Robert W. MacCannon was born Jan. 16, 1929, in Denver, and died on Aug. 17, 2010, in Pueblo, at the age of 81. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce T. and Elisabeth S. MacCannon. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doris; daughter, Diane (Robert P.) Joyce of Rochester, Minn.; son, William Ross MacCannon of Chicago; brother-in-law, George E. Kersey of Boston, Mass.; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Elizabeth and Patrick Joyce of Rochester, Minn.; and good friend, James B. Copeland. Bob was a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines. He received his Metallurgical Engineer degree in 1951 and his Engineer of Mines degree in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Bob worked his entire professional career in the Mining Department of CF&I from 1954 until his retirement in 1986. He was primarily involved in iron ore production for the company and worked at the Sunrise, Wyoming and Cedar City, Utah operations until his transfer to the main office, in Pueblo, in 1978. He was a past president of the Wyoming Mining Association. He was a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol. On October 23, 1970, he received his appointment as National Ski Patrol #3730. He was a member of the Brian Head Ski Patrol in Southwestern Utah and the Casper Mountain Ski Patrol in Wyoming. Since 2001, Bob was a volunteer for The Bessemer Historical Society working on the CF&I Mining Department Archives. He is the author of the book 'Sunrise - A Chronology Of A Wyoming Mine' and co-author of the publication 'CF&I Coal Mines And Coke Ovens - A History.' Cremation has taken place. At Bob's request, there will be no services. Memorials in his name may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, Bessemer Historical Society or Pueblo Animal Welfare and Protection Society through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. The family wishes to express its special thanks to Kevin Johnson, M.D., for his exceptional medical care. Bob was a devoted father and husband. Although he will be deeply missed, his memory will live on through his family and friends. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Doris, Bill and Diane-
    Most saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. I always considered Bob to be a valued colleague during our years at Sunrise. I particularly treasure the memories of our social get-togethers there and Bill’s participation in our Boy Scout Troop. My thoughts are with you all.

  2. Mrs. Mccannon, Bill, Diane I give you my depest condolences in your loss. Bob will be missed in the davis family hearts.
    Tim & Vicky Davis
    (earl, ruth) parents

  3. Doris, I am sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I admired and respected him as one of my bosses at the WMA. He was also my friend and offered me much sound advice. Bill

  4. Mrs. MacCannon,Diane and Bill, I’m sorry to here of your loss. Please except my condolences. You are in my thoughts and best wishes during this trying time.

  5. Doris, I only met Bob a few times, but was especially impressed by his dedication and desire to preserve interest in Sunrise and the mining process. The resources he left behind are beyond measure. I wish you the best of luck in the future. Patsy Parkin

  6. Doris,

    I was saddened to read of Bob’s passing. I will fondly remember the “treats” he never failed to share with my dogs on our walks in the neighborhood.

  7. Mr. MacCannon, as he was known to me, was a loving father to my childhood friends and neighbors Bill and Diane while growing up in Sunrise, Wyoming. I would like to express my sincere condolences for your loss at this difficult time.

  8. Bob was a great father-in-law, a kind and generous grandfather, and an intelligent man with a sense of humor. We will miss his witty quips.

  9. Doris,

    His was no ordinary life. Let our sorrow at your loss be a tribute to a life that touched others deeply. Caring thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for strength and peace in the days ahead. May cherished memories sustain you all.

    In sympathy for your loss,
    Marde & Chris Hinz

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