Robert Stewart Simpson, 88, died peacefully at the VA hospital on August 21, 2014. Born on August 19, 1926, Bob was the first-born son of Lenore Marie and Wesley Author Simpson. He spent his childhood in Bozeman, attending school there when Bozeman was still a cattle town. Many life-long friendships were forged in Bozeman before he left school to join World War II. Bob completed jump school training at Fort Benning, Ga., and was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division; serving in the Philippines and on the island of Honshu during the occupation. After the war he returned to Bozeman, where he married Lola Chase, mother of his three sons, Charles, Stewart and Wesley. In 1955, the family moved to Helena and purchased a farm on the Spokane Bench North of East Helena, raising dry-land wheat until 1981. Bob competed as a calf roper in rodeos throughout Montana until the early 1970s. These were some of the best times of his life, raising his boys and adding many friends and adventures to an already colorful life.
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In May of 1977 he married Judy (Johnston) Morey, accepting her son, Mitchell, into the family. Later that same year two "adopted" daughters joined their family; Valery and Jody Shaw. Early in the 1980s, Bob would realize his life-long dream of owning and operating a cattle ranch when they purchased some additional land and made the leap from wheat farming to cattle ranching. Officially naming the place The SBow Ranch. Bob was especially proud of his Black Angus cattle and continually worked to develop his "perfect herd." Bob was a true cowboy; loving horses and cattle and everything there was to do with the ranching way of life. He loved Montana and the mountains; saying that riding the backcountry, hunting, checking cows or just for pleasure was his time "in church."
Bob loved a good time and spent many an hour visiting with friends over a cup of hot coffee or a drink (or several). He was proud of his service to his country, and the highlight of this past year was a trip to Washington, D.C. on the Seventh Montana Honor Flight.
His mother and father preceded him in death, as did his brother Kenneth "Bud" Simpson, his brother Stacy Crosby and wife Phyllis, a grandson, Austin Simpson, and his friend and partner Donna Shaw. He is survived by his wife Judy, sons; Charlie (Leslie) Simpson of Wilsall, MT, Stewart (Pat) Simpson, Wes (Mary) Simpson, and Mitch (Julie) Morey, brother, Jim (Glenna) Simpson and mother-in-law, Martha Johnston, all of Helena, Mont.. and sisters-in-law, Randi Simpson, of Bozeman, Mont., Sallie (Gary) Clinard of Las Vegas, Nev., Ann Johnston of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Kathleen (Dan) Robinson of Lincoln, Mont., and brother-in-law Kenneth (Linda) Johnston, of Springfield, Ore. In addition, he is survived by his special extended family; Valerie (Jimmy) Oliver, of Gillette, Wyo., Jody (Lanny) Bangerter of Sheridan, WY, John (Jamie) Shaw of Billings, Mont., and Vicky Shaw of Vancouver, Wash.,
He will be greatly missed by his grand children; Grady and Ben Simpson, Chase and Abbie Simpson, Trini Sanchez, Christina (Ed) Moss, Delon Parker, Colby Oliver, Justina Kerth, Tessy Alem, Kalyn Marsh, and Bailey and Ike Shaw, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with Military Honors will be held at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, August 27, at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. A reception will immediately follow at the Valley Community Center, 2605 York Rd, Helena, MT 59602. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Sky Honor Flight, P.O. Box 80201, Billings, MT 59108 or to God's Love, 533 N. Last Chance Gulch, Helena, MT 59601. Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Robert.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2014