Robert P. 'Bob' Wegner
Robert P. "Bob" Wegner, 80, of Bandera, passed away Sunday, March 30, in Bandera. He was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma on March 10, 1934, to Ben Wegner and Pearl Taylor Wegner.
Bull riding was the love of Bob's life and he was a champion in his field. A few of the many accomplishments of this Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Gold Card # 3587 cowboy include being the top bull rider of his era, having the most wins and most money for a ten-year period from 1956-1966; 1964 World Champion Bull Rider; and receiving the "Top Hand" award for winning the most money at the 1966 National Finals Rodeo.
The last was a miraculous accomplishment because Bob only competed in the bull riding event while other contestants pooled points from multiple events.
As "Top Hand," Bob was presented a bronze sculpture of bull rider Todd Whatley by Grant Speed. Although scheduled to be presented for 10 consecutive years, the "Top Hand" award was never given again, making Bob's statue - as 1 of 10 - the only one in existence. His record from 1966 has never been broken.
In addition, Bob was the only bull rider to win back-to-back rodeos in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Pendleton, Oregon and at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco, California.
Bob is survived by his daughters, Kelly Olson of Paulsbo, Washinton, and Chris Ellen Wegner of Denver, Colorado; sister Sue Pratt of Tulsa, Oklahoma; brother Charles Wegner of Beggs, Oklahoma; and two grandchildren.
Bob was predeceased by his mother and father, Pearl Taylor Wegner and Ben Wegner; sisters, Norma Jean and Wanda June; and brothers, Richard and James.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held from 2 pm to 6 pm, Sunday, April 6, at the Wildhorse Saloon on Highway 16 North.