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Richard Pocha

May 2, 1947 — May 15, 2024

Richard Thomas Pocha, a cherished father, grandfather, proud veteran, and free spirit, passed away peacefully, on May 15, 2024, surrounded by his daughters, at the age of 77. Born on May 2, 1947, in Browning, Montana, Richard was the son of Jim Pocha and Lois Walker and a proud member of the Chippewa, Cree, and Blackfeet tribes. He grew up surrounded by the camaraderie of his older sisters, the devotion of his parents, and the resilience of his ancestors.

Richard's love for his country led him to enlist in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. Being an only son, his enlistment was not mandatory. Even so, he insisted on serving this country, showcasing his untimely bravery. He served with honor and participated in the renowned Operation Starlite battle as part of HCO 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, and was a proud survivor of the Vietnam War. During his time, he earned a Purple Heart for his valor and distinguished himself as a sharpshooter, demonstrating unwavering skill and precision.

Following his military service, Richard transitioned to civilian life and became skilled in the art of carpet and tile installation. His dedication and attention to detail were evident in every project he undertook. His memory will live on through his four beloved children; J.J. Pocha, Kayla Pocha, Tammy Henry, and Amanda Montane, as well as his three older sisters; Betty Williams, Nayda Puffer, and Opal MacPherson. And lastly, the apple of his eye, his grandson Alijah Pocha, who will carry on the Pocha lineage.

Richard had a unique and profound love for the open road. It wasn't unlike him to call up distant family or friends and show up on their doorstep a week and 1000 miles later. An established raconteur, he effortlessly captivated listeners with snippets from his outlandish journeys. His non conformant way of life was infectious, and apathy prominent, ultimately bestowing upon us a man we'll always remember as Rick Pocha.

Although Rick had a tough exterior with a personality to match, he wasn't ashamed to let it be known that "a real man isn't scared to cry". He leaves behind a legacy of unyielding spirit and a recliner that falls silent, once drenched in tales of the past. His family and friends will always remember him chortling through his stories, Budweiser in hand, reminiscing on the escapades that pumped through his veins.

A celebration of Richard's life will be held in Boulder City, Nevada, where his family and friends will gather to honor his memory and the unconventional life he led. The ashes of his retired vessel will continue chasing sunsets on the ol' dusty trail until his spirit signals an ultimate resting spot. Richard Thomas Pocha will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Semper Fi.

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