Robert Vincent Scow passed away Saturday November 1, 2014, spending the last week of his life surrounded by loved ones. He will be remembered as a helpful friend, hardworking father, kind grandfather, and faithful husband.
If you needed your house re-wired, your sink plumbed or your toaster fixed Bob Scow was usually willing to help. He encouraged self-sufficiency in his children and reached out tenderly to his grandchildren. He was a steadfast husband of 62 years.
Bob was born in Helena on February 12, 1931 to Roy and Inez Scow. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Edgar, Myron, Russell, and Gordon, also his wife, Beverly and daughter-in-law-, Evie.
Bob graduated in 1949 from Helena High School. He married Beverly Liedle in Boulder, MT in 1950. For several years he worked in a neighborhood grocery and as a “call boy” on the Northern Pacific Railroad plus serving in the National Guard all the while going to night school, eventually earning his surveyors license. Years later he retired from the Montana Highway Department. Then he continued to operate his own surveying business for many years. He built both of his homes from the ground up plus helped to build the Plymouth Congregational Church where he and Bev were loyal members for many years. Bob also was a long time member of the Masonic Lodge # 5.
Robert was hard working but he had a fun side, too. As a young Dad he took his 3 children Jim, Caren, and Jeff sledding and camping. There was also stock car racing, chokecherry picking, gold mining and the horse races.
Bob, along with his wife, Bev, enjoyed traveling. At first it was long car rides with the kids packed into the backseat, later in retirement, it was airplane trips to Arizona as snowbirds.
His other hobbies included card playing and both he and Bev were ice hockey fans when the Ice Pirates played for Helena. Bob was an avid collector of barbwire, slot machines, coins, and friends.
He was a cherished uncle to several nieces and nephews and served as Best Man at his nephew’s wedding.
Bob was always on the go, always busy building or fixing something or going somewhere. In his later years he tried his best to keep moving forward even as a cancer survivor and Parkinson’s fighter. We like to think of him now as Heaven’s handy man.
Bob is survived by his 2 sons, James (Caryn) and Jeffery Scow of Helena and his daughter Caren (John) Fisher of Renton, Washington. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Amy Rogers, Erica Renney, Johnathan Fisher, Justin Fisher, Joseph Fisher, Alisa Scow, Kaloni Scow, Kiana Scow, and 8 great grandchildren. Survivors also include by 1 brother, Orval Scow of Helena, 3 sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, in laws, and friends who loved him.
Memorial services for Robert Scow will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 3:30 PM at The Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ located at 400 South Oakes, Helena, MT. Gifts in Bob’s memory may be given to The Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Bob.