Robert E. 'Bob' Whaley, 61, passed away suddenly on Aug. 5, 2011, while vacationing with his wife in Yellowstone National Park. Survived by his beloved wife, Barbara A. Whaley; and son, Tyler M. Whaley. Bob was born and raised in Pueblo. He received a Master's Degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. His love of the outdoors took him on hunting and fishing expeditions throughout the western United States and Canada. Among his many hobbies were dog training and horsemanship. Memorial service, 10 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel with the Rev. Fr. William Gleeson officiating. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Yellowstone Park Foundation through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences,

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  1. Barb, this morning winter finally found us here in Wisconsin, and I was telling my officemate that it was officially here because I wore my gloves for the first time. I told her how Bob used to say that if I didn’t wear gloves, he’d make an independent decision to wear or not wear them himself; that if I wore gloves, he wore mittens; and that if I wore mittens he would stay home. I realized I hadn’t touched bases with Bob in a long time, so went to google him and maybe find a facebook page or something when I found this notice.

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. In the three years I knew Bob and hunted with him, I came to realize what a special person he was. From talking to him, I knew also how special was the bond between the two of you, and then with Tyler who came to you at that time. I’ve never been as comfortable hunting with someone (and in a duck blind for hours on end, you get to know how compatible two people are very quickly) as I was with Bob, and I cherish our discussions of just about everything under the sun.

    I remember our “double date” at the movie “Absence of Malice” (you and Jane picked the Paul Newman picture that night!) just before Tyler came to you. So many memories, Barbara, and all good.

    Tyler, you were just a wee baby when I held you before we moved from Pueblo, but if you’ve followed in your father’s footsteps, you’re a man I’d spend hours with in a duck blind, too.

  2. Barbara,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are very saddened to here of Bob, He was a very nice and thoughtful person. If there is any thing Craig or I can do to help with any thing please let us know. 948-2529 or Craig’s
    cell 250-3609.

  3. My heartfelt condocences to Barbara and Tyler on the loss of their loved one. Bob was a friend and a colleague with whom I worked for over 20 years. His sudden death was a schock and I shall miss him but know that he is at peace

  4. From the Thompson family. Peace to Barbara, Odie and all family members. Honor to Bob for his career of service to others.

  5. From the Thompson family. Peace to Barbara, Odie and all family members. Honor to Bob for his career of service to others.

  6. Dear Barb and Tyler, You are in my thoughts and prayers this week. As I reflect on the memories of Bob, his leadership, wisdom, and delightful sense of humor, I know how much more he will be missed by his family. God be with you.
    Donna Maurer

  7. Dear Barb-My heart is breaking for you. Please know you and Tyler are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.-Lora

  8. Barb, I was so saddened to read of your husband’s death. I offer you my deepest sympathy and hope that you will take good care of yourself in your grief. I am thinking of you.

  9. Dear Barbara and Tyler – I went to college with Bob and worked with him for 25 years in the MH field. Truly a great guy and gentleman. He will be missed here until we can go fishing there. God Bless! Brad Wilcox

  10. Barb and Tyler – my heartfelt condolences to you. I very much enjoyed the times I was around Bob – learning from him at meetings, talking about his hunting trips, listening to how much he “enjoyed” the zip-line with you. He was a great story-teller. Bob worked hard and definitely lived life. He will be greatly missed.

  11. Barb & Tyler, We were so sad to hear of your loss. We did not know Bob, but all the kind words we have read about him here, tells of a man with a wonderful soul and love for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

  12. Dear Barbara & Tyler,
    I was introduced to Bob several years ago here in La Junta. What an outstanding gentleman, kind, caring, along with his God given talent to take good care of all people. My sincere condolences. Marlene Nicklos

  13. Barb… It has been years since we’ve seen each other, but I think of you often. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  14. Bob has been a mentor to me for the past 13 years. He supported me in becoming a Colorado Trust Fellow, and made the drive all the way to Denver for the ceremony. He was an expert at reading people and knowing where they fit in his organization. It’s true that “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou). Bob always made me feel like an important part of his team. I will miss his sense of humor, his teasing, and his self-proclaimed “Irish temper”. Mostly I will miss his leadership, vision and decisiveness. My condolences to you, Barbara and Tyler.

  15. Barbara

    Bob has been a part of my life for the past 15 years. We worked so closely together. He was such an integral part of our team; we accomplished such amazing things for rural Colorado and it’s hard to imagine how we move forward without him.

    I find the answer in asking, what would Bob do? He would grieve with respect and dignity as he did when he attended funerals for our family; he would comfort us with his strong stable demeanor and he would recommit and reinvest in the future.

    We must all take a lesson from this – we move forward by saying to ourselves, what would Bob do?

    Please know that I am here for you.


  16. Mimi and I offer our sympathies and condolences to you, Barbara and Tyler, for the loss of Bob. He was a giant in his chosen field but was always, first and foremost, a family man. He will be greatly missed. Please call upon us if we can be of any help or comfort in this most difficult of times for you.

  17. Dear Barb and Tyler, My heart is so sad for your loss, Bob was such a good man, he loved you both so much and was so proud of you Tyler! And Barb he so enjoyed the times he had with you, riding the horses and traveling! His face always just beamed when he talked about both of you! He will be missed. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  18. We were deeply saddened by the news by the loss of Bob. We are so very sorry. This must be very difficult for you. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Gary and Linda Shaufler

  19. My condolences to the Whaley family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief. Bob was an outstanding and generous Executive Director to work for and he will be truly missed.

  20. Bob was a wonderful exec. director. While he cut straight to the business, he balanced it with humor and would often make his rounds to ask how you were doing. He is and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Whaley and their son.

  21. Barb and Tyler, my heart broke for you this morning as I read of Bob’s death. What a tragedy. With sincere sympathy, Lynne and Randy

  22. My father and Bob worked for years together at SEFGMH here in La Junta. They had a strong working relationship; although Bob was his boss, he and dad enjoyed their “talks” together. I remember when dad became sick from Lou Gehrig’s disease Bob was there to offer assistance and was about as shocked of the news as we were. Finally dad passed away and I remember Bob being at the funeral, paying his respects to my father. They enjoyed their time together, and I am glad I was able to meet Bob and get to know such a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of sadness. Take care and God bless.

  23. I feel so fortunate to be able to call Bob my best friend. We met in college right after I returned from Vietnam and got out of the U.S. Army. Our love of the out of doors (hunting, fishing and shooting) enabled us to do many things together over the years. I will miss our phone conversations (weekly) and most of all I will miss our hunting trips. We had many good times and I’m so sorry that they had to come to an end. God Bless you and Tyler Barbara. You know I will be here if you need me. Your friend Jim Ashmore.

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