A memorial service for Robert “Bob” Verdine McIntosh is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at American Legion Post 43 with a flag service followed by a celebration of life open house. The family asks friends to stop by to share memories and stories.
McIntosh died Nov. 17 at home in his wife’s arms. He was 88.
His family submitted the following.
Bob was born June 9, 1931, in Torrington to Verdine William McIntosh and Pauline Carrie (Bacon) McIntosh. The Depression era was tough on so many families, resulting in a divorce of his parents, and Bob, age 6, and his brother, Terry, age 3, found themselves living in St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage in Torrington for several years. Their mom worked two jobs to try to bring the kids home on weekends. The orphanage had its own farm and dairy cows, so at an early age Bob learned to milk cows and do other farm chores.
Bob left the orphanage when he was caught kissing a girl at 15. He and his brother went to live with their mom in Fort Lupton, Colorado. At 16 he traveled to Jackson with his aunt and uncle and found a job working on the Elk Ranch for the summer. Returning on his own during his 17th summer, he worked for Bob McConaughey on the R Lazy S and Harry Barker Sr. at the Circle H Ranch in Moose.
Bob liked Jackson so much he decided to stay the winter. He rented a room in the “Sweetwater Cabin” (which at that time, was a private home) and found a part-time job at Lumley’s Drug Store, so he could attend Jackson High School for his junior year. That summer he again found employment on dude ranches and went back to school his senior year. Unfortunately, he ran out of money and returned to Cheyenne to live with his mother and finish his senior year at St. Mary’s Catholic High School.
Following graduation Bob found the first of many jobs in Oklahoma driving combines and trucks, carrying wheat from Texas to Canada. He never made any money, as the company took it back for room and board.
Bob then hitchhiked to southern Arizona and found work on a cattle ranch. The heat was intolerable for him to work in, but he stuck it out. He received room and board and two tailored western shirts made by the ranch owner’s wife as his pay. Bob found himself sweeping out a bakery for something to eat and slept under bridges. He finally said, “enough of this hot country, I am going back to Wyoming.”
He had some more odd jobs hitching back to Cheyenne and in November 1950 enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After basic training he was to photo technician with rank of Airman First Class. His duties were photographing possible radar sites from helicopters in occupied Germany.
Following an honorable discharge, Bob headed home to Jackson Hole. Howard Ballew hired him on the Moose Bell Ranch, where he met a special girl who came west from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was working on the neighboring Circle H Ranch; it was a business deal that brought them together. She offered to wash his clothes if he would take her to square dances. He took her up on the deal and married Rosemary on Jan. 28, 1956.
During those 64 years, Bob graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in agriculture. In addition to owning a dude ranch, he was an outfitter and ran hunting camps. He also owned cattle in the early years. Later he attended the University of Wyoming a second time, and obtained a teaching degree.
With his wife and two daughters, Bob traveled to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, to teach junior high science. A year and a half later he returned to the mainland to work for the state of Wyoming, first as a grasshopper counter (you get down on all fours, hit the ground and count), then as a grain inspector and finally a dairy inspector in Swan Valley.
Bob’s love of learning led him to back to school, that time to Denver for tech school for appliance repair. It was then he started his own business, Mephisto’s Repair and Maintenance. For 20 years he enjoyed not only repairing appliances, HVAC systems and other odd jobs, but also helping his customers.
He also found joy in saddle bronc riding in his younger years, being a charter member, and playing polo with the Jackson Hole Polo Club. Bob was also a member of the Teton Twirlers dance club, Lions Club (where he earned the club’s highest service award in the nation), the American Legion, and was quartermaster for years with the VFW.
Bob most of all loved his family. His wife, two daughters and grandchildren meant everything to him. He loved dancing with his wife. His girls would tell you he always encouraged you to never stop learning. He was a loving husband and father. He was a dependable person as anyone could ask for, had a sense of humor, always there to lend a helping hand to anyone, and an honorable man. As we say goodbye, remember how if you asked him how he was doing he would tell you “Booming.”
Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline; step-father Glen Dyrland; father Verdine; brother Terry; many aunts and uncles; and many oldtimers and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary; daughters Mary (Jeff) Sundheim, and Alice (Kyle) Walker; grandchildren Chad, Cody, Amber, Wayne, Erin, Jessica and Zach; and many nephews and nieces.