Howard Allen Roby


(May 8, 2005)

Howard Allen Roby, 71, of Hysham, Mont., formerly of Powell and Cody, died Sunday, May 8 at the Rosebud Health Care Center in Forsyth, Mont., with his family by his side.

He was born on June 2, 1933, son of Walter and Clara (Arbentz) Roby in Los Angeles, Calif. As a young child, he moved with his family from California to various areas in Wyoming where his dad worked in construction. Howard attended schools in both Powell and Cody. Following his schooling, he joined the United States Army and served his country in Korea.

On Sept. 26, 1956, he married Nancy Capron. To this union eight children were born. Throughout Howard's working years, he and Nancy made their home in the Powell and Cody areas. Later in life, they moved to Hysham where they lived until his death.

Howard enjoyed fishing, woodworking and being in his shop. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Roby of Hysham; two sons, Edward Roby of Alaska and David Roby and his wife Rani of Alaska; five daughters, Lori Leeper of Powell, Dori Hendricksen of Billings, Mont., Diane Keller of Hysham, Angie Zent and her husband Pat of Hysham, and Julie Matheson and her husband Mat of Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harry Roby and his wife Ione of Cody.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, "Corky" Howard William Roby; and one brother, George Roby.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church in Powell. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to a charity of one's choice. Condolences can be sent to the Roby family at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is in charge of the arrangements.