OBITUARY

Robert Gene Gabardi

September 30, 1932September 1, 2019
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Robert Gene Gabardi

9.30.1932 - 9.1.2019

Robert "Bob" grew up in a small town in Fondis, CO. Bob moved to Elbert, Co and after the flood in 1935 they lived in Colorado springs. He was born to Art & Ruby (Harper) Gabardi on September 30, 1932.

Robert loved to fish and hunt as a young man, he carried this passion throughout his entire life. Bob married Virginia Lee Spencer on 9.22.1952 in Raton, NM. Bob and Virginia made their home in Calhan, CO where they raised their children. Bob worked for Dungus Ford in Colorado Springs for many years before he started his own business in Limon, CO (Hub City Body Shop), he ran his body shop with great pride and dedication. Bob retired in the 90’s. Bob then continued his passion for cars by working on them at home, his other passions include being with his family, Bob’s dedication to his wife of 66+ years, Virginia included his every other day visit to the Good Samaritan Home in Simla, CO where Virginia has resided since 2017. Bob has enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons, grandchildren and friends for many years. Bob’s favorite places to fish were Cottonwood Lake, and Taylor Lake where he caught many fish. He loved spending time with family and friends, laughing, dancing (barn dances), camping and most of all taking his ATV for a ride to his favorite fishing hole.

Bob was a dedicated husband, dad, brother, uncle and most of all grandpa.

He is preceded in passing by his Parents; Art and Ruby Gabardi, Daughter and Son in Law, Dean & Christine (Gabardi) Coffee, Brother & Sister in law, Jack & Donna Gabardi.

Bob is Survived by his Wife, Virginia, Son-Michael, Son-Mark (Beverly), Brother-Duane (Jean), Sister-Eleanor Ortwein (Sissy), Grandchildren; Nicholas Coffee, Laura Coffee Durr, Damian Huey, Rachelle (Billie) Baldwin, Trena (Mark) Askew, Joshua (Genna) Gabardi, Adriana Gabardi, Kayleigh Gabardi, Zackariah Gabardi and Great Grandchildren; Ethan Durr, Taylin Baldwin, Gage Baldwin, Cam Baldwin, Cael Askew, Alana Askew and Layla Askew.

  • FAMILY

  • Virginia Gabardi, Wife
  • Michael Gabardi, Son
  • Mark (Beverly) Gabardi, Son
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Gabardi
  • Duane Gabardi
  • Joshua Gabardi
  • Mike Fields
  • Bud Tipton
  • Dominic Martinez
  • Randy Hopson

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019

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Biography

Francisco Gabardi, migrated to Colorado in 1890. This is where the Gabardi family started, homesteading land in Fondis, Co.
Francisco Gabardi would later be known as Grandpa Gabardi.

Robert Gene Gabardi was born 9.30.32, in a small farm house, just south of Fondis, Co to Arthur Gabardi (Francisco's son) & Ruby Harper Gabardi, Bob's family moved shortly after his birth to Elbert, Co just up the road from Fondis. Robert & his parents had to live in the Mercantile store for a while due to the Elbert Flood in 1935, Ruby, Bob's mom remembered taking Bob way up on a hill to flee from the waters, and watched as a lot of homes including theirs be swept away or destroyed with the waters. Art & Ruby then moved into another home in Elbert where Bob grew up and went to school until the 11th grade, Bob eventually stopped school to help with the raising of his brothers Jackie & Duane Gabardi and sister Eleanor (Sissy).

Bob told stories of going with his parents to WY, because his dad was working there as a heavy equipment operator, Bob remembered being in WY and getting snowed in and his father built a fire under the bulldozer to get it started so his dad could plow out the mountain pass so Ruby could drive the truck out and get the family home. Bob remembers an older man that lived there year round, Bob called him a friendly "hermit".

