ARLEE — Johnny Carl Morigeau, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, was surrounded by his family when he made his journey to the other side, on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.
Johnny was born Nov. 23, 1977, in St. Ignatius and was the oldest of three children, born to Charlotte Wheeler and late Kenny Morigeau. He was raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Arlee and in Helena. He spent his time hanging with his Auntie Vi, in his Johnny Jump Up or heading to the mountains with his grandpa Skip. He attended school at Arlee Elementary from age three to age eight, which at that time he moved to Jackson House in Helena, where he resided for four years. He then moved to Townsend House until the age of 20, and graduated from Capital High and received a standing ovation from over 277 fellow students and staff. Then he relocated to Tara House where he took on a job for a short amount of time shredding paper, and continued to reside with Tara House until his passing.
Johnny had a love for so many things but music was his number one. He jammed to the Beach Boys, CCR and Chuck Berry — Johnny B Goode in particular, but the list goes on and on as he liked any song with a beat. He was never too keen on emotional, sad, slow music.
Johnny had a one of kind easy to grow on you stubborn personality and touched so many lives. People were drawn to his upbeat nature and his big cheesy (Victor) smile. Enjoying and engaging in large groups of laughter. We often found Johnny giving people nicknames such as his sister’s MaryRose (Carl Roast) and Rhonda (Ronnie Nonnie). He enjoyed car rides with a stop at his favorite fast food restaurant, McDonald's as he relayed his order “hamburgers ... french fries ... a milkshake and that’s it … .”
The family would like to give a special thanks to Johnny’s Tara House family who have been amazingly supportive throughout Johnny’s 20 years and many were there at his bedside during his final days.
Johnny’s father, Kenny Morigeau, his grandpa’s George “Skip” Wheeler and Carl Morigeau, grandmother Irene Morigeau, Uncle Lloyd Wheeler, and Auntie Vi preceded him in death. Johnny is survived by his mother, Charlotte Wheeler; two sisters, MaryRose (Anthony) and Rhonda (Josh), his nephews and nieces, Kenny, Tayen, ShyAnne, Dainian, Ravin and Aiyona. Also his family at Tara House, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Johnny will be missed extremely by his immediate family, extended family, relatives and friends.
Services will be held at the Community Center in Arlee.
Rosary: Thursday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m.
Funeral services: Friday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m., burial followed after services at the Jocko Cemetery.