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Robert Lester 'Bob' James

Robert Lester "Bob" James, 91, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis, Wyo. 

Born October 25, 1930, in Rawlins, Wyo., he was one of six children of Staunton L. and Blanche (Souther) James. During high school and thereafter he was a cowboy with the Bloomquist ranch on Bridger Creek until induction in the US Army during the Korean War.

After his discharge from the service he served in the Army National Guard. Bob became a welder/boilermaker which became his occupation until he retired.

In 1955 he married Sandra Lowell in Peoria, Ill. The couple continued to live in Illinois until moving to Wyoming in 1968 and to Shoshoni in 1979. Following his wife's death in 1992, Bob lived in Cheyenne then moved to Thermopolis.

He was a member of the VFW, Eagles Lodge and Boilermaker Blacksmith Union. His hobbies included rock hounding, playing guitar and hunting. Throughout his life he was a cowboy at heart.

Bob is survived by his children, Tim (Karen) James of Shoshoni and Debbie (Emory) Blakesley of Thermopolis; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Faye, Cee, Joyce, Howard and David.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 17 at Mortimore Funeral Home with Pastor Echo Klaproth officiating. Burial followed at Monument Hill Cemetery.

Mortimore Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Messages may be offered at


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