Frontier Rodeo Company pickup man Rex Bugbee was hospitalized last Thursday after a collision at the Guymon Pioneer Days Resulted in broken bones as well as several brain bleeds.

Taken to the trauma unit in Lubbock, Texas, he was kept sedated while being treated and undergoing additional tests to identify the extent of his internal injuries.

Sadly, Rex passed away Tuesday, August 25. Details for the Memorial Service have yet to be announced.

This morning, Frontier Rodeo Company posted on Facebook:

Rex “Bugs” Bugbee was cowboy to the core, he was respected by all who met him. He was one of the toughest men God ever gave breath, with a heart of gold. Rex worked for Frontier Rodeo Company for 15 years as a pickup-man and any other task that needed a set of hands. He wasn’t just an employee, he was FAMILY! To his many friends that he had all over the world, please find peace & comfort in knowing that he left this earth doing what he loved & lived for.... being a cowboy. The tack trailer gatherings will never be the same, but every time it hits Hwy 50 rolling out of Freedom we know you’ll be riding shotgun. We ask that you keep his devoted wife Teri, their sons Josh (wife Kim), Jay (Ashley) & grandchildren ILA & Tripp in your prayers in the coming days ahead. There will be a Memorial service, once it’s finalized we’ll post details.

Rodeo Manager Heath Stewart’s wife Shay also shared the news and condolences to the Bugbee family, writing:

Rex and Teri are family...not by blood, but by choice. Heath told me he was like a brother to him. We both believe Rex made this world a better place. We tell our kids we honor Rex by enjoying every day, working hard, being kind to everyone, showing up for your friends...I could go on about all the character he displayed to us in his lifetime. Rex started picking up for Frontier 15-16 years ago. He loved ...absolutely loved what he did. He had a way of making everyone feel special. He was so much fun to be around. We never had to wonder what he was thinking. He was true to who he was and was respected for it. Rex and Teri raised 2 great men. I see his goodness in them. I know they felt all the love and prayers sent by all those who loved Rex.(many thanks ). I am certain there are so many stories being shared about Rex...makes my heart smile. Thank you God for The time we were blessed by having Rex on this earth...believing we will see him again.