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David Maurice Hebbert, a lifelong rancher who worked for Cervi Championship Rodeo, passed away Oct. 16. He was 67. Hebbert was born July 18, 1950, in Alliance, Neb., to R.M. ‘Mose’ and Merla (Rex) Hebbert. He graduated from Hyannis High School in 1968 and attended junior college in North Platte before transferring to Casper (Wyo.) College where he graduated in 1971. While at Casper, he was a member of the rodeo team and also attended Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo on a rodeo scholarship. Online condolences may be sent to webmaster@drauckerfh.com or by signing the GuestBook at http://www.drauckerfh.comRoy Gene Reger, a PRCA Gold Card member, of Markleville, Ind., passed away Oct. 8 after a short battle with ALS. He was 74. Reger, known by many as “Ropin’ Roy Reger,” started his rodeo career after high school. Reger placed in some of history’s top rodeos, including splitting the tie-down roping event win at the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo in 1978. He and Jeff Copenhaver tied for the average victory each clocking 32.7-second times on three head. Roy owned, trained and finished several great calf-roping horses over the years: “Booger,” “Trigger,” and many in between. He continued to train horses throughout his life. In later years, he became a PRCA Rodeo Judge, judging Great Lakes Circuit rodeos … James “Jim” Walker, a PRCA Gold Card member, team roper and PRCA judge, passed away on Sept. 24 in Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. He was 76. Walker worked on ranches and feedlots, sold recreational vehicles, ran a milk route and supported his family by roping before taking a job as a Veterinary Liaison Specialist, selling cattle vaccine in eastern Colorado, Kansas and northern Oklahoma. He and his family moved to Dodge City, Kan., in 1976 where Walker was instrumental in the regeneration of Dodge City Days and was a regular face at Beef Empire Days.

 
 
 
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