Some of Bob's most memorable moments include his cousin's Darwin & Dale Harper, the story is that these three mischievous boys went to a local tavern in Elbert "The South Forty" still here today. They seen the local sheriff car and decided to jack it up just enough to get the tires off the ground, then they went and tipped over the out house, to make the officer chase them, well when the officer got into his car the car would not go, these boys drove around and teased this officer, thus in the end they picked up the out house and put the tires of the car back on the ground.

These three young men spent a lot of time together, Bob's favorite story with these boys is when they all decided to go ice skating in Peyton, Co. On this cold winter day it all started, this is the day that Bob met Virginia Lee Spencer. They married in Raton, NM on 9.22.52 Don't know if it was love at first sight but it was a love & marriage that lasted for 66+ years. This marriage went through a very tragic moment right after, Virginia was stricken with Polio, and she was/is bound to a wheelchair.

Bob & Virginia started their life in Security/Widefield, Co where they bought a home in 1955, they were soon blessed on 3.18.55 with a daughter, Christine Kaye Gabardi (Coffee) who would later loose her fight with cancer (1.20.2003) After a few moves and short stays in Fountain & Burlington, Co where the family grew even bigger, Bob & Virginia had two more children Michael Kevin Gabardi 3.12.58 and Mark Alan Gabardi 7.23.59 Then the whole Gabardi family decided to make their home in Calhan, Co


Bob tried his hand at being a milker for Hunt Dairy, and they lived there on the ranch, for a short time, this was just north of Calhan. Bob & Virginia purchased a home in the town of Calhan, Co. Bob purchased and started his own business in Limon, Co "Hub City Body Shop", Working, painting and fixing cars was a passion of Bob's. Michael, Mark and their friends help keep this body shop in business, these boys also would spend time working at the shop on their own cars, and helping their dad. The two friends that were notorious for keeping "Hub City" in business was Bud Tipton, and Albert Koblian.

Bob was a avid hunter and fisherman, he spent a lot of time with his family on outings, camping and enjoying life. Bob hunted on horseback for many years, with his boys & his grandson's along with friends, like Mike Fields they would start packing 4 months before leaving for the hunting trip and camp and hunt for 2 weeks. Some of the stories Bob would tell about these hunting trips would include a favorite spot West Elk Wilderness. Another family fun time was dancing, Bob and Virginia spent time at many wedding receptions, barn dances, and the Rubeck Barn dances were the most memorable, Bob used to carry his wife Virginia up the narrow stairs, and the boys would take the wheel chair up, they would then dance, spin their mom around on the dance floor in the chair, and have a great time, later on in the evening when it was time to leave and after Bob had a few to many, Virginia would have one of the boys carry her down, and get them home.

Bob's excitement for fishing never stopped, he would get excited and laugh with every one caught just as if it was the first one. Bob didn't care what size the fish was, what kind it was he just loved the hanging on the boat with his brothers Jackie, Duane, friends Bud, Sue, Patty, John, his kids and grand-kids. Bob had a favorite fishing hole, this was Cottonwood Lake, Bob would try and go just about every-other week or so during the summer and spring time, he loved Taylor Lake/Reservoir as well he had just spent a few days there with his kids Mark & Beverly, he enjoyed the long Razor rides with Mark, and just like fishing each time he got in the Razor was just like the first. Bob had a passion for life, his love for his family and friends, was a true love. Bob passed away in his favorite place doing what he loved. Cottonwood Lake on his ATV. He will be missed and loved forever.
Bob was a Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, & a true Friend,

The additions to the Gabardi family as it continues to grow, Christine & Dean Coffee gave them their first beautiful grand daughter Laura, then later blessed them with a grandson Nicholas. Michael & Candy Gabardi blessed Bob & Virginia with Damien, Rachelle, Katrina & Joshua. Michael & Shannon, also blessed Bob & Virginia with Kayleigh and Zackariah. These are the grandchildren that came and spent time with their grandpa every chance they had, they hunted, fished, ATV riding, walking, laughing, and just having the time of their lives. Bob loved each one of his grand-kids, he looked forward to the visits. Then as time went on the family grew with great grand kids, Ethan, Taylin, Cael, Cam, Gage, Alana, and baby girl Layla