Richard 'Big Rock' Shakespeare

Sep 13, 2012 Staff

Richard "Big Rock" Shakespeare died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at his home. He was 83 years old.

Funeral services were Thursday, Aug. 30, at Blue Sky Hall at Ethete with the Catholic clergy officiating. Interment was in the Shakespeare Family Cemetery at Ethete.

Richard Glenn Shakespeare was born March 5, 1929, in Ethete, the son of the late Elizabeth and Nickerson West Shakespeare.

He was a lifelong resident of the Wind River Indian Reservation. His Indian name was Tough Buffalo. He attended school at St. Michaels until the fifth grade. He was a cowboy all of his life and worked for more than 40 years at the Arapaho Ranch, was a team roper and enjoyed attending rodeos, powwows and going to the casino. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and family.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Glenn Spotted Elk Sr. and Angela Spotted Elk; brothers Bobby and George Shakespeare, Billy Stewart and Manuel Roman; numerous nieces and nephews whom he called his children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; friends he called brothers and sisters; his adopted dad, Darrell Winfield; and adopted daughter Sherolyn Nomi.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Nickerson John and Michael Shakespeare; sisters Lydia Friday, Mary Christine Shakespeare and Maria Martinez; and son Dallas Shakespeare.

Services are provided by Wind Dancer Funeral Home.

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