Robert “Bob” Pease, 76, left us peacefully for the other side camp on November 8, 2018 in Yuma, Arizona with family by his side. Bob was born on October 15, 1942 in Rosebud, South Dakota. He is an enrolled Crow tribal member and was a child and member of the Ties the Bundle Clan. He was raised by his grandparents James and Alice Cashun Pease, and during his early childhood, he lived among this large extended family in Pryor and Billings, Montana.
Robert’s great-great grandfather was Major Fellows David Pease, the first civilian superintendent for the Crow Reservation. Major Pease and Margareta Wallace Pease’s son George married Sarah Walker, a Hidatsa Woman. In the 1890’s, they made their home in Lodge Grass and had a family of eight sons and one daughter. Bob’s grandfather James Walker Pease is the second son of this large prominent family. James dedicated his entire career in the Indian Service, serving in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Bob spent his earliest years at Dugway, Utah where his grandparents lived. He attended elementary school at Rosebud Public School. In high school Bob attended boarding schools in South Dakota. He attended his freshman and sophomore years on the Rosebud Reservation, at St. Frances Catholic Boarding School where he played football and was a standout basketball player. He also attended Holy Rosary Catholic Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where he graduated high school in 1962.
At St. Frances Boarding School, Robert met and fell in love with Sandra Douville, the love of his life. They went together throughout their high school years. They were married on February 5, 1963 and enjoyed fifty-five years of marriage together, with their sons and daughter.
Following high school Robert enlisted in the United States Navy in 1962 and was honorably discharged in 1968. He served two tours of duty in combat zones during Vietnam. He attended the Indian Police Academy in Roswell, New Mexico in 1971. Robert had specialized training in criminal investigation and was a credentialed paralegal. Robert began his career as a tribal police officer with the Rosebud Police Department, in Rosebud, SD, then soon became the Deputy Warden for the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, Nebraska. He served as a Crow Tribal Police Officer for a short time, and eventually became an Officer for the Crow Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs for 20 years. He worked at BIA Police Departments throughout Indian Country including, the Northern Cheyenne, Rocky Boy Chippewa Cree, Crow Agency and Gila River agencies. He served as the Chief of Police in Mission, South Dakota; and at Crow Agency, Montana. He retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Senior Special Agent in 2005.
In 2002, Robert went to D.C. for advanced FBI training with a team of BIA Police Officers, when ominously, the terrorist attack on the Pentagon of 9/11 took place. He and the team were immediately deployed to protect officials and provide security at various positions around the capital and the Pentagon. Bob said, “This event was reminiscent of some of my times in Vietnam.” Bob was very proud and honored to be part of the White House Security Team during the 9/11 terrorist attacks; he spent two weeks there following the attack.
Bob continued his career in law enforcement, after retiring from the federal government. He was appointed Undersheriff for Big Horn County Sheriff’s Department, Hardin, MT. After moving south, Robert became the Warden at Emerald Correctional Management’s San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center in Yuma, Arizona, in December 2010; he had previously been the assistant warden there.
Robert was well known for his sense of humor. No matter how serious the situation, he could always find the lighter side, and make it into a joke. His favorite music came from the 1950’s, he especially liked the song “Sleepwalk”. Bob was an avid Husker fan that started when he was working in Lincoln, Nebraska. He enjoyed traveling and sight-seeing with his family; watching the latest movies, mystery and suspense thrillers were his favorite; he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing. He was always up to date with the latest electronics, and he loved his gun collection. He took great pride in his badge collection. In the communities where Bob and his wife Sandy lived and worked, they were foster parents for many children.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents James and Alice; his mother, Velma Pease-Haukaas; and aunts, Vivian Janis, Cecilia Pease-Roubideaux, Sarah Pease-Bradley and Ellen Pease-Byers.
Robert is survived by his wife, Sandra Douville-Pease of Yuma, Arizona; his sons Robert Jr. (Presina) Pease of Hardin, William Pease, Anthony (Tami) Pease of Pryor, Thomas Horn; and his only daughter, Angel Pease; his nephew, Scooter Douville; his grandchildren: Velma (Coty) Brown, Kirsten Pease, Bryan Marshall Jr, Chelsey (Hinri) Marshall-Pereda, Anpo Luta, Karaya, Bobby, Sandy, Krystyna, Cherese, Willliam Jr., Rochelle, Gabriel, Wambli, and Adrian Pease, Josiah Running Crow, and Mugsy Pretty Weasel; his great-grandchildren, Coy and Chasyn Brown, Lee and Hoksila Pease, and Velma Marshall-Pereda; his brothers Charles and Kenneth Haukaas of Lodge Grass and sister Thelma (Spooky) Goes Ahead of Pryor; his cousins Carol Brown, Cynthia, Jack Janis, and Donnie Roubideaux, and Annette Janis. He is further survived by fellow policemen and special friends Lee Bartel, Lloyd & Elvenia Pickett, Harold Hill, and Randy Pretty on Top.His extended Crow family includes: Pease, Cashun, Haukaas, Janis, Roubideaux. His Dakota families include the Douville and Rabago family.
The family expresses gratefulness to the medical staff of the Mountain Vista Hospital, Mesa, AZ, Yuma Regional Medical Center, and Life Care Center in Yuma, Arizona for their exceptional care and compassionate consideration of Robert, during his recent illness.