JR Means, far right.
Quentin Laughlin Means, Jr. (J.R.), 69, of Hardin went to the other side camp November 15 as his wife held his hand.
He was born April 29th, 1947 in South Dakota. As a child he moved to Lame Deer, MT, graduating from Colstrip High School in 1964. He married his high school sweetheart Dianna Lande, June of 1964. Both moved to Dallas, TX in 1965, returning to Montana in 1982.
In 1987, he became an EMT. He realized quickly this was the career he wanted to dedicate his life to, and remained in service to the Northern Cheyenne community until his death. In 1998, he became the first Native American paramedic in the state of Montana, and In 2006 he was awarded “EMT Paramedic of the Year” in Las Vegas, NV by the National Native American EMS Association. Humble in this regard, he played down these accomplishments.
Known for his sense of humor and his ability to turn terrible jokes into side-splitters, “Oh Magnificent One” still took pride in making the worst puns. He could bring anyone back from a bad mood, and will be missed by so many who were touched by his warm and welcoming spirit.
He was preceded in death by his father Quentin, mother Phoebe, brother Eugene, and sisters Roberta, Michal, and Vivian, and her children Truly Rowland and Jeremy Rowland . He is survived by his Wife, Dianna Means; His sister Nellie, brother David Means and his wife Patty. Adopted family Zane, and Sandy Spang, their children Sonja, Bently, and Troy. Rhonda Salois who was a soul daughter to him and who named one of her daughters, Quin, after him. Children and spouses: Marnie Woodson, husband Andrew, Darren Means, wife Dounia; Mike Means wife Wendy; and Matt Means. Ten grandchildren, Sylver, Robert, Alec, Jaclyn, Alek, Niklas, Anthony, Jessalyn, Tatiana, Aria, and five great grandchildren, Isaiah, Arthur, Arsean, Malechi, Amariah.
Very special people in his life include: His nieces and nephews (by oldest sibling), Audrey Arpan, children Tavia, and Tavian.
Adrienne McCarthy, husband James, children Logan, Caprice, and Jaymen.
Cindy Stack, husband Anthony, children Alejandro, Kiara, and Zach.
Chris Rowland children Ellektra, Nicholi, Hezekiah, and Aleigha.
Dawn Ketchum husband Arley, children Randi, Zach Ryann, Aidan, Cameron, Trey, and Xandrea.
Jamie Schultz, children, Dravin and Lana.
Arian Rowland, children, Angel, Gordon, and Lara.
Desiree Rowland, children, Damien, Essence, and Sieta.
Landon Means, children, Landon, Lathan, and Lahava.
Joel Means, children, Treyson, Taeleia, Arryana, and Kylei.
Anya Means, children, Alaia and Caleb.
Quentin James Means, wife Jennifer, children, Jobia, and Joseph
Andrea Means, children, Keyara, Katelyn, Samuel Jr., Eugene, Marlene, Andrea.
Jerad Means, wife Amber, children Shelby, Payton Weston.
Kale Means, wife Shayla, stepchildren, Riley, and Jaylen.
Chauncey Means, wife Whisper, children, Austin, Vance, and Myles.
The Lonebear family to whom he acted as a surrogate uncle.
His adopted Grandchildren, David FitzPatrick, Sarah Selvig, Joseph FitzPatrick JR, Debbie FitzPatrick Zink, and Stephen FitzPatrick.
In Laws include:
Mike Lande his wife Marilyn, and his daughter Michelle daughter K’leni.
Cynde, and her husband Mike Peterson.
Misty and her husband Erin Peterson, children, Rylee, Gabrielle, Peyton, Jordan, and Carolee (Peanut).
Summer and her husband Tony Story, children Brooklynn, Maesa, and Parker.
They also held a very special place in his heart.
A viewing will be held in Hardin at Bullis Mortuary. Memorial with viewing will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Lame Deer, Montana on Saturday 11/18/2016 at 2:00 pm.
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