Robert ‘Bob’ John Goggins, age 68, of Helena, passed away August 10, 2020 at home with his family at his side. Bob fought a brave battle with Lewy body dementia/Parkinson’s for the last seven years.
Bob was born the second of five children to Robert and Cora Goggins on September 25, 1951 in Ennis, MT. Bob grew up on the ranch, where he spent much of his time riding, including competing against his sisters in their annual horse races between windrows in the hayfield.
After graduating from Ennis High School, Bob attended Montana State University-Bozeman. He met Terri Higgins in 1969 at the Montana Winter Fair where they competed against each other for grand champion steer. They were married in 1973 and had a daughter, Coralee, in 1977.
Bob continued his education and received a BS in Animal Science from MSU. Bob and Terri ranched with Terri’s folks in the Townsend area where he was president of the Broadwater Rodeo Club, a Broadwater EMT volunteer, and a member of the Catholic Church. He enjoyed competing in the local Broadwater County Rodeo and brought home the calf roping championship buckle one year. Bob enjoyed helping at the neighbors’ brandings and shippings while riding two of the best horses ever, Buck and Bestie.
While working on the ranch, Bob continued his education at Carroll College, where he received a BA in medical records RRA. He also went on to earn his nursing home administration license and a master’s degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. Bob worked at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena for over 20 years in the IT department.
Bob is survived by his wife, Terri; a daughter, Coralee (Chad) Butterfield; and grandchildren, Aaron John and Marlee Lynn Butterfield. His pride and joy was being grandpa to Aaron and Marlee. He is also survived by his mother, Cora Goggins; sisters, Betty Goggins and Janet Endecott; brothers, Jim (Shelly) Goggins and Pat (Michelle) Goggins; sister-in-law, Cindy Galt; brother-in-law, Bill Galt; niece, Rachel Endecott and nephew, Coy (Valene) Goggins. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Goggins; his father-and mother-in-law, Bill and Corinne Higgins; and a brother-in-law, Bob Endecott.
Bob’s quick wit and dry sense of humor are legendary, and he was known to pull pranks on people, which he was especially successful at on April Fool’s Day! A special thank you to Msgr. O’Neill for his end of life visit.
Due to COVID-19, a private family Funeral Mass with Fr. Jeff Fleming will be held at the Cathedral of St. Helena followed by burial at Deep Creek Cemetery in Townsend, MT. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Bob.