Robert J. Petry (Idaho Springs)

Born: Tue., Oct. 2, 1928
Died: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Nov. 03, 2017
Location: Mother Cabrini Shrine


Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 03, 2017
Location: Mother Cabrini Shrine


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Robert (Bob) J. Petry died peacefully on October 21, 2017 at the age of 89 with his daughter holding his hand.  He was born October 2, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan, to Marguerite and Jacob Petry.

He was a romantic and had so much love to give that he married twice and was widowed twice.  He was together with his first wife, June, for 53 years and his second wife, Bo, for 10 years.  He traveled with each of them all over the United States.  RV’ing and flying model airplanes were his hobbies in retirement.   He loved the outdoors, boating, water skiing, watching and feeding the animals that visited his camp sites and his favorite spot to write letters was on a picnic table.  
While he perceived himself to be an introvert, he was very compassionate, truly loved people and never hesitated to invite a stranger to have a cup of coffee with him.  He was a great storyteller, sharing his adventures, life lessons and thoughts.  Bob lived well, laughed often and loved his family.  His heart was always with them even in the most challenging of circumstances.  When asked why family was so important to him, he said “I can’t tell you why, it just is.”  

His father used to say, “The best way to escape a problem, any problem, is to solve it!  Don’t run away from your problems, solve them” he said.  Bob was a problem solver, an inventor, a creative thinker.  He worked for General Motors (GM) for over 30 years.  During his tenor, he was responsible for several inventions that resulted in patents for GM.  His inventions are still in use today in the transmissions of our cars.  

Bob also served in the Air Force from 1948 – 1952. During the Korean War, he was Flight Engineer for the 314 Troop Carrier Squadron from 1950-1952 under extreme conditions.  He saw many things that have stuck with him throughout his life, those images have impacted his wishes for his funeral.  

Bob is survived by his dog, Laura Lee; his children, Caren Borowski of Idaho Springs, Colorado, Judy (Tom) Baran of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Ken (Mary) Petry of Greenbank, Washington; and Ed (Michelle) Petry of Dexter, Michigan.  He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeff (Nikki) Baran, Kelly (Aldin) Avdic, Debbie Rubin; Tanner (Ellen), Jesse, Jenny, and Colton Petry; Christie (Mike) Brown; and Brother, Jerry (Marlene) Petry, as well as several great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

Bob was preceded in death his two wives, his parents and his sisters, Marie Cook & Joan Petry.
A Visitation (at 10 am) and Funeral Mass (at 11 am) will be held at Mother Cabrini Shrine  (20189 Cabrini Blvd, Golden, CO  80401) on Friday, November 3rd.   Bob and his second wife, Bo, found it to be a magical place; and it is his wish for services to be held there.  Military Honors will occur at the church following the mass.

Celebration of Life:  After the ceremonies, there will be a Celebration of Life with a little lunch and sharing of memories and stories to make us chuckle or laugh for family and friends.  
Final Resting Place:  Bob will be laid to rest with his first wife, June, in Biloxi National Cemetery, Biloxi, MS.  He will be back with her at 10 am on Monday, November 6th, which is June’s birthday.  It’s a perfect ending to their love story.    

Favorite Charity:  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to our Family’s favorite charity, St. Vincent de Paul.

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Cheri Wedgeworth
   Posted Mon November 06, 2017
Mr. Bob will be missed by all of us here at the Petal School District Transportation Department. He was loved by all of us and the kids loved him when he drove a bus for us. Our thoughts and prayers have been you the family during this difficult time. He was a very special man that we were all fortunate to have known him.


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