Richard Graves, 66, whose Indian name is Ge Be Wens, which means Little Guy, 66, of Red Lake, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the Red Lake Hospital in Red Lake.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Redby Community Center in Redby with Spiritual Leader Larry "Amik" Smallwood officiating. A wake will continue at the Redby Community Center until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, with a committal service at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.
He was born March 30, 1942, to Wilford and Gladys (Jourdain) Graves in Red Lake. He graduated from North High School in Minneapolis. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959, and served for 10 years. After being honorably discharged, he worked briefly for the railroad, before becoming an AA counselor, which he did for the rest of his life. He was a member of the Indian Neighborhood Club in Minneapolis. He was a foster parent to more than 450 children. He served as an emcee and traditional dancer at many powwows in the United States and Canada. He also was known as "Disco Dicky" and was a DJ for many public events. He enjoyed doing crafts, hunting, fishing, going to casinos and music.
He is survived by his Owiijiiwaagan, Frances Miller of Ponemah; brother, Roland Graves of Bemidji; sisters, Donna Campbell of Redby, Patty Graves of Cass Lake, Joyce Graves of Cass Lake and Betty Seaboy of Bemidji; step-children, John Livingston, Peggy Bellecourt, Katie Livingston, Diane Livingston, Mary Livingston; two special grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence Graves; parents; brother, Bobby Joe Graves; sisters, Barbara and Beverly and two grandchildren.