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John E. Brodie

Feb 3, 2013 - Staff

John E. "Jack" Brodie died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at his home in Lander surrounded by loving family members. He was 87 years old.

A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the Chapel of Mount Hope at Hudson's Funeral Home in Lander with military honors to follow.

John Edison Brodie was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Lander, the son of John and Annie Jane (Jean) Brodie.

He attended schools in Lander and graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School.

Upon graduation, he served in the Navy during World War II on a cargo ship and aircraft carrier in the South Pacific.

While home on leave, he met the love of his life and wife of 66 years, Irene Gehrt.

After an honorable discharge, he returned to Lander and worked for several years at Dallas Dome Oil Field. During this time he started his life business as a cattle rancher, cowboy and livestock broker.

In 1959, he and his wife purchased the Shady Dell Ranch in Sinks Canyon. In 1978, they purchased the Bybee Ranch on North Second Street where he continued to run cattle and raise hay to the present.

As a livestock broker, his word and handshake were known to be as good as any written contract, his associates recalled.

Mr. Brodie was a founding member of the Lander Cutter Racing Association and the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association.

He won the Wyoming championship and represented Wyoming at the World Championship Cutter and Chariot Races meet in March 1966 in Pocatello, Idaho.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Elks Club, the One Shot Antelope Club and the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.

For 25 years, Mr. and Mrs. Brodie provided the luncheon on Friday for the One Shot team members at their ranch in Sinks Canyon.

He was a member of the Wyoming One Shot team in 1977. He was a guide for the One Shot and through the years, he and his wife made many lifelong friends.

They were privileged to attend the Apollo XVII launching on Dec 7, 1972, at Cape Canaveral, Fla., after being invited by the One Shot astronaut's team.

His family said he loved watching and helping his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with their rodeo, school sports and activities.

He raised colts and gave one to each of his grandchildren.

He shared his passion for fishing, hunting and enjoying life with all his family.

He is survived by his wife, Irene; five children, Diana Brodie (Mel Dahl), Chuck (Anel) Brodie, Katie (Brad) Meredith, Mike Brodie (Launa Christie) and Jock (Susan) Brodie; eight grandchildren, Sonya and Tommy Heil, Amanda and Jessica Brodie, Cain and Heather Brodie and Jake and Sam Brodie; two great-grandchildren, Kayden and Kolby Heil; brother in-law Floyd Gehrt (Patty); several nieces and nep-hews; good friend Bill Ruby; and faithful dog, Mr. Abby.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother in-law, Annie Jean and Roy Anesi.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mr. Brodie's name may be made to Amedisys Hospice Services, 514 Pershing Ave., Riverton, WY 82501, the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Association c/o Doug Anesi, First Interstate Bank, 8118 Hwy 789, Lander, WY 82520 or a charity of the donor's choice.

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