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Bruce Donald Yanzick


August 30, 2019

Bruce D. Yanzick, 82, passed away surrounded by his loving family August 19, 2019, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colo., due to complications from cancer. We were blessed to set his spirit free to join his son, Zane Floyd, who was taken from him in an automobile accident in 1980. He was born in Spearfish, S.D., to Steve and Elora Yanzick on Nov. 18, 1936. He had seven brothers and one sister. The Yanzick family moved to Ronan Montana in 1950 to continue dairy farming. He joined the Navy in 1955, working on the HVAC systems of submarines.

While working on various ranches in eastern Montana, he met Theo Bickerdyke and they married on August 19, 1961. From this union, he was blessed with four children, Zane, Cody, Scot, and Fay. Bruce and Theo began their lifelong dream of ranching west of Red Lodge in 1967 and finally settled west of Absarokee in 1979.

Bruce was a director of Stillwater/Carbon County Farm Bureau, member of Stillwater Valley Watershed Council, member of Montana Stock Growers Association, member/director of Beartooth Stock Association, member/director of Stillwater Wool Growers Association, and a Stillwater ASCS (FSA) county committee member. In addition, he also had an incredible work ethic, passing the same trait on to his children by enlisting them to help with hauling small square bales by the truck load, custom fencing by pounding steel post the old-fashioned way, and picking rocks with the magic 10 finger rock pickers (our hands). Our family motto could have been, "The family that moves hand line sprinkler line together stays together." Bruce enjoyed pitching horseshoes, going fishing if given a chance, and ranching. Bruce was a man of faith, ruled with an iron hand, and a gentle soul. We will miss you Dad!

He is preceded in death by his son Zane Floyd; parents, Steve and Elora Yanzick; and four brothers. He is survived by his wife Theo; sons, Cody (Sherry) of Green Bay; Scot (Ronis) of Nye; daughter Fay (Nathan) Espeland of Roscoe; six grandchildren and seven (with a newbie on the way any day) great grandchildren.

A celebration of life was held August 24 at the Anipro Event Center. A reception followed at the Anipro Event Center.

We'd like to thank all the doctors and staff who treated Bruce over the weeks at Swedish Medical Center, with a special thanks to Dr. Omar for his compassionate guidance during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Stillwater Valley Watershed Council or Absarokee Community Foundation.


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