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7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

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Robert Phelps Eckhardt

28 novembre , 19307 novembre , 2019

Robert (Bob) Phelps Eckhardt, 88, of Loveland, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, November 7, 2019, in the company of his two daughters, Lorie and Lisa.

Born on the east coast of Iowa – Davenport – Robert Eckhardt, was the youngest of three boys born to Walter and Helen Eckhardt. Walter worked for 48 years with the Rock Island Railroad, while Helen maintained the household and children. He went to school in Davenport, graduating from Davenport High School in 1948, before entering Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Later, he attended Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls earning a degree in Physical Education and Biology. After college, he joined the U.S Air Force and was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, where he first fell in love with the mountains. While there, he attended the University of Colorado and obtained his Master’s Degree in Education Administration in 1954 under the “Operation Bootstrap” program provided by the military service.

It was also during his time in Boulder where he met his wife, Margaret (Marge). After a short courtship, he was transferred to Ipswich, England with the Air Force as Airman 1st Class. He and Marge were married in England the following summer, and lived in nearby Felixstowe for a year. They moved back to Pomona, CA in 1956 and had their first daughter, Lorie.

Two years later, they moved to Wheat Ridge, CO where their second daughter, Lisa, was born. Bob taught driver’s education at Wheat Ridge High School for 4 years and then worked as a planner for Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties and the JeffCo School District, where he retired in 1988 after 21 years. His post retirement job was at REI where he loved to help people find just the right equipment for their outdoor adventures and share stories of his many climbs (while also accumulating a lot more gear). He worked there nearly 20 years.

Bob was one of the first City Councilman when Wheat Ridge became a city in 1970. He was also on the city’s Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission and Parks & Rec Commission over many years. His wife, Marge, died after 35 wonderful years of marriage in 1990. Later, he and Sheila Brown spent 16 years together in Lakewood, CO. In 2009, he moved to the Mirasol community in Loveland, CO. Bob’s greatest loves were his wife, his family and the mountains. He climbed all of the Colorado 14ers (54 peaks over 14,000 feet), the highest peaks in California, Wyoming, and Texas, Mt Rainer (WA), the 3 highest mountains in Mexico, as well as peaks in Switzerland, Canada and Bolivia. He trekked in Machu Pichu and Nepal and at 65 years old, he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He has passed this love of the outdoors onto his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob also loved traveling the world, visiting the 5 main continents and nearly 50 countries, collecting lifelong friendships along the way.

Bob is survived by brother, Walter Eckhardt of Minneapolis; his daughters, Lorie (Lynn) Burnette of Loveland, and Lisa (Gerry) Eckhardt of Oak Park, IL; grandchildren Adrienne (Evan) Brown of Sparks, NV and Christopher (Sha Mei) Sturmer of Kunming, China; and great grandchildren Amelia and Zoey Brown and Bryan Sturmer. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, his brother Gerald and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Organization, Alzheimer’s Association or any other charity, as he was big supporter of many causes.

Services

  • Visitation vendredi, 15 novembre , 2019
  • Funeral Service samedi, 16 novembre , 2019
  • Committal Service samedi, 16 novembre , 2019
  • Reception samedi, 16 novembre , 2019

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Paul Sikora

15 novembre , 2019

Dear Lisa & Family You are a part of our Belmont village support Group we grieve with you on the Loss of your Father we know there will be good days and Bad days but we remember they are no longer Suffering .we keep you in Our Prayer and will see you soon love & Hugs to you and your family Also Love all the pictures of your Dad that were shared on this Post.

Nancy Cunov

14 novembre , 2019

Dear Lisa,
To you and your family, our sincere condolences from the Belmont Support Group, another family. We have been "through the journey" together and had lots of helpful conversations, offering each other help and advice. (My Mom, the cute little Italian who lived at Belmont, passed away 3 years ago.). I attend less often now though.
Your Dad sounds like a great guy ! After college in Greeley, I also taught in Jefferson County, and my favorite roommate lives in Loveland.
I hope to see you soon at another meeting. It still helps to attend and to see our "friends" with whom we have shared intimate things about our families. I hope you will come back.
With my sympathy,
Nancy Cunov

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