Thomas Meyers


Thomas Meyers


Thomas Meyers
Thomas Meyers

Thomas Meyers, 73, of Billings passed away Saturday, March 2nd in Billings. Thom was born on December 5th, 1939 in Toledo, Ohio to Chet and Evelyn Meyers. He was raised in Maumee, Ohio and graduated from Maumee High School. Afterwards he served in the Marine Corps. As a Boy Scout he fell in love with Native American traditions and dancing. This passion motivated him to move to Billings, where he established and ran Buffalo Chips Indian Arts for 35 years.

Thom wore many hats — business man, volunteer, musician, storyteller, historian, and counselor. He could make a friend anywhere and truly cherished staying connected to people both near and far. He was always available for advice, or at least a good joke.

His most important job though was being an amazing father. He loved his family time. Whether he was supporting his family at sporting events, planning fishing trips, watching old western movies or hunting for antiques with his wife, he treasured every moment. Woodworking and classic cars were just a couple of his other passions.

Thom is survived by his wife, Debbie, sister Shirley, sons Thom Jr. and Nathan and daughters Wendy, Dana, Heather, and Cassie.

A service will be held at 11am, Friday, March 8th at Michelotti-Sawyer Mortuary and Crematory. A reception will follow at the Elks Club. Memorials are suggested to St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. Payments can be mailed to St. Labre Indian School, Ashland MT, 59004 or online at


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  1. Thom will be missed greatly in all circles. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and his many friends. Thomas House

  2. Thom was a wonderful man he will so be missed by everyone that was lucky to know him.My thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie and your family

  3. Craig Espeland

    Thom was a good friend and mentor. I have a heavy heart hearing this news. My friend will truely be missed. Thom was one of the few individuals I knew that truely and deeply cared about the people he knew. I feel honored to have been counted amoung his friends. Rest in peace.

  4. Denise Holliman Lee

    Thom hired me for my first job at LaBelles back in 1975. I remember that first employment experience very fondly. My deepest sympathies to your family.

  5. Carolyn Hefner

    As a little girl, I remember visiting my uncle’s stores…some of my favorite childhood memories. Thanks to Debbie and Tom, our children also have the best memories of visiting their aunt and uncle at Buffalo Chips; they will always remember the treasures found there…they will forever remember the oddity of the two headed calf! Even more than the treasures, we will all remember the stories and extensive information that Tom had on all the artifacts, customs and Indian pieces we admired…in hindsight, I wonder if Tom had ever thought of writing a book…I regret that he didn’t and that he took all that knowledge with him. I regret that there is not a book noting all of his knowledge and that we never thought of encouraging him to write until his passing. He will surely be missed by his family but will always be remembered for his smile, his knowledge and goodness…and I hope the book will still be written!

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to Thom’s family and wide circle of friends. I know his love of all things Native American had a huge impact on me for the last 30+ years. He will be sorely missed.

  7. We will remember Thom with great fondness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Marisa Chisena and family.

  8. Thom was one of the best friends and teachers we were so very fortunate to have come into our lives. He was always smiling, always ready with helpful advice. When our son was born it didn’t take us long to come up with a name for him. Now Thom’s name lives on in his family and ours. You’re always alive in our heart Thom.

  9. My condolences from Elkins, WV. I knew Thom through NOAC, Boy Scouts of America. He was a great, knowledgeable friend who will be dearly missed. I always looked forward to seeing him, hearing stories, and getting good advice. Rest in peace, my brother, gone but never forgotten.

  10. Don Buterbaugh (daughter Michelle's email address)

    We were so sorry to hear of Thom’s passing. I will always remember the wonderful time we had visiting all of you on our trip to Wyoming. Thom was a very helpful and great person. Always ready to teach and always had a smile!!

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