Robert S. “Bob” Erwin w/pic
Bob Erwin died on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, surrounded by his family at his home in Missoula, Montana. He was 81 years old and had suffered from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Bob is survived by his wife Ann (Pearson) Erwin and their two children: Robert Guy Erwin, married to Robert Flynn and living in Los Angeles; and Amity Catherine (Erwin) Parks, married to Glenn Parks and living in Missoula. Bob is also survived by two grandchildren, Briar and Wren Parks, both of Missoula. Bob and his children and grandchildren are all enrolled members of the Osage Nation.
Bob was born in November 12, 1936 at his parents’ home in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the first child of S.M. “Bill” Erwin and Clara Bowhan Erwin. His maternal grandmother, Ida May (Trumbly) Bowhan, was part of an old and prominent French-Osage Indian family, the Trumblys, that had moved with the tribe to the Osage Nation in 1872. Bob is survived by all of his siblings: an older half-sister, Hildred (Erwin) Bryant; his only full sibling, Elizabeth Josephine “Betty” (Erwin) Slinkard; and four younger half-siblings: Billie Maxine (Erwin) Stiles, and S.M., Terry, and Randy Erwin.
Bob grew up with his sister Betty in Pawhuska, where they were raised in part by their grandparents and aunts and uncles, to whom they became very close. Bob went to the local schools and graduated from Pawhuska High School in 1955 as president of his senior class. After one year at Oklahoma State University, he returned to Pawhuska and in January 1957 married Ann Rose Pearson, whom he had known since the fourth grade. Their son Guy was born in 1958 and their daughter Amity in 1963, both in Pawhuska.
Bob and Ann and their children lived in a number of places: Pawhuska and Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Heidelberg, Germany; Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, Colorado; Sapulpa, Oklahoma; and Bonn, Germany. As empty nesters, they also lived in Springfield, Illinois; Missoula, Montana; Cody, Wyoming; and finally back in Missoula for the last twenty years. They were enthusiastic travelers and visited many countries in Western Europe and beyond, notably Russia, Turkey, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Bob had a long career as general manager of country clubs, including the Pawhuska Country Club, the Heidelberg Golf Club in Germany, the Bookcliff Country Club in Grand Junction, Colorado; the Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma; the American Embassy Club in Bonn, Germany; the Illini Country Club in Springfield, Illinois; the Olive Glenn Country Club in Cody, Wyoming; and the Missoula Country Club in Montana.
Bob’s Osage heritage was always important to him, and he was proud of his service as a board member of the Urban Indian Health Center in Missoula for the last few years. Bob was both a very good golfer and an avid wood carver and he enjoyed carving animals and Indian images.
A future gathering in Bob’s memory will be organized by his children and held in Pawhuska.