Robert Van Raden Sr. |

Robert Van Raden Sr.

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Oct. 20, 2009, Robert (“WT”, “Bad Bob”) Van Raden Sr., left this world to meet his maker and reunite with his brother and parents who proceeded him in death. He was 85 and had led a full and vibrant life.

Robert was born in New York City in 1924 to Ben and Grace Van Raden. He graduated from Sewanahaka High School in Floral Park, N.Y. and then received his B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in 1948.

During W.W.II Robert served with the 85th Regiment of the 10th Mtn. division (Ski Troops) of the U.S. Army. He was trained at Camp Hale, Colorado and Camp Swift, Texas. He fought in Italy, including the taking of Monte Belvedere in the last regimental bayonet charge of the U.S. Army. The division, with his regiment in the lead, spearheaded the fifth Army drive through the Brenner Pass. He Rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a squad leader.

Robert married Audrey Bell in 1947 and has two children, Robert Jr. and Barbara.

He worked for the New York Telephone Co. for 28 years until retirement as Upstate Accounting Manager.

Robert enjoyed his family, friends, skiing, boating and playing ukulele.

After spending the business years of his life in upstate New York he moved with his wife Audrey to Carbondale, Colo. in 1978. In later years, he wintered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

Robert was residing in an assisted living facility in Rutland VT., near his daughter Barbara at the time of his death. He went peacefully with her by his side.

He will be missed and remembered by his family and those he met along his journey through life.

He is survived by his ex-wife Audrey, children Robert Jr. and Barbara, grandchildren Jase Hickcox, Jodee (Hickcox) Nichols, Kurt Van Raden and great-grandchild Trey Nichols.

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