Robert Jesse Endecott, 71, of McAllister, rode over the great divide on the family ranch on Feb. 19, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Ashton, Idaho, on Oct. 5, 1944 - the fifth of six children to Richard and Hilda Warsany Endecott. He grew up in the farming community of Squirrel, Idaho, where his dad was one of the last to switch from teams of horses to tractors. Bob cut his teeth on harness rings and as soon as he could walk, he headed for the horse corrals. Whenever he disappeared, his mom knew exactly where to find him. The love and respect for horses continued throughout his life.
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He proudly served his country in the 716th Military Police Battalion. He spent one tour in Vietnam and was stationed in Saigon, at times providing security for General Westmoreland. After his release from the Army, he spent several years working for dude ranches in Gallatin Canyon. He started ranching in the Madison Valley in the early 1970s and never left.
He married Janet Goggins in 1978 and they worked with her family on the ranch. With their daughter Rachel, they raised good cattle and made good horses. Bob followed in his father's footsteps, feeding with teams of horses or mules until the mid-1990s. Some of his favorite times were spring brandings, shipping in the fall, and our big winter sledding parties.
Bob was active in the Ennis Rodeo Association for many years and helped put on the 4th of July rodeo. He harrowed the arena for several years with his team of mules, and got quite a kick out of the rodeo horses' reaction to his long-eared ladies.
Horse racing was a passion for Bob, not for the gambling aspect, but for the true love of the equine athlete. He enjoyed hitting the tracks at Ruidoso Downs and Sunland Park in New Mexico when Rachel was attending graduate school at New Mexico State. He also enjoyed tuning in to the horse racing channels on TV the past few months. Bob was an incredibly talented leatherworker and horsehair hitcher. Many friends and family are proud owners of a Tails End Original.
Left here to miss him are his wife Janet, daughter Rachel, brothers Boyd (Eula), Gerry (Rusty), and Jack (Pauline) Endecott, sisters Sharon Davis and Wilma Miller, father- and mother-in-law, Bob and Cora Goggins, sister- and brothers-in-law, Betty, Bob (Terri), Jim (Shelly), and Pat (Michelle) Goggins, and many nieces and nephews. We are confident that Bob now has a cavvy of good grey horses, moving cattle through stirrup-high grass.
A celebration of life is planned for the summer. Memorials may be made to Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University, Madison Conservation District, Hospice of Bozeman Deaconess, or Madison Valley Medical Center.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2016