Robert Burton Arrowood |

Robert Burton Arrowood

Robert Burton “Robbie” Arrowood of Battlement Mesa, a former resident of Glenwood Springs and Spencer, Iowa, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, after a lengthy illness. He was 45.

A memorial service will be held, according to his wishes, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, at Crown Peak Baptist Church in Battlement Mesa, with pastors Rick van Vleet and Larry Sacca officiating. Another service will be held in Spencer, Iowa, on April 5.

Mr. Arrowood was born March 3, 1959, in Spencer, Iowa, to Ronald Burton Arrowood and Leah “Janie” Mugge Arrowood. He spent his childhood in Spencer, graduated from Spencer High School and attended Oowa Lakes Community College.

He married Barbara Cary on March 4, 1989, in Las Vegas.

Prior to his illness, Mr. Arrowood worked as a plumber in the valley and owned Valley Detailing in Parachute with his wife. After his heart attack in November 2001, Mr. Arrowood coached T-ball, basketball and soccer for the Battlement Mesa/Parachute youth teams.

He enjoyed life, coaching the youth of his community, softball and bowling, and played on many sports teams here and in Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ron and Janie Arrowood.

Mr. Arrowood is survived by his wife, Barbara Arrowood of Battlement Mesa; by son and daughter-in-law Jerrod and Lisa Arrowood, who was like a daughter to Mr. Arrowood, of Rifle; by sons Brandon Swartzendruber, 18, of Mesa, Ariz., and Ryan Arrowood, 9, of Battlement Mesa; by a daughter, Nicole Arrowood, 14, of Battlement Mesa; by sisters and brothers-in-law Linda and Bill McKinley of Glenwood Springs, Penny and Ted Lidman, Debbie and Jerry Marlow, and Leanne Arrowood, all of Spencer; by grandchildren Kylan of Spencer, Kaycee Arrowood, Rylie Arrowood, Mason Arrowood and Avery Arrowood of Rifle; by aunts and uncle Jim and Fran Montgomery, Lenore Elder and Betty Cooper; by three nephews, five nieces, two great-nieces, many cousins and special friends in Colorado and Iowa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arrowood family, 240 Lodgepole Circle, Parachute, CO 81635.

Martin Mortuary of Grand Junction is in charge of arrangements.

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