Bob, age 88, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday night, Jan. 2, in Billings. He was born in Upton, Wyoming, July 19, 1930. He was the second son of Otis and Florence Teegarden. He attended schools in Wyoming and Montana. He graduated from Carbon County High School in Red Lodge in 1948. He graduated from MSU in Bozeman in 1962 with a B.S. in Range Management. Later he pursued graduate work at American University in Washington D.C. and the University of Wisconsin. Before college he enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy as a plane captain aboard the U.S.S. Valley Forge.
On Oct. 22, 1955 he married JoAnn Marshall. He was blessed with his two wonderful children Rob and Patti, the joy and pride of this 48 year wonderful marriage. He operated the family farm/ranch on Cottonwood Creek for several years before attending MSU.
One of his early and endearing loves was music. He played several instruments but the guitar was his favorite. He played in several small country bands in the Roberts, Red Lodge & Bear Creek area later leading sing-a-longs at parties and family gatherings. Hunting, fishing and gardening were hobbies enjoyed also. Most of all he loved doing things with his family. Especially his grandsons: Dylan, Jack & Will.
Bob was preceded in death by his lovely wife JoAnn and his siblings: Don, Betty, Margaret and Mary Jane. He is survived by his brothers: Tom and Jack; and sister Dorothy; his son Rob; daughter Patti; his grandsons Will, Jack and Dylan; and his dear friend Donna Collins. Bob wrote that he was lucky enough to find love twice in his life; his wife JoAnn and Donna, who gave him back his life after JoAnn’s death. Donna was the second love of his life.
A service for Bob will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at 2 p.m., at the Smith Olcott-Funeral Chapel, at 201 N. Broadway in Red Lodge. Following the service, a reception will be held at the Beartooth Elks Lodge.