ROBERT R. 'BOB' MUTCHLER: 1947 -- 2005

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Robert R. "Bob" Mutchler of Loveland died Jan. 17, 2005, at his home. He was 57.

Bob was born June 24, 1947, in Rapid City, S.D., to Arnold "Red" and Mary (Slowey) Mutchler. He grew up in Rapid City, graduating from Rapid City Central High School in 1965. He attended college at Black Hills State College and graduated from University of South Dakota Vermillion in 1969.

In the 1970s, he moved to and made his home in Colorado. He owned and operated a business, Game Sales International Inc., in Loveland for more than 20 years with his wife, Brenda (Coots) Mutchler, whom he married in August 1984. Their clients included many Steamboat Springs restaurants and businesses.

Bob always loved the outdoors, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and horseback riding. He loved to travel, and during the course of his business he was able to visit such places as the Fiji Islands, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Bob also had a lifelong love of animals, especially dogs, and always had a canine friend by his side. He leaves behind two special canine companions, Shiloh and Tate.

Bob will be dearly missed by his family, friends and loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, two stepchildren, Lawrence Coot of Loveland and Lynne Patterson of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Jane Ryan and her husband, Gerry, of Helena, Mont., and Rita Hyk and her husband, Stephen, of Rapid City, S.D.; a brother, Thomas, and his wife, Laura, of Silesia, Mont.; one niece, six nephews and one great-nephew. He also is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, "Red," in 2001 and his mother, Mary, in 2002.

A family funeral was held Jan. 22, 2005 in Rapid City, S.D. A memorial service was held Jan. 28, 2005 at the Ptarmigan Country Club, 5416 Vardon Way, in Fort Collins.

Memorials have been established to the Humane Society of the Black Hills in Rapid City, South Dakota and the Larimer County Humane Society in Fort Collins.

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