Robert "Bobby" Montsdeoca, 83 of Kenansville passed away Thursday, September 16, 2021. Member of Pioneer Osceola County family Bobby was born the son of the late Robert M. Montsdeoca and Wilcie Ann Swallows Montsdeoca. He was delivered in St. Cloud, Florida, by Dr. Chan who was the only doctor in St. Cloud at the time.
He was the youngest of three children with two older sisters, Lucille & Betty Jean. During his high school years, he spent the mornings before school riding racehorses for Aaron Story, breaking them in and getting them ready for the track. The afternoons were spent at either football or baseball practice. His second home during this time was at Doc and Petie Partin's home where he had many good times with Hank and Doug Partin. After high school, Bobby went to work for Buck Mann. Buck had Cattle at several different places. When he first hired on they were cleaning out the cattle Buck had at the bombing range. The headquarters were at Turkey Hammock but Buck had several lease places where they would work. You were on your horse before daylight and rode most of the day gathering cattle. It made for many a long day and a lot of wet saddle pads. The foreman was Eddie Raulerson and he had some good cow dogs who did not take kindly to very many people. Due to a cyst on his back, Bobby had to give up on riding a horse for a while, so Buck called around and got him a job as a Federal Livestock Inspector. This did not last too long though because about a month later he was drafted into the United States Army.
His military career began in January of 1961. Boot camp was at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then on to New Jersey for a short stay. He was soon sent overseas to Germany for 2 Years. While overseas, he got to do some pretty amazing sightseeing during his leave. The bullfights in Barcelona, Spain, were quiet a sight to see and the skiing in Austria on the Swiss Alps was not too bad either. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam but he missed that boat and came back home. He spent some times with the Godwin family in Arkansas before heading back to Osceola County. He soon went to work for the Lucky L. Ranch in Kenansville. Doug Partin was the foreman, and the crew consisted of Bobby, Leslie Tyson and Billy Lewis.
Bobby married Mary Platt on June 5, 1965. They both became members of Silver Spur Club. In September of 1966 they welcomed their first child Jody. Soon after the Lucky L. had to make some cuts and Bobby and Mary moved to Fellsmere where Bobby day worked and they lived in a little house owned by Carson and VillaMae Platt. Bobby went to work for Troy Moody who had a place on Highway 60 for a short time but they soon packed up and returned to Osceola County where Bobby went to work for Mr. Mack Overstreet. Life at Edgewater was good, you could walk the airboat down from the house to the lake to go frogging and the hog hunting at Rough Island was always a good time. In October 1971 their son Robert (Shoat) was born and before he turned 2 they moved the family to Okeechobee to go to work for Doug and Lee Partin at Bluefield. They would also load the crew and go to Ganarelli's to work Coaches cows during these summers. Walking the cattle from Holopaw to Lake Kissimmee was always an adventure and Coach Ganarelli would stop at Lamar's Bakery in Kissimmee in the morning and bring piping hot doughnuts for the crew.
After Bluefield Bobby and Mary decided to try their hand in the retail business at Rabon's Saddle Shop and Trailer Sales in Okeechobee. Bobby had many long drives to Kansas to pick up trailers and only got in trouble one time for having too many trailers hooked together (they kind of frown on you when your rig is longer than a semi).
After life in town, they bought a place in Illahaw where they run their cattle and enjoy life with the grandkids. It is a good to be where you can sit on the porch in the morning drinking coffee and watch the cows, turkeys and deer go by. Bobby put up a good fight and had a good life, but the most important thing is he knew God.
Bobby was awarded the Coca-Cola Cowboy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Silver Spur Club in 2013, was Honorary Team Captain 2012 Florida Ranch Rodeo State Finals, was a member of the Florida Cattleman’s Association and was Grand Marshall of the Kenansville Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade.
Preceded in death by other than his parents, his sisters: Lucille Hyder and Betty Jean Addison.
Bobby is survived by his wife Mary Platt Montsdeoca, son: Robert (Shoat) (Amie) Montsdeoca, daughter: Jody (Gene) Cox, 4 grandchildren: Abbie Crews, Sammie Cox, Jamie Cox and Jessie Cox.
Graveside funeral services for Bobby will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Kenansville Cemetery, with the Reverend David Wallace, Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church Kenansville, officiating.
Full military honors will be accorded at the graveside by the Osceola County Veterans Council.
Visitation for friends will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, November 5, 2021 at the Roger C. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Conrad & Thompson Funeral Home, Kissimmee.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942
The Montsdeoca family is being cared for by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 EMMETT STREET, KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA 34741 (407A0847-3188
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