Robert "Bob" William Pundt |

Robert "Bob" William Pundt

Robert “Bob” William Pundt, age 92, passed away at Heritage Care Center Nursing Home in Carbondale on Sept. 11, 2005.

Bob was born on July 16, 1913, in Deer Trail, Colo., to William and Eda Pundt. Bob graduated from Deer Trail High School in 1930. He then went to college at Aggies in Fort Collins (now Colorado State University) for two years.

After two years, Bob returned to Deer Trail to work on ranches until World War II. He spent four years with the 821st Army Aviation Engineers in the South Pacific. At the end of World War II, Robert returned to Deer Trail.

As soon as he returned, Bob and Emma Staples Middlemist were married on Dec. 6, 1945. Bob and Emma bought the Deer Trail drugstore, which featured an old-fashioned soda fountain.

Bob was a member in Deer Trail of the reorganized Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Post #121, and was a charter member of the Lions and Elks clubs. Bob also worked for the railroad for nine years while running the drug store, and later for the state highway. He then worked for the county until his retirement in 1978.

Bob and Emma resided in Deer Trail until 1985 when they sold their home and moved to the Oddfellows Retirement Complex in Canon City. After the death of his wife, Robert moved in 2001 to Heritage Park Assisted Living to be near his daughter.

For the past two years on Veteran’s Day at Sopris Elementary, Bob was honored as the oldest veteran in attendance.

He is survived by his daughter Carol (Ron) Gair, of Glenwood Springs; stepson Gerald “Gary” (Geraldine) Middlemist, of Strasburg.; son-in-law Brandon Armstrong, of San Diego; granddaughter Cristina Gair, of Edwards; grandson Todd (Christy, Luke, Adam) Gair, of Granby; eight more grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Emma; sister Mary Hunter; and stepdaughter Beverly Armstrong.

Memorial services were held Sept. 15 at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Byers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale.

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