Robert Shumway Meeker

Jan. 15, 1939 – Sept. 6, 2015

A Celebration of Life service for Robert Shumway Meeker will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m. at Elk View Lodge in the Big Horn Mountains. Bob, 76, died Sept. 6, in Sheridan after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bob was born Jan. 15, 1939, in Lovell, the son of Steven and Clorous Meeker. A gifted athlete, he played baseball, football and basketball. As an all-star basketball player he was named “King of the Bucket,” and was awarded a basketball scholarship to Sheridan Community College. Bob graduated from Lovell High School in 1957.

He married Lynne Avery in Greybull in 1961. The couple had four children; they divorced in 1980.

Bob served in the National Guard for two years. He worked as an aviation mechanic for Avery Aviation and then Hawkins and Powers. He 1974, he went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad and was employed by the railroad for over 25 years.

Bob was active with the Greybull Volunteer Fire Department where he was an EMT, assistant chief and chief.

He and his family lived in Greybull for 20 years; he was a devoted father.

Bob moved to Sheridan with his children in 1982, where he continued to work for the railroad and was active in the Union and Operation STOP. He later lived in Ranchester where he met his longtime partner Carole Wagner.

Bob enjoyed traveling to Arizona, Colorado and Mexico to visit his children and grandchildren. He was most at home in the Big Horn Mountains where he enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, and riding motorcycles and snow machines with family and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Steven and Clorous Meeker, his brother Steve Meeker, and his son, Jode Robert Meeker.

He is survived by his children and their spouses: Keith and Robin Meeker Gaston, Eric and Misty Meeker Oxborrow, and Dustin Dane Meeker; three brothers, Earl Meeker, Wes Meeker and Larry Meeker; one sister, Betty Ann Holyoak; his longtime partner, Carole King Wagner and nine grandchildren.