John Steven Tebby was born Aug. 26, 1951, to William S. Tebby (deceased) and Charlotte Mae Buck in Durand, Mich. John has two brothers: the oldest is William John Charles Tebby and the youngest is Timothy Kevin Tebby. John passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at home of natural causes.
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John went to high school in Durand, Mich., and graduated in June 1969. He then attended college at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., in September 1969 and graduated in 1972 with an associate's degree in natural resource technology. He took postgraduate work to further enhance his degree.
Charlotte remarried April 5, 1969, to Harry R. Beard Jr.
John went into the military in June 1974 and served at Fort Carson, Colo., until June 1977. He followed a longtime army buddy to Montana and became a Montana resident.
He met Judith Patricia Bowker in the spring of 1980. William Steven Tebby was born Feb. 9, 1982, to Judy and John Tebby. The couple divorced in the fall of 1984.
John met Becky Rae Cartwright while helping a friend move out of an apartment that she was moving into. John and Becky were married May 4, 1985, in Troy.
John joined the Montana National Guard that summer and fought fires through the National Guard. He also worked as an underground miner in Troy. Becky worked as a volunteer ambulance EMT and volunteer dispatcher year-round and for the Forest Service during the summers. Becky worked as a seasonal EMT in West Yellowstone the summer of 1987 and moved there in August 1988 when she was made a permanent EMT and they have lived in West Yellowstone ever since.
John became a volunteer EMT in 1989 and left the ambulance service in 1998. He worked for Grayline Tours in West Yellowstone from 1988 to 1991. He then worked for the Forest Service on the Hebgen Lake District from 1989 to 1991 and at the West Yellowstone transfer station for a year. He started work for Two Top Snowmobiles the winter of 1989 and worked until Feb. 7, 2007. He worked in Yellowstone National Park as a seasonal interpretive ranger in May 1999 through September 2006.
John is survived by his wife, Becky Tebby; son, William Steven Tebby; mother, Charlotte Beard; stepfather, Harry Beard Jr.; brothers, William Tebby and Timothy Tebby; uncle, Roger Bahr; aunt, Vivian Bahr; and cousins, Carl and Marianne Chipman.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in West Yellowstone.
Memorials may be made to The John and Becky Tebby Medical Fund in West Yellowstone at either bank; or to The Yellowstone Association, P.O. Box 117, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190.
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300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 24, 2007