Bob Childers was born March 31, 1929 in Columbus, Kan., and passed away peacefully, Saturday, May 12.
His parents were Fred and Oleta Childers. He had one sister, Coleen, and one brother, Ted.
When he was in the eighth grade, he went to Eagle to live with his aunt and uncle on their ranch. He graduated from Eagle High School and then he attended Colorado State University. Bob joined the army in 1951. He was stationed in South Carolina, Indiana, and then Colorado Springs. Later, he was transferred to Camp Hale at Pando, where he was an instructor for Cold Weather Mountain Training. At that time he was involved in training the 82nd Airborne troops in cold mountain survival.
Bob married Sandra Eaton in Eagle on Nov. 27, 1952. This year they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Bob and Sandy moved to Steamboat Springs in 1965. Bob was the director for the Department of Agriculture-ASCS office for Routt County, Jackson County, Grand County and Summit County until he retired in 1989. He was a member of the Volunteer Ski Patrol at Mt. Werner, was on the board of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and a member of the United Methodist Church where he served as a Board Member.
Bob enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. In the 1970s, his love of the outdoors grew to include farming, raising horses and cattle.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy Childers, of Steamboat Springs; his son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Terisa Childers, of Steamboat Springs; his daughter and son-in-law, Jim and Denise Pearson, of Steamboat Springs; his daughter and son-in-law, John and Cindy Faulkner, of Fort Collins; grandchildren Jason and Lisa Childers, Tyler Childers, Christan and David Ikard, Jessica Lam, Ashlee Faulkner, Brian Faulkner, Jonathan Faulkner; and great-grandchildren Josie, Macey, Lander, Terrell and Elsah.