Robert L. Dekker
Robert L. Dekker of Estes Park, CO passed away on February 18, 2011. Born February 13, 1929 in Haxtun, CO, 1946 graduate of Estes Park high school, attended University of Colorado prior to service in the Armed Forces, Korean War Veteran.
Bob had a long career in Estes Park serving as its Light & Power Director until his retirement in 1991. His community service to the town extended through 2000 as a member of the Board of Trustees and Mayor.
In his lifetime, Bob was most proud of his involvement in the Platte River Power Authority. He has been considered its “Patriarch” as one of four founders of the organization and serving on its Board of Directors, 1965-82 as Secretary, 1982–91 as Chairman and 1991–2000 as a Director. He never missed a meeting in 25 years, signing each and every Platte River Revenue Bond.
Bob enjoyed active participation in his town, being a member of: the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, EP Fine Arts Guild, EP Museum, Masonic Lodge as “Master Mason”, the American Legion, Rotary International and Lions Club. He was also involved with the: Park School District Board of Education, Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities, Rocky Mountain Electrical League and the Volunteer Estes Park Fire Department.
For Bob “every day is a good day” and he spent them enjoying many interests and hobbies including the “Friday Nighters” dance club, EP Men’s golf league, and traveling the world with friends. At home he enjoyed drawing house plans, land development projects, gardening and entertaining & hosting parties.
Predeceased by his parents, John Dekker and Constance (Woodward) Dekker, his wife Bonnie (Morris) Dekker and her twin sister Betty Bowen.
He is survived by his daughter Debbie Harpole, sisters-in-law Jody (Orville) Thomas and Jackie (Willard) Hartnagle and nieces & nephews. His loving companion, Lillian Szydlo, her daughters Chris (Joe) Yokley, Megan & Benjamin, Cheryl (Scott) Szydlo, Jennifer & Wade.
Memorial Services will be held 2:00 Friday, February 25th, at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue, Estes Park, CO.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of Colorado, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Heart Association, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO. 80517
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