Rick Zier

Rick Zier

Oct. 12, 1953 – March 19, 2021


Rick Zier left this earth and passed into heaven on March 19, 2021, at the age of 67.

Peter Richard (Rick) Zier was born on Oct. 12, 1953, to Rose M. Zier and Fred Zier of Hardin, Mont. He spent his childhood in the Crow Agency area with siblings Dori (Arntz), Ted, and Brenda (Fenner) and graduated from Hardin High School in 1972. From there he immediately entered into one of his true passions in life: rodeo.

After being warned that bareback riding was too dangerous, Rick and his brother Ted opted to pursue a much safer career in bull riding. He had success in rodeo as the Great Falls Circuit Finals Champion in 1979 and that same year finished ranked in the top 30 and was invited to the George Paul Memorial in Del Rio, Texas.

Rick wed Kristine (Roen) in 1982. Though they would later divorce, they welcomed their only child, Joshua, in 1987. With his rodeo days behind him, Rick began working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration information systems from Eastern Montana College. He graduated in 1991 and shortly thereafter moved to Colorado Springs and eventually the Denver area. He remained in Colorado until his retirement to Greybull, Wyo., in 2017. We are forever grateful for the later years he was able to enjoy close to friends and family.

Rick will always be remembered for his unwavering loyalty to his family and friends. Though strong and independent, he cared deeply for those around him, and his greatest success was as a loving father, a job he excelled at every day of his life. Good ride cowboy, good ride.

He is survived by his son Joshua (Mackenzie) Zier and soon-to-arrive grandchild; his siblings Dori Arntz of Pioneer, Calif., Ted (Tawni) Zier of Basin, Wyo., and Brenda (Chad) Fenner of Augusta.

The Zier family extends a gracious thank you to all who have reached out during this time.

A celebration of Rick’s life is being planned for a future date. Cremation has taken place at the Antelope Butte Crematory in Greybull. Arrangements have been entrusted to Atwood Family Funeral Directors.