Robert (Bob) Whittmyer, 72, of Bozeman, Montana, passed away at home early in the morning on April 10, 2015. His wife, Sharon, was by his side as she has been for the past few years caring for Bob as he fought a lengthy battle with lung disease. His final days were also spent surrounded by family at his side.
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Bob was born in Hardin, Montana, on Nov. 12, 1942, the son of Harold and Martha (Krause) Whittmyer. He experienced a difficult childhood before leaving home to live with his grandparents at the age of 13. A few years later he went out on his own to rodeo and ranch. When old enough, he joined and served four years in the Air Force. Years following the military, Bob worked various sales and service jobs with Harrington's Service Center, Ponderosa Homes, Mountain Supply and MDM Supply until being forced to retire due to his lung illness.
Bob leaves behind his wife of 37 years, Sharon (Farr) Whittmyer; one sister; three sons, Bruce (Loretta) Dunning, Brian (Lisa) Dunning, and Mark Whittmyer; two daughters, Debbie (Ernie) Smith and Sherri Essex; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and his son, Robbie.
Bob had a tremendous love for horses and anything horse related. This passion got him into playing competitive team polo with Gallatin County Sherriff's Posse, followed by years of team roping and the western sport of team penning. He also spent much of his spare time horseback riding in the hills surrounding the Gallatin Valley. Besides his wife and family, his best friends in life were Patty, Surgar, and Whisky; yes, his horses. His other friends included his pick-up, horse trailer, saddle and boots. Let's only hope he is up on a horse riding once again.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel, 113 S. Willson Ave.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2015