June 19, 1918 –Nov. 22, 2012
Robert C. Croft, 94, died Nov. 22, 2012, at the hospital in Kemmerer, Wyo. He had lived an active, happy life until the past few weeks as his body began to “just run out of energy” as he would tell us each time family visited.
Bob was born in Powell on June 19, 1918, to William Connel Croft and Jane LaBelle Sinclair. He was the oldest of two boys. Dick was born in 1923. He attended school in Powell where he graduated and wanted to go to college to become a veterinarian. He was not able to secure funding for college so he took up working for Garland Light and Power as a lineman.
Bob was active in FFA and won many trips to Kansas City and Denver with his skills in livestock judging. He loved horses and when he had spare time he and other neighborhood boys would be in the hills riding or hunting. They would catch wild horses in the Pryor Mountains and sell them to the famous writer, journalist and rancher, Caroline Lockhart, at Dry Head, Mont.
He married Evelyn Sessions of Byron on Nov. 2, 1941, in Lovell. They decided to be farmers and began farming on a rented place just west of Deaver. Robert E. was born when they were living near Deaver. After a couple of years living near Bob’s folks on rented property they took over the family farm when his folks moved to Oregon. They lived on the Croft homestead farm for most of their married life. Bob moved to Mountain View, Wyo., to live with his daughter Betty following Evelyn’s death in 2007.
To them were born two sons and three daughters: Robert E. and wife Rena, William A. and wife Kathy, Marlene and late husband Lynn Sorensen, Betty Jane Ilg and Evelyn Gaye and husband Frank Barrett. His five children have brought much joy into his life with 29 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Bob spent his last years in Mountain View serving others. He and Betty loved to sew items to give away. That made fleece blankets, neonatal hats, stocking caps and fleece socks. They would give these to total strangers at the quick stop, families in need or local charities. They also collected old or broken sewing machines, fixed them up and gave them to families needing one. The hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” sums up his life the best as his kids saw it.