May 26, 1969 – May 9, 2019
Roberta Jean “Bobbi Jo” Heald, 49 of Gillette, WY, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 9 at Campbell County Health. Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 16 at Cam-Plex Frontier Hall.
Bobbi Jo was born on May 26, 1969, in Gillette, WY, to Chuck and Donna (Armstrong) Heald. She was raised on a ranch 42 miles north of Gillette and east of the Weston store.
Bobbi Jo was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of eight. She never let it hold her back, nor did she complain about the numerous challenges the disease left her to face. She was determined not to let the disease define her, her stubbornness being one of her many trademarks.
She grew up loving livestock and horses, and at age three she received her first horse, Sonny. Later, she started barrel racing and pole bending while her dad announced at the rodeos she was attending.
At eight years old, Bobbi Jo began showing steers and horses in 4-H. She got her first market steer, a Simmenthal (Bud), which strengthened her love of the cattle and agriculture industry. In junior high, she bought her first flock of Suffolk sheep from Jock Ward. Bobbi was an active member of FFA throughout her school years. She graduated from CCHS in 1987.
She attended Casper College for two years where she graduated with an associate degree in agriculture business. She then transferred to Chadron State College and earned bachelor’s degrees in agriculture business and business administration with a minor in business. Upon graduating, she moved to Sheridan, WY and went to work for C&K Equipment Sales, Inc.
In 1998, she took a position with the Campbell County School District, working at Campbell County High School as a technology assistant and later transferring to Rozet Elementary. During this time, she also worked as the Campbell County Fair sheep superintendent, a role she took over from Earl Boller, and later took the Superintendent position at the Wyoming State Fair. Bobbi served as Campbell County Fair coordinator, a position she started after long-time coordinator Betty Hough retired in 2012. The fair was something Bobbi loved, and it was in her blood. Bobbi Jo met Ed Cox and started working for him by pushing steers into the roping chutes, later on transitioning into announcing team ropings, barrel races, high school rodeos, and ranch sortings. Bobbi Jo flourished as an announcer. She was known for her voice and no BS attitude.
She had a tough, inspirational mindset and had a huge impact on people in the community and statewide. She enjoyed being with the kids, organizing and putting things together, so that the shows ran efficiently and smoothly. Bobbi Jo believed the youth are the most important part of the future of agriculture. “I did it for the kids; it kept me involved and close to the animals and kids.” There will be a significant void in the community and in so many lives.
Bobbi Jo is preceded in death by her father, Chuck Heald; paternal grandparents, George, and Barbara Heald; maternal grandparents, David T. and Jeannette Armstrong; and by her uncle David J. Armstrong and aunt Denise Shuster.
She is survived by her mother, Donna Heald, Rozet, WY; brother, A.C. (Amy) Heald, Rozet, WY; nephew, Ryan Jackson, Gillette, WY; niece, Staci Jackson and great-nephew, Karter Baker, Gillette, WY; aunt, Debra (Scott) Shaw, Gillette, WY; and numerous cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bobbi Jo Heald Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank of Wyoming, PO Box 3227, Gillette, WY 82717, to benefit Campbell County 4-H and FFA programs. Memorials and condolences may also be sent to the Heald Family, PO Box 655, Gillette, WY 82717.