PublicationProRodeo Sports News - March 22, 2019


THOMAS GORMAN PETERSON Thomas Gorman Peterson, a former PRCA bull rider and PRCA judge passed away March 4. He was 60. Peterson won the average at the Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1983. Peterson was born May 29, 1958, in Deadwood, S.D. He was adopted by Gorman and

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C.R. Bridges, a former PRCAmember, passed away March 8, at his home inWeatherford, Texas. He was 86. C.R. Bridges was born March 19, 1932, in

May Peterson, and brought to Timber Lake, S.D., to begin his life in his new home. Peterson attended Timber Lake High School where he excelled in football and rodeo. Peterson bought his PRCA card in 1978. He earned $56,519 in


Elgin, Okla., to Buster and Katie (McCafferty) Bridges. C.R. attended schools in Fletcher before joining the Army in 1949 and serving through 1952 during the KoreanWar. Bridges began riding horses at an early age and started calf roping at 12.

Clyde A. “Al” McKee, a PRCA Gold Card member, rancher and cowboy, passed away March 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 76. McKee was born

in Grover, Colo., to Clyde A. McKee Sr. and Lottie Vanilla Miller McKee on Jan. 14, 1943. He was the youngest of nine children. In 1947, the family moved to Elk Mountain, Wyo., to continue ranching. In



his rodeo career. Peterson continued competing into the early 1990s. After he retired from bull riding, he moved to Bryan, Texas, and began his PRCA judging career. Peterson moved back to Rapid City in the mid-2000s for a few years and then to Aberdeen, S.D. Peterson continued being a rodeo official part time, as well as a worker for the 3MCorporation. Peterson was preceded in death by his parents, Gorman and May, and uncle and aunt, Pat and Garnet Peterson. He is survived by his wife, Marty, their children Tyler, Tobi and Tara; his brother, Jerry (Marla) Peterson; nieces, Shay Peterson and Rachel Peterson.

He competed in various rodeo events throughout his life. He was a member of the IRA (International Rodeo Association), PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), SWTPA (Southwest Team Penning Association) and Rodeo Cowboy Alumni. He was selected 2018 Cowboy Legacy Honoree. Bridges continued to team rope into his early 80s. Bridges made his livelihood by training, selling and buying registered and grade horses for roping, cattle work and pleasure. He shipped horses from the West to the East Coast for potential buyers. He demonstrated his instinctive riding ability while training, roping or exhibiting saddle horses at sales. He always enjoyed riding a “good broke horse.” Bridges was preceded in death by his parents Buster and Katie Bridges; his first wife, Peggy; brothers Billy, Herschel, Hilden, Charles, Edwin, Donald Ray and Clifton Bridges; four sisters, Lucille Cable, Hazel Love, Ruby Mcbee and Lois Schumann. He is survived by his wife, Sally, three sons and one daughter: John Bridges and daughter- in-law Rachel Bridges, Beau Bridges and wife, Sarita; Buster Bridges and wife, Hillary, and Eileen Emrich and husband, Robert; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Rodeo Cowboy Alumni, P.O. Box 1809, Freer, TX 78357.


1960, Al competed at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Hot Springs, S.D. In 1963, McKee joined the PRCA. In 1961, McKee married Frankie Wells. Not long after, they moved to the Little Snake River to work with family on McKee’s father’s ranch holdings. It was during this time that McKee’s sons Casey and Cody were born. In the early 1970s, McKee ranched near Marlow, Okla. McKee continued ranching upon his return to Savery, Wyo. He enjoyed ranching in the big country, south of Rock Springs, Wyo. McKee traded cattle fromCalifornia to Texas, visited sale barns across the United States, Canada and Australia. McKee was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and his son, Casey. He is survived by his wife, companion and best friend, Kaye Myers McKee; son, Cody, and his wife, Cindy, their daughter, Lilah, and son, Nolan; stepson H.D. Criswell, his wife, Jenny, their son, Chaunce (Lilly), and their daughters Caelee (Kai Schulze) and Cashley; and his stepdaughter, Cheryl Relaford, her husband, Eddie, their daughter, Tyra, and son, Cade. for June 22 in Torrington, Wyo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Casey McKee A gathering of family and friends is scheduled


RISYN BREEZE DURFEY A girl, born, March 18, toWorld Champion Tie-Down Roper Tyson Durfey and his wife, Shea, of Brock, Texas. Risyn weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5-inches long. She was welcomed home by sister, Praise Royal, 2.






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