William R. "Bob" Metcalf, 83, passed away Feb. 2, 2011, in Yuma, Ariz., of natural causes.
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A life-long resident of Montana and a third-generation resident of Gallatin Valley, he was born just before the Great Depression and then entered the U.S. Navy during World War II after graduating from Gallatin County High School.
After growing up in the farming and ranching community, Bob never forgot his agricultural roots. He owned Metcalf Masonry for many years. Bob loved the ranching lifestyle, and he and his wife, Peggy, passed their time by raising registered Appaloosa horses. One of his favorites was a champion race horse called 3 Ten Leroy.
Bob and Peggy were honored on many occasions for the contributions they made in the community. Peggy was the manager of the fairgrounds and a successful realtor for many years; Bob served as her biggest supporter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willy Ray and Letha Metcalf; his sister, Katherine Nash; and his wife, Peggy Metcalf.
He is survived by his sister, June Metcalf Crawford of Bozeman; his three brothers, John and Roy of Bozeman and Perry of Green Valley, Ariz.; his son, Gary and daughter-in-law, Sandie Metcalf; and grandchildren, Colter, Jess and his wife Emily, and Abbileen, all of Bozeman.
A memorial service will be held in the spring in Bozeman. The date and location will be announced at a later time.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2011