Aug. 1 1950 — Oct. 19, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
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Robert (Bob) W. Liss

My Dad was born Aug. 1 1950, in Spearfish, South Dakota to Steve and Annie Liss. He was the youngest of their four boys. Grandma always said he was the last cowboy.

He grew up on the family homestead not far from Ekalaka, Mont. Growing up there gave them all character. One time I asked how far away the ranch was. He told me, when you get to the middle of nowhere you go 10 more miles and you’re there.

He went to school in a oneroom building but only through the 8th grade. He said by then he was smarter than the teachers. So he cowboyed for a while and helped with the family ranch.

In August of 1969 he joined the U.S. Army. After training he was sent to Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1971. He spent some time in the oil fields in Hammond, Mont. Through family and friends he came to Columbus and met my Mom, Carol Ewan. They were married Sept. 17, 1977.

Around that time he went to work for JO Miller in Absarokee, Mont. Cowboying again. It was what he knew and was very good at. In September of 1980, they had me. In 1992, he started his own business building fences and installing underground sprinklers. They lived in the same place for 21 years, on the beautiful Stillwater River. They were divorced in 1999.

After that he moved to Billings. He met Laural Olsen and they were together for many years. After she passed away, he continued to live in Billings. I learned many things from my Dad. Hunting and fishing were a couple of his favorite hobbies. Opening week of elk season was a holiday at our house. I skinned his bear when I was 12. He taught a lot of us to ride and rope. When his nieces and nephews came to visit, he would always go catch some horses for us to ride.

My cousin called him Cowboy Bob instead of Uncle. We floated the Stillwater River every chance we had all summer long. A lot of fishing poles were broken on these trips, so we finally stopped taking them.

He was a great man, always willing to help. Always had a new joke to tell. He is sur vived by his brothers Ted and Dorthy Liss and Harry Liss, both of Cameron, Mont.; his daughter and son-in-law Ruthie and Cecil Hood; his grandkids Ethan, Kali and Wyatt Hood of Columbus, Mont., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Annie Liss, his brother Joe Liss, grandson Calvin Hood, my Mom Carol Liss and His long time girlfriend Laural Olsen. Services will be at the Mountain View Cemetery in Columbus, Mont., Oct. 30. At 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the American Legion building on Countryman Creek Road, also known as Fireman’s Point. My Dad was a great storyteller, from a long line of storytellers. Please come celebrate his life with us. Share a story, one he told you or one where he was the star.