In Memory

Kerry Shourds - Class of 1974

Kerry Shourds




Kerry Shourds

ST. IGNATIUS — Kerry Franklin Shourds, 66, “Baldy” passed away at St. Luke’s in Ronan on Monday, August 14, 2017. A member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe, he was born to Chester Ellis Shourds Sr. and Thersa Amelia (DuCharme — Trahan) Shourds on October 19, 1950, in Missoula. Kerry married Jamie Jean Howlett in December 1975.

Kerry was raised in Frenchtown. He started school in Frenchtown and was a graduate of Frenchtown High School. He attended Carroll College. After college he worked at Horner Waldorf pulp mill in Frenchtown. After working at the pulp mill he accepted the position of assistant manager for the CSKT Tribal Credit program. He left this position and moved to Butte to accept a position of contract manager for the National Center for Appropriate Technology. While working for NCAT he was promoted to grant manager of the national energy grant program for the Department of Energy. He moved to La Conner, Washington, to accept the position of executive director of the Swinomish Tribal Housing Authority. While working for the Swinomish Tribe he was given two honorary positions, fire keeper of the Tribal Sweat Lodge and Tribal Grave Digger. He also worked in the Swinomish Tribal salmon restoration program. Due to serious health issues he left these positions to work as a deck hand and later Captain of a whale watching boat. With his wife and son at his side, they returned to the land of their people in the fall of 2013.     

Some of his favorite hobbies and pastimes were watching whales, camping, being one with nature, and watching his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents Chester Ellis Shourds Sr. and Thersa Amelia (DuCharme — Trahan) Shourds, his brother Jr. (Indian) Shourds, and sister Barbie Shourds. And his Tribal ancestors, father's side Patrick Finley and Mary Ashley; Joseph Couture and Catherine Finley; Louis Clairmont and Emerence Couture; Sidney Shourds and Edna Eva Clairmont. Mother's side Alexander Finley and Elisabeth Isabel Red Wolf Pellew; Lois Paul-Hus and Chuchumshena Red Horn; Issaw Redhorn and Se-Lum Te; Jean Baptiste DuCharme (one of the founders of Frenchtown) and Catherine Pal-Hus; Frank DuCharme Sr. and Josette Finley; Albert Trahan and Phillomene DuCharme.

He is survived by his wife Jamie; children Dawn and Tamerack; Jeff and Jenny from his first marriage; grandchildren Ariana, Carliegh, Tamerack Jr., Colby, and Sassa; siblings Roger Lee and spouse Louise, Cathy, “the twins” Colleen and Belinda, Kelley and Becky, and special Uncle Nathan Shourds; and numerous uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

Rosary will be held Friday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home previously “His Uncle’s place” in St. Ignatius, led by the Salish prayer leaders. Mass will be held Saturday, August 19, at 11 a.m. in the St. Ignatius Catholic Church with Rev. Father Hightower SJ Celebrant. Burial to follow at the St. Ignatius Catholic Cemetery. Meal to follow at the Long House.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.