NLJ Staff


July 23, 1961–April 12, 2020

Ross John Garman, 58, of Sundance, Wyo., passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2020, 20:20 at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance, with his four daughters and wife gathered around him when Jesus unexpectedly called him home.

Ross was born July 23, 1961, to Mary S. Garman and Neal A. Garman of Sundance. He attended school and graduated from Sundance High School in 1979. He went to work for Elbert and Neda Zimmerschied on their ranch near Carlile, Wyo. He then worked for Dave Reynolds on his ranch near Oshoto, Wyo., and later worked for Julia Zimmerschied on the 33 Ranch. Ross then returned to the home ranch on Miller Creek where he continued to ranch for the remainder of his life.

Ross married the love of his life, Pamela Dawn Rush, in January 1988 and they continued to live on the ranch and raise their family there. Ross bragged that he was diversified because his wife worked in town.

Ross was a certified crop appraiser and contracted with Farm Bureau Insurance Services to adjust crop insurance claims for the company and also adjusted for the Farm Service Agency, when he wasn’t serving as a current board member. He was blessed to meet and assist many ranchers in northeast Wyoming and developed many life-long friendships during these years. Ross never met a stranger and it was guaranteed that wherever he went, he would know someone and would always take the time to visit with them. Ross loved life, had a sense of humor and always had a positive outlook, regardless of his circumstances. He survived a near fatal four-wheeler accident May 2018, a cancer diagnosis May 2019, and, most recently, an EGPA diagnosis in December 2019 which contributed to his unexpected passing. He never complained regardless of what came his way and he always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He always had a story to share and many people enjoyed lengthy visits with him.

Ross is survived by his wife, Pamela D. Garman; daughters, Anna M. (Zac) Valentine of Johnstown, Colo., Taylor D. Garman of Casper, Wyo., and twin daughters, Jaycee R. Garman and Tessa R. Garman of Sundance; and two granddaughters, Paige and Ellie Valentine. He is also survived by his siblings, Jeff (Jackie Kary) Garman, Wayne (Dixie) Garman, Christina “Tina” (Steve) Wood; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ross is preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents, Mary and Neal; and sister-in-law, Becky L. Rush.

A service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crook County Medical Services District- EMS, Crook County Search & Rescue and Devils Tower FFA.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at


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