Clipped From The Havre Daily News
Death Brings Close To Colorful Career Robert "Bob" Stirling, 83, who was one of the oldest working cowboys in Montana, died Thursday at a local hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home. Bob Stirling was born June 9, 1884, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to the United States with his parents at the age of 4 and started riding at the age of 12. The Stirlings had a ranch midway between Loma and Fort Benton. Following his formal education, Stirling rode for the Bill Embleton ranch at the age of 14, and later worked for the Kelly Ranch Company and on the Homer Sheppard ranch in Choteau County. He came to Hill County in 1917 to work on the O. C. Sheppard P. T. Ranch north of Havre and for the past 25 or 30 years had worked on the Steve Boyce ranch in the Bear Paw Mountains. Stirling was honored early this summer at the Havre Roping Club rodeo held at the Hill County Fairgrounds. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Maggie Bannatyne of Dutton, and a sister-in-law, Mis. Frank Stirling of Havre. Several nieces and nephews also survive. A memorialtotheYellowstone Boys Ranch has been established by the family.