SOLDIERS GROVE — Gilford “Buck” W. Dobbs, 88, of Soldiers Grove passed away Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at his home.
He was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Richland County, the town of Sylvan, to Pearlie O. and Tressie M. (Johnson) Dobbs.
Buck farmed all his life in Richland County. His many years of blood, sweat and tears earned him much enjoyment and a very full life. In 1974, he reunited with an old classmate, Patricia R. Dobbs. She became his best friend and life partner for 41 years, until her death in 2015.
In 1990, Buck earned the Conservation Farmer of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement Award. He was also honored for many years with quality milk producer awards from Swiss Valley Co., as well as many other companies during his years of milking.
Buck enjoyed his sports. Anything with a ball interested him. He was a boxing champ and basketball player during his high school career. As a young adult, he was locally known for his baseball and softball skills. There was not a ball field in the southwestern region that he did not play ball in. Some say, he would have had a professional career had he not decided to join his father in the family farm business. He was also known for his bowling and bowled for various leagues in his lifetime, earning many awards for his talent.
He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He often spoke of checking fence while carrying the pliers, fence post and digger and some wire, and at the same time had a gun in tow. Buck also spent many falls hunting bear with his “hunting buddies,” in the Hayward area, as well as hunting pheasant with his younger brother, Gehart and his family, in the Melrose area. He spent countless years hunting rabbits, squirrels and raccoon with his faithful hounds. He bragged many times of shooting more than any in the hunting group. He never missed a hunting opportunity. Even while spreading manure on his fields, it was certain he had his gun just in case he saw the “big one.”
In later years, he slowed down and was able to spend his winters with Patricia in Arizona. He loved gambling and spent many a day winning “big.” Buck and Pat enjoyed traveling. They toured all of the U.S., Europe, Australia and Africa.
His witty and dry sense of humor will be missed by us all.
Buck was preceded in death by his life partner, Patricia; his parents, Pearlie and Tressie; two brothers, Gaylord Dobbs and Gehart Frank Dobbs.
Gilford is survived by two daughters, Tressie Lynn (Fred) Wirtz of Richland Center and Esther (Jedidia) Miller of Hillsboro; grandchildren, Michael (Irene) Kloehn, Joseph (Courtney), Rebecca (Jesse) Kloehn, Danielle Rechlicz, Wesley Rechlicz, and Breanna Rechlicz; great-grandchildren, Carter and Alex Kloehn, Aiden Kloehn, Roland Murray and Zachery Rechlicz; two sisters-in-law, Carol Dobbs of Stoddard and Betty Dobbs of Richland Center; eight nephews; and one niece; and many other family members.
Upon request of the deceased, there will be no funeral services conducted. Sime Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.