Ivan "Ike" Herold


Baggs, Wyo., resident Ivan "Ike" Herold died Aug. 15, 2003, at his home. He was 73.

Herold was born Aug. 17, 1929, on the Herold Ranch 13 miles west of Baggs, to Joe and Lillian Herold.

Herold was a Korean War veteran, a former rodeo cowboy, expert stockman and horseman, and a "classic cowboy," who was once featured in a television documentary.

After graduating from Little Snake River School, Herold enlisted in the Marines. He served in Korea as a Ranger, where he was part of the explosives unit and the battle tank unit. He was wounded and transferred to San Diego, where he taught winter survival until he was discharged.

Herold spent several years touring the rodeo circuit where he rode bareback, saddle bronc and bulls.

Herold married Lois Elaine Miles, of Oak Creek, in 1954. They had three children Scott, Chris, and Lexine. After marrying, he worked as a driller on oilrigs for about 10 years. Then, he moved back to Baggs and was employed by The Eureka Pool, where he was foreman on a large cattle ranch.

In 1970, Herold was the central figure in a LIFE television documentary -- "COWBOY," a real-life look at the American cowboy's life and work.

In 1977, he married Shirley Staver in Rawlins, Wyo. He ran the family ranch until 1976, then continued working in the cattle business. In 1986, he was employed as an oilfield foreman where he worked until his retirement. After retiring, he went back to his first love -- riding the range for cattle and branding for many ranchers in the valley.

Herold enjoyed riding a tall horse at a fast trot, hunting, reading, gardening, and his family.

Herold is survived by his wife, Shirley Herold, of Baggs; sons Scott (Rhonda) Herold, of Baggs, and Chris (Dorryl) Herold, of Powell; daughter Lexine (Bob) Davis, of Baggs; step-daughter, Gale Samms, of Mich.; brothers Alan Herold, of Baggs, and Gary Herold, of Saratoga; sisters Eloise Ward, of Boise, Idaho, and Muriel Fritz, of Linevalle, Ala.; and nine grandchildren.

Herold is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe Herold; and sister, Elsie Oberg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Snake River EMT, in care of Noyes Health Care, of Baggs.

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