Bobbi Jo (Roberta Jean) Heald, 49, of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Campbell County Health.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at Cam-Plex Frontier Hall in Gillette.
Bobbi Jo was born on May 26, 1969, in Gillette, Wyoming, 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. But, 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 it define her. Her stubbornness was 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 attended.
At 8-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 and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1987.
She attended Casper College for two years, where she graduated with an associate’s degree in agriculture business. Bobbi 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, Wyoming, and went to work for C&K Equipment Sales, Inc.
In 1998, she took a position with the Campbell County School District, working at CCHS as a technology assistant and later transferred to Rozet Elementary. During this time, she also worked as the Campbell County Fair sheep superintendent, a role she took over from Earl Boller. Bobbi later took over the superintendent position at the Wyoming State Fair.
Bobbi served as Campbell County Fair Coordinator after long-time coordinator Betty Hough retired in 2012. The fair was something Bobbi loved. It was in her blood.
Bobbi Jo met Ed Cox and started working for him by pushing steers into the roping chutes, and later transitioned 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 that 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 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,” Bobbi said of her work.
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; uncle, David J. Armstrong; and aunt, Denise Shuster.
She is survived by her mother, Donna Heald of Rozet, Wyoming; brother, A.C. (Amy) Heald of Rozet, Wyoming; nephew, Ryan Jackson, Gillette, Wyoming; niece, Staci Jackson and great-nephew, Karter Baker of Gillette, Wyoming; aunt, Debra (Scott) Shaw of Gillette, Wyoming; 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, P.O. 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, P.O. Box 655, Gillette, WY 82717.