James Robert "Bob" Dynes, 84, was received into the arms of Jesus on May 8, 2007. He was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Miller, S.D., to James William and Naomi May Dynes.
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After growing up on a farm and surviving the "Dirty '30s," he enlisted in 1942. He was called to active duty in 1943 where he served in the Army's 169th Infantry in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.
He was discharged in 1945 and attended South Dakota State College in Brooking, S.D., where he married Joyce Hamilton on July 20, 1947. He received his bachelor and master's degrees in animal science.
Bob and Joyce moved to Bozeman in 1951 where he was a professor of animal science at Montana State College (University) for 33 years. He received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. During this time their family grew with the birth of their two children, James "Jim" and Mary Joyce.
Bob was inducted into the Winter Fair Hall of Fame in 1985 for all of his volunteer work with 4-H and the Winter Fair Board. He was an elder of their church for many years, as well as a founding member.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gleva Dynes; brother-in-law, R. Wayne Hamilton; and great-granddaughter, Taylor Stepp.
Bob is survived by his wife, Joyce of Bozeman, married for almost 60 years; son, Jim (Diane) Dynes of Green River, Wyo.; daughter, Mary Jo (Russ) Penkal of Bozeman; grandchildren, Jennifer (Robert) Cruise, Susan (Rick) Stepp, Kevin (Samantha) Dynes, Sarah (Tim) Breakfield, Matthew Penkal and fiancee, Ashley Reeder, Jessica (Mike) Hodges, and Hannah Penkal. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Herb and Alice Hamilton; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Building 141, Room 108, Fort Harrison, MT 59636; to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd. Suite 3200, Bozeman 59715; or to a charity of choice.
Visitation with the family at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 13. Graveside services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sunset Hills Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Manhattan American Legion Post No. 87. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Foothills Fellowship Church, 4000 Springhill Road, Bozeman.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 9, 2007