ROBERT G. WALTERS
Robert G. Walters, a Colorado Springs Native, passed away June 25, 2004 after a tragic car wreck. Bob was born March 11, 1938 in Colorado Springs to Ralph C. and Marie (Manick) Walters. Bob’s parents preceded him in death. Bob is survived by his loving wife Geraldine (Box) Walters, his son Robert D. Walters, and two daughters; Catherine Walsh of Colorado Springs and Darla Pitcher of Abilene Texas; and four grandchildren; Kyle B.K. Graham, Kaylee, Carlee and Amber Pitcher. He is also survived by two brothers, Richard Walters of Longmont, and Ronald Walters of California, and by his first wife Barbara (Walters) Dixon of 35 years.
Bob was stricken by polio at the age of 15 while on a Boy Scout Camp out and was paralyzed for a year but finished school at West Junior High and Graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer High) in 1956. He was unable to serve his country due to his polio.
Bob worked at Clark’s Service Station (now Diamond Shamrock W. Co. Ave.) Timkin Roller Baring, and Colorado Springs Wholesale Florists, before owning his first business BOB’S 10th Street Conoco (now Colorado Maps) in the early 60’s. After selling the station, in the late 60’s he began another business B&B Custom Trim as his own upholstery shop. Many of his clients included a large number of Broadmoor residents who were referred to him by interior decorators for his attention to detail and perfection in his work. During this time Bob also did furniture repairs for Montgomery Wards. He traveled the state of Colorado doing these repairs for the store. Several restored street rods in town bear his signature upholstery as well. Bob retired in the late 90’s due to a condition called Post-Polio Syndrome that kept him from the work he loved.
In 1958 Bob joined the Ingitor’s Car Club due to his passion for Street Rods, and cars in general. Bob was also an active Boy Scout leader at Whittier Elementary in the 70’s and was active with his West Side neighborhood in the 80’s with the organization OWN.
Bob and Geraldine were married April 25, 1998 at a quiet ceremony attended by the family. He and Geraldine were members of The Grace Place Church. They enjoyed a happy life together and Bob would do projects around home while Geraldine went to work at Farmers Insurance Group. He was working on one of his projects and was returning from Wal-mart with parts, when he apparently suffered an unknown medical condition and lost control of his vehicle and wrecked, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Visitation will be held on Wednesday June 30, 2004 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Swan Law Funeral Directors in the Columbine Room. Funeral Service will be held at Bethany Baptist Church, 1930 West Colorado Avenue on Thursday July 1, at 10:00 a.m. with the burial following at Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Memory of Robert G. Walters to Easter Seals, please specify the Post-Polio Survivors of Southern Colorado only. Send to: 225 South Academy Blvd., Suite #104, CSC, 80907.
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