Robert L. Black, 87, longtime resident of Arvada and owner of Aspen Mortuaries, passed away January 3, 2015, peacefully at home with his family and close friends at his side.
Bob was born in Gary, Indiana to Cletis and Margaret Black, September 27, 1927. He was raised on a farm with his two sisters and three brothers. He married Jean Ann Henry, the love of his life for 63 years, on May 6, 1950 in Valparaiso, Indiana. Jean preceded him in death on May 10, 2013. Bob provided tireless support during the years of Jean's declining health.
Bob and Jean moved to Colorado with their first two children in 1955 where Bob started his career in banking. Attending night school for many years, Bob climbed the corporate ladder to become President at First National Bank and then owning his own bank.
Bob was very active in sports and the community. He loved to play golf and participated in many charity tournaments. He played racquetball, tennis, skied, fished, hunted and took up scuba diving at an advanced age, much to the concern of Jean. He was involved with the Denver Athletic Club, Colorado Wildlife Federation, Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Arvada Elks and the Arvada Garden Club. He loved to have a vegetable garden in which he would share is bounty with his family and close neighbors and a flower garden for Jean.
After Bob retired, he and Jean did a lot of traveling and, with the help of his older brother Charlie, he researched the history of the surname Black and traced it to the Scottish McGregor Clan. The family actively participated in the Highland Scottish Festival held in Estes Park for several years.
He is survived by his children; Ann Shirley (Lew), Debbie Kovash (Hal), Bob Black, Jr., Mike Black (Becky), Jeff Black, Bill Black (Frances), Kathy Strike (Greg), Kim M. Merr (Allan) and Karen Black. He has many grandchildren: Robin, Dee, John, Matt, Kate, Paul, Rob, Jamieson, Andrew, Jeremiah, Cody, Joshua, Lucille, Alicia, Abraham, Owen, Sarah and 12 Great Grandchildren.
Rosary will be Thursday, January 8, 2015, 5:00 PM at Aspen Mortuary of Arvada Chapel, 6370 Union Street, Arvada, CO. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:00 AM at Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 7555 Grant Place, Arvada, CO. Private interment at Arvada Cemetery. Reception following service at the Arvada Elks, 5700 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO.
Contributions in his memory to Collier Hospice 3210 Lutheran Parkway, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 or Arvada Elks Ladies Auxiliary, 5700 Yukon Street, Arvada, CO 80002.
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