DUNSEITH, N.D. — "Baby Robert" went to heaven July 20, 2012, after a tragic ATV accident. Robert loved school and loved playing with his best friend Nicholas Kindness. He was the oldest of three boys. He was born to Robert Martinez Sr. and Ceta Big Medicine. He liked to jump on the trampoline and play on the swing set at his grandmother Joan's house. He loved to eat corn dogs, chicken noodle soup and ice cream with nuts. He enjoyed coloring pictures for his kaale Joan.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather Silas Willard Big Medicine; his grandfather Frank Big Medicine; great-great-grandmother Priscilla Stewart Gardner; great-grandmothers Ruth M. Gardner Lira, Williamina Gardner; grandmother Laurie Ann Castillo; grandparents Carl Dean Crookedarm, Marc Lira, Billy John Gardner, Terry Little Wolf and uncle Silas Henry Big Medicine.
He is survived by his kaale Joan Big Medicine, who he loved very much; brother Christian Wesley; uncles and aunts Darla Milda, Antonia, Arlene, Misty, Kyle (Shelly), Jihan, Dylan (Kyla), Alfajean, Christopher, Tamera, Jolynn, Jayanna, Kerwin, Lawrence Pete Big Hair, T.R. (Stephanie) Little Light, Pauline Light; cousins Asia, Brendan, Cailyn, Kenyon; adoptive parents Danny and Candace Peltier, their children and baby Robert’s bothers and sisters, Abrahm Peltier and Noah Peltier, Kelsey Peltier, McKayla Peltier and Danielle Peltier; grandparents, Denise Peltier and Marceline Poitra, both of Dunseith; grandfather Henry (Mary) Little Light; grandmother Selma; aunts Priscilla Clubfoot, Ruthie Martinez, Laura Gomez; grandparents Elverna Big Medicine, Eddie (Laurie) Big Medicine, Morton Big Medicine, Wilhemina (Harrison), Berdina (Bill) Stops, Stewart Martinez, Billie (Burdick) Two Leggings, Tina Cline, Vincent (Jewel) CrookedArm. Christel (George) Martinez, Ryan Silverhorn, Crystal (Gilbert) LittleMouth, Nellie Ruth Gardner, Magdeline Gardner, Chris (Angie) Parrish, Tony (Malissa) Parrish, Sam Pickette; great-grandparents Bertha (Lawrence) Old Bull, William (Christine) Gardner, Nellie (Mac) Silverhorn, Thomas (Donna) Gardner, Agnes Joy Parrish, Sandra (Preston) Grant; great-great-grandparents Dorcella Little Light, David Stewart Sr., Reuben (Elizabeth) Stewart, Wilma (Lawrence) Stands, Beverly (Tom) Pretty On Top; and extended families include Big Medicine, Little Light, Big Man, Davis Horn, Bear Below, Reed, Crooked Arm, Hogan, Holds The Enemy, Two Leggins, Stewart, Stands, Gardners, White Clay, Old Bulls, Shane, Pretty Eagle Families and Martinez families.
Prayers go up to baby Robert; he will be missed by many.
Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau, N.D., was entrusted with the arrangements. "Baby Robert" was laid to rest in St. Mary's cemetery in rural Dunseith.
He loved his Kaala as a lot of Crow boys do, he laughed and he played while the sky was still blue. He jumped on the trampoline, he tried to touch the sky, how did I know our little boy would soon die. He loved school, he was the oldest of three, how did he show us what we couldn't see? Baby Robert liked pancakes, corn dogs and Cheetos, he was so sweet he was loved by mosquitoes. Heavenly Father brought him home to shine with the stars, if I know him, he is playing with his cars. Robert please forgive me, I didn't know your time was near, that is what we all need to fear. Love all your babies, hold them so tight, give ‘til you're empty, love with all your might. Laurie Big Medicine 7-12