Robert (Bob) William Mundt was born on the family farm in the small town of Denison, Iowa, to Barnhart and Clara Mundt on April 4, 1932. He was their only child. He attended school in a small one room school house one mile from his home. The famous actress Donna Reed (Meullenger) was also a student only a few years older.
When he was 12 his parents moved to town and he went to Denison High school. He met his future wife Sally Miller at that school. Bob was 17 and Sally was 16 years old. After high school Bob attended the University of Iowa and soon was drafted into the army. In 1954 he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Smith, Arkansas. In April of 1954 he left for Korea and served for 18 months abroad and returned home in October 1955. After returning home he accompanied Sally to a surgical conference November 21-23 in Kansas City Kansas where they got married on the last day of the conference at 7 pm and missed Thanksgiving with their families on November 24. Bob and Sally moved to the family farm in March 1956 and Bob pursued the farming business while Sally worked at the local hospital as a surgical RN.
In 1957, Cynthia Kay Anast (Kurt) was born, in 1958 Deborah Marie Bassett (Chris), and in 1964 Randall William Mundt was born. The family was complete.
Bob loved to tinker with cars always cleaning, polishing and made sure they always had a full tank of gas. His first car was a 1949 Ford. His last car was a gray Cadillac which was his pride and joy always asking to see it in the garage. He loved the outdoors, he purchased a small 16 foot camping trailer and the five of us traveled to Iowa and California, but always returned to camp in the mountains of Colorado. He later purchased a small boat that we frequently took to Carter Lake where the kids learned to water ski. Later in life, during retirement the camper was replaced by a motor home. Bob and Sally spent many winters in Texas with Sally’s sister Betty and her husband Wayne. The grandchildren loved to camp with them. Bob loved to dance especially ball room dancing to big band music and of course he had a perfect partner to twirl.
Bob loved watching football. He had season tickets for the University of Colorado Buffalo’s for 37 years, hardly ever missing a game.
He started his electrical career pulling wires in new buildings. He was one of the electricians that wired the new post office in Dillon, Colorado. In the years that followed the Post Office was moved from the valley to higher ground so the valley could be flooded for the Dillon reservoir. He furthered his career as a sales associate and a buyer for electrical supplies.
Bob was a very humble, loving, caring individual – a gentle giant. Ephesians 4-32. He loved the church and the Lord. Bob was raised Lutheran as a child, was baptized in the church his grandfather built, the Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa.
He is survived by his wife Sally, his daughters Cynthia and Deborah and seven grand children (Nicholas, Benjamin, Stephanie, Thomas, Sarah, Andrew, and Kaitlyn. He is also survived by Sally’s 5 siblings, Betty, Rodney, Mary, Nancy, Judy and 11 great grand children.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his son Randall, who passed away in 2013 from cancer, and his granddaughter, Emilie, who passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Bob struggled with Parkinson’s disease for many years spending the last 6 months in a wheelchair.
He will be truly missed by all, our beautiful Papa.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Memorial service details will be posted at a later date. Please continue to check back. A memorial service with military honors will be held at Lutheran Church of Hope in Broomfield, Colorado. Live-streaming of the service will also be available.
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