Mylo Hetler

Funeral Services for Mylo Hetler, 52 year old Buffalo resident who passed away October 24th in at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana, will be held Wednesday November 8th at 2:00 p.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo, Wyoming with Reverend Tom Saur officiating.  A private family interment will take place later in Hesper, North Dakota.  Donations in Milo’s memory may be made to the Milo Hetler Memorial, a fund set up to help the family defray final expenses.  Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com

Mylo James Hetler was born April 27, 1965 in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota.  He was a Dakota Sioux and a member of the Spirit Lake Tribe of Fort Totten, North Dakota.  He was adopted by Reverend Jim and Kay Hetler of Ellendale, North Dakota.  The family moved several times, eventually living in Pinedale, Wyoming where he attended high school.  Later Mylo completed a Job Corps course in carpentry.

He was married on November 11. 1986 to Cheryl Tennant and they made their home in Pinedale.  He worked construction when he was not working as a cowboy and was also a hunting guide for Star Creek Outfitters in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In 1991 he moved to Buffalo and worked for Everett Parsons and D.R. Simmons and while he took pride in his various work interests, his true passion was always horses.  He was mentored by Master Horseman Bill Dorrance and others skilled in Californio Methods.  They shaped Mylo’s approach to horses, but he did like to ride a horse that would buck.  A lifelong learner he continued to study horsemanship even into his last days. He was married to Rachel Loveless on December 3rd, 2004 and they made their home in Tensleep, Wyoming.   He moved back to Buffalo in 2006 where he lived until his death.

He is survived by three sons, Joshua Hetler of Miles City, Montana, Cody Gilkerson of Winnemucca, Nevada and Bryan Hetler of Tensleep, Wyoming;  two daughters, Jordana Hetler of Miles City, Montana and Reatta Ward of Hardin, Montana; one brother Damian Hetler of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; one sister Carol Littlewind of Fort Totten, North Dakota; a paternal aunt Janet Olson of Maddox, North Dakota and five grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Bryan Joe and Bradley Hetler.