Robert Lee Ferril III, had a life-long respect for hard work, a boundless curiosity about the world and everything in it, and a quiet understanding of how things really got done. His own brand of dignified reserve will long be remembered, as will his appreciation of good humor and his enduring sense of fair play.
Husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert (Bob) died November 20, 2012, at the Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County, Wyoming. He was 84.
A native of Missouri who moved with his young family to Wyoming in 1954, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane; children Debi Ferril and Vickie Erbscholoe; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister Norma Ferril Williams.
Bob grew up in Clay County, Missouri, where he spent summers at his grandparent's farm and the school year with his parents in Liberty. In his youth, he worked for the US Postal Service and earned his Eagle Scout badge, then served three years with the United States Air Force before enrolling at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Bob was graduated with a degree in economics in 1953.
Bob spent his first four years in banking with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Shortly after his arrival at the Wyoming Bank and Trust in Buffalo, Wyoming, he became Vice-President, a job he held for seventeen years. In April, 1974, he accepted the position of Senior Vice-President at the Bank of Commerce (now First Interstate Bank) in Sheridan, Wyoming, and was promoted to President that same year. Upon his retirement, he continued on the bank's board of directors.
In association with his banking career, Bob served as President of the Wyoming Bankers Association, and held state and national offices in both the American Bankers' Association and the Independent Bankers' Association of America, where he held the positions of national treasurer for four years and director for nine years.
In his post-retirement years, Bob served on several philanthropic trusts. Bob spent many years on the board of directors as Vice President for the Chandler H. Kibbee and Mercedes K. Kibbee Foundation for Children. He was most recently President of the Joe and Arlene Watt Foundation.
Throughout his career, Bob was an active member and leader of a host of service-minded groups, including the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Kalif Shrine, American Legion, Elks Lodge, and was a proud sponsor of 4-H Clubs of America. He held the office of County Commissioner in Johnson County, Wyoming, was active on various development boards, and was President of the Wyoming Industrial Development Corporation. He was appointed by (fmr) Governor Hathaway as a Wyoming ambassador, traveling across the nation with the Governor on behalf of Wyoming economic and industrial development.
Bob's favorite annual activity was the Big Horn Mt. Roundup, known locally as the “Trail Ride.” It was his pleasure to participate in the first ride in 1965, and later acted as Director, Secretary-Treasurer and Captain. He also enjoyed skiing, tennis, trap-shooting, needlepoint, gin rummy and poker.
Services for Bob will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church with Father John Meyer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Sheridan Dog and Cat
Shelter at 184 East Ridge Road, Sheridan, WY 82801 or to the Wyoming Room at the Fulmer County Library, 335 W. Alger Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.