Robert E. Holwell
September 9, 1919 – November 24, 2019
Robert Edward Holwell was born on September 1919, in Castle Rock, Colorado, to his parents Gertrude and Raymond Holwell, and followed his brother Raymond into the family.
Bob is survived by his loving family, including his daughter Marilyn, his son Michael, Michael’s wife Dorene, his daughter Jan and her husband Rod, his son Galen and his wife Randi; his son in law Dana and his grandchildren Shane, Lance, Heidi, Trenton, Ryan, Clinton, Drea, Jay, Heather, Justin, Tyler and Trista; 25 great grandchildren with one on the way and 2 great-great grandchildren!
Bob is preceded in death by his beloved wife Jackie and their daughter April Black and by his son in law, Ron Slayton.
Bob graduated from Stanford University in 1941 and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant at the time and assigned to the Pentagon to serve.
It was there that he met the love of his life, Jackie Bass who was also working at the Pentagon. They dated and then got married in Silver Springs, Maryland on April 13th, 1942. Bob served in the army until 1946 and was discharged at the rank of Captain.
Bob took a position at Gates Rubber Company as a purchasing agent 1953 and in 1954 Bob was assigned with developing the Canadian market for Gates Rubber Company.
Returning to Denver in 1958 Bob was promoted to Gates Chief Engineer and traveled internationally. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1968 and in 1980 he was promoted to president of Gates Rubber Company until his retirement I 1982. Bob was, at the time, the first person to serve as president of the company that was not a member of the Gates family.
Bob enjoyed golf, fly fishing, bird hunting, and an entertaining, active social life for many years and was happy to wrap up the day with a Rob Roy, a Manhattan or a Dewar’s on the Rocks. As the kids grew up and left the nest, Bob and Jackie were able to travel all over the world during 69 years of marriage; visiting every continent, developing a special affinity for Italy, Spain and Japan. Bob learned to cook, and it became a passion over the years. He was even featured in a piece that the Denver post ran; his specialties included Coq a vin, Bouillabaisse and the Shrimp Curry that was featured in the Post article. He also became a wine connoisseur and collected wines to taste and share. Bob and Jackie moved to the Vi together in 2008, a few years before Jackie’s death and Bob was living there at the time of his death.
- The Denver Hospice
- Memorial Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Robert E. Holwell
December 4, 2019
I'm sending comfort and love to all the family !! Please know your Dad was an incredible father figure to me for many years. He was an awesome, inspiring boss at Gates Rubber Co. and I admired him so very much, not only as my boss but as a supportive and caring friend. He was my Dad, just as Jackie was my Mom, many years ago, and so kind and generous, during very dark days with my own father, and he taught me to work hard but to always love my "lot in life". His encouragement and sense of humor and love propelled me for many years including the last three recent visits as he was coming to the end of his life. He knew how to be older with dignity, and still make some fun of it all.....those blue eyes, smaller now, sparkled to the end and his spirit lives on. He had high ideals for us all, not that we could all live up to, but we all strived to be the person he expected because he raised the bar on accomplishments, and was the most admirable man we have ever known!!! He will never be forgotten and will always be well loved and I am a better person just having known him! He will be missed, but with Jackie now, and accomplished 100 years! What a tremendous milestone! Love and big hugs and hopefully peace for you all! Betty
November 27, 2019
My Father and I were so fortunate to work for this gentleman. I fail on finding the correct amount of words describing his impact upon my life. May God bless him as he did on his many journeys.