Robert ‘Bob’ Mutchler, 1947-2005
LOVELAND – Robert R. “Bob” Mutchler, a purveyor of game meats and special foods who did business frequently in Vail over the last 20 years, died at his home in Loveland Monday. He was 57. Mutchler was born June 24, 1947 in Rapid City, S.D., to Arnold “Red” and Mary (Slowey) Mutchler. He grew up in Rapid City, graduating from Rapid City Central High School in 1965. He attended college at Black Hills State College and graduated from University of South Dakota Vermillion in 1969. In the 1970s he moved to and made his home in Colorado. Mutchler owned and operated his own business, Game Sales International, Inc., in Loveland for more than 20 years with his wife, Brenda (Coots) Mutchler, whom he married in August 1984. Friends and family members said Mutchler spent time fishing, hunting, and horseback riding, and also enjoyed traveling. During the course of his business he visited Fiji, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Friends and family members said Mutchler also had a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs, and always had a canine friend by his side. He leaves behind dogs, Shiloh and Tate. Memorials have been established at the Humane Society of the Black Hills in Rapid City, S.D. and the Larimer County Humane Society in Fort Collins. Mutchler was preceded in death by his father “Red” in 2001 and his mother, Mary, in 2002. Mutchler is survived by his wife Brenda; stepchildren Lawrence Coot of Loveland and Lynne Patterson of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters Mary Jane Ryan and her husband, Gerry, of Helena, Mont., and Rita Hyk and her husband, Stephen, of Rapid City, S.D.; brother Thomas and his wife, Laura, of Silesia, Mont.; one niece; six nephews and one great nephew. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins. A family funeral service was held Saturday in Rapid City, S.D. A memorial service will be held on Friday at the Ptarmigan Country Club, located at 5416 Vardon Way in Fort Collins.