Jan. 30, 1922 – Dec. 28, 2012
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Robert “Bob” Charles Baragar, 90, of Scottsbluff, was taken into God’s arms Saturday, Dec. 28, 2012 with his family by his side at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff after a short illness.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel with Pastor Alan Strawn officiating.
Cremation was held at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory. Inurnment will be in the Mitchell Cemetery with military rites by the Nebraska Army National Guard. The Robert Baragar Memorial Fund has been established. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.
Bob was born Jan. 30, 1922 in Oelrichs, S.D. to Charles and Lillian (Thomas) Baragar. Bob was raised in the Oelrichs and Chadron areas attending school through the 10th grade.
Bob joined the army at Fort Robinson, Neb. in 1942. He was involved with the horse patrol and talked a lot about the trip across the ocean aboard a ship with 250 head of horses. Bob was the chef on the ship for the army soldiers. They spent two years in India. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On Aug. 30, 1946, Bob was united in marriage to Sara Catherine Claussen in Harrison, Neb. To this union, three children were born, Jim, Sandy and Cathy. Bob farmed and ranched in the Harrison, Chadron, and Hay Springs areas.
In 1962, he went to work for Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas Company (KN), which took them to Hay Springs, Chadron and Imperial, Neb., as well as Guernsey. He was a member of the Hay Springs Volunteer Fire Department. When he retired in 1985, he was a main line inspector for KN. Bob and Catherine then moved to Torrington.
Bob loved to do woodwork and could fix anything. The highlight of his retirement was his elk hunting trips with his son, Jim, and his grandsons Jimmy and Michael, and of course his wife Catherine was along to do all of the cooking for the hunting camps. His love for horses played out with the hunting trips, as they would ride horses to haul their elk back to camp. Bob and Catherine enjoyed taking Shane and Dustin to Cheyenne Frontier Days with them to visit Uncle Jim and Aunt Toni.
Bob kept busy making sure Catherine never missed a dialysis treatment no matter what the weather was like, traveling from Torrington to Scottsbluff three and four times a week. The joke in the family was calling him Dr. Bob!
His granddaughters and nieces will always remember him for his whisker rubs! Bob and Catherine moved to Scottsbluff in August 2012 so they would be closer to their doctors and family. He was still making his homemade bread until he became sick. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post in Chadron for 64 years.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Catherine; daughter, Sandy (Ron) Thompson, Gering, Neb.; daughter-in-law, Toni Baragar, Casper; grandsons: Jimmy (Lori) Baragar, and Michael (Kelly) Baragar of Casper, Shane (Tria) Stout, North Platte, Neb., Bryan (Ethel) Broberg, Free Town, South Africa; granddaughter, Robin Collins, Gering; step grandchildren: Ron, Jr. (Deb) Thompson, Aurora, Neb., Sandy (RJ) Parmenter, Scottsbluff, Rusty (Mechele) Thompson, Liberal, Kan., Becky (Jim) Schmidt, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 21 great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and the newest twinkle of his eye, Christopher.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, son Jim, daughter Cathy Stout, grandson Dustin Stout; brothers, Alvin, Francis, Jr and Dean; and one sister, Lucille.
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