Robert Archibald Wither was born in Steamboat Springs February 27, 1915, to Archibald and Pearl Wither. He grew up in the Wither home on Maple Street, participating in activities such as piano lessons, school sports, skiing and ski jumping. Bob graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1933 and attended one year of college at Colorado State University. Bob returned to Steamboat and worked for the railroad while helping to support his parents. In 1939, Bob was transferred by the railroad to Denver.
Bob first met Frances Colt in Fort Collins but got reacquainted with her when she moved to Steamboat Springs to teach in 1937. They were married January 14, 1940 and established their home in Denver. Bob continued to work for the railroad in Denver through World War II and both sons, Peter Douglas and John Robert, were born there. In 1952, their daughter, Sarah (Sally) Ellen, was born in Steamboat Springs.
In 1945, the Wither family was able to return to Steamboat Springs through a transfer with the railroad company. Soon Bob took a new job managing the Co-op gas station. In 1949, Bob became the Socony Vacuum (Mobile) agent in the community, delivering fuel and oils to farmers, businesses and homes in the area. By 1952, Bob was able to buy the business and become an independent dealer of Mobil oils and fuels. During the 1970s oil shortage, Bob was able to change from Mobil fuels to Sinclair fuels but continued carrying Mobil oils and lubricants. He sold the business in 1996.
Bob served the Steamboat Springs community as the first president of the Kiwanis Club, participated in the square dancing clubs, announced for ski jump events and Ski Carnival night shows at Howelsen Hill and read for the Christian Science Society. He was a longtime member of the local Masonic Lodge and received his 32nd degree from the Denver consistory.
Bob loved driving through the countryside, whether in the delivery truck or by car. For many years he tried to spend Thursday afternoons and evenings fishing in the High Country. He spent Sunday afternoons outdoors with the family on picnics or cross-country skiing. When work allowed it, he liked to ski and golf. His retirement years allowed him to pursue these interests on a more regular basis. He was also fond of taking long walks through Steamboat and liked to spend time with his friends over coffee, discussing current events.
He is survived by his wife, Frances; two sons, John Wither and wife Cynthia of Berlin, Germany, and Peter Wither and wife Barbara of Steamboat Springs; a daughter, Sally Wither of Steamboat Springs; four grandchildren, Scott, Tiffany, Jason and Allison; and one great-grandchild, Skylar.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Donald "Pete," and one sister, Dorothy.
Memorial services were held May 3, 2001, at the United Methodist Church. Mrs. Cindy Gantick officiated.
Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be sent to Hospice of Steamboat, P.O. Box 770417, Steamboat Springs, 80477.
Peterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.