Robert C. “Bob” Boltz
1930 – 2017
Robert C. Boltz died peacefully at his
son’s home on April 4, 2017.
He wanted to be remembered as an honest man, who tried his hardest to help
whomever he could.
Bob was born and raised on a family farm in Belfield, ND on July 18, 1930. He
was the 14th out of 16 children to German and Irish parents, Nicholas John and
Mary Blanch Carey Boltz. He jokingly remembers his
dad calling him 14! Being a hard worker was instilled upon him at an early
Bob dropped out of high school, jumped in the back end of
a freight truck with his buddy Charlie Malicki and
headed out across the country. At the end of their travels the two enlisted in
the Air Force. Bob served his Country during the Korean Conflict 1948-1952. He
came from a very Patriotic family and he remained
Patriotic his entire life. At one time during WWII at the family farm there
were four stars in the window representing his 4 brothers fighting in World War
II. All came home except one brother John who died at the Battle of Iwo Jima.
He was a 65 year member of The American Legion Post
44, he served in many capacities including Post 44 Commander and District 4
Bob married Caroline Frappier in 1953 at St.
Bernard’s Catholic Church in Belfied, ND. During
their 29 years of marriage they raised 4 children. He was very proud of his 4
children. When Sandy was little he was a seismographer, when Birdie was little
he was a pumper for Pure Oil/Union 76, when Randy was little he was the new
co-owner of the Big Horn Bar in Ten Sleep and when John was little he branched
out into “pig operations”, freight hauling and continued his business ventures.
He owned and operated the Big Horn Bar 36 years, some
of his favorite memories were enjoying the festivities on the 4th of July,
which included watching his kids bust their asses behind the bar. When asked
recently what his occupation in life was he replied a “Bartender for 50 years,
I learned to be a good listener for my customers”. He continued to be a great
story teller until the end, when asked who he thought some of the best stories
came from he replied “Alex, Many Words, Schaff, when
he told a story, you listened”. Bob had a nickname for everyone!!
Bob was active in the Ten Sleep community for many years; he donated of his
time and resources when he was able. He was a volunteer member of the TS search
and rescue squad, he was instrumental in getting the TS annual Easter Egg hunt
and Memorial Day services organized, he was a member of the TS Rodeo
Association and the Lion’s Club. He loved the community of Ten Sleep and the
Big Horn Mountains.
Bob’s love of the outdoors flowed through his entire being. He was an avid
hunter and fisherman. He loved the fall which included
guiding hunters in the Big Horns, Bob was known for his Suburban (driving)
gymnastics on the mountain. His contagious laugh and stories will live on
In his later years Bob enjoyed watching sunrises and wildlife, sitting on his
porch, visiting with friends and watching the world go by. After Bob sold the
Big Horn Bar he tried to catch up on all the reading he missed through the
years. He enjoyed listening to and watching the UW Cowboys, the Denver Broncos
and the Colorado Rockies.
He was preceded in death by his son John, grandson Steven, his parents and 14
siblings (Clara, Clarence, Leona, James, Ray, Martin, George, Lawrence,
Cecilia, John, Gordon, Bill, Betty, Margie).
Bob is survived by his sister Bonnie (Pete) from Richardton, ND; children Sandy
(Randy) Lovell,WY , Birdie
(Craig) Laramie, WY, and Randy (Alicia) Cheyenne, WY; daughter-in-law Brandi of
Ten Sleep, WY; grandchildren Hannah, Madisyn, Riley, Lexie, McKenzie and Ella; many nieces, nephews, friends and
Bob was grateful for all of the healthcare he received and his compassionate
caregivers along the way.
“I’m a headed down to the ole bed’da
ground” was a final parting Bob-ism.
Services will be held on Friday May 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the St Mary
Magdalene’s Catholic Church in Worland immediately followed by Interment and
Military Honors at the Ten Sleep Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Ten Sleep Library.
See Robert C. Boltz obituary link at Weiderspahn-Radomsky Chapel @ www.wrcfuneral.com