On August 17, 2019 Richard Robert Brown was tragically and unexpectedly called home to God. Richard was born on July 6, 1997 in Poplar, Montana to his mother Cheryl Sutherland and father Robert Brown, Jr. He was named after his maternal and paternal grandfathers. One of his uncles gave him his beloved nickname known by his family and close friends, Dicky Bob.
Richard grew up very close to his family. He grew up in Poplar and Box Elder Montana. When he was younger he came back to Poplar saying “I’m home”. Being in Box Elder he made life long friends. The Belcourt family adopted him as their son and brother. He thought the world of his friends and family on the RockyBoy Reservation but followed his heart back to Poplar.
In high school Richard played basketball, and joined cross country. His favorite classes were music (guitar was his instrument of choice) but shop was where he loved to learn. He met and fell in love with his best friend Maria. In their love they had their son Benjamin. They say there is no love greater than a father for his son. Dicky Bob graduated Poplar High School in 2015.
He worked part time at TJ’s Quick Stop before being employed at Fort Peck Tribes as a correctional officer at the Youth Service Center. He was later moved to the Adult Corrections where he was employed until his passing. In the fall of 2018 he went to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for the Indian Country Correctional Officer Training Program class number 1901/123 in Artesia, New Mexico. He had one week left of training when an unfortunate family event called him back home.
He was very passionate and dedicated to his career. Amongst his many titles of Correctional Officer, father and friend he was an avid gamer. He started his love of games as a child, often fighting his younger brother for it. He loved playing online where his friends and family would be as well.
Dicky Bob loved to be around his siblings, especially his nephews and nieces. He is referred to as “the favorite uncle” to all of them. If he wasn’t enjoying a powwow with his sisters he would be head banging at a concert with his brothers.
As a toddler he was baptized at the Riverside Presbyterian Church. As a child he went to church in RockyBoy, Assembly of God.
Richard will be remembered for his kindness, compassion, humor and gentle soul.
Dicky Bob is survived by his only son, mother, siblings Terrell (Heather) Sutherland, Seneca Sutherland, Cale (Klarissa) Martell, Sr., Brandon Martell, Britney (Joseph) Cloud, Robert (Kaeley) Brown III, Marlene (Kilija) Youpee, Dillon Brown, Zachary (Racine) Brown, Tia Grey Bear, Zane and Tionna Brown. He had many adopted siblings throughout his life, too numerous to mention at this time. But he loved you all. His in laws Sheldon (Ilenda) Youpee; his grandparents Juanita (Doug) Youngman, Louise (Leonard) Youngman, Gloria Chopper, Pearl Hopkins, Henry “PeJohn” Sutherland, Leon “Blackie” Sutherland, Velma Nepstad, Naomi Montclair, Sharon Sandoval, Frances Silk, Debi Unno, Bette Manning, Pepper Young, Richard (Eliza) Young; aunts and uncles Connie (Bryan), Sandy, Dean, Delton, Robin, Dorsey, RJ; cousins Chucky (Celistine), Travis (Carrie), Chaz (Jessica), Chelsea, Dustynn, Jesse, Tommy, Nathan, Richard, Noah, Renae, Duran, Avery, Billy, Collin; nephews and nieces Janaeya, Tyson, Shanel, Oakley, Paxton, Tenneal, Tim, Jacob, Isaiah, Cale, Jr., Valencia, Logan, Vincent, Joedaus, Kilija, Jr., Ashton, Cameron, Katie, Damien, Iceland and many more too numerous to mention. He loved you all.
He is preceded in death by his father, grandparents Richard Sutherland, Sr., Robert Brown, Sr.; aunt Leona Brown; cousins Larissa Youngman, Zachary Sutherland and nephew Andre Good Soldier. He has many more relatives too numerous to mention who greeted him on the other side.