Robert Eugene Simpson
April 21, 2005
Robert Eugene Simpson died April 14, 2005, in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Robert Eugene Simpson was born May 27, 1926, to Gene and Emma Simpson in Axial Basin.
During his youth, Simpson moved several times with his family. They lived in Elkriver “Moonhill” near Steamboat Springs, Miller Creek — up the White River, near Buford — The Bassett Ranch in Browns Park and Orchard Mesa near Grand Junction, where he received his high school diploma with the Class of 1944 from Fruitvale High School.
On Aug. 10, 1944, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps.
He served in France during World War II.
Simpson was honorably discharged on June 25, 1946. After the service, he and his brother Earl were traveling through Craig on their way to Cody, Wyo. They stopped to visit Mrs. Sweet, and she convinced them to stay the night and they never left.
During his time in Craig, Simpson met Dorothy Janet Lovelett. On May 30, 1948, the two were married in Palisade at
the Orchard Mesa Community Church.
The couple lived in Craig where he worked for Loyd Sheard and at the Creamery. In March of 1953, they moved to Browns Park to work on the Steve Simos Ranch.
In December of the same year, they purchased Bull Canyon Ranch where the family operated a cattle ranch.
The children attended school at the ranch and the Browns Park School.
In 1964, Simpson went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation at the Flaming Gorge Dam. The family moved to Dutch John.
While working for the bureau, he continued to operate the cattle ranch in Browns Park, sharing time between the two. During his time in Dutch John, he also operated Bull Canyon Guides.
He guided fishermen down the Green River below the dam, and hunters for deer and elk in Browns Park and on Cold Springs Mountain. After his retirement in 1986, he continued to guide river trips and hunts for a select few clients and old friends. In 1990, he and Dorothy built a new home in Bull Canyon.
Simpson is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Lovelett) Simp-son; daughters Barbara (Fred) Bailey of Castle Rock, Ellen Dana of Browns Park, and Tammy (Leonard) Gorzalka of Sheridan; son, Terry (Michelle) Simpson of Limon; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brothers Ralph (Betty Jo) Simpson of Mesa, Ariz., Dale (Arlene) Simpson of Grand Junction; sister, Virginia Erwin of Craig; his late brother’s wife, Jerry Simpson of Craig; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Simpson was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Emma Simpson, and his brother, Earl Simpson.
Services were held April 18, 2005, at First Christian Church. Graveside services were held April 18, 2005, with Pastor Robert Hughbanks officiating.
The eulogy was given by John Simpson.
Vocals were by Audra Gor-zol-ka, Megan Gorzolka, Mich-elle Simpson and Melissa Simpson.
Pallbearers were Jesse Simpson, Chris Simpson, Justin Dana, Tyson Newhouse, Lenard Gorzolka, and Jay Buckley.