Rodney’s face when he saw dad beat him to the happy hunting grounds.

Dad was more than an in-law to the Day Chief family he was their brother. He is survived by Winston Sr. (Deceased) and Martha, Roseline (Deceased) Alfreda (Deceased) June (Deceased) Jarvis & Julianna (Deceased), Wilton (Trina), Harriet, Doris (Deceased) Laverne (Late Rodney), Chester, Bruce (Carla) Judy (Deceased) Perry, Patsy and Delia (John). The families of the late Dick and Annie Day Chief, the late Ronald and Jane Day Chief and the late Alex and Susie Hunt.

Family that welcomed dad home; his son’s Keith Jr. and Wilbert, granddaughters Hailey and Raegan, grandson J-man, his parents Sam Red Crow and Emma (George) First Rider. His Little brother Lloyd Chief Calf, sister Claudia Red Crow, nephew Alvin Bull Calf, niece Ida Hunt, aunts and uncles Frank and Kate Many Fingers, Leo and Irene McHugh, Jim and Rosie Red Crow, Albert and Winnie Panther Bone, his best friend Clifford Sweet Grass, In-laws Victor and Lucy Day Chief, Agnes and Alex Little Shields, Angela Singer, Rhonda Day Chief and his adopted daughter Frances Devine.

Thank you, dad, for everything you have done for us, the love you gave us, the lessons of life only a dad can give and mostly thank you for the memories we built as a family. Dad did many things in his life, but his focus was on family…. Don’t worry about mom, she will be taken care of just as well as you loved and cared for her.

The family of Keith apologizes if any names were missed

A Wake will be held at OLD AGENCY HALL, Blood Reserve, AB, on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.

In Keith’s honour, a Going Home Service will be held at OLD AGENCY HALL on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 12:00 Noon.

Following the Funeral Service, Keith will be laid to rest in One Spot Cemetery.