GREELEY, Colo. – Robert “Bob” Lee Frick, 84, of Greeley, Colo., passed away on Dec. 20, 2020, at North Colorado Medical Center. Surrounded by his family via FaceTime, Bob was able to say his goodbyes, and was prepared to meet up with his wife Jane, whom he had lost three years earlier.
Bob was born on Feb. 22, 1936, in Bridgeport, Neb., to parents Jake Jr. and Emma (Shuler) Frick. Bob married Loretta Jane Reichert on March 4, 1956 in Bayard, Neb. Obliged and dignified to have served his country, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1955, and served in the Army Corps of Engineers as heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment mechanic and company clerk. He and Jane traveled together to Missouri and Alaska while serving in the military until 1958, honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal.
Bob and Jane raised their four children, Wes, Cindy, Colleen and Gary, while following the oilfield booms in Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. They moved to Greeley, Colo., March 1972, where they have resided for the past 48 years. Bob and his oldest brother Jim, co-owned F & F Dozer Service, Inc. from 1968 to 1995, and worked side-by-side with their kids over the years.
Bob was a man of great integrity and work ethic. He enjoyed woodworking, building and repairing anything mechanical, and always had an ongoing project to keep himself active and busy. Bob enjoyed the outdoors–fishing and camping; and relished their trips to Central City and Las Vegas with his wife and friends. He also liked growing hot peppers, getting hotter ones every year, and making his own salsa and dried spices. Bob was also a homemade candy enthusiast.
Bob loved his two puppies, Buffy and Lucky, who supplied comfort and companionship, especially during this perplexing and lonely period of COVID-19. One of Bob’s greatest joys was being a Grandfather to his wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his son Wesley (Vanessa) Frick of New Braunfels, Texas; daughters Cindy (Gary) Nation and Colleen (Randy) Premer of Greeley, Colo.; niece (whom they raised) Becky (Scott) Hofer of Broomfield, Colo.; sister Shirley Watson of Scottsbluff, Neb.; brother Jack Frick of New York; grandchildren, Tyler, Chelsea, and Joshua Frick, Matt and Tim (Sarah) Hartline; Kristi (Kenny) Stone, Tiffany (Craig) Troxell, Jordan (Brandy) Nation; Angie (Tim) Armstrong; Jacob and Nick Hofer; great-grandchildren, Peter, Lucas and Jacob Hartline; Noah and Riley Stone, Emerson and Taylor Troxell, Ellie, Haley and Sydney Nation; Sarah and Nancy Armstrong and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jane and youngest son Gary; brothers James, George and Donald; sisters, Dorothy and Janice.
Memorial contributions would be appreciated by the family toward the Veterans of Foreign Wars in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, 2000 47th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634. To leave condolences for Bob’s family, www.adamsoncares.com.
Life Celebration viewing will be held from 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Adamson Life Celebration Home; 2000 47th Ave, Greeley, CO 80634. Private Burial will be held on Jan. 7, 2021; Linn Grove Cemetery; Greeley, Colo.
Prerecorded memorial service officiated by the Reverend Paul Hofer will be available. A link will be available to you to view the service.