Dr. Shideler recognized

Dec 21, 2012
by WLJ

Dr. Bob, as he is known by his many friends, has been around the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) since the day he was born in 1923. “I was raised on ranches in western Colorado and have always been closely associated with the ranching world,” said Shideler. He went on to say his father, Marvin Shideler, was the ranch manager at Crystal River Ranch in Carbondale, CO.

Dr. Bob Shideler will be honored by the Red Meat Club of Denver as the 2013 Friend of the National Western Stock Show beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013. The annual dinner will be at the National Western Club and the $30 per person tickets may be purchased by calling 303/299-5556.

Dr. Bob has lived a life dedicated to the world of agriculture. After completing high school in Carbondale, he enrolled at Colorado A&M, first in animal husbandry and later in veterinary medicine. “Midway through my junior year, I joined the Navy and served over two years in the South Pacific,” said Shideler. In the fall of 1946, he resumed his studies as a junior in the College of Veterinary medicine. Dr. Bob served 25 years in private veterinary practice primarily with horses and cattle. His practice included feedlot and cattle herd practice, primarily in large registered Hereford and Angus farms, as well as general equine practice, with a strong emphasis on reproductive technology. He is known throughout Colorado as one of the best vets of all time.

Dr. Bob was married in September 1947 to a fellow student at Colorado State University (CSU) named Ruth Bainer. “Our terrific marriage of 50 years together resulted in six children, 15 grandchildren, and at present, 14 great grandchildren,” stated Shideler.

Bob’s passion for serving his community showed in his dedication to the NWSS as a member on the board of directors for decades as well as serving as chairman of the National Western Scholarship Trust. The NW Scholarship Trust supports nearly 75 students studying in the field of agriculture and rural medicine throughout Colorado, with nearly 30 of the scholarships going to his beloved CSU. He also served as president of the Roundup Riders of the Rockies and is a Life Member of the Colorado State Veterinary Medical Association.

“Perhaps the Lord will use my good genes and health to give me more years to work for the livestock and agriculture industries and continue in a role that will help young people become leaders in these areas. My great passion is helping them acquire an education in professional veterinary medicine and agriculture in all its breadth through the presence of my great university (CSU) and the generosity of the National Western Scholarship Trust,” said Shideler, to conclude our interview. — WLJ