Robert Dale Hagert
May 10, 1942 – August 1, 2018
Bob Hagert was a legend in his own right, arriving in Ridgway in 1976. Known to many as “Cowboy Bob”, he went right to work becoming involved in Ridgway and Ouray County. He was part of a unique small group of people, who are known to have “reinvented” Ridgway.
Bob’s heart was huge! He was rough around the edges, a true cowboy, but literally would give you the coat off his back, if he knew you needed it. Bob had a part in starting the then Ridgway Chamber of Commerce, he helped start a Christmas care program, and he had a heart for the homeless and the down and out. He started the San Juan Round-Up, a Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Bob was part of many aspects of the Ouray County Rodeo participating in many of the events, he also rode the river in rafting events. He opened up his hand built ranch and had fireworks for the 4th of July Celebration for many years. He hand carved and handmade many of the iconic signs that have been around town until just recently including but not limited to the Historic Sherbino Theatre, and of course the many various shows and activities of the “Legends of the West” outdoor live Wild West re-enactment shows and musical productions, which drew many, many crowds in its time. His legendary ranch is still visited today by many tourists. He also loved giving the kids in the area horse rides at the ranch, tractor rides at the ranch and in parades and throwing out candy to kids young and old alike at all the parades in the county and surrounding areas. His love for trains afforded him many activities between here and Silverton with the railroad alongside with his cast from the legends show. He was a race car enthusiast and could beat anyone in trivia down to the smallest detail about any racecar details: Nascar, Indie 500, Open Wheel Indie events and all its drivers.
Bob was born Robert Dale Hagert on May 10, 1942 in Northwood, North Dakota. He graduated from Larimore High School, Larimore, North Dakota in 1960 and graduated with a Degree in Drafting from the Wahpeton State School of Science in North Dakota. His work included working at 3M and Honeywell thru subcontracting assignments in Minnesota. He was also a Lead Draftsman out of Boulder, Colorado. He arrived in Ridgway, Colorado in 1976.
Despite all Bob fought through with several medical issues his fortitude through it all is a lesson and example to us all. Bob went home to the Lord, Wed. August 1st, 2018. He is a large figure that will be greatly missed by this community!
He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife Laura Hagert, who is an icon to this community in her own right. They were married October 3rd 1999; which by the way was a major community event as well.
He is also survived by his sister Sandra Walters and her husband Bob, his brother Curtis Hagert and his wife Roberta, his sister Joann Larson and her husband Myron, and his brother David Hagert and his wife Karen. Bob also has 3 daughters-Lynne, Nicole and Robin. He also has grandchildren Aidan, Colin, Evan, Jupiter, Odion, Andrew and Corey. He also has a newly born great-grandchild Jase.
A Celebration of Life event will occur this coming Saturday August 11th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the legendary River Ranch in Ridgway –bring your own saddles and chairs- Food will be provided. (Any further questions please contact 970-325-3511 via text or phone call) Happy Trails “Cowboy” Bob! We will always love you!