July 15, 1922-June 21, 2014
TORRINGTON – Memorial graveside services for Robert ‘Bob’ Fitch, 91, will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington with Rev. Brian Kroeger officiating.
Bob passed away on June 21, 2014 at Seven Lakes Memory Care in Loveland, Colo. Cremation has taken place. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Bob’s memory to either the Torrington Friendship Center or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Colyer Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.
Bob was born on July 15, 1922 in Gillette, the son of Glenn and Mary Fitch. Bob had five other siblings, Punk, Fred, Bill, Mary Gay and Phoebe Ann, and the entire family lived on the Middle Prong of the Powder River. Bob received his education in Gillette, graduating Gillette High School in 1941 where he served as his class president for all four years of high school.
Bob married Helen Freer, his high school sweetheart, on May 25, 1942. They had a daughter, Toni Jo, in 1948. The family moved to Torrington in 1952 where Bob lived until 2012. Bob and Helen enjoyed dancing to the big band music, the Wyoming Cowboys, raising horses, golf, travel and their close relationships with family and friends.
Bob’s home and memories were always in Wyoming. He was the chief brand inspector for the state of Wyoming until his retirement. His ranching experience made for a love of the industry. Bob was also a member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association, the Royal Neighbors and a lifetime member of the Elk’s Lodge No. 1726 in Torrington. He was a past member of the Torrington Jaycees and the Cottonwood Country Club.
Bob is survived by his daughter, Toni and her husband Bruce Kottwitz of Loveland; two grandsons, Bryon Kottwitz and Mike (Aislinn) Kottwitz; two great grandchildren, Tatum and Cashlyn Kottwitz; a sister, Phoebe Ann Gligorea; and all his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his parents; three brothers, Punk, Fred and Bill; and a sister, Mary Gay.
Bob was born with a love of life, and all who knew him benefited from that love.
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