Obituary for Robert B. Davis
Robert “Bob” B Davis, loving husband and father, traveler, adventurer and gentle spirit
Born in Minnesota February 25, 1927. Died in Arvada, Colorado, October 12, 2017. He is preceded in death by mother Ruth and father George Davis, and by his son Russell, who died from childhood leukemia
He is survived by his wife of 66 years Anita J Davis, and his daughters Laura Davis (Thomas Beck) of Estes Park, Colorado and Susan (Tom) Hess of Grand Junction, Colorado
Robert “Bob” Baker Davis was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father was a traveling salesman, and the family traveled frequently throughout his childhood. Bob met his future bride Anita in church youth group. The group’s outdoor activities included hiking and canoeing. A love for outdoor adventure carried on throughout their lives, as did their active participation in the church.
While in high school, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He volunteered and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944 and was placed into active duty as a Teletype Mechanic with the Pacific Air Service Command in Manila, Philippines in June 1945. He was Honorably Discharged in December 1946.
Bob used his GI Bill benefit to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering. He and Anita graduated from college at the same time in 1951, and married a week later.
Bob and Anita lived in Michigan, Idaho and in Pennsylvania before settling in Colorado in 1969. He worked as a Mining Engineer, Project Engineer, Product Engineer and Plant Engineer through the course of his career. His Professional Engineer (PE) designation was earned in Colorado in 1971.
Bob’s skills as a travel coordinator for the family were legendary. Trips across the United States and Canada to National Parks and historic destinations were a major part of his daughters’ upbringing and instilled in them a love and appreciation of the great outdoors.
Bob was active in the Masonic Lodge, Toastmasters, Rotary International and in the United Methodist Church. His volunteer service inputting Operation Identification information for Colorado Bureau of Investigation exceeded 500 hours in 1990 and was recognized in a letter signed by the Lakewood Chief of Police. He was awarded a medal by the department for his volunteer work, of which he was quite proud.
Bob will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his love for and dedication to his friends and family, and his passion for travel and the outdoors.
Special thanks to the caring staff at Arbor View Community Living for their thoughtful and compassionate care of Bob in the last several years and to Lutheran Hospice.
Memorial contributions to Applewood Valley United Methodist Church or to Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation.