Posted: Aug 7, 2013 9:45 AM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 7, 2013 9:46 AM
HELENA - Famed cowboy cartoonist Stan Lynde passed away Tuesday in Helena at the age of 81.
Lynde's cartoon "Rick O'Shay" graced newspapers across the nation in the 1960's, 70's, and 80's.
Lynde created the strip in the late 1950's and went on to enjoy a successful career as both a cartoonist and writer.
A fourth-generation native cowboy growing up in eastern Montana, Lynde told stories based upon characters he admired.
He and his wife Lynda moved to Ecuador at the end of last year, but returned to Montana just a few months ago after Stan became ill.
Prior to moving to Ecuador, Lynde donated much of his original drawings and works to the Montana Historical Society.
In the past few years, he authored several books, including his most recent "The Big Open".
Lynde most notorious character, other than himself, was Hip Shot, a surly old west cowboy, featured prominently in Lynde's daily "Rick O'Shay" cartoon strip.
Toward the end of his career, Lynde also created the comic strip "Latigo."
A memorial service for Stan Lynde is scheduled next month in Helena.