Alan Edward Birdsbill
April 13, 1963 – November 24, 2018
Alan Edward Birdsbill, age 55, carried the Indian name of “Good Young Man” or Waste’ Hokshina. He completed his journey in this life and made his way through the veil entering the spirit world November 24, 2018 in Fort Myers, Florida. He died of natural causes.
“Big Al” or “Bacon” as he was affectionately called by friends and family was also known simply as “Dad” and “Uncle” to those he loved most. Alan was born to Charles Michael and Loverty Clancy Birdsbill on 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 where he lived with the family of Dr. Monte and Eunice Merrill as a student of the L.D.S. Indian Placement Program. Alan left Wolf Point High School during his senior year and returned for his sixteenth year of high school fours year later, working hard to receive his high school diploma.
After graduating from high school, he went to work in the oil fields for a few years at an oil refinery in Bay Town, Texas.
After coming home, he married Danette Plouffe in Seattle, Washington and from this union, three children were born: Charlie Birdsbill (Andrew Snavely) of Mt. Vernon, Washington, Brittany Birdsbill of Grand Junction, Colorado and Christopher Birdsbill of Los Angeles, California. Alan and Danette later divorced.
In 2005, Alan met the love of his life, Christina Yeomans. They married in 2014 in a beachside ceremony on Kahana Bay in Oahu, Hawaii.
Alan worked in the Ballard area of Seattle, Washington as a marine diesel mechanic. He worked on large ships and private boats for twenty-seven years until his retirement in 2016. Alan was a hard worker and received the Employee of the Month award several times. He was an excellent provider for his beautiful family.
Alan was a loving and 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 stage of 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 Corps, as they walked 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.
Alan always had a big smile that could be either happiness to see you or him secretly hiding a joke that would have you laughing until you cried. Alan loved to laugh and joke and 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 but his words carried a lot of wisdom, encouragement and advice.
Alan was preceded in death by his twin sister, Helen Marie, sister Bernadette Vanchon Birdsbill, brothers Verdell Birdsbill, Bobby Birdsbill, Anthony Birdsbill and nephew Brad White Eagle. His mother, Loverty Clancy Birdsbill, and his father, Charles Michael Birdsbill.
He is survived by his wife, Christi Birdsbill, of Lynnwood, Washington, his children, Charlie, Brittany and Christopher, his sisters Gloria Birdsbill of Detroit, Michigan, Shirley of Soldo Palm Bay, Florida, Patricia Birdsbill of Billings, Montana, Kathy Birdsbill, Vanchon Birdsbill and Osta Birdsbill of Wolf Point, Montana, Jessica White Eagle of Seattle, Washington, brothers Vernon Birdsbill, Michael Birdsbill and Royce Birdsbill of Wolf Point, Montana and Darrell Birdsbill of Blackfoot, Idaho.
A wake will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills in Lynnwood, WA. A funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with services concluding with Alan's graveside interment at 2:00pm. Please visit www.floralhillslynnwood.com to leave your condolences on Alan's online guestbook.
- Wake Friday, December 7, 2018
- Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2018
- Graveside Interment Friday, December 7, 2018