Robert B. Whitecotton 1926-2000

Robert B. "Punk" Whitecotton died Sept. 29 at his home in Craig. He was 73.

Bob was born to Mary Dreher and Lloyd Whitecotton on Dec. 7, 1926 on the Whitecotton ranch. He attended a country school in Deer Park through eighth grade. He married Donna Belton on June 20, 1961.

He served in the Army from 1951 to 1953. He was employed by the Colorado State Highway Department until his retirement in 1990. He also worked as a policeman and for the road department for the city of Steamboat Springs, and on local ranches and at filling stations. He was a volunteer for the U.S. Forest Service.

Bob was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Rebekah lodges. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Linda Sperry of Craig and Martha Carlson of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren, J.R. and Rose Sperry, Tyler and Andrew Carlson and Wyatt and Grant Germann; several adopted grandchildren; two sisters, Carrie Ruzanski of Price, Utah and Beth Fossett of Dublin, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers; and two sisters.

A funeral service was held Oct. 4 at the First Christian Church in Craig with Pastor Beryl Wright officiating. Burial was at Craig Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were M.A. Compestine, Groden Miles, Justin Gallob, Mike Wheeler, Dave Germann, John Manes, Pete Loveless and Elof Wheeler. Pallbearers were his nephews, Wes, Terry and Dewey Whitecotton, Scott and Matt Belton and Luke Valora. Ushers were Mike Paxton and Ken Whitecotton.

Memorial donations may be sent to the cardiac unit at Memorial Hospital in Craig.

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