Robert “Bob” Allen Carroll, 87, passed away December 17, 2014 of natural causes at the Powder River Manor, Broadus, Montana where he had resided since moving from Eagles Manor in Miles City, in July 2014.
Bob was born June 17, 1927 to George Carroll & Lucille Foote Carroll Frandsen in Los Angeles, California. He was an only child. When Bob was three years old his mother moved them to Montana where she had taken a homestead. In 1938 Lucille met & married Carl “Slim” Frandsen and he truly became a father to Bob. He spent a lot of time in his younger years living with his Grandmother Foote in California. Bob’s heart was always in Montana though so he moved back with his mother. Lucille worked many different jobs making ends meet, consequently Bob never put in two full years at the same school.
Bob was drafted and became a member of the United States Marines during WWII. He served his time stateside in California, working in a military post office in San Francisco. One of his jobs was to sort the mail & personal effects of soldiers killed in duty and then notify their families for the return. Just as Bob’s group was due to be sent into Japan, the war, thankfully, ended.
Bob returned to the Broadus area where he worked as a cowboy. In the spring of 1951 Bob was one of two men chosen to drive 35 head of horses from Broadus to Miles City for a sale. Once at the Miles City yards, Bob helped saddle the wild horses & ride them out the sale doors. This would become the first Miles City Bucking Horse Sale. Bob then took a job where he learned to be a “cat skinner” (dirt work). He then worked for Williams & Sons doing various dirt work for local ranchers. In 1970 he went to work for the City of Broadus as a maintenance person until 1974 when he was hired by the P.R. County Road Dept, retiring in 1989.
The winter of 1959 Bob began courting a lovely widow woman who had two children. He rode ten miles through a raging blizzard to find a ride to Broadus to take his lady to the Sweetheart’s Ball for Valentine’s Day. He was snowed in for a week. The following weekend he proposed. On March 29, 1959 (Easter Sunday) Bob married Ann (Pedersen) (Holton) Moutrey and they became a family with her children, Karen & James (Jim). At the age of 32 years old, Bob became a husband & father, roles he thought he’d never play.
Bob & Ann spent most of their married life in the Broadus area, living in several different homes. They built an eightplex apartment house and maintained several rental houses in the area. They also spent many happy hours out at the family ranch. Bob was a hard-working man and worked tirelessly for his family & community. He was a member of the Broadus Volunteer Fire Department, serving time as the Fire Chief. He was an instrumental member of building the Powder River County Historical Museum, spending countless hours working there. He was a member of a shooting club and shared his knowledge as a Hunter Safety instructor.
Bob enjoyed collecting guns, growing huge gardens with his family, and traveling. He and Ann traveled all over the country and were fortunate to take four cruises in their retired years. Bob also had a deep appreciation for good cooking! It was always very satisfying to feed him a good meal because he was always sure to “kiss the cook” and express his appreciation.
More than anything Bob loved & was proud of his family. He spent countless hours cheering them on & supporting them in their various endeavors. He was a true example to his family of the kind of husband all should aspire to be. In fifty-five years he didn’t miss many days of telling Ann he loved her, and doted on his “Dolly” until the end. He felt so truly fortunate to have found & become a part of her family.
Bob was the last member of his side of the family, preceded in death by his parents and all others. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Kenneth Gunther. He is survived by his wife, Ann Carroll of Broadus; daughter, Karen Gunther of Broadus; son, James Moutrey (Lourdes) of Colorado Springs, CO. Grandchildren, Kevin Gunther (Denise) Henderson, NV; Kent Gunther (Gwen) Miles City, MT; Karla Gunther (Kathy Davis) North Las Vegas, NV; Bobby Moutrey and Johnny Moutrey ,both of Colorado Springs, CO; eight great-grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Services for Robert will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Powder River Congregational Church, January 2, 2015. If one wishes to send a memorial, the family asks that they be given to the PR Historical Museum, Broadus MT or the Council on Aging, Miles City. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com