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Shane Joseph Kovash

Red Horse, 52, of Tucson, entered the world of the Great Spirit on March 4, 2014, in Amarillo, TX where he was working. Shane was born on May 9, 1961 to Ray and Joanne (Burr) Kovash in Baker, MT; his childhood and high school years were spent in Deer Lodge, MT. Shane was active in football, golf and wrestling. He loved music and played many instruments, most recently, the harmonica. Gifted with a fun spirit, he will be always remembered for his mischievous laugh and larger-than-life smile. He liked to help the less fortunate and professed the Indian-way-giving the shirt off his back or a favorite blanket. Shane was an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and a child of the Knife Clan of the North Dakota Fort Berthold Reservation. He was a direct descendent of Chief Four Bears of the Mandan Tribe. Shane was educated at the University of Montana, Bozeman, in architecture and engineering. He received a Construction Management degree from Eastern Arizona College, Safford. He owned Big Sky Builders in Fountain Hills, AZ, with lifelong friend, Dean Lowery. Chasing his entrepreneurial spirit, Shane started American Mandan Construction in 2010. He most recently worked on federal government contracts nationwide while employed as Project Manager, Quality Control and Safety Officer for De Los Santos Construction. Shane married high school sweetheart, Gina Patton and they had three daughters. They lived in Fountain Hills, AZ and Cape Coral, FL. He later married long-time friend and confidant Susan Horsfall and resided with her in Tucson. Shane is survived by daughters, Kristen (Kevin) Houskeeper, Shaena (Matt) Mack, Brianna Kovash; grandchildren, Gianni Mack and Antaeus Houskeeper; parents, Ray and Joanne Kovash and siblings, Denise (Jim) Hawes and Robin Kovash. Preceding him in death were wife, Susan Horsfall; daughter, Alyssa Kovash and brother, Jonathon Kovash. In lieu of a funeral, an Indian farewell was offered by Larry Burr, on March 8, 2014. Shane's ashes will be spread at his favorite stomping grounds near Ovando, Montana. Please join us in wishing him a content journey in the Happy Hunting Grounds.