Richard “Ric” Has the Pipe, 74, passed away on September 8, 2017 in the company of family in Helena, MT. Ric was born to Edgar and Wilma Pipe in Seattle, WA, on April 1, 1943. He grew up in Harlem, MT, and was the finest distance runner ever to perform for Harlem High School. He attended Oklahoma City University where he excelled in sports. Ric was named co-captain of the OSU freshman track team in 1963. He continued to score wins in cross country meets against some of the toughest competition in the southwest and set new scoring records.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and quoted in its article: “Rick (Has The) Pipe: A phenomenal athlete that played football, basketball and ran track for the Harlem Wildcats. He set and broke many track records and won medals on every level. In 1962 he won the 880 meter at State and tied the Montana state 880 record with a time of 1:57.2, which is still the 14th fastest time in the state! Rick was also selected to the East/West Shrine Football Game. Rick received a scholarship to Oklahoma City University where he played basketball and ran track.”
Ric was employed by Anaconda Copper Mining, Kaiser Permanente -Montana City, and Helena Sand and Gravel before retiring in Helena, MT. He had a lifetime of friends and will be remembered for his quick wit. He always had a story or joke to tell and if you had one to tell him, he had a better one.
Ric is survived by his brother, Robert Pipe; son, Bryan Dean Has The Pipe; granddaughter, Winter (Gene) Has The Pipe; grandchildren Jada Hodge, Richard Hodge and Samantha (Mike) Hodge; daughters, Michelle (Gerald) Shaw, Steph (Kathy) Pipe, Christy Spear; great-grandchildren Peyton, Tristin, Janiah, and Gene Jr; families of Johnson, Painter, Parker, Berry, Pipe, Speakthunder, Gray; nieces Georgia Cunningham, Robbin Pipe Neely, Shelly & Cory Pipe and nephew Loren Pipe. Towards the end of his life, Rowena Day was his steadfast caregiver and loyal companion.
He is preceded in death by infant son, Richard Bryan Pipe, Jr.; daughter, Andrea Pipe, parents, Edgar & Wilma Pipe; brother, Ronald Dean; sister, Emily Kay (Pipe) Dolsman; maternal grandparents, Bill and Emily Berry; paternal grandparents, Peter and Sadie Has The Pipe; uncles Essom Berry & William Johnson & son Billy Johnson; aunts Felistis Painter and Katherine Parker.
A wake and Rosary will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the new Fort Belknap Community Center. Traditional Indian funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12th at the new Fort Belknap Community Center. Graveside services will follow the service at the Has The Pipe family plot at the Lodgepole Cemetery of Fort Belknap. A reception will follow the graveside service at the new Fort Belknap Community Center. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ric.