Robert Brackin

Robert Sampson Brackin Jr.

March 27, 1939 - November 11, 2020
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Robert Sampson Brackin Jr. March 27th, 1939 to November 11th, 2020
Robert (Bob) was born to Robert Sampson Brackin Sr. and Blanche McCormick Brackin on March 27th. 1939 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Bob was raised on the family farm with brothers Ben and Paul and sister Laura in Indianapolis, Iowa.
Bob was an avid reader and subscriber of the Angus Journal, even appearing in a couple of articles later in life. After graduating High School at What Cheer High in 1957, he answered an ad for a ranch hand at Haystack Angus Ranch at Longmont, Colorado. Bob always liked to tell the story of him riding in a train car with a load of bulls from Longmont to the Cow Palace in California.
While working around Longmont, he met former Iowan Loretta Kay Cline at her Uncle’s insurance office. They were married in Longmont December 28th, 1963. In 1962, Bob joined the Army and did basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and then move on to Fort Hood in Texas. From there he went to Fort Holabird in Maryland for training in Military Intelligence, then back to Fort Hood where he left the Army in 1965.
Returning back to Colorado, Bob raised Registered Hereford cattle for Roche Herefords. While working for Roche Herefords, Bob got his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business at Colorado State University. Roche Herefords dispersed in 1979 so Bob became a full time Cattle Buyer.
For the next 40 years, Bob bought and sold cattle and made a lot of friendships along the way. Bob was always on the phone taking orders or just talking cattle.
Bob is survived his wife, Loretta of Loveland, his son Jeff of Knoxville, Iowa. Granddaughters Bailey of Humeston, Iowa and Macey of Iowa City, Iowa. Brother Paul (Susan) of Pella, Iowa and Sister Laura Shisler (Norm) of Port Ludlow, Washington. Sister-in-law Linda Sandy of Loveland, Colorado. Many nieces and nephews he enjoyed teasing a lot.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ben.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Loretta Brackin for a memorial for Bob, or a charity of your choice. There will no service held at this time due to Covid.
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Barry Gustafson

Posted at 09:57am
Many happy memories of Bob and many jokes, always had a smile & joke to share with office staff. Thoughts & prayers to family
Barry Gustafson & staff at Advantage Insurance

Dennis Lamm

Posted at 02:45pm
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We first met in the early 80's when I judged a cattle show in Kersey and Bob was there (second guessing my placings!!). We had many laughs about that over the years.

More recently, but still quite a while ago, we attended a wedding reception at The Ranch and he and his wife (I apologize for not remembering your name) were seated at a different table next to my wife and I. On the tables were little buckets of Hershey kisses so I proceeded to try to launch one of them at Bob. Unfortunately, it came up short and landed in his wife's hair. I was totally embarrassed and apologized profusely. But that didn't stop Bob. Every time I saw him at the sale barn since then, he would tell one or more of his many friends how I intentionally threw the kiss into her hair. He just wouldn't "let it go" but we both knew it was all in good fun (I hope!).

Over the years Bob and I did some cattle trading and I always appreciated his honesty and his treatment of me with respect even though he had so much more experience than me. He was a straight shooter.

Please know others care and Bob will be missed. Best wishes to you and yours!

Dennis Lamm

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