Montie Edward Munroe
January 2, 2019
Montie Edward Munroe, 70, of Encampment, joined his Lord unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.
He was born Feb. 3, 1948 in Fort Collins, Colo. and raised in Wellington, Colo. on the Munroe Ranch.
Montie was the only child to Edward ‘Buster’ and Zelma Burch Munroe. He attended school at Buckeye and Fort Collins where he played football and wrestled, leaving school to become a full-time rancher and cowboy. Montie had several mentors in the ranching community and numerous friends. He had a wealth of wisdom for the true cowboy way of life from stockmanship, herding sheep, working good Australian Shepherd dogs, raising cattle, driving teams and training remount horses. He was an accomplished and proud graduate of “Sagebrush College.”
As an adult, Montie ranched in Wellington, Colo. with his parents before moving to the ranch they purchased in Encampment in 1972. This became their forever home. He met his wife, Cheryl, in 1982 and married June 17, 1983. They melded their families together and were active in their community through multiple school organizations, clubs and competitions. He was especially supportive to the kids showing and competing in the Carbon County and Wyoming State Fairs. Montie loved all aspects of the cowboy way of life and ranching was in his blood. He was a devoted husband and father. Being an avid stockman and “one heck of a hand” Montie called everyone he met friend. He will be remembered for his fun-loving and outgoing personality, along with his huge heart and smile. Montie loved his family and friends, but his favorite people were kids, and they were always drawn to him. He loved working with kids and teens sharing the western way of life. Montie’s hobbies included watching all his kids and grandkids (biological or not) play sports and show their livestock or rodeo.
He loved listening to good ol’ country music. He was a great cook and even had his recipes used by kids in cooking competitions. He was one of the initial members of the Grand Encampment Cowboy Poetry Gathering and chaired the kids Stick Horse Rodeo, even providing the mounts. He was a Lion’s Club member and one of the entrance gate keepers for the annual Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo, where he loved to greet all the locals and new comers. He served on several agricultural boards and advisory committees.
Montie is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Cheryl Munroe, his four children Cathy Glenn of Laramie; Monica (Chris) Solaas of Rock Springs.; Melissa (Beau) Addison of Collbran, Colo.; and Lisle (Estella) Munroe of Encampment. He is also survived by his grandchildren who loved him dearly Josh (Erin) Solaas, Zach (Jennie) Solaas, Wyatt Glenn, Peyton Munroe, Coy Munroe, Sammi Addison and Lexi Addison as well as four great-grandchildren and many cousins.
Montie was preceded in death by both of his parents Edward ‘Buster’ and Zelma Munroe.
Memorial services were held Saturday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Encampment School with Pasto2r Pat Jeffrey and Jerry Paxton officiating. Services were followed by internment at Mountain View Cemetery in Riverside and fellowship meal back at the Encampment School.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mountain View Cemetery, P.O. Box 155, Encampment, Wy 82325.