Bob Carothers

June 12, 1919 – Aug. 19, 2013

Memorial services for Bob Carothers will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. at the Shell Community Hall. Bob, 94, died Aug. 19 at his home in Laurel, Mont.

He was born June 12, 1919, in a wilderness home at the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Selway National Forest in Idaho, the son of John W. and Nellie Boylan Carothers. As a young child, his family moved to Greybull. He lived in several different locations with his family before moving to the Boulder, Colo., area. He joined the United States Army during World War II and was in combat at Normandy Beach in France.

After his discharge from the army, he returned to the Boulder area and purchased a home on Lee Hill. He worked as an engraver for the Crocket Bit & Spur; it was there he developed his distinctive and beautiful handwriting skills.

He married Erva Kingsbury in 1951. Their son Buck was born in Colorado.

The young family moved back to Wyoming, living first in Hyattville and then the Shell community where their daughters, Jennie, Millie and Neta were born.

As a small boy his first sentence was, “Mommy, draw me a horse,” and from that time on he was drawing, then painting, horses and western scenery. Several of his paintings were published on the cover of Western Horseman magazine. Most of his paintings and his “Bucking Bronco” sculpture were sold in the mid 1900s.

Although Bob never completed high school, he was an avid reader and continued to grow and learn of many things including health, history and the Christian faith.

He moved to Laurel in December 2012 to live with his youngest daughter and her family. He made good memories with outings to the mountains and barbecues in the yard. He attended the Baptist and Adventist churches and continued to work on his “Flower Girl” sculpture as long as his strength allowed.

His parents; his brother Willy, a fighter pilot who died during World War II; and his sister Francis, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Erva Carothers; his children, Buck Carothers, Jennie Carothers, Millie Low and Neta Bare; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.