On Nov. 20, 2018, as his family gathered around his hospital bed, Robert Joseph Stringari took his last breath.
He was born to Joe and LaDonna on Oct. 11, 1938, in Billings, Montana. He attended school in Fromberg and then moved to Belfry, where he graduated from high school in 1957. Bob was lucky enough to be part of the Class C state football championship in 1956. He then went to work for the Yellowstone Park Service.
Bob met the love of his life, Connie Koch, and they began their 58 years of marriage on Oct. 22, 1960. With this union, they had four children: Pam, Scott, Cindy and Kim. Bob and Connie made their home in Chance, Montana, where farming and ranching became their way of life. In 1994, they sold the farm and were off to Powell for their new adventure. He then went to work for Shoshone Irrigation District.
He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He wore many hats in his life — S&S Outfitters, cowboy, fireman, rodeo clown and oil rigs. One of the biggest hats was his faith: He was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and this allowed him to travel and share what God meant to him. One of his fellow Knights said, “Bob’s deep faith helped me be stronger in mine.” He was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends and will be greatly missed.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister Delores; brother-in-law Wayne Anderson; and his in-laws, Joe and Emma Koch.
Bob is survived by his wife Connie; his children Pam, Scott (Priscilla), Cindy (Wade) and Kim (Brian); 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his brother Gene (Althea) and sister Donna; brothers- and sisters-in-law Gene (Eileen), Gerald (Betty), Kathleen, Marilyn (Roben) and Denis (Kathy); and many nieces and nephews.
Bob’s services will be held at Saint Barbara’s Catholic Church. Rosary will be Nov. 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. The funeral will be Nov. 29, 2018, at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Bob will be laid to rest at the Belfry Cemetery following the reception.
A very special thank you to the Big Horn Cancer Center and West Park Hospital for the amazing care that he received from their staff, and also to Jim and Denise Flowers and family for always being there.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Big Horn Cancer Center, Saint Barbara’s Church or a charity of one’s choice.