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Obituary: Robert Goodman Kean Richards

Robert Goodman Kean Richards Sept. 21, 1966 – Sept. 30, 2022
Photo Credit: courtesy Family of Robert Richards

RICHARDS – Robert Goodman Kean Richards, 56, passed away on Sept. 30, 2022 at his home in Aztec, New Mexico. Robert was born Sept. 21, 1966 in Durango, Colorado to Kean and Rena Richards. 

Robert is survived by his cat, Honey Cat, his longtime life partner; his parents, Kean and Rena Richards; his siblings Laura Richards, Kenneth Richards, Calvin Richards, Ross Jacket, Frances Richards, and Esther Richards; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family and many friends. 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents Bob and Alice Richards and Jose and Julia Ortiz; and his nephew Johnathan Lee Winlock.

Robert graduated high school from Ignacio High School in 1985 where he played football and wrestled, always faithfully lifting weights. He studied and practiced martial arts; he was the next Bruce Lee!  He also obtained numerous certifications from the NRA (National Rifle Association) for his skilled shooting abilities. Robert worked for 17 years at the Sky Ute Casino & Resort as a Surveillance Agent. He caught a lot of bad guys and was a workaholic.

Robert was the World’s Best Break Dancer! He loved animals and collecting and shooting guns, he was in fast cars and 4×4 trucks, always upgrading his rides. He faithfully listened to his favorite podcasts (Sasquatch Chronicles, Aliens Stories, Dogman Encounters). He also enjoyed collecting and making art; he kept journals of everyday life; he enjoyed playing guitars with family; and taught himself how to play the flute.

He was always happy, respectful, and enjoyed dressing fancy. He was known for his long, gorgeous hair. Robert loved to eat, when he was eating he always wore a bib. He would say, “I’m not ruining my clothes for anyone!” He always gave the best gifts. He was very thoughtful, kind, and respectful person. He enjoyed making new friends. Robert would always be laughing and joking around. He was the funniest guy on the Rez.

Robert’s favorite quotes were “My little girl is Honey Ham”, “Honey Cat”, “Eye Candy”, and “Hey, Chicky-a-dee”. 

A Celebration of Life for Robert was held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 at the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Memorial Chapel, with a Graveside Service at the Ouray Cemetery. A Reception in Robert’s honor was held immediately after Graveside Services at the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Multi-Purpose Center. 

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