Bruce Yanzick

Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Absarokee - Bruce Yanzick, 82, passed away surrounded by his loving family Aug. 19, 2019, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado due to complications from cancer.  We were blessed to set his spirit free to join his son Zane Floyd who was taken from him in an automobile accident in 1980.  

He was born in Spearfish, South Dakota to Steve and Elora Yanzick on Nov. 18, 1936.  He had seven brothers and one sister.  The Yanzick family moved to Ronan Montana in 1950 to continue dairy farming.  He joined the Navy in 1955 working on the HVAC systems of submarines. 

While working on various ranches in eastern Montana, he met Theo Bickerdyke and they married on Aug. 19, 1961.  To this union he was blessed with four children, Zane, Cody, Scot and Fay.  Bruce and Theo began their lifelong dream of ranching west of Red Lodge in 1967 and finally settling west of Absarokee in 1979. 

Bruce was a director of the Stillwater Valley Watershed Council, member of the Montana Stock Association, member/director Beartooth Stock Association, member/director of the Stillwater Wool Growers Association, and was a Stillwater ASCS (FSA) county committeeman.  In addition, he also had an incredible work ethic passing the same trait on to his children by enlisting them to help with hauling small square bales by the truck load, custom fencing by pounding steel post the old-fashioned way, and picking rocks with the magic 10 finger rock pickers (our hands).  Our family motto could have been “The family that moves hand line sprinkler line together stays together.” Bruce enjoyed pitching horseshoes, going fishing if given a chance, and ranching.  Bruce was a man of faith, ruled with an iron hand, and a gentle soul.  We will miss you Dad!

He is preceded in death by his son Zane Floyd, parents Steve and Elora Yanzick and four brothers. He is survived by his wife Theo; sons Cody (Sherry) of Green Bay; Scot (Ronis) of Nye; daughter Fay (Nathan) Espeland of Roscoe; six grandchildren and seven (with a newbie on the way any day) great grandchildren. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Anipro Event Center 4 miles south of Absarokee on Hwy. 78. Anyone is welcome for a short remembrance following at the Rosebud Cemetery.  A reception will then be held at the Anipro Event Center. 

We’d like to thank all the doctors and staff who treated Bruce over the weeks at Swedish Medical Center, with a special thanks to Dr. Omar for his compassionate guidance during this difficult time. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Stillwater Valley Watershed Council or Absarokee Community Foundation. 


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 16, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  

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