Robert L. ‘Bob’ Meisner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Robert L. “Bob” Meisner was born April 29, 1930 in Rifle, Colorado to Henry Meisner and Mary Schreiner Meisner. He passed from this life onto his next big adventure on April 16, 2010 at his home surrounded by and cared for by his loving family.
Bob was the sixth of seven children. He attended and graduated from Rifle public schools in 1948.
He was drafted by the U.S. Army and started his training in Honolulu, Hawaii, then was shipped to occupied Germany, where he spent a total of three and one-half years. Upon discharge he returned to Rifle and spent subsequent years being a business owner and community leader. He met Lois Biber in Rifle and they were married in 1955.
Bob served several terms on the Rifle City Council. He served on the board of directors for the Grand River Hospital District; served on the Rifle Fire Department as a volunteer for 27 years as well as serving as Fire Chief for two years, and retired from the Department several years ago. Bob was also a member of the American Legion, Rifle Chamber of Commerce and served on the Chamber Board. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Rifle for over 53 years and was a lifetime member of the Rifle Elks Lodge. He was recognized on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives in the 1990’s by Scott McInnis for being an outstanding citizen and businessman of Rifle, Colorado. Bob received an award in appreciation for his dedicated service to the Rifle community for the years 1987 – 1990.
Throughout their careers as business owners, Bob and Lois gave generously to their community and sponsored a town basketball team for several years, a bowling team and a softball team as well. Bob also coached PeeWee football for several seasons, which he tremendously enjoyed.
Bob owned and operated Rifle Realty for 35 years. In 2006, he received the John B. Scalzo Award for his many years of continued commitment to the betterment of the Rifle community.
Bob and Lois enjoyed many years of High Country Jeeping in Colorado and Utah with good friends Red and Jean Mullenax, and rock hunting outings with the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; daughter, Robin Jenkins (Jeff Hoelscher); grandsons, Ryan VanTeylingen (Michelle), Chance Jenkins (Courtney) and great grandson, Kyle VanTeylingen and a Jenkins great grandchild due in late September. Bob is also survived by his sister, Elma Mead of Hot Springs, Arkansas; brothers, E.H. Bud Meisner of Rifle; Donald Meisner (Natalie) of California and Arizona, and William Meisner (Sally) of Houston, Texas; many beloved nieces and nephews and many, many dear friends and neighbors.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Dorothy; brother, Albert; brother-in-law, Verner mead; sisters-in-law, Irma Meisner and Ruth Meisner, and nephews, Steven Fuoco and Donny Mead.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff and doctors of Community Hospital, and the kind and supportive staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, 3090B North 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81506; E Dene Moore Nursing Home, 701 East 5th Street, Rifle, CO 81650, or Rifle Fire Department, 1850 Railroad Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.
Memorial services will be held at the Rifle Fire Department on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 10 a.m. Reception will follow at Rifle Elks Lodge.
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