Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29Th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO


Robert Dean Harding

July 26, 1944November 26, 2019
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Robert “Bob” Dean Harding, 75, passed away at his home Tuesday evening, November 26, 2019 surrounded by family, following a short and courageous battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 26, 1944 to parents Richard and Mary Harding, he was the third of four children and soon moved to Lewisburg, Ohio, and later to Dayton, Ohio, where he spent his formative years.

Bob lived a full and accomplished life. He graduated from the University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration but pursued his passion for aviation and joined the United States Air Force during the height of the Vietnam War. Always one to tell a joke and perform his signature magic tricks, he was given the call sign “Magic” and flew classified reconnaissance missions out of Danang, Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Bob retired from the USAF as a decorated Captain in 1974.

He next embarked on a long aviation career first flying Learjets and then flying commercially with United Airlines, where he was employed for 26 years until his retirement as a Captain on the 777. Unwilling to put down his wings, he continued a career in aviation for the remainder of his life flying for Jet Airways and as a flight instructor for Boeing.

In addition to his passion for aircraft, Bob adored the game of golf, his 1973 Corvette Stingray, Jazz music, fine scotch and a well-crafted martini, and the company of his many close friends.

His greatest role, however, was that of husband, father and grandfather. Bob married his true love, Barbara, in Los Angeles, California on December 2, 1978. They started their family in Southern California, but were drawn to the beauty of Evergreen, Colorado, where they raised their children and lived for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara; his sons, Michael and Adam (wife Jenna); his daughter, Emily; his grandson, Mack; his brothers, Richard and Doug; his sister, Sharon; and many nieces and nephews who brought him great joy.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 10AM on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Olinger Crown Hill Pavilion of Reflection, 7777 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Interment with military honors will be held at 1:30PM at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area "B", 4401 West Kenyon Avenue, Denver, Colorado.

Donations may be made in memory of Robert “Bob” Harding at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network online at www.pancan.org or checks may be mailed to:

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Family and friends are invited to share condolences online at www.CrownHillFuneral.com


  • Memorial Service Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Reception Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, December 9, 2019


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Mar Agnew

December 3, 2019

Good bye my friend and fellow warrior. We shared many wonderful times together that I will always cherish and never forget. A good life is not measured in length but in how you lived that life and you did a great job. As God looks down among his flock he will always be smiling when he sees my friend Bob.

David and Wendie McClain

December 3, 2019

We’ll always remember Bob for his delightful sense of humor and remarkable spirit of adventure. Bob was warm, witty and generous; he brought light and laughter to every room he entered.
A loving husband, devoted father, enthusiastic grandfather and good friend, Bob will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
David and Wendie McClain

Sharon and Jim Waldrop

December 2, 2019

Dearest Barb,
We are so saddened by the loss of your dear husband Bob. We send our sympathies to Mike, Adam, Emily and their loved ones as well as all the extended family. We also are grieving over the loss of our dear friend. We extend our prayers and love now and always.

Your friends,
Sharon and Jim