Stewart Edward “Slim” Bronson, 92, died Aug. 11 at his home on Fence Creek in Lower Imnaha. A military graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Creek Cemetery near Joseph with a dinner to follow at the VFW Hall in Enterprise. Bollman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Bronson was born July 4, 1910, to Russell Alfred and Mable Schirm Bronson in Spiritwood, N.D. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War and married Margaret “Peggy” Anderson on Dec. 27, 1944, in Rifle, Colo. He was the chief of police in Rifle and deputy sheriff in Garfield County, Colo. He moved to Joseph in 1952 where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service packing in the Snake River District for eight years. He was a city police officer for Enterprise and deputy sheriff for Wallowa County. He moved to Montana where he worked as a cowboy until 1992 when he moved back to Wallowa County. He was an accomplished saddle-maker, leather tooler and silversmith. He loved to tell stories.
Survivors include his daughter Barbara Bronson of Middleton, Idaho; sons, Don and Wayne Bronson, both of Joseph; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two brothers, Dick Bronson of Mossyrock, Wash., and Jack Bronson of Glasgow, Mont.
His wife, an infant son, Tommy, three sisters, Ruth McCurdy, Virginia Elliot, and Dorothy McNiece, and two brothers, Lyman and Howard Bronson, all died earlier.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity in care of Bollman Funeral Home, 315 W. Main St., Enterprise.