Robert W. Dobbs
June 29, 1939 – January 19, 2017
Robert W. Dobbs, of Lyons, died on January 19, at Longmont United Hospital. He was 77. Mr. Dobbs was born June 29, 1939 in Emo, Ontario, Canada to Albert and Agnes (Erickson) Dobbs. He was raised in Indus, Minnesota with his
older brother Larry Dobbs, older sister Lorraine Dobbs Brolsma, and younger brother Duane Dobbs.
In 1960, Robert started working for IBM and happily married his high school sweetheart, Leata Rae Metcalf, in 1961. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1962 and honorably discharged in 1964. After his discharge, he returned to IBM in the MPLS department and was promoted to manager in 1966.
Robert’s first son was born in 1963 while he was serving in the military. In 1968, he transferred to Colorado where he worked as a manufacturing manager. In 1968, he adopted his oldest daughter, welcomed his second son in 1970 in Boulder, and his second daughter was born in 1972, also in Boulder. The family moved to Lyons in 1973 and his third daughter was born in 1976.
In 1991, he began working for Lexmark as a project manager, retiring in 1996 after thirty-six years with IBM/Lexmark. After retirement, Robert owned and operated his own bobcat service until 2015.
Robert enjoyed the outdoors, working on wood projects in his workshop, spending time with his family and his dog Buddy, church, and special times with his grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his wife Leata, children and grandchildren: Todd (Erin), Cyndi (Bryan) and their son Christopher, Peter (Terri) and their daughter Baylee, Tiffany (Todd) and their children Morganne, Jenna and Thomas, Heidi (Brett) and their children Brayden and Hallie, brothers Larry (Diane) Dobbs, and Duane (Andrea) Dobbs, and his sister Lorraine (John) Brolsma.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held on Saturday, January 28, at The River Community Church in Lyons. Burial followed at the Lyons Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, in Robert’s memory, are requested to the Gideon International, c/o Howe Mortuary in Longmont. You can share thoughts, memories and condolences with the family at: www. howemortuary.com.