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Jack Buschbom

Jack Buschbom, a three-time world champion bareback rider and a member of the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died early July 15 in the St. Mary’s Healthcare Center hospice unit in Pierre, SD from the effects of a stroke. He was 83.

Buschbom spent the Fourth of July weekend in South Dakota with his three daughters, Dawn, Melissa and Jaci, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had attended the rodeo parade in his former hometown of Mobridge, SD, and went fishing.

He was stricken at his daughter Jaci’s house in Pierre, SD, July 5 while preparing to return home to Green Forest, AR, with his wife, Julie, and youngest daughter, Dawn.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. July 23 at the Methodist Church in Green Forest, with the arrangements being handled by the Smith Family Funeral Home.

Buschbom was born in State Center, IA, the son of a stock contractor and former rodeo contestant. He began competing at age 17 as a bull rider and made the switch three years later – to bareback riding – that would launch a Hall of Fame career.

He won his first world championship in 1949 when just 22, and he also won the gold buckle in 1959-60. He won the average at the inaugural National Finals Rodeo in 1959, and again in 1961 and 1964.

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Buschbom was the first home-grown Midwesterner to make it big in ProRodeo, and he was among his event’s leaders throughout his 23-year career, which ended in 1968.

His lay-back, wild-spurring style was eventually copied by most contestants.

In 1960, Buschbom served as president of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, the forerunner of the PRCA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (www.justincowboycrisisfund.org), the Casey Tibbs Museum in Ft. Pierre, SD (www.caseytibbs.com), the Rodeo Cowboy Alumni Association (www.rodeocowboyalmumni.com) or to a local food bank.

Jack Buschbom, a three-time world champion bareback rider and a member of the inaugural class of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died early July 15 in the St. Mary’s Healthcare Center hospice unit in Pierre, SD from the effects of a stroke. He was 83.

Buschbom spent the Fourth of July weekend in South Dakota with his three daughters, Dawn, Melissa and Jaci, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had attended the rodeo parade in his former hometown of Mobridge, SD, and went fishing.

He was stricken at his daughter Jaci’s house in Pierre, SD, July 5 while preparing to return home to Green Forest, AR, with his wife, Julie, and youngest daughter, Dawn.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. July 23 at the Methodist Church in Green Forest, with the arrangements being handled by the Smith Family Funeral Home.

Buschbom was born in State Center, IA, the son of a stock contractor and former rodeo contestant. He began competing at age 17 as a bull rider and made the switch three years later – to bareback riding – that would launch a Hall of Fame career.

He won his first world championship in 1949 when just 22, and he also won the gold buckle in 1959-60. He won the average at the inaugural National Finals Rodeo in 1959, and again in 1961 and 1964.

Buschbom was the first home-grown Midwesterner to make it big in ProRodeo, and he was among his event’s leaders throughout his 23-year career, which ended in 1968.

His lay-back, wild-spurring style was eventually copied by most contestants.

In 1960, Buschbom served as president of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, the forerunner of the PRCA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (www.justincowboycrisisfund.org), the Casey Tibbs Museum in Ft. Pierre, SD (www.caseytibbs.com), the Rodeo Cowboy Alumni Association (www.rodeocowboyalmumni.com) or to a local food bank.

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