James "Jim" Melvin Fleury
Born: Jan 19, 1962
Died: May 05, 2015
James Melvin Fleury, Jr., Assiniboine name SHOOTER, 53, of a Fort Belknap, passed away at his home of natural causes Tuesday morning, May 5, 2015. Wake services will begin on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm at the St. Paul's Mission Recreation Center in Hays with Rosary being said at 6:00 pm. Funeral service will be held 11:00 am on Friday, May 8, 2015 at St. Paul's Mission. Burial, with military honors will be held following the funeral at Pony Hill Cemetery, Fort Belknap Agency. Arrangements have been made with Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.
James, better known as Jim, was born January 19, 1962 at the Fort Belknap Agency to James "Buddy" and Alice (King) Fleury. He was raised in Hays and attended schools in both Harlem and Hays. He entered the U.S. Army in 1982 and was medically discharged due to a hip injury.
Jim returned to the Fort Belknap area and took to ranching with his father and family. He often trailed cattle then. He later became active in sponsoring, playing and coaching athletic activities in the Hays area. His favorite activity was coaching both football and basketball with the Hays/Lodgepole Schools. His greatest accomplishment was coaching and winning the overall Big Sky State games in boys basketball. Jim was known for his vast knowledge in sports history, especially in the collegiate and professional levels of both football and basketball. He knew the answer to most every sports trivia question including names and stats of any athlete. He would keep up on all playoff and bowl games.
In 1992, Jim settled down and married Dylynn Snell and later divorced. After the loss of both parents he often moved, worked and settled with various family members throughout Montana including Havre, Ashland and Browning and Sheridan, WY. He eventually made his way back to Fort Belknap working for various Tribal Departments such as Tribal Construction, Cheyenne Enterprises, and Prairie Mountain Utilities.
Jim was known to many as a big hearted guy and a great brother, uncle and grandpa. His biggest joy in the latter part of his life was spending time with children. He enjoyed being a part of their lives and loved to lend a hand in rearing and helping with the upbringing. He had many numerous favorites too many to mention. Jim was a strong believer in God and made his Cursillo in 1991 saying it was the most important time of his life. He eventually moved to the Fort Belknap Agency and slowed down due to health reasons where he spent his time with his special friend Holly Shawl up until his death.
Jim was preceded in death by his beloved parents Alice and Buddy Fleury, sister Arlene Mount, granddaughter Kathy Mount and several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his sisters Linda (Duane) Buck of Fort Belknap, Kathy Fleury of Hays, brother Kirby (Bridgette) King of Billings, best friend Ken (Kay) Morin of Hays, and one surviving uncle Duke (Norma) King of Hays, numerous nieces, nephews, and grandchildren and other extended family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
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