Bob Clarence Usher, who was a professional cowboy all his life, passed away June 7, 2014, in Bend. He was 83 years old.
He was born in St. Helens, Ore., Sept. 26, 1930. Bob was on his own from the time he was 13 or 14 years old when he lost his mother, Lena Skinner Usher.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. July 11 at the Longshoreman's Hall, 617 14th Ave., in Longview. Baird Funeral Home in Bend made the final arrangements.
Bob Usher fit the descriptions of a cowboy in the book, "The American West" which reads "A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse" and "A cowboy has a personal dignity ... a brusque sense of humor ... courage and the capacity to endure hardship." Bob had guts, dignity, a sense of humor, courage and the ability to endure hardships all his life. He had three registered quarter horses when he left us.
Bob raised himself in Columbia County, Ore. He started by working on farms and ranches and learned all aspects of ranching and handling horses and cattle. He could rope and ride with the best of them. He never held just one job, but always worked full-time in addition to the years he rode the rodeo circuit. When he was 18 he was riding in rodeos all over the country. He became a farrier and shod rodeo horses. He taught his sons to shoe horses and one of them is a farrier now.
Bob worked at all kinds of jobs but eventually became a longshoreman in Longview. He was always a dependable and hard worker and suffered many serious injuries while working on the ships. He got letters of commendation from the ship owners for his dedication and hard work as a gang boss.
Bob Usher fathered seven sons, five of whom are still alive. They are James Usher and Danny Usher, both of Rainier, Jeremy Usher of Breckenridge, Texas, Robert "Bobby" Usher of Tonopah, Ariz., and David Usher of Crooked River Ranch, Ore. All of Bob's sons participated in rodeo in addition to football and wrestling in high school. They all excelled and some of them are still participating in rodeo.
While living in Rainier, Bob owned horses including a quarter horse stallion named Quincy. Quincy fathered many fine horses. Bob kept and cared for another of his old stallions, My T Fritz, a horse that was toothless but lived for more than 30 years until its death in 2013. Bob's library is full of books by western writers and about western ways and quarter horses. His house is full of pictures of rodeos, horses, cattle, his children and grandchildren.
Bob never met a woman he did not like or admire and women loved his teasing ways. He has a cup on his windowsill — where he sat every day for the past 18-plus years — which reads "Let me live my life with fast horses and beautiful women and, when I die, I want them to take this old hide and make it into a lady's riding saddle so that I'll be between the two things I like best — fast horses and beautiful women."
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Robert Clarence Usher
September 26, 1930
June 7, 2014
Bend, Oregon, USA
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