Thomas Troy Bear Robe Sr, “Hé’heené” (wrinkled face) 50, of Billings, passed away Thursday October 8, 2020 peacefully at Billings Clinic after complications due to Covid-19.
He was born August 1st, 1970 in Lame Deer, MT, a son of Joseph R Bear Robe Sr and Charlotte C Bear Robe. He grew up in Busby where he attended elementary to high school at the Northern Cheyenne Tribal School and graduated in 1988. He continued his education at Western Dakota Vo-Tech in South Dakota from 1988 – 1989. He also attended the MSU- City College of Technology in Billings in 2012.
He moved back to Busby in 1989 where he worked as a fire fighter and custodian. He had many occupations but he enjoyed driving bus for the YMCA where he held his employment until his passing. He enjoyed many things but watching his two favorite teams the Redskins and Spurs play and being around all his grand children were his favorite things to do. He also enjoyed site-seeing, camping, grilling, and working with his students at his work.
He was a very kind hearted, humorous, respectful, hardworking, and thoughtful man who was always quick to lend a helping hand.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandpa Frank, and aunts Anna Mae Whitewolf, and Alvina Moore. As well as his sisters Lisa, Collette, Tamara, one granddaughter Rainbow Tallbull, 5 aunts and 2 uncles.
He is survived by his wife Corine, two sons Thomas (Summer), and Riley; five daughters Shaina (Greg), Leslie, Shelby, Jodie (Delane), and Destiny (Destin); two brothers Joe (Ilene) and Dana; his sister’s Jocelyn(Cactus), Colleen, Eloise, Diane, Lola, & Rachel Smith; aunts Effie Bearchum, Freda Smith, & Joyce Bear Robe of Pine Ridge; sister in-laws Eugenia and Karen; brother in-law Leland (Maria); niece’s Jayme (Travis), Peyton (Micco), Chontay, and Charlotte; grandkids De’jon, Skylei, Hayden, Judah, Kyvon, Eugene, Ayvianna, Harper, Talyana, Jayda, Adriana, Aiden, Angelina, Myla, Micco Jr, Nevaya, Marquez, and Irie. Extended family including Smith, Moore, Snow, Woodenlegs, Whitewolf, Haugen and numerous nephews and nieces. We greatly apologize in advance for any missed family, extended family members & friends. At this time we would like to give a special thanks to McKenna & Rebekah for their compassion & patience while caring for our dad. Also the rest of the staff at Billings Clinic & all the people that prayed for him during this difficult time.