Robert Conrad Eanes
Robert Conrad Eanes, affectionately know to his family and friends as “Connie” and “Bob,” was born Dec. 22, 1921, the twelfth child to Albert and Nina Eanes of Roanoke, Va. He hunted and fished with his dad, worked as a lifeguard, played semi-pro baseball, and developed a lasting love of flying. He received his civilian pilot’s license at 16, then later was a step away from getting his pilot’s wings as an air cadet when he caught a strep infection that went into his eyes. He was transferred to turret gunnery school and sent to Buckley Air Force Base in Denver, where he met Barbara Ryan, of Denver, in May 1943. They married that November. After the war, they made their home in the northwest Denver suburbs, where they raised their family. Robert got his M.A. from Denver University. He taught and coached in School District 50 and then served as principal at elementary and junior high schools in that district.After taking early retirements in 1982, Robert and Barbara moved to New Castle, where Robert realized his dream of having cattle and ranching on a small scale. He and Barbara were active members of the New Castle Congregational Church. He looked forward to gardening every spring, and his friends and neighbors looked forward to the bounty of his garden. He was still enjoying his love of gardening when taken ill and hospitalized in Valley View Hospital on Aug. 2. He passed away at the hospital on Aug. 16.Robert had a generous heart, and made many friends. He had a dry wit and a sense of humor. He was greatly loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed by all.He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara; daughters Edith (Scott) Weiler, of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Tamara (John) Lohner, of Arvada; son Robert C. Eanes III, of Las Vegas; grandchildren Carissa Callender and Trish Weiler, of Santa Rosa, and Ian, Colleen and Devin Lohner, of Arvada; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Weiler and Jaeden Callender.A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Congregational Church of the Valley in Silt. The Rev. James Warn will officiate.The family requests donations be made to Project Hope, in lieu of flowers.
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