May 22, 1936 — Dec. 2, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
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            Robert Berhardt Staigmiller

Robert Berhardt Staigmiller, 83, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2019 in Billings, Mont., surrounded by his family.

Bob was born on May 22, 1936, to John and June Staigmiller in Great Falls, Mont., and grew up on the family ranch near Eden, Mont. Bob loved the Foothills region and would tell stories of “Life over the Baldy,” to anyone who listened.

After graduating from high school in Fairfield, Mont., Bob served as a navigator in the United States Air Force before pursuing degrees in Animal Science from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin.

Following graduation, the family moved to Miles City, Mont., where Bob studied reproduction in beef cattle at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Station. Following his retirement, they moved to Absarokee, Mont., where Bob built a house overlooking the Beartooth Mountains.

While serving in the Air Force, Bob met Nancy Cregier at a youth group work camp in Albuquerque, N.M. They were married for 53 years and raised three children — Joe, Kenny, and Donna.

Bob was a gentle, caring soul, a true friend, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He and Nancy were active in a church wherever they lived and were dedicated supporters of the United Church of Christ’s Camp Mimanagish.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, John and June; brother Ken, and sister Marlene.

He is survived by his wife Nancy; children Joe, Kenny (Carmen), Donna (Andrew), sister Connie Morrison; sister in-law Jan Caton; grandchildren Cole and Emma, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Community Congregational Church in Absarokee, Mont.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to or Heifer Project International (

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