Robert was born on November 15, 1931 in Red Cloud, NE to Charles E. Hildreth, of Wray, CO and Ruth Pauline Harris Hildreth, of Salina, KS.
Bob's father passed away when he was only two months-old. After the passing of his father, Bob’s mother along with his four year-old brother moved to Fort Morgan, CO, where his mother married Ray Johnson. His step dad worked for the railroad and the family with 10 children lived in two box cars that had been set across the road from the railroad tracks, and heated with coal stoves.
Bob joined the Navy in 1951, and was in the Seabees until February of 1955. He was a member of the Seabees Construction Battalion, serving in French Morocco, North Africa where he was an electrician.
Upon Bob's honorable discharge from the Navy, he moved to Denver, CO, where he met Marita Orle at the Assembly of God Church. They were married on December 7, 1958.
Bob was a devout born-again believer in Jesus Christ and never hesitated to share his testimony and belief in God with others.
Bob was a business man and invested in residential and commercial real estate throughout Colorado and Kansas.
Bob and Marita were married for 53 years and welcomed two children, Lynette Penny (Gary) of Burlington, CO and Karl Hildreth (Holly) of Tulsa, OK. Bob will be deeply missed by his children and their spouses along with his 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren: Kyle Gateley of Rochester, NY (Jude 7) Brittany Bodley (Tim) of Claremore, OK (Ella 14, Kaleb 12, Lyla 9, Kamden 7 & Charlotte 9mo) Kameron Gateley (Beth) of Timnath, CO (Lyla 2 & Weston 1 mo.) Kollin Gateley (Amanda) of Englewood, CO (Elise 3 & baby due October 2022) Brielle Hildreth (Michael) of Oklahoma City, OK (baby due November 2022) Brianna Eichelberger (Rhett) of Broken Arrow, OK (Kate 4, Emma 2 & Avery 1) Kirsten Daly (Jack) of Golden, CO
Bob and Marita built their lifetime legacy, a Cabin in Grand Lake, CO, where they spent their weekends, summers and holidays with their growing family, making memories with their children and grandchildren.
Following Marita's death in 2011, Bob married Karen Hanson in 2017.
Bob is preceded in death by his parents, a brother Chuck Hildreth, sisters June Doris, Retha Holmes & Maxine Lecrone, and step siblings Viola, Lorraine, Gerald, Robert and Illa.
Because of Bob’s faith, he reunited with the love of his life Marita in heaven on October 3, 2022, leaving a true legacy behind for his loving family and numerous friends.
The Legacy at Burlington
and may be sent to Koons-Russell Funeral Home, 211 N. Main Ave., Goodland KS 67735