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Cowboy Robert 'Bob' Clarence Usher

Sept. 26, 1930-June 7, 2014


UsherBob Usher, who was a professional cowboy all his life, passed away on June 7, 2014, in Bend. He was 83 years old.

He was born in St. Helens, Oregon, on September 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.

There will be a memorial at 11 a.m., Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Longshoreman’s Hall, 617 14th Avenue, Longview, Washington.

Bob Usher fit the descriptions of a Cowboy in the book, “The American West,” which stated: “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 endurance of hardships all his life. He had three registered quarter horses the moment he left us.

Bob raised himself in Columbia County, Oregon. He started by working on farms and ranches and learned all aspects of ranching, handling horses and cattle, and could rope and ride with the best of them. He never held just one job, but always worked full-time, and then in addition for years he rode the rodeo circuit. When he was 18 he was riding in rodeos all over the USA.

He became a farrier and shod horses all over the country. He taught his sons to shoe horses and one of them is a farrier now.

Bob worked at all kinds of work, but eventually became a longshoreman in Longview, Washington. He was always a dependable and hard-worker and suffered many serious injuries while working on the ships. He got letters of commendation while he worked there from the ship owners for his dedicated 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 of Rainier, Oregon; Jeremy Usher of Texas; Robert “Bobby” Usher of Arizona and David Usher of Crooked River Ranch, Oregon. All of Bob’s sons participated in rodeo and high school sports of football and wrestling. They all excelled and some of them are still participating in rodeo.

While living in Rainier, Bob had horses including a Quarterhorse stallion named Quincy. Quincy fathered many fine horses. Bob kept and cared for another of his old stallions who was toothless, over 30 years old until the horse died last year.

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 in his windowsill where he sat every day for the past 18-plus years which says:

“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 2 things I like best – fast horses and beautiful women.”