Robert Earl Sheldon

1932 ~ 2021 (age 89)


Bob peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of September 27th at the age of 89. He was born in Santa Rosa, CA on September 4, 1932 to Olive Eva and Marvin Earl. He graduated from the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad in June 1951 before enlisting in the United States Navy and served from November 1951 to 1959. 

    One of the proudest chapters of his life was his Submarine Service aboard the USS Besugo and USS Jallao. During that time, a moment he truly loved was sailing around the continent of Africa while aboard the Jallao,  becoming the first U.S. submarine to do so. 

    After leaving the Navy, he would meet his beautiful wife Barbara and tied the knot October 5, 1960. A year later they’d welcome their wonderful son, Robert Jr. to the world. Bob and his family moved to Montana where he worked on ranches in Hot Springs and Niarada then eventually running a feedlot near Conrad by the late-70s and early 80s.

      Bob and Barb finally planted their stakes in Dutton and remained there for many years helping raise their two grandsons, Justin and Cody. While in Dutton, he made many good friends driving truck for Dick Irvin Inc.

      Some of his favorite joys in life were hunting, fishing, target and trap shooting, archery, reloading ammunition and riding his horse Firelock. Lastly, on top of everything, he loved spending every possible minute he could with his family. 

      He is preceded in death by his parents, Olive and Marvin. He is survived by his wife Barbara, son Bob Jr.(Kristie), grandsons Justin and Cody(Marian), great-granddaughter Rain, and sister Bonnie Jean (Hank Rusten).

      As per his request, no services will be held. His ashes will be placed at Fort Harrison in Helena. The family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Teton Medical Center and Front Range Assisted Living for their wonderful care and compassion for Bob.

